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This deluxe, hardcover volume collects material from: * Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3: Double Trouble * Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 4: Legacy * Behind-the-Scenes Material In the last year, teenager Peter Parker's grown more comfortable with his amazing abilities, but that's all about to change with the return of the maniacal Green Goblin. The Goblin has discovered Peter's secret ide This deluxe, hardcover volume collects material from: * Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3: Double Trouble * Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 4: Legacy * Behind-the-Scenes Material In the last year, teenager Peter Parker's grown more comfortable with his amazing abilities, but that's all about to change with the return of the maniacal Green Goblin. The Goblin has discovered Peter's secret identity -- and with the lives of the teenager's loved ones at stake, will Spider-Man be able to escape the Goblin's clutches?


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This deluxe, hardcover volume collects material from: * Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3: Double Trouble * Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 4: Legacy * Behind-the-Scenes Material In the last year, teenager Peter Parker's grown more comfortable with his amazing abilities, but that's all about to change with the return of the maniacal Green Goblin. The Goblin has discovered Peter's secret ide This deluxe, hardcover volume collects material from: * Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3: Double Trouble * Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 4: Legacy * Behind-the-Scenes Material In the last year, teenager Peter Parker's grown more comfortable with his amazing abilities, but that's all about to change with the return of the maniacal Green Goblin. The Goblin has discovered Peter's secret identity -- and with the lives of the teenager's loved ones at stake, will Spider-Man be able to escape the Goblin's clutches?

30 review for Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    SPOILERS As a way of rebooting Spider-Man for the millennial audience, writer Brian Michael Bendis not only was successful at returning this character to his teenage roots for today’s younger readers, it gave birth to the Ultimate Universe, conceived as an alternative approach to your favourite Marvel heroes in contrast the main 616 continuity. Following a terrific first year, Ultimate Spider-Man enters its sophomore stage and things get complicated as it always is with teenagers. Following the de SPOILERS As a way of rebooting Spider-Man for the millennial audience, writer Brian Michael Bendis not only was successful at returning this character to his teenage roots for today’s younger readers, it gave birth to the Ultimate Universe, conceived as an alternative approach to your favourite Marvel heroes in contrast the main 616 continuity. Following a terrific first year, Ultimate Spider-Man enters its sophomore stage and things get complicated as it always is with teenagers. Following the defeat of the Green Goblin and the Kingpin, Spider-Man faces new threats in the shape of an amnesiac, vengeful Doctor Octopus and reality TV star Kraven the Hunter, as well as the media who seems to vilify Spidey in whatever heroism he commits. Meanwhile, his alter-ego Peter is still wrestling with high school, from the worry of his secret identity being discovered to a potential romance with his best bud Mary Jane who is aware of Peter’s spider-persona. Considering the first volume did a good job of reinterpreting the origin story with the inclusion of the Green Goblin to then Peter’s self-taught journey as a vigilante when he fought Wilson Fisk, the opening arc of this volume crams in too much story and character to the point that our hero is almost side-lined. Once again, the Ultimate version of this rogues gallery is an issue, such as Doctor Octopus has a very complicated backstory that associates with evil corporate CEO Justin Hammer, of whom Doc Ock targets, but due to his amnesiac motivations, his revenge comes off as flimsy and not well thought-out. As for Kraven the Hunter, a character conceived during the Steve Ditko era of Spider-Man comics, he was always a silly villain to begin with, despite headlining what is one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever written with Kraven’s Last Hunt. Reinterpreted here as an Australian reality TV host, Bendis was trying to be funny, but his subplot felt unnecessary as well as lacking any conflict. Outside of the superhero antics, Peter’s story fares a bit better as his witty interactions with Mary Jane are always a delight, whilst the inclusion of Gwen Stacy – the rebellious daughter of police captain John Stacy – may seem intrusive initially but quickly improves due to Gwen’s support for the Peter/M.J. romance. However, the subplot involving Kong’s determination in revealing Peter’s secret identity never goes anywhere, even though the outing of a superhero is a recurring theme in Bendis’s work (read his amazing run on Daredevil). Fortunately, the next arc is more streamlined as well as breaking new ground in terms of Peter Parker becoming part of a bigger world as he becomes a possible suspect by SHIELD, as well as how the return of his greatest enemy the Green Goblin hits Peter emotionally and how this conflict will affect those around him. Throughout this volume, Bendis nails the classic Peter Parker-can't-win scenario, whether it is Peter losing the trust of his loving aunt or the ambiguous future of his relationship with Mary Jane. Being a more action-packed read than the previous volume, Mark Bagley, whose artwork might be rough around the edges, especially toward crowd sequences, does a decent job with the spectacle, given the wordy heaviness of Bendis’ scripts. Whatever faults this volume has, Spider-Man comes out on top as he triumphs as a hero to the public, while his alter-ego faces a personal turmoil that’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for young Peter Parker.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    The series continues to be solid in this 2nd collection as Peter continues to struggle with balancing his superhero life and his personal one. This features interesting new interpretations of classic Spider-man villains like Kraven and Doctor Octopus, and Peter also has to deal with the return of Green Goblin. Still very fun and well-written. Why couldn't Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection, Book 1 be this good?! The series continues to be solid in this 2nd collection as Peter continues to struggle with balancing his superhero life and his personal one. This features interesting new interpretations of classic Spider-man villains like Kraven and Doctor Octopus, and Peter also has to deal with the return of Green Goblin. Still very fun and well-written. Why couldn't Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection, Book 1 be this good?!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elinor Master of Gifs

