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Sam Bullit is running for Mayor of New York City on an anti-Spider-Man campaign, and Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief J. Jonah Jameson is backing him 100%. But who s pulling Bullit s strings? None other than the Kingpin of Crime. Plus: Spider-Man meets the sexy and elusive cat burglar called the Black Cat, who claws herself into the young web-slinger's life and purrs her way in Sam Bullit is running for Mayor of New York City on an anti-Spider-Man campaign, and Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief J. Jonah Jameson is backing him 100%. But who s pulling Bullit s strings? None other than the Kingpin of Crime. Plus: Spider-Man meets the sexy and elusive cat burglar called the Black Cat, who claws herself into the young web-slinger's life and purrs her way into Peter Parker's. When the Cat gets her paws on a stolen tablet that the Kingpin desperately wants, the crime lord hires the deadly Elektra to retrieve the artifact for him. Collecting: Ultimate Spider-Man 47-53


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Sam Bullit is running for Mayor of New York City on an anti-Spider-Man campaign, and Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief J. Jonah Jameson is backing him 100%. But who s pulling Bullit s strings? None other than the Kingpin of Crime. Plus: Spider-Man meets the sexy and elusive cat burglar called the Black Cat, who claws herself into the young web-slinger's life and purrs her way in Sam Bullit is running for Mayor of New York City on an anti-Spider-Man campaign, and Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief J. Jonah Jameson is backing him 100%. But who s pulling Bullit s strings? None other than the Kingpin of Crime. Plus: Spider-Man meets the sexy and elusive cat burglar called the Black Cat, who claws herself into the young web-slinger's life and purrs her way into Peter Parker's. When the Cat gets her paws on a stolen tablet that the Kingpin desperately wants, the crime lord hires the deadly Elektra to retrieve the artifact for him. Collecting: Ultimate Spider-Man 47-53

30 review for Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 8: Cats & Kings

