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The Daily Bugle is on the hunt to find out everything they can about the new Spider-Man...but what they discover will surprise them, you - and him! Then: Venom Wars begins! Miles Morales finally has his costume, his web-shooters, and now he has his first A-list Spider-Man villain...there's a new Venom in town, and he's hungry! But who exactly is the new Venom, and what is h The Daily Bugle is on the hunt to find out everything they can about the new Spider-Man...but what they discover will surprise them, you - and him! Then: Venom Wars begins! Miles Morales finally has his costume, his web-shooters, and now he has his first A-list Spider-Man villain...there's a new Venom in town, and he's hungry! But who exactly is the new Venom, and what is his terrible connection to Miles' father? All this, plus Miles' new girlfriend, and the return of award-winning artist Sara Pichelli! Collecting: Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 16.1, 19-22


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The Daily Bugle is on the hunt to find out everything they can about the new Spider-Man...but what they discover will surprise them, you - and him! Then: Venom Wars begins! Miles Morales finally has his costume, his web-shooters, and now he has his first A-list Spider-Man villain...there's a new Venom in town, and he's hungry! But who exactly is the new Venom, and what is h The Daily Bugle is on the hunt to find out everything they can about the new Spider-Man...but what they discover will surprise them, you - and him! Then: Venom Wars begins! Miles Morales finally has his costume, his web-shooters, and now he has his first A-list Spider-Man villain...there's a new Venom in town, and he's hungry! But who exactly is the new Venom, and what is his terrible connection to Miles' father? All this, plus Miles' new girlfriend, and the return of award-winning artist Sara Pichelli! Collecting: Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 16.1, 19-22

30 review for Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, by Brian Michael Bendis, Volume 4

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Miles continues to learn the ropes (or should that be webbing?) of being Spider-Man as he encounters the tiresomely inevitable Spidey rogue, Venom, and realises that With Great Power Comes Great Tragedy… Volume 4 is another homer for Brian Bendis and co. in their amazing Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man run! I really enjoyed seeing the Ultimate versions of familiar characters like the mercenary Betty Brant, the embarrassingly chic Ben Urich and the surprisingly likeable Jonah, whose crusty exterior h Miles continues to learn the ropes (or should that be webbing?) of being Spider-Man as he encounters the tiresomely inevitable Spidey rogue, Venom, and realises that With Great Power Comes Great Tragedy… Volume 4 is another homer for Brian Bendis and co. in their amazing Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man run! I really enjoyed seeing the Ultimate versions of familiar characters like the mercenary Betty Brant, the embarrassingly chic Ben Urich and the surprisingly likeable Jonah, whose crusty exterior has softened in the wake of Peter Parker’s death. Ultimate Maria Hill is an NYPD homicide detective and I loved her scenes with Miles. She knows he’s Spidey but she’s also not about to ruin his life either, instead giving him wisdom and direction just when he needed to hear it - POWERFUL Maria Hill! Ganke and Miles’ scenes remain effortlessly charming and well-written and it was fun to see Gwen and MJ team up with them. Though being the main focus of this book, Venom is once again the weakest link. This character has never been good and he’s as one-note here as he always is. The reveal of the Symbiote’s host was unimpressive and his practically non-existent motivation was weak at best. Venom’s just here to do contrived stuff to make MIles question his future as a superhero. The ending too is a bit abrupt. David Marquez and Sara Pichelli’s art was spectacular as always though Venom looked absurdly ‘roided out. Apparently Ultimate Venom is basically Hulk dipped in black oil! Venom bullshit aside, once again there’s nothing but goodness to Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man. That’s four books in a row - I think that means this is the best Spider-Man series I’ve ever read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    The Venom is in town looking for Spider-Man. And thanks to the late Betty Brant, he thinks Spider-Man is Jefferson Davis, Miles Morales' father... The Ultimate Version of Venom arrives and turns Miles' life upside down. Being Spider-Man has its drawbacks. Your family members wind up getting killed. It's not as if his family was in good shape before that. His dad was already shell-shocked after fighting HYDRA agents. The action was great, the art was fantastic, but I still felt the writing dragged. The Venom is in town looking for Spider-Man. And thanks to the late Betty Brant, he thinks Spider-Man is Jefferson Davis, Miles Morales' father... The Ultimate Version of Venom arrives and turns Miles' life upside down. Being Spider-Man has its drawbacks. Your family members wind up getting killed. It's not as if his family was in good shape before that. His dad was already shell-shocked after fighting HYDRA agents. The action was great, the art was fantastic, but I still felt the writing dragged. How much talking can Brian Bendis fit into five issues of a super hero comic book? Quite a bit, it seems. The collection ends with Miles having his "Spider-Man No More!" moment ala Lee and Ditko, which was a nice touch considering what happened. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    Oh, good. Venom is here...*sigh* Yeah, I know so many people love the symbiote that a movie featuring just him can be a huge hit so this was inevitable, but he's never done all that much for me. Plus, the version here seems kind of flat with so little done with the host that he's pretty bland and boring as far as murderous creatures go. Plus, I'm not super thrilled with Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy showing up as part of Miles' support staff. It makes sense to have them there to help pass the torch, b Oh, good. Venom is here...*sigh* Yeah, I know so many people love the symbiote that a movie featuring just him can be a huge hit so this was inevitable, but he's never done all that much for me. Plus, the version here seems kind of flat with so little done with the host that he's pretty bland and boring as far as murderous creatures go. Plus, I'm not super thrilled with Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy showing up as part of Miles' support staff. It makes sense to have them there to help pass the torch, but they did that already. Having them still in the book ties Miles into Peter Parker's story even more, and I'm itching for more Miles, less Parker legacy now. Which is another reason that I don't much like having Venom here at all. How about a brand new arch enemy for Miles not based on Peter's time as Spider-Man? Still, I continue to love the stuff with Miles struggling to be Spider-Man, and I enjoyed Detective Maria Hill's role in this one. It does end on a huge moment, too. That stuff is keeping me engaged fully even while I'm nitpicking.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jan Philipzig

