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It's the terrifying debut of the Ultimate Hobgoblin as Harry Osborn returns to Midtown High harboring a dark secret that will affect the lives of all those around him - especially his best friend, Peter Parker. And where does Harry's father - Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin - fit into all this? Collecting: Ultimate Spider-Man 72-78 It's the terrifying debut of the Ultimate Hobgoblin as Harry Osborn returns to Midtown High harboring a dark secret that will affect the lives of all those around him - especially his best friend, Peter Parker. And where does Harry's father - Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin - fit into all this? Collecting: Ultimate Spider-Man 72-78


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It's the terrifying debut of the Ultimate Hobgoblin as Harry Osborn returns to Midtown High harboring a dark secret that will affect the lives of all those around him - especially his best friend, Peter Parker. And where does Harry's father - Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin - fit into all this? Collecting: Ultimate Spider-Man 72-78 It's the terrifying debut of the Ultimate Hobgoblin as Harry Osborn returns to Midtown High harboring a dark secret that will affect the lives of all those around him - especially his best friend, Peter Parker. And where does Harry's father - Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin - fit into all this? Collecting: Ultimate Spider-Man 72-78

30 review for Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 13: Hobgoblin

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    A bit of a slow start but once it gets cooking it turns into one heckuva spicy meatball. Nice twist towards the end of the main Hobgoblin story and a really emotional finish. The epilogue issue focusing on MJ was really nice, too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    This is more like it. I think that I've said before that virtually everything I know about the Spider-Man mythos I learned from the 90s cartoon, so I suppose that I'm coming into all of this with fairly fresh eyes. Was this version of Hobgoblin perfect? Probably not. But Harry is a sympathetic character here, for the most part. The blow up between Peter and Mary Jane was also handled fairly well. I get what Peter is saying, and I get what Mary Jane is saying. Both have good points, neither were This is more like it. I think that I've said before that virtually everything I know about the Spider-Man mythos I learned from the 90s cartoon, so I suppose that I'm coming into all of this with fairly fresh eyes. Was this version of Hobgoblin perfect? Probably not. But Harry is a sympathetic character here, for the most part. The blow up between Peter and Mary Jane was also handled fairly well. I get what Peter is saying, and I get what Mary Jane is saying. Both have good points, neither were at their best. Like so many real life breakups, I suppose. Which doesn't make their arguments easy to read. Quite the opposite, at times.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jack Herbert Christal Gattanella

    Now this is more like it! Harry Osborn returns, and with that comes drama up the wazoo - the kind that brings some major existential problems - for Parker, but for MJ, especially her - and action that also ropes in Nick Fury into being responsible (though hes an a-hole so that doesn't really pan out like you think, albeit theres a bit of foreshadowing that feels rather ominous). This is Bendis doing what they do best with this series, with dialog that has excellent highs and lows (I mean in a par Now this is more like it! Harry Osborn returns, and with that comes drama up the wazoo - the kind that brings some major existential problems - for Parker, but for MJ, especially her - and action that also ropes in Nick Fury into being responsible (though hes an a-hole so that doesn't really pan out like you think, albeit theres a bit of foreshadowing that feels rather ominous). This is Bendis doing what they do best with this series, with dialog that has excellent highs and lows (I mean in a particular scene - see for example the part where MJ goes to see Peter on the bleechers and how that conversation goes through many moments where it's not just one thing happening) and in the melodrama pointing back to the central quesfion: can Peter Parker be Spider-Man and have and keep people in his life (aside from Aunt May) that he cares about... Who also know his secret, *and* that he can protect? Turns out, lying (or just not telling the full details because, you know, being a teenager sucks) doesn't help the case here. I also really LOVE the ending as it works as a perfect moment where one thinks something good and natural is unfolding - already MJ is introduced to a new guy (a dashingly handsome for his type punk rocker) and just when one thinks the scene will go one way, it pivots and becomes about what *her* main question is. This Ultimate Spider-Man series hasnt been perfect or anything (itd be hard to expect it to be), but when it's good it's really really terrific and this volume is another highpoint that feels complete in a way unto itself, like its own segment in a film series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    Maybe I need to stop reading these for now and just bow to the necessity of dragging them home in my suitcase. They're still fun, and this volume was pretty good -- I got genuinely caught up in the emotion between Peter and Mary Jane, and I was touched and worried for Harry Osborn... but at the same time, these fights keep on happening, it's getting darker and less fun (i.e. needs more digestion time) and the teenage drama between Peter and Mary Jane just keeps on playing out over and over. Some Maybe I need to stop reading these for now and just bow to the necessity of dragging them home in my suitcase. They're still fun, and this volume was pretty good -- I got genuinely caught up in the emotion between Peter and Mary Jane, and I was touched and worried for Harry Osborn... but at the same time, these fights keep on happening, it's getting darker and less fun (i.e. needs more digestion time) and the teenage drama between Peter and Mary Jane just keeps on playing out over and over. Some stuff hasn't even been touched on in a couple of volumes: working at the Daily Bugle, problems with Aunt May, Felicia Hardy (who looks to be coming up in the next one)... I don't know, maybe I better pause while it's still fun, and before I pick it apart.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    From the first debut of Hobgoblin in the Amazing Spider-Man comic book it has been a Marvel tradition to have sense shattering Hobgoblin appearances, and although this maintains the high quality of this series, it's not real earth shattering different to other villain's debut. We also get to see the return of Harry Osborne, and get insight into his past. 8 out of 12. From the first debut of Hobgoblin in the Amazing Spider-Man comic book it has been a Marvel tradition to have sense shattering Hobgoblin appearances, and although this maintains the high quality of this series, it's not real earth shattering different to other villain's debut. We also get to see the return of Harry Osborne, and get insight into his past. 8 out of 12.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Henry Blackwood

