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Ultimate Spider-Man Omnibus - Vol. 1 (Marvel Omnibus) Hardcover – 27 Jun 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (27 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785164758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785164753
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 5.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award winning comics creator, "New York Times" bestseller, and is the current writer of "All New X-Men" and "Uncanny X-Men", which debuted at number one on national sales charts. He is one of the premier architects of Marvel's Ultimate comics line and has won five Eisner awards, including two 'Best Writer of the year' and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Artist Mark Bagley makes his DC debut on this series after spending over 20 years at Marvel Comics illustrating titles such as Ultimate Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man and New Warriors.

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By Paul McNamee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm just going to cover what I wanted to know before I bought the book. Maybe that'll help inform your decisions as well.

WHAT'S IN IT? It's got the first 40 issues of Ultimate Spider-Man (#1-39 and #1/2), as written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Mark Bagley.

ANY EXTRAS? Some, but not all, of the bonus stuff from the back of the old hardcover editions has made it over. For example, everything from the first volume is included here (so that's a few variant covers and a lot of detail on how the series is created) whereas nothing from the third volume made the cut (so all the genesis for the Venom story and how reluctant Bendis was to do it is gone). It's nice to have some, but it'd have been nicer to have all.

HOW'S THE PRESENTATION? It's gorgeous. What, are you kidding? It's a Marvel Omnibus. It's GORGEOUS. It lays perfectly flat from cover to cover, the art reproduction is flawless at full-page at this size, and the book's in a nice red hardback, too.

SHOULD I BUY IT? If you like Marvel's latest cinematic venture Amazing Spider-Man, absolutely. Its version of events and in particular its Peter Parker owe less to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's version of the character and more to how Bendis worked with characterisation. Plus, the story and the art are fantastic. Sure, this has been released to capitalise on a movie release, but it's been in my top ten for years and it's really as good as Spider-Man gets. It's very frequently laughaloud funny, the action is awesome and it bears many, many re-readings. As far as value for money is concerned it may be the best Omnibus yet.

HMM. I'M STILL NOT SURE... Then we're on the outs. This book is awesome and unless you have the issues already...
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Excellent read. A bit on the pricey side, but worth the money!

If you love spidery then splash a little dish and enjoy. The art work and stories are second to none. A real treat.

Can't wait for the second omnibus, but will need to save for it.
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Bendis can do little wrong for me.Get his Daredevil,it outstrips every conception of the character,lifts it to heights previously unimagined.Spidey has his story retold,for the now generation,updated,but similar to the pre existing,but different enough to maintain even the attention of we older readers.I would rank the artwork as functional,not dark and brooding as in Daredevil,for me it merely serves its purpose.The bad guys leer,subtlety is missing,but it serves...Could this be better?Well,I suppose a writer always looks back and thinks so,but if so,not much.Do I prefer it to Daredevil?No,that is the standard to which all mainstream comics of the genre should aspire,multi layered,a masterpiece.Do I regret buying this?Not at all.
'Nuff said?Well,actually,no,not quite.As decent as this is,it is really only a one dimensional superhero book,and as much as I like Bendis,there are better,more mature,adventurous,exploratory,boundary breaking tales out there.Like just about anything by Alan Moore,or Gaiman's Sandman saga,or at the risk of repetition,Daredevil,which certainly surpasses the Bendis Spider man.As a reader of 60 years of age(yes,and I still read comics,for me there is no distinction,absolutely none,between "comics" and the more familiar written word,both are equally valid.Is a great work of art superior to a great movie?If so,why?Both have the same ends in mind,and if properly done,both have left an image,or narrative,behind)I am probably more comfortable with the Ditko Spidey of yore,but fully appreciate how the younger generation may not respond as well to this as did I,many years ago..(48,I think).
So,in conclusion,I understand why the re-vamp.And it is interesting,in many ways,but does it replace the old Spidey stories?Not for me.
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