    That’s right, Mr. Captain America President, I do not budge that easy, I’m not calling it quits just because you ruined Volume 3 by declaring war and stuff – no sir. I enjoyed the first two volumes too much for that. Thankfully, Volume 4 pretty much ignores all that crossover flag waving ever happened, returning the series to its greatest strengths: teen mentality, personal interaction, humor, dialogue. Well, and then there’s Venom... Towards the end Bendis hams up the drama a bit much for my ta That’s right, Mr. Captain America President, I do not budge that easy, I’m not calling it quits just because you ruined Volume 3 by declaring war and stuff – no sir. I enjoyed the first two volumes too much for that. Thankfully, Volume 4 pretty much ignores all that crossover flag waving ever happened, returning the series to its greatest strengths: teen mentality, personal interaction, humor, dialogue. Well, and then there’s Venom... Towards the end Bendis hams up the drama a bit much for my taste, but this volume certainly deserves credit for getting the series back on track.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Terence

    So if comic history has taught us nothing else it taught us that being Spider-Man kind of sucks. It's not just web-slinging around or occasionally getting into a dust up with someone tough, it's generally filled with death of loved ones. Original Peter Parker (I won't even attempt to keep up with the various versions over the years) lost his parents, his Uncle Ben who was like a father to him, Gwen Stacy, and I'm sure in different versions he's lost other loved ones as well. Far be it for Ultima So if comic history has taught us nothing else it taught us that being Spider-Man kind of sucks. It's not just web-slinging around or occasionally getting into a dust up with someone tough, it's generally filled with death of loved ones. Original Peter Parker (I won't even attempt to keep up with the various versions over the years) lost his parents, his Uncle Ben who was like a father to him, Gwen Stacy, and I'm sure in different versions he's lost other loved ones as well. Far be it for Ultimate Spider-Man comics to give the new kid a break from the difficulty of being Spider-Man. In earlier volumes Miles Morales already lost his Uncle The Prowler and in this volume Venom comes to his front door. I don't mean old school Venom:  aka Spider-Man with a creepy tongue and sharp teeth. I mean this Venom which is sort of a creepy venom and the alien from the Alien movies hybrid. Yeah new Venom would probably make most people pee themselves if it was real. So Venom believes that Jefferson Davis, Miles' Dad, is the new Spider-Man because a reporter who might as well have had dollar signs in her eyes jumped to that conclusion. She carefully scrutinized the film of Spider-Man versus The Prowler and plans on cashing in by telling the world Jefferson Davis is Spider-Man, but before she can get her book deal Venom came by to say hello with that nasty tongue of his. Drama ensued a lot of people got hurt and it may be more than the 13 year old Miles can handle.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    So we've got to know Miles a little. We've been introduced to some new characters, and we're beginning to see how him being Spider-man is effecting the people from Peter's life. Unfortunately for Miles, that means he also has to deal with Peter's villains. It's an interesting conflict that Miles has to take on someone who's soul reason for existing is hatred for Peter and Spider-man. Miles has never met Venom before, but Venom doesn't know that, and is intent on making Miles's life hell. Miles i So we've got to know Miles a little. We've been introduced to some new characters, and we're beginning to see how him being Spider-man is effecting the people from Peter's life. Unfortunately for Miles, that means he also has to deal with Peter's villains. It's an interesting conflict that Miles has to take on someone who's soul reason for existing is hatred for Peter and Spider-man. Miles has never met Venom before, but Venom doesn't know that, and is intent on making Miles's life hell. Miles is going to need his own major villains though (I suppose taking on the Prowler and Scorpion in the previous volumes count?), and I can see him dealing with Peter's baggage as something Bendis will return to a lot. Also, I know everyone else is saying it, and it's pretty much a universally held opinion at this point, but I really like Miles Morales as a character. He has that classic Marvel origin to him (a young teen given powers, and therefore has to deal with great responsibility. Most recently done in the main universe with the new Nova.) and his racial background makes him feel modern, without it seeming forced. Bendis also seems to have a talent for writing young people. I'm not saying all young people talking like Bendis characters in an Ultimate Spider-man comic, but it's believable awkward dialogue, with the occasional inappropriate word.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I suspect that whoever writes the blurbs for the collected editions hasn't actually looked over what issues are included. Because Miles's new girlfriend? I have no idea what the hell they're talking about. Maybe the cute girl in his classroom? They don't actually speak to each other here. A quick google shows that they don't get together until well after the events of this trade. Keep it together, Marvel. Anyways, this trade felt more like a Peter Parker adventure than anything Miles has done pre I suspect that whoever writes the blurbs for the collected editions hasn't actually looked over what issues are included. Because Miles's new girlfriend? I have no idea what the hell they're talking about. Maybe the cute girl in his classroom? They don't actually speak to each other here. A quick google shows that they don't get together until well after the events of this trade. Keep it together, Marvel. Anyways, this trade felt more like a Peter Parker adventure than anything Miles has done previously. By which I mean that all of the action is very close to home and leaves him questioning his role as Spider-Man. Let's face it, Bendis is really good at writing stories like this, especially with a Spider-Man. But it is starting to feel like familiar ground. And can't there be any breathing room for this poor kid? I feel like he's been thrown directly from one horrible event to the next, without a moment to breathe in between. He was just in the middle of a war zone a few days ago!

