Sorry that my thread from the old server didn't come over. I searched and searched, but couldn't find it. I hope we can merge topics here if it shows up.
In my eyes, ultimate Spider-Man is the best ultimate series and has surpassed Cannon Spider-Man especially since the whole Civil War upheaval. Ultimate Spider-Man does justice to classic characters, giving them new costumes, with updated background stories, interesting new personality trains, and there's always, ALWAYS the great twist that comes around and you say MAN! I did NOT see that coming!
The series is so much better when you know your 616 characters though. Knowing that Bagely was the original illustrator for Carnage, I knew it was only a matter of time until they threw Carnage in, and thankfully they did it before the end of his run. (WHAT A STREAK HUH?) But seeing the Tinkerer create the slayers, or Daredevil and Moon Knight teaming up with the other three to form the Marvel Knights! I mean what a blast, this series never gets old, never gets dull, and even the issues where there's little action, and mostly dialogue, it's intriguing, the illustrations always keep you looking at the page and not just the text, and best of all, it's Spider-Man as he should be. Young, resourceful, hopeful guy who only wants to make a difference and protect those he loves.
I adore the love/hate relationship between Parker and Fury and I especially love Peter's constant cracks towards Wolverine (i.e. when the X-men show up and he begins to freak out wondering if Logan went "a-wall" again). Spider-Man comes off as a mere "Power Pack" member at first, just another kid with super abilities, but he has grown into a formidable foe for all who take on New York, or specifically queens and upper manhattan, and he has become Ultimates Worthy in just under a year. The idea Bendis had to age Peter one whole year at every 100 issues was very smart. So every 100 issues a year should pass by, and this is without a doubt the best organization I've seen in comic-continuity that I've seen in a LONG LONG TIME, (especially in a Spider-man comic!)
Spider-man, right after 9/11 really made a lot of noise with the release of the movie. This series helped to re-fuel him, but I'm going to be honest, if Superman is the man of tomorrow, the man who symbolizes america's power, and Captain America symbolizes it's freedom, then spider-man symbolizes the next best thing, the heart of New Yorkers. The greatest city in the world, literally four cities in one, New York has once again, just as it was in the Lee/Ditko days, become just as much a character in the series as Mary-Jane, Aunt May, Harry or Eddie. The monuments, the house he lives in, the baxter building, it doesn't feel like they just throw them in now for kicks, it no longer feels nostalgic. The series feels young, innovative, and most importantly, it feels like Spider-Man, and not the author who's penning him at the time. There's no convoluted mass clone stories (hence the clean up Bendis did in Ultimate Clone Saga) and there's even asides and jabs at classic sixties, seventies campy behavior such as the upcoming "Spider-Man & His Ultimate Friends!" storyline set up, introducing Ultimate Firestar and the ultimate "AMAZING FRIENDS!" to the ongoing series.
In short, Bendis is a genius, and everything he's done with Ultimate Spider-Man I've approved of.
With the exception of one thing.
I feel he needs to include Ultimate Chameleon very soon, because to me this is one of Stan's iconic villains, one of the main baddies Spider-Man was supposed to be up against, not puff-balls and pushovers like Shocker and Boomerang.
Otherwise though, the series is Gold. I love it. Anyone else?
[Edited on 23/9/11 by Ult_Sm86]
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