Ultimate Spider-Man (Page 1 of 7)

Ultimate Spider-Man was a rather unusual beast - a successful re-telling of Spider-Man. Most similar efforts to "reboot" Spidey have failed spectacularly. Chapter One, anybody? However, due undoubtedly to the consistency and strength of the creative team, this book lasted well beyond most expectations. Set in its own "Ultimate" Universe, and matched by other "Ultimate" books (iterations of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and the Avengers as well as various mini-series), this version of Spidey gathered enough popular support to survive for 133 issues.

The "Ultimate" Spider-Man has Peter Parker still in high school, and has Mary Jane as the main love interest, though other paramours appeared. The writing was fresh and modern, but without the embarrassing self-consciousness and pandering that ruined other "new Marvel" titles. The early issues are ridiculously expensive, however this book has been reprinted more times than probably any other comic book since Amazing Fantasy #15, so getting hold of a decently priced reading copy won't be any problem. If you haven't read Ultimate Spider-Man, we recommend you give it a look some time.

Long-time penciler Mark Bagley left and was replaced full time by Stuart Immonen starting with issue #112.

  Ultimate Spider-Man #2
Review:     [4 Webs] by Nathan Chattaway
Story: “Growing Pains”
Summary: Regular "Car" Cover
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Co-Plot: Bill Jemas
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover Art: Mark Bagley
Spider-Man Swinging Cover
  Ultimate Spider-Man #3
  Ultimate Spider-Man #4
Review:     [4 Webs] by Nathan Chattaway
Story: “With Great Power”
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Co-Plot: Bill Jemas
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert, Dan Panosian
Cover Art: Mark Bagley
  Ultimate Spider-Man #5
Review:     [4.5 Webs] by Nathan Chattaway
Story: “Life Lessons”
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Co-Plot: Bill Jemas
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover Art: Mark Bagley
  Ultimate Spider-Man #6
Review:     [4 Webs] by Nathan Chattaway
Story: “Big Time Super Hero”
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Co-Plot: Bill Jemas
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover Art: Mark Bagley
  Ultimate Spider-Man #7
Review:     [4.5 Webs] by Nathan Chattaway
Story: “Secret Identity”
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Co-Plot: Bill Jemas
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover Art: Mark Bagley
  Ultimate Spider-Man #8
Review:     [4 Webs] by Nathan Chattaway
Story: “Working Stiff”
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover Art: Mark Bagley
  Ultimate Spider-Man #9
  Ultimate Spider-Man #10
Review:     [3.5 Webs] by Nathan Chattaway
Story: “The Worst Thing”
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover Art: Mark Bagley
  Ultimate Spider-Man #11
  Ultimate Spider-Man #12
Review:     [4.5 Webs] by Nathan Chattaway
Story: “Battle Royal”
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover Art: Mark Bagley
  Ultimate Spider-Man #13
  Ultimate Spider-Man #16
  Ultimate Spider-Man #17
  Ultimate Spider-Man #18
Story: “The Cycle”
Summary: Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus
  Ultimate Spider-Man #19
Story: “Piece Of Work”
Summary: Doctor Octopus, Kraven
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover Art: Mark Bagley
  Ultimate Spider-Man #20
Story: “Live”
Summary: Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus, Kraven
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover Art: Mark Bagley
  Ultimate Spider-Man #21
Story: “Hunted”
Summary: Spider-Man vs. Kraven, Peter Gets Grounded
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover Art: Mark Bagley
  Ultimate Spider-Man #22
Story: “Reflections Of...”
Summary: Harry & Norman Osborn, Return, plus GG
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover Art: Mark Bagley