Writer Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler Mark Bagley
Inker Drew Hennessy
Colorist Justin Ponsor
Letterer VC’s Cory Petit
Marvel Knights, Part Three of Four
Cover Dated June 2007
This storyline was all about Daredevil getting a group together to take down Kingpin – legally. During this storyline, Peter had started dating Mary Jane, but hadn’t quite broken up with Kitty Pryde – yet. To crank up the drama, Kitty now goes to Midtown High.
I reviewed the first issue, above. Which I’m not sure how other people feel about my jumping around with my comic book collection, but I sort of like the tracking of it. In fact, I have issue 109 typed and ready to go but it is tied with another event (or something). I did 106 for Daredevil Month.
This issue opens with Kingpin, looking over his sick wife. A henchman makes the mistake of talking to him about business and Kingpin stops him – never in front of Vanessa.
We get inside Moon Knight’s mindscape, with his personalities. His inner 12 year old girl (we all have one, right?) voice isn’t happy that they are about to taken on a new identity. Which we get this issue, with the debut of Ultimate Ronin! That Bendis, he doesn’t waste an idea.
Kingpin wantss to test Ronin, and he beats up one of Kinpin’s henchman. That isn’t the test, Kingpin wants Spider-Man brought to him.
Over at Midtown High, Mary Jane has prepared an audition tape for the school news channel.
Jessica Jones, making her one page appearance here – Issue 106 is her first appearance. She doesn’t really make that many appearances, so we are not ending this Event Month with great attention to the character.
As much as I am a huge fan of Bagley’s, I do feel like Lafuente draws a better version of the character. I chalk it up to Lafuente drawing teenagers like teenagers. Which Bagley is great with but they do look like young adults.
Mary Jane is a month away from turning 16, so she is older than Peter, way to go! From Jessica’s reaction, I take it that these other students are seniors, at most.
Peter can’t believe that Mary Jane used her Spider-Man connection to make her video, but good for her for finally getting something out of the relationship.
Peter and Mary Jane start flirting when Kitty turns the corner and they all have an awkward silence. Oh Peter, with the trying to introduce the two ladies.
Liz Allen, being mutant-phobic (ironically), doesn’t want Kitty to be there. She will turn around, or I will advocate for a brick to be thrown at her head.
Ronin arrives at the school.
There is a four page (very glossy) ad inserted into the comic for Nova’s new ongoing – launching out of Annihilation.
Ronin drives a school bus through the front of the school. We start the interchange of seeing his mindscape and the fight, so Ronin has two fights but don’t worry, he is very well trained.
How awesome that is Kitty Pryde who is first to confront Ronin? Pretty awesome! Poor Kitty, though, she probably would want him to pound away on Spider-Man for a bit, but she has to defend the creep.
Kitty is able to allow the bullets to phase through her, so she gets the first real hit. For some reason, Kitty feels the need to explain her powers to her opponent, she is an Ultimate version of a Claremont character – after all.
She has an awesome power and additional training from Wolverine, she is a super threat!
Ronin unleashes a fire extinguisher onto Kitty, knocking her out.
The little girl voice instructs the Moon Knight personality to fight Ronin but he doesn’t last a round.
Spider-Man is not happy seeing his better girlfriend knocked out.
There is a house ad for World War Hulk’s Prologue, starting in Incredible Hulk 106 and the oneshot, World Breaker.
Spider-Man unleashes on Ronin, as he does, Ronin starts to lose against Moon Knight.
Spider-Man checks on Kitty, as she starts to come around. Ronin gets up and throws a dart at Spider-Man.
Ronin straight strangles Moon Knight – which I’m not even sure what the implications are of a split personality fella killing one of their own personalities. It seems rather intense. Now that Moon Knight is dead, Ronin cuts loose on Spider-Man.
The police start arriving and Ronin grabs the limb Spider-Man, figures out his webshooters and takes off. Mary Jane gets everything on tape.
The cops on the scene state that SHIELD are not coming until they get positive ID on those involved. Kitty starts to get to her feet and raises her hands.
The issue ends with Ronin presenting Spider-Man to a very pleased Kingpin.
Back cover ad is for Spider-Man 2.1, which I would recommend purchasing as it has so much more than the original released DVD. I love commentaries but the technical one on this DVD put me to sleep all three times I tried to listen to it, which was a handy trick when I couldn’t do it on my own.