  8. 5 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ janet ˊˎ˗

    Ganke and Miles's friendship >

  9. 5 out of 5

    B. P. Rinehart

    This story arch hits you like a hammer on both sides. After the...interesting events of the last arch that sort-of cut up the pace, we get back to the drama of Miles(view spoiler)[ and the fallout over his Uncle's death (hide spoiler)] . As always the illustrations of Sara Pichelli are clever and gorgeous (quite literally, the characters leap out the page) and this would be her finale with the job passing to the very capable hands of David Marquez who illustrates the first chapter of this book. T This story arch hits you like a hammer on both sides. After the...interesting events of the last arch that sort-of cut up the pace, we get back to the drama of Miles(view spoiler)[ and the fallout over his Uncle's death (hide spoiler)] . As always the illustrations of Sara Pichelli are clever and gorgeous (quite literally, the characters leap out the page) and this would be her finale with the job passing to the very capable hands of David Marquez who illustrates the first chapter of this book. This volume ties up some loose ends from volume 2 and also gives Miles the fight of his life up-to-that-point. He will learn like, Peter Parker before him, that answering the call comes at a steep price.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    A touching sequence, and also one of the best J. Jonah Jameson bits I've seen in FOREVER. Ultimately (see what I did there?) this book has gotten a teensy bit tiring because the whole hero's journey "refusal of the call" part is getting a little old. One of the things that I liked about Peter Parker as Spider-Man is that he's one of the few superheroes who seems to genuinely enjoy his powers and abilities. Miles Morales seems like he would be happier if he'd never had them. Which is understandabl A touching sequence, and also one of the best J. Jonah Jameson bits I've seen in FOREVER. Ultimately (see what I did there?) this book has gotten a teensy bit tiring because the whole hero's journey "refusal of the call" part is getting a little old. One of the things that I liked about Peter Parker as Spider-Man is that he's one of the few superheroes who seems to genuinely enjoy his powers and abilities. Miles Morales seems like he would be happier if he'd never had them. Which is understandable and realistic, but it neglects the joy of Spider-Man, and I think, for me, the joy is a necessary component of Spider-Man stories. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man definitely forces readers to decide what about Spider-Man stories makes them good. I don't think I'm making headlines by saying that the color of the character wasn't inherently crucial to the Spider-Man vibe. But I do think, for me, that the fun is important, and this book just doesn't see a Spider-Man having fun. Again, totally understandable, makes sense in the context, but I'm discovering that the fun the character has and the enjoyment of an unusual life, these are the things I really love about Spider-Man stories that you don't get with a lot of other heroes. Hulk hates he's Hulk, Thor thinks he's normal, Captain America is all duty and so on. He's a duty head. But Spidey has a good time, you know, most of the time. I don't know if this story ever gets to the full acceptance part, but if it's headed that way, I wouldn't mind someone stepping on the gas a bit.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    Can't say that I hate the new Spider-man, wouldn't that be like hating the original Spider-man? Heh heh heh ... see what I did there? For all the melodrama surrounding this new Spider-man with his teenage problems, his diarrhea of the mouth, and clever snarkiness,... wait, ... which Spider-man am I talking about here again? Heh heh heh, yeah I did it again, Or rather Bendis did it again, with this new guy being very much (almost) the same as the original one! Is it just me??? Does it not seem like Can't say that I hate the new Spider-man, wouldn't that be like hating the original Spider-man? Heh heh heh ... see what I did there? For all the melodrama surrounding this new Spider-man with his teenage problems, his diarrhea of the mouth, and clever snarkiness,... wait, ... which Spider-man am I talking about here again? Heh heh heh, yeah I did it again, Or rather Bendis did it again, with this new guy being very much (almost) the same as the original one! Is it just me??? Does it not seem like we are given (almost) the same character, who is now fighting the (expected) villains of the original? Even so, I guess I did like this, heh heh ...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Omar Alhashimi

    Best volume so far. It really captures what being spiderman is and why the previous incarnation of the character was so loved by many people. I am really enjoying this series and I can't wait to read more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ann D-Vine

