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Spider-Man and his amazing friends, Iceman and the Human Torch, team up to help the newly powered Rick Jones deal with the crazy changes and responsibilities that come with...power. But what side of the coin is Rick Jones on? Is this the birth of a new hero? Or the birth of an ultimate...enemy? Plus, it's the return of Spider-Woman! And guess who she totally makes out with Spider-Man and his amazing friends, Iceman and the Human Torch, team up to help the newly powered Rick Jones deal with the crazy changes and responsibilities that come with...power. But what side of the coin is Rick Jones on? Is this the birth of a new hero? Or the birth of an ultimate...enemy? Plus, it's the return of Spider-Woman! And guess who she totally makes out with in this issue! What? Yeah, you heard me! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 7-12


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Spider-Man and his amazing friends, Iceman and the Human Torch, team up to help the newly powered Rick Jones deal with the crazy changes and responsibilities that come with...power. But what side of the coin is Rick Jones on? Is this the birth of a new hero? Or the birth of an ultimate...enemy? Plus, it's the return of Spider-Woman! And guess who she totally makes out with Spider-Man and his amazing friends, Iceman and the Human Torch, team up to help the newly powered Rick Jones deal with the crazy changes and responsibilities that come with...power. But what side of the coin is Rick Jones on? Is this the birth of a new hero? Or the birth of an ultimate...enemy? Plus, it's the return of Spider-Woman! And guess who she totally makes out with in this issue! What? Yeah, you heard me! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 7-12

30 review for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Volume 2: Chameleons

  1. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    Still the weakest art in the series, but as ever solid Bendis writing with the Parker and his Amazing Friends helping Rick Jones the Chosen One, and the insanity brought to Parker's life by the all mutants being deigned as criminals and the coming of the Chameleons... plural! I thought Bendis did a smack-up job with his Ultimate Mysterio; BOOM, make way for Ultimate Chameleons! 8 out of 12. Still the weakest art in the series, but as ever solid Bendis writing with the Parker and his Amazing Friends helping Rick Jones the Chosen One, and the insanity brought to Parker's life by the all mutants being deigned as criminals and the coming of the Chameleons... plural! I thought Bendis did a smack-up job with his Ultimate Mysterio; BOOM, make way for Ultimate Chameleons! 8 out of 12.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Rick Jones, Serpent Squad, Spider-Woman, Kitty Pride, plus the house full of crazy kids. Wow, I didn't think Spidey's life could get any more hectic. The treatment of mutants post-Ultimatum is a nice angle here - love to see Bendis take on prejudice and persecution without hitting us over the head with it. This feels like the natural evolution of UltimateMarvelU events, and an agonising twist for Kitty who's been through plenty, thankyouverymuch. Bendis gets in a good lecture or three here too, w Rick Jones, Serpent Squad, Spider-Woman, Kitty Pride, plus the house full of crazy kids. Wow, I didn't think Spidey's life could get any more hectic. The treatment of mutants post-Ultimatum is a nice angle here - love to see Bendis take on prejudice and persecution without hitting us over the head with it. This feels like the natural evolution of UltimateMarvelU events, and an agonising twist for Kitty who's been through plenty, thankyouverymuch. Bendis gets in a good lecture or three here too, which is pretty awesome - not often the comikz get to treat readers like real adults, and it's fun to face down a real strong opinion every so often. The damage that Bendis does to Peter's life here is pretty substantial too. I'm tense just reading it, and I want to race to the end to see everything put back in its rightful place, but I'm afraid Bendis is going to challenge us further with some real consequences that stick around. Ugh. OTOH, the joke about the hair's effect on his costume was awesome - love when the creators can make fun of themselves like this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    There's an awful lot going on in this particular collection, and not all of it worked for me. Rick Jones? Meh. Chameleons? Meh. That said, Kitty's storyline is handled very well. I suppose this reflects things going on elsewhere in the Ultimate verse. Poor Kitty, I just felt heartbroken for her. (And even more angry at Xavier for having kicked her out of his school in the first place, but that's basically a settled issue.) Now the art... At first, I had really disliked Bagley's art. Been looking There's an awful lot going on in this particular collection, and not all of it worked for me. Rick Jones? Meh. Chameleons? Meh. That said, Kitty's storyline is handled very well. I suppose this reflects things going on elsewhere in the Ultimate verse. Poor Kitty, I just felt heartbroken for her. (And even more angry at Xavier for having kicked her out of his school in the first place, but that's basically a settled issue.) Now the art... At first, I had really disliked Bagley's art. Been looking forward to when he'd leave the book, in fact. But if I'd known I'd be getting Lafuente's instead, I would have appreciated him while I had him. I really, really dislike the bargain basement Tokyopop look of Lafuente's art, which seems like such an odd and ill-suited choice for this particular book. It looks like he won't be on the next volume, though, and thank God for that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sina Tavoosi

