Marvel has sent us an advanced preview of this week’s brand new episode of Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors titled The Vulture, airing this Tuesday at 9PM/8C.
Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #2
Is Peter Parker really back?! Peter Parker is standing in Miles Morales’ apartment asking for his web shooters back. But can Miles trust the newly resurrected Parker? As if he doesn’t have enough on his head between girls and the New Ultimates. The question is this Peter Parker back in the flesh or is it a clone, much like Black Widow( Jessica Drew formerly Ultimate Spider-Woman still def a clone of Peter Parker. The Ultimate Universe I know.)? Ganke certainly doesn’t have the answer but who will?
Let me just say this issue was awesome. The skirmish at the beginning of this issue was so tense. I really had no idea how it was gonna play put, it’s so hard to get a read on the return of Parker. Honestly it really could be him, being dead and all would def leave someone a lil cranky. But what if he is just another clone? Bendis you are an evil genius. Also David Marquez once again kills it in this issue. Each pages feels like you are in the room with the Spider-Men. This issue really had it all, it was intense, funny, kinda sad, and drama filled.
Why did it have to end? Damnit Bendis! Why you gotta mess with my head? His posting the cover of All-New X-Men with Miles Morales on the cover certainly didn’t help my understanding of just where this story is gonna go now. A spoiler I really hope is just a joke.
This was a strong follow up to what I though was a great relaunch to a title I have enjoyed since the beginning. Bendis just knows what he’s doing with the Ultimate Spider-Man and I’m just gonna have to trust he knows what he’s doing and not going senile on me here. I know he know what he’s doing I just had to take a quick dig after I saw that All-New X-men cover I felt a little slighted. I’m still sold and waiting on the next one, and you should be grabbing it!
Story 4 out of 5
Art 4 out of 5
Overall 4 out of 5
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
The dust is slowly settling for Miles Morales since the events of Cataclysm. On top of joining the new reformed Ultimates he’s also returned to school. Sadly since revealing he is Spider-Man to his father, he’s gone missing and Miles doesn’t quite know how to handle it. Of course things with his love interest are constantly up and down with his bit secret not win gone the two of them share. Miles knows one person who can give him proper advice on how to tell a love one your a superhero , Mary Jane Watson. The two then share an awkward recollection of all what came MJ’s way when Peter told her he was Spider-Man. A dangerous road to walk down and only one Miles should be sure he’s ready for. Everyday since the Cataclysm, Miles checks his apartment to see if his father has returned, however a very unexpected guest is waiting for him in his apartment at the end of this issue!
David Marquez was named a Young Gun for a reason! The art in the issue is beyond spectacular! Every emotion is really felt in the faces of each character. Bendis, since the title’s inception in 2000, has delivered a Spider-Man tale for all. Fans of the original, and new fans can look through this catalog and find something for them. This issue is a solid reestablishment of what Bendis had been building in this title since the beginning. The last page had my jaw hit my knees and pop them out of socket. This felt like just one of those issues where artiste and writer seems to weave each page with such precision is almost impossible to imagine it took two.
I want to know just what the heck happened at the end of this issue.
And if you’re not a fan of Ultimate. Universe you need to just quit your griping and realize it’s not your 616.
This was a strong start to another wonderful Ultimate title headed by the Ultimate Bendis. I’m a huge fan of what’s been going on in the Ultimate Universe, and I think if you give it a chance you will too! David Marquez came out of a cannon after that Young Guns announcement with this unbelievably wonderfully drawn issue! I look forward to more wonderful things with this creative team, and especially with this title!
Story 4 out of 5
Art 4 out of 5
Overall 4 out of 5
In keeping with our series of Spider-Man related posts leading up to the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on May 2nd, I wanted to give some attention to Spidey’s more animated side. For many a geek of all ages, their first introduction to comic book characters, including Spider-Man, was in the form of a cartoon. And with the history of Spider-Man animated shows it’s easy to see why. While Spider-Man first appears in comics in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, his first animated show premiered in 1967, only 5 short years later. In the overall history of the character, it could be argued that TV animation has been just as important to Spidey’s success as the comic book.
Spider-Man (1967 TV Series)
Spider-Man’s first stint into animation was Grantray-Lawrence Animation’s ironically titled Spider-Man, and it was a very well received show by the standards of the day. It originally ran for only 3 years, but found a new distribution deal in 2007 and Disney currently earns cash from this show in one way or another. While the show’s theme song quickly became synonymous with the character and remains a piece of pop culture to this very day, the show has been the genesis of some off-color and absolutely hilarious internet memes recently. I throw these episodes in when I’m reading old Spidey comics. The levels of campiness are almost overwhelming.
