Spider-Man and his amazing friends, Iceman and the Human Torch, team up to help the newly powered Rick Jones deal with the crazy changes and responsibilities that come with…power. But what side of the coin is Rick Jones on? Is this the birth of a new hero? Or the birth of an ultimate…enemy?? Find out as the awesomely talented duo of BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (DARK AVENGERS) and TAKESHI MIYAZAWA (RUNAWAYS) bring you a new revelation in ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN! Part one of a two-part story!!

WRITER: Brian Michael Bendis
PENCILS: Takeshi Miyazawa
COLORED BY: Justin Ponsor
LETTERED BY: VC - Cory Petit

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 3.9%


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  1. Takeshi Miyazawa is an A level penciller.  I can’t wait to see his pencils on this 2 issue arc.  If they need a regular fill-in to stay on schedule, he’s the man for this book, no doubt.

    His "Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane" was some of the best Spider-Man pencilling and character work last decade.

    Really makes you wonder if manga style is indeed superior to American style, when manga storytellers have better acting, characterization, impact, action, and cleaner lines all at once?

  2. Miyazawa is a good artist, but much too "manga-ish" for my tastes.  For some reason I’m bummed when I end up dropping a book over art that is not to my liking (however, this is not the case when dropping a book over the writing).

  3. The art is Ok. I’m not a fan of the manga style, and Peter needs a haircut. 

  4. I hate the haircut!

  5. I’m surprised nobody said anything about this yet but maaaan, this is Cover of the Week for me.

  6. Poor aunt may having to deal with all those crazy super-teens.

  7. i miss old USM. Ever since the reboot i just cant handle the art, and i wanted to jump back on here but i just cant do it. Bagly…Immonen…you’re my only hope!

  8. I find your lack of faith distrubing…

    The art has grown on me by leaps and bounds.  I look forward to this title more than any other.  Art, story, everything.

  9. @DarthDuck  agreed. this title is the only book i read first every week comes out, barring some crazy crossover appears the same day

  10. @fvck
    on any other book this art may keep me off the book but it helps the book feel young and fresh. Now if they would draw some hair clippers…

  11. Wow Bendis is actually using stuff from Ult Origins.  My mind kinda threw that mini away since it wasn’t that good and seemed like a throwaway mini.  I love the new Spiderman & his amazing friends thing going on in this.

  12. Dammit… What was wrong with him being in Michigan? (Besides that fact that he teleported there….)

  13. I have to agree with the art criticism. The art is such a turn off for me since the reboot. I feel like a bunch of Pokemon characters are going to appear at any minute!!

  14. If they could just do something about Peter’s hair…

  15. Ok I don’t get the "I don’t like his hair" critisism.  Its like if I said "I don’t like GL/Blackest Night because it has all those different colors in it.  I only like Green."  Or "I don’t like Adventure Comics because Superboy wears a shirt.  I mean get a costume for christs sake."  Its a silly trivial nitpick.

  16. @lantern4life I’m so terribly sorry that I angered you.  I don’t like his hair because it looks fucking stupid.  I’m not criticizing the actual comic.

  17. @lantern
    it’s not like I don’t buy the book because of the hair. I feel it is a valid criticism. Not liking a character design is a legitimate complaint about a comic. Our beloved medium is at least 50% visual and if something about the visual bothers you it is a legitamate complaint. In my comment I stated that I get the decision, I just don’t like it. It looks like Peter is on his way to a dashboard concert to cry over lost 16 year old love.

  18. I understand the manga thing seems to be a love it or hate it divide among comic fans (I’m squarely in the later group).  I’d prefer to see publishers use more "mainstream" art on their more "mainstream" (i.e., best selling) titles because it is less divisive (and therefore has broader appeal).  I don’t consider myself and art snob but it sucks to feel like I’m missing out on a good story because the art is such a turnoff.

    @boostergold4 – Pokemon!  (good stuff my brother)

  19. My experiment worked.  I have stirred the pot succesfully with something as little as a haircut in less than my expected time of 4 hours.  Thank you everyone for your red lantern type comments.

  20. Really glad to see that everything from Ultimate Origins isn’t stuck in a trash can somewhere but instead looks to be alive and kicking.  I really enjoyed that mini and am excited that will still matter in the Ultimate U.

    Aunt May was cracking me up in this issue.  I’m really enjoying not only her new role, but how much she’s enjoying it.

    POTW 5/5(hair and all)

  21. @lantern4life You’re most welcome. I’ve yet to meet anyone who likes to spoken down to.

  22. @darthduck Me too sir. That mini was awesome.

  23. This was a really good issue. I thought last issue was better. But still, fantastic. And a brilliant, brilliant cover. 5/5

  24. All was well until that last page w/ the not-even-attempted-to-cover-up photo of grass; that took me right out of it.

  25. Easily the worst looking issue of this series ever (including volume one) I like lafuente ok, but this issue was just…bad. If they want that young look to this book, they should give it to Adrian alphona from runaways and find another book for bendis and lafuente to team up on because this just hasn’t felt like the book that got me into comics since the relaunch

  26. LaFuente didn’t do pencils in this issue. 🙂

  27. I honestly didn’t see a problem with the art. Greatest ever? No. But certainly fits the book.

  28. Never really thought about it but I guess I like manga style art because I really like the art here. Maybe because it’s different from everything else I read and seems to fit the story.

    Aunt May telling them to suit up was fantastic.

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