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Not the best volume so far, but still mostly fun. I think the highlight has to be the entire J. Jonah Jameson subplot. I'm hardly a Spider-Man expert, but I think that might be the most thoughtful conversation I've ever seen a writer give Jonah, who is normally written as a blustering yellow journalist with an inexplicable axe to grind. And I'm not saying that the Ultimate version is none of those things. After all, if you took those characteristics away, you wouldn't have J. Jonah Jameson anymo Not the best volume so far, but still mostly fun. I think the highlight has to be the entire J. Jonah Jameson subplot. I'm hardly a Spider-Man expert, but I think that might be the most thoughtful conversation I've ever seen a writer give Jonah, who is normally written as a blustering yellow journalist with an inexplicable axe to grind. And I'm not saying that the Ultimate version is none of those things. After all, if you took those characteristics away, you wouldn't have J. Jonah Jameson anymore. But there is some surprising depth here. Nice work, especially when it would be ever so much easier to leave him as is.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    This is the first Spiderman graphic novel (well, comic collection in one book) that I've read out of the three I own. Peter Parker of course goes around moping about something or other - moping IS as much a part of his identity as the superhero gig - but it didn't bother me because I expected it. Despite his angsty personality, I do like Peter Parker, especially his fun humor during battles. This is a two parter that ties in together, all involving Kingpin in some way. The crime boss makes a wor This is the first Spiderman graphic novel (well, comic collection in one book) that I've read out of the three I own. Peter Parker of course goes around moping about something or other - moping IS as much a part of his identity as the superhero gig - but it didn't bother me because I expected it. Despite his angsty personality, I do like Peter Parker, especially his fun humor during battles. This is a two parter that ties in together, all involving Kingpin in some way. The crime boss makes a worthy villain, with a short scene in the end showing a reason for his motivation. He doesn't delve into any cliche lines, and his sidekick helpers provided amusement when tangling with Spiderman. The girls aren't introduced until the second half; they don't play a large part. I'm especially curious about the cliffhanger with the main one. Mary Jane is having familial issues with her father, and Gwen is living in the Parker's house (a history I don't know or understand in this version.) Meanwhile, Aunt May is shown as the awesome stand-in parent who is protective and tough-as-nails. The chief is as anti-Spiderman as ever, but this story delivers a twist in him going too far. The story leaves off open-ended, but unfortunately I don't have the next volume. Humor and quirk win, enhanced by colorful art and flashy moves. I especially like how Spiderman is done, almost like the mini action figure children version.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    Aunt May is awesome. That's my main reaction to this volume. Aunt May is awesome and there needs to be more of her. I love how much she adores Peter and tries to look after him. Less entranced by the Elektra and Felicia stuff -- it didn't feel developed enough. Maybe there's going to be more later about one or both of them, which would be good. Aunt May is awesome. That's my main reaction to this volume. Aunt May is awesome and there needs to be more of her. I love how much she adores Peter and tries to look after him. Less entranced by the Elektra and Felicia stuff -- it didn't feel developed enough. Maybe there's going to be more later about one or both of them, which would be good.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    As usual with this series, I liked the parts of the story focusing on Peter Parker's continuing attempts to come to terms with his powers and his place in the world. This time around, he's justifiably angry about the Kingpin literally getting away with murder and the corruption and apathy throughout the city, while Spider-Man gets blamed for things he didn't do. Peter gets fired from his job and suspended from school for his outbursts. There's also trouble for him and MJ. I really like how Aunt As usual with this series, I liked the parts of the story focusing on Peter Parker's continuing attempts to come to terms with his powers and his place in the world. This time around, he's justifiably angry about the Kingpin literally getting away with murder and the corruption and apathy throughout the city, while Spider-Man gets blamed for things he didn't do. Peter gets fired from his job and suspended from school for his outbursts. There's also trouble for him and MJ. I really like how Aunt May is being portrayed, and I loved how she told off Jonah Jameson and dealt with Mr. Watson. (I also liked the little detail of her having a copy of a Harry Potter book on her nightstand.) However, I don't really care that much about the Kingpin storyline. I preferred it when Daredevil shattered the Kingpin's kneecaps and the cops hauled him away. One problem I have with comic book/graphic novel storylines is that they tend to drag on and on, and even when you think something's been resolved, the characters may pop up again later. Maybe it's just me, but I found the fight sequences difficult to follow. Then we have Black Cat and Elektra, suffering from distinct lack of personality and depicted in a way that makes Victoria's Secret models look like underfed ten-year-old girls. I've complained about the bombshell factor before, being of the wrong orientation to appreciate it; but seeing characters with such extreme-proportioned figures and absurd costumes just irritates me. Like Carl's Jr. commercials and stories about girls asking for breast augmentation surgery for their 16th birthday irritate me. There are a couple of concepts in the sketchbook in the back of the book that are much less irritating, somewhat more like Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. So...I'm not sure if I want to read all the other installments in the series. I am intrigued by the blurb for Vol. 12--because it guest-stars Wolverine and the Human Torch--so I'll probably read that one, but maybe that will be all.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jibug

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spider-Man gets frustrated when Kingpin is released despite the video evidence on him. He’s a murderer and it was recorded yet he’s let go. Jameson gets wrapped up with a sketchy politician trying to mar Spider-Man’s reputation. Peter gets fired from work and suspended from school after discussing his anger toward the legal system and the public’s apathetic reaction to Kingpin’s release. And his love life gets complicated by MJ’s father trying to separate them. In comes Black Cat and Electra fig Spider-Man gets frustrated when Kingpin is released despite the video evidence on him. He’s a murderer and it was recorded yet he’s let go. Jameson gets wrapped up with a sketchy politician trying to mar Spider-Man’s reputation. Peter gets fired from work and suspended from school after discussing his anger toward the legal system and the public’s apathetic reaction to Kingpin’s release. And his love life gets complicated by MJ’s father trying to separate them. In comes Black Cat and Electra fighting over a stolen tablet with Kingpin involved on the backend. Peter’s masculinity gets wounded because he got beat up by girls. Which I mean I expected as much as. Peter Isn’t very likable. Aunt May is a gem like always and is the heart. Jameson is wonderfully grumpy like always. Both Jameson and Aunt May is what saved this volume for me. Everything else is ehh.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rizwan

