Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Ultimate Spider-Man - Stan Lee

An anthology of Spider-Man stories, taken from many periods in his career. One of the cool things about it is that there is an illustration to go with each story at the start, from Ditko and Romita right on through. There is also an introduction by Stan Lee, the editor.

The stories are generally of pretty good quality.

Ultimate Spider-Man : 01 Spider-Man - Stan Lee and Peter David
Ultimate Spider-Man : 02 Suits - Tom De Haven and Dean Wesley Smith
Ultimate Spider-Man : 03 Cool - Lawrence Watt-Evans
Ultimate Spider-Man : 04 Blindspot - Ann Nocenti
Ultimate Spider-Man : 05 Kraven the Hunter Is Dead Alas - Craig Shaw Gardner
Ultimate Spider-Man : 06 Radically Both - Christopher Golden
Ultimate Spider-Man : 07 Scoop! - David Michelinie
Ultimate Spider-Man : 08 Tinker Tailor Soldier Courier - Robert L. Washington, III
Ultimate Spider-Man : 09 Thunder on the Mountain - Richard Lee Byers
Ultimate Spider-Man : 10 Cold Blood - Greg Cox
Ultimate Spider-Man : 11 An Evening in the Bronx with Venom - John Gregory Betancourt and Keith R. A. DeCandido
Ultimate Spider-Man : 12 Five Minutes - Peter David



A novella telling the origin of Spider-Man, with James rants and Doc Ock included.

3 out of 5


After getting beaten up by the Vulture, a young Spidey is thinking fo giving it away until a trip to Atlantic City with his aunt leads him to meet the Black Bee, a much older ex-hero with a similar story.

3.5 out of 5


A kid takes his hero worship of Spider-Man into gun wielding vigilante territory.

3.5 out of 5


Spidey finds an organlegger who apart from those crimes is making something nasty.

2.5 out of 5


Spidey would rather fight supervillains than have to go shopping with his wife and aunt, so he does. Luckily for him a cancer ridden Vulture and Mysterio, who has a magical mistake problem, are definitely available.

3.5 out of 5


Curt Connors latest transformation allows his consciousness to watch helplessly as the Lizard goes on rampage, threatening his own family.

3.5 out of 5


A small town reporter comes to the Bugle, and wants to work with Peter Parker. Why? To find out who Spidey is, of course. When they undercover your good old New York variety gangs of hoods with powered armour complications ensue.

3.5 out of 5


Spider-Man gets asked to transport a donor liver for a dying young girl, after its couriers get stuck in traffic. Unfortunately a super powered mercenary has been hired to retrieve it.

3 out of 5



Spidey has tracked a group of mercenaries, including the Rhino to a buried energy weapon. Unfortunately this is where a guy and his son have decided to do the mountain man thing.

4 out of 5


On a freezing night of too many snowstorms Spidey wonders why he is out, given there is no-one to help. Except one old man. Morbius the Living Vampire has the same problem. No bad guys outside, no-one to eat. Just one old man.

3.5 out of 5


A terrified man is running from Brock, and Spider-Man lends a hand. All is not as it seems, however.

3.5 out of 5


Decisions on when to go and when to stay cause arguments in the Parker household.

4 out of 5





4 out of 5

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