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Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 8: Cats and Kings: Cats and Kings v. 8 [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (6 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785112502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785112501
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 16.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Spider-Man's troubles multiply when a mayoral candidate bases his campaign on an anti-Spider-Man platform and a burglar known as the Black Cat--who has something the Kingpin wants--gets Elektra on her tail.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 9 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol.8 returns to the higher stakes after the good Irresponsible, with the return of the Kingpin. Needless to say he's after the web-slinger, yet Peter Parker is just as determined to get him too.
Volume 8 showcases Brian Michael Bendis' usual wit and skill with dealing with the various characters, yet feels strangely disjointed. Unlike the previous volumes, Cats and Kings feels much more like two seperate stories, the first solely about the Kingpin and Peter whilst the second introducing the Ultimate Black Cat. This is where the artwork in the book prospers - one issue has no dialogue at all until around the halfway mark, yet it still develops the Black Cats character. Other good points in the book is the return of the Enforcers - here, in more of a comedy slot than their previous appearance, but no less welcome.
Overall Cats and Kings is a good read but is strangely lacking in the pace or feel of the previous novels. Fans of the original Spider-Man series will have plenty to pick up on here, and new fans will not be left disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's so pretty! 21 May 2007
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Apparently, Mark Bagley is proudest of the art in this volume - where he depicts Elektra and Black Cat in their 'ultimate' get-up. They all look very cool. Pity the plot lags a little, being divided into two - the first dealing with the Bullit campaign and the second with the Black Cat/Elektra confrontation.

Even so, there is a sense of unity between the two developments in terms of theme. The two storylines both feature the clash between the Kingpin and Spidey, and they detail Peter's growing frustration with the public reaction to his antics, which lead to him questioning what is right. In the very end of the volume we find out that the evil Kingpin has in fact been acting somewhat nobly in consern for someone else. We along with Spidey discover that things are not black and white. The clever writing rescues this volume from its 'running on autopilot' plot. It can stand proudly among the others in this impressive series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spidey's back! 12 Nov 2008
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I throughly enjoyed this part of the Ultimate Spiderman series. My favorite moment was as the Kingpin sits down to a meal reading how his plans have fallen apart and Spiderman goes to revel in his victory. I hope this isn't the last we see of the Black Cat as you can see obvious sexual tension between her and Spiderman. It's enjoyable reading this new version of the Spidermen comics that are modernised as they show many of the characters in a different light. I love the emotion in Peter Parker as he fights against the crime in the city but you see how the frustration gets the better of him and he lashes out like any teenager would, making him more human in doing so. Aunt May is far better in this than the classic Spiderman, she is a tough person who doesn't always seem to end up in hospital like the the original.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 13 Feb 2012
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I have been collecting ultimate spider man for a while and in this volume bendis brings back kingpin in the story. The story really showcases the more gritty edge of the ultimate universe we get to learn about other characters backgrounds and your view of one character will drastically change at the end.

Peter and Mary Jane are still together and the relationship is shown to be doing well. I thought the Relationship scenes were well developed but left a lot to be desired.