    I was expecting to give this five stars and I will right now but it’s probably the sketchiest five I could give... or the highest four you could possibly give? I just didn’t enjoy how Harry turned into Hobgoblin is still so vague but I sure did love everything else about it, even the last issue solely focusing on MJ. Bendis has really made something special here, even tho I’m pretty sure he called Harry Osborn ‘Harrison’ one issue and ‘Harold’ the next haha. I’m hoping the vagueness is cleared at I was expecting to give this five stars and I will right now but it’s probably the sketchiest five I could give... or the highest four you could possibly give? I just didn’t enjoy how Harry turned into Hobgoblin is still so vague but I sure did love everything else about it, even the last issue solely focusing on MJ. Bendis has really made something special here, even tho I’m pretty sure he called Harry Osborn ‘Harrison’ one issue and ‘Harold’ the next haha. I’m hoping the vagueness is cleared at the end of this and I’ll feel better about giving this a 5. EDIT: Already backflipped, I can’t give this a 5 when I just read Vision. Still amazing though. And if the questions of How Harry obtained the powers are answered later I’ll come back I guess.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leticia

    Still very much a dark storyline, but now I'm old enough to see what Bendis was doing with Peter's oh-so-teenaged decision to close himself from the people he loves and sideline his actual life in order to be Spider-Man. Being older also means that instead of identifying with MJ as she waxes romantic about The Once And Future Boyfriend, I feel like saying it's better that she's not around that emotionally unavailable manchild and would she like another slice of chocolate cake? Still very much a dark storyline, but now I'm old enough to see what Bendis was doing with Peter's oh-so-teenaged decision to close himself from the people he loves and sideline his actual life in order to be Spider-Man. Being older also means that instead of identifying with MJ as she waxes romantic about The Once And Future Boyfriend, I feel like saying it's better that she's not around that emotionally unavailable manchild and would she like another slice of chocolate cake?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    4.5 This is the first time I've come across Hobgoblin, but he's a pretty interesting villain! I'm glad Harry's traumas are getting dealt with, even if in this way. Also, I thought I was going to be annoyed about the MJ/Peter drama, but I found it strangely exciting. As much as I disagreed with MJ's actions in this volume, it made for a good story. 4.5 This is the first time I've come across Hobgoblin, but he's a pretty interesting villain! I'm glad Harry's traumas are getting dealt with, even if in this way. Also, I thought I was going to be annoyed about the MJ/Peter drama, but I found it strangely exciting. As much as I disagreed with MJ's actions in this volume, it made for a good story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Noah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Absolutely incredible. In particular, the pacing was some of the best I've read yet. The exposition took a front seat for most of these issues, but once the action started, it felt so earned. I'm sure some of these will stick out as the most iconic Spidey panels in my mind since I've never seen this side of Harry. Also, these COVERS! WOW! Absolutely incredible. In particular, the pacing was some of the best I've read yet. The exposition took a front seat for most of these issues, but once the action started, it felt so earned. I'm sure some of these will stick out as the most iconic Spidey panels in my mind since I've never seen this side of Harry. Also, these COVERS! WOW!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rix

