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Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 20: And His Amazing Friends (Ultimate Spider-Man #20)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  690 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Things are changing in the young life of Peter Parker: The Fantastic Four's Johnny Storm is now his buddy - and the hot-headed super hero has taken a liking to Peter's classmate, Liz Allen! But something is horribly wrong with Liz - something that will soon affect the life of every student at Midtown High - including Peter's ex-girlfriend, Kitty Pryde! Guest-starring the X ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published September 3rd 2008 by Marvel
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Just another great volume of Ultimate Spider-Man, what else is new? I love the reference to the Spider-Man/Iceman/Firestar cartoon in the title, though the story has little enough to do with anything like that. Instead, it's mostly about Peter's schoolmate Liz, and her mutantphobia, and settling her storyline. This volume in particular showcases why I really like Ultimate Spider-Man but mostly stay away from the other Ultimate books. In most of the Ultimate line, it seems like the writers took " ...more
The title and cover are a joke for anyone old enough to remember the old Saturday morning cartoon where Spiderman was partners with Iceman and Firestar. Which made me feel old, but this was another solid story in the Ultimate Spidey line.
This is the one that got me started on re-reading the series. I wanted to be fresh so read something that reminded me of my childhood.

I was not disappointed. Ultimate Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends really focuses on what I feel is the strongest part of the series. It's not the action (though that is great) it's the way people react to each other. From the opening monologues where each character reflects on why he or she feels his or her life sucks to the revelation that Kenny is not as stupi
Elizabeth Wallace
Oh well THIS is just NEAT.

And I read this book in the most unfair way possible: I haven't followed X-men or anything Marvel for years, this book came out two years ago, and I have no idea what's going on with the characters (did Marvel just universally make EVERYONE in ALL their series about ten years younger on purpose, or is it sporadic? I'm so confused...) so I could've had the most frustrating read possible. But I LOVED IT.

The artwork, for one, is pretty amazing. Very dynamic and beautiful (
Simeon Berry
Despite my many, many objections to Marvel's rebooting of the entire Marvel universe with the Ultimates line, I thought I would work my way through Ultimate Spider-man. Brian Michael Bendis is pretty much my favorite comic book writer (setting aside Neil Gaiman, as he doesn't really do comics anymore), so I thought it would be worth a shot. I still feel pretty irked at the condescension inherent in revamping the Marvel Universe to appeal to younger readers (suddenly, everyone has a freakin' goat ...more
Edward Cheer
Entertaining from the first to last page. However, if you wanted a story with Spider-Man teaming up with Ice Man and Firestar, like the title and cover art seem to hint towards... you won't get that. But, that isn't so bad. The new take on Firestar is interesting (though her arc is incredibly quick from resentment to loving her powers-- but she fluctuates a lot, so I'll give credit to Bendis for writing her like a teenage girl. However, the real show-stealer is the last issue, and (what I assume ...more
Another fun volume--not suprisingly, the first three-part story manages to pay homage to the old Spider-Man cartoon, co-starring Iceman and Firestar. It's quite cute, and manages to pull off something that should be very cheesy extremely well. The complicated (and very entertaining) relationship between Kitty, Peter, and MJ, gets even more interesting and funny when Johnny Storm and Iceman show up to hang out, and it's revealed that affable-sidekick-slash-bully Kenny has figured out Peter's secr ...more
Rated as a graphic novel. A solid outing by Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man. An interesting tale with funny moments and a twist or two.
Good payoff and build-up.
This was a really personal and enjoyable volume. It also felt like a turning point for Ultimate Spider-Man. It felt like this was the volume where Ultimate Spider-Man stood up and walked away from the original Spider-Man mythos and put on it's grown up clothes and chose it's own direction. This really felt like the fork in the road, where the creators decided that they were done re-imagining the original Spider-Man and decided to head out in another direction and do their own thing. And the resu ...more
Okay, so this is set in the, uh, "more realistic" Ultimate Marvel Universe, right? So where the hell is Aunt May? 15-year old Spidey gets kidnapped, beat to hell, or alternate-dimensioned like six times a month, and she's hardly ever even at home.

That aside, the art is sharp and the dialog is snappy. If teenagers were smart, this is what they'd sound like. You could do a lot worse than this for an hour's reading.
Magic Mike
This volume deals a lot with the high school aspect of Peter Parker's life. It is as much about his group of High School friends as it is about Peter himself. There is an introduction here of a new super powered person that certainly opens the door for interesting possibilities in the future. There is good drama here and this is overall a good addition to the Ultimate Universe.
So much better than Vol. 19. I'm still not a fan of Stuart Immonen's art, but the story has definitely picked up again.

I really like how Peter's life keeps going on. People change, stories happen, but in the end, life is still life and Peter is still Spiderman and life just goes on. No needless drama or midlife crises.
Sean Brennan
A fairly average story arc, although the opening issue when Peter was confronted by a group oh his super hero friends outside Midtown High was amusingly well written.

The finale where The Shocker railed about the injustice of the world was also excellently put across by Bendis, the artwork was so-so, but has been better.
Although fun while reading it, this provided little lasting impact and even now, I would struggle to remember the main points of the story. The express interconnectedness of the Ultimate Marvel universe is evident, although one could make an argument for it being too much.
I didn't actually make the connection with the 80s series (Spiderman and his Amazing Friends - Iceman and Firestar) until I was done with this volume. A good story, well drawn, and worth a chuckle when I finally made the connection.
This volume was so cooooollll. It was really good and i finished it in like an hour so that's an achievement. I'm just sad that i only have two more volumes :(((((((
Disappointing after the incredible "Death of a Goblin." Stuart Immonen's art is starting to grow on me, but I just don't like it as much as Mark Bagley's.
Lots of fun with PArker hanging around with his superfriends, good change to the villain ruining his life saga that keeps happening.
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: amusing, hell-of-a-ride, likable-or-deep-characters, suspenseful-or-engaging
It was all over the place, I get theme in which these story work bottled but it would have benefited from more focus.
Bendis and Ultimate Spiderman at its best - fun, thoughtful, but mostly just fun.
Solid book and a bit of a break from the overall series arc.

Only two books left...
Frank Taranto
Fun to read with good art. Liz Allen's mutant powers emerge.
Adam Gutschenritter
My first exposure to ultimate Spiderman, I liked it.
Daniel Butcher
Fantastic Four is never in town when you need them!
My shocking Shockers are not all that shocking!
An awesome book for comic lovers.
David Basora
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