    Love triangle (or should I say square?), teenage tantrums, terrible art and a shapeshifting villain who kisses Spidey's ex-girlfriend. Can't get much worse than this... Compared to the original ultimate run, this is crap. Love triangle (or should I say square?), teenage tantrums, terrible art and a shapeshifting villain who kisses Spidey's ex-girlfriend. Can't get much worse than this... Compared to the original ultimate run, this is crap.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jacob A. Mirallegro

    Definitely an improvement from the last volume. I'm happy Bendis didn't forget about Rick Jones after Origins. After those two issues I think the Chameleons arc had pretty good pacing. And although Kitty Pryde's new costume twist was pointless I did like the twist with her powers. Lafuente even had a couple genuinely good pages and I liked how some got parallels later in the arc. It's not at all perfect and some characters are still a little iffy, but it seems like Bendis just needed some time t Definitely an improvement from the last volume. I'm happy Bendis didn't forget about Rick Jones after Origins. After those two issues I think the Chameleons arc had pretty good pacing. And although Kitty Pryde's new costume twist was pointless I did like the twist with her powers. Lafuente even had a couple genuinely good pages and I liked how some got parallels later in the arc. It's not at all perfect and some characters are still a little iffy, but it seems like Bendis just needed some time to get back in the groove.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    Whenever an X-Men yells "Magneto was right!", I'm always a little bit more happy than I should be. This volume deals with a few issues. There's the Rick Jones part which is fun but shallow. Bendis seems to really like moving back and forth in time, and I don't. But, overall, the story has some good beats, with the three superteens trying to help out a confused Rick. The Kitty Pride story is better. I know I complained about how Bendis writes her (and the X-Men in general) but he makes up for it Whenever an X-Men yells "Magneto was right!", I'm always a little bit more happy than I should be. This volume deals with a few issues. There's the Rick Jones part which is fun but shallow. Bendis seems to really like moving back and forth in time, and I don't. But, overall, the story has some good beats, with the three superteens trying to help out a confused Rick. The Kitty Pride story is better. I know I complained about how Bendis writes her (and the X-Men in general) but he makes up for it in this volume. Kitty being arresting in school for being a mutant has some heavy emotional ramifications and works a lot better than it should. Her confrontation with her friends outside her house is great (though her interaction with Iceman seems off to me, considering all they've been through together). The chameleon story I've seen before in other mediums and having someone else run around as Spider-Man causing trouble is less interesting to me than the story wants. Another issue I have is how much Bendis likes revealing Peter's identity to people. I wonder why he even bothers writing a double life, other than making it so complicated for his characters that it's almost exhausting to read. Looking forward to the next volume with a hope for previous quality.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Scotty Cameron

