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Almost ten years ago, Ultimate Spider-Man launched the Ultimate Universe, a reinvention of the Marvel Universe that defied the odds and every expectation. Today, it happens again: This new chapter in the life of the teenaged webslinger picks up in the aftermath of Ultimatum and completely redefines the status quo of Spider-Man for the next generation! With a new supporting Almost ten years ago, Ultimate Spider-Man launched the Ultimate Universe, a reinvention of the Marvel Universe that defied the odds and every expectation. Today, it happens again: This new chapter in the life of the teenaged webslinger picks up in the aftermath of Ultimatum and completely redefines the status quo of Spider-Man for the next generation! With a new supporting cast, new villians, and maybe even a new Spider-Man, this new chapter will keep you guessing. Collecting: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 1-6


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Almost ten years ago, Ultimate Spider-Man launched the Ultimate Universe, a reinvention of the Marvel Universe that defied the odds and every expectation. Today, it happens again: This new chapter in the life of the teenaged webslinger picks up in the aftermath of Ultimatum and completely redefines the status quo of Spider-Man for the next generation! With a new supporting Almost ten years ago, Ultimate Spider-Man launched the Ultimate Universe, a reinvention of the Marvel Universe that defied the odds and every expectation. Today, it happens again: This new chapter in the life of the teenaged webslinger picks up in the aftermath of Ultimatum and completely redefines the status quo of Spider-Man for the next generation! With a new supporting cast, new villians, and maybe even a new Spider-Man, this new chapter will keep you guessing. Collecting: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 1-6

30 review for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Volume 1: The World According To Peter Parker

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up because I have a geek-crush on Bendis. It really should have been a 5 star book for me, because I love Ultimate Spider-Man. In the end, though, there were a few too many things that I just didn't like. First thing, not crazy about some of the art. It was a little over-the-top and...well, cartooney in spots. I probably could've overlooked the art, but I'm still scratching my head over the Gwen/MJ switch. What happened? Did I miss something? I'm guessing this huge ch 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up because I have a geek-crush on Bendis. It really should have been a 5 star book for me, because I love Ultimate Spider-Man. In the end, though, there were a few too many things that I just didn't like. First thing, not crazy about some of the art. It was a little over-the-top and...well, cartooney in spots. I probably could've overlooked the art, but I'm still scratching my head over the Gwen/MJ switch. What happened? Did I miss something? I'm guessing this huge chunk (six months, a year?) is missing so that the writers will have a chance to go back and tell the Between This and That story. Felt kinda rip-offish, for some reason. Don't get me wrong, I still had a great time reading this! Just prepare yourself for a lot of WTF? moments.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Comparing this volume to the Ultimate Spider-Man from before Ultimatum and you'll get your heart broken. Set six months later, Peter is totally not at all dead (what a cheap trick) and Peter is now suddenly dating Gwen. Ok... There's a lot of sudden changes, apparently for the sake of having sudden changes. (MJ to Gwen, Daily Bugle to fast food, nearly empty house to very full one) I just don't know where Bendis is going with any of this stuff. I assume that we'll get explanations and full story Comparing this volume to the Ultimate Spider-Man from before Ultimatum and you'll get your heart broken. Set six months later, Peter is totally not at all dead (what a cheap trick) and Peter is now suddenly dating Gwen. Ok... There's a lot of sudden changes, apparently for the sake of having sudden changes. (MJ to Gwen, Daily Bugle to fast food, nearly empty house to very full one) I just don't know where Bendis is going with any of this stuff. I assume that we'll get explanations and full story at some point, but sooner would be better. Dialog is still good enough, it's just that the plotting confuses me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jess Hayes

    I definitely regret not waiting to start this until Vol 2 was actually here, because now it's ended the way it has and I just need to know what's going to happen next! This was a really fun read - I haven't read any of the books from the Ultimatum Arc, so I'm glad I got to Ultimate X: Origins before starting this one or I'd have been a little confused as to what was going on. I love the dynamic between Peter and Johnny in general, so I'm excited that he's in this series, I'm looking forward to se I definitely regret not waiting to start this until Vol 2 was actually here, because now it's ended the way it has and I just need to know what's going to happen next! This was a really fun read - I haven't read any of the books from the Ultimatum Arc, so I'm glad I got to Ultimate X: Origins before starting this one or I'd have been a little confused as to what was going on. I love the dynamic between Peter and Johnny in general, so I'm excited that he's in this series, I'm looking forward to see how the new loving situation at the Parker house is going to go now that there's so many people live there - here's hoping Vol 2 shows up tomorrow!