The art is fantastic and all in all is a good chapter in the ultimate spider man series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spider-Man versus the Kingpin, the Black Cat AND Elektra 27 April 2004
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Ultimate Spider-Man: Cats & Kings" is the 8th collection of story arcs from "Ultimate Spider-Man," collecting issues #47-53 written by Michael Bendis with art by Mark Bagley and Art Thibert. In retelling the story of Spider-Man from the beginning with some significant twists we saw that Spider-Man's first significant victory as a super hero came when he broke into the Kingpin's tower and turned over copy of security camera footage of the Kingpin murdering one of his underlings to "The Daily Bugle." When the story broke the Kingpin was forced to flee the country to avoid arrest. Now, after getting the best lawyers money can buy, Wilton Fisk has been cleared of the crime and is ready to make his move.
The first three issues collected here comprise the first half of the story arc. In "Men of Influence" the Kingpin throws his support behind the mayoral candidacy of Sam Bullit, who is running on an anti-Spider-Man platform that has J. Jonah Jameson salivating. So when Peter asks JJJ while the "Bugle" is not going after a murderer like the Kingpin, the publisher fires him. Meanwhile, Mary Jane is worried that the list of people who know Spider-Man's true identity is getting longer. "Suspended," which has to do with what happens at school to Peter when the frustration of not being able to get the Kingpin gets to him, does a nice bit where we get to see a phone conversation between Aunt May and JJJ twice, once from the perspective of each. Then Ben Urish proves the Bullit is crazy and Jameson has to decide whether to print the story. "Hero" comes down to a pair of interesting conversations JJJ has with first Spider-Man and then Peter. For those who remember JJJ admitting he was jealous of Spider-Man back in the Lee & Ditko era, this issue rewrites the rules.
That would be the "Kings" part of the story arc, which then gives way to the "Cats." "The Black Cat" shows up and decides to steal a special artifact from the Kingpin's safe. Spider-Man crosses her path and learns the meaning of bad luck. Meanwhile, Peter and Mary Jane talk about their future, but any plans for happiness go out the window when her father finds her diary and a reference to MJ almost dying on a bridge. Boy, does she get grounded. Then Peter learns that Spider-Man has been implicated in the Black Cat's theft. So when the Black Cat wants to meet again, Peter is up for it in "Shadow Puppets" only to have his interlude interrupted for the greatest "Cat Fight" in history between the Black Cat and Elektra, the latter having been hired by the Kingpin to retrieve the artifact. The situation comes to an temporary ending in "Daughters."
One of the things that "Ultimate Spider-Man" takes advantage of in reinventing Spider-Man for the 21st century is that this time around the Kingpin is the underworld czar developed by Frank Miller in "Daredevil." Clearly he is going to have the same prominence in these comic books as well. Spider-Man ends up being a spectator a lot in these stories, but when the villains are a crooked politician and a couple of young women, it is hard for our hero to really go around fighting them in public. In many ways the strengths of "Cats & Kings" are the changes in the interpersonal relationships. Aunt Mary's final insult to JJJ is unforgettable as is the serious talk that the publisher has with Peter.
I keep thinking that every time one of these trade paperback collections comes out that I am going to see "Ultimate Spider-Man" start to take a dip, but Bagley, Bendis and Thibert always come up with enough strong moments to make the stories worth the reading. This is true whether you have been with Spider-Man from the beginning (I started with Medusa showing up in issue #62 and quickly worked backwards to get up to speed), or whether you are a relative new comer. I will insist that we old timers have the advantage because we can appreciate the changes and their values into making the Spider-Man story even more interesting the second time around.
Not surprisingly, Volume 9 in this trade paperback series is going to do a Doctor Octopus story arc, which is pretty much true of all the Spider-Man titles available right now, including a couple of special mini-series. But the added twist is that Spider-Man also has to deal with the fact that they are making a movie about him...and our young webhead is not seeing a single dime.
5.0 out of 5 stars the black cat is smoking hot... 2 Feb 2007
By mark twain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
ultimate spider-man by bendis and bagley is one of the best series out there. not as much action and non-stop bad guy fighting, but a good mix of that and a lot of peter parker being a teenager with problems (girls, bullies, being grounded, etc.) along with his spidey life.

the series is great great great. only a few minor things that could be better:

1. i don't like how nick fury comes in and tells spider-man he's going to work his whole life for him and shield. the idea of peter being...trapped in a web? haha...well it isn't too cool. superheroes need to fight the good fight because they want to, not because shield will go and take away their superpowers (as fury has threatened) if they don't comply. plus the issues where the ultimates come in aren't that great, the whole series gets hijacked by them and not a lot of spidey. imo, the ultimates are easily the worst part of the ultimate universe. beyond ultimate spider-man and the ultimate fantastic four the ultimate universe isn't too great.

2. bendis needs to cut down on the tuchas talk. seriously if parker grew up in nyc today he'd more likely speak spanglish than yanglish.

3. geldoff.
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 8: Cats & Kings 4 Oct 2004
By N. Beitler - Published on Amazon.com
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This eighth TPB collects another complete story arc and features Spidey meeting up with the Ultimate version of the Black Cat as well as Elektra. While I didn't really care for the look of the Black Cat's costume and felt this storyline wasn't quite as good as most of the previous ones, I still thought it was good enough for four stars and would consider it a solid storyline and a recommended read. There are several interesting things that take place in the pages, including the frustration of Peter as he learns of the Kingpin's "unfair" release from custody, the Black Cat's flirtation with Peter (whose mind is already reeling from emotions stirred up by Mary Jane, and Peter's continuing problems at high school. The book ends with an uncertain fatality, but I won't spoil it for you by giving it away. Go ahead and pick it up for yourself to find out the whole story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Graphic SF Reader 3 Sep 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Spider-Man gets fired for disagreeing with JJJ when he backs the campaign of a DA who is a Kingpin shill.

Spidery and the Kingping [...] heads several times, and he meets the Black Cat, daughter of a guy Kingpin has shafted, as she steals something he was going to use to try and help his sick wife.

Elektra gets in on the fun as the Kingpin hires her to get rid of the Cat.

The Enforcers show they are losers yet again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 18 Feb 2014
By Peter Alcaraz - Published on Amazon.com
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Ultimate Spider man is the best super hero in marvel and the comic books are great I am planning to read all if the books
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