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Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol. 1: The World According To Peter Parker (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Volume I #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  780 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Almost ten years ago, Ultimate Spider-Man launched the Ultimate line, a reinvention of the Marvel Universe that defied the odds and every expectation. Today, it happens again: This new chapter in the life of the teenaged webslinger picks up in the aftermath of Ultimatum and completely redefines the status quo of Spider-Man for the next generation! With a new supporting cas ...more
Hardcover, Premiere HC, 152 pages
Published April 7th 2010 by Marvel (first published 2010)
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And he's back!

Six months after Ultimatum wreacked havoc on Manhattan, and incidentally almost ruined the entire Ultimate Universe, Peter Parker is back. Some things are different. The Daily Bugle has folded, leaving Parker with a fast-food job at the mall, Mary Jane broke up with him and he's started to date Gwen Stacy. Kitty Pryde is still attending his high school too, which is still awkward for everyone involved and Kong is a Hot Topic kid now?

Meanwhile Mysterio is on the rise and there are a
3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up because I have a geek-crush on Bendis. It really should have been a 5 star book for me, because I love Ultimate Spider-Man. In the end, though, there were a few too many things that I just didn't like. First thing, not crazy about some of the art. It was a little over-the-top and...well, cartooney in spots. I probably could've overlooked the art, but I'm still scratching my head over the Gwen/MJ switch. What happened? Did I miss something? I'm guessing this huge ch ...more
Comparing this volume to the Ultimate Spider-Man from before Ultimatum and you'll get your heart broken. Set six months later, Peter is totally not at all dead (what a cheap trick) and Peter is now suddenly dating Gwen. Ok... There's a lot of sudden changes, apparently for the sake of having sudden changes. (MJ to Gwen, Daily Bugle to fast food, nearly empty house to very full one) I just don't know where Bendis is going with any of this stuff. I assume that we'll get explanations and full story ...more
Bendis takes on another Ultimate Spiderman. It's a remix of the original story line, and though many might not like it, it poses interesting possibilities.

Aunt May finds out who Spiderman really is early on, and Peter Parker juggles one too many female interests. What more, this is in the wake of a water related disaster, and a lot of children are dispossessed. Mutants aren't well received in this climate. Aunt May has an interesting solution to this. A new superhero makes an appearance, and a r
Holden Attradies
I really like Ultimate Spider-Man, and was immensely pleased with what it was after Ultimatum. I feel like having all the awesome and awkward teen characters in one place was the only good thing that came out of that horrible event.

Any who, somehow I managed to get all the way to Death of Spider-Man without actually reading this volume so I read it knowing where the series and most of these characters would go. I'm not sure how I would of felt about it had I read it first, there are a lot of lit
Eric Mikols
Ultimatum has come and gone and now Ultimate Spider-Man has been relaunched and rebooted. Not rebooted in starting from scratch, but mixing up the formula. Which is too bad, because I really liked the formula, even if it had gotten a but tired in some places. But here is the new format, and now Aunt May's house is a boarding house for lost teen heroes. We've got Iceman, the Human Torch, Gwen Stacy, and Spider-Man all under the same rough. Meanwhile, Mary-Jane and Kitty Pride are off doing their ...more
So I thought this book was part of the 2013 YALSA The Hub Reading Challenge…but I don’t think it was. It turns out that this one said “Ultimate Spider-man” on the cover and “Ultimate Comics” on the spine. Yeah, how confusing can it get, right? There is another Ultimate Comics Spider-man, v. 1 that was one of YALSA’s best. I also could have looked at the publishers date to realize that I had the wrong book for YALSA’s reading challenge…those books are mostly published within the last year. I just ...more
Courtney's Books
This was my first Spider-Man comic and I loved it.
Maybe this was a bad place to start for Spider-Man comics, but I don't understand all the glowing reviews. Besides the story problems, the silly details in the artwork were distracting. From the bendy/curvy/skinny limbs to all the girls having the same face, it was quite a mess. Was it really necessary for every girl, except Mary Jane, in Peter Parker's high school to have black nail polish and eyebrow piercings? I know this is a reboot and there will be some retcon-ing going on, but how is this ...more
So, here we are.

Back from the Ultimatum wave and resurfacing with a new series for (the Ultimate version of) everyone's favorite wall-crawler.

After Ultimatum, I was glad to see Ultimate Spider-Man return to a semblance of something that it once was. We've still got a high school aged Peter Parker trying to decide between Gwen, Mary Jane, and Kitty. We've got Bendis writing heartfelt characters and making you laugh out loud (even if you're reading all alone) at least once an issue. A good, soli
Sean Brennan
Aunt May's home now turns into a halfway house for troubled 'superhero' teenagers! So, So!
This reboot of Ultimate Spider-Man is a little more serious, dramatic - and still a great read. Bendis knows how to make even the most inconsequential moments into something worth paying attention to, whether it's manning the register at a burger joint, getting a new roommate or negotiating the maze that is teenage love.

Gotta hand it to Bendis and the artists - somehow they take a laughingstock C-list villain like Mysterio and make him look and act like a real threat. He's finally standing on so
Ottery StCatchpole
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You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

“My first ever experience with a teenaged Spider-Man, and I’m amazed at how good these comics are!”