    Urgh Peter is just the worst in this volume. Most of the relationship drama going on is completely avoidable (I know they're teenagers but I strongly doubt that the narrative is ever meaningfully going to tackle what's going on here from that angle). Anyway, stay tuned till next volume to find out what's wrong with the seemingly very nice guy MJ is with at the end Urgh Peter is just the worst in this volume. Most of the relationship drama going on is completely avoidable (I know they're teenagers but I strongly doubt that the narrative is ever meaningfully going to tackle what's going on here from that angle). Anyway, stay tuned till next volume to find out what's wrong with the seemingly very nice guy MJ is with at the end

  11. 5 out of 5

    Fellipe Moscardini

    Another solid volume. Harry’s story was a bit convoluted, but overall it was pretty good. Peter and MJ’s breakup has opened doors for more teenage drama, which is fine by me, I guess. Not as great as the previous volumes, but still part of one of the best comic book runs I’ve ever read. 4/5 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

    Peter faces his friend and enemy Hobgoblin.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Zelly B.

    My favourite Spidey series of all time. This is actually a (2x) re-read of the entire series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    Harry Osborn is back and has a secret

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marloges

    Everytime Harry Osborn appears I feel so sorry for the guy, it's insane... The Peter and MJ drama is also reaching it's climax here. Also Nick Fury is a dick. Everytime Harry Osborn appears I feel so sorry for the guy, it's insane... The Peter and MJ drama is also reaching it's climax here. Also Nick Fury is a dick.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Russell

    It very easily could have been a 3 to 4 star except for the last part which was all MJ high school drama. Otherwise a fun story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Abel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was close to being 5 stars until they pulled a Fight Club and never made it make sense.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jedhua

    Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate Spider-Man issues #72-78. ABSOLUTE RATING: {3+/5 stars} STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars> The final events of Ultimate Six marks the last time Peter has seen or heard from Harry Osborn. After helping to subdue Norman and his four companions on White House grounds, Peter reaches out to embrace his friend, but Harry responded by promising to kill Peter and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who were involved in the takedown. That was then. Now, Harry resurface Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate Spider-Man issues #72-78. ABSOLUTE RATING: {3+/5 stars} STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars> The final events of Ultimate Six marks the last time Peter has seen or heard from Harry Osborn. After helping to subdue Norman and his four companions on White House grounds, Peter reaches out to embrace his friend, but Harry responded by promising to kill Peter and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who were involved in the takedown. That was then. Now, Harry resurfaces and casually walks back into Peter's life as if nothing bad had ever happened between them. Although Mary Jane and the rest of his peers all seem to think everything is alright, Peter is intensely suspicious of Harry, and begins to panic. And when Harry finally approaches Peter privately, he discloses the fact that he and Mary Jane were dating before Peter's relationship with her. But instead of harboring a grudge, Harry offers his continued friendship, and cryptically says to Peter: "All we have is each other... It's only us... I'm going to help you. And you... You're going to help me." Although this turned out to be yet another 3-star volume, it was the highest 3-star USM volume I've read in a long while; if only the one of either the first and last issues were as strong as all the others (i.e. half a star higher), this would have been 3.5 stars. Somehow, it seems as if only the Osborns are able bring this level of mystery and danger to the table; aside from volume one, most of the highly-rated issues of the series are clustered in this book and in volume four (i.e. the arc with the Green Goblin and the Brooklyn Bridge incident). I think it should go without saying that the circumstances surrounding Harry's return aren't nearly as simple as they look, and they actually conjured up some of the most tragic and disturbing stuff I've seen from the series. I only wish Harry had been a more interesting/important person in Peter's life before all this went down; I know they're supposed to be good friends, but I never really got to see any important moments between them or feel their closeness. Even Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which I happen to think was actually pretty good) was able to craft a pretty meaningful Harry-Peter relationship without any previous history, and had great casting for both characters. Postscript: How many times do you think we've seen the following classroom scene before? The correct answer is way too many. This is actually a panel found in issue #74, which I had to read twice to fully appreciate. I find it's getting harder and harder to remain objective about this series when it has been so redundant and boring in the past. But as it turns out, the conflict between Mary and Peter makes this issue arguably the best one in the book, and I almost completely missed that the first time around. So although I found myself forgiving that scene, I couldn't manage to forgive this one: Or this one: Or this one:

