Bendis And Bagley Make Me Cry Like A Little Girl

I rarely cry at TV or movie shows. Last time I blubbed properly was watching Doctor Who: Father’s Day with my three month old daughter in my arms. There was a certain welling up during Tom Stoppard’s Rock’N’Roll play. But it’s a rarity.

But I’m not sure if it’s ever happened reading a comic book before.

The first issue of Ultimate Fallout published today, runs through the cast of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man seeing how each of them is reacting to the death of Spider-Man in the final issue of that series. From Gwen Stacy to Mary Jane Watson to Tony Stark and Nick Fury – and a rather foreshadowy scene with Kitty Pryde.

And let’s be clear here, this is a melodramatic comic. It intentionally, openly and blatantly, tries to pull the heart strings. But I was surprised it worked so well, at least for me.

The final issue of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man I didn’t get anything. A character died, people were sad, it was a comic.

But this is the funeral. And it’s the scene when Aunt May meets a young child who Spider-Man saved, and she asks May if she needs a hug.

Oh, well, that was it. I’m sitting here in Pret A Manger, reading a comic book and there are tears on my cheek.

Maybe it’s the “being a parent” thing. Maybe it’s the lack of media hype for this issue and the surprise that brings. But I’ve never had a  comic affect me like this before. Not Sandman #8, or #75. Not an issue of Swamp Thing. Nothing for the death of any previous comic book character.

It was just perfectly written, perfectly played and maybe, just maybe, I was in the perfect state to receive it.

Either way, damn you Bendis and Bagley.

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics of London. Check out their Grant Morrison podcast interview here.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.