    I really love Miles Morales. He's such a great character, a stroke of genius really - the idea of a kid who grew up with Spider-Man getting to become Spider-Man is just fantastic, and that his inexperience really piles up and, hey, being Spider-Man really isn't as easy as it looks! - it's just a really clever concept, certainly smarter than I've come to expect from mainstream, ongoing series. It never really occurred to me how outright CRUEL the concept is, though, until I read this volume. The I really love Miles Morales. He's such a great character, a stroke of genius really - the idea of a kid who grew up with Spider-Man getting to become Spider-Man is just fantastic, and that his inexperience really piles up and, hey, being Spider-Man really isn't as easy as it looks! - it's just a really clever concept, certainly smarter than I've come to expect from mainstream, ongoing series. It never really occurred to me how outright CRUEL the concept is, though, until I read this volume. The premise is, Miles meets his Venom, and shit gets fucked up. The degree to which shit gets fucked up, though? Oh my dear sweet God. I mean, Miles has experienced tragedy, make no mistake, but this is so utterly tragic, on so many levels. I honestly can't fathom it, despite it being, well, the logical progression in the Miles Morales story. When going down the "inexperienced new Spider-Man with the baggage of Peter Parker" road, it's natural that there's going to be fatalities. I really don't want to spoil anything (though I had it spoiled by the blurb of Volume 5 - GEE THANKS MARVEL), but wowee. Brian Michael Bendis really kind of demonstrates how much his passion for writing lies in this series. I've read his work elsewhere, and he's certainly decent, but he is in his zone when he's writing for his Spider-Man. And Miles Morales is notably his Spider-Man. I haven't read dialog quite as genuine, quite as believably coming from a character's own mouth, as the dialog for Miles. Maybe Gail Simone could pull it off, but there's something so fluently natural about Miles and his extended cast that really sucks you into their world, their family, and obviously that heightens the impact of any and all tragedy that befalls them. Obviously. This is comic books. You can't have a great thing without a literally the worst thing! This volume is really short, and its point, while poignant, is very sharp, quick, and efficient. So I'd have to say the hero of this volume is probably the art. The story kind of feels like it's capping off a lot of the build-up from prior arcs, but the illustrations, by David Marquez and Sara Pichelli, stand out quite on their own. In particular, the new and "improved" Venom - a gooey, monstrous, hulking abomination, is flawlessly rendered. Possibly this is the most hideous I've ever seen the Symbiote, with tendrils and pointed, gnashing teeth, elongated limbs and tongue, and generally just being a scary, awful thing. From a storytelling perspective, it captures the desperation of Miles' - it shows how genuinely frightening and huge a "real" villain for his Spider-Man truly is. From a aesthetic perspective? It captures really goddamn cool monster design, and just one creepy-ass giant alien goo beast. Man. He looks so slimy and sticky! If I had to complain - and, hey, this is a critique (no, really), so I kinda do - I'd say that this story feels like a coda to the brilliant first half of Volume 3. And I'd also say this would, in all likelihood, fit into Volume 3, if only that waste of time that was United We Stand didn't happen. I mean, I liked Spider-Man's segment of United We Stand, sure, but it's kind of telling that it just sort of sticks out as a narrative roadblock, here. It's not fair to say a volume is worse off for not being included wholesale inside another volume, sure, but it's really... well, actually, you know, maybe United We Stand works. Maybe it's a decent little breather, a bit of filler between the important revelations in the Miles Morales saga. It does leave this book with very little to do besides the one thing it's doing. Something it does well, for sure, but the end result is an undersized, somewhat overpriced volume of nontheless typically Ultimate Spider-Man high-quality. If you're reading through this series, though, there's no point in skipping this one. It's utterly fantastic in its execution. I might just say that, this might be a volume you'd be better off borrowing than buying, if you're a stickler for value. That's literally all I can conjure up that's a negative, though, so you know what, it's practically a nitpick. This is notably phenomenal, borderline auteur storytelling in a series that has only gone from strength to strength.