Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #159 Review

Posted by Spiderfan001 10 June 2011

The Green Goblin, Human Torch and Iceman are all down for the count, leaving a wounded Spider-Man to fend off four supervillains. Nothing he can't handle right?
The Story

An unmasked Spider-Man confronts Electro, Sandman and Kraven the Hunter outside of the Parker house. Realizing that he's wounded, the three villains converge upon him. Thinking quickly, Spidey hits a nearby fire hydrant, which manages to temporarily short circuit Electro and electrocute Kraven, knocking him out. Spidey notices that the entire neighbourhood has come out to watch the fight. He is then attacked by Sandman and Vulture, the latter inflicting serious damage on Spidey with his grenades.

Aunt May and Gwen Stacy are driving out of town when May gets a call from one of her neighbours, who informs May of what is happening to Peter. She immediately turns the car around.

Sandman and Vulture have Spider-Man at their mercy, but before Sandman can finish him off he gets shot by Electro, who wants to finish Spidey off for himself. Before Electro can deliver the final blow, he is shot in the back by... Aunt May! Electro explodes and the discharge knocks out both Sandman and the Vulture. May and her nephew embrace, but their joy is short lived, as the Green Goblin descends upon them.

Thoughts

Well, it's official: Ultimate May is a bad ass. Classic Aunt May never wielded a handgun with such skill!
Anyway, this was another okay issue of the Death of Spider-Man. That we know Peter will likely not make it out of this story alive gave the fight scenes some extra weight, but I think we all knew he wasn't going to die at the hands of Electro.
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The highlight of the issue was definitely the end, when May and Gwen come to Peter's rescue. We've watched the relationship between May, Gwen and Peter grow over the past 159 issues, so it's only appropriate that they be with Peter for what could be his final stand. And although I've never been a huge fan of the "Hulk-Goblin" look, one can't help but fear for the Parkers as the Goblin's giant, imposing figure stands over them. The Death of Spider-Man has had its problems, but the finale promises to be epic as well as emotional.

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