    4.7 I might even round it up to 5 ? Not the biggest fan of the art, but the story is GOOD.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    In 2000, with a new management, Marvel undertook something they tried before, but this time with their own characters, a brand new Marvel Universe, the Ultimate Universe. This Brian Michael Bendis, Bill Jemas and Mark Bagley shut-down all the doubters with a more realist super hero universe starting with the Ultimate Spider-Man, all the pros and cons of being young... and having super spider powers! We get an utterly hardcore iteration of the Green Goblin who know who Peter is! And in this very In 2000, with a new management, Marvel undertook something they tried before, but this time with their own characters, a brand new Marvel Universe, the Ultimate Universe. This Brian Michael Bendis, Bill Jemas and Mark Bagley shut-down all the doubters with a more realist super hero universe starting with the Ultimate Spider-Man, all the pros and cons of being young... and having super spider powers! We get an utterly hardcore iteration of the Green Goblin who know who Peter is! And in this very different universe Osborn isn't the only who knows! Collects Ultimate Spider-Man #14-27, 8 out of 12 sees good improvement on the series already!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This was an exciting action packed comic as most Spider-man comics will be. I loved reading through this and see what similarities and differences it had from the movies. The humor Spider-man gives off as he fights makes this comic so much more fun to read. The art in this comic fit very well the Green Goblin looked awesome, I liked his character a lot more in this comic than in the movies. I would recommend this comic to people who like action and Spider-man fans.

  6. 4 out of 5

    C.T. Eldridge

    Bagley and Bendis continue a really solid story through volumes 3 and 4 of their Ultimare SM run. I brought it down to four stars probably only because it’s hard not to compare these issues with the first couple of volumes, which were really, really well done. If you liked the first Sam Raimee SM movie, then you’ll really enjoy this book. It’s clear that the makers of that film drew heavily on the Green Goblin, Harry Osborne storyline. A point for me in this book is the development and tension bei Bagley and Bendis continue a really solid story through volumes 3 and 4 of their Ultimare SM run. I brought it down to four stars probably only because it’s hard not to compare these issues with the first couple of volumes, which were really, really well done. If you liked the first Sam Raimee SM movie, then you’ll really enjoy this book. It’s clear that the makers of that film drew heavily on the Green Goblin, Harry Osborne storyline. A point for me in this book is the development and tension being built into MJ and Peter’s relationship. Bendis does an excellent job laying out the excitement and passion of young romance, while also providing compelling conflict with (1) other potential love interests (i.e., Gwen), (2) Peter’s calling and responsibility as SM, and (3) Peter’s need to honor his Aunt. I think a weak spot relates to Otto’s motivations. The main thing Bendis leans into is the way Justin Hammer treated him like a science experiment after the tragedy of the explosion. The other motivation is simply the head trauma that occurred from the explosion, making him lose control and be maniacal. I guess it makes sense, but it still felt like something was missing. Norman’s lust for power, control, and legacy is more compelling to me. I liked the Kraven storyline here as well. It built up nicely, and I loved the way SM deals with him so swiftly. I feel like you rarely see that in comics. Obviously Bendis is setting up a bigger fight later on, plus the main baddie in this story was Otto. But still the way SM so quickly wipes the floor with Kraven was satisfying and felt real to life. Kraven is a hero, but he’s not a super hero and that should show.

