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Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 1: Power and Responsibility

(Ultimate Spider-Man #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  14,447 ratings  ·  403 reviews
In a retelling of the Spider-Man saga that has been updated for the twenty-first century, teenager Peter Parker is bitten by an experimental spider from the laboratory of Osborn Industries, and develops super powers as a result.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 16th 2007 by Marvel (first published 2001)
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Spider-Man borns again in modern times!

This TPB collects "Ultimate Spider-Man" #1-7.

Creative Team:

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrator: Mark Bagley


The Amazing Spider-Man "borns" again for a new generation in the 2001's Ultimate Marvel Universe.

This first storyarc re-tells the classic origin of Spider-Man but setting in the new millenium, with current technology, modern storytelling style and... excellent choice for any Spider-Man fan (like me!) for reading Peter Parker's first
Sam Quixote
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Saddle up, buckaroos - its another re-telling of the Petey Parker/Spider-Pants origin story! Brian Bendyman goes through the well-worn checklist: nerdy bully-magnet Peter gets bit by a magic spider, gets superpowers, doesnt use them to stop crime, loses his Uncle Ben (the non-rice guy), and learns that With Great Blahblah Comes Blah Blahblah. And then decides to punch Norman Osborn whos transformed himself into the Green Wheelie Bin!

While Bendis writing and Mark Bagleys art are both fine, there
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ircb-2019
This may be my all time favorite run of Spider-Man. Bendis for all his crime comics is one of the best writers of teenagers I've ever come across. He made Spider-Man fun again after a decade of grim-dark Spider-Man comics and clone sagas throughout the 90's. At this point, I'd given up on my favorite character when I picked this up on a whim. It's fantastic. Mark Bagley is a fantastic pairing for Spider-Man. At this point, he's probably drawn Spider-Man more than anyone else. The man knows how ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am not a big fan of the Ultimate line. It seems like, for most of them, the writers decide to push for "edgy", and just end up writing a lot of painfully unsympathetic people acting horribly to everybody around them until they happen to save the world. Frankly, it's kind of boring to read, when it isn't irritating. Bendis went a totally different route with Peter Parker. He wrote just wrote a modern Spider-Man. Which means that Peter isn't an insufferably arrogant jerk for no reason, he's a ...more
Nov 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Loved the art! The Green Goblin actually looked pretty scary! I'm used to seeing his skinny version, so it was kinda shocking to see him as a hulking monster. It was a good shock, though.
Peter wasn't quite as snarky and funny as he usually is at first, but by the end some of the old humor was back. It's a good thing, too. Spidey's sense (Get it? Spidey sense?!) of humor was always the best thing about the comic, to me anyway.
Uncle Ben as a hippie? Still not sure about that one.
All in all, I
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate Spider-Man issues #1-7.

Other Useful Reviews: Sesana's review and Nicole's review

ABSOLUTE RATING: {3.5/5 stars} (Rounded Up)


"I was selfish. So selfish, and you paid the price. You did. I did. Aunt May did. I will never ever forgive myself for that. I will never ever forget that I could have stopped it... You were right; with power comes responsibility. Absolutely. For some reason I've been given great power. And
James DeSantis
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Upon re-reading comics that got me into comics I decided to pick up my volume 1 of Ultimate Spider-man. I remember first opening this book at around 12 or 13 and just loving every minute of it. Now that I'm 31 years old, does it still hold up? Well...YES.

This was prime time Spidy. While amazing Spider-man in the 616 was in good hands and focused on an adult Peter dealing with being a teacher and soon to be husband, this was all about Pete back in High School. The thing Bendis does really well
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Who needs a good reason for a re-read of some of the most fun comics in history? Not this guy.

(Well, maybe a little kick in the pants. I'm in the middle of devouring the more tolerable chunk of Hickman's Secret Wars and it's tie-ins and I needed a break - lo and behold, the /r/MUBookClub subreddit called for a reading of the first 13 issues of this amazing series. Who am I to argue with Internet Authority?

(Spoilers ahead, for anyone who has been living in a cave for the last 50 years. But


I have been growing up with Spider-Man ever since I was a child and so far, the only comic I had read from the Spider-Man series was The Amazing Spider-Man: Origin of the Hobgoblin which I did enjoyed. Now, I had stumbled upon the Marvel Ultimate Universe and after I read Mark Millars run on Ultimate X-Men and kept hearing so many good things on this run, I decided to give Brian Michael Bendis run on Ultimate Spider-Man a chance. Now at first, I was a little hesitant to read this
Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it
3.0 stars. Good, solid re-imagining and updating of the Spider-man character that I thought was pretty well done. With all of the inconsistencies and conundrums that developed over the four decades of Spidey's comic career, it is nice to be able to say, hey let's start fresh for a new generation of readers. Recommended.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: julia Andersen, Paul Bennett
I like a good origin story. I'm very much into knowing why. And this is a very good reboot of the Spider-Man origin story, taking us back to when Peter Parker was 15. The writer does a good job of updating the story for the 21st century while including all the elements Spidey fans expect.
Peter Parker has long been one of my favourite characters. He's proof that "good" doesn't have to be boring. I like him and sympathise with him. I cringe when he gets picked on. He's the kind of guy I would've
Gary Butler
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
56th book read in 2018.

