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5.0 out of 5 stars ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN . . . and then some!!!, 21 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 2: Learning Curve: Learning Curve v. 2 (Paperback)
This book collects issues #8 - #13 of Bendis' reinvention of Spider-man for the 21st Century.
Those reading this review will probably already be aware of the first volume - Ultimate Spider-man: Power and Responsibility. If not I recommend you start with that book first and I guarantee you will be buying this book at the earliest possible convenience.
This album collects the second major story arc of the series so far. Spider-man battles two new adversaries (I won't spoil it by saying who) against the backdrop of a young Peter Parker coming to terms with his new found abilities and the effects they have on him and those around him. Also several new characters (for first time readers such as myself) are introduced at various stages, all updated for the modern era, which pose questions which will no doubt be answered later down the line.
I cannot recommend this intelligently written and superbly illustrated book highly enough and I for one am hooked!
The next collection cannot come soon enough.
If you can't wait that long though I can recommend the Ultimate X-men whose first six issues are also collected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation of a great series, 2 April 2007
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S. Fuller - See all my reviews
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With a great debut comes great responsibility. A responsibility to be able to continue the series in an equally fresh, dynamic and engaging way. Bendis and Bagley again succeed in delivering a gripping portrayal of young Peter Parker's trials and tribulations as Spider-man.

Again the real anchor for the book is on Peter and the ups and downs of his personal life, but here we do get to see a lot more Spidey action than in the first hard-cover book.

The first half of the book features a story line involving the first appearances of Doctor Octopus and Kraven The Hunter. The build up and tension is well judged but let down by a bit of an anti-climax when Spidey finally faces down his two enemies. Kraven in particular is disappointing, whose Ultimate incarnation sees him as little more than an out of his depth Steve Irwin. That said, this is my only criticism.

The second part of the book deals with the reappearance of Norman Osbourne and his alter-ego the Green Goblin. This culminates in a great dramatic showdown, which more than makes up for the Doc Ock/Kraven plotline.

Even in hardback form these books are over before you know it as they are real page turners. Still... onto the next book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Puberty and Super powers, 26 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 2: Learning Curve: Learning Curve v. 2 (Paperback)
Its a tough time for Peter Parker, having recieved super powers Peter has vowed to start crime fighting. But at only 15 years old he has a few other problems to contend with like curfews and girls.
This new take on Spiderman is refreshing and bright. It is excellently illustrated and thoughtfully written. It is much easier to connect with our hero with the up to date atmosphere that he lives in. The new millenium allows Bendis to develop his characters boldly and without a fear of censorship or controversy.
The new Spiderman series is worth a look no matter who you are, it may not be a work of literary genius but is a thoughtful and entertaining piece of modern literature. But buy the first book before this one!
Go on give it a try it won't make you a nerd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK, 9 April 2014
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This review is from: Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 2: Learning Curve: Learning Curve v. 2 (Paperback)
Some true iconic moments happen in this book I loved every second of reading it and I like how spiderman changes thought the volume shame electro wasn't as big of a character as he should have been but maybe later on in the series great book any spidy fan it's a must have as long as you have or read volume 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars ULTIMATE!, 27 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 2: Learning Curve: Learning Curve v. 2 (Paperback)
Everyone loves Spider-Man. But no-one, really, wants to read the terribly written '60s comics do they. So I read the Ultimate Spider-Man. The first one was good and so was this one. This one was probably a bit better, but they both suffer from the same thing. They're cut off way too soon! But they're both really entertaining, and just all around brilliant. Hence the 5*s!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spiderman is here!, 3 Dec 2008
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This review is from: Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 2: Learning Curve: Learning Curve v. 2 (Paperback)
The second volume of the Ultimate Spiderman is here and it is amazing. The first volume takes a slow start, giving us a more detailed look into how Peter Parker became Spiderman and the transformation of Norman Osborn into the Green Goblin.

This second volume moves away from the Green Goblin and introduces us to the Kingpin who controls most of New York's crime. Not only this but we see Peter take the job at the Daily Bugle and we meet Jonah and Robbie who only have a small part so far in the Ultimate series.

Peter gets angry that someone like the Kingpin can walk around freely while good people like his uncle are killed. Angry, Peter goes after the Kingpin but doesn't know what he walks into and the Kingpin is the next person to know his true identity.