  7. 5 out of 5

    adeline

    (4 ⭐) Norman Osborn was quite terrifying, not gonna lie.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adam Oster

    I've typically stayed away from Spider-man's solo books because of my dislike for Peter Parker himself, but after a trip to the library had my son pick up this collection, I figured I might as well make my way through it as well. I have to say that the Ultimate Spider-man gives Peter Parker a much needed reboot. Obviously there's still the massive human element to the whole thing, which is part of what makes Spider-man so popular, but the amount of whining seems to have almost disappeared, at lea I've typically stayed away from Spider-man's solo books because of my dislike for Peter Parker himself, but after a trip to the library had my son pick up this collection, I figured I might as well make my way through it as well. I have to say that the Ultimate Spider-man gives Peter Parker a much needed reboot. Obviously there's still the massive human element to the whole thing, which is part of what makes Spider-man so popular, but the amount of whining seems to have almost disappeared, at least during this early part of the series. In fact, Parker almost seems excited by the fact that he has these superpowers, even if they cause him endless troubles. I think it helps to have Mary Jane know about his secret identity right off the bat. This collection has a great deal of amazing stuff going for it. Enough, even, that I'm thinking I'm going to have to pick up the other collections for a read at some point...but I'm still not going to proclaim my love for Peter Parker...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Uys

    So, I've actually been reading the SC Ultimate Collections of Ultimate Spider-Man...which is not confusing at all! Collecting 2 regular graphic novels into one volume, this series just keeps getting more exciting. Definitely a must-read for both comic book fans and creators, as Mark Bagley's layouts & body work is superb! Can't believe I waited so long to read Ultimate Spider-Man. A+ So, I've actually been reading the SC Ultimate Collections of Ultimate Spider-Man...which is not confusing at all! Collecting 2 regular graphic novels into one volume, this series just keeps getting more exciting. Definitely a must-read for both comic book fans and creators, as Mark Bagley's layouts & body work is superb! Can't believe I waited so long to read Ultimate Spider-Man. A+

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate Hawkins

    In my plans to collect and read all of the series that got me into comics when I was young, I’ve now entered into the long portion of Ultimate Spider-Man that I haven’t ever read before. When the series was first being released, I read the first couple volumes worth of the story but took a long break from it while my interests shifted to Batman and much more of the DC Comics lineup. Interacting with the section of the series for the first time left me just as impressed as I was with the first vo In my plans to collect and read all of the series that got me into comics when I was young, I’ve now entered into the long portion of Ultimate Spider-Man that I haven’t ever read before. When the series was first being released, I read the first couple volumes worth of the story but took a long break from it while my interests shifted to Batman and much more of the DC Comics lineup. Interacting with the section of the series for the first time left me just as impressed as I was with the first volume as Mr. Bendis’s writing has remained very solid. This particular volume covers two new story arcs revolving around Doctor Octopus and Green Goblin and includes the updating and reinvention of Gwen Stacy as well. I want to stress just how good the character reinventions in Ultimate Spider-Man are. Not only do they feel fresh and distinct from their 1960s and 70s counterparts, but they’re also unique interpretations of the characters. Gwen Stacy is no longer a preppy looking sweet girl but a foil to Mary Jane, taking the role of a troubled outcast. Green Goblin, as first shown in volume one, is no longer a crotchety man riding around on a glider, but is a megalomaniac scientist who sees his mutation as the next step in human evolution. Those decisions from Mr. Bendis firmly set this series apart from any of its counterparts in the past, present, or future and it’s why it will always color my impression of the characters and stories surrounding Spider-Man. That invention and new design doesn’t just stop at the characters, it continues into the content of the issues themselves. For example, there is a whole issue that recaps a conversation between Spider-Man and Green Goblin that the reader has already seen, only now it's from Green Goblin's perspective, and it gives the reader a glimpse into the mind of the villain. That glimpse is not only uniquely terrifying, but its also incredibly interesting, and it was something incredibly new in the medium when it was first published, and it still holds up to this day. This second book in the Ultimate Spider-Man series does suffer from some of the same problems as the first, the art style is very dated, the characters look and dress older than high schoolers, and there are references to the internet and other cultural things that firmly plant this book in the early 2000s. There is also one particular scene in which several characters make fun of the prospect of another character being gay, that’s just not something that you would see in a modern comic book for better or for worse. I would also say that the story arcs contained here are a little too short for my taste. This run of issues originally took a year to publish, so there is the issue that comes having access to all of them at once rather than monthly, but it still feels like there was potential material left on the table with the Green Goblin arc in particular. This is series that is much more than its flaws, Peter and his friends certainly feel like real people and Mr. Bendis isn’t afraid to take the time out from action sequences to explore the day to day life of being a teenager, and many of the personal struggles that Peter goes through are explored more in-depth that modern comics would. In the modern state of comic’s personal problems with heroes are certainly brought up, but they are often left largely unexplored with the writer favoring to use them as a segue to the next action set-piece. I can’t stress enough how much Mr. Bendis doesn’t do that in this series, he’s firmly invested in building characters, and it’s incredibly refreshing. If you’ve never read Spider-Man comics, this is an excellent place to start, but it also just might ruin every other iteration of the character for you. I think that the Ultimate universe of books was probably the best thing that Marvel ever did past the turn of the century and I don’t have to do more than point to the quality of Ultimate Spider-Man to justify that opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brandt