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Well that was...sombre. Fun is scarce in this volume, where Miles Morales' life is turned upside down, shaken violently and left a heap of wreckage to be picked over by odd little busybodies and nosey bastards. Here's where Miles gets a little too much of the "close to home" action that dogs the Peter Parker's of the various worlds. I'm afraid of reading any further beyond this into the adventures of Ultimate Spidey - like I don't want to look behind the door in that abandoned house for fear some Well that was...sombre. Fun is scarce in this volume, where Miles Morales' life is turned upside down, shaken violently and left a heap of wreckage to be picked over by odd little busybodies and nosey bastards. Here's where Miles gets a little too much of the "close to home" action that dogs the Peter Parker's of the various worlds. I'm afraid of reading any further beyond this into the adventures of Ultimate Spidey - like I don't want to look behind the door in that abandoned house for fear some hockey mask-wearing loon will reach out and crush what few dreams of happiness and "everything works out in the end" might still be lingering in the dank corners of my obviously-addled brain. I haven't been this affected by a comic story in a very long time. Kudos to that cruel bastard Bendis for reaching out through the pages and punching me in the gonads like that. What right, what sick impulse fuels this streak of ballsy fealty to "good storytelling"? I am happy to see the Spidey-verse continue to evolve, and for the various good & bad players to up their game - it's like they're actually learning human beings, which is so rare in Big Two comics (or so it appears over the decades). I'm happy enough with the art - it's well drawn, though not entirely inspired in layout or clarity of action (a goo monster does tend to keep things from having clean lines, admittedly) and there's a lot of ways this could've gone a lot worse so good on Pichelli for keeping up her standards.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Now we're back to what I liked about this comic--just Miles and his daily life and trying to come to terms with being the new Spider-Man. I hated the previous volume that turned him into an Ultimate and had him battling in the second Civil War (or whatever the hell that whole stupid storyline was about--the only good thing to come out of it was Captain America as president). It almost seems like that storyline never happened, except for a callback to when Miles' dad was battling Hydra agents and Now we're back to what I liked about this comic--just Miles and his daily life and trying to come to terms with being the new Spider-Man. I hated the previous volume that turned him into an Ultimate and had him battling in the second Civil War (or whatever the hell that whole stupid storyline was about--the only good thing to come out of it was Captain America as president). It almost seems like that storyline never happened, except for a callback to when Miles' dad was battling Hydra agents and now there's a news crew that wants to get his story. Sara Pichelli is also back on art duties, which was great to see--if Marvel knows what they're doing, they should just lock her in for the series' entire run. The Venom stuff was pretty good, though a bit chaotic, and I'm not sure I like were things will be going after this, as far as Miles' family. I'd hate to see his father turn into a bitter, withdrawn man who doesn't have time for his son, but I'd say that's the likely outcome of what happens here.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Dunno, I found this installment of the Miles Morales Spider-Man saga a bit... gut-wrenching, maybe? In the Ultimate universe, Betty Brandt is reporter with a tarnished reputation who connects the dots between the now-deceased Prowler, his civilian identity as Miles' uncle, and the new Spider-Man. As she is attempting to market the story, she is killed by the man-monster villain Venom and her secret stolen. The following 3/4 of the book are the Spider-Man Boy versus Venom and how it intersects fa Dunno, I found this installment of the Miles Morales Spider-Man saga a bit... gut-wrenching, maybe? In the Ultimate universe, Betty Brandt is reporter with a tarnished reputation who connects the dots between the now-deceased Prowler, his civilian identity as Miles' uncle, and the new Spider-Man. As she is attempting to market the story, she is killed by the man-monster villain Venom and her secret stolen. The following 3/4 of the book are the Spider-Man Boy versus Venom and how it intersects family, friends, and the survivors of Peter Parker's legacy as Spider-Man. But the Ultimate Venom scares the carp out of me. As a biological entity, it just oozes dark, twitchy chaos. As a human overcome by something else, he/it is just as dangerous to Miles on levels beyond the physical. Your Mileage May Vary, but wow, I personally really hate and fear this villain.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli, and David Marquez continue to fire on all cylinders as Miles Morales battles his first proper Spider-Man villain as Venom returns to menace his life. This brings Miles' origin full circle, and manages to rope back in some other supporting cast members too. None of the decompression issues that plagued the previous volumes of USM are present here, and everything is in place to create an absolutely excellent comic book. The artwork alone is worth the price of a Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli, and David Marquez continue to fire on all cylinders as Miles Morales battles his first proper Spider-Man villain as Venom returns to menace his life. This brings Miles' origin full circle, and manages to rope back in some other supporting cast members too. None of the decompression issues that plagued the previous volumes of USM are present here, and everything is in place to create an absolutely excellent comic book. The artwork alone is worth the price of admission, but the story is top notch as well.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Luana

