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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (1 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078510786X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785107866
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Brackell on 10 April 2012
Format: Paperback
==INTRODUCTION==

Looking back over ten years after its launch, it's easy to forget the climate in which Ultimate Spider-Man was launched. The first Spider-Man film was being filmed and coming close to release, the mainstream Spider-Man comic was struggling to pull in readers after an ill-advised attempt to remove Mary Jane Watson from the mythos and create a single (but widowed!) Spider-Man. This would later be reversed with a change in writer, when J. Michael Straczynski, of Babylon 5 fame, took over. The Spider-Man books had also recently experienced a largely-ignored reboot with John Byrne's "Spider-Man: Chapter One", which was a bizarre attempt to rewrite Spider-Man and his villain's origins and tie them all in together, so when Ultimate Spider-Man was announced as a modern-day retelling of the classic Spider-Man origin, there were purists who were understandably apprehensive about further butchering of their classic stories in an attempt to "update" the stories.

Fans of the classic Spider-Man stories shouldn't be worried as this is a different Spider-Man, in a different and 'Ultimate' universe. As with those 1960's origin issues, this is set in contemporary times and since that was the year 2000, some of the references are slightly dated twelve years on. Whilst Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's original story for the birth of Spider-Man was crammed into 11 pages, this Spider-Man's journey into becoming a costumed hero takes seven issues, and introduces the Green Goblin as his primary nemesis.

==PLOT==

This initial volume is written by Brian Michael Bendis, who had enjoyed success with his indie title, Powers, and with art featuring long-time Spider-Man artist, Mark Bagley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2007
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I am a big fan of DC comics and their characters. I mainly follow the stories of Batman,Superman and the Justice League of America. I have never really got into Marvel at all, but have been a fan of the Spiderman films, and then my girlfriend started to tell me all about the sub-plots of the characters, so i decided to give this volume a whirl, figuring that if i didn't like it, it was no great shakes.

I have to say that i was really surprised bu the quality of the story-telling, sub-plots, background, characterisation and of course, the art-work. This volume deals with the origins of Spiderman, and although I believe it isn't quite the original version that first came out all those years ago, i thought it was very well done. It follows elements from the first Spiderman film with the Goblin, Harry Osborn,Doc Ock, Mary Jane, Aunt May and Uncle Ben, but gives the story some real depth. We see Peter as a typical teenager, with built-in angst and struggles against authority whilst not being able to tell the girl he is attracted to how he feels about her. We see how he gets his powers, and how he strives to find his place in the world - what he should be doing with them, how best to use them etc...

What i really liked was the pacing of the whole volume. It wasn't all about fighting and action sequences.It was punctuated by them, and not at the expense of the story or the characters. There is plent of smart humour in here too, and i liked that - it is something that other writers should take heed of. Sometimes a comic needs to have some fun too!

I read through this volume in pretty much one go. And i bought the next few to keep me going!! There are a lot more to come, and i for one, will be adding them to my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs J Cliffe on 5 Jan. 2002
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Let me start by saying, that i have been a large spiderman fan for many years, i have seen the carton series', the really bad films and also collected the comics, but nothing gets as good as this, it is new, its modern and its really well written.
You might think that when you see that someone has done a modern spiderman, you might be saying to yourself "Oh, i know how peter parker became spiderman blah blah blah!!!!" but this has NEW, yes NEW storylines, theres a new way how peter parker was created, and new way that villains look, including the Green Goblin who looks so scary you start to think that he might be from a horror film. HE'S THAT GOOD.
I have read this book and the second one and i can't wait for the 3rd one either, the artwork alone made me buy this, then i found out about the small different changes etc and it just gets better and better.
Buy this if you have been a fan of Spiderman for years, months or just days, it will get you hooked, or just keep that Spiderman 'tingle' you have.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2003
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I started reading "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Peter Parker: Spider-Man" again when I started doing a unit on comic books for my Popular Culture class and had ignore "Ultimate Spider-Man." Seeing that the first seven issues were collected in "Ultimate Spider-Man: Power and Responsibility" I thought I would check it out and was more than pleasantly surprised. The idea here was to update Spider-Man for the 21st century, specifically by going back and starting over from the beginning, doing so fully cognizant of where Stan Lee and Steve Ditko started off the comic book and where the character would end up in terms of super villains and future bride. There is certainly a sense in which this version is compatible with the blockbuster "Spider-Man" movie, but that is more in terms of having Mary Jane Watson there from the start than anything else. Ultimately, the point here is tighten the original Spider-Man story and give the characters some twists.
"Power and Responsibility" takes its time in developing the origin of Spider-Man. The original story by Lee and Ditko in "Amazing Fantasy" #15 was eleven pages long. Here it takes six issues to get to the same point in the character's history. Of course, since we know where things are going, we can take time to appreciate the journey. At the same time, there is a concerted effort to bring various elements more into the mix. That infamous radioactive spider is the creation of Osborn Industries, the pet project of Norman Osborn and one of his chief scientists, Dr. Otto Octavius. Osborn is extremely interested in why young Peter Parker does not die after the bite and the creation of the Green Goblin becomes a direct consequence of the fateful spider bite. In time I am sure we will see the birth of Doctor Octopus will come from this as well.
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