Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man Fallout (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (Paperback)) Paperback – 6 Jun 2012
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Nick Spencer worked as a researcher and writer for the Jubilee Centre in England. He is now director of studies at Theos, a public theology think tank in the UK. He is also the author of "Votewise" and "Asylum and Immigration".
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The pros: well there are some nice moments showing the human side of the Spiderman supporting characters.
The cons? Where do I start. Firstly much of this is NOT about spiderman or any of his supporting cast. It's a series of short scenes setting up things that may happen in other Ultimate Universe comics: evil Reed Richards is back? Tony Stark joins a new Group of powerful people? Captain America quits (off stage) well thanks for telling me but I really don't care. In the old days publishers would put out a really cheap comic (say £1) with these sort of trailers. Apparently now they do six issues and charge you £14 for the collected works, while selling it as something else. Lots of bitty scenes with different artists - it's like reading a collection of prologues for other people's stories.
And the Spiderman supporting cast? Well there's probably about two issues worth of actual Spiderman material here. And it really fails to have any resolution. Bits of it are quite to very good. And we have snippets of what we've lost. But there's no real resolution.
I did like Ultimate Spiderman, but this is an insult, selling us extended adverts, most of which have no connection to each other, and failing to deliver the resolution (or even something that resembled a story beat) you may want for so many long running characters.
Don't bother, really.
If the mutants were created, how are new mutants created? Is it in the air now in the atmosphere and some people are susceptible to it?
Im sure it was said but i have read the ultimate stories at least twice and it wasn't clear.
If your going to create a fundamental change in the marvel universe, it should be made clear.
I like the change i just think it should be told better
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"Ultimate Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man"
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrated by Mark Bagley
(Marvel Comics, 2011)
Although story arcs in which superheroes are killed are, almost by definition, gimmicky, this volume (which gathers Ultimate Spiderman issues #156-160) is a fitting end to a great comicbook series. Yeah, yeah, I know -- the series continues with another kid taking up the mantle of Spider-Man, but most fans can stop here, with the death (no, really!) of the alternate-reality USM/Peter Parker. It's a fast-paced, gripping super-story, with traces of the crisp writing and humorous dialog that made USM one of the best Marvel Comics of the last few decades, but also with a crushing sense of finality and doom that is borne out in the remorseless battle sequence in which the Green Goblin finally kills Spider-Man. Peter Parker's nobility in the face of his own death carries real tragedy and pathos -- technically this may be an "alternate" version of Spider-Man, but it's really the same Peter Parker we grew up with, and he really does die, and it has surprising resonance.
There's a loss in the real world, as well: the USM book has consistently been the only title in the "Ultimate" brand that was worth reading, the only one not subsumed by a quasi-fascistic worship of violence for violence's sake. Indeed, USM was truly a great comicbook, consistently entertaining and full of the wide-eyed sense of innocent, kinetic adventure that Marvel exemplified in the 1960s, and gradually lost touch with from the '70s onward. Bendis may be able to sustain some of that elegant momentum in the re-re-rebooted series, but not for long, if at all. A pity. And, of course, there's always the possibility of a Peter Parker clone lurking in Ultimate-land... they had plenty of them popping up when the original Spider-books began their great decline, lo, those decades ago. But let's hope not: this was a powerful, heroic death, and it would be best if Marvel left well enough alone.
Speaking as a longtime Marvel geek, this is a story well worth reading, although I am sad to see a great book go. (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
Issue one is Spider-Man's funeral. There are some truly sad moments. *MINOR SPOILER* One such moments is Aunt May having a nervous breakdown in front of the national media. *END SPOILER*
Issue two tells short stories about Captain America, Thor, and Rogue.
Issue three deals with Tony Stark, the Shroud, and Ultimate X.
Issue four reveals the new Spider-Man, a not so dead super-villain, and shows what Valerie Cooper has been up to since the Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates miniseries.
Issue five shows how far Quicksilver has sunken into madness since Ultimatum and what Nick Fury plans to do with S.H.I.E.L.D.
Issue six is a heartwrenching look at Guen, Mary Jane, May's slow road to acceptance of Peter's death. Kitty, Bobby, and Johnny make an appearance too.
The art varies from each chapter in each issue. Virtually all the art is good and the dialogue is excellent. Overall this is an excellent buy if you're interested in seeing which direction the Ultimate universe is heading.
This should have been called the Ultimate Mishmash. There was barely one consistent story in the whole thing. In the wake of the Ultimate Spider-Man's death, the characters in the Ultimate Universe all deal with various things. Some things are related to the death of Peter, and some things are setting up new storylines. I've read a lot of Ultimate Marvel titles, but I felt lost during multiple portions of this book. As a reader, we were given little clips and scenes of things happening over here, then we go over there. Nothing really held this "Fallout" story together. Characters appeared for one scene that I had never seen before, so I didn't understand the context of the conversation. Then, they wouldn't appear again for the rest of the book.
In almost every way this felt like the set up for the next chapter in the Ultimate Universe. And maybe that's what it truly was. I honestly don't know what was happening when this was originally released.
The artwork was strange within these pages because the artists would change within an issue (not from issue to issue). You'd turn the page, and suddenly a character would look different.
This was written by Brian Michael Bendis, Jonathan Hickman, and Nick Spencer. They took turns doing different issues, but Bendis took the bulk of the work, while the other two did one each.
-This book featured the first appearance of Mile Morales.
-Tony is approached about joining a secret society in this story, and I think that becomes an important plot point down the road.
-The appearance of Ultimate Reed Richards was probably my favorite thing in this book. I love that this 616 line appeared in an Ultimate book: "I'm going to solve everything."
-Aunt May, Gwen, and Mary Jane get a sense of resolution to their story arcs.