    (This can be count as an overall after-thoughts for Vol. 1 upto this one Vol. 8) Reading the much critically acclaimed 'The Ultimate Spider-Man' graphic novel series by Brian Michael Bendis for the past month, just finished another volume this morning (Vol. 8: 'Cats & Kings'). I'm seeing why this series is so celebrated : Bendis's storytelling is brisk, fast-paced, often breathlessly suspenseful, very much character-detailed with an eye for the little things that make these outlandish characters (This can be count as an overall after-thoughts for Vol. 1 upto this one Vol. 8) Reading the much critically acclaimed 'The Ultimate Spider-Man' graphic novel series by Brian Michael Bendis for the past month, just finished another volume this morning (Vol. 8: 'Cats & Kings'). I'm seeing why this series is so celebrated : Bendis's storytelling is brisk, fast-paced, often breathlessly suspenseful, very much character-detailed with an eye for the little things that make these outlandish characters seemed real, and his dialogues are brimming with laugh out laud humor but also realistic emotions and depth. Much of this Ultimate Spider-Man characteristics have been adapted to the movies, most of all the latest MCU version, as Spider-Man aka Peter Parker is just a 15-year old high school kid in this series. But don't let the age fool ya, not long after he gets his powers he has his hands full with terrifying bad guys like Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Kingpin, Venom, Kraven, Electro etc etc. Not to mention no matter how many good things he do, people and newspapers always somehow hellbent on accusing he is the bad guy! Yeah, so basically, its just A WHOLE LOT OF FUN. Loving it. Can't seem to get enough of it. At least for now. For any film-Spider-Man fan who wants to start read a Spider-Man comic, this Ultimate Spider-Man series is HIGHLY, SUPREMELY, WHOLE-HEARTEDLY RECOMMENDED.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Wow that was good. Enter the Black Cat. Man this arc was great. World: Bagley's art is slowly evolving and getting better. That's not me saying that I liked it. That's me acknowledging that it's better, the faces are still so very wrong. The world building is great, Bendis is building upon the past and that's just a great way to turn a normal comic book story into something that means a lot more. Story: The pacing is good. The emotions are real and the resolution is dramatic, all in all this was Wow that was good. Enter the Black Cat. Man this arc was great. World: Bagley's art is slowly evolving and getting better. That's not me saying that I liked it. That's me acknowledging that it's better, the faces are still so very wrong. The world building is great, Bendis is building upon the past and that's just a great way to turn a normal comic book story into something that means a lot more. Story: The pacing is good. The emotions are real and the resolution is dramatic, all in all this was a good arc. The introduction of this version of Black Cat was good and the chemistry is immediate. The stuff with Fisk was also well done as was the wonderful stuff with Jameson. A solid character driven arc. Characters: Absolutely wonderful. The MJ/Peter thing is a bit janky but the emotions are real and they act as an anchor for the character. What happens to them heartbreaking and great. Felicia is also wonderfully development here in the Ultimate Universe. The chemistry between her and Peter is instant and she is relatable, intriguing and mysterious all at the same time, wonderful. Jameson had a power house of an arc and it really made for a strong character development arc for him, we jobs longer get the one note illogical hate on caricature from the past. A wonderful arc that sets up so much and also brings out so much emotion. It's great! Onward to the next book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Raymond

