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Ultimate Spider-Man Collection

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by Brian Michael Bendis
"With great power, there must also come great responsibility."

In 1962, these prophetic words launched one of the most successful and recognizable characters of the Twentieth century — Spider-Man! The powers granted to bookish Peter Parker by a radioactive spider have fueled the imaginations of fans worldwide for nearly 40 years. With the dawning


"With great power, there must also come great responsibility."

In 1962, these prophetic words launched one of the most successful and recognizable characters of the Twentieth century — Spider-Man! The powers granted to bookish Peter Parker by a radioactive spider have fueled the imaginations of fans worldwide for nearly 40 years. With the dawning of a new age, however, comes a hero for a new millennium — Ultimate Spider-Man!

This exclusive edition collects the first three Ultimate Spider-Man hardcovers in their entirety!

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1: High school, puberty, first dances — there are many pitfalls to being young. Compound these with intense personal tragedy and super powers, and you can start to visualize the world of Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man.

Following the murder of his uncle and the Green Goblin's assault on his high school, Peter finds himself on the brink of manhood: getting a job as a webmaster at the Daily Bugle newspaper to help support his widowed aunt, and taking on extracurricular activities . . . such as bringing down the Kingpin, the head of organized crime in New York City!

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 2: Only two people know Peter Parker's secret identity — one is his best friend, confidante, and girlfriend Mary Jane Watson. The other — ruthless businessman Norman Osborn, otherwise known as the Green Goblin. In their first battle, Norman nearly killed Peter before his own apparent death. But now, the Goblin has returned, more powerful than ever before. And Osborn will use his knowledge of Peter's double identity to control the teenager — threatening the lives of Mary Jane and his beloved Aunt May if Peter refuses to obey. Will Spider-Man be forced to serve his greatest enemy to protect his loved ones from harm?

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 2 also features the dramatic introductions of two classic foes to the Ultimate Spider-Man series. After an explosive laboratory accident grafted monstrous metal tentacles to his body, Otto Octavius became Doctor Octopus. Swearing vengeance on his enemies, Doc Ock takes his battle public, with Spider-Man caught in the crossfire. In the midst of this media frenzy, Kraven the Hunter — the most dangerous man alive — announces he's hunting the ultimate game: Spider-Man. Will Peter become Kraven's latest catch, all for the sake of boosting TV ratings?

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3: Once, Richard Parker and Eddie Brock Sr. were partners, researchers working together to cure cancer. As their young sons played, these two scientists tirelessly pursued their dreams . . . until a tragic plane crash took both their lives. Orphaned, Peter and Eddie Jr. went their separate ways. Years later, the discovery of a forgotten childhood videotape inspires Peter to look up his old pal, now a college student at Empire State University. Their reunion reveals a shocking secret: the existence of an experimental protoplasmic bodysuit developed by their fathers. When Peter attempts to pick up where his father left off, he quickly learns how dangerous the murky liquid really is — and swears to destroy it. Enraged by Peter's seeming betrayal, Eddie uses his father's creation to become Spider-Man's deadliest villain: the maniacal Venom. Forced to battle his former best friend, can Spider-Man defeat Venom without killing Eddie in the process?

Plus: To the public at large, it could be anyone behind that mysterious Spider-Man mask. When a common thug impersonates New York's most famous web-slinger to rob banks across the city, Spider-Man must take action to save his reputation before he becomes Public Enemy No. 1!


As the lynchpin writer of Ultimate Marvel, three-time Eisner Award-winner Brian Michael Bendis has been the driving force behind the unbelievable success of the revolutionary comic-book line. Thanks to Bendis' expert characterization of teenage Peter Parker and deft re-envisioning of classic Spidey foes, Ultimate Spider-Man has become one of comics' best-sellers for more than 50 issues. Bendis is also the regular writer on Daredevil, as well as The Pulse. In 2004, Bendis will reveal a hidden side of the Marvel Universe in Secret War, with emerging artist Gabriele Dell'Otto. In addition to his work for Marvel Comics, Bendis also writes Powers, presenting a markedly post-modern slant on the super-hero genre. A longtime resident of Cleveland, Bendis has relocated to the Pacific Northwest with wife, Alisa; his daughter, Olivia; and their two dogs, Buster and Schroeder.

Mark Bagley has drawn more than 50 consecutive issues of Ultimate Spider-Man, a truly remarkable accomplishment in an age where comic-book artists change titles as often as they change socks. Surprisingly modest of his immense talent, Bagley explains his remarkable dedication to the book as simply a labor of love to work on his favorite comic-book character of all time. Bagley is frequently named to Wizard magazine's monthly list of Top Ten Artists and is a favorite of fans worldwide. In addition to Ultimate Spider-Man, Bagley is working with writer Brian Michael Bendis on the new Marvel series The Pulse.

As the third member of the Ultimate Spider-Man creative trio, inker Art Thibert has contributed his considerable skills since the very first issue. For more than a decade, Thibert has been well known as both a penciler and inker. He has contributed to X-Men, Cable, Captain America, Fantastic Four, and Superman.