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    I've been a Spider-Man fan on and off since I was about Harriet's age. I stopped reading the comic regularly when I left for college. That was right around the time that the "graphic novel" was coming into its own as a genre. Comic book publishers scrambled to revamp their series to fit the longer and darker format. Now a younger generation is growing up on comics and graphic novels (I'd hazard the novels more so than the comics) and there are series aimed at tweens and young adults. While my loc I've been a Spider-Man fan on and off since I was about Harriet's age. I stopped reading the comic regularly when I left for college. That was right around the time that the "graphic novel" was coming into its own as a genre. Comic book publishers scrambled to revamp their series to fit the longer and darker format. Now a younger generation is growing up on comics and graphic novels (I'd hazard the novels more so than the comics) and there are series aimed at tweens and young adults. While my local library was still closed for the move to its new location, I was frequenting the Dublin branch instead. It also has a collection of graphic novels but the choices are more limited and haphazard. For instance, they have only one volume of Ultimate Spider-Man. It happens to be Volume 13: Hobgoblin by Brian Michael Bendis (originally issues 72-8). What an odd place to start but I thought I'd give it a try. Graphic novels are a balance between the artwork and story. Hobgoblin has a good story. It has the competition between Peter Parker and Harry Osborn and the love triangle around M.J. There's also a crossover with Nick Fury for an added bonus. These things I liked. I guess for things to be "Ultimate" the typical emotional angst of the Spider-Man series needs to be cranked up to eleven. Even that I can handle. It seems to be the direction the series has gone in recent incarnations. What turned me off though was the artwork. Every character seems to be in a perpetual state of saying "Duh!" with their lower jaws jutting out and their lips puckered and turned in impossible directions. I suppose it's to show their emotional states but they look like cavemen! The treatment on MJ was especially unflattering. She's not necessarily supposed to be supermodel gorgeous but her artistic treatment just seemed cruel to previous incarnations.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    So much better! Wow the last arc was rough. It was not the right type of levity and ended feeling forced and bad, so how is his arc? Pretty good but with some huge flaws. World: Art, not a fan. The world building is strong once again. Not in your face but there to support the story. This is a character driven arc and we get a beautiful stage for the story to play on. The Harry origin the stuff with SHIELD good stuff. Story: Strong emotional core that drives this story forward. There are a few cha So much better! Wow the last arc was rough. It was not the right type of levity and ended feeling forced and bad, so how is his arc? Pretty good but with some huge flaws. World: Art, not a fan. The world building is strong once again. Not in your face but there to support the story. This is a character driven arc and we get a beautiful stage for the story to play on. The Harry origin the stuff with SHIELD good stuff. Story: Strong emotional core that drives this story forward. There are a few character illogical steps with Fury and MJ but other than that this is solid. The emotions are real and the pacing perfect. The tragic story of Harry is well done with the slow boil done well. The resolution is also handled well which I am surprised. The drama with MJ and Peter is also good. It's weak in the core of the issue and illogical but at the same I understand what the creative team is doing emotions wise. Good stuff. Characters: Peter is good. He's a force of nature this arc, he is reacting and that's a great thing for the story and the character interactions. It creates wonderful tension and drives the story. The blame to MJ is unwarranted and makes sense to be this way, the wedge is there to create drama even if it is not a good reason. But hey he's in grief so we can go there. MJ however I'm a bit worried about. Her reaction to it is a bit too self hating for my taste but then again she's 15. But yes it really bugs me. She should not be defined by Peter and at this moment she is. Shame. Harry was wonderful just read it. Strong story with some weird choices. Onward to the next book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jerome

