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The wait is over! Prepare yourself for the most shocking Spider-Man story you will ever read! Young Peter Parker has led a heroic life, and tried to live by the simple and powerful philosophy that with great power comes great responsibility - but will that philosophy be enough to save him from the horror that awaits him here? This is easily the most important story in Ulti The wait is over! Prepare yourself for the most shocking Spider-Man story you will ever read! Young Peter Parker has led a heroic life, and tried to live by the simple and powerful philosophy that with great power comes great responsibility - but will that philosophy be enough to save him from the horror that awaits him here? This is easily the most important story in Ultimate Spider-Man history - and maybe the most important story in the Ultimate Universe. Who better to illustrate it than Ultimate Spider-Man legend Mark Bagley, making his mighty Marvel return! It's Bendis and Bagley, together again - and just in time! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 156-160


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The wait is over! Prepare yourself for the most shocking Spider-Man story you will ever read! Young Peter Parker has led a heroic life, and tried to live by the simple and powerful philosophy that with great power comes great responsibility - but will that philosophy be enough to save him from the horror that awaits him here? This is easily the most important story in Ulti The wait is over! Prepare yourself for the most shocking Spider-Man story you will ever read! Young Peter Parker has led a heroic life, and tried to live by the simple and powerful philosophy that with great power comes great responsibility - but will that philosophy be enough to save him from the horror that awaits him here? This is easily the most important story in Ultimate Spider-Man history - and maybe the most important story in the Ultimate Universe. Who better to illustrate it than Ultimate Spider-Man legend Mark Bagley, making his mighty Marvel return! It's Bendis and Bagley, together again - and just in time! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 156-160

30 review for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    I’ve been a pretty vocal critic of the major comic publishers' habit of stunt killing major characters to get a boost in publicity and sales. This seems like it should fall squarely in that category. It doesn’t. I’m a little shocked at the emotional impact this book had on me. Yeah, I’ve been a Spider-Man fan since I was a kid and you‘d think the ‘death‘ of one of your long time favorites would hit even a comic nerd in the squishy emotional places we don‘t like to admit to having, but I’ve been I’ve been a pretty vocal critic of the major comic publishers' habit of stunt killing major characters to get a boost in publicity and sales. This seems like it should fall squarely in that category. It doesn’t. I’m a little shocked at the emotional impact this book had on me. Yeah, I’ve been a Spider-Man fan since I was a kid and you‘d think the ‘death‘ of one of your long time favorites would hit even a comic nerd in the squishy emotional places we don‘t like to admit to having, but I’ve been through several of these superhero snuffings at this point so I thought I’d be able to read this while keeping an ironic distance. Then I figured I would write up a smart-ass review about making bets on how long it will be before Marvel resurrects him. I won’t be doing that. Normon Osborn, better known as The Green Goblin, has been a constant danger to Peter Parker since the beginning of the series because he knows that he’s really Spider-Man. When Osborn stages a destructive break-out from SHIELD custody, he also frees some of Spidey’s biggest foes: Dr. Octopus, Vulture, Electro, Sandman and Kraven. Their plan is to go to immediately to Peter’s house and kill him along with anyone else who happens to be there. The Ultimates are too busy fighting their own black-ops Avengers team that’s gone rogue to be of any help. Spider-Man gets caught in their crossfire while saving another hero and is badly wounded. Most people would just fall over and wait for an ambulance, but most people aren’t Peter Parker who was once taught a hard lesson about power and responsibility. Critically injured, outnumbered and alone, Spider-Man fights a pack of supervillains in front of his home to save Aunt May, Mary Jane and the rest of his friends. You can tell from the title how it ends. Two reasons this is the first superhero death to really get to me: First, because this occurs in Marvel’s Ultimate line, I think this one may actually stick. They’ve already worked out a story for a replacement Spider-Man who is not Peter Parker, and by doing this in the Ultimate universe, they can still have him in the original Marvel stories yet actually allow Peter’s death to play out with consequences in the Ultimate line. Second, the Ultimate version of Peter Parker has been around long enough to build up his own stories, and I’ve really enjoyed what they’ve done with the character. By taking Spidey back to his high school roots, Marvel not only gave us an updated origin story without decades of history about Venom or clones or retconned weddings, they returned to the essence of Peter Parker as Spider-Man. Guess what. He was a good guy. A really good guy. I’m going to miss him. Now we just have to hope that Marvel will know better than to screw up Peter’s story by bringing him back.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Well, that’s over, after 160 issues. Like any series, this had its highs and lows but, overall, it was a pretty decent read. The same writer staying with a book for 160 issues leads to a very coherent story; who’d’ve thunk it? I’m glad I gave this book another try, after originally giving up after six issues.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Terence