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Barnes & Noble
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Ultimate Spider-Man Series
Edition description:
Limited Edition
Product dimensions:
8.16(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.79(d)

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Ultimate Spider-Man Collection 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never really was all that fond of Spider-Man when I was younger. Sure I knew of him, but I never took the time to watch the t.v. show (1994 series). While I always found Batman more interesting (he was very mysterious to 4 year old me!) I was never certain if he was one of the good guys. However, there was never a doubt in my mind, at any age, that Spidey was fighting for peace, justice and the good people of the world. I grew to prefer him over Batman, and any other superhero for that matter, and while I initially wasn't a fan of the Ultimate comics, I soon grew to love them, knowing how Peter was just like me. Unfortunately, I had missed a good few issues (36 or so is a lot to miss, and would be very expensive to collect individually) and so when I discovered this collection in a rather expensive comic shop I was delighted. However, knowing that the comic shop was overpriced, I decided to look on the internet, and I found that Barnes and Noble were generously selling the same product I'd seen for half the price. I quickly ordered it (being sure to pay my Dad back, it was actually him who ordered it), and I was delighted that it was delivered much earlier than expected. As for the comic book itself, I found it an exhilerating and extremely enjoyable read. It was certainly enough to satisfy my craving for Ultimate comics, which monthly issues cannot do. The artwork is fantastic, Mark Bagley deserves a pat on the back, and as for the stories, given to us by the excellent Brian Michael Bendis, you can expect a deep, well thought out read. I highly recommend this book, and anyone who has ever read an issue of Ultimate Spider-Man should not be dissappointed. It truly is a piece of art.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read Spiderman since 1967 when I was 3. I remember Capt Stacy and Gwen and Harry's drug addiction and Prof Warren and the introduction of Punisher. I didn't want to re-do Spiderman and so never bought the Ultimate line. MAJOR MISTAKE> Ultimate Spiderman is fresh and alive in todays world, without being cluttered by continuity, yet it does not leave the web originally weaved by Lee and Romita. Peters parents as scientists rather than Shield agents is totally cool. This reprints are amazing. I found the fight with the Goblin more exciting than the movie!! (2) There were tears in my eyes with the issues of Capt Stacey. WOW. This format is the perfect price as well. There is a lot of bang for the buck here. As a member of FOOM [go look it up, I still have my membership!!] I hope Barnes and Noble continues to collect many other treasured stories and release them like this. How about all the Claremont Byrne Xmen next? My only complaint is I am not sure excactly which issues are reprinted here. I would like to know this so I can go fill in the holes to this anthology.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A longtime comic book fan recently returned to the scene, I pooh-poohed the 'Ultimate' series when I heard about them - it wouldn't be the first time that Marvel reimaged or reimagined one or more of their series, and how much better would this be? Browsing at B&N (Streets of Southpoint, Durham, NC) I saw this collection. I couldn't resist anything that had that much bang for the buck - 40 issues for $40? I am very glad I bought this, and do not regret it for a moment. Bendis & Co. do a BANGUP job on the Ultimate Spiderman title. It's amazing! (Yes, pun intended). The writing is solid, the artwork is grounded in an almalgamation of previous looks for Spidey with a new touch as well. The update of the series into the 21st century is a breath of fresh air. This collection is a great way to get involved with the series, and it's great to have all the books all in one place. NB: My copy has a misprint error - about midway through the book I get a repeat of about 10 pages. Nothing seems missing, so I don't care.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great 'restart' of the spiderman mythos for the modern generation. Perfect for kids and for adult Spidey fans who just can't get into the standard Spidey stuff after being out of the loop for years. Great writing, fun comic-book art. I have the trade copies, but bought this collection to give to my son in a few years when he's old enough. The Marvel Ultimate titles are really wonderful for the adult Marvel fan. Perfect and accessible avenues back to your favorite characters and the alternate universe of youth. Especially recommended is the 'Ultimates', a modern incarnation of the super team the 'Avengers' with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Giant Man, Wasp, Hawkeye and the Hulk among others. Great, great stuff. Think X-Men2 with better characters and on the printed page rather than celluloid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection is simply stunning, 992 pages of pure inked filled gloss. The story of Spider-man is timeless, now the writers have given Spider-man that little boost to revamp him for the 21st century on. What they have done with the characters is just breathtaking, all while staying as true to the original as possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ultimate Spider-Man is a great pick up in any form, and this may be the best one. It is a sturdy hardcover collection and it actually costs less than buying the graphic novels one by one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection is an excellent for the new or old fan of Spider man. The pages are full color and beautiful. This book is also a bit larger than the comic book version and that makes it a bigger treat as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This comprehensive collection combines the the first 3 Hardcover Ultimate Spider-man collections. Which in turn collect the softcover vols. 1 & 2, 3 $ 4, and 5 & 6 respectively. Those trades collect issues #1-7, 8-13, 14-21, 22-26, 27-32, and 33-39. Not to mention it contains all the exclusives found in the aforemention three harcovers. So basically what you get is a ridiculous amount of Ultimate Spider-man for a reasonable price in a spiffy harcover to boot. The stories are solid. And the writing is brilliant. Especially Bendis' take on Doctor Octopus. Really compelling stuff. The weak point is Venom. While it's not a bad story per se, but Bendis obviously doesn't like Venom, and I don't blame him. However the take on Venom is fresh and free from the ridiculous Secret Wars back story. And is definetly an improvement. Seriously, if you don't already own the hardcovers get this one. It's a perfect collection, I can only hope they do another in a few years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best comic books ive read and i read alot of comics.