Death of Spider-Man… Ultimate, that is

I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before but, aside from Uncle Ben and Thomas and Martha Wayne, no one really dies in comics.  Unless of course, you die in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe.  If you’ve read the amazing stories published under the Ultimate Banner in the last 12 years, you’ll know that anybody can die, any time.  I never want to reveal plot points in comics, so just check out the Ultimatum story line if you don’t believe me.  Anyway, in the Ultimate U, Peter Parker has always been a teenager, never married MJ, and his arc has been an amazing one.  These final issues of Peter Parker’s life are best experienced if you’ve read at least the previous three books that comprise the post-Ultimatum Spidey, or better still, Brian Michael Bendis’ complete 160 issue run on Ultimate Spider-Man.  Seriously… take the time and enjoy the ride.  There is also a great volume called Death of Spider-Man: Fallout, which looks at how Peter’s death affects the other super heroes and mutants of the Marvel U and, most particularly, Aunt May and Mary Jane. 

I know it’s no big challenge to sing the praises of a Spider-Man storyline, but this Ultimate incarnation was a much more innocent and often painfully self-sacrificing version of the iconic character.  If you’ve never read Ultimate Spider-Man, seriously, start at the top.  Start at the top, knowing – sadly – there will truly be an end.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Adam
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 03:30:36

    I think you’re right about how painful a character Spidey is in this edition, but that’s kindof what makes it so great. You really get a feel for the suffering he goes through. As for his dying, well without the threat of death, things can get pretty boring. IF I were writing for Marvel, I’d kill people off left and right, just to keep people on their toes.


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