    I don’t want to say I disliked this batch, but…well, some of this was weak. I can forgive the Ultimate Six diversion as an obvious crossover with a comic I don’t read, but I have to say that Black Cat is really annoying, and the whole Hobgoblin thing didn’t do it for me, either. Still soldiering on - I have library leads on all the available trades, shockingly, so I’ll be caught up at some point this summer - but a few of these were more than a little rough around the edges.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    I gave this three stars when I initially reviewed it but I think I was off a bit. I have a feeling I was spoiled by the overall quality of this series and, eight volumes in, had started taking it for granted. That's on me. This is a great volume that is part of a much larger story, a story that I think is one of the definitive takes on Spidey. Terrific work from all creative parties involved and an utter pleasure to read. I gave this three stars when I initially reviewed it but I think I was off a bit. I have a feeling I was spoiled by the overall quality of this series and, eight volumes in, had started taking it for granted. That's on me. This is a great volume that is part of a much larger story, a story that I think is one of the definitive takes on Spidey. Terrific work from all creative parties involved and an utter pleasure to read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Very fun Spider-Man. Just the reason I enjoy this title over the 616 version.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    A minor weakpoint in the Ultimate Spider-Man run. Peter's justified anger that known murderer The Kingpin is allowed to get away with literal murder, which there was video evidence on, merely because of his Trumpian wealth, is a cool storybeat. And the evolution of Aunt May's character arc is truly wonderful. But the actual interplay between Spider-Man, Black Cat, and Elektra was fairly disappointing, and not nearly as tight as previous storyarcs. Still, a fun read, but the back half of the volu A minor weakpoint in the Ultimate Spider-Man run. Peter's justified anger that known murderer The Kingpin is allowed to get away with literal murder, which there was video evidence on, merely because of his Trumpian wealth, is a cool storybeat. And the evolution of Aunt May's character arc is truly wonderful. But the actual interplay between Spider-Man, Black Cat, and Elektra was fairly disappointing, and not nearly as tight as previous storyarcs. Still, a fun read, but the back half of the volume just isn't quite up to the quality of the rest of Bendis's run.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marloges

    The Sandman bit felt a bit out of place, since it's an introduction to a different book and rectons some of the stuff that happened earlier in Volume 3 but the character moments between MJ and Spidey are on point, Aunt May is awesome and even freaking J. Jonah Jameson is showing some serious depth and character motivations! Not sure if I'll end up liking the whole Black Cat thing since this felt like an introduction to her character but so far it's fine. The Sandman bit felt a bit out of place, since it's an introduction to a different book and rectons some of the stuff that happened earlier in Volume 3 but the character moments between MJ and Spidey are on point, Aunt May is awesome and even freaking J. Jonah Jameson is showing some serious depth and character motivations! Not sure if I'll end up liking the whole Black Cat thing since this felt like an introduction to her character but so far it's fine.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mike Ezepchick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was pretty cool to see the interaction of Spider-Man and the two other notable characters (Black Cat and Elektra), but the overall story wasn't all that exciting. The return of Fisk was interesting but he's not as intriguing of a villain in this as other volumes - but I do think there's potential for a great storyline with him, and potentially Black Cat too. So this was definitely a fun read, but not up there with the best of this series. It was pretty cool to see the interaction of Spider-Man and the two other notable characters (Black Cat and Elektra), but the overall story wasn't all that exciting. The return of Fisk was interesting but he's not as intriguing of a villain in this as other volumes - but I do think there's potential for a great storyline with him, and potentially Black Cat too. So this was definitely a fun read, but not up there with the best of this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jack Herbert Christal Gattanella

    4.5/5 The revelation here is J Jonah Jameson; if I was only rating the first half of this volume it would get 5 stars because Bendis does that unique thing of taking a character who has always been an archetype (an entertaining-as-f*ck one but a type all the same) and mine an astonishing level of depth in just a handful of pages and a few issues. He was already dynamic in this Ultimate series, but somehow thru a couple of moments and some surprising soul-searching, we see that he is a decent man 4.5/5 The revelation here is J Jonah Jameson; if I was only rating the first half of this volume it would get 5 stars because Bendis does that unique thing of taking a character who has always been an archetype (an entertaining-as-f*ck one but a type all the same) and mine an astonishing level of depth in just a handful of pages and a few issues. He was already dynamic in this Ultimate series, but somehow thru a couple of moments and some surprising soul-searching, we see that he is a decent man underneath the hundred layers of gruff, cigar-chomping exterior. If Sam Fuller had been alive to make a Spiderman movie (god knows why but that just popped in my head), those issues would he copied near verbatim. Where it loses from greatness to just really good is the stuff with Black Cat and Elektra. And those issues in the second half of this volume are gripping and ass-kicking, pulpy fun (" a catfight" as Peter cant help but quip seeing them duke it out), but Elektra is there I felt more for another dose of fan service connectivity to Daredevil when it's already there with Fisk. Id be more ok with it if they gave her more to do than be a kill machine. I didnt know too much about Black Cat/Felicity's history so this helped to find out about her dad's backstory. All in all though, I felt the real core of the second half was with MJ and her father. That is heartbreaking stuff and whenever Bendis focuses on that he's in his firing-on-all-cylinders mode. With the action and theft storyline it's still fun, but maybe my issue is that a) I just come to expect a lot from this series, so when it's only *good* it feels like a letdown, and b) maybe it just didnt blend so well. This said I want to see more of Black Cat and im guessing I will soon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tass

