Ultimate Spider-Man 61 (August 2004)

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The best part of this issue has to be how little time Bendis gives Ultimate Punisher. There’s a fight scene–not a particularly good one, Bagley loses track of the criminal the Punisher is after–but there’s no personality to Ultimate Frank.

It’s all from Peter’s perspective, even though Bendis could have gotten away with a little Frank. Even though Ultimate Spider-Man is a fast read and is the comic book equivalent of tasty junk food with a good aftertaste… Bendis is serious about it being Peter’s book.

There’s also a neat little bit with Curt Conners being Peter’s emergency doctor. The two play well off each other; Bendis makes Ultimate Dr. Conners enough of his own character to be unexpected in conversation (even when he’s predictable in his actions).

Bendis’s graceless two month fast forward is a little annoying (using text to announce the transition).

Otherwise, it’s fine.

CREDITS

Carnage, Part Two of Five; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inker, Scott Hanna; colorist, Jonathan D. Smith; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, Nick Lowe and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

Snarked 8 (May 2012)

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Langridge brings the arc–it’s a journey arc, which is somewhat unexpected since there are so few navigation references in the issues–to a close.

Once again, Langridge focuses on the action of the issue. The evil Gryphon finds the heroes and sets loose a sea monster on the ship. And, once again, Langridge uses it as an opportunity to develop the Walrus as a character. There are little character bits throughout the issue, but the end clarifies–it’s all about the Walrus.

For that ending, Langridge unexpectedly promotes one of the supporting cast to more of a main role. Snarked has been relatively static in its primary cast; Langridge inserts the new character deftly. He had already established more of a role for him at the issue’s open, before moving back to the heroes.

As the story develops, Snarked just gets better. Langridge takes full advantage of its opportunities.

CREDITS

Fit the Eighth: The Frumious Bandersnatch; writer and artist, Roger Langridge; colorist, Lisa Moore; editors, Bryce Carlson and Eric Harburn; publisher, kaboom! Studios.

Swamp Thing 93 (March 1990)

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Good grief, Wheeler’s just trying to wrap himself in Moore and Veitch’s runs now. He brings back one of Abby’s old jobs–along with an unlikable but nice woman who rehires here, which I think is from Veitch’s run–and also the kid terrorized by the monkey demon, one of Moore’s first stories.

Not to mention Wheeler frames the issue around notes from the brother (or cousin) of the guy who took the tabloid pictures of Abby and Swamp Thing. Another Moore storyline. Wheeler’s writing Swamp Thing like he’s doing a wrap-up or some kind of delayed sequel; there’s nothing original to this issue. Wheeler’s trying to ingratiate himself to the reader and not knowing how to do it.

His dialogue for the mundane people scenes is atrocious.

As for Broderick’s art… he doesn’t do much well, but he and Alcala’s collaboration is definitely improving as far as people.

CREDITS

Capturing the Moments of Your Life; writer, Doug Wheeler; penciller, Pat Broderick; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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