The Electric Company
“Hey, you guys!” Did you know that Spider-Man had a recurring skit on 1970’s children’s show The Electric Company? Well, now you do. It may not be animated or even a full-on show, but I think it’s cool! Kind of creepy, but cool.
Spider-Man (Toei TV series)
In the late 1970’s, Toei Company produced a Japanese version of Spider-Man that simply could not have worked anywhere else. Maybe the short run of the show means it didn’t work in Japan either, but the special effects were kind of top notch considering, and once, just once, I’d like to a giant Spider-Man robot show up in the comics.
Spider-Man (1981 Series)
The 1981 iteration of the show was also short-lived, running only 6 months between 1981 and 1982, but this series was way ahead of its time. Great animation, all the right Marvel villains, and spot-on characterizations (for a kid’s cartoon, anyways) made the show a terrific precursor to one of the most beloved Spidey toons of all time.
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981 Series)
Maybe the preceding show was nothing more than a testbed for this one, but Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends was the first animated Marvel show to really get it right. Great characterizations led the success, but an amazing cast – including X-Men legend Iceman and newcomer created just for this show Firestar – and a slew of cameos of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and others made this show a must watch, and, let me tell you something, it still stand up…kind of.
Spider-Man (1994 Series)
Even though Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends ran for two long seasons, after it was taken off the air there was a decade long drought of Spidey animated TV, but it came back with a radioactive spider blood vengeance with the 1994 series. Modern animation, great writing, and stories taken right out of the source material all made for a gem of a cartoon. Putting this show on the air was a big risk for Marvel during a period when DC owned the big screen blockbuster movies, but the risk paid off, and all of Marvel’s animated shows that followed took their cues from this success.
Spider-Man Unlimited (1999 Series)
They can’t all be winners. By the turn of the last century, kids were off of superheroes and onto different, more imported properties like Pokemon and Digimon. Fox barely gave this show the attention it deserved, airing only a handful of episodes originally, rerunning the entire first season almost a year after its initial release, and leaving the 1st season cliffhanger an unfinished car crash of a cartoon series. The futuristic take was interesting, but it’s hard to beat the original, and viewers just didn’t get it, didn’t want to try to get it, or both.
Spider-Man The New Animated Series (1994 Series)
This was the MTV Spider-Man. By 1994 the computer age had dawned, and CG animation had reached its heyday. So, MTV jumped on the chance to make a Spidey for the modern age, with a great coat a paint, but not much else. Terrible voice acting, even worse characters, and next to no story whatsoever spoiled this show to the point where it left a bad taste in the viewers mouths. MTV had some great animation, but this certainly was not one of them.
The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008 Series)
By the time of the 2008 release of The Spectacular Spider-Man producers had pretty much gotten over all of their pompousness, and got back to exactly what worked: classic animation with a modern leaning, traditional Spider-Man stories starring traditional Spider-Man characters, and outright quality. This was a gem of a show, and I was thankful to have a show that was reminiscent of the 1994 show that I could enjoy with my kids the same way I enjoyed the ’94 series. It’s a tough call, but this may be my favorite of all of Spidey’s animated outings. It may not be the best, but the memories I created around the series stand out a lot more than any of the series themselves. Which is really what Spidey animations throughout the generations are all about.
Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)
Marvel’s latest Spider-Man animated series takes a tested proven formula for building a Spidey cartoon, and simply adds a different blend of source material. Ultimate Spider-Man hit comic store shelves well over a decade before this show premiered, and that very successful run translated beautifully to the small screen in animated form. If the Ultimate Spider-Man comic was the Spider-Man for the new Modern Age of comics, Ultimate Spider-Man the animated series is the animated series for the new Modern Age of Marvel on the screen. Taking lessons from previous animation efforts, as well as from the success of Marvel’s Movie Universe, it’s great to see Marvel and Disney make money off of a property they simply can’t touch with a film. This is, almost, the next best thing…almost.
While the comic books will always be the source material of Spider-Man, it’s incredibly hard to argue the fact that Spidey has found a broad appeal from his animated offerings. You have to leave the house and find a comic book shop to find a book for a kid, and even then a comic may not appeal to the kid the same way a TV show that is delivered directly to a living room TV can. It’s hard to imagine a Spidey without these shows, and who knows if Spidey would have reached huge mass appeal without them. There are so many Spidey stories from the comics still to make it into the animation scene, as well, and, again, who knows, maybe we’ll see a Superior Spider-Man series someday. I won’t hold my breath.
