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    I can't afford to let myself feel good, to let my guard down, to think for a single moment that I belong.

    Because I don't.


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Reviews! Ultimate Spider-Man #96 and New Avengers #21

Gee, imagine this — I’m going to review some of Bendis’s most recent comics. Yeah, go figure.

First up: Ultimate Spider-Man #96

Bendis and Bagley continue the introduction of Morbius the Living Vampire into the Ultimate Marvel universe. Peter Parker doesn’t know what he’s caught up in until it’s too late (which it is, you know, right from the start). As usual, it’s another great issue of this series. It’s hard to believe it’s sneaking up on #100. Now I know that everyone is all set for USM #103 to break Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s 102-issue run on Fantastic Four as the longest run on any Marvel title, but it’s not quite that easy. I don’t think you’re going to find a bigger Bendis fan than me, but let’s not forget: More than 120 issues of Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier’s Groo The Wanderer were produced under the Marvel banner. (I double-checked with my dad, who bought it back in the day.) I’m sure that Bendis and Bagley will hit that mark easily, but 103 just won’t cut it. I’ll be celebrating when they hit 103 and when they hit 121.

Up next: New Avengers #21

The effects of the Civil War mini-series finally reach the title on which most of the feedback will be focused; the New Avengers are the epicenter of the earthquake known as the superpowers registration act. Iron Man, Hank Pym, and Mister Fantastic head a group on one side, while Captain America heads up the diametrically opposed opposition as Bendis tear apart the team he brought together. To do this, he’s joined by artist Howard Chaykin for an issue that focuses on Captain America. Chaykin’s art is a little weird, to be honest with you. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I can’t say I don’t like it — it just makes me scratch my head a little bit. Which is fine. I’m just sort of absorbing it right now. Cal says he’s got some comics Chaykin did a million years ago, so I might want to check them out.

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