    Why a mask? Why a secret identity? Heroes could all sign up for the police force, the FBI, or something like that and get paid to save humanity rather than be vigilantes. Why a mask? Why a secret identity? Probably because whether it be a comic book or real life, if someone wants to hurt you it's bad if they know your name and where you live. That's bad enough under the best of circumstances, but then let's add that your enemies are super powered and want to squeeze the life out of you. When you Why a mask? Why a secret identity? Heroes could all sign up for the police force, the FBI, or something like that and get paid to save humanity rather than be vigilantes. Why a mask? Why a secret identity? Probably because whether it be a comic book or real life, if someone wants to hurt you it's bad if they know your name and where you live. That's bad enough under the best of circumstances, but then let's add that your enemies are super powered and want to squeeze the life out of you. When your friends, loved ones, and even your neighbors could become collateral damage, a mask and a secret identity aren't a luxury they're a necessity. In Death of Spider-Man everything that could go wrong did. His worst enemies know his name, they know where he lives, and they came to his front door. I'm all emotional about this and I knew what was happening even before it happened. The story was well told and absolutely pulled on my heart strings.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    The first time I read this trade, it was first time I'd read Ultimate Spider-Man in years. I'd stopped somewhere around the fifth or sixth trade, and forgotten virtually everything that I'd read. Even without the background of 150+ issues, I was still absorbed by the story. Enough so that I went back and read those 150+ issues, and then this again. And let me tell you, it makes a huge difference. It's not that you can't read and enjoy this trade alone, without any context but what most people hav The first time I read this trade, it was first time I'd read Ultimate Spider-Man in years. I'd stopped somewhere around the fifth or sixth trade, and forgotten virtually everything that I'd read. Even without the background of 150+ issues, I was still absorbed by the story. Enough so that I went back and read those 150+ issues, and then this again. And let me tell you, it makes a huge difference. It's not that you can't read and enjoy this trade alone, without any context but what most people have gotten through cultural osmosis. If you can vaguely identify who Peter Parker, Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Mary Jane Watson, Green Goblin, and Doctor Octopus are, you're good. Those little scraps of information are all you really need to know. And yet, I still heartily recommend reading more Ultimate Spider-Man first. Because context will help, greatly, and also because Ultimate Spider-Man, to this point, is almost uniformly good to excellent. I'm glad that I came back and read, with context. I understand what Gwen and Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake are doing around here. I know where Peter is in his life, and what he had to do to get there. So I know exactly what he is sacrificing to protect his family. And I know this kid, in a way that I didn't on the first read. I thought this book was wrenching the first time I read it, but that was nothing compared to reading it after getting to know Peter so well, and loving him so much for being the flawed and inherently decent person that he is. And it also makes me sad to know that I'll probably be saying goodbye to the rest of his supporting cast, the family he built over 150+ issues. I'll miss them, too. As far as "event" comics go, this is one of the better ones, possibly the best. Because Bendis put in the hard work of making me care for the characters, to get invested in them and their lives, to want so badly for them to be happy. And then he goes and punches me in the heart, curse him. The original review from my first read is behind the cut. (view spoiler)[Full disclosure: although I read the first half dozen or so Ultimate Spider-Man trades, ages ago, I haven't been keeping up with the Ultimate universe in the slightest. I had obviously missed some fairly important things in Peter's story, and I didn't have a clue what the Ultimates were so busy doing. That said, Bendis gets high marks for making the required continuity knowledge so low key that an uninitiated reader like myself can get by with basic Spider-Man knowledge and a few panels of exposition here and there. I remember really liking what I had read of Ultimate Spider-Man, and I'm not sure why I stopped. Maybe that was a mistake. I loved what I saw here of how Bendis handled the characters, especially Peter, who's still relatively young and inexperienced. He's a teenager, still in high school, after all. I think that lets the best of Peter shine through, his fundamentally good heart and his drive to do the right thing and protect the people he cares about. There's no spoilers to be had here. The title and the cover make the end result plainly, sadly obvious. We know how this will end. And in spite of that, in spite of only a passing acquaintance with this version of Peter Parker, Bendis makes the end absolutely wrenching. Because it isn't overdone, it isn't melodramatic, and Peter's last moments are honest. This is the one comic book death in an ongoing series that hasn't left me wondering "how long will it last this time?". (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    I really like this. So much I'm giving it an extra star from the last time I read it because it was still enjoyable on the re-read. Always loved the Ultimate Spider-man book and I think this is a great final send off for Peter Parker. There is some stuff in here that seems out of place, the whole Ultimates vs Avengers thing (not sure if we needed the whole mini in this but okay?) and the stuff from Fallout that's just setup for the relaunch. But the character stuff is fun and there's some really I really like this. So much I'm giving it an extra star from the last time I read it because it was still enjoyable on the re-read. Always loved the Ultimate Spider-man book and I think this is a great final send off for Peter Parker. There is some stuff in here that seems out of place, the whole Ultimates vs Avengers thing (not sure if we needed the whole mini in this but okay?) and the stuff from Fallout that's just setup for the relaunch. But the character stuff is fun and there's some really touching moments in here.