Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #151 Review

Posted by Spiderfan001 03 January 2011

The return of Gwen Stacy after a gruelling one issue absence!

The Story

One month ago, the Black Cat attempted to assassinate the Kingpin via sniper rifle, only to witness his death at the hands of Mysterio.

At Midtown High, Peter Parker has lunch with Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake. He attempts to get a hold of Gwen Stacy but has no luck. Lana Baumgartner joins them and Bobby asks her out. Judging by the expression on her face, Lana is less than thrilled with the proposal.

Two weeks ago, the Black Cat attempted to steal something from Mysterio's (formerly the Kingpin's) headquarters. She got caught in the act by Mysterio who, being impressed by her skills, offered the Cat a job. Black Cat refused and was able to escape thanks to her "good luck" powers. Mysterio was apparently unaware of the existence of whatever Black Cat was trying to steal and was surprised by what he found.

In her car, Aunt May leaves Gwen a passionate message on her cell phone urging her to come home. Just as she finishes Gwen appears outside her car. The two reunite and Gwen agrees to keep living with the Parkers. Just as Aunt May promises things will be more normal around the household, Iron Man arrives for Peter's superhero training.

Thoughts

Brian Michael Bendis delivered another great installment of this series but the real star of this issue was Sara Pichelli whose pencils, especially in the Black Cat/Mysterio scenes, looked gorgeous. As much as I'm looking forward to Mark Bagley's recently announced return to the series, Pichelli is making the wait a whole lot easier.

I'm glad Gwen will continue to be a member of the book's supporting cast. I was worried her departure in Ultimate Spider-Man #149 would be a lot lengthier. Looking forward to Peter's superhero training!

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