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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 1 Hardcover – February 15, 2012

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; unknown edition (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785157123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785157120
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 1 takes place in an alternate universe where Peter Parker has died, still in high school. Before Parker dies, grade-school Miles Morales is bitten by a spider with the number "42" on it. Morales goes to a charter school with his friend and roommate, Ganke. Ganke represents the pre-adolescent nature of Miles, who is focused on school and, as the title progresses, being Spider-Man. Ganke plays with Legos and is thinking about starting to talk with girls. The Ultimates in that universe, who include Hawkeye, Spider-Woman, Nick Fury, and Iron Man, recruit the young Miles.

The first volume of a new title has to capture the imagination, and while there's a lot of good about this title, Miles's character isn't totally fleshed out. In another title written by Brian Michael Bendis, The Ultimate Spider-Man, Peter Parker lets a criminal go despite having powers because Parker doesn't see why he should fight crime. When that same criminal kills Uncle Ben, a superhero is born. There is no moment like that in Miles Morales's story.

Having a superhero in grade school can be done well. In Geoff Johns's Shazam, Billy initially uses his powers to push over cars and buy beer. I really don't feel that Morales is the kid he's supposed to be. I don't have a problem with them creating a new Spider-Man, and I think there's potential in Miles Morales's story. The universe he lives in is very well established, and he's stronger than Peter Parker, being able to blend into the background (chameleon power) and shock his enemies (venom power). Bendis is nothing but creative. I just think the title should have been better. ***
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