Nick Fury tries to learn the Sandwich Club some responsibility by "letting" them work undercover.
|With friends like these....|
You know, if this is the kind of training Fury wants to give him, then soon enough, this will be how Spider-Man reacts to crime.
|"But nope, I'm supposed to clean up and not look for clues."|
Of course, this episode suffers from some of the usual problems of the show. Lame cutaway gags (that I straight-up ignored for being pointless), the Sandwich Club being less than helpful, and adding to Spider-Man's arsenal of deus ex machina devices...
|Oh, I didn't bring it up int the Recap, but this laser's on the list, too, between the stealth-suit and the armor.|
"The best damage is no damage at all!"
They really want to drive the point home. I guess "be mindful and respectful of your surroundings" is the closest that we get to a lesson from that.
Actually, now that I think about it, this episode was a really effective "walk a mile in their shoes" situation regarding custodians. Custodians and janitors get paid less than they deserve, and are often either ignored or treated like garbage.
Cleaning up after other people sucks. So make it easier for the people who get paid to do it.
While they're all effectively the same brute with a different coat of paint and slightly different powers, the Wrecking Crew was used quite effectively. Not only was their plan smart, but each member had their own way of fighting in the various battles, making them fun to watch.
Sure, they might not have much in the way of character interaction, but they were fun to watch. That alone puts them ahead of, say, the Frightful Four in the series premiere.
The fact that they were working for Damage control is a nice little nod to their Ultimate Universe counterparts, too.
Mac Porter (Kevin Michael Richardson)
Damage Control was created by prolific comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie, who also gave us the Justice League cartoon and, what I think is more important, the Milestone Universe.
We live in a world where diversity is recognized as something we need, but too often we take shortcuts. Whether it be tokenism, or changing the race of existing characters because of tokenism. Although you can change a characters race in a way that isn't just to fill a quota, that's often the case.
But Dwayne McDuffie, years before those shortcuts would be the norm, simply said, "Why don't we make new characters and have them be black, hispanic, or what-have-you?"
You could argue that such characters wouldn't be "as good" as the existing ones.
Dwayne McDuffie would ask "Why?" and then proceed to show you characters like John Stewart, Static, and Miles Morales, who some argue are better than Hal Jordan, Peter Parker, and... well, Static has no counterpart.
Dwayne McDuffie was all about pushing boundaries, and when he came up with a comic about a clean-up crew, he was doing more of the same.
Tragically, Dwayne passed away in 2011, but Ultimate Spider-Man honors him and his legacy with Mac Porter, based on Mr. McDuffie himself.
|That's admittedly touching.|
Same as ever. Though I will admit that I liked the visual effect for Spidey's invisibility, even if I didn't like the idea of it.
All things considered, this was actually a fairly solid episode. It still has some of the usual flaws, but there's really a lot to like in this touching little tribute.
Unfortunately, the next episode is the classic "hiding a pet" plot. With the Hulk. But since I've already recapped that, the next thing I cover will be the first animated appearance of Spider-Ham.
See you then.