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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785157123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785157120
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,281 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.

Customer Reviews

One of my new favorites, and definitely worth a read.
JoulesIsIronic
I also read "Spider-men", featuring the "Amazing Spider-man", Peter Parker, and the "Ultimate Spider-man" Miles Morales.
E. Easley
The story makes perfect sense and the dialogue is, as usual, perfect.
S. Penrose

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 22, 2012
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I was seriously gutted when they killed off the Ultimate universe's Peter Parker, and I was predisposed to detest his replacement. But Miles Morales, who looks to be even younger than Peter when he started, has won me over. And so for now I'm very much on board with this newest (and most reluctant) incarnation of Spider-Man.

Brian Michael Bendis has been up and down in his stint at writing them various Avengers titles. But I think he was born to write Spider-Man, or at least the Ultimate versions of him. But if you were anticipating a fresh new origin for this webspinner (who, by the way, has yet to spin webs), you'd be not right, sir.

This is another instance of the media and the Internet letting the cat out of the bag, thus depriving the readers that awesome "What the--?!" moment when the comic book actually does unveil its big reveal. It's a controversial decision, I guess, opting to have a minority character fill in the shoes of Marvel's flagship superhero. Except that Bendis writes Miles Morales so well and so sensitively that you're immediately drawn to the kid.

Miles Morales is half-Latin, half-black. Bendis, without making a big deal of it, is able to express the challenges posed to a minority family. Miles has a good heart. When he wins the academic lottery and is selected to a prestigious charter school, he feels awful for the kids whose names weren't called. Miles' parents are loving people, and yet there's deep dissension between Miles' father and his cool but shady uncle, his uncle who happens to be a halfway recognizable minor villain in Spidey lore. It's in his uncle's apartment that Miles is bitten by a runaway genetically-mutated spider.

Bendis' slow burn decompression style works perfectly in this introductory arc.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Suiter on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
One of the greatest design aspects of Spider-Man's full body costume has always been the fact that anyone could be inside that mask. No matter the race, color or creed Spider-Man could be any one of us. For fifty years Spider-Man has been Peter Parker a Caucasian kid from Queens but after he was killed, the mantle and the legend of Spider-Man was passed on to Miles Morales a half-African American, half Latino teenager from Brooklyn.

Miles Morales made his debut in the pages of Marvel Comic's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man series by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. Marvel has collected the first five issues of this series in the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis Vol. 1 Premiere Hardcover that showcases why Miles Morales was named the Best New Character of 2011.

Growing up in Brooklyn is not so easy for Miles. His family has hardships and his parents work to give him everything they did not have, like a chance to escape poverty. Miles is fortunate and wins a lottery and spot in a prestigious charter school. Things are looking up for him. Then a genetically enhanced spider bites him and his whole world changes. With mysterious powers and no idea how to use them Miles is overwhelmed with fear. He just wants to be normal, but when the original Spider-Man dies to save the world, Miles learns the same lesson that Peter Parker did, with great power comes great responsibility.

Writer Brian Michael Bendis has flipped the status quo. Since the debut of the "Ultimate" line of comics Bendis has told the story of Peter Parker in more than 150 issues of Ultimate Spider-Man. But everything has changed and this story shows that anything can happen.

Bendis' introduction of Miles is handled well. The story is built around Miles and his family life.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on March 30, 2012
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Phrases like "all-new" or "all-different" get bandied around a lot in comic book marketing. It's the sort of catchy slogan that publishers hope will attract readers as they relaunch or reboot a well-known franchise. While Ultimate Comics Spider-Man marks a bold departure from the old, and the titular character offers some new surprises for old readers, long-time fans will feel right at home with the book. There is a sense of vibrancy to the proceedings as Marvel Comics ushers in a brand new Spider-Man, but also a welcome familiarity. It is the perfect jumping on point for new readers and hardcore web-heads.

The Ultimate Universe, launched in 2000, is a departure from the mainstream Marvel Universe and works as a reimagining and updating of Marvel's core classics. An alternate universe of sorts, it's taken some of the company's best-known franchises, like Spider-Man, X-Men, and The Avengers (known as The Ultimates in this line), and freed them of decades of convoluted history and continuity. Readers were reintroduced to familiar characters, but ones that had been updated and revised for the modern 21st-century world.

For much of its run, Ultimate Spider-Man was one of the best books Marvel was putting on store shelves. The credit goes to writer Brian Michael Bendis, who has demonstrated time and again that he has a natural ear for dialogue and character development. Over the course of more than 10 years, he turned teenage superhero Peter Parker and the surrounding cast of characters, like Mary Jane Watson and Aunt May, into fully realized people the audience could care about. While many came for the super-heroics of the famed wall-crawler, most stuck around for the human drama that unfolded and spiraled out of control while Parker was out of costume.
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