    Ever wonder what an Ultimate version of the classic Spider-Man villain the Chameleon would be like? Ultimate Spider-Man Chameleons answers that question. In this sequel to Brian Michael Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man The New World According To Peter Parker, Spider-Man is captured and impersonated by the Chameleon after being captured at the Daily Bugle. Brian Michael Bendis does a wonderful job at writing a great story and a fun cast of characters, and this has good artwork to compliment the story. Ever wonder what an Ultimate version of the classic Spider-Man villain the Chameleon would be like? Ultimate Spider-Man Chameleons answers that question. In this sequel to Brian Michael Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man The New World According To Peter Parker, Spider-Man is captured and impersonated by the Chameleon after being captured at the Daily Bugle. Brian Michael Bendis does a wonderful job at writing a great story and a fun cast of characters, and this has good artwork to compliment the story. Story Ultimate Spider-man Chameleons is a misleading title because Chameleons is the second story arch in the book. The first arc is Crossroads, where you have Rick Jones becoming Nova. Spider-Man, Ice Man, and the Human Torch try to figure out what is going on with Rick as they teleport across the world. Eventually, the four manage to stop a Serpent Squad heist in Project PEGASUS. The beginning mostly serves as a set up for Ultimate Doom, a crossover event in the Ultimate Universe. Then we get an Ultimate Spider-Woman comic as she stops the Bombshell from robbing a bank and flirts with the Human Torch *eye roll.* Also, Spidey gets a haircut. Next, we see Kitty Pryde go, rogue, when the government finds out she's a Mutant and tries to arrest her. Spider-Man, Ice Man, and the Human Torch try to save her before she does something wrong. Finally, we get to the Chameleons arc when the Chameleon and his sister, Camellia, abduct Peter Parker and J. Jonah Jameson. The Chameleon abducts Peter Parker while impersonating Mr. Jameson, as Mary Jane shows Ben Urich a video of Kitty Pryde escaping Midtown High. The Chameleon impersonates Spider-man until Ice Man and the Human Torch find out, oh it's on the cover look. They try to save Peter and stop the Chameleons. I like how it stays focused it doesn't ignore the events of the previous issue like some comics. I think it should find a new title Chameleons isn't appropriate for this but then what are you going to call it. Characters Brian Michael Bendis does a masterful job of not only doing these characters justice but expanding on the versions of the characters he created in his first Ultimate Spider-Man run. Spider-Man is the wise-cracking nuisance to bad guys of hero, while still being a geek in school. There is also the side of him that bears the responsibility of his previous actions. We see this in the chapter where the Human Torch meats Spider-Woman, Spider-Man remembers that Spider-Woman was a clone created by Doctor Octopus and does everything he can to forget about her. However, her existence still bothers him. He also feels guilt after not doing enough to protect Kitty Pryde when the government tried to capture her and tries to atone for that decision. He also no longer works for the Daily Bugle, instead, he works at a burger joint with Ice Man. Human Torch and Ice Man are the same characters Marvel fans know and love. Both are hotheaded boys who have instant crushes on the first beautiful woman they see. In fact, Ice Man wants Spidey to hit him upon the beautiful heroines and villainesses he named after learning about the Human Torch's encounter with Spider-Woman. They both take their friendship with Spider-Man seriously and have a there for each other style bond. That's why they go out of their way to save Spider-Man after they learn he is captured by the Chameleon. The Chameleon in this is much like his mainstream counterpart, he pretends to benefit himself. However, this version of the character can shape-shift into whoever he wants to be instead of wearing facemasks of those he wants to impersonate. This take on the character makes more sense than his original counterpart because wearing a facemask should be enough for you to pass off as someone else. This version of the Chameleon also has a sister who has the same power he has. The Chameleon impersonates Mr. Jameson because he's wealthy and he could lure Peter into his trap. Then, impersonates Peter Parker because he suspects Peter is someone important since he was the only photographer to take pictures of Spider-man(when Peter worked at the Bugle). Then discovers Peter Parker is Spider-Man and pretends to be Spider-Man to commit crimes. Something every version of the Chameleon has done, in fact, the Chameleon impersonated Spider-man in his very first appearance. Now, this isn't the first time someone impersonated Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe, in Ultimate Spider-Man: Public Scrutiny a thief dresses up as Spider-Man to carry out robberies until Spider-Man stops him. In Chameleons the Human Torch and Ice Man have to stop the Chameleon because Spider-Man is held captive by Camellia. The Chameleon does have a human side to him because he cares deeply about Camellia's well being and it is shown when the Human Torch, Ice Man, and Spider-Man stop him, and when he's held captive at SHIELD. Camellia is really just a female version of the Chameleon, not much to her character really. Kitty Pryde is shown to be good-natured at heart until the FBI tries to arrest her for being a mutant. Then she becomes very mistrusting of humanity and even starts to agree with Magneto. She also feels betrayed by Ice Man, the Human Torch, and particularly her ex-boyfriend Spider-Man after the FBI came to her school and they didn't do enough for her. Mary Jane and Gwen Stacey are pretty much the same characters Spider-Man fans know and love. The difference is that Spidey dated MJ before Gwen. Aunt May is Peter's loving aunt who always wants Peter to do what's right. She scolds Peter (Chameleon) when she finds out that he cheated on Gwen because cheating is wrong to her. Spider-Woman is a clone trying to live a superhero life and adopt her own life instead of being a Spider-Man clone. She adopts the identity of Jessica Drew to be her private identity. She also prefers to be left alone and it is shown when the Human Torch tries to hit on her, and she tries to get him to leave her alone. Rick Jones AKA Firestar doesn't want to be drawn into the superhero world because he doesn't understand what he's getting into but decides he likes being a superhero after he alongside Spider-Man, Ice Man, and the Human Torch fight the Serpent Squad and win. What I find neat and weird at the same time about this version of Nova. In the main Marvel Universe Nova is a member of a space law enforcement corps, sort of like Green Lantern. However, in the Ultimate Universe, the title of Nova is a title given to the chosen one of the Watchers, not a corps. Rick Jones in the main universe is the Hulk's best friend and he becomes A-Bomb, here he's Spider-Man's neighbor. The Serpent Squad and Bombshells are nothing more than glorified thugs. That being said Bendis does a great job with handling these characters. Artwork Ultimate Spider-Man Chameleons is illustrated by two artists. Takeshi Miyazawa does the artwork in Crossroads, and it's ok. Ever now and then the superhero costumes look a little baggy. I wasn't a fan of Miyazawa's spikey Ice Man look, it just looked weird, but I'll live. The rest of the graphic novel was drawn by David Lafuente, who illustrated The New World According to Peter Parker. His character designs suit the atmosphere of a Spider-Man story much better than Miyazawa. It has that coming of age feel along with a superhero story blend to it. It has an upbeat tone when it needs one and a dark tone when it's needed. The character designs suit the characters. Ice Man has the look I normally associate with Ice Man. Human Torch aside from his black hair looks like the Human Torch. Spider-Man looks great, and when he gets a hair cut he looks like Peter Parker. Spider-Woman has an all-red female version of Spider-Man's black suit which is honestly a very good look for her. It resembles Julia Carpenter's Spider-Woman look more than it does Jessica Drew's even though that's the name Bendis chose to give her. The Chameleons have blank faces which is a very neat idea for an original design for the iconic Marvel villain. Especially, when this version is a brother and sister duo. Typically, the Chameleon has a solid white face with features on it, but the blank faces help create the impression that they are identityless. All in all the artwork was good. Ultimately, Ultimate Spider-Man Chameleons is a good read for fans of the webhead, and if your favorite Spider-Man villain is the Chameleon you should check this out. I was intrigued by the story and characters, and the artwork made Ultimate Spider-Man Chameleons all the more fun to read. I would definitely check this out if I were a Spider-Man fan.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Book 2. Spider-Man, Iceman and the Human Torch are all living under the same roof and together have to tackle a young man trying to come to terms with developing superpowers, the backlash against their friend Kitty Pryde's status as a mutant and a pair of shapeshifting siblings. I found this book notably more enjoyable than the last one, in large part due to the new elements from 'The World According to Peter Parker' having had a bit of time to bed in with me. So now having all the teen heroes to Book 2. Spider-Man, Iceman and the Human Torch are all living under the same roof and together have to tackle a young man trying to come to terms with developing superpowers, the backlash against their friend Kitty Pryde's status as a mutant and a pair of shapeshifting siblings. I found this book notably more enjoyable than the last one, in large part due to the new elements from 'The World According to Peter Parker' having had a bit of time to bed in with me. So now having all the teen heroes together doesn't feel so contrived and I've gotten a bit more used to Lafuente's too-young-looking version of Peter Parker (in fact, one of the Chameleons calls this out in quite a self-aware meta moment, saying that Peter looks more like he's thirteen). This is not to say that I particular approve of these elements, just that they're not as jarring here as I found them the first time. We get three main story beats here and the first two in particular are very interesting. The first sees the Ultimate Universe version of Rick Jones awaking with cosmic power and then having Peter, Johnny and Bobby try to help him adjust. It's pretty engaging too because each of them have had very different experiences of gaining their powers and being accepted (or not) afterwards. The second story is the true emotional core of this book as we see Kitty persecuted at school for being a mutant. The X-Men have always been about challenging prejudice and it's good to see them tackle it here, although I felt Kitty's ultimate (no pun intended) reaction being pretty unfair to her as a character. The third story has Peter being replaced by a shapeshifting duplicate who infiltrates his life to learn his secrets. It's the least engaging of the plotlines but we at least get to see a bit of genuine drama unfold amid the Gwen/MJ love triangle as a result of the Chameleon's meddling. * More review here: https://fsfh-book-review2.webnode.com *