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Really enjoyed this. We all know how it's going to end, but it's the journey there that makes it worth while. Peter just wont give up, which is basic Spider-man through and through. He also has no backup coming (because everyone is tied up in Millar's Avengers vs Ultimates run, giving the story a bit more sense now), but he's still got his friends, Johnny and Bobby, to give him some help. Also, I like how they got Mark Bagley back on art for this arc. It's a nice final bookend to the story of Ul Really enjoyed this. We all know how it's going to end, but it's the journey there that makes it worth while. Peter just wont give up, which is basic Spider-man through and through. He also has no backup coming (because everyone is tied up in Millar's Avengers vs Ultimates run, giving the story a bit more sense now), but he's still got his friends, Johnny and Bobby, to give him some help. Also, I like how they got Mark Bagley back on art for this arc. It's a nice final bookend to the story of Ultimate Peter Parker, and he's also been the number guy for Ultimate Pete (just like, in time Sara Pachelli will be the number one gal for Miles, maybe?). Good comics. Very good comics.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Tense. Despite the title of the book, somehow Bendis wrings real tension, suspense and drama from this wrenching story. Spectacular battles, believable actions and decisions by the players and pretty much they way this should've happened. Peter especially acts exactly the way I'd hoped he'd be - not cowed or depressed or exhausted by all this insanity but emboldened, brave and relentless - everything I'd aspire to be. He's so human (frustrated, impulsive, goofy) and yet more a super-man than most Tense. Despite the title of the book, somehow Bendis wrings real tension, suspense and drama from this wrenching story. Spectacular battles, believable actions and decisions by the players and pretty much they way this should've happened. Peter especially acts exactly the way I'd hoped he'd be - not cowed or depressed or exhausted by all this insanity but emboldened, brave and relentless - everything I'd aspire to be. He's so human (frustrated, impulsive, goofy) and yet more a super-man than most of these characters - precisely because he's willing or able to push himself beyond his limitations. Peter's end is both sadly quiet and poetic - I'm sure this was a hard choice and decision to make, and there are probably a dozen other ways to finalize this, but this is right there with Bendis's style. Felt just as earnest as his Ultimatum writing (especially all that JJJ revelation stuff). I can't say I'm completely satisfied with how it turned out - but then again he won so many battles and it would've sucked if a B-lister like Kraven or Electro had taken him out. Bagley's art is really fluid and easy in the eyes. It's a but exaggerated at times but so fully embodies the feel of the Ultimate universe that I've actually come to enjoy it and miss it over the years. Here's my plot notes on who what and when since I can never remember these when reading later books: (view spoiler)[Norman Osborn breaks of of SHIELD custody with Doc Ock, Electro, Sandman, Vulture and Kraven. Thye go to find Peter Parker, and Goblin seems to kill Doc Ock. They fight Spidey near his home along with Human Torch and Iceman. Gwen Stacy & Aunt May are there, and May shoots and apparently kills Electro. Peter apparently kills Osborn in his full raging Green Goblin mood, then succumbs to his injuries (but not before his last words to May: "Uncle Ben. I couldn't save him...No matter what I did. But I saved you. I did it. I did...") (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    It's good to like Spider-Man stories again. It's been a long time. Life and such. I plan to go back and read the entire Ultimate Spidey series someday. I started reading the series when it came out. Then life happened. You know the story. Boy meets girl, and funny books become less interesting. Boy marries girl. Boy and girl have twin sons. Boy and girl get divorced, and boy rediscovers love of comics. Yadda, yadda. Same old, same old. I actually went back to read this because of the new Miles M It's good to like Spider-Man stories again. It's been a long time. Life and such. I plan to go back and read the entire Ultimate Spidey series someday. I started reading the series when it came out. Then life happened. You know the story. Boy meets girl, and funny books become less interesting. Boy marries girl. Boy and girl have twin sons. Boy and girl get divorced, and boy rediscovers love of comics. Yadda, yadda. Same old, same old. I actually went back to read this because of the new Miles Morales Spider-Man series. I enjoyed it immensely. So I had to go back and read the first Miles-Spidey series. And in order to do that, I felt I needed to read the Death of Spider-Man story-line. Marvel Unlimited can sometimes take you on loopy rides like that. MU count: 784

