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Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 12: Superstars (Ultimate Spider-Man #12)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,136 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
A bizarre occurrence brings Spider-Man and Wolverine together for the weirdest team-up in super-hero history As the two struggle to get to the bottom of this mystery, their lives literally unravel. Why are both heroes too concerned with their own lives to work together? Strap yourself in, True Believer; it's all part of the ride you get when you buy a ticket for the team-u ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 14th 2007 by Marvel (first published April 6th 2005)
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Jul 08, 2013 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Relatively underwhelming. There are six issues in this volume. Each and every one focuses on a guest character. What is this, Ultimate Spider-Man Team Up? I would not have read that book voluntarily. The Wolverine and Doctor Strange issues just weren't that great. Bendis thought highly enough of the Wolverine body switching storyline that he put in a (tongue in cheek, I know) apology in the middle of the story. The story with Johnny Storm was much, much better, because Johnny himself was a much ...more
Nov 27, 2013 Nikki rated it liked it
I liked the friendship here with the Human Torch, but whaaaat is that bit with Wolverine? It's just so silly! It's really making me want to read Ultimate X-men, though. And is there Ultimate Fantastic Four? Must look this up. Maybe now I have a job...

The introduction of Dr Strange makes me quite curious. I know Billy Kaplan (Young Avengers) is a runner-up for the next Sorcerer Supreme, so... hmm.
Aug 09, 2016 Jedhua rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate Spider-Man issues #66-71.


Put simply, Superstars is a book of Spider-Man team-ups. First, we have a story of Spidey mysteriously swapping bodies with Wolverine. This was, by far, my favorite story of the bunch. At times, it was absolutely hilarious – probably the funniest USM has ever been up until this point; I laughed so much I cried. I believe what really kept it so continually entertaining was how Bendis portrayed the frustration and desperation
Kate McDevitt
Feb 04, 2016 Kate McDevitt rated it really liked it
This was an interesting volume full of one or two-shot stories. We open with a body switch between Wolverine and Peter which was confusing only because it seemed to come out of nowhere and wasn't explained until the end. I remember seeing this happen during an episode of the Spider-man tv show and enjoyed it then; this didn't have the same magic, though there were definitely some fun moments as they had to deal with being in each other's bodies. Then, my favorite storyline, Johnny Storm from the ...more
Jeff Raymond
Jul 09, 2010 Jeff Raymond rated it really liked it
I don’t want to say I disliked this batch, but…well, some of this was weak. I can forgive the Ultimate Six diversion as an obvious crossover with a comic I don’t read, but I have to say that Black Cat is really annoying, and the whole Hobgoblin thing didn’t do it for me, either. Still soldiering on - I have library leads on all the available trades, shockingly, so I’ll be caught up at some point this summer - but a few of these were more than a little rough around the edges.
Jul 16, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Freaky-Friday Wolverine-Peter Parker story was rather cute, if lightweight. The Johnny Storm/Human Torch story was okay, a bit of morale building. The Doctor Strange plot made me think I probably missed something by skipping 3 books, but it was all right, too. The whole volume was fine but didn't feel essential.

Edward Cheer
Jan 19, 2015 Edward Cheer rated it really liked it
At first, I considered this was going to be a three-star book, but that kind of changed the more I got into this. This particular comic has three different stories. The first was cheesy and dumb (Even Brian Bendis comes out before the story starts to tell you he's sorry about it), but it wasn't that bad. It's the second story that does well for that element of Spider-Man being a mentor figure that works really well, and particularly the third story is the one that shines the best. The story tell ...more
Tarique Ejaz
Feb 21, 2015 Tarique Ejaz rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Four's hothead ends up being peppered by the Web-Slinger.

A recipe for a goofy yet an enjoyable adventure. Johnny Storm learns about his true purpose and in the process of helping him reach to that conclusion Peter realizes that with time he is only maturing enough to be a strong-headed yet responsible crime-fighter and he understands that despite all the criticism prevalent, there are always people out there who count on him and whom he can always turn to in times of disarray.

And we
Nov 30, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it
Lots of fun! Wolverine, Human Torch, and Dr. Strange make appearances in this one.
Wing Kee
Aug 23, 2016 Wing Kee rated it it was ok
Wow that was not what I a bad way.

World: Bagley's art, not a fan. The world building here this arc was supposedly fun and expanded the universe. It does do that to some extent, you can say that about the world building this arc, it is still Bendis strong.

Story: What the what is this? After the huge heavy stuff of the last arc and it just ending I would have thought we would get some development on that front but we don't till the very end. Instead we get freaky Friday...what the
Feb 02, 2015 Jennavier rated it it was amazing
This is basically an entire issue of team ups, so if that's not your thing you should probably steer clear. Most of them were pretty mediocre, just the general back door introduction to other lines that you can expect in a popular series. What really made it was a two issue arc that involved Peter and Wolverine switching bodies. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard! Finding out why it had happened was the best part of all. If you like either of these characters at all, you should check it out ...more
Malice De'Ath
Jul 30, 2014 Malice De'Ath rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
A lot of people don't like this volume because it's a couple of shorter arcs, that are very light and the focus isn't really on Spider-Man. I can understand the dislodge for this volume but I can't help the fact that I loved it. The first arc (with Spider-Man and Wolverine) felt like bad fanfic; but it amused me greatly, even if it was daft, predictable and totally not in keeping with the Ultimate universe. The second arc (Spider-Man and The Human Torch) didn't feel quite as ridiculous, but, aga ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Daryl rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
If Marvel hadn’t done an Ultimate Marvel Team-Up book, I would have joked that this volume of Ultimate Spidey was just that. This trade reprints six consecutive issues, which feature three two-part stories of Spidey teaming up with another Ultimate character. The first two issues/chapters, featuring Wolverine, are a fun and silly romp wherein Peter and Logan switch bodies, which leads to them making a lot of jokes about one another. The second story features Johnny Storm of the Ultimate Fantasti ...more
This is a short but sweet volume. Coming off the death of Gwen, these short and light stories are exactly what is needed.