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maxwell Kee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This one's okay, but still has quite a bit of trouble getting off the launch pad. While the queer commentary on social othering based on identity-based differences is executed well--even for 2009-2010--the gender portrayals are nevertheless highly polarized, to an almost obnoxious degree (I mean for fuck's sake, Parker's girlfriend is best friends with two of his other ex's, all three of whom go to school together with Kitty Pryde--who he also dated?--and who apparently have nothing better to ta This one's okay, but still has quite a bit of trouble getting off the launch pad. While the queer commentary on social othering based on identity-based differences is executed well--even for 2009-2010--the gender portrayals are nevertheless highly polarized, to an almost obnoxious degree (I mean for fuck's sake, Parker's girlfriend is best friends with two of his other ex's, all three of whom go to school together with Kitty Pryde--who he also dated?--and who apparently have nothing better to talk about than how in love with Peter Parker they all are? What is this, an Axe commercial?) The series *is* doing a good job of challenging stigmatas regarding others' differences and promoting greater tolerance and critical thinking (as seen with the principal's speech to the parents in this volume); however, this sub-arc of the story slips into disarray with how haphazard the sequence of events are thrown together. There were too many story lines at once, several of which garnered only peripheral attention, and the major focus--i.e. these shape-shifting twins--seemed to come out of nowhere and get resolved in a way that felt pretty pat. And its certainly likely these issues will be resolved further down the line (and that I'm maybe digging a bit too deeply into a simple volume of a Marvel comic book), but I do thing this could have been done in a more effective way.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Henry Blackwood

