Review by: Jdudley

What did the
community think?

Avg Rating: 4.5
Users who pulled this comic:
Story by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Sara Pichelli
Cover by Kaare Andrews

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

If I were to hand a comicbook novice any newly launched title it would be Ultimate Spider-Man. Don’t get me wrong, DC has released no less than a dozen incredible or very good #1s in the past month (in my opinion) But in so far as presenting a superhero title that is both fresh and new which also effectively representing the heroic ideals of the 21st century while still holding true to the heart of the original stories which have captured the imagination of generations of readers: Ultimate Spider-Man has been a resounding success which truly deserves to be in the hands of a generation of young new readers.
If I have one massive complaint about the New52 it is the fact that very few (if any) titles are easily accessible for readers of all ages; meanwhile, Ultimate Spider-Man is a gripping read for establish fans of the books as well as new fans of all ages. In my own humble opinion, this book deserves to be championed as the ULTIMATE (sorry, couldn’t resist!) rebooted title to hand to new readers. (oh yeah, and the art is as beautiful and rich which heartfelt characterization as Bendis’s pitch-perfect writing!)

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. I wonder, are people so positive about this comic simply because of the previous two volumes being top-rate books? The artwork was good, sure, but the story being a 5? No sir, that’s rubbish. This is sub-par for Bendis.

    • I wonder, are (some) people so negative about this comic simply because they can’t stand a good idea even when it slaps them upside the head? Both the artwork and story are 5-star material.

    • What good idea? I was all for the DoSM storyline because I believe it changed the status quo for the Ultimate U. I have always voiced my support of Bendis’ work (until now, but I’m still not going to stop reading just yet). However, he did just kill Pete so he could just pop out another Spider-Man to reboot the series to compete with the New 52. That much is obvious.

      So tell me, we’re two issues into a comic where it has simply showed us a boy who has powers is struggling to deal with this new revelation… why is this new to you? Have you never picked up an X-Men comic before?

      I expect quality from a writer like Bendis. This is just… generic.

    • What about it did you find subpar? What did you want it to do that it didn’t do? What didn’t you want to see that you saw?

  2. The death of ultimately spider was announced months before the New52 announcement; furthermore, Bendis has made it quite clear that he always intended for the Ultimate version of Peter Parker to die (he even did write his “ending” in what may have proved to be the last issue of ultimate spidey a couple years ago)
    This title doesn’t reinvent the wheel by any means no, but it is wholly fresh for a new generation in a manner that is quite rare in rebooted superhero titles.

    • I dunno, Marvel must have known something was up with DC and once they realized the full scale of what was happening, they worked the Death in their favor so now we have Hawkeye, Ultimate X-Men, and The Ultimates at the same time as the new Ultimate Spider-Man. I mean, I’m all for a coincidence but come on, you can’t really say this wasn’t planned on purpose.

    • @jonny: Sure you can.

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