  4. 4 out of 5

    zxvasdf

    Bendis takes on another Ultimate Spiderman. It's a remix of the original story line, and though many might not like it, it poses interesting possibilities. Aunt May finds out who Spiderman really is early on, and Peter Parker juggles one too many female interests. What more, this is in the wake of a water related disaster, and a lot of children are dispossessed. Mutants aren't well received in this climate. Aunt May has an interesting solution to this. A new superhero makes an appearance, and a r Bendis takes on another Ultimate Spiderman. It's a remix of the original story line, and though many might not like it, it poses interesting possibilities. Aunt May finds out who Spiderman really is early on, and Peter Parker juggles one too many female interests. What more, this is in the wake of a water related disaster, and a lot of children are dispossessed. Mutants aren't well received in this climate. Aunt May has an interesting solution to this. A new superhero makes an appearance, and a re-imagined Mysterio becomes obsessed with Spiderman's demise. I'm not too sure I like Peter Parker's look, but... I'm keeping an open mind, especially if the writer is Bendis. It'll grow on ya.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sina Tavoosi

    Mysterio is the saving grace here. The art is too cartoony for my taste, especially the "anime" expression on the girls. And none of what's happening at Peter's house seems necessary, or fun. I hope volume 2 can make up for it, but I'm not keeping my hopes up. I'm just reading these to get to those Miles Morales stories anyway.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joella www.cinjoella.com

