Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man

Vol. 1, Power & Responsibility

Paperback - 2005
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"Ultimate Spider-Man" is the reinterpretation of Spider-Man's origin, updated for today's teens. Starting over at the beginning, the story of how a tortured teen is imbued with startling powers has been completely reimagined to appeal to the high-tech, media savvy youth of today. Full color.
Published: New York, NY : Marvel Comics, 2005.
ISBN: 078510786X
Branch Call Number: TEEN GN ULT VOL. 1
Characteristics: ca. 180 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,26 cm.

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Bearskito
Feb 12, 2014

The first Ultimate Marvel reboot varies in quality. Brian Micheal Bendis is known for slow-paced, dialouge-heavy storytelling, which doesn't always work. For example, Peter telling Mary Jane he's spider-man takes up a whole issue (about a 7th of the hardcovers), which is a bit long. Story arks sometimes loose weight because of this. However, some of the stories are good. A few interesting changes are the Peter/MJ/Gwen dynamic changed by introducing MJ first, and not having Peter like Gwen. Also, a lot of backstories were changed and new vilians were introduced. Some of them were interesting characters (like Moon Knight) and others were overused and had nothing special about them (like Omega Red) Not one of the best Ultimate Comics, but readable.

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unreg_68232205
Jun 08, 2010

Quite a good revision of the Spider-man origin story. Bendis' style is super decompressed; characters tend to spend a lot of time talking about what they did/want to do/wish they hadn't done rather than just doing things, and actions stretch over pages rather than panels. But as I say, a good version of Spider-man. Especially good for young readers!

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