Freaky Friday treatment with an apology from Bendis. The Strange meet up with a highly eroticized MJ.

The highlight is Johnny Storm. The roots of their friendship is perfectly teenaged.
Feb 21, 2012 Jerome rated it it was amazing
The Peter Parker-Wolverine crossover story arc was HILARIOUS. It made me cry, I was laughing so hard. It's so unexpected. I liked how Wolverine (in Peter's body) pisses everybody off, including MJ and Aunt May, gets irritated at the teacher, and awkwardly tries to control his new Spider powers. Also funny is how Peter (in Wolverine's body) constantly complains at how filthy and disgusting Wolverine is, beats up robbers, and gets himself arrested. HILARIOUS. Unfortunately, the story was a little ...more
Sep 01, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
This is crossover crack with fourth wall breakage. Not as good as previous installments, but it had its moments.
Feb 06, 2013 Justin rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This one's easily the worst volume of USM so far. The opening story with the Wolverine body switch is just unbearable. The Johnny Storm story is fine, and introduces a new twist to the Torch/Spider-Man relationship. The final story with Dr. Strange feels pointless, and suffers partly from irrelevance and a stupid plot device and partly from the heavy-handedness of having a nightmare sequence to make sure we all understand exactly what Peter's been dealing with. All of those emotions and concerns ...more
Aug 03, 2015 Lindsey.parks rated it liked it
Almost too silly.
Sep 06, 2008 Stacey rated it really liked it
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Jun 28, 2010 Frank rated it it was ok
Not an actual story arc, but a collection of shorter stories. The intro of Johnny Storm to Peter Parker's life was fun to read, but the other two stories? Meh. One centers around Dr. Strange, a character I like, but it felt forced here. It does appear to set up the next book, though. But the real downer here was a Freaky Friday-esque tale with Wolverine. In fact, writer Bendis even appears in the book to mock the storyline. The story itself isn't bad, but felt more like filler.
Serial  Saudi_00
May 10, 2013 Serial Saudi_00 rated it it was ok
Spoiler ahead >>>

Jean grey of your really that tired of people hitting on you , and cant seem to just stop them from imagining you naked most of the time . Then i really think you should make consultant with this woman

But if that was too hard for you , I think you should just stop wearing revealing clothes for a start , or god help you , i dont believe that swapping people bodys will make any different .
Jan 25, 2012 Shaun rated it liked it
Volume 12 is largely a collection of short stories between major story arcs for Spider-Man. Spider man has a freaky friday event with Wolverine. Spider-Man meets Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four. Spider-Man meets Doctor Strange again and faces (and is consequently tormented) by his worst fears from a being of literal nightmares. Fun enough stories and it feels like they're setting up future story arcs. But, ultimately, it's all just treading water here.
Craig Williams
Dec 01, 2009 Craig Williams rated it liked it
Not as fun as the previous volume, "Hollywood", but it has its moments. The story about Peter Park and Wolverine switching bodies was corny, but fun - the explanation to how this came about, though, is lame as hell. The story arc about Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, coming to Peter's school in an attempt to finish high school was pretty cool as well. All and all, for Brian Michael Bendis, this was fairly average, but entertaining, fare.
May 22, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it
I hated the X-Men story arc, but the other two are pretty good. The stories stand on their own because they're crossovers and contain a bunch of explanatory information, though they will spoil previous plot points, including Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 11: Carnage in particular.
Jun 09, 2012 John rated it it was ok
The weakest of the Ultimate Spider-Man books, this one starts off with two issues where Spider-Man and Wolverine have swapped bodies--it's an astonishingly stupid storyline with an equally stupid resolution/explanation--and then improves from execrable to mediocre as Bendis runs through a number of disjointed stories which feel like nothing more than filler.
Zach Danielson
Mediocre team-ups. After ending the previous volume (Vol. 11: Carnage) on such a serious note, these frivolous issues were kind of jarring.
Aug 09, 2011 Ernest rated it it was ok
This was a strange collection. The first story was an unsuccessful attempt at a lighter story, the middle story a passable stab at a non good v bad story and the last had some meaty depth. As separate arcs, they might work; as a collection, it is a strange collection.
Brianna | RainyDaysAndStormyNights

4 stars for the Wolverine and Fantastic Four crossovers because they were RIDICULOUS.
3 stars for the Dr. Strange arc~ because it seemed irrelevant (though so were the crossovers) and confused the hell out of me.
Jul 04, 2012 J. rated it really liked it
A set of three shorts. The Wolverine story is hilarious and awesome (although there is some explanation omitted.) The Torch story is so-so, fairly typical high school fare. The Doctor Strange story is solid, but not amazing.
Frank Taranto
Aug 10, 2009 Frank Taranto rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, comics
I enjoy the way they changed Spiderman from when I first read him to a more up-to-date version. Liked the first meeting with the Human Torch as portrayed in this collection.

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