Ultimate Spider-Man #89

 Posted: 2006
 Staff: Peter Kroon (E-Mail)


Having recently broken up with his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson, Peter started seeing the X-Men's Kitty Pryde. But Peter's happiness is short-lived, as the dangerous mercenary group The Wild Pack, lead by the beautiful and deadly Silver Sable, is hired to capture Spider-Man!

The Pack tracks Spider-Man to Midtown High School, and as Spidey changes out of his costume, the mercenaries make their move - but in a case of mistaken identity, they capture Peter's high school rival, Flash Thompson!

As the Pack realize their mistake, Flash escapes, running to the authorities. This causes a media feeding-frenzy at Midtown High the next morning, as Peter, carrying his Spider-Man costume in his backpack, walks right into the most dangerous trap he's yet encountered - a random bag check!

Peter receives a lucky break and his bag is not checked. But eventually, he is captured as Spider-Man by Silver Sable and brought to Roxxon's corporate headquarters.

Story Details

Roxxon corporate headquarters, Spider-Man is unmasked. Roxxon wants to know why Spider-Man helped out in the past and what's his connection to Roxxon industries. Peter says he has no idea what Roxxon is talking about. Peter is angry, he helps out and this is how they thank him. He wants his mask back on. They take his fingerprints. At the Triskelion, an alarm goes off, somebody is trying an unauthorized fingerprint matchtest. Nick Fury sends in a stealth recon team.

At Roxxon, Silver destroys the fingerprint machine and says they need to get out of there right now. Donald Roxxon and Silver Sable argue, they were hired to do a job and they did that. While Spider-man tries to break his handcuffs, there's an explosion. Donald falls down but is saved by Spider-Man. He webs him up and returns to the penthouse.

There, he sees that one of the Wild Pack did not survive. The Pack blame him, Silver says it wasn't him. A second bomb is thrown, a new explosion and more follow. A man, dressed in a green bird suit is behind the bombing.

General Comments

At the start of the story we get to see the origin of Silver Sable. Her dad was a nazi hunter and in order to fund that, he choose to do other jobs as well. Silver took over when he died. Well, in the Ultimate universe, this is all new information, but after what we already saw of Silver in the past issues, I do not care anymore about her origin. She's just a mercenary and that's it. Who cares she actually hunts down nazis? This is 2006...

Then Roxxon, he's portraited as a rich kid being boss of a large corporation. Why he wants to meet Spider-Man is beyond me. If he really wants to thank him, why the cuffs? Why the interrogation? To me, this did not make sense and was just an easy way for Bendis to get Silver Sable on the scene. Hmmm... come to think of it, Black Cat, Captain Jean DeWolfe and now Silver Sable. Which foxy lady is next?

Overall Rating

Last issue, I choose a different approach for the scoring. I'll give it another spin, meaning we have a scene at Roxxon, an origin and half a fight scene. All good for 1 web. Making it 2.5 total. Yep, that's what I thought, this new rating mechanism really works!

 Posted: 2006
 Staff: Peter Kroon (E-Mail)