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Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 9: Ultimate Six Paperback – April 4, 2007

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One of the things that has made Spider-Man such an enduring character is the gang of colorful misfits who make up his rogues' gallery. In this tale, his five greatest foes-Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, Electro, Kraven the Hunter and Sandman-have been incarcerated in a high-security prison for the criminally supervillainous. Although doped up and under interrogation, they escape and unite, and begin searching for the sixth member of their unstoppable team for evil. Unfortunately, the cover itself gives away some of the mystery surrounding the sixth member: could it possibly be Spider-Man himself? Readers should be aware that this story is set in Marvel's "Ultimate" universe, where characters have been refurbished for 21st-century audiences. So, for example, the Green Goblin now transforms into an actual demon (instead of putting on a corny mask and suit). Bendis's terse dialogue and Hairsine's detailed, action-packed art gives the story a nice momentum, but little is gained by the attempts to add depth by having the characters talk about the dangers of governmental experimentation in genetic mutation. Bendis gives the villains real personality, but misses an opportunity to point out the tale's most obvious lesson: that any government facility that thinks five desperate supervillains won't try to escape from a group therapy session isn't thinking very clearly.
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About the Author

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award winning comics creator, "New York Times" bestseller, and is the current writer of "All New X-Men" and "Uncanny X-Men", which debuted at number one on national sales charts. He is one of the premier architects of Marvel's Ultimate comics line and has won five Eisner awards, including two 'Best Writer of the year' and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Artist Mark Bagley makes his DC debut on this series after spending over 20 years at Marvel Comics illustrating titles such as Ultimate Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man and New Warriors.

Quesada-Superstar in the comics industry
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Ultimate Spider-Man (Paperback) (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (April 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785113126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785113126
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,139 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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In 1964 when Stan Lee and Steve Ditko did the first annual for "The Amazing Spider-Man" they came up with a story called "The Sinister Six," which had the web-head going up against Doctor Octopus, the Sandman, the Vulture, Electro, Mysterio, and Kraven the Hunter. In order to rescue Betty Brant and find Aunt May, Spider-Man has to tackle six of his greatest villains working together and to make things really interesting he has to do it while he has apparently lost his powers. Also appearing in the book in the most minor of roles are Dr. Strange, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, the X-Men, Giant Man and Wasp, who have really nothing to do with our hero defeating the villains (one by one it turns out, with Ditko getting to do a splash page of each battle) and saving the day.
"Ultimate Six" is a seven part miniseries that brings together the Ultimates and Ultimate Spider-Man from Marvel's (you guessed it) Ultimate line of comic books, and it seems to me that scripter Brian Michael Bendis, penciler Trevor Hairsine, and inker Danny Miki are doing an updated version of that first "Spider-Man" annual. In keeping with the mission statement of the Ultimate universe to do things with a twist in a bigger way whenever possible, the Ultimate Six have two key rosters changes. Gone are Mysterio and the Vulture to be replaced by the Green Goblin and (surprise) Spider-Man himself. After all, Norman Osborn knows that Spider-Man is really Peter Parker and threatening Aunt May is enough to get our young hero (who is about 16 at this point) to do anything to make sure she stays alive.
The other big change, as you would expect, is that the Ultimates (the new and improved Avengers) do not sit on the sidelines and show up to save the day.
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This graphic novel is listed as #9 in the Ultimate Spider-Man series, but really only contains one Ultimate Spider-Man comic in it with the other six being Ultimate Six comics.
I grabbed it eagerly hoping for more Ultimate Spider-Man, but the storyline picked up more of the convoluted typical comic fare than the simple-sweet personal style of Ultimate Spider-Man. The art after the first issue isn't typical of that series either, and is made up entirely of the more "realistic" art of Ultimate Six that leaves something to be desired if you're a fan of Ultimate Spider-Man's style up to this point.
Overall it's #9 in the list of these graphic novels, but if you were to skip it there's only a minor detail leading into what will be in #10 that you will have missed (and will pick up soon from there anyway). Since my interest is much more toward Ultimate Spider-Man than what Nick Fury and the Ultimates are up to these days, I found this graphic novel to be very disappointing both in story and art when all I wanted was more Spidey.
Aside from the first issue in the book and its action introduction of The Sandman, the rest is forgettable and not up to par with the eight that preceeded it.
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First off,many of the readers who seemed disappointed with this are mostly fans of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book.The style is very different and is better suited for fans of The Ultimates.

I actually bought this entire mini in comic form last week and was really impressed.There's good pacing here and little action outbursts and nice splash pages to keep the action hungry satisfied.The art is great,especially during the climactic battle on the White House lawn.Hairsine delivers the goods with lots of details and amazing panels to leave you drueling.

One thing about Bendis' style is that he features alot of dialogue.And most of the time,it's a good thing mostly used for set-up and characterization.This is meant to be a big-time showdown between a team of heroes and baddies.But as generic as it sounds,Bendis make things alot more thick and gives it more depth than that.If you have read The Ultimates,you will have a better understanding of many of the government aspects going on here,but even if you haven't,it's quite easy to comprehend.The villains here,especially Osborne and Octavius,are portrayed as intelligent scientists who hunger for nothing but revenge and power.Their motives are quite clear,and nothing too out of this world or far fetched.

This is a truly entertaining super-hero epic from Marvel's Ultimate line.This would be a great book to read for those looking to get back into comics.It might be wise to read some volumes of Ultimate Spidey and The Ultimates first,but even if you haven't,it's still an awesome read.I myself don't read USM and still understood what was going on.This book is highly recommended for anyone looking for a good epic super-hero read.

I also recommend

The Ultimates:Super Human,The Ultimates:Homeland Security,and The Ultimates:Gods and Monsters if you liked this.
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Hi Spidey-Fans,

I don't know about this one. As I have been surprisingly caught up in drama of 15 year old Peter Parker coming into his own as a man, a Spider-Man, as it were, I was disappointed by this side-step, this exit off the highway that has been the fun ride of previous installments. True, the series at times does strike me as a teen soap opera that might sit side by side any of the tepid fare one might be victim to on the W-Boob, but I still find it an enjoyable escape from the harrowing life of a popular English Professor such as myself.

But this Ultimate 6 struck me as airplane movie, action flick fare. It has a couple fun moments but the sweetness and allegory--and I hesitate to add drama because I know you comic fans equate such literary terms with boredom--are missing as more attention is diverted to those steadfast and stately Ultimates who come across as boring salaried office workers more than they do as a rambunctious cadre of Super Heroes.

I enjoyed the art but missed the Bagley touch which suits the tone of the rest of the series so well. Ultimate Spider-Man in general gets Five Stars, this one gets three.

Peter, do us all a favor and tell your Aunt May. The lies are starting to gather as flies on a dollop of scat.
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