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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Direct Ed edition (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785116478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785116479
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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Format: Paperback
"Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 13: Hobgoblin" collects issues #72-78 of the comic book, which includes the 6-part Hobgoblin storyline and the "Dumped" coda. The saga begins what we are told is nine months ago, when the radioactive spider bit Peter Parker when his high school class was visiting Oscorp. However, this time we learn an additional detail: Harry Osborn and Mary Jane Watson were dating. Of course, this was before she learned that Peter was Spider-Man and they became a couple. We then jump to "today" as Spider-Man is doing another thankless good deed. But in the interim a lot has happened. Most recently Carnage killed Gwen Stacy at the Parker's house and Nightmare put Peter through the ringer. Before that Harry witnessed his father as the Green Goblin, trying to coerce Spider-Man to be part of an attack on the White House. Harry was used by Nick Fury and the Ultimates to defeat Osborn and when Peter tried to comfort his friend all Harry has to say is, "I'll kill you all."

So when Harry shows back up at school, Peter knows this is not good. He warns MJ to stay away from Harry, but wants to know why and he does not want to play that game. As he pointedly reminds her, "every time you DON'T listen to me you get thrown off a bridge." The Parkers are moving to a new house in the neighborhood and when Harry shows up Peter becomes the last person to know that he is now dating Harry's girlfriend. We then go back a week to see what happened to Harry before he showed back on the scene, when he was finally released from S.H.I.E.L.D. custody and was approached by Mr. Shaw, an associate of Norman Osborn, who restores Harry's repressed memories of his father's life as the Green Goblin and shows him a bunker where the senior Osborn set up a mini-Oscorp.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bill on December 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved Volume 10. However, volume 11 was... disappointing to say the least, and most of the issues in volume 12 were basically trow-away stories. Luckily, this volume redeems the series, in my opinion.

The thing that I really liked about this volume was the great dialogue and character moments. There were just so many great moments between Peter and Harry, Harry and MJ, and especially MJ and Peter. You really care about these characters. Because of this (spoiler) when Peter and MJ break up, it doesn't feel forced, but rather understandable, even though you feel sorry for them and know they should eventually be able to find their way back to each other. Plus Bagley does a great job with facial expressions. Oh, and if what you want is beat-em-up action, that's in here too. So if you've enjoyed any of the past USM books, or if you would like a jumping-on point (since the backstory isn't too muddled), I would recommend this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tyler S. on July 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Hobgoblin had to be one of my least favorite trades out of the Ultimate Spider-man series. It's not that it's bad in any way, it just didn't bring anything new and enjoyable to the table. I like the overall concept of the series and the written script is fantastic, but there are things within this volume that were hard to digest.

First of all (Mild Spoiler) 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.

I said it before and I'll say it again. I'm having trouble with the new Goblin concept. I understand it's more realistic to make him a hulk-like villain, but it's really not as interesting. The Goblins are really dumbed down and look silly in some panels. I love the intelligence that the villains bring, after all they can't just be beefy thugs. The Goblins however lack any real personality, much similar to Carnage. If these characters evolve into villains with a better motivation and control, then I would love to see them duke it out. However, the introduction to Hobgoblin is not only forced upon Harry, but it feels like it's forced upon us as readers.

Don't get me wrong, nothing jumped out at me throughout this book and disgusted me. In order to realistically criticize something, one must analyze the content for problems within the product. I see this volume as a team-player in the series, but it is in no way a highlight or "favorite scene." The second half of the book is very interesting and it bugged me in a good way, if that makes any sense.
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This issue deals with Harry Osborne coming back into Peter's life. After he stabs his father (fighting Spidey) previously, Harry is kept away in a secret SHIELD location, getting therapy and having his blood analysed for any Globin DNA. Nick Fury eventually gives him the all clear and Harry re-enters high school which causes all sorts of problems for Peter and MJ's relationship. Harry still is seriously screwed up and is shown by a mysterious figure from his father's past, a secret bunker full of Oz formulas, Globin weaponary and other nasty stuff. Suffice to say Harry eventually transforms into Hobgoblin and dukes it out with Spidey as well as Nick Fury's SHIELD. This story really shows the ulterior motive of SHIELD and causes a lot of internal and emotional conflict for Peter. The ending is big, with Peter breaking it off with MJ, who is in this issue, is not the smartest cookie around. She ignores Peter's advice (even after being thrown off a bridge by the Green Goblin previously) to stay away from Harry. Overall, a great read!
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