    Kinda stupid. This particular edition misses the mark more than most of the series. It takes the element that the Ultimate Series missed the mark on the most (The Green Goblin) and pastes it onto the character that could have been the chance to get it right, The Hobgoblin. Gone is the mystery that was the genesis for both characters, in it's place is the same overplayed family melodrama that has misunderstood the role of the Osborns in the original Spider-Man books. The Goblins don't have that ev Kinda stupid. This particular edition misses the mark more than most of the series. It takes the element that the Ultimate Series missed the mark on the most (The Green Goblin) and pastes it onto the character that could have been the chance to get it right, The Hobgoblin. Gone is the mystery that was the genesis for both characters, in it's place is the same overplayed family melodrama that has misunderstood the role of the Osborns in the original Spider-Man books. The Goblins don't have that evil goblin-esque presence that was so great in both of the characters, they've been reduced to second rate Hulk like Gargoyles. And Harry Osborn, the most misunderstood character in the Marvel Universe since the 1990s, has been torn further from the core of what that character originated. Ultimate Hobgoblin had the opportunity to get right what Ultimate Green Goblin missed, but instead it sinks deeper in the same tired interpretation of these characters we've gotten the last fifteen years. It might be surprising to a lot of readers that these interpetations were not always so universal. Both the Goblins and the Osborns deserve different interpretations. I doubt it will ever happen for them again unless they can make a break from each other. Peter goes on a real verbal rampage with M.J. This is somewhat justified, but he really threw everything he had into her face. If he were to feel some remorse for his actions, it might be more valid, but M.J. just was a huge victim in this book, and it was hard to see her cry.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shaelin

    November 14th, 2014 Reflection~ I have read 88 pages of Ultimate Spider-Man Hobgoblin. Spider-Man has gotten bit by a spider. Two people have died the past few months. Spider-Man's Uncle and Gwen. The only person who knows he is Spider-Man is his girlfriend, his aunt, Harry, Harry's dad, and Harry's dad's worker. Harry's dad is a super villain. Harry's dad's worker found Harry and showed him a place where his dad worked. "I want to tell you something." Someone has said this to me that before. (Finish November 14th, 2014 Reflection~ I have read 88 pages of Ultimate Spider-Man Hobgoblin. Spider-Man has gotten bit by a spider. Two people have died the past few months. Spider-Man's Uncle and Gwen. The only person who knows he is Spider-Man is his girlfriend, his aunt, Harry, Harry's dad, and Harry's dad's worker. Harry's dad is a super villain. Harry's dad's worker found Harry and showed him a place where his dad worked. "I want to tell you something." Someone has said this to me that before. (Finished book) November 21, 2014 Recommendation~ Nine months ago, when Peter was first bit by the spider, Harry Osborn was secretly dating Mary. He vanished and out of no where is back in school. Harry is very rich. Harry lies to Mary Jane that Peter killed his father which she then tells Peter, believing this is the reason he is acting weird. Peter denies this and seriously injures a robber.Harry transforms into a hobgoblin. Peter and Harry fight and Harry keeps telling peter, to kill him. Mary comes and Peter tells her to leave and go inside. After the shield chief came and helped, Peter went to Mary's. He told her he can not trust her and broke up with her. Mary's friend Liz tries to hook her up with Max Raxton. Liz and Mary go to watch his band and he takes Mary home. They kiss and Mary realizes she needs to win Peter Parker back. "The ship has sailed." This quote reminds me of my friend's dad. He said this sentence to my friend and my friend told me what it meant. I recommend this book to people who like graphic novels and spiderman.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lissa