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emmett Spain

    Mark Bagley, the artist of the first 110 issues of Ultimate Spider-man returns for this arc ending in issue 160, to see Peter Parker out of this life with Brian Michael Bendis at the helm. It's been an insane journey for the young Peter Parker... the Ultimate universe has given us reworked versions of the stories from Spider-man past, and been the most consistently funny, moving, exciting, and page-turning series I've ever read. There have been missteps (Clone Saga), but they have been small in Mark Bagley, the artist of the first 110 issues of Ultimate Spider-man returns for this arc ending in issue 160, to see Peter Parker out of this life with Brian Michael Bendis at the helm. It's been an insane journey for the young Peter Parker... the Ultimate universe has given us reworked versions of the stories from Spider-man past, and been the most consistently funny, moving, exciting, and page-turning series I've ever read. There have been missteps (Clone Saga), but they have been small in the overall scheme of the run. And whilst we cyncial people might now that Peter's death might be due to flagging sales and the desires of a marketing department to have a new event to shill in order to compete with DC Comic's New 52 launch, the question remains... is the story a worthy send off? I believe it is. Bendis writes this as he as always done on the title--with wit, with poignance, and with a real understanding of the character. He makes us feel for Peter. He makes him a person. We invest in the human drama which has always been the heart and core of this series, and the reason it has been as successful as it's been. The end is particularly poignant, with each punch in the final battle hitting home in a way that the majority of comics can't seem to muster. Peter comes full circle in the end, as every hero should. He died a hero. All we can do now is mourn, and hope that the new Spider-man, Miles Morales, is a worthy successor. But no matter how that turns out, the Peter Parker run of Ultimate Spider-man can forever be treasured as a golden run on the character, and a reverential treatment of this nerdy, smart ass, good-hearted hero. RIP Peter Parker.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    As widely reported in the media the series that dared to kill off Spider-man. I read comic books Ultimate Spider-man #150-160. Bendis bangs the drum of a desperate young man, still really a boy, struggling in a no-win situation to protect his friends, family and self from the onslaught of numerous of his foes, and in the background the Ultimates and the Ultimate Avengers finally come to blows! And just waiting to fully unleash.. the Green Goblin. Exhilarating at times, consuming at times, Goddam As widely reported in the media the series that dared to kill off Spider-man. I read comic books Ultimate Spider-man #150-160. Bendis bangs the drum of a desperate young man, still really a boy, struggling in a no-win situation to protect his friends, family and self from the onslaught of numerous of his foes, and in the background the Ultimates and the Ultimate Avengers finally come to blows! And just waiting to fully unleash.. the Green Goblin. Exhilarating at times, consuming at times, Goddamn sad at times, this is the real fruit of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's dreams. Astounding! 9 out of 12 overall, but the last 2 issues got 11 out of 12!! Just reading this review in 2020, has me now desperately wanting to read the Ultimate books again... for a fourth time!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Art the Turtle of Amazing Girth

    Best Spider-Man story I've read in a long time, probably since the introduction of the first Hobgoblin in ASM 238. Peter puts up a hell of a fight against a super-charged Norman Osborne/Green Goblin. He has a gun shot wound from saving Captain America from Punisher, and he's fought through 5 of the Sinister Six, with some help from Iceman and Human Torch. But the Goblin is last, and just like Superman in the early 90s, Pete pays the ultimate (snicker) price to stop his worst ever adversary. It's a Best Spider-Man story I've read in a long time, probably since the introduction of the first Hobgoblin in ASM 238. Peter puts up a hell of a fight against a super-charged Norman Osborne/Green Goblin. He has a gun shot wound from saving Captain America from Punisher, and he's fought through 5 of the Sinister Six, with some help from Iceman and Human Torch. But the Goblin is last, and just like Superman in the early 90s, Pete pays the ultimate (snicker) price to stop his worst ever adversary. It's a quick read, and brutal from almost the beginning as Norman lays waste to the Triskelion. Way to go Peter, the world is dimmer without you, but I have a feeling a hispanic kid will step in solidly for you at some point in the future.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Sigal