    For me, the gold standard for teenage superheroism has to be G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel which in my numerous reviews of the book (and which I am on a forced hiatus from, since Wilson left the book and The Magnificent Ms. Marvel isn't in trade paperback yet) I said reminded me of Stan Lee's work on The Amazing Spider-Man but that we didn't need to tell the story of cis teen white boys any more--Holden Caulfield with a mask simply isn't that interesting to me. But just because we don't need For me, the gold standard for teenage superheroism has to be G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel which in my numerous reviews of the book (and which I am on a forced hiatus from, since Wilson left the book and The Magnificent Ms. Marvel isn't in trade paperback yet) I said reminded me of Stan Lee's work on The Amazing Spider-Man but that we didn't need to tell the story of cis teen white boys any more--Holden Caulfield with a mask simply isn't that interesting to me. But just because we don't need something doesn't mean that we shouldn't appreciate it when it happens anyway and it is done well. I have been engaging the Marvel Ultimate universe for two reasons--one, the characters in the Ultimate universe eventually are brought into the "mainstream" Marvel fold in Hickman's Secret Wars and the other reason is because I was absolutely blown away by Into the Spider-Verse and I am interested in reading more Miles Morales stories (it doesn't hurt that he shows up in Ms. Marvel after Secret Wars) and since the Ultimate universe did not exist for as long as the 616 universe did, and almost everything has been collected in trade paperback, why not just read the whole damned thing? Of course, Ultimate Spider-Man was the flagship for the Ultimate Universe (along with Mark Millar's Ultimate X-Men ) and I appreciated Brian Michael Bendis' retelling of the Spider-Man origin that has essentially become ubiquitous at this point. I feel that things can be hit or miss with Bendis, but this collection is Bendis at his absolute best. There are essentially two story arcs in this Ultimate Collection--the first concerns Doctor Octopus and Kraven the Hunter and the second is a return of the [Green] Goblin character. I'll not describe much about the Goblin portion of the book--his "death" at the end of the first Ultimate Spider-Man story arc was obviously never going to stick, and this arc is a good follow-up to all the loose plot strings hanging out from Bendis' take on the origin story. The true greatness here is in the Doctor Octopus arc. I have to admit that before I saw Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 I never considered him to be really that great of a villain. But then Raimi, combined with Dan Slott's Superior Spider-Man convinced me that not only was Doc Ock a great Spider-Man villain, but the greatest Spider-Man villain. Had I been familiar with Bendis' take on Doc Ock (which saw publication just before Spider-Man 2 had come out, it probably wouldn't have taken Molina's performance to put me on the right track. And then there's Bendis throwing Kraven into the mix--very rarely does life throws its challenges at you in the order you prefer, and while Doctor Octopus takes up Peter's attention during the arc, Kraven also gets involved, because that is more the speed of life. However, in a very clever twist, by the time the arc is over, some things aren't quite as they seem, and Peter's dealings with one of these villains takes a shocking and I would say welcome turn. After going through two of these Ultimate Collections you can see what Marvel saw when they gave Bendis more and more control over the Marvel Universe. This is really great work and is a really great take on Spider-Man that even though we didn't need, I'm still glad we got it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chaitanya