    So I thought this book was part of the 2013 YALSA The Hub Reading Challenge…but I don’t think it was. It turns out that this one said “Ultimate Spider-man” on the cover and “Ultimate Comics” on the spine. Yeah, how confusing can it get, right? There is another Ultimate Comics Spider-man, v. 1 that was one of YALSA’s best. I also could have looked at the publishers date to realize that I had the wrong book for YALSA’s reading challenge…those books are mostly published within the last year. I just So I thought this book was part of the 2013 YALSA The Hub Reading Challenge…but I don’t think it was. It turns out that this one said “Ultimate Spider-man” on the cover and “Ultimate Comics” on the spine. Yeah, how confusing can it get, right? There is another Ultimate Comics Spider-man, v. 1 that was one of YALSA’s best. I also could have looked at the publishers date to realize that I had the wrong book for YALSA’s reading challenge…those books are mostly published within the last year. I just didn’t pay that close of attention when putting this book on hold from the library. But it was still good. So you still get a review…aren’t you lucky? And, it just goes to show that I need to pay close attention when trying to figure out exactly what comic is what. Because their names are VERY similar! Anyway, about that review! There was a wave that destroyed New York City. Spider-Man went into search for survivors. And now he is a hero and everyone likes having this superhero around. But there are more mysteries now that the survivors have started to group together. Some are trying to take advantage of the vulnerable world. Others are helping Spider-Man. No one is certain what will happen next. Spider-Man is trying to keep his identity secret. Before the wave many people suspected what high school he went to. A few even suspected what student at that high school he was. Now people are grateful for Spider-Man. And when police show up at a crime scene Spider-Man tries to explain himself (and tell them how he didn’t actually do all the bad things it might look like he did when they first see him amidst the crime) and the police believe him. Spider-Man isn’t sure what unnerves him more, that the police and everyone else trust him completely or that there is more than one mysterious character that keep track of Spider-Man. One seems to be good, while the other not so much. And to top it all off, life at home just got even more complicated. MJ broke up with him recently. Now he has another girlfriend, Gwen…who also happens to live with him and his grandma. And the Fantastic Four’s Flame is also living there. And Bobby the “mutant” who has ice powers. Peter Parker is concerned that with two recognizable superheroes around people will suspect that he is Spider-Man. So Johnny (the Flame) and Bobby get secret identities as Peter’s cousins. Life is sure complicated when the most famous superheros turn out to be in high school. And, life is a wee bit more complicated when you have to save the world in-between class and your after school job at a burger joint. I was very happy with this particular graphic novel. I enjoyed the fact that various superheroes were in high school together. I liked the idea of seeing how this group of teenagers could start to work together and for their own superhero clan. And I can see how Peter Parker is a bit confused not only at what is going on at home but also in trying to figure out who in the world these mysterious super people are (villain? hero? why are they interested in him?). And let me mention the illustrations. They are brilliant. I totally can see the “high school teenager” elements in some of my favorite comic book superheroes. I liked that. Plus the proportions of the girls didn’t seem as completely off as some of the manga I have read. I liked that. This is a great start to a series that I’m sure will be enjoyed over and over again. Well done.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    Ultimatum has come and gone and now Ultimate Spider-Man has been relaunched and rebooted. Not rebooted in starting from scratch, but mixing up the formula. Which is too bad, because I really liked the formula, even if it had gotten a but tired in some places. But here is the new format, and now Aunt May's house is a boarding house for lost teen heroes. We've got Iceman, the Human Torch, Gwen Stacy, and Spider-Man all under the same rough. Meanwhile, Mary-Jane and Kitty Pride are off doing their Ultimatum has come and gone and now Ultimate Spider-Man has been relaunched and rebooted. Not rebooted in starting from scratch, but mixing up the formula. Which is too bad, because I really liked the formula, even if it had gotten a but tired in some places. But here is the new format, and now Aunt May's house is a boarding house for lost teen heroes. We've got Iceman, the Human Torch, Gwen Stacy, and Spider-Man all under the same rough. Meanwhile, Mary-Jane and Kitty Pride are off doing their things as well. This volume is heavy on the teen drama, a little bit more than normal. I didn't read the Ultimatum: Requiem story, so I don't know if MJ dumped Peter in that or in an untold story, but it just seems stupid. Having them break up just to get Peter and Gwen together is a dumb decision and just messes up Mary-Jane as a character. Also, Bendis' style for Kitty is very on-off and in this volume, it's off. I'm not the biggest Kitty fan, but he's written the girl as the most moody/whinny mutant in town. The new version of Mysterio is cool, though he's a very angry man and the classic Mysterio has a little bit more style, but the new take is interesting. The glowing head vs the bubble is probably a good choice. The art is fun and I think I may enjoy it more than Immonen's but it verges on the manga a bit too much. Overall, this story is still fun, but loses the focus and Spider-centric story I tend to like.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    I really like Ultimate Spider-Man, and was immensely pleased with what it was after Ultimatum. I feel like having all the awesome and awkward teen characters in one place was the only good thing that came out of that horrible event. Any who, somehow I managed to get all the way to Death of Spider-Man without actually reading this volume so I read it knowing where the series and most of these characters would go. I'm not sure how I would of felt about it had I read it first, there are a lot of lit I really like Ultimate Spider-Man, and was immensely pleased with what it was after Ultimatum. I feel like having all the awesome and awkward teen characters in one place was the only good thing that came out of that horrible event. Any who, somehow I managed to get all the way to Death of Spider-Man without actually reading this volume so I read it knowing where the series and most of these characters would go. I'm not sure how I would of felt about it had I read it first, there are a lot of little plot hooks introduced here that pay off big time later but in moment feel like page filling asides. The change in art work was something that I didn't care for at first by REALLY grew on me and really fit the feel of the comic. Going back and reading this made me really feel like I had missed something essential. My only real complaint is that I was expecting more of an explanation for how and why Peter and Gwen got together, and was a little disapointed that it was kind of glossed over and happens "off panel".

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This reboot of Ultimate Spider-Man is a little more serious, dramatic - and still a great read. Bendis knows how to make even the most inconsequential moments into something worth paying attention to, whether it's manning the register at a burger joint, getting a new roommate or negotiating the maze that is teenage love. Gotta hand it to Bendis and the artists - somehow they take a laughingstock C-list villain like Mysterio and make him look and act like a real threat. He's finally standing on so This reboot of Ultimate Spider-Man is a little more serious, dramatic - and still a great read. Bendis knows how to make even the most inconsequential moments into something worth paying attention to, whether it's manning the register at a burger joint, getting a new roommate or negotiating the maze that is teenage love. Gotta hand it to Bendis and the artists - somehow they take a laughingstock C-list villain like Mysterio and make him look and act like a real threat. He's finally standing on solid ground, actually menacing instead of just being a tool. I'm a lifer when it comes to Bendis' writing, and I respect the hell out of his efforts to improve his craft. When he's got the time to put into his scripts, they are multi-layered, well-plotted. Incredibly clear and natural dialogue, and makes for fun and exciting stories. On the Bendis-O-Meter, this arc gets a 7/10. I'm not reading this wide-eyed like some of his past works, but this is solid foundation for this reboot run and is a pleasure to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anya

