After a couple of months dealing with Ultimate Rick Jones – which was mostly a “meh” for me – this issue gets us back into the thick of more Spidey-like misadventures, and the team hits it waaaaaaaaay out of the park. There’s drama amongst “Pete’s Angels,” there’s the introduction (I think) of Ultimate Dagger, and there’s a rea-he-heally awkward kiss (the details of which I’ll leave to you to discover for yourselves). Then, the issue ends with some fantastic dramatic tension sure to kick off an energetic and inriguing arc.
LaFuente’s art is more of the same… mostly. This issue openly calls out LaFuente’s take on Ultimate Spider-Man and addresses it directly in a pretty neat way. This isn’t Tony Stark turning to the camera and explaining MJ’s miraculous healing properties, it’s a much more skillful nod to real world criticisms and a fantastic resolution to the issue. I, for one, have loved LaFuente’s art more and more with every issue, and hope he’s on the book for the long haul.
Are you looking for great Spider-Man stories, great characterization, and a fun read – month in and month out? Look no further - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #9 gets 5 out of 5 unappreciated expletives.