    It's very rare that a comic book will make me cry. Bendis managed to turn on the waterworks this time, though. I've been an avid reader of Ultimate Spidey since issue 1, and the emotion around my favourite iteration of Peter Parker dying was more than palpable. The scene that really got me was when Aunt May and Gwen were driving away, then stopped and basically said, "What the hell are we doing? That's our Peter!" That was the strength of Ultimate Spiderman - the supporting characters were just It's very rare that a comic book will make me cry. Bendis managed to turn on the waterworks this time, though. I've been an avid reader of Ultimate Spidey since issue 1, and the emotion around my favourite iteration of Peter Parker dying was more than palpable. The scene that really got me was when Aunt May and Gwen were driving away, then stopped and basically said, "What the hell are we doing? That's our Peter!" That was the strength of Ultimate Spiderman - the supporting characters were just as important to the story as Peter himself, and Bendis is a master at making his readers care. Great job.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris Neumann

    Peter Parker is dead. Like, for real. I've already read the volume after this where the new Spidey, Miles, takes over the web slinging activities, and now I'm glad to have read this one, too. Peter goes out with a bang saving Aunt May's life. Pretty sad and thought-provoking stuff for a mainstream comic. Kudos to Marvel and Bendis for closing this story arc with such style and all-around goodness.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sina Tavoosi

    Just short of perfect. I liked the way Bendis finally got his shit together for this story. Although he had to use the "villains escape prison" card which is one of the most stupid things in comics. May and MJ really shone here, and Peter did what he does best: making mindbogglingly idiotic jokes in his most desperate moments. I loved that... it was the perfect Spider-Man moment.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Saravanan Mani

    I don't know what I expected... in fact, I do. I expected him to wriggle out of a near death situation one more time. I expected something to work out for the dear and beloved 1610 Peter Parker. He is the best of all of them. That lump in my throat is not going anywhere. Well written, heartbreaking. Can't come to terms with it still.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I would give this six stars if I could, it is that good.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    REALLY GOOD

