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Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection Volume 1 TPB: Ultimate Collection v. 1 (Graphic Novel Pb) [Paperback]

Mark Bagley , Brian Michael Bendis
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28 Mar 2007 Graphic Novel Pb
Collecting the groundbreaking first year of Ultimate Spider-Man in one colossal trade paperback! High school, puberty, first dances - there are many pitfalls to being young. Compound these with intense personal tragedy and superhuman powers, and you can start to visualize the world of Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man. Following the murder of his uncle and the Green Goblin's assualt on his high school, Peter finds himself on the brink of manhood: getting a job at the Daily Bugle to help support his widowed aunt and taking on extracurricular activities - such as bringing down the Kingpin, the head of organized crime in New York City! Collects Ultimate Spider-Man #1-13.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (28 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785124926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785124924
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 16.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate is indeed the word 15 Feb 2009
The Ultimate Marvel universe was created to let younger readers into the world of Marvel. It recreates the story of Spider-man without destroying the roots of the superhero. It is different enough to the original for older readers to enjoy it but is very good for people who want to jump onto the band wagon that is Marvel.

The Story starts as you would imagine with Peter Parker being a bit of a loveable geek who gets bullied and then bit by a genetically enhanced spider. That's the bit we all know but in this version there are a few differences. For a start he is friends with Mary Jane Watson form the beginning and Harry Osborne seems to be someone who takes advantage of Peter's brains rather than being a real friend.

The 'bad guys' in this are not really new, but have been slightly redesigned. The Goblin is no longer a glider riding maniac but rather a Hulk esque character that can throw fire balls, I know that this doesn't sound very good but it actually works really well.

The story line is strong and shows Peter's struggle with the death of his uncle and balancing his social life with being Spider-man. The bold colours are striking and really bring out the characters. It is all new age colouring and looks gorgeous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
This story runs through Ultimate Spider-Man issues #1-7, collected as Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 1: Power & Responsibility TPB (New Printing) (Graphic Novel Pb). This is basically an expanded and modernised retelling of the (12-page?) origin story of Spider-Man from Amazing Fantasy #15, now taking up seven issues. We get much more face time with Uncle Ben and Aunt May this time around, as well as with Norman Osborn, the laboratory of whom the accident now takes place in, and where Doctor Otto Octavius is head of the particular branch of research that leads to the creation of Spider-Man and the Green Goblin.

Despite the rather forced-sounding plot lines above, this is an excellently written story, which takes nothing away from the original, and just makes the tragedies feel more tragic, and builds up the characterisation of the supporting cast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does whatever a spider can 1 Feb 2013
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I will keep this short and to the point. A great read and a fantastic introduction to Marvel's greatest hero.

I really like the recon idea and placing PP into the 21st century with slight alterations on the whole Spider Man myth.

I won't spoil the story, but it is on scratching the surface and you will want to read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars from an old-school fan of the Webhead (SPOILER-FREE) 3 Sep 2011
By Jacob Wortman - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular art, story, quality, extras, and starting point! 30 Sep 2012
By Tickles - Published on Amazon.com
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After loving the film The Amazing Spider-man and 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 boy am I 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 amazing, as well, 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. So, don't worry about the paper, because it's absolutely fine!

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. Another thing that is included is all the original covers. Some books leave out the original covers, but here when an issue starts, you will first see its cover. The cover artwork is really nice, even if most of the covers are boring to look at, as they usually just show Spidery in a different position on a wall (issues 7, 9, and 12 are exceptions--very awesome covers!).

Some people have complained about some of the character re-designs, but I find most of them pretty cool, especially the Goblin, though I do feel that Electro looks a bit weird. However, perhaps I am not upset about the new looks because I have not read their original stories, and therefore am not attached to their original designs. Whatever the reason, most characters look awesome, made even better by the great art.

The stories are really interesting, with lots of references to other Marvel characters. There even appears to be homage to DC's "Dark Knight Returns" near the end of issue 4 (look for the lightning). I really like how Bendis makes Peter's life just as interesting as Spider-man's. Also, he makes it pretty funny sometimes. I laughed every few pages, or at least smiled.

All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone. It's great place to start and has so much to offer. Even if you prefer the mainstream Spider-man, I'd give it a shot. If you don't even like Spider-man, then I'd still recommend this, because it's good enough to change you're mind. This collection is just about 5 stars. I'd say 4.9.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic reboot of Spidey 16 Mar 2008
By Michael Henry - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bendis Spider-Man 16 Jun 2013
By Renan Rodrigues - Published on Amazon.com
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Pretty awesome stuff,better than many of the modern spider-man stories.Its Bendis at his best,and even with the changes in the character its possible for the old Spider fans to enjoy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A preview of what is to come 13 Aug 2013
By Pat Pugh - Published on Amazon.com
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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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