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Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 Paperback – March 28, 2007

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Product Details

  • 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 (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been a big Spider-Man fan for years. I guess you could call me an old-school fan, as I've really enjoyed much of what Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and John Romita did with the character and his world back in the 60s. While waiting for the latest volume of the Marvel Masterworks series to come out, I decided to pick this up on a whim. Boy, was I glad that I did. Terrific writing and tone from Bendis and great artwork from Bagley. It was a treat to see the origin and some of the characters re-imagined for a more modern feel. The few issues that I have with the main continuity's origin were addressed and, in my opinion, fixed.

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.
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After loving the show Spectacular Spider-man, I decided it was time to finally read a Spider-man book. So I chose to start here with Ultimate Spider-man instead of the mainstream version. And I'm glad I did. Whatever praise you heard about this series is definitely deserved and probably not even good enough. The art is amazing, and although the first few pages are a little slow, by the end of the first issue the story is also amazing, and it doesn't slow from there.

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.
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This is a solid book. The Ultimate universe was a bold idea for Marvel to take on, and while it has gone from successful to nearly forgotten, Ultimate Spider-Man has managed to keep its hold on readers old and new. Here begins the story of Peter Parker, who as you of course already know becomes Spider-Man. Where this progressive story excels above most comics, if not all, is that this story has an end. Most comics, especially with our favorite superheroes, will go on and on as characters are killed then brought back to life only to be killed again, to be brought back again, and so on. Here, though, Marvel wisely chose Brian Michael Bendis to begin a run on their new Ultimate universe and one of Marvel's most popular (if not the single most popular at the time) characters. Bendis started from issue one, and even today is still writing this ever-growing opus of Marvel's famed wall crawler. As I said though, this story, at least the one that starts here in Volume 1, has an ending, and that ending ends, as it should, where it all began, with Peter Parker. While this first volume still had a bit of bugs (forgive the almost-pun) to work out, it successfully brought back interest as well as popularity to the character when he needed it most. Mark Bagley draws nearly this entire ultimate collection, and does so for a number of collections more. While his art seems a bit 'off' sometimes, you will quickly get used to it, and even appreciate its singular flow. So many comics change artists every few issues, or even after an arc or two. Bendis and Bagley worked together for years on this title, and even when it was handed off to another, the quality has only continued to improve. Not only in art but in Bendis' own writing. So I encourage you to give the Ultimate Spider-Man a chance. It's one of the best comics out there today, so why not see how it got there?
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I bought this collection (#1-2) quite by chance, while I was in New York on a holiday. I had been collecting only Batman and Superman trade paperbacks, and thought I would try a Spidey one. Boy, was I pleased I did!

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.
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