Ultimate Spider-Man: Power and responsibility

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Marvel Comics, Jun 1, 2001 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 184 pages
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The comic book publishing event of 2000 is coming to a bookstore near you. Ultimate Spider-Man, which received extensive press coverage and was the highest selling comics launch of the year, is the reinterpretation of Spider-Man's origin, updated for today's teens. Starting over at the beginning, the story of how a tortured teen is embued with startling powers, has been completely reimagined to appeal to the hi-tech, media savvy youth of today. In the process, great steps were taken to make the unfolding saga reader-fiendly to the non-comics convert. "Our characters have been around for almost 40 years", explained Bill Jemas, Marvel's President of Publishing and New Media, explaining the reasoning behind Ultimate Spider-Man. "It's great that our comics are so rich that storylines run forever, but we want the Ultimate books to be accessible to the first-time reader. Someone will be able to pick up an issue of Ultimate Spider-Man and have enough information to understand and appreciate it". An outsider even amongst his own peers, high school student Peter Parker is a young man at the crossroads of destiny. Orphaned as a youth and raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, Peter finds himself the target of a constant barrage of pranks perpetrated by school jock "Flash" Thompson and his burly bud, nicknamed "Kong". But when fate intercedes and Peter finds himself the recipient of strange and amazing powers, how long can our hero ignore the painful prodding? And when industrialist Norman Osborn takes a deadly "interest" in this development, will Peter be able to avoid a violent case of "corporate downsizing"? When backed into a corner, will our hero learn that with great power there must comegreat responsibility?

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Interesting introduction of the Kingpin. - Goodreads
I liked the books plot it was very interesting. - Goodreads
This is superhero storytelling at its finest, folks. - Goodreads
The artwork makes it all the better and exciting. - Goodreads
Bagley and co's artwork is nice and solid. - Goodreads

Review: Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 2: Learning Curve (Ultimate Spider-Man #2)

User Review  - Matthew Godlewski - Goodreads

Great second chapter to the Ultimate Spidey story. Like the first issue, solid story and artwork showcasing Peter's first run-in with Kingpin, Electro and the Enforcers. Some clever writing, and a ... Read full review

Review: Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 1 (Ultimate Spider-Man #1-2)

User Review  - Julian - Goodreads

"Spider-man: Degrassi." If you're not a teenager and having all the experiences described in this book then I don't know how much interest this origin re-imagining will hold. I first read this around ... Read full review



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About the author (2001)

Bendis is the Eisner award-winning creator of the Jinx crime comics. Bendis is the recipient of the Cleveland Press Excellence in Journalism Award ans was also nominated for an International Horror Guild award.

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.