As part of my comics reading renaissance, I asked on Twitter a while back what Spider-Man comics people would recommend, and the general consensus was that Brian Michael Bendis’ run with Ultimate Spider-Man was fairly good. I took that recommendation to heart and got the first trade paperback for the se
Greta is Erikasbuddy
A note to the comic book guys of the world

Hi all! Me again. Well, I'm still looking at the pretty pictures and owwing and awwing. I know this is your turf and all but I hope you are cool with me hanging out for a while. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm not a geek or a nerd. I don't have a very good memory and I have just started reading comics. While you guys still intimidate me, I hope yu can find it in your heart to tolerate my squees. I just want to read these books and have fun
Not a good jumping on point for being a Vol 1 collection, but it keeps the streak going. There's much too much backstory and zero exposition, which is actually a good thing. But don't start reading here. Go back to the original first volume of USM and work through the whole series. For as long as this title has run (ran?), it's a consistently well-written and enjoyable read. Bendis does Sorkin-esque teenage superhero angst dialogue better than anyone. He also makes Ultimate Peter Parker the most ...more
Patrick Suarez
I think it is awesome, first time reading an Ultimate Comics. I didn't think it will be good at first. Main reason why I picked this book up and must admit was for Gwen Stacy. The characters looks awesome. Gwen and Mary Jane are cuter. Especially with Mary Jane with glasses and Gwen Stacy like a Rocker/punk-rocker look. It isn't bad. Worth reading. If you are interested in reading a comic in the Ultimate universe, you should pick this one up!
Sammi McSporran
Enjoyed this! Interesting art style (I like Gwen's pretty-punk look!) and a good story. Like the different characters included alongside Spiderman, and particularly how they fit together in a high school setting. Aunt May is so adorable I just want to hug her!!
Story is engaging, and I look forward to reading the next volume :)

Four stars.
This was the first comic book I ever read and it was amazing ! I definitely want to start reading more. I wish to continue the Spider-Man comics, but I do not know where to find them for a good deal. I know that the 1st series editions are very rare to find.
TJ Shelby
So much changing here. Ultimate Spider-Man changed name to Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, complete with a Volume 1 attached to it. Picks up a few months after the devastation of Ultimatum. Brief appearance by Kingpin. Just long enough for an assassination by Mysterio. Appearance/origin of the Red Hood and ends the volume by the surprise reveal. Aunt May appears to be opening the May Boarding Home For Gifted Youngsters, which is inevitably going to lead to some teenage love triangles, squares or wo ...more
Edward Cheer
So... what? Peter's not dead? It's been months now, and we're starting again with all these characters in these new relationships with little explanation as to why they got where they are. Things would just seem a little less ridiculous, if I saw MJ's turmoil as she broke up with Peter and his transition to falling for Gwen, other than some narration. It just makes things seem less well-grounded, like the previous series. But the actions good, the comedy's still there (albeit forced at times, li ...more
They need to stop retelling Spiderman. ugh the teen drama gets old. I really didn't like the way this was drawn either. Spiderman looked like a bobble head with the overly round head.
Mathew Carruthers
I've never read any of the Ultimate Comics before this one - and I'm impressed. This is a phenomenal re-envisioning of the Marvel Universe. Worth a look, for sure.
Kayla Perry
I didn't care for the way Spiderman was written or drawn in this book. I was pretty grossed out by how he was thinking of making out with Black Cat while dating Gwen and remembering Mary Jane and Kitty. He did come off like a teenage boy, but a really asinine one. Writing also wasn't very strong, the story not overly compelling. Will not be reading the next issues.
This is full-on soap opera type stuff. It's arguably unbelievable, given the general rules of Spider-man comics. I probably would have been much more interested if I did not already know where it was going.
Federiken Masters
Leído de la edición en revistas de Panini España en sus números 1 al 3 (contienen dos USA cada uno), pero marco esta edición recopilatoria por razones obvias. En cuanto al comic en sí, muy pero muy bonito el dibujo y bastante entretenido el guion. Una buena mezcla de sit-com, superhéroes y drama adolescente. Claro que me perdí algunas cosas por agarrar Ultimate Spiderman recién por el relanzamiento (salteándome la inmensa mayoría de los ciento y pico de números restantes), pero como se supone qu ...more
Bit of a cheat as I read this in monthly comic form (though all together, so that's close).

Still not sure why Marvel decided to re-title this series from Ultimate Spider-man to Ultimate Comics Spider-man. Anyway, it picks up with everyone trying to adjust to the post-Ultimatum world. Bendis is still writing so that's a huge plus (and really the reason I'm still reading), but the artwork is a little too manga for my taste. I don't like what they've done with Peter Parker especially. Plus, there a
Angelina EVHS Cayabyab
This comic book had a nice storyline. However, the character drawings kind of bothered me.
This was probably my favorite of the Marvel I've been reading so far, haha. :D
Jarred M.
Very amazing i read this book 3 times i think every one should read it!
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot
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