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    My 4 stars here is more of a cumulative rating for the end of the series as I have mixed feelings about the end of Ultimate Spider-Man (at least, as we've grown to know it). The first story arc isn't bad, starting with a high as we explore the fall out of the recent chameleons storyline (a fall out that is all too often glossed over in comics). There's a bit of a rag tag bunch of ingredients including the Ultimates, Mysterio, a welcome return of the Black Cat and a macguffin that even the Kingpin My 4 stars here is more of a cumulative rating for the end of the series as I have mixed feelings about the end of Ultimate Spider-Man (at least, as we've grown to know it). The first story arc isn't bad, starting with a high as we explore the fall out of the recent chameleons storyline (a fall out that is all too often glossed over in comics). There's a bit of a rag tag bunch of ingredients including the Ultimates, Mysterio, a welcome return of the Black Cat and a macguffin that even the Kingpin wouldn't use. Sara Pichelli's pencils are a step up from LaFuente though there's quite a lot of variation. I still feel that Peter doesn't have a 'look' anymore. Still, it's fun and establishes a new status quo for Pete. Albeit, shortlived. The next Ultimates/Avengers storyline is actually quite good though I had no idea about recent events, having stopped reading after Ultimatum (gaargh - Loeb!). It didn't take too long to pick up the pieces (or who the 'baddie' turns out to be) and is an interesting take on things but my issue here is the almost inconsequential fate of Pete in the middle. I can see why it was collected in this Omnibus edition, to provide the background for why he's shot but it really didn't add much and then to casually mention at the end his murder just seems shortchanged. It could have been skipped without detriment to the Spider-Man story. And then we come to the final arc. It was actually pretty emotional, knowing what was coming. There's a lot of foreshadowing and weighted conversations making it all the more upsetting. And his death genuinely is upsetting. A character that I've read and loved for the last decade. The story itself though feels lacking, just padding to reach the end, rather than something of substance. Resurrecting Norman (again) felt cheap and his blind hatred and need to kill Pete just felt hollow. I like the stance Doc Ock took (though it felt a little out of character) and the rest of the sinister six fit right in with stupid revenge motivations. I think they had to go for something suitably epic and it does feel that way. The thing is, it didn't seem like much more than Pete has gone through before. He's been shot before, he's been severely injured before and this didn't really feel any more intense. Just another fiery Goblin throw down. It's almost like Pete has accepted his time was almost up and he just lets go. Hmmm. I almost wonder if there would have been more power from Pete dying randomly in a random battle with a hood - something stupid and unexpected, something real. A fluke. The main redeeming feature in all this was the return of Bagley and his pencils. Absolutely fantastic and long missed. Plus, credit to Quesada for a brilliant cover - a simple shot of Uncle Ben and Pete walking into the light. 'You did good, kid'. Heartbreaking I think the biggest disappointment was the Fallout story. I thought this was billed as an in depth exploration of the main characters in Peter's life but really it's just setting up the next story strands in the Ultimate Universe, none of which particularly appeals to me anymore. I mean, MJ barely gets a look in and Gwen seems almost happy. So. An end. I guess one that felt inevitable though I'm sorry to see the end of the Ultimate Peter Parker. I truly hope he doesn't return though. To mean anything he has to stay dead. My biggest question is do I pick up USM with Miles and see how things have changed? Hmmm. I am curious and would quite like to catch up with some of the supporting cast again. I think I need a break first. RIP Peter Parker and a uniformly excellent series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Somewhere in the giant Atari game of life, someone at Marvel must have won the unlimited life coin and they sure as hell use it a lot. A small glimpse at the death list includes Captain Marvel, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Bucky, Spider-man, Kraven, Johnny Storm, Punisher, Magneto, Phoenix, Captain America -- these are heavy hitters in the Marvel Universe, not some third-rate flunky villain that no one will miss (but whose death can mean a good story). In the past twenty years Marvel has diminishe Somewhere in the giant Atari game of life, someone at Marvel must have won the unlimited life coin and they sure as hell use it a lot. A small glimpse at the death list includes Captain Marvel, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Bucky, Spider-man, Kraven, Johnny Storm, Punisher, Magneto, Phoenix, Captain America -- these are heavy hitters in the Marvel Universe, not some third-rate flunky villain that no one will miss (but whose death can mean a good story). In the past twenty years Marvel has diminished the believability and credibility of the stories with all of these violent deaths and in some cases needless resurrections (has Captain Marvel been worth a damn as a character since he's been back from some sort of time bubble that popped before he died? If not, leave him be.). There are several things at play here; First there is the notion of the corporate intellectual property that does not die. Then, there are writers who are tasked with being creative enough to bring a character from the dead, be it with a cosmic cube or whatever. Finally, there is the ugh factor. The ugh factor is that audible exhale you let out when you discover that another one came back to life. The ugh factor is proportionate to the believability of the creativity used by the writer. The writers generally use only just enough creativity to bring the character back to life, but they should strive to make a meaningful story in which the character NEEDS to be resurrected, or hates the idea of it, or is so drastically changed by it that he can't live with himself anymore and becomes a transformed character to the point of being almost unrecognizable. These would be good stories, and of course to carry some emotional punch they should occur much more infrequently. Sadly, most characters just kinda' shake it off and then they go back to punching someone in brightly colored underwear. Also, to the casual comic reader (guys who might pick up a couple comics a year), it's not even clear if this was regular Spiderman (the one who was cloned and replaced for years, don't get me started), or the Spiderman version who exists in a different (Ultimate)dimension (as a long time comics reader even I get confused even though it's right there in the title). Sometimes when one character in the Marvel universe dies they even bring in his doppelganger from the Ultimate universe as they did with Nightcrawler. Apparently unique characters like Nightcrawler are like Barbie dolls on a shelf at Walmart -- if you lose one just go grab another. It's kinda' distressing because you want the books to be better, to be more mature, to be more realistic. And so the waving of the flavor-of-the-week magic wand to undo death itself...hell, we're talking Batmite-quality thinking here. Let's say you were a reader of comics who genuinely felt something for and enjoyed the stories relaying the deaths of Captain Marvel or Nightcrawler. Don't you think those readers feel cheated a few years later when those same characters are flying around the same as before? I know in many ways I do. So why keep doing this? I don't think the very minor spike in sales is worth the frustration and fan backlash (think Cap). Comics are not video games in which you go through three lives of the same character in an hour. Dead should, in almost all cases, mean dead -- even in a comic universe. So I'm not on board with these Death Of books anymore. They had their run similar to the Marvel Zombie books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kacper

