Ultimate Spider-Man; Wolverine; Majestic
Ultimate Spider-Man #66
by Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley & Scott Hanna
Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha! Bendis and company take one of the oldest plots in the history of storytelling--two protagonists switch bodies--and pull it off. Because when those two protagonists are Ultimate Spidey & Ultimate Wolverine, hilarity just naturally ensues. After the severe moroseness of the past several issues, this is a welcome respite.
Rating: 3.5 (of 5)
by Mark Millar, John Romita, Jr. & Klaus Janson
I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would. After seeing the ugly cover by Jr. I was worried, but the interior art is quite good, with much of the credit going to Janson's inks setting the right mood. Millar packs a lot of story into this first issue of his inaugeral arc, as Logan is called in to recue the kidnapped son of his cousin-in-law in Japan, leading to a story that involves Kitty Pryde, Nick Fury & SHIELD, Elektra, Hydra and The Hand, but it doesn't feel the least bit crowded. Plus, it ends on an actually, honest-to-golly cliffhanger.
Rating: 3 (of 5)
by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, & Karl Kerschl
If this issue feels slight it's because, well, it is. Giving a page count, we discover that, as opposed to the regular 21-22 pages of story, we only have 15 (not counting the 6-page advertising insert). I don't recall the rest of the issues being short. Previews lists this as being a standard 32-page comic, so unless they're counting the ad insert (and I sure as heck am not), we're being ripped off. Within the short page count, there's about one and a half plot points covered. That's just too little happening and this all comes off as filler. Look, if you've only got three issues of story, don't pad it out to four. It's a shame, because up to this point I was really enjoying this mini.
Rating: 2 (of 5)