    NO! NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!! This is fucked!!!!! NOOOOOO. YOURE GOING TO FUCKING THROW AWAY PETER AND GWEN/AND SPIDER-MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COPS OVER A CHAMELEON ARC?!?!? NO. All of this fucking fresh change now thrown back in a TERRIBLE and HORRIBLY UNORIGINAL story about a shapeshifting nobody who by happenstance fucked up the interesting differences Ultimate Spider-Man had made over time for no reason other than that guy just HAPPENED TO BE THERE!? NO that’s fucking bullshit. You didn’t ev NO! NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!! This is fucked!!!!! NOOOOOO. YOURE GOING TO FUCKING THROW AWAY PETER AND GWEN/AND SPIDER-MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COPS OVER A CHAMELEON ARC?!?!? NO. All of this fucking fresh change now thrown back in a TERRIBLE and HORRIBLY UNORIGINAL story about a shapeshifting nobody who by happenstance fucked up the interesting differences Ultimate Spider-Man had made over time for no reason other than that guy just HAPPENED TO BE THERE!? NO that’s fucking bullshit. You didn’t even make it an interesting revenge plot where a good villain systematically destroys his life in cool ways, JUST SOME HILLBILLY FUCK WITH NO FACE AND NO MOTIVES DESTROYING THE SHIT I LIKE BECAUSE FUCK IT - IM HERE NOW SO WHY NOT. FUCK THIS. AND THE B AND C STORIES IN THIS TRADE WERE A FUCKING NOVA ORIGIN AND A REALLY INTERESTING KITTY STORY THAT WENT FUCKING NOWHERE!!!! FUCK THIS TRADE. This is the worst trade of ultimate Spider-Man I’ve read. I can’t believe how badly they retconned everything in this in such a terribly sloppy way. Even carol fucking Danvers said ‘Spider-Man deserved better than you’ to those fucking shapeshifters. YES HE DID. HE DESERVED AN INTERESTING & FLESHED OUT ENDING TO HIS RELATIONSHIP. FUCK!!!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Radhesh Gupta

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was an interesting Spider-Man story, and I just loved all other superheroes being there as well, but sometimes when Human Torch and Iceman were there, it didn't feel like Spider-Man, but the other things made it feel like home. It was thrilling when Chameleon pretended to be Parker, and it gave an interesting sense to the book. To the other characters, it was as if they knew Parker, but they didn't because of the different things he was doing. All in all, it was an amazing book definitely wor It was an interesting Spider-Man story, and I just loved all other superheroes being there as well, but sometimes when Human Torch and Iceman were there, it didn't feel like Spider-Man, but the other things made it feel like home. It was thrilling when Chameleon pretended to be Parker, and it gave an interesting sense to the book. To the other characters, it was as if they knew Parker, but they didn't because of the different things he was doing. All in all, it was an amazing book definitely worth 5 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Deshawn Vasquez

