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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 4: Death of Spider-Man (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Volume I #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,381 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
The wait is over! Prepare yourself for the most shocking Spider-Man story you will ever read! Young Peter Parker has led a heroic life, and tried to live by the simple and powerful philosophy that with great power comes great responsibility - but will that philosophy be enough to save him from the horror that awaits him here? This is easily the most important story in Ulti ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 2nd 2012 by Marvel (first published August 1st 2011)
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Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhero, 2012
I’ve been a pretty vocal critic of the major comic publishers' habit of stunt killing major characters to get a boost in publicity and sales. This seems like it should fall squarely in that category. It doesn’t.

I’m a little shocked at the emotional impact this book had on me. Yeah, I’ve been a Spider-Man fan since I was a kid and you‘d think the ‘death‘ of one of your long time favorites would hit even a comic nerd in the squishy emotional places we don‘t like to admit to having, but I’ve been
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Why a mask? Why a secret identity? Heroes could all sign up for the police force, the FBI, or something like that and get paid to save humanity rather than be vigilantes. Why a mask? Why a secret identity? Probably because whether it be a comic book or real life, if someone wants to hurt you it's bad if they know your name and where you live. That's bad enough under the best of circumstances, but then let's add that your enemies are super powered and want to squeeze the life out of you. When you ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read this trade, it was first time I'd read Ultimate Spider-Man in years. I'd stopped somewhere around the fifth or sixth trade, and forgotten virtually everything that I'd read. Even without the background of 150+ issues, I was still absorbed by the story. Enough so that I went back and read those 150+ issues, and then this again. And let me tell you, it makes a huge difference.

It's not that you can't read and enjoy this trade alone, without any context but what most people hav
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tense. Despite the title of the book, somehow Bendis wrings real tension, suspense and drama from this wrenching story.

Spectacular battles, believable actions and decisions by the players and pretty much they way this should've happened. Peter especially acts exactly the way I'd hoped he'd be - not cowed or depressed or exhausted by all this insanity but emboldened, brave and relentless - everything I'd aspire to be. He's so human (frustrated, impulsive, goofy) and yet more a super-man than most
It's good to like Spider-Man stories again. It's been a long time. Life and such. I plan to go back and read the entire Ultimate Spidey series someday. I started reading the series when it came out. Then life happened. You know the story. Boy meets girl, and funny books become less interesting. Boy marries girl. Boy and girl have twin sons. Boy and girl get divorced, and boy rediscovers love of comics. Yadda, yadda. Same old, same old.

I actually went back to read this because of the new Miles M
Jamie Sigal
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's very rare that a comic book will make me cry. Bendis managed to turn on the waterworks this time, though. I've been an avid reader of Ultimate Spidey since issue 1, and the emotion around my favourite iteration of Peter Parker dying was more than palpable. The scene that really got me was when Aunt May and Gwen were driving away, then stopped and basically said, "What the hell are we doing? That's our Peter!" That was the strength of Ultimate Spiderman - the supporting characters were just ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere in the giant Atari game of life, someone at Marvel must have won the unlimited life coin and they sure as hell use it a lot. A small glimpse at the death list includes Captain Marvel, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Bucky, Spider-man, Kraven, Johnny Storm, Punisher, Magneto, Phoenix, Captain America -- these are heavy hitters in the Marvel Universe, not some third-rate flunky villain that no one will miss (but whose death can mean a good story).

In the past twenty years Marvel has diminishe
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost gave this book 5 stars just because I like the series so much and this was such a big, heroic and fitting ending for the series. It helps that Ultimate Peter Parker is possibly the most human superhero in comics. He doesn't deserve what happens to him and especially how it happens, but it's an appropriate reflection of his life. If he had to go out, this is what you'd have expected.

However, it's not a perfect story. Warning. Beyond here there be spoilers...

