From Publishers Weekly
One of the things that has made Spider-Man such an enduring character is the gang of colorful misfits who make up his rogues' gallery. In this tale, his five greatest foes-Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, Electro, Kraven the Hunter and Sandman-have been incarcerated in a high-security prison for the criminally supervillainous. Although doped up and under interrogation, they escape and unite, and begin searching for the sixth member of their unstoppable team for evil. Unfortunately, the cover itself gives away some of the mystery surrounding the sixth member: could it possibly be Spider-Man himself? Readers should be aware that this story is set in Marvel's "Ultimate" universe, where characters have been refurbished for 21st-century audiences. So, for example, the Green Goblin now transforms into an actual demon (instead of putting on a corny mask and suit). Bendis's terse dialogue and Hairsine's detailed, action-packed art gives the story a nice momentum, but little is gained by the attempts to add depth by having the characters talk about the dangers of governmental experimentation in genetic mutation. Bendis gives the villains real personality, but misses an opportunity to point out the tale's most obvious lesson: that any government facility that thinks five desperate supervillains won't try to escape from a group therapy session isn't thinking very clearly.
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About the Author
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award winning comics creator, "New York Times" bestseller, and is the current writer of "All New X-Men" and "Uncanny X-Men", which debuted at number one on national sales charts. He is one of the premier architects of Marvel's Ultimate comics line and has won five Eisner awards, including two 'Best Writer of the year' and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Artist Mark Bagley makes his DC debut on this series after spending over 20 years at Marvel Comics illustrating titles such as Ultimate Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man and New Warriors.
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