    Way more satisfying than the first book. According to me, this book improved over the first book on pretty much every level, the designs were more bold & vibrant making it a eye-candy & I liked the character choices made in the book. Some of the characters got new arcs compared to the classics which was very relatable to the modern world. It was quite fresh. (view spoiler)[Just like the original, the start was serviceable w/ all the setup etc, but this picked really well from the middle of 2nd ac Way more satisfying than the first book. According to me, this book improved over the first book on pretty much every level, the designs were more bold & vibrant making it a eye-candy & I liked the character choices made in the book. Some of the characters got new arcs compared to the classics which was very relatable to the modern world. It was quite fresh. (view spoiler)[Just like the original, the start was serviceable w/ all the setup etc, but this picked really well from the middle of 2nd act and 3rd act was nonstop fun. There was much more emotional impact this time around and bunch of quality heartfelt scenes between Peter-Aunt May, Peter-MJ etc. Doc Ock & Green Goblin were badass. I don't really see the relevance of Kraven the hunter but that was a minor hiccup. Gwen Stacy was a nice addition & I was totally surprised w/ Nick Fury. The 3rd act was just fantastic. Razor sharp work in all departments & the characters were popping out off the book. Mary Jane saving scene was a delight and GG was even more hulking (if that's possible). I also think the teen-humor & awkwardness was captured extremely well alongside the serious business (hide spoiler)] A major step-up from the original-4.5/5!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert Timmons

    Ultimate Spider-Man the Ultimate Collection 2, continues in from where Volume 1 left off. Mark Bagley's artwork and panel layout continues to be stunning. Bendis' style of writing really suits the character too. This was a solid four stars from me and I'll definitely pickup Volume 3 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Ultimate Spider-Man the Ultimate Collection 2, continues in from where Volume 1 left off. Mark Bagley's artwork and panel layout continues to be stunning. Bendis' style of writing really suits the character too. This was a solid four stars from me and I'll definitely pickup Volume 3 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

  14. 5 out of 5

    Clara Therrien-Gros-Louis

    I wasn't so hyped about the first half, but boy oh boy, the second half, especially the last third, I devoured in 2 days (when it took me the best of the year for the first half!!!), wow the Goblin stuff was good, and Harry, and Peter and Aunt May, and Peter and MJ wow!! I wasn't so hyped about the first half, but boy oh boy, the second half, especially the last third, I devoured in 2 days (when it took me the best of the year for the first half!!!), wow the Goblin stuff was good, and Harry, and Peter and Aunt May, and Peter and MJ wow!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jared Z.

    A step-up from the first omnibus, though again it works *despite* Bendis' scriptwriting. The second year of Ultimate Spider-Man further develops the main characters, introduces some new major players (in particular Nick Fury) and lays the ground for some insane storylines to follow. A step-up from the first omnibus, though again it works *despite* Bendis' scriptwriting. The second year of Ultimate Spider-Man further develops the main characters, introduces some new major players (in particular Nick Fury) and lays the ground for some insane storylines to follow.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jack Herbert Christal Gattanella

    vol 3: 5 stars vol 4: 4 stars rounding up a 4.5 to this

  17. 4 out of 5

    CupcakeBlonde

    I really liked this one, especially the appearance of Gwen Stacey!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    Read the original comics.

  19. 5 out of 5

    NONO

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I still cannot read the book