So firstly, it would have been
Emmett Spain
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Bagley, the artist of the first 110 issues of Ultimate Spider-man returns for this arc ending in issue 160, to see Peter Parker out of this life with Brian Michael Bendis at the helm. It's been an insane journey for the young Peter Parker... the Ultimate universe has given us reworked versions of the stories from Spider-man past, and been the most consistently funny, moving, exciting, and page-turning series I've ever read. There have been missteps (Clone Saga), but they have been small in ...more
Nov 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here is Spider-man dying. It's hard to mess this one up since Spider-man has such a long legacy and having him die stirs up a lot of emotions by default! But this comic really falls short!

The Punisher is aiming his gun at Captain America... and Spider-man takes the bullet -- really? Captain America doesn't have body armor??? (Captain America did better against Thanos in the Infinity Guanlet when Thanos was invincible -- and now all of a sudden he is this defenseless puppy?) Spider-man can't dodg
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
If you like Bendis, you've already read this. If you've no idea who Bendis is, don't start here, but definitely get here. This is a great mainstream comic book written by one of the best in the industry. I've collected comics and read comics for pretty much my entire life and I've been through I don't know how many deaths only to see the heroes and sometimes villains rise again. But Bendis pulls the death of Peter Parker off and then some. The emotional impact of this story is as other reviewers ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Argh! This is the thanks he gets? Shot in the back by the Punisher? Left to face his worst enemies alone? Where the hell are the Ultimates? Where's Captain America, whose life was saved? Seriously, I just don't see the need for this story, but if it had to be told, I guess this will work as well as anything. Why Norman Osborn wasn't actually killed a long, long time ago is beyond me. He's sort of like the Joker in the Batman books: in reality, if there was someone even half this awful, you'd mak ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ultimate, spider-man
Really enjoyed this. We all know how it's going to end, but it's the journey there that makes it worth while. Peter just wont give up, which is basic Spider-man through and through. He also has no backup coming (because everyone is tied up in Millar's Avengers vs Ultimates run, giving the story a bit more sense now), but he's still got his friends, Johnny and Bobby, to give him some help.

Also, I like how they got Mark Bagley back on art for this arc. It's a nice final bookend to the story of Ul
Chris Neumann
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Peter Parker is dead. Like, for real. I've already read the volume after this where the new Spidey, Miles, takes over the web slinging activities, and now I'm glad to have read this one, too. Peter goes out with a bang saving Aunt May's life. Pretty sad and thought-provoking stuff for a mainstream comic. Kudos to Marvel and Bendis for closing this story arc with such style and all-around goodness.
Peter Derk
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pete just thought he might as well go ahead and read something that would get him all misty-eyed on a depressing Sunday afternoon.

Mission: Accomplished. With gusto.
Jesse W
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I thought the finale was good, but what happened to Peter leading up to it was dumb and unnecessary.

What I really didn't like is the annoying repetitive dialogue style, and 90% of the characters talk the same way. It gets grating after 20+ volumes.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have maneuvered around this title for awhile, including finding some of this in the Spiderverse big event maybe two years ago? Nice to finally read it first hand. A lot of fighting, that is the main element in this volume but it is really just all done so well.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a great superhero death !!!! one of the best ever !!!
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is going to be exciting, fun,and lots more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler alert: Spider-Man dies.