    Maybe this was a bad place to start for Spider-Man comics, but I don't understand all the glowing reviews. Besides the story problems, the silly details in the artwork were distracting. From the bendy/curvy/skinny limbs to all the girls having the same face, it was quite a mess. Was it really necessary for every girl, except Mary Jane, in Peter Parker's high school to have black nail polish and eyebrow piercings? I know this is a reboot and there will be some retcon-ing going on, but how is this Maybe this was a bad place to start for Spider-Man comics, but I don't understand all the glowing reviews. Besides the story problems, the silly details in the artwork were distracting. From the bendy/curvy/skinny limbs to all the girls having the same face, it was quite a mess. Was it really necessary for every girl, except Mary Jane, in Peter Parker's high school to have black nail polish and eyebrow piercings? I know this is a reboot and there will be some retcon-ing going on, but how is this volume 1, with the first page covering more than a year?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sean Brennan

    Aunt May's home now turns into a halfway house for troubled 'superhero' teenagers! So, So!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Fitzmaurice

    This was my first Spider-Man comic and I loved it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Peter Zackowski

    Okay, 15 pages into this book and I was shocked, angry, befuddled. I don't feel like I was giving an adequate explanation. It is possible motives will come later, we are reading Bendis here, but still. With that out of the way the new Ultimate Comics imprint for Spider-man is a fresh take and a fun change to the status quo. The art is on the.... funnier side? Either way, I enjoy it. After numerous volumes of Bagley his art got stale to me, Immomen had an interesting take on the book but still fe Okay, 15 pages into this book and I was shocked, angry, befuddled. I don't feel like I was giving an adequate explanation. It is possible motives will come later, we are reading Bendis here, but still. With that out of the way the new Ultimate Comics imprint for Spider-man is a fresh take and a fun change to the status quo. The art is on the.... funnier side? Either way, I enjoy it. After numerous volumes of Bagley his art got stale to me, Immomen had an interesting take on the book but still felt like his version of Bagley's work. So Lafuentes style is welcomed by me. Some may not enjoy the cartoony approach but it feels like its setting a new tone for the series. More good times, maybe less self loathing, time will tell. Those in the know may know were its heading, I know it gets there, but I assume its fun until it gets serious. I will be buying the next volume on my next trip to the comic shop in my neighborhood, which is a good sign for me , because I'm still invested in the story. Good times had by all and by all I mean myself.

  14. 4 out of 5

    James

    I honestly picked this up thinking it was the original Ultimate Spider-Man (well, rented it). However, I'm definitely not upset by this because it was great book. I'm not a big fan of some of the designs, but some others look amazing, like the "mystery" hero and Mysterio's Atomic Skull cosplay. The coloring looks amazing, and of course, most importantly, the story and characters are well written, as I'd expect from Bendis. Peter is very likable and the side characters get enough time to care abo I honestly picked this up thinking it was the original Ultimate Spider-Man (well, rented it). However, I'm definitely not upset by this because it was great book. I'm not a big fan of some of the designs, but some others look amazing, like the "mystery" hero and Mysterio's Atomic Skull cosplay. The coloring looks amazing, and of course, most importantly, the story and characters are well written, as I'd expect from Bendis. Peter is very likable and the side characters get enough time to care about them and their relationships are very nice and surprisingly realistic. The story isn't the major focus, the characters are, but what's ther is interesting and fun. A lot of mystery, a lot of a city dealing with disaster (something that happened before this, not spoilers), and a lot of great Spidey-quips. It's not a masterpiece, but it's a great trade and does a lot to get me invested in its world and characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Frans Karlsson

    Spider-man is back and is now together with Gwen. He has to face Mysterio and olf friends staying at his house