  20. 5 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    As in the first volume, some things in Volume 2 are very satisfying, while other things don't work at all. More than in the first volume, the creators here make some really bad missteps in their choices.What I continue to enjoy about this series is the bold, vibrant coloring and the good variety of panel arrangements on the pages. Some of the action-scene pages are really nice-looking. I don't know much about graphic novels, but one thing I want from a graphic novel is vivid color. I know, there As in the first volume, some things in Volume 2 are very satisfying, while other things don't work at all. More than in the first volume, the creators here make some really bad missteps in their choices.What I continue to enjoy about this series is the bold, vibrant coloring and the good variety of panel arrangements on the pages. Some of the action-scene pages are really nice-looking. I don't know much about graphic novels, but one thing I want from a graphic novel is vivid color. I know, there are many graphic novels that are black and white; I'd be willing to give them a try (and I welcome recommendations), but I do love colors.As the story develops from Volume 1, certain characters and themes return. Peter's spider-bite and the accident at Osborn's lab are leading to more complexities and misunderstandings. Spider-Man begins to receive some positive feedback from New Yorkers, along with the ever-present criticisms from the press. Peter and Aunt May continue to work through their grief at the loss of Ben, and I enjoy seeing Peter and May comforting (and at times infuriating) each other—though I think May goes pretty easy on Peter. I really like the development of the mythology in the Ultimate retelling, understanding references to people and events from past story arcs and watching the scene setting for the bigger Marvel story: with the first appearance of Nick Fury, an increasing presence of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents lurking behind the scenes, hints about the covert competition (between Osborn, Hammer...others?) to create a super-soldier serum, and more references to the other major Marvel characters, who may eventually make appearances here.What doesn't work is the direction Brian Michael Bendis decides to take some of the classic characters. Kraven as The Crocodile Hunter: bad, awful idea. It may have seemed current at the time, but I see no compelling reason to lead Kraven away from his “Most Dangerous Game” roots; that short story is sure to outlast Steve Irwin's television show anyway. His inclusion in the first Doctor Octopus story arc is pointless. It's not suspenseful, it's not interesting, and its conclusion is not nearly so funny as Bendis (I assume) thinks it is.The other disappointment in this volume is Gwen Stacy. Gwen's introduction scene is a huge reminder that this series may be about teenagers, but it's being created by middle-aged men. Gwen gets a little better with time in the Ultimate series, but her first appearances are dreadful—the more so because she's not at all what I think of as the classic Gwen Stacy, nor does she need to fill the same role as in the original comics, since Mary Jane is already around and she and Peter are already interested in each other.I enjoy the Ultimate version of Doc Ock (though I wonder why he settles on the green and silver jumpsuit, and how it fits around the metal arms that are grafted into his bare midsection). His appearance in the first half of this collection is almost just a tease of things to come, and that's okay. The story is still growing slowly at this stage (though that will change in Volume 3, to the detriment of the series).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Mr. Bendis was pretty much born to write Spidey.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    4.5/5 In everyway that a comic could improve over its first year (2000-2001), this run of issues #14-27 of "ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN" (2001 or 2002) improved. With the origin stuff out of the way, which I am sick of, writer Brian Bendis was afforded the opportunity to write new angles for classic characters and I appriciate that. I want to keep guessing, and even if some readers prefer the classics, I greatly enjoyed the feeling of not knowing. The feeling of reading something fresh. At the behest of my 4.5/5 In everyway that a comic could improve over its first year (2000-2001), this run of issues #14-27 of "ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN" (2001 or 2002) improved. With the origin stuff out of the way, which I am sick of, writer Brian Bendis was afforded the opportunity to write new angles for classic characters and I appriciate that. I want to keep guessing, and even if some readers prefer the classics, I greatly enjoyed the feeling of not knowing. The feeling of reading something fresh. At the behest of my younger brother I jumped on board with these comics. I wasn't wholly convinced of the "Amaze-balls" quality of the writing or art work in Volume One, collecting #1-13, and while some of the art still grinds me -- namely the female midriffs, the man-hands-for-everyone, and the gaping surprised faces that make me roll my eyes -- the writing really was superb. I almost gave this a 4.5 and rounded it down, but since the last two-thirds of this was rollicking and character-driven and easy to rip through, I round my 4.5 up. The conversations between Peter Parker and Aunt may, or him and Mary Jane, are heart-felt, honest, natural, teenage-clumsy, worried, and unlike any dialouge in comics I've ever read. I mean that in a good way. Totally great. click here to see my review for book one #1-13: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... wikipedia's extra info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate... 4.5/5 MH

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jedhua

    Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate Spider-Man volumes three and four, which collect issues #14-27. OVERALL RATING: ABSOLUTE RATING: {3/5 stars} STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars> ------------------------------------------------ ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5+/5 stars} (Rounded Up) STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars> Review for Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 3: Double Trouble ABSOLUTE RATING: {3.5/5 stars} (Rounded Up) STANDARDIZED RATING: <4/5 stars> Review for Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 4: Legacy Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate Spider-Man volumes three and four, which collect issues #14-27. OVERALL RATING: ABSOLUTE RATING: {3/5 stars} STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars> ------------------------------------------------ ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5+/5 stars} (Rounded Up) STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars> Review for Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 3: Double Trouble ABSOLUTE RATING: {3.5/5 stars} (Rounded Up) STANDARDIZED RATING: <4/5 stars> Review for Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 4: Legacy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Madeleine Morrison

