Ultimate Comics Spider-Man v2 #18 Review

Posted by Spiderfan001 03 January 2013

Spider-Man saves the President as United We Stand reaches its conclusion!



The Story

Ganke watches the battle between S.H.I.E.L.D. forces and Hyrda in Wyoming on television.  As he watches, he witnesses Spider-Man save President Captain America's life.

Spider-Man continues to wander aimlessly through rural Wyoming until he stumbles upon a Hyrda Giant Woman who also got lost during the fight.  The Giant Woman is able to knock out Spidey and carry him off.

In their apartment, Miles Morales' mother asks Miles' father what happened to him.  He explains that S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrested him and that after Hydra agents freed him and a few other people from the back of a S.H.I.E.L.D. truck they asked him to join them.  After witnessing the Hydra agents brutally execute the drivers, Miles' father took the gun off a Hydra agent and shot down all four of them before returning home.  Miles' mother embraces her traumatized husband and tells him that they need to find Miles.

Spider-Man wakes up in Giant Woman's hand and uses his spider sting to break free before taking her down.  He is then found by Spider-Woman and S.H.I.E.L.D.  Back in New York, Spider-Woman gives Miles an alibi for his parents and tells him that when the time is right she will tell him who she is.  Miles then reunites with his parents at Ganke's house.

Thoughts

While the story started to drag in the middle, Brian Michael Bendis was able to end United We Stand on a strong note.  It will be interesting to see how Miles' father's experience with the Hyrda agents shape his views on himself and costumed heroes going forward.  I also like how Bendis is slowly building a friendship between Miles and Spider-Woman (who is actually a female clone of Peter Parker).  David Marquez returned to draw the last chapter of United We Stand, and as usual does a stellar job.

Despite a decent finish, I'm glad the United We Stand event is over and Bendis can get back to focusing exclusively on Miles' story.

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