    It's very telling that the book itself acknowledges that Peter's hair is too long and his face is hilariously round when he's in the Spider-Man costume and that they amend both, because it was the first thing I noticed when Lafuente came on. That being said, while you do get some odd character design choices and weird faces, I do like the art style under the right amount of polish. It's not Bagley, but then what is? It's very telling that the book itself acknowledges that Peter's hair is too long and his face is hilariously round when he's in the Spider-Man costume and that they amend both, because it was the first thing I noticed when Lafuente came on. That being said, while you do get some odd character design choices and weird faces, I do like the art style under the right amount of polish. It's not Bagley, but then what is?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy

    I love this series so much, Bendis is an amazing writer and his work with Spider-Man always keeps me entertained. This book was on par with the rest, and I enjoyed the Gwen/Mary Jane/Peter love triangle, which really heats up in this volume.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yuiko

    Loved the art and the whole series

  15. 4 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    Spider-man and his friends faces the chosen one and a chameleon that takes over Peter Parkers identity

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    One of my favorite ultimate Spider-Man stories so far the chameleons were great fun story, real stakes and the art has grown on me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    The tie-in/lead in to ultimate origin was trash, hence four stars. But the Kitty story and Chameleon story were great.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Abel

    Thank God the hair is gone. Story is shaping up nicely too, though that incessant Ultimate Spider-Man teen drama only gets thicker.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    It's fun if you don't think about it too much. World: I am enjoying the art. It's light and bright and manga inspired but it does lend itself to big and beautiful character expressions which makes the story bright. The world building here is good, it's solid and interesting. However it's not what I want. I thought we would be getting more context and backtrack to see what happened in the previous six months and how we ended up where we are now, but that's not the case. The relationships are the It's fun if you don't think about it too much. World: I am enjoying the art. It's light and bright and manga inspired but it does lend itself to big and beautiful character expressions which makes the story bright. The world building here is good, it's solid and interesting. However it's not what I want. I thought we would be getting more context and backtrack to see what happened in the previous six months and how we ended up where we are now, but that's not the case. The relationships are the worst hit and I'm still scratching my head and it's becoming annoying. Story: On face value it is an interesting story thought not wholly original. The villain of this story is expected and the plot points also expected. The end with JJJ feels like a cheat but oh well. I'm still not happy with the throwaway of all the good character building from the last arc and it seems we are just to take the new status quo as is without question which really hurts the characters. The end was meh but it was still fun. Characters: The most hard hit. I thought we would get some context but we don't. We only see what's on face value and must take it as is. I don't know why this happened and why it's so sloppy. New readers are not scratching their heads also cause old readers certainly are. It annoys. Character development got rebooted without any reason why and it is getting sloppy and annoying now. Onward to the next book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Aunt May's super-teen boarding house continues as Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake live with Peter Parker, not to mention his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. All this plus Kitty Pryde and Mary Jane Watson still in the picture makes for some supreme high school drama. Aunt May is great in this whole book and she shows a few different emotions that make perfect sense. Peter is often clueless but means well. The addition of all these other characters do add new angles but also take away from Peter's time on pa Aunt May's super-teen boarding house continues as Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake live with Peter Parker, not to mention his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. All this plus Kitty Pryde and Mary Jane Watson still in the picture makes for some supreme high school drama. Aunt May is great in this whole book and she shows a few different emotions that make perfect sense. Peter is often clueless but means well. The addition of all these other characters do add new angles but also take away from Peter's time on panel. This trade was basically three different parts, Rick Jones, Kitty Pryde, & the Chameleon. The three storylines didn't gel well together and the first two didn't read like Spider-Man stories. The reimagining of the Chameleon was really good to me (but my daughter didn't like it). The main drawback in this trade for me was the art, first by Takeshi Miyazawa and then the bulk by David Lafuente. The art looked so geared towards little kids to me. Peter looked very feminine almost all the time and Iceman looked very odd when iced up. I just was taken aback by how much it was taking me out of the story. I know Mark Bagley returns in the next arc and that is great news. Overall, this is a decent but far from great book with some interesting plotlines.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Um, okay. So, I enjoy the interactions between the characters and I really like the artwork. But, it's kind of super annoying that, for the most part, the women with powers in this series have either been villains or been persecuted to the point where they blow up and wreak havoc. In contrast, there have been SOME male super villains and a whole host of male good guys. Like, what the heck? At least Spider-woman made a brief appearance in this one... but it did kind of feel like she's dangerously Um, okay. So, I enjoy the interactions between the characters and I really like the artwork. But, it's kind of super annoying that, for the most part, the women with powers in this series have either been villains or been persecuted to the point where they blow up and wreak havoc. In contrast, there have been SOME male super villains and a whole host of male good guys. Like, what the heck? At least Spider-woman made a brief appearance in this one... but it did kind of feel like she's dangerously close to just being used to progress Johnny's plotline. Also, I liked all of the issues in this compilation but having them all in the same book was strange. It made the plot seem all over the place and borderline incoherent. Problems arose and were solved too quickly and the bad guy from last volume wasn't an issue that was solved or there wasn't really even a progression towards a solution. ...So IDK. I felt kinda meh about it as a whole.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Edward Cheer