I felt that this was mostly in good fun. No complicated story, not too deep, and not much development. It's an entertainer!!
Jon Arnold
Well you know where you are with this one from the start. The title renders spoilers pointless; it’s the ultimate spoiler. This is a tragedy, a course of events that are inevitable. Or rather it’s the denouement of the tragedy, the ultimate and likely result of a decision. In this case it’s Peter Parker’s decision to use his Uncle Ben’s death as a motivation for battling crime. In the original Marvel universe we’ll almost certainly never see Peter Parker truly die – commercial concerns and the c ...more
Richard Radgoski
Again, I haven't read any Ultimate Spiderman until I red prelude to death, the previous anthology. In that, I wasn't taken to some elements. This group of issues (156 through 160) I found to be much more satisfying. While it will take me awhile to get used to how young Peter is in this version, and the silly "gotta be trained by the big heroes subplot', the action is free flowing in this sequence. Again, Peter lives with The Human Torch and Iceman (i guess ala spiderman and friends from the cart ...more
Edward Cheer
Well, THAT was unsatisfying. And very unnecessary. I went into these last four issues, thinking that Bendis wanted to tie up loose ends, put an end to everything he brought to life, and really make us feel for Peter Parker. But this whole situation, this whole extra mini-series feels so... forced. I was fine with the original 22 volumes of Ultimate Spider-Man. Not ALL loose ends were tied, but it wordlessly showed the tragedy of Peter's sacrifice. I liked how he didn't fight any of his most memo ...more
Tarique Ejaz
"I did it, Aunt May. I finally did it. I couldn't save Uncle Ben but I saved you."

As I read this volume, I must say I teared up a bit or rather majorly. It was slated to be the end of Peter Parker in the Ultimate Universe from the very offset. From the grim covers to the whole morbid feel that was brought about indicated so. And I started expecting, a mistake I made.

The build up was so intense and the way it was shaping, I was almost captivated. Peter and Mary Jane have made up, the Ultimates ha
Wing Kee
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good and an emotional gut punch.

World: Bagley's back but I find it okay cause he started it and it makes sense he would end it. The motion is not there and I truly think the emotions could be better, but he deserves to tell this story. The world building is good and epic but also very expected and a retread. How many times do we need to see SHIELD be completely useless in holding anyone.

Story: Emotionally a gut punch and it's heavy. I can't deny that. It's a wonderful final encounter. H
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The phenomenal Brian Michael Bendis finishes off Peter Parker in this story set in Marvel's ULTIMATE universe (Alternate from the mainstream comics, Earth-616). After the Sinister Six, Spider-Man's band of arch-nemeses (nemesis...nemesisis..nemeisi??)--Green Goblin, Electro, Doc Ock, Vulture, Sandman and Kraven the Hunter--break out of prison (again), they decide to find and kill Spider-Man. In this universe, Parker's origins were changed so the spider that bit him belonged to Oscorp, so Norman ...more
Phillip Berrie
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The first of the collected issues in this story didn't appeal to me because it seemed like they were straying too far away from the Marvel canon as I know it, but I read on and began appreciating the story in its own right and was hooked from about the second issue in.

Pros: I liked the way they have Spider-Man interacting with the Ultimates, especially the interaction between him and Captain America. I also liked that he probably signed his own death warrant by making one huge mistake involving
Craig Williams
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spider-man has the worst day ever... then dies. If ever a final Spider-man story was told, this was done extremely well, and in such a way I can't imagine Peter Parker coming back to life (which he probably already has by now). The entire world knows his identity by the end of this story, so even if he returned, he couldn't be Spider-man anymore, and the events of this story perfectly explain why - nearly every one of his rogues gallery go straight to his house, endangering his friends and famil ...more
Ian Williamson
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!!! Which doesn't even cover how good this story really is. The clue is in the title so while reading you can always feel death breathing down Peters neck, which heightens the tension immensely. Things appear to be going great for everyone's favourite superhero, and any fan knows that with the Parker luck that it isn't going to last. I love Bendis as a writer anyway and across a myriad of titles but it's with big stories like this that you really see why he is a Marvel Architect. It's not big ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am very sad that Marvel decided to kill Ultimate Peter Parker, this comic was one of the reasons that I started to read and collect comics. Peter as always gets himself into trouble, but I feel he does it because of his obligation to friends and family. Even if Captain America belittled Peter at the beginning of the arc, I feel that Peter knows how to be smart and can be selfless as a hero. Peter new the dangers that Osborne and his gang presented and made sure that he protected everyone that ...more
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