    - We get a little insight on the head of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson and why he's the way he is. It explains his views with the Spider-Man. - I LOVE the interactions with Black Cat / Elektra / Spider-Man. Again, we're reminded that Peter is still very young... a true teenager, haha. - MJ is going through a really tough time in this volume. :( - We get a little insight on the head of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson and why he's the way he is. It explains his views with the Spider-Man. - I LOVE the interactions with Black Cat / Elektra / Spider-Man. Again, we're reminded that Peter is still very young... a true teenager, haha. - MJ is going through a really tough time in this volume. :(

  16. 5 out of 5

    Noah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. PART 1, 46: Quite an introduction for Carter, I'm intrigued to see the evolution of this plotline in Ultimate Six. PART 2, 47-49: I can't lie, I was grinning so hard when Spidey was defending Jameson. And then his interaction with zpeter, so good. Issue 49 brought it all the way, I'm not sure how the writers were able to cram so much goodness into one issue. PART 1, 46: Quite an introduction for Carter, I'm intrigued to see the evolution of this plotline in Ultimate Six. PART 2, 47-49: I can't lie, I was grinning so hard when Spidey was defending Jameson. And then his interaction with zpeter, so good. Issue 49 brought it all the way, I'm not sure how the writers were able to cram so much goodness into one issue.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna Catherman

    Poor Peter Parker just can't get a break! Still, this one's good; no super villains, and more Aunt May and Mary Jane then we've seen in this series in a while, plus newspaper drama and an interesting look at J. Jonah Jamison...I really liked this one. I was confused with the whole cat-women thing but I'm hoping it'll pay off next time. Poor Peter Parker just can't get a break! Still, this one's good; no super villains, and more Aunt May and Mary Jane then we've seen in this series in a while, plus newspaper drama and an interesting look at J. Jonah Jamison...I really liked this one. I was confused with the whole cat-women thing but I'm hoping it'll pay off next time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fellipe Moscardini

    Another excellent arc. I love the writing and the art is (mostly) good. Bendis has the ability of keeping his reader engaged from start to finish. This version of Peter Parker is my favorite. 4/5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Henry Blackwood

    You know I don’t know if I like Bendis’ Kingpin all that much but the Black Cat was an interesting spice to this usually drab dish that Bendis serves up. It looks like he’s foreshadowing some cooler stuff for his character in the future though (hopefully).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

    Spider-man meets Elektra who is hired by the Kingpin to retrieve a tablet stolen by the Black Cat.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sourour

    Spider-Man, who defeated monsters easily, gets his butt kicked by 2 women who did not have any super powers? where's the logic? Spider-Man, who defeated monsters easily, gets his butt kicked by 2 women who did not have any super powers? where's the logic?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Zelly B.

    My favourite Spidey series of all time. This is actually a (2x) re-read of the entire series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    As I've mentioned many times Spider-Man is my least fave. He's kinda just annoying and angsty. The only interesting thing was the cat lady and Elektra showing up. As I've mentioned many times Spider-Man is my least fave. He's kinda just annoying and angsty. The only interesting thing was the cat lady and Elektra showing up.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maeli Gleason

    this was amazing please read it immediatly

  25. 5 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    The Kingpin is back for revenge and Black Cat is coming to town

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Williams

    the dated series putters along. they really like connecting everyone in the ultimate universe.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dreshon

    nice book, amazing climax

  28. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    Fast paced, thrilling, and with fantastically smooth dialogue, this comic easily slides into “Best Comics” status.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rix

    It's heating up here in Spider town. Sure would be a shame if the next volume started off focused on something completely different..... It's heating up here in Spider town. Sure would be a shame if the next volume started off focused on something completely different.....

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Lotta sexy babes in this one! 😆

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