    I found it monumentally difficult to get a copy of Volume One of this (so I intend to read it later). However, I'm a little confused as to why this story needed to keep being told. Ultimate Spider-Man seemed just fine, ending and all. In fact, I found a lot of ideas strange- for one, Gwen being Peter's girlfriend. The two of them had gone through a lot together and came out like brother and sister. For the dating kind of tears down any special bond you felt for them. Also this series goes wild w I found it monumentally difficult to get a copy of Volume One of this (so I intend to read it later). However, I'm a little confused as to why this story needed to keep being told. Ultimate Spider-Man seemed just fine, ending and all. In fact, I found a lot of ideas strange- for one, Gwen being Peter's girlfriend. The two of them had gone through a lot together and came out like brother and sister. For the dating kind of tears down any special bond you felt for them. Also this series goes wild with ideas- the superheroes all staying at Aunt May's, crazy villains kidnapping Peter and JJ... because? Ultimate Spider-Man was a lot more genuine because it had one foot in the crazy superhero world, and another in the more realistic world- one with consequences, actions, and drama that made more sense. This book seems to just throw that out, give us an almost-death, and leave Peter making hardly any tough decisions, making this volume unnecessary and unsatisfactory, in my opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    This is the first of the post Ultimatum Spider-man books I've read, and I was pretty pleased with it. The art work was way better than I was expecting and with Bendis' writing, and especially his catty dialog, it felt like the same old Spider-Man I loved so much. Although I appreciated the comics finally getting around to who is Nova and dealing with him, I kind of felt I was left knowing just as little about what was up with him and where it was going when I finished reading what ever Ultimate c This is the first of the post Ultimatum Spider-man books I've read, and I was pretty pleased with it. The art work was way better than I was expecting and with Bendis' writing, and especially his catty dialog, it felt like the same old Spider-Man I loved so much. Although I appreciated the comics finally getting around to who is Nova and dealing with him, I kind of felt I was left knowing just as little about what was up with him and where it was going when I finished reading what ever Ultimate comic the watchers were in (I forget the name). I was a little surprised by Kitty Prydes reaction. It feels almost out of character for her, although if she pulls back from the anger I can find the episode believable. But if she doesn't, I don't know, it just doesn't seem like her.

  24. 4 out of 5

    DB

    If not for the Rick Jones issue, this would be a 4 star collection. Pretty much a bridge for putting pieces in place for the final push, which feels weird considering the series had only just rebooted. That said, it's a good example of what set USM apart from other funny book stories. What makes the series work so well is it's the definitive between the panels series, meaning most of its narrative happens in between the set pieces that make up the bulk of the story telling in other costumed tale If not for the Rick Jones issue, this would be a 4 star collection. Pretty much a bridge for putting pieces in place for the final push, which feels weird considering the series had only just rebooted. That said, it's a good example of what set USM apart from other funny book stories. What makes the series work so well is it's the definitive between the panels series, meaning most of its narrative happens in between the set pieces that make up the bulk of the story telling in other costumed tales. These are people who sometimes wear costumes, not powers who sometimes wear people faces. I suspect that was what the Rick Jones story's point was trying to be, but it was such a blip of ... everything ... it felt like a dialed in rough draft and was out of place with the rest of the book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd

    This volume of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man sees Gwen Stacy (not dead in this universe), Human Torch, Iceman, and Peter Parker living under the same roof with Aunt May. The high school feel continues and we meet a couple new villains. This book was what we've come to expect from Bendis writing-wise. Likable characters written with that one of a kind Bendis humor. While David LaFuente has a style all his own, I still can't get myself completely on board with it. He's a great artist, but has taken This volume of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man sees Gwen Stacy (not dead in this universe), Human Torch, Iceman, and Peter Parker living under the same roof with Aunt May. The high school feel continues and we meet a couple new villains. This book was what we've come to expect from Bendis writing-wise. Likable characters written with that one of a kind Bendis humor. While David LaFuente has a style all his own, I still can't get myself completely on board with it. He's a great artist, but has taken this book in a more juvenile and manga-esque turn than prior incarnations. Still great fun, though, and well good enough to keep me reading.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Greta is Erikasbuddy

    I'm starting to understand this series more since it's breaking away from the tidal wave. Still need to read that part. I bet it's interesting. Now with The Human Torch and Iceman living at Aunt May's house, Peter's like has gotten a lot more interesting. He even got to meet Nova in this issue and a hilarious scene with some awesome lizard girls. While the humor in this book is clean and fun it's perfect for pre-teens. Sure, there is a bit of cussing but it's nothing they wouldn't hear on an episo I'm starting to understand this series more since it's breaking away from the tidal wave. Still need to read that part. I bet it's interesting. Now with The Human Torch and Iceman living at Aunt May's house, Peter's like has gotten a lot more interesting. He even got to meet Nova in this issue and a hilarious scene with some awesome lizard girls. While the humor in this book is clean and fun it's perfect for pre-teens. Sure, there is a bit of cussing but it's nothing they wouldn't hear on an episode of "Friends".

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anya

    I'm not sure how it was possible for this one to be even worse than the first volume, but it was. Possibly the only good part was (view spoiler)[the classroom scene where the Feds try to take Kitty Pryde out of school. (hide spoiler)] Also, the writer is pretty clearly fat-phobic; I don't understand how having Peter Parker fat-shaming authority figures and others in these comics is supposed to show how great and noble a character he is. I'm not sure how it was possible for this one to be even worse than the first volume, but it was. Possibly the only good part was (view spoiler)[the classroom scene where the Feds try to take Kitty Pryde out of school. (hide spoiler)] Also, the writer is pretty clearly fat-phobic; I don't understand how having Peter Parker fat-shaming authority figures and others in these comics is supposed to show how great and noble a character he is.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    One can't deny Bendis's strengths when it comes to characters and dialogue, oh yeah and plotting. And it should be obvious by now that Spider-Man is one of his favorite characters to write for, and reading this, it shows! Like that Bagley artist before these guys I did not like it at first, but eventually I found the over-wrought teen-aged aesthetic to be perfect. This time it had a japanese look to it but like Bagley it grew on me, and I dig it! One can't deny Bendis's strengths when it comes to characters and dialogue, oh yeah and plotting. And it should be obvious by now that Spider-Man is one of his favorite characters to write for, and reading this, it shows! Like that Bagley artist before these guys I did not like it at first, but eventually I found the over-wrought teen-aged aesthetic to be perfect. This time it had a japanese look to it but like Bagley it grew on me, and I dig it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    One can't deny Bendis's strengths when it comes to characters and dialogue, oh yeah and plotting. And it should be obvious by now that Spider-Man is one of his favorite characters to write for, and reading this, it shows! Like that Bagley artist before these guys I did not like it at first, but eventually I found the over-wrought teen-aged aesthetic to be perfect. This time it had a japanese look to it but like Bagley it grew on me, and I dig it! One can't deny Bendis's strengths when it comes to characters and dialogue, oh yeah and plotting. And it should be obvious by now that Spider-Man is one of his favorite characters to write for, and reading this, it shows! Like that Bagley artist before these guys I did not like it at first, but eventually I found the over-wrought teen-aged aesthetic to be perfect. This time it had a japanese look to it but like Bagley it grew on me, and I dig it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Glenn

    Not too bad I guess. Lots going on here, not the traditional spider-man I have known before, but one that hangs out with other superheroes and can't defend himself from being hit and kidnapped and tied up... Haven't read any back story to this either so would probably like it more if I had read things in order. Not too bad I guess. Lots going on here, not the traditional spider-man I have known before, but one that hangs out with other superheroes and can't defend himself from being hit and kidnapped and tied up... Haven't read any back story to this either so would probably like it more if I had read things in order.

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