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josh Brown

    Mysterio rocks, but the change in art style gave me whiplash, the amazing friends stuff has always not lived up to core Spider-Man quality, and come on Pete, it's 2009 at this point, get a haircut.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    not a fan of the new art

  18. 4 out of 5

    Abhinav

    You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields: http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/10/... “My first ever experience with a teenaged Spider-Man, and I’m amazed at how good these comics are!” As part of my comics reading renaissance, I asked on Twitter a while back what Spider-Man comics people would recommend, and the general consensus was that Brian Michael Bendis’ run with Ultimate Spider-Man was fairly good. I took that recommendation to heart and got the first trade paperback for the se You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields: http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/10/... “My first ever experience with a teenaged Spider-Man, and I’m amazed at how good these comics are!” As part of my comics reading renaissance, I asked on Twitter a while back what Spider-Man comics people would recommend, and the general consensus was that Brian Michael Bendis’ run with Ultimate Spider-Man was fairly good. I took that recommendation to heart and got the first trade paperback for the series. Made a small mistake though and got the the trade for the second of Bendis’ run, which follows on from the first. For those not familiar with this distinction, I ended up getting the six issues of The New World According To Peter Parker rather than the seven issues of Power and Responsibility. I toyed with the idea of correcting the mistake but then I thought: “why the hell not just go with it?” Its not like I haven’t started on some series in the middle without any idea of what’s going on! So I went ahead, prepared to encounter a young teenage Spider-Man/Peter Parker for the first time. This is a surprisingly good series. There is a lot of implied back-story in the first couple issues, especially since this is actually preceded by something like 140 issues of varying length (annuals and stuff), and the last story arc for the first series was a huge game-changer. Peter is now working at a small-scale burger joint (and hating it), New York is being unfailingly nice and cuddly with Spider-Man even though there is a big anti-superhero wave of sentiment sweeping across the city and there is a new villain in town, one who starts off things by permanently taking out the Kingpin. Now that’s a start to a new series. BMB’s writing is just superb. He writes a very tight and compact script that is very nuanced and touches on an inherent psychological issue with mutants/superheroes: their acceptance into society and their reactions to being rejected. Spider-Man’s run-ins with Mysterio are the central focus of this first arc, but for me personally, BMB using Spider-Man, Kitty Pryde, Johnny Storm and a few other teenaged superheroes was much more important. It was exactly what I wanted out of the comic. It also continues my fantastic experience with BMB’s writing: his first six Dark Avengers comics are ace, as is the limited series Spider-Men. This guy knows how to capture the essence of his characters in his panels and to make them fun and enjoyable to read about. I thought that the Spider-Man from the Fox animated series was a wisecracker; BMB’s Spider-Man tops him easily. I can’t say that I’m that much taken in by the cover art for the six issues so far. They are largely a miss for me, although I do quite like the ones for #1 and #3. As a series opener, the artwork for #1 totally defines how the first arc is going to progress and it did its job of immediately hooking me into the story that BMB is telling inside. Comparatively, the internal artwork by David Lafuente is great. Since this is a comic with mostly teenaged characters, his pencils give off that general feel to me as the artwork is on the animated side of things, or how I would expect the character designs to look like for a more YA-oriented audience than the adult-styles used in the Fox series. Combined with Justin Ponsor’s fantastic colours, that atmosphere is complete. Nice soft, bright colours, bam! This is an excellent series so far, with the first arc setting the bar high. I’m looking forwards to moving to the next few issues, the two-parter Crossroads arc and then the six-issue Tainted Love arc. Expecting great things! Rating: 9/10