    What in the heck happened to this series? I really enjoyed the first several trades, but the story line is just dragging along right now. It feels like Bendis is scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to potential plots. I only read this book a couple of days ago, and I'm having trouble remembering what it was about. Something about Harry Osborn, who is either Harrison or Harold, depending on which page you're reading, being brainwashed by his father to be a sleeper agent of sorts. The r What in the heck happened to this series? I really enjoyed the first several trades, but the story line is just dragging along right now. It feels like Bendis is scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to potential plots. I only read this book a couple of days ago, and I'm having trouble remembering what it was about. Something about Harry Osborn, who is either Harrison or Harold, depending on which page you're reading, being brainwashed by his father to be a sleeper agent of sorts. The real thing that bothers me is how much of a jerk Peter is to Mary Jane. He goes psycho on her more than once, telling her that she needs to stay away from Harry without explaining. How hard would it be for him to say, "Hey, MJ, stay away from this dude because I think he wants to kill me no matter what act he's putting on now" instead of blowing up at her repeatedly? What a brat. And, of course, it's all MJ's fault, because she's a stupid woman who just won't listen. I've wondered in the past if Bendis has a serious issue with women, and this is only hammering home that idea. This book adds nothing to the Ultimate line. Even if you're a fan of Ultimate Spidey, you're not missing anything if you skip this trade.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    Bendis is at his best when he's delving into his characters' motivations, and exploring familiar characters in ways we haven't really seen them examined by other writers. In this volume Peter Parker, Mary Jane, Capt DeWolfe, and Harry Osborn are each placed in traditional Spider-Man roles, but we get better peeks behind the curtain. Peter's dread that he's going to get Mary-Jane killed, Mary Jane feeling like Peter is keeping secrets when the truth is that he just doesn't know what's going on, H Bendis is at his best when he's delving into his characters' motivations, and exploring familiar characters in ways we haven't really seen them examined by other writers. In this volume Peter Parker, Mary Jane, Capt DeWolfe, and Harry Osborn are each placed in traditional Spider-Man roles, but we get better peeks behind the curtain. Peter's dread that he's going to get Mary-Jane killed, Mary Jane feeling like Peter is keeping secrets when the truth is that he just doesn't know what's going on, Harry being aware of his father's crimes but not being able to accept the truth of them, I also enjoyed how there was a plot point that made me think "How did Nick Fury and SHIELD not know this was going to happey", and I turned the page to find Fury asking a coworker "How did we not know about this? How could we possibly have made this mistake this badly?" It was perfectly timed, and I was able to accept something that would have otherwise irked me. The final issue deals almost exclusively with Mary-Jane, and it continues to contextualize her as someone other than "Peter Parker's girlfriend". I wish more writers did that. (And, no, I don't mean by turning her into a superhero, I just mean allowing her to have a life and thoughts outside of Peter Parker.)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    One part of Spider-Man lore that's eluded Brian Michael Bendis in Ultimate Spider-Man is the Goblins. The first Spider-Man movie proved that it's hard to update the Green Goblin costume and make it cool. Bendis decided to make the effects of Osborne's chemicals more physically obvious, more Hulk-like. It makes sense, but also makes the fight scenes with Spider-Man more of a bore. Now, the Goblins are mindless, not crazy. That's the case with the new Hobgoblin, whose creation and motivation don't One part of Spider-Man lore that's eluded Brian Michael Bendis in Ultimate Spider-Man is the Goblins. The first Spider-Man movie proved that it's hard to update the Green Goblin costume and make it cool. Bendis decided to make the effects of Osborne's chemicals more physically obvious, more Hulk-like. It makes sense, but also makes the fight scenes with Spider-Man more of a bore. Now, the Goblins are mindless, not crazy. That's the case with the new Hobgoblin, whose creation and motivation don't quite make sense. However, Bendis makes Harry Osborne plenty tragic and relatable. Where this book succeeds is the ongoing Peter and Mary Jane drama. The first issue, before the Goblin gobbledygook, and the last issue, once the mess is cleaned up, are much more compelling and brutal than the fiery orange monster in the middle. Bendis doesn't take sides in Peter and MJ's drama--both of them screw up, both overreact, and both have to figure out what they'll do next.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daryl

    Harry Osborne returns and becomes the Hobgoblin. Like the Ultimate Goblin character, the Hobgoblin's powers and abilities are neither explained nor clearly defined. He's big, ugly, and strong, and can apparently shoot some kind of energy from his hands/claws. I'm not thrilled. Peter and MJ's relationship goes through some tough times in this trade -- they fight, Peter worries that she'll get killed because of him (foreshadowing, perhaps?), and they break up. This is more interesting material tha Harry Osborne returns and becomes the Hobgoblin. Like the Ultimate Goblin character, the Hobgoblin's powers and abilities are neither explained nor clearly defined. He's big, ugly, and strong, and can apparently shoot some kind of energy from his hands/claws. I'm not thrilled. Peter and MJ's relationship goes through some tough times in this trade -- they fight, Peter worries that she'll get killed because of him (foreshadowing, perhaps?), and they break up. This is more interesting material than the super-powered battles, but the unpleasantness and sadness of it (Peter gets really mad and yells at MJ) feels a little forced and, well, sad. The final issue/chapter of this trade is all about MJ and her reaction(s) to events. It feels tacked on, almost like it doesn't belong with the trade, but it is one of the better chapters here.

