Ultimate Spider-Man #68
by Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley & Scott Hanna
Bendis is at his best when focusing on Peter & Mary Jane and their friends, and except for the cover there's nary a Spider-Man costume in sight in this issue. Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch, for those of you living in caves) has to finish a last semester of high school, so he comes to Peter's school in Queens. Lots of teenage angst, and lots of word balloons. If you like Bendis-logue, you'll like this.
Rating: 3.5 (of 5)
Ultimate Fantastic Four #12
by Warren Ellis, Stuart Immonen & Wade Von Grawbadger
After a couple of s-l-o-w moving issues, Ellis picks up the pace for the conclusion. The FF use a combination of smarts & fighting to take on Doom and his minions. Doom starts to get the better of them until, descending from the sky in their machines, the U.S. Army arrives to save the day. It's not really an ending so much as it's a stoppage of the action. Sure, the FF weren't going to defeat Doom and bring him to justice, but after six issues we deserve a little finality. One other thing that confuses me: is this Ultimate Doom not wearing armor, has his body been transformed into metal? Anyway, this is my last issue of Ultimate Fantastic Four; if I decide to continue following it, it'll be in the trades. I've got seven or eight months to make up my mind...
Rating: 2.5 (of 5)