    Solid superhero stuff from Bendis, with a pretty cool minor redesign for Venom, now a full-on mad space dinosaur monster with a tiny guy in the gooey center. Had to roll my eye at them killing off (a rare thing in light-hearted super hero fare, you must admit) two women, however. Don't make Miles and his dad's relationship exactly the same as Peter and Aunt May's!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Betty Brant is an idiot. Miles is a head shorter than his father and, what, at least 50 pounds lighter? How could she confuse them?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Can't. Stop. Reading. This series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Oduro AB

    No More! This is NOT what I asked for! These are NOT the Consequences I hoped for! This is Murder! Brian . Michael . Bendis, not Vemon, and not that magic bullet that...what?! phased through Miles to some how find it's mark in Rio Morales??!! Brian Michael Bendis murdered Rio Morales! And I will Never forgive him for it, yet this is the mark of a good author! (Well done sir, I hate you <3) I'll admit, and if you haven't already guessed, this shook me; right down to the core. It was an unexpected t No More! This is NOT what I asked for! These are NOT the Consequences I hoped for! This is Murder! Brian . Michael . Bendis, not Vemon, and not that magic bullet that...what?! phased through Miles to some how find it's mark in Rio Morales??!! Brian Michael Bendis murdered Rio Morales! And I will Never forgive him for it, yet this is the mark of a good author! (Well done sir, I hate you <3) I'll admit, and if you haven't already guessed, this shook me; right down to the core. It was an unexpected twist, and I want to say an unnecessary one because I was willing to sacrifice Uncle Aaron, I was hoping Miles would fall apart and give us a human rather than superhuman story of a 13 year old kid. I am Not okay with the Rage & Anguish I now share with Miles over the death of his Mother! I am Not okay that I now must journey with Miles through an emotional state that I am not ready for. I am Not okay that I cannot say that this death was unnecessary. Brian Michael Bendis is cruel in his execution, but brilliant in his artistry, this is objectively a defining moment for Miles Morales. And for readers like me, the death of Rio Morales exposes our biases; there were deaths that I deemed acceptable, consequences that I was comfortable accepting - the death of Uncle Aaron, the death of Dr. Marcus ( the Vemon host) - and to a large degree this is true of many of us both in print and in real life (let's be honest). No more! An era of comfort has ended and in its wake lies our Rio Morales, a beloved character whose affection for our protagonist was a familiar comfort to us; here she lies, dead, in the arms of a grieving child, a consequence, indirect or otherwise, of his actions and unfortunately this may not be the only time he looses someone he loves for With Great Power Must Come Great Sacrifices

