- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Direct Ed edition (March 28, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785124926
- ISBN-13: 978-0785124924
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 Paperback – March 28, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
If I had a complaint, it's that some of the villain redesigns didn't work for me, especially the big bad of the first story arc. This, of course, is a taste issue and may not bother you too much.
After reading this, I felt compelled to come back on to Amazon.com, review this volume (my first one, mind you), and order the next one. I don't care that I'm late to the party - Ultimate Spider-Man is spectacular. While I'd say that the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko stories are the best place to start for people who want to get into Spider-Man (check out the Marvel Masterworks series for that), this TPB certainly isn't a bad place to go either.
This volume collects Ultimate Spider-Man issues #1-13 (the first two story arcs). As a nice little bonus, the cover art to all these issues are included as well as character concept art.
One thing I really like about this book is Spidy's origin. Instead of rushing it in an issue or so, Bendis takes his time, letting the story progress naturally. Peter doesn't become Spider-man overnight, but instead goes through steps that eventually lead him to do so. This makes the story better overall, as you can see plenty of Peter pre-Spidy, instead of just the usual Spider-man Peter. Another benefit is that Uncle Ben's character gets fleshed out a bit, because he is in it for several issues, instead of just one.
Another review mentioned how the pages are so thin that they threaten to tear just by turning them. I want to make it clear that the pages are nowhere near that thin, and at no point did I come close to thinking that one of them would rip. I can easily read on my back without fear of ruining the book. The pages are fine, and you should definitely buy the Ultimate collections instead of the smaller individual volumes. You'll save so much money that way. I must admit, though, that the cover bends a little too easily, but it's a minor problem.
There a bunch of nice bonus sketches in the back of the book, making this purchase even more worthwhile. A lot of comic books will have two or three extras, but this collection has many, and of every character, too.Read more ›
The story revolves around a younger Peter Parker (15 years old) who is a high school student. He is friends with MJ (Gwen Stacey comes into the picture later) and works at the Bugle as a web designer, rather than a photographer (which is a nice change). There are some other differences compared to the Spacactular/Amazing Spiderman series all which make this Ultimate Spider-man series stand out.
The art work is fantastic, great colours, shades and a very modern technique without being cartoony. The story is great and the diaglogue is often very clever and funny and I loved reading it from start to finish. This collection actually inspired me to buy some more TBP in the series (#3-6, 13).
I really recommend this collection to anyone starting out or wanting a refreshing, funny and gripping storyline with awesome art.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ultimate Spider-Man Omnibus, Vol. 1 starts with the Peter Parker origin story, based on Amazing Fantasy #15 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Zac Hanscom
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This is a great collection. I have been a fan of the Ultimate Spider-Man and I am happy to be able to read the first 13 issues in this paperback edition. Nice job!Published 10 months ago by Rafael A. Serra
What can I say? Its just original. Best start at a new series of Spider Man, once you pick them up, you wont want to put them down. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rene Guzman
Great book. My son loved it and is begging me to buy the rest.Published 22 months ago by Jeff Edelstein
Quite a few people I know don't like this new origin and just say it's another rehash, but I thought this was pretty much the best Spidey Origin Collection I've ever read, and... Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Maggy