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rahuel

    Some entertaining Spidey moments here and there and interesting character interactions, but there's nothing particularly memorable or captivating enough for this comic to leave a long-lasting impression.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    It's a nice start to the new series, and Bendis always has written Ultimate Spidey very well, but I'll admit to being a little disappointed, as I thought this was the beginning of the Miles Morales version of the character.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Jarring but still fun. Yes Ultimatum was absolutely terrible. It is absolutely a piece of dinky turd but this review is not about that, it's about Spidey after it. World: I like the art, some people find it jarring and I absolutely also felt the same way. It's not the art itself and the style it's the overall world design, over night everyone went from normal high school to emo high school. It's a reboot in art and it takes some getting use to, add to that the artist change and yeah it may rub t Jarring but still fun. Yes Ultimatum was absolutely terrible. It is absolutely a piece of dinky turd but this review is not about that, it's about Spidey after it. World: I like the art, some people find it jarring and I absolutely also felt the same way. It's not the art itself and the style it's the overall world design, over night everyone went from normal high school to emo high school. It's a reboot in art and it takes some getting use to, add to that the artist change and yeah it may rub the people the wrong way. I love Lefuentes' art, I like the manga influence which leads to wonderfully expressive characters and a great sense of motion. The world building is also very interesting and fresh and the dynamic is great offering something different I don't mind the change. What u do mind is that the change is absolutely at the expense of characters and their development over the previous 133 issues but I'll get to that below. Story: The Mysterio reboot is interested fun as is the status quo change. Change is good and give new drama and story. Overall I found the story fun and humorous. However I absolutely was annoyed with the character changes and the inconsistencies and the sake of changing to change the dynamic, that is just sloppy storytelling and lazy. The time jumps is an escape for the creative team and it's an absolutely cop out which is absolutely annoying. Characters: The absolutely most terrible thing about this book. As I said I don't mind the change and the drama but the changes come out of nowhere and makes no character sense. After 133 issues of development are we really doing this with Peter, MJ and Gwen. It makes no sense and it's just not right. If it was developed to where we start the book it would be fine but this lazy time jump just shatters all the established characters. For new readers it's fine for long time readers it's a disservice to them and also the characters. However Bendis has been writing terrible female characters throughout this run that can't step out of the shadows of the male characters and so their emotional core being shafted again is par for the course. Characters shafted but still kinda fun. Onward to the next book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Greta is Erikasbuddy

    A note to the comic book guys of the world Hi all! Me again. Well, I'm still looking at the pretty pictures and owwing and awwing. I know this is your turf and all but I hope you are cool with me hanging out for a while. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm not a geek or a nerd. I don't have a very good memory and I have just started reading comics. While you guys still intimidate me, I hope yu can find it in your heart to tolerate my squees. I just want to read these books and have fun A note to the comic book guys of the world Hi all! Me again. Well, I'm still looking at the pretty pictures and owwing and awwing. I know this is your turf and all but I hope you are cool with me hanging out for a while. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm not a geek or a nerd. I don't have a very good memory and I have just started reading comics. While you guys still intimidate me, I hope yu can find it in your heart to tolerate my squees. I just want to read these books and have fun. I have no interest in tearing things apart and going all CSI on stuff and then battling for dominance on who knows what. I already know that I would lose. I'm just here for the popcorn. The Review I thought this was really cute. I like the thought of Peter Parker working at a fast food joint, going to school, and being Spiderman all at once. But what I don't understand is the story line before this. I'm going to have to figure out what series to read to figure out when the flood happened (I think that's what it was), when Peter dated Kitty Pryde, and how he hooked up with Gwen Stacey. Also, when did Aunt May figure out that Peter was Spiderman? Because in this comic she is cool with washing Peter's costume and taking in teen super heroes in need of a home. I totally say this is an A-OK book to let your middle schooler read. There's nothing diddily dee wrong with it. Very cute and clean. A good book for boys or girls who are wanting to read about Spidey.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd

    So, here we are. Back from the Ultimatum wave and resurfacing with a new series for (the Ultimate version of) everyone's favorite wall-crawler. After Ultimatum, I was glad to see Ultimate Spider-Man return to a semblance of something that it once was. We've still got a high school aged Peter Parker trying to decide between Gwen, Mary Jane, and Kitty. We've got Bendis writing heartfelt characters and making you laugh out loud (even if you're reading all alone) at least once an issue. A good, soli So, here we are. Back from the Ultimatum wave and resurfacing with a new series for (the Ultimate version of) everyone's favorite wall-crawler. After Ultimatum, I was glad to see Ultimate Spider-Man return to a semblance of something that it once was. We've still got a high school aged Peter Parker trying to decide between Gwen, Mary Jane, and Kitty. We've got Bendis writing heartfelt characters and making you laugh out loud (even if you're reading all alone) at least once an issue. A good, solid, fun read all the way through, as, in my opinion, this whole series has been. As a long time fan (which I guess is what I'm calling myself after having read some 25 volumes), what does take some getting used to is the art. I've said this before about artists, but... David LaFuente is not a bad artist. He's just an entirely different feel from either Mark Bagley or Stuart Immonen (who, if you've chronologically read all the Ultimate Spider-Man thus far, we're the artist before). The feel of his art and the subject matter almost makes this a young adult book. It's still super fun and great entertainment, but different art-wise. Still, though, even though pretty much starting a brand new series right here (at least numbering-wise), Ultimate Spider-Man has been the most fun I've had in a long time. Try it out. Read from the very beginning, though. You'll thank me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    DB