    Here is Spider-man dying. It's hard to mess this one up since Spider-man has such a long legacy and having him die stirs up a lot of emotions by default! But this comic really falls short! The Punisher is aiming his gun at Captain America... and Spider-man takes the bullet -- really? Captain America doesn't have body armor??? (Captain America did better against Thanos in the Infinity Guanlet when Thanos was invincible -- and now all of a sudden he is this defenseless puppy?) Spider-man can't dodg Here is Spider-man dying. It's hard to mess this one up since Spider-man has such a long legacy and having him die stirs up a lot of emotions by default! But this comic really falls short! The Punisher is aiming his gun at Captain America... and Spider-man takes the bullet -- really? Captain America doesn't have body armor??? (Captain America did better against Thanos in the Infinity Guanlet when Thanos was invincible -- and now all of a sudden he is this defenseless puppy?) Spider-man can't dodge the bullet despite his spider sense??? Spider-man can't shoot his webbing at the Punisher's gun to divert it? Norman Osbourne escapes from SHIELD??? Really??? They can't contain him? That's the whole purpose of SHIELD! And everyone else like Electro and Doc Oc are like right there in the same cell? Really??? And they get into a helicopter and fly away? Hasn't SHIELD heard of anti-aircraft missiles? So what does SHIELD do afterwards -- nothing at all? Really??? Way to go, SHIELD! And fine, so Osbourne is super powerful or whatever, then why does he need Electro and the rest of the Sinister Six anyway? For moral support? Give me a doggone break! This comic is plain old stupid! And Doc Oc is really that dumb? He's dealing with a psychopath Osbourne and tries to reason with him? What happened Doc Oc? Did you forget to take your vitamins or something? If you're going to kill someone like Spider-man, do it in style, Spider-man deserves more than this.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Really good and an emotional gut punch. World: Bagley's back but I find it okay cause he started it and it makes sense he would end it. The motion is not there and I truly think the emotions could be better, but he deserves to tell this story. The world building is good and epic but also very expected and a retread. How many times do we need to see SHIELD be completely useless in holding anyone. Story: Emotionally a gut punch and it's heavy. I can't deny that. It's a wonderful final encounter. H Really good and an emotional gut punch. World: Bagley's back but I find it okay cause he started it and it makes sense he would end it. The motion is not there and I truly think the emotions could be better, but he deserves to tell this story. The world building is good and epic but also very expected and a retread. How many times do we need to see SHIELD be completely useless in holding anyone. Story: Emotionally a gut punch and it's heavy. I can't deny that. It's a wonderful final encounter. However this story is the same story we had with the last time the Sinister Six escaped. How many times do we need to see SHIELD fail at containing anything. The emotions as I said drove the story and it's good. This is not the best end but it's up there. Characters: Everyone had his/her moment and it was satisfying. I would have wanted more characters moments but that's just me. The janky part of Peter getting shot is the worse part of the story as it was handled poorly. I don't want to say anything else just read it and take in the feels. It was good but not perfect and it was a send off that was earned. But of course it could have been better. Onward to the next book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Berrie

    The first of the collected issues in this story didn't appeal to me because it seemed like they were straying too far away from the Marvel canon as I know it, but I read on and began appreciating the story in its own right and was hooked from about the second issue in. Pros: I liked the way they have Spider-Man interacting with the Ultimates, especially the interaction between him and Captain America. I also liked that he probably signed his own death warrant by making one huge mistake involving The first of the collected issues in this story didn't appeal to me because it seemed like they were straying too far away from the Marvel canon as I know it, but I read on and began appreciating the story in its own right and was hooked from about the second issue in. Pros: I liked the way they have Spider-Man interacting with the Ultimates, especially the interaction between him and Captain America. I also liked that he probably signed his own death warrant by making one huge mistake involving the Human Torch and the Green Goblin. Cons: He was drawn a little too small for my liking and it was patently obvious in the drawing that, while he might have had the strength to do some of the things they had him do in the comic, he didn't have the mass. A silly distinction I know because even a full grown man wouldn't have had enough mass, but it just didn't look believable to me. A good comic, recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kaufmak

