Review by: chlop

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Price: 24.99

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Story: 2 - Average
Art: 2 - Average


  1. People will cry foul when you say that this book wasn’t a success. But the Ultimate line was supposed to draw in new readers–with few exceptions, it failed. The line was supposed to make its way onto regular newsstands to be sold amount magazines–this idea failed, with the exception of racks in Borders and Barnes & Noble. The line did not appeal ENOUGH to younger readers who wouldn’t’ve read comics otherwise. It failed despite Bendis’s idea of what younger readers would like to see in a reboot Spider-Man book. Maybe the prospect was hopeless–maybe NOTHING would have worked–but this sure didn’t. Nevertheless, 35-year-old guys who’ve been reading comics since they were 8 love to say that Ultimate Spidey is a great book, the perfect evolution of the Spidey franchise. They have a reason for saying this: because the book was very good at doing what it did: making 30-year-old readers feel like they were reading something meant for the younger readers of today. The whole thing creeps me out. 35-year-olds caring about a 16-year-old Peter Parker having sex with a 15-year-old Mary Jane Watson, 35-year-olds pontificating about how "realistic", "natural" and "snappy" the (trendy, cliche) dialogues of fictitious teenagers are. With that said, I’ve read over half of Ulitmate Spider-Man up to about issue 100. Why? Because I got it for free and because reading it is a curious exercise and a good epitome of what passes for good mainstream comics today. I think you’re being a little too hard, though, especially on the art. And I don’t think Bendis’s writing here is "bad", just…weird. He is a GREAT plotter, though.

    There’s a weird disconnect, though. In the dialogue. In how Ultimate Spider-Man was marketed. It’s supposedly  been written for a younger audience…that doesn’t actually read it, but it’s read by a much older audience who praises it…in large part because they think it does a good job of reaching the audience it doesn’t reach.

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