Most helpful positive review
Great premise! Great writing! Great art!
on 1 January 2015
Five of Spider-Man's enemies escape S.H.I.E.L.D custody and attempt to track down Peter Parker. So Parker, Nick Fury and the Ultimates have to stop them. A very fun premise and brought to us by Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers, All-New X-Men) who has proven he can improve already cool premises with his humour, dialogue and characterization.
This volume features Ultimate Spider-Man #46 and Ultimate Six #1-7. So you get eight issues for £13.50, give or take, which is fantastic value for money.
The story is very well told for the most part: each of the Ultimate Six get to utilise their unique powers; the inclusion of the Ultimates doesn't feel forced; and despite having a larger scale, it still feels like a Spider-Man story.
That said, it's not perfect. It's paced in a way that has the Ultimate Six captured very easily at the beginning (making them look less of a threat); then a lot of time is spent looking at S.H.I.E.L.D. attempting to rehabilitate them; then after Doctor Octopus single-handedly helps the others escape, they spend most of the book planning an overly-complex scheme; and it all builds to a quick action-finale.
The art for #46 is by regular Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley (David Michelinie's Carnage), whose style is certainly cartoony but still has a good grasp of textures. #1-7's art is by Trevor Hairsine who I was previously unfamiliar with, which is a shame because his photo-realistic art is some of the best I've seen. The cover art is by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers) who makes every cover look like a movie poster with masterful shading, courageous-looking heroes and menacing-looking villains.
This story has been brilliantly executed and is must have for Spider-Man fans, Ultimate Spider-Man fans or those like myself attempting to seek the best the Ultimate line has to offer.