    Not a good jumping on point for being a Vol 1 collection, but it keeps the streak going. There's much too much backstory and zero exposition, which is actually a good thing. But don't start reading here. Go back to the original first volume of USM and work through the whole series. For as long as this title has run (ran?), it's a consistently well-written and enjoyable read. Bendis does Sorkin-esque teenage superhero angst dialogue better than anyone. He also makes Ultimate Peter Parker the most Not a good jumping on point for being a Vol 1 collection, but it keeps the streak going. There's much too much backstory and zero exposition, which is actually a good thing. But don't start reading here. Go back to the original first volume of USM and work through the whole series. For as long as this title has run (ran?), it's a consistently well-written and enjoyable read. Bendis does Sorkin-esque teenage superhero angst dialogue better than anyone. He also makes Ultimate Peter Parker the most fun to read character in the Marvel U. That said, everyone needs an Aunt May and this is the book that shows you why. On a different note, don't look too long at the cover art. Either Peter has suddenly become Ragdoll, or there's something seriously wrong with his right ankle. Editing to add something: I've seen a some people be dismissive of the whole boarding house for heroes thing. I think it works. Within the story, see Aunt May comment above. But on the macro, this-is-what-Ultimate-line-is-about sense, too. This volume is the new Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, with Johnny Storm taking the place of Firestar. Clever and appropriate.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ottery StCatchpole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm not a big fan of Brian Bendis' style of decompression wherein something takes like 50 volumes of comics to resolve one simple story but here at least and with this comic he's managed to keep it simple and interesting. He captures the life of Peter Parker in high school really well, and I love it when Gwen Stacy calls Aunt May's house, "Their own Avengers Mansion" when all the other superheroes start moving in. The storyline isn't anything new but it is interesting and fun and it doesn't seem I'm not a big fan of Brian Bendis' style of decompression wherein something takes like 50 volumes of comics to resolve one simple story but here at least and with this comic he's managed to keep it simple and interesting. He captures the life of Peter Parker in high school really well, and I love it when Gwen Stacy calls Aunt May's house, "Their own Avengers Mansion" when all the other superheroes start moving in. The storyline isn't anything new but it is interesting and fun and it doesn't seem as dark as the other Ultimate titles are known for, and the art by David LaFuente is vibrant, beautiful, and cute and it never gets boring though at times it reads like a comic strip across the pages which can be a bit disconcerting but its hardly anything that ruins the reading experience. I loved it so much I'm going to start looking out for the monthly which is saying something as I haven't collected comics in the past couple of years because of all the moody, dark and twisted revisionist crap going on in them. A must-read! Fun, doesn't tie in to any long continuity and it's lighthearted fun. Try it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Yeah, so, I'm totally going to just skip the first installment of Bendis's Spider-man because I disliked volume one so much. THIS installment is waaay better, IMO. Here's why: the art is better. In a general "yeah I believe these are high schoolers and I am not uncomfortable looking at the pages" sort of way. There are so many more girls. And there are so many more superheroes, too, and that's pretty cool. Is it annoying that super-powered males outnumber super-powered females by a lot in this vo Yeah, so, I'm totally going to just skip the first installment of Bendis's Spider-man because I disliked volume one so much. THIS installment is waaay better, IMO. Here's why: the art is better. In a general "yeah I believe these are high schoolers and I am not uncomfortable looking at the pages" sort of way. There are so many more girls. And there are so many more superheroes, too, and that's pretty cool. Is it annoying that super-powered males outnumber super-powered females by a lot in this volume? Yup, definitely. Is it obnoxious that all of the girls are hung up on the same guy and occasionally get kinda catty about it? FOR SURE. Would I prefer a handful of POC with powers? Yep, definitely! Do I just wish I was reading Unbeatable Squirrel Girl instead? Yeah actually I do. But this was still pretty cool.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Edward Cheer