    Don't really know where I stand on this yet. Wonderful art and Bendis is a good writer. I just hate pretty much everyone in this universe. With the exception of a character here or there, everyone is complete scum. The problem is, it's only "fun" to read about scum when I feel like I'm reading fiction - not when it feels like it's non-fiction with a layer of mutant added on top. Racism, homophobia, bigotry are too common characteristics in this world and the pages of Marvel's Ultimate comics - e Don't really know where I stand on this yet. Wonderful art and Bendis is a good writer. I just hate pretty much everyone in this universe. With the exception of a character here or there, everyone is complete scum. The problem is, it's only "fun" to read about scum when I feel like I'm reading fiction - not when it feels like it's non-fiction with a layer of mutant added on top. Racism, homophobia, bigotry are too common characteristics in this world and the pages of Marvel's Ultimate comics - especially Spider-Man. Nick Fury showing up and acting like a military douchebag only makes it worse. This is a character who I'm supposed to think is a badass? Cause, unless he changes his tone in following Ultimate universe titles - he's just a normal Government fuck that uses people as weapons and says shit like "This is how things have to be." or "Dems da breaks, kid." Fuck that noise.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    I may be developing an obsession with Ultimate Spiderman. This volume was emotionally intense. Family problems, friend problems and supervillian problems come together leaving Peter with the understandable desire to hide under a rock. The thing that always made Spider-Man fascinating to me is the balance Peter is forced to maintain between his life as Peter and his life as Spider-Man. He can't ditch work the next day because he's wealthy. He has family and friends with expectations of him that h I may be developing an obsession with Ultimate Spiderman. This volume was emotionally intense. Family problems, friend problems and supervillian problems come together leaving Peter with the understandable desire to hide under a rock. The thing that always made Spider-Man fascinating to me is the balance Peter is forced to maintain between his life as Peter and his life as Spider-Man. He can't ditch work the next day because he's wealthy. He has family and friends with expectations of him that he has to try and meet. And I think the creative team on this book is doing a great job helping the reader feel that tension accutely.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    This is one of the big collections, the same as volumes 3 and 4. There was a lot more action than in volume 2, and the action here was more meaningful. Nick Fury's appearance was underwhelming. I suppose he could have been more useless, but it's hard to imagine how. Still, the part where this title shines is when Peter interacts one-on-one with the people he cares about. His relationship with Mary Jane (just Mary in Ultimate Spidey, but I have a hard time dropping Jane) is very cute and sincere, This is one of the big collections, the same as volumes 3 and 4. There was a lot more action than in volume 2, and the action here was more meaningful. Nick Fury's appearance was underwhelming. I suppose he could have been more useless, but it's hard to imagine how. Still, the part where this title shines is when Peter interacts one-on-one with the people he cares about. His relationship with Mary Jane (just Mary in Ultimate Spidey, but I have a hard time dropping Jane) is very cute and sincere, and I do like what Bendis has done with Aunt May. I'm unconvinced about this rebellious version of Gwen, though.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    If Peter Parker found himself in the Archie-verse it might look a lot like these issues of Ultimate Spider Man. An enormous amount of our time here is focused on school and home life and the charms of Mary Jane Watson that at times you almost forget that you are reading a super hero comic. The pacing of the early issues of this series are remarkable for drawing out the Spider Man origin story but here I really want Bendis to hit the gas just a little.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Frank Taranto

    Spidey battles Doctor Octopus, who gets taken away after the battle. He knocks Kraven the Hunter out with basically one punch. The battle with the Green Goblin is the highlight of the book. In this realty, Norman Osborn's super soldier formula makes him absolutley insane. I feel sorry for poor Harry. Spidey battles Doctor Octopus, who gets taken away after the battle. He knocks Kraven the Hunter out with basically one punch. The battle with the Green Goblin is the highlight of the book. In this realty, Norman Osborn's super soldier formula makes him absolutley insane. I feel sorry for poor Harry.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    The story still carries the day, though I'm less enamored of the Bagley artwork with every page I turn. The overly-dynamic hair of the various characters in just plain ridiculous. Too bad they couldn't match this up with a better artist--seems like the other "ultimate" titles all got superstars to work on them; why not this one, the flagship of the line? The story still carries the day, though I'm less enamored of the Bagley artwork with every page I turn. The overly-dynamic hair of the various characters in just plain ridiculous. Too bad they couldn't match this up with a better artist--seems like the other "ultimate" titles all got superstars to work on them; why not this one, the flagship of the line?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Continuing the excellent Ultimate Spider-Man this time we get a wonderful Doc Ock story along with a new and improved Kraven. Then the return of the Goblin in a thrilling tale that really ups the game for Pete.

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