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Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 3 Paperback – September 8, 2010
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Aside from the price, what makes this trade paperback so good? The creative team of Bendis and Bagley tell the story of a teenage Peter Parker as he learns about the world around him. They've really hit their stride here, capturing the struggles and frustrations that Peter has in a world that frankly doesn't care about him at times. In the first half a thug dresses up as Spider-Man to rob banks, killing a major character. Then [SPOILER] Peter and MJ break up [SPOILER] which leads Peter to find some old videos and a childhood friend, Eddie Brock. The two collaborate on their parents' inheritance, a project to cure cancer which leads to the birth of Venom!
Vol. 3 collects the superhero action in the life of Spider-Man, as well as the melodrama that's at the core of Peter Parker's life. Bendis writes a lot of dialogue, but there are also these panels of Peter by himself, fretting about his life -- and these moments are all the more powerful.
If you're looking for some great Spider-Man stories at an excellent price, look no further: it's right here.
The art is--once again--exceptional. It is bright and detailed, and very easy to decipher. Motion looks especially impressive. Also, all of the original overs are included, and in their proper places too. Unfortunately, unlike in the previous ultimate collections, no sketches or bonuses are included in the back. Their place was supposedly taken by the special issue, 1/2.
As for the story, there are mainly two. 28-32 is the first, with the second being 33-39. Issue 1/2 stands alone.
In the first story, the villain Rhino is introduced. Regrettably, he's more of a throwaway character, and serves as a plot device--not a true character. He is essentially featured in a cameo. It's a shame he wasn't devoted more time to establish an origin and full story. His character seems to be wasted, in a similar way to how Shocker was just throw in the first ultimate collection--which, by the way, happens again. While it was nice for a villain to return, we still know nothing about him--or Rhino.
The rest of the story revolves around the relationship troubles of Peter and Mary, as well as the occurrence of an impostser Spider-man. The story is okay. It was nice to see insight on Peter's life, but it seemed too exaggerated. The grief between Mary and Peter was pointless and unrealistic--especially since you know they'll be fine in the end. The tension between Mary and Gwen was unnecessary as well. It feels like Gwen's only in the book to make Mary jealous.Read more ›
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It was full of Spider-man. I expected this to be the case. I am gratified to find that the product meets all expectations.Published 10 months ago by Morris Ingemanson
Seriously right now? Wtf! How come this issue is worth 55$ more than everyone of these its really pissing me off and I'm not buying it till is in the 15-20$ range like all the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by john
what to get a 13-year old boy who loves spiderman? how about the ultimate spider-man ultimate collection? he loved this gift!Published on January 13, 2013 by Linda KM
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