    If you like Bendis, you've already read this. If you've no idea who Bendis is, don't start here, but definitely get here. This is a great mainstream comic book written by one of the best in the industry. I've collected comics and read comics for pretty much my entire life and I've been through I don't know how many deaths only to see the heroes and sometimes villains rise again. But Bendis pulls the death of Peter Parker off and then some. The emotional impact of this story is as other reviewers If you like Bendis, you've already read this. If you've no idea who Bendis is, don't start here, but definitely get here. This is a great mainstream comic book written by one of the best in the industry. I've collected comics and read comics for pretty much my entire life and I've been through I don't know how many deaths only to see the heroes and sometimes villains rise again. But Bendis pulls the death of Peter Parker off and then some. The emotional impact of this story is as other reviewers have noted is very powerful. We see Spider-Man for what he truly is, a boy. A hero to be sure but still just a boy. His passion, his idealism can only be handled by someone so young. It is that clarity, that purity of purpose that makes him great and ultimately dooms him. Yes, Peter lives on in other comics, but it doesn't make this death any less powerful or tragic. There will always be room for great heroic fiction, even if the hero gets used in different ways.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Argh! This is the thanks he gets? Shot in the back by the Punisher? Left to face his worst enemies alone? Where the hell are the Ultimates? Where's Captain America, whose life was saved? Seriously, I just don't see the need for this story, but if it had to be told, I guess this will work as well as anything. Why Norman Osborn wasn't actually killed a long, long time ago is beyond me. He's sort of like the Joker in the Batman books: in reality, if there was someone even half this awful, you'd mak Argh! This is the thanks he gets? Shot in the back by the Punisher? Left to face his worst enemies alone? Where the hell are the Ultimates? Where's Captain America, whose life was saved? Seriously, I just don't see the need for this story, but if it had to be told, I guess this will work as well as anything. Why Norman Osborn wasn't actually killed a long, long time ago is beyond me. He's sort of like the Joker in the Batman books: in reality, if there was someone even half this awful, you'd make sure he was dead, not locked up in some high-tech prison. But then I guess that would sort of limit the stories you could tell. Oh, well, whatever. I guess I'll take a look at the new Spider-Man, but only Peter Parker could ever be worthy of the name. The new guy should be Arachnid-Man or something...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tehanu

    2.5 What a lackluster way to go!! I was expecting something epic, something worthy of the great Peter Parker (even the Ultimate one). Something to honor his lifetime. This was not it. This was so randomly put together. Also, the art felt inconsistend. I get that there are different artists, but in the first issue MJ looks like a chubby nerd and in the rest of them she looks like same old MJ, I don't get it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Subroto

    If you were expecting one of those epic abuses of readers's intelligence - rest assured this one's not ! A very moving story. Nicely written - well balanced. Must read for every Spiderman fan (even if you are not one)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    Pete just thought he might as well go ahead and read something that would get him all misty-eyed on a depressing Sunday afternoon. Mission: Accomplished. With gusto.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deshawn Vasquez

    It's great to see Bagley back to cap it off and you can see how he's grown as an artist since his time at DC back then. There are also moments of real poignance. But, here's the thing... I just don't buy it. This isn't disappointment in changing the status quo, as I've already read a good chunk of the Miles stuff. It just feels kind of contrived. There isn't enough here to distinguish why Peter would meet his end in this situation compared to the other dozen times he's faced off against Norman. It's great to see Bagley back to cap it off and you can see how he's grown as an artist since his time at DC back then. There are also moments of real poignance. But, here's the thing... I just don't buy it. This isn't disappointment in changing the status quo, as I've already read a good chunk of the Miles stuff. It just feels kind of contrived. There isn't enough here to distinguish why Peter would meet his end in this situation compared to the other dozen times he's faced off against Norman. There isn't enough to push him and the things made to hamper his progress in earlier issues are only there to progress the plot. It doesn't feel organic. Despite Ultimate Spidey being significantly more grounded and vulnerable than his 616 counterpart, this just doesn't feel like a big enough threat to take him down. The fakeout in Ultimatum felt more believable.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leticia

    Bendis takes his Spider-Man story to its logical conclusion and oh I cried. Editing to add a personal note: It's covid times and I took a couple of weeks to read through Ultimate Spider-Man because this was something I read and loved in the past and, hey, I had never read it through to the end (because depression that's why). Ultimate Spider-Man is one of the best comics series I've ever read fullstop. And now it's ended and I feel afloat. So I think I'll jump right into Miles Morales. I truly did Bendis takes his Spider-Man story to its logical conclusion and oh I cried. Editing to add a personal note: It's covid times and I took a couple of weeks to read through Ultimate Spider-Man because this was something I read and loved in the past and, hey, I had never read it through to the end (because depression that's why). Ultimate Spider-Man is one of the best comics series I've ever read fullstop. And now it's ended and I feel afloat. So I think I'll jump right into Miles Morales. I truly did not expect to come out of this a Spider-Man fan.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shah

    Ultimate Spider-Man is one of my favorite comic series ever and it has a special place in my heart. Beyond being one of the most interpretation of my favorite fictional character ever, it is also filled with heart and soul in terms of its writing. And this final chapter of that series concludes everything perfectly and wraps up this entire Ultimate universe and the character of Peter Parker in the nicest way. ''You did good, kid.''

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