Monday, September 01, 2008

Ultimate Spider-Man #125 Review

Recently reviewed by me at CBR: Ultimate Spider-Man #125, about which I write the following sentences: "'Ultimate Spider-Man' began as an experiment in decompression (let's take Spider-Man's eight-page origin, and turn it into six full issues) and cultural relevance (let's make him a teenager of today, so instead of a photographer, we'll make him an internet whiz), but it has become, after well over 100 issues, the best continued exploration of Peter Parker and the Spider-Man mythos. Bendis is able to balance the whimsical teenage nature of the character with the "weight of the world" burden and tie it all together with superhero intrigue and action. There's no great single issue of 'Ultimate Spider-Man,' though. Nothing to point to and say, 'you've gotta read THAT comic.' Instead, Bendis builds a story by the accumulation of moments, the accumulation of character detail, and the machinations of forces greater than Peter Parker."

Read the entire review HERE.


James said...

I hope I'm wrong about Ultimatum, but from the press I have a feeling that it's gonna be a radically-altered, scorched-earth scenario in the Ultimate Universe when that event's finished. Marvel's convinced they've nailed a classic, back-to-basics Spider-Man over in Amazing (they really haven't), so I guess they don't think they need this to be that any more. But USM does a far better job, and it'd be a shame to have it become a ghetto-ised "alernate-take" on the character after all this time.

(This rant powered by PURE CONJECTURE)

Timothy Callahan said...

I feel the same way, and have the same suspicions.

Kyle said...

#13 is a really good issue.

James said...

Of course, the other problem if they go that way post-Ultimatum would be that Wildstorm just beat them to it.