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Miles Morales is adapting to the life of being the new Spider-Man, but his predecessor's past comes back in force, both as an invasive journalist and Peter Parker's nemesis Venom. Can Miles protect those he loves from the threats he brings home? This was a much better book than volume 3, which spent too much time in the larger conflict of the the Marvel Ultimate Universe. Further, it even turns those setbacks into advantages in this volume, allowing the consequences of those events to appropriate Miles Morales is adapting to the life of being the new Spider-Man, but his predecessor's past comes back in force, both as an invasive journalist and Peter Parker's nemesis Venom. Can Miles protect those he loves from the threats he brings home? This was a much better book than volume 3, which spent too much time in the larger conflict of the the Marvel Ultimate Universe. Further, it even turns those setbacks into advantages in this volume, allowing the consequences of those events to appropriately reverberate at the familial level so key to authentic Spider-Man telling. A very good volume that treats the entire cast, both those who came with Miles and those he inherited from Peter, well.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Brock

    Solid 4. I thought of giving it a lower rating because of Venom - hated they way he looked!! Terrible!! But everything else was awesome!! I'll admit, the end had me tearing up, ((even though I don't think its really what they wanted us to think was happening)) Ok, and here's a weird thing...after reading 20+ issues of Miles, I keep forgetting his age...I think of him as like 18 LOL, but he's only 13 about to be 14! It's quite crazy all the stuff he is going through. Great book onto the next one!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chris W

    With great power comes great tragedy. Miles finally gets his "Uncle Ben" moment when he tangles with Ultimate Venom. Ultimate Venom is nowhere near as developed as the classic or even close to as interesting. But he serves his purpose as he shows Miles that the hero life is extremely dangerous and has significant consequences. Ultimate Maria Hill was awesome as a Cop and seeing Jonah Jameson show heart and personality was interesting too. The ending was abrupt and swift but it truly hurts you to With great power comes great tragedy. Miles finally gets his "Uncle Ben" moment when he tangles with Ultimate Venom. Ultimate Venom is nowhere near as developed as the classic or even close to as interesting. But he serves his purpose as he shows Miles that the hero life is extremely dangerous and has significant consequences. Ultimate Maria Hill was awesome as a Cop and seeing Jonah Jameson show heart and personality was interesting too. The ending was abrupt and swift but it truly hurts you to see, as Miles truly endures something that no superhero ever wants to.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Conflicted feelings On the one hand I hate Peter's Death but on the other i enjoy the continuation of the ultimate Spider-Man Universe and it's older characters combined with the new. Regardless of my feelings towards events in this universe, this comics Story and execution of The story make for an interesting read. The Art Work through out is fantastic and Miles is very likeable even though he's no Peter Parker.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Trying something new with Venom is no easy task but I think Bendis and Pichelli pulled it off pretty well. Seeing Miles interact with more of Peter's old life is a treat. Bendis does a great job of showing how young Miles is at times and how over his head he usually is. He also knows how to hit readers in the gut. Overall, another very good read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    At least it was fast paced? Venom shows up and wants Spider-Man, but why? We don’t know, nor do we learn why, really! Venom turns out to be nobody. People are hurt and some die. It just seemed very lackluster. But I guess it’s another reboot of an already rebooted Ultimate character.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I miss what Venom used to be back when he first appeared. I know that this is the Ultimate version, but the character is too far out there. I am enjoying the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man though!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Dailey

    Can't decide if I liked this one or not. Looking forward to Spider-Man No More.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chez Nash

    I wish the bad stuff that happened to his family hadn't happened but still a good read.

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