  27. 4 out of 5

    J.

    There are some nice moments in here between Peter and Harry, and it certainly made Norman Osborn more villainous, but overall I'm just sort of confused about the timeline leading up to this. I haven't been reading the series extremely carefully, but I just can't figure out when Norman Osborn had time to set up everything involving Harry in this book. As I've been going through the whole series in order, I have to say that it's getting a little stale--it seems like the same story over and over; a There are some nice moments in here between Peter and Harry, and it certainly made Norman Osborn more villainous, but overall I'm just sort of confused about the timeline leading up to this. I haven't been reading the series extremely carefully, but I just can't figure out when Norman Osborn had time to set up everything involving Harry in this book. As I've been going through the whole series in order, I have to say that it's getting a little stale--it seems like the same story over and over; a revamped version of a regular villain is introduced, there's some drama between Peter and MJ, and the whole thing culminates in a rather lackluster fight. (Although the final fight in this volume was kind of nice.) It's just getting fatiguing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    B. Rule

    Good arc that builds upon the emotional dynamics previously established between Peter, MJ and Harry. Harry's story here is heartbreaking, as he wrestles with madness and the legacy of his father. The breakup of MJ and Peter feels organic, as Peter has long been destabilized by the increasingly dark events in his life. His emotional fragility has been on display and affecting his decisions for a while. It's painful to read because of the miscommunication at the heart of the conflict, but it's als Good arc that builds upon the emotional dynamics previously established between Peter, MJ and Harry. Harry's story here is heartbreaking, as he wrestles with madness and the legacy of his father. The breakup of MJ and Peter feels organic, as Peter has long been destabilized by the increasingly dark events in his life. His emotional fragility has been on display and affecting his decisions for a while. It's painful to read because of the miscommunication at the heart of the conflict, but it's also a very realistic depiction of adolescent relationship turmoil and romantic conflicts generally.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd

    I've been reading through these Ultimate Spider-Man volumes at quite a clip and still never growing tired of doing so. This one had got all the best elements of past volumes that I've really enjoyed. Some of the mystique of SHIELD, Peter Parker growing more into and even questioning himself as Spider-Man, and all the great character development that Bendis has brought to the table all throughout the series. The art remain solid, action-filled, and the perfect tone for the series. See my reviews of I've been reading through these Ultimate Spider-Man volumes at quite a clip and still never growing tired of doing so. This one had got all the best elements of past volumes that I've really enjoyed. Some of the mystique of SHIELD, Peter Parker growing more into and even questioning himself as Spider-Man, and all the great character development that Bendis has brought to the table all throughout the series. The art remain solid, action-filled, and the perfect tone for the series. See my reviews of prior volumes for more of my praise of this excellent modernization of Spider-Man.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Edward Cheer

    Personally, I think as far as the character of Harry Osborn goes in this series, his characters wasn't always that distinct. He was always shoved to the side, never really thought over. And the hypnosis side-plot was always a bit weird, and it has it's strange traces in this novel as well... but it does a great job at showing how much Peter is changing, it focuses a lot more on who Harry is, and his motivations. The climax is well-done, and I love the whole issue dedicated to Mary Jane and her d Personally, I think as far as the character of Harry Osborn goes in this series, his characters wasn't always that distinct. He was always shoved to the side, never really thought over. And the hypnosis side-plot was always a bit weird, and it has it's strange traces in this novel as well... but it does a great job at showing how much Peter is changing, it focuses a lot more on who Harry is, and his motivations. The climax is well-done, and I love the whole issue dedicated to Mary Jane and her decisions. Another great story by Bendis, and I hope he keeps them coming.

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