Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.1 - A Comic Book Review

Throwback Thursday! This review was first written for my Special Topics in Librarianship: The Graphic Novel class in October 2014.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.1
Title: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 1
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelli
Published: 2012 by Marvel Comics

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol. 1 collects the first 5 issues of the series from 2012 written by Brian Michael Bendis. Despite starring an elementary school student, Miles Morales, it has a T+ rating on the back (one of the few U.S. comic book volumes I remember reading with a rating). I’d agree with that, teens and up. It also may be appropriate for younger students, since the “swearing” is depicted using symbols (thank you!) and it didn’t feel very violent compared to other superhero series I've read.  There’s also some positive parent/child relationships depicted (culminating into a great father/son talk between two characters, which I felt was almost meant for both adults and a younger audience to hear).

However, I was a bit confused as to where this title fit in the Marvel universe: a brief foreword or introduction to the Ultimate Comics relaunch would have been great. I believe it’s an alternate universe, where New York needs a new Spider-Man after Peter Parker can no longer fill the role … Miles is bitten by a genetically altered spider --could this be his destiny?

Anyway, though I do love Peter Parker, I'll definitely be borrowing more Spider-Man comics from the library that feature Miles in the future.

Do you like Spider-Man? Why or why not?  Have you read any comic books featuring Miles Morales as Spider-Man? Can someone explain the Ultimate Comics relaunch?

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.1 - A Comic Book Review Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.1 - A Comic Book Review Reviewed by The Artist Librarian on 7/23/2015 07:57:00 PM Rating: 5

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