Number 133 out of 716 on my all time book list.

My first book from the Ultimate universe, pretty great.
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think I used to watch Spider-man cartoons, or certainly I had Spider-man somewhere in my consciousness, but I haven't seen the films (although I got a free download of the latest one for my PS Vita when I bought it, I should look into that) and I wasn't entirely clear on Spider-man lore. So the Ultimates collection seems to be a good choice for me, given that they update and clarify the origin stories as a start. And lucky me, my girlfriend has a whole stack of them.

(I hear Ultimate Cap is a
May 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, spidey
Unimpressed is the understatement of the year as far how I feel about this first volume.

Let's get something out of the way first : I really, and I do mean really, dislike Mark Bagley's art. Never liked it, never will. Thick storytelling, cartoony heads with too big eyes, no real dynamics and poor actions scenes. In a nutshell. Colors are ugly too.

The plot now... Well, no surprise here. I mean, no. surprise. at. all. It's the same story we all know already with minor cosmetic changes but the
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Read this mostly for research purposes for NaNoWriMo 2017. Honestly, it wasn't a bad volume, but boy oh boy was Peter so unlikable in this. It all makes sense, but that doesn't mean I liked it. Tbh, it was just a origin retelling. Easily skippable if you want to get into the Ultimate Spidey series.
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhero, marvel
A fun and fresh new take on a 'modern' origin story for a young Spiderman struggling to become a super-hero and deal with high school.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It pains me to say this, but I prefer this to the original Amazing Spider-Man first issues. Also Uncle Ben with a ponytail, radical.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oooooo pretty colours and Peter sass, what more can a girl ask?
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This eas extremely well done and fun!! A good introduction into a teenage Peter Parker
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid start. It's the familiar origin story we all know, but it's always fun to revisit. I'm excited to read the rest of this series.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I dont normally read comic books, but this one was pretty good.
Nigar Osmanlı
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh no, Im getting addicted. Again. ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the Seinfeld of comic books. I'll explain.

You know how it's hard to watch the non-famous episodes of Seinfeld? How jokes frequently don't land, or how Kramer's antics seem like they're less funny than they should be? It's because Seinfeld has been so mercilessly copied by other shows in the last twenty years. Nothing about Seinfeld is original now, so while it's a nice thing to watch, it's not a juggernaut of entertainment. You respect it for what it is and what it brought to the
Andrew Uys
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fun re-telling of Peter Parker/Spider-Man's origins and earliest adventures, the purpose of the Ultimate comic book line was to modernize classic Marvel characters for younger readers and very much succeeded in that respect. Of course, over a decade later, and the background details are already becoming "dated". Still, Brian Michael Bendis crafts a wonderful story that really benefits from the "written for graphic novel for at" that has become the industry standard (this series certainly led ...more
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Parker is my new boyfriend
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018, comics
This was a solid comic with GREAT art. After reading comics pencilled by George Pérez, reading some by Mark Bagley is such a breath of fresh air - none of the nonsensical bulkiness, much more stylized characters and some incredibly detailed panels.

The story, however, is nothing new. If you have ever heard of Spiderman, you know his superhero origins because they have been done to death. As Ultimate Spider-Man was helming the new Marvel Universe of the 2000s, these first few issues had to deal
Jim Wilbourne
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I've been meaning to get back into comics for years, and I decided to make this volume my first revisit after my 5-year-old son picked it out while we were at the comic aisle Newbury Comics. I'm a fan of Spider-man, so I loved the idea of starting with his story as a way to ease back into Marvel comics.

This is a good series, but not perfect. For everything I liked about the comic, there was something I didn't like. I like the artwork, but the dialog was lacking. I liked the more modern feel, but
Katie Seehusen
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first foray into Spider-Man, I know a lot about his origin story because both of my brothers love Spider-Man, but I wanted to experience them myself. I wanted to start from the beginning, but I am really excited to get to Miles Morales. This was really fun, I of course knew the story but I loved seeing it on the page. What I really love about comic books/graphic novels is seeing how the the author and illustrator come together and create something beautiful. I loved how Mark Bagley ...more
Nigel Evans
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New spin on the origin story

Really enjoyed, some nice updates turning it into a more modern day story. Uncle Ben with a ponytail though? Teenage tantrums was a bit more realistic considering the impact having spidey changes and the teenage hormones mix. With great power comes great responsibility speech was stretched out so it didn't sound exactly the same - wasn't really needed and was unnecessary. Art work was excellent. RIP Stan Lee, your legacy will live on.
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