Most of these shows can be found on Netflix, Amazon, or (even better) Youtube, so get to Googling and get your retro Spidey-toon fix.
It’s been a crazy couple of years for Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man, and the next couple of years promises even more craziness. We’ve seen Peter go from swearing to make sure No One Dies, to being offed himself by Otto Octavius in the fan-frenzied swap that became Superior Spider-Man, to coming back from the dead (like we knew he would) some time in the next couple of months or so. The future is even crazier with Learning to Crawl being announced, and an idea so crazy that writer Dan Slott needs every single Spider-Man that has ever lived to tell the tale. There’s a sequel to yet another Spidey film due out soon, and I’m not sure the character has ever been as popular as he is right now. And that popularity is well-deserved. Spidey’s been a mainstay in comics for, like, ever, and the Web-Slinger (almost) never fails to impress. With so much going on with Spidey lately it’s easy to know he should get some attention in the Top o’ the Lot, but deciding what to focus on is another problem altogether. Spider-Man and Peter have so many aspects to their lives that the possibilities for Spidey lists are endless. With endless possibilities comes endless lists, and, since I have the time, this’ll have to be a series of lists, and I might as well start somewhere. So, without further ado, we build a backpack out of webbing, stick our street clothes to the Chrysler Building, and run down a slanted and biased list of Spider-Man’s coolest threads in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Spider-Man’s Suits.
Honorable Mention: The Classic Red and Blue (With Web Armpits!)
It’s impossible for me not to put this suit on the list. It’s too classic, too important, and too damned cool to keep it off. Every other suit that has come after this has some part of it’s elements, not matter how far apart, taken from this very first suit. The web-shaped lines, the Spider logo, the subtle blue/blackness, even those crazy web armpits, have been copied again and again, and can be seen in just about every iteration in the rest of the Lot. It’s a slanted and biased list, yes, but I haven’t completely lost my mind just yet, and this suit has to have at least a mention in a Top o’ the Lot o’ Spidey’s Suits. Peter built it best way back when, and although other suits are more streamlined and high-tech, you never forget your first.
5. Ultimate Spider-Man
Ultimate Pater Parker’s suit was pretty awesome, but it wasn’t really anything different, either. Mile Morales’ suit, on the other hand, is beautiful, new, and different, and stands as a testament to Miles’ harder, more direct approach to taking on the persona of the Web-Slinger. The almost entirely black suit, with blood red spider accents on the mask, chest, back, and hands is so subtly different, yet so obviously “Spider-Man” that, from a fashion standpoint, this suit quite deservedly could be at the number 1 position in this Lot. But being in the Top isn’t just about fashion, and this great looking suit lacks any bells and whistles, doesn’t have nearly as a good of a story behind it, and comes from a universe I really couldn’t care less for. I do really love that design though.
4. Superior Spider-Man
If you haven’t heard by now, you probably deserve to have it spoiled anyways. For quite some time now, Peter Parker’s body has been scientifically possessed by the persona of Doctor Octopus. But, some of Peter’s good qualities rubbed off on Doc Ock, birthing the All-New Superior Spider-Man. The debate about how good or bad this title has been will continue until the end of time, but there’s almost no debating how nice the suit change from Amazing to Superior was. Sure, it’s the same old deign with nothing more than a pronounced darker black being used in the primary, but there was an emotional attachment to the change that really helped signify the overall change from Peter to Octavius. I have to admit, I’m going to miss it.
3. Black Suit
There’s no denying this one! Whether it was the debut during Secret Wars, the whole greatness of the symbiote suit, or the return of Peter’s darker side during Back in Black, the all black suit is the epitome of the the fan-favorite uniform of the web-slinger. It screams emotion in all of it’s forms – whether it was Peter’s struggle with Venom to Peter dealing with his own internal struggles – and also had some pretty high-tech alien perks that came along with it. Sure, there was that whole being taken over by an alien, but Oh, the power! Good on you, Peter!