This volume has a lot more action than the previous, with peter fighting the Enforcers, Electro and the Kingpin, alongwith other thugs on the streets. Yet there is also the building of the relationship between Peter and Mary Jane and for a change of events, Peter realises that he can never have a realtionship with MJ while he is Spiderman and chooses to telll her the truth.

Where the original Spiderman is entertaining it is very out dated and the first few volumes are very slow with few major storylines, the Ultimate Spiderman hits the big storylines straight away and is an enjoyable read.

Well worth buying, one of those books you can keep picking up and reading as it is entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb follow-up to volume One, 15 Jun 2007
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Mr. S. W. Steel "stephensteel" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 2: Learning Curve: Learning Curve v. 2 (Paperback)
This is the second in the Ultimate Spiderman series (which has it's 17th volume published this year!), and if you haven't read the first volume then you really need to read that edition first.

This continues the reworking of Spiderman's history dealing with Peter Parker coming to terms with his position of responsibility as a super hero, whilst trying to retain his teenage identity and 'normality'. He has more moral issues to contend with as both hero and teenager, and this book doesn't shy away from showing the difficulties he is having. Unlike some comic book superheroes, Peter Parker has complications in his life, and it is nice to see this being shown rather than some other characters always being so sure of their destiny/responsibilities/place in the world etc.... In other words, Peter is the most 'human' of the super heroes around today. He isn't perfect, and he is flawed, but he is always working on improving himself. This volume deals with these issues so well because it isn't always about the action sequences; it is about Peter's interaction with his family,friends and him wrestling with his inner conscience. Having said that, the action sequences are quite superb!

Spiderman has more enemies to deal with, and as with the first volume this handled with care and respect - in other words, this is a homage to the original storylines, and not a complete reworking of what has gone before. The old adage of ' If it ain't broke......' rings true here.

Without spoiling the plot, i would say this is a worthy continuation to volume one, Power and Responsibility, and is well worth buying for Spiderman fans, and new fans alike.

This series is going to eat up hours of your life............
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review, 2 Oct 2003
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This book is a must for anyone who has a keen interest in Marvel, particulary the Ultimate series. The book continues the journey set out on the first hardcover and previous issues as Peter Parker develops his crimefighting, while trying to deal with his personal life. If like me you missed the original Spider-Man craze from the last 40 years, this is something for the younger generation. A fresh look at one of Marvel's best superheroes, and told for a 21st century audience. You just begin to feel what it must have been like for the kids of the 60's reading the original Spider-Man comics. Good things to look out for is the confrontation between Spidey and Doc Ock, as well as a unexpected introduction to S.H.I.E.L.D.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius-Best Volume, 27 May 2005
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Geo Blorge "Actual Journalist" (East Morton, UK) - See all my reviews
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My advice is never to buy the single issues of Ultimate Spider-Man. The series works so much better as a trade, as the story is given a better chance to flourish. This is a similar qualm in all Bendis stories. But don't get me wrong, this is what its about. Marvel's Ultimate line, for those who don't know, is starting again for Marvel characters. Their entire timeline is started again in a modern context. Thus, Peter Parker was reborn as a teenger in the 21st century, facing teenage problems and such like. But the real draw of Ultimate Spider-man lies within Bendis writing ability. He is witty, clever, creative and brilliant at exploring his characters.
What sets this volume apart from the first is the tense and brilliant storytelling. The continuing story of Norman Osborne as the green goblin(as well as a brilliant origin for his appearance), the portrayl of Kraven as a pathetic TV self-publicist, the purely brilliant way Peter overcomes Doc Ock and the awesome appearance of Nick Fury adds up to one of the best trades I've read. This really is a classic series. The series also has broad appeal; this is the ideal way to become a Spidey fan (or read the excellent Spectacular Spider-Man). The beauty, however, is that old, cynical readers will smile at the retelling of the origins of the many characters. The style it is written in is much wittier and brilliant than anything that has come before for Spidey.
What also comes with the Hardback is a load of extras. Whether original sketches interest you or not, having this in Hardback is a better idea. It looks brilliant on your shelf, and it also holds twice as many issues as the paperback version. What you also get are many forewords and afterwords in this. Other great writers feel it is important to praise and celebrate this series. And why not? This is an awesome series, well worth celebration. It's nice to read views of people who also appreciate the ground breaking work this is. Its spectacular, it really is. Make sure you get this.
It is a reason to celebrate! This is the book that saved Marvel, and you need to find out why.
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