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Ultimate Spider-Man #45

Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2003
By: Paul Brian McCoy


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mark Bagley(p), Art Thibert(i)

Publisher: Marvel

Aunt May is at the psychiatrist. Hilarity ensues! No. Not really.

This is a stand-alone episode that really devotes some time to examining Mayís character. The art is functional and does the consistent job that Bagley has become known for with this title. You either already like it or you probably never will. Thereís not much more that needs to be said about that. But what about the writing, you ask? Itís solid. May is fleshed out as a very concerned, troubled woman of indeterminate age, whose problems, while pretty clichťd are still emotionally valid. What I found most interesting about the whole issue is that Peterís secret life is what is really making May a nervous wreck. Essentially, Peter is responsible for really making May uncomfortable as a parent-surrogate. When she fixates on Spider-Man as representative of the craziness that could take Peter away at any moment, it really isnít a paranoid response. Itís a totally accurate response that because of Peterís secret identity is only going to get worse. I would like to see what happens when May realizes Peterís secret.

Final Word:
This issue is all about character building. If you want to see Spidey in action, youíre only given a taste. Itís good though. But to be honest, Iím wondering if Bendis is spreading himself too thin. This title has been kind of on hold for a while now.

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