2. The Future Foundation Whites
For a minute or two, during Hickman’s run on The Fantastic Four, Johnny Storm presumably died protecting the rest of the fam, and Spidey joined the team to take his place. In remembrance of The Human Torch, the team retired the traditional blues for bit, and started wearing these badboys. Not only did this have the emotional tie-in because of Peter and Johnny’s friendship, but the suit, created by megamind Reed Richards, was all kinds of high-tech. While it had all of the FF’s communications tech built in, the suit was made of unstable molecules, and its color could be changed with just a thought from the wearer. But I’m so happy Peter decided to keep thinking the way I do, because those whites were awesome! But nothing beats the tech and look combo in the tippy Top spot o’ this Top o’ the Lot.
1. Iron Spider-Man Suit
Again, for only a brief time, Tony Stark went all Bruce Wayne on everyone, and decided to take Peter Parker under his wing as a protege. This quickly led to Tony building an advanced Spider-Man suit for Peter, and, Oh, Man, was it ever awesome! Not only did it have all kinds of Stark Tech built-in, which aided Spidey in detecting badguys and communicating with allies, but Tony threw in some extra spider arms just be safe. Yeah, I’m not sure what the hell Stark was thinking, either. I thought he was off the sauce! Either way, this suit also had a huge impact on an important part of Spidey’s life, Marvel’s Civil War, and the change away from this suit has a big does of feels to it. The suit was later worn by a whole team of weird clones that made up the team of the Scarlet Spiders, but I think Marvel is trying to forget about that. But I’ll never forget this suit, and that’s why it sits at the very Top o’ this Top o’ the Lot.
Jules: Inhuman #1
Charles Soule is running a hot hand in a dice game and I’m really looking forward to his next roll. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Inhumans, Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee really provided one of the best tellings of Marvel’s Strangest Family! In the wake of Inhumanity which seems almost forgotten now here stands the old and new Inhumans after the fall of Attilan. All that aside Joe Madureira’s art is solid and it’s gonna rad for this title!
CHARLES SOULE – W
JOE MADUREIRA – A/C
Variant Cover by Humberto Ramos
VARIANT Cover by J. Scott Campbell
VARIANT Cover by Milo Manara
Design VARIANT by JOE MADUREIRA
Blank Cover Variant Also Available
The newest super heroes of the Marvel Universe are born! A cloud of Terrigen mist is moving around the world turning regular people into Inhumans with amazing powers. But not everyone thinks this is a good thing. Discover the secret history of the Marvel Universe and get in at the ground floor of the next big Marvel franchise!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Gaumer: Detective Comics #30
This is the one I’ve been waiting for! The creative team that made The Flash one of my favorite monthly titles is back, on a Batman book, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I have no idea what the story is going to be about, and I don’t really care. I’m getting this for simple reason: Mind-blowing art! That’s what gave The Flash so much appeal for so many months, and I’m hoping beyond hope that the creative team follows through on this title. It’s on the top of my stack this week.
DETECTIVE COMICS #30
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO and FRANCIS MANAPUL
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
A bold new direction for DETECTIVE COMICS as THE FLASH creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato take over the creative reins! Batman finds himself knee-deep in a new mystery involving a deadly new narcotic that has hit the streets of Gotham City.
Taylor: Black Widow #5
This issue brings us a first in the relaunched series as we finally have a continuing story arc to read through. The art on this book has been a feast for the eyes every month, and I’m glad that the story is finally getting a chance to lay out some roots. Here’s hoping!
BLACK WIDOW #5
NATHAN EDMONDSON – W • Phil NOTO – A/C
• Paris, London, Montenegro. Natasha is in a race against time, under the shadow of the hammer…
• A dark plot threatens Europe, and even SHIELD doesn’t know who’s behind it…
• With nowhere to turn for answers, Natasha has no choice but to ask THE RAVEN for help…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …3.99
Ultimate Spider-Man #200
Brian Michael Bendis hits a milestone with this issue, having been the only writer on this title since it first launched in the late 90s. Alongside side just about every artist who has graced the title! This is a really step forward in the continuation of the Ultimate legacy as the current Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales stands with the friends and family of the fallen Peter Parker as they take a serious look back at the life of the first Ultimate Spider-Man. Something I can’t wait to get my hands on.
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #200
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS – W
DAVE MARQUEZ, MARK BAGLEY, MARK BROOKS, STUART IMMONEN AND DAVID LAFUENTE – A
Cover A BY MARK BAGLEY
Cover B BY DAVID MARQUEZ
• The world mourns on the anniversary of Peter Parker’s death
• A gathering of Spidey’s friends and foes reveal some shocking truths about Peter and his world
• One of the biggest surprise endings of the year!
48 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99
Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack in comic shops this Wednesday?
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