    So... what? Peter's not dead? It's been months now, and we're starting again with all these characters in these new relationships with little explanation as to why they got where they are. Things would just seem a little less ridiculous, if I saw MJ's turmoil as she broke up with Peter and his transition to falling for Gwen, other than some narration. It just makes things seem less well-grounded, like the previous series. But the actions good, the comedy's still there (albeit forced at times, li So... what? Peter's not dead? It's been months now, and we're starting again with all these characters in these new relationships with little explanation as to why they got where they are. Things would just seem a little less ridiculous, if I saw MJ's turmoil as she broke up with Peter and his transition to falling for Gwen, other than some narration. It just makes things seem less well-grounded, like the previous series. But the actions good, the comedy's still there (albeit forced at times, like the first few pages) and character interaction is decent. I just hope Bendis continues to improve, and hopefully make this as good (or even better than) the original "Ultimate Spider-Man", since he just brought Peter back from the dead to do it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    TJ Shelby

    So much changing here. Ultimate Spider-Man changed name to Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, complete with a Volume 1 attached to it. Picks up a few months after the devastation of Ultimatum. Brief appearance by Kingpin. Just long enough for an assassination by Mysterio. Appearance/origin of the Red Hood and ends the volume by the surprise reveal. Aunt May appears to be opening the May Boarding Home For Gifted Youngsters, which is inevitably going to lead to some teenage love triangles, squares or wo So much changing here. Ultimate Spider-Man changed name to Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, complete with a Volume 1 attached to it. Picks up a few months after the devastation of Ultimatum. Brief appearance by Kingpin. Just long enough for an assassination by Mysterio. Appearance/origin of the Red Hood and ends the volume by the surprise reveal. Aunt May appears to be opening the May Boarding Home For Gifted Youngsters, which is inevitably going to lead to some teenage love triangles, squares or worse. Overall the writing (Bendis) was pretty good, as usual. The art, though, was like they pulled some guy off of the Teen Titans Go art team and I will admit to disappointment. If Bagley was still doing pencils, it would have been a 4 star rating.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    Bit of a cheat as I read this in monthly comic form (though all together, so that's close). Still not sure why Marvel decided to re-title this series from Ultimate Spider-man to Ultimate Comics Spider-man. Anyway, it picks up with everyone trying to adjust to the post-Ultimatum world. Bendis is still writing so that's a huge plus (and really the reason I'm still reading), but the artwork is a little too manga for my taste. I don't like what they've done with Peter Parker especially. Plus, there a Bit of a cheat as I read this in monthly comic form (though all together, so that's close). Still not sure why Marvel decided to re-title this series from Ultimate Spider-man to Ultimate Comics Spider-man. Anyway, it picks up with everyone trying to adjust to the post-Ultimatum world. Bendis is still writing so that's a huge plus (and really the reason I'm still reading), but the artwork is a little too manga for my taste. I don't like what they've done with Peter Parker especially. Plus, there are some huge unanswered questions weighing down the story, namely why Peter is now dating Gwen.

  30. 5 out of 5

    John Pennycook

    Eugh. I really enjoyed the end of Ultimate Spiderman -- Volume 22, and was telling anybody who'd listen that I was surprised (and impressed) that Bendis had the balls to do what he had. ...except, of course, that he hadn't. I figured that for this comic to have even happened, there must have been a good reason for it, but so far I haven't found it. The story dwells too much on teenage romance, and the art is just terrible. All of the children look like babies, and Aunt May suddenly looks like a man Eugh. I really enjoyed the end of Ultimate Spiderman -- Volume 22, and was telling anybody who'd listen that I was surprised (and impressed) that Bendis had the balls to do what he had. ...except, of course, that he hadn't. I figured that for this comic to have even happened, there must have been a good reason for it, but so far I haven't found it. The story dwells too much on teenage romance, and the art is just terrible. All of the children look like babies, and Aunt May suddenly looks like a man. Very disappointed.

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