Venom gets the Ultimate treatment.

General Information

Title: Ultimae Spider-Man Vol. 6

Author: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrator(s): Mark Bagley

Original Publication Date: 2003 reprint of material published earlier this year, as issues 33-39 of Ultimate Spider-Man.

ISBN: 0-7851-1094-1

Cover Price: $15.99US, $25.75 Can

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Venom gets the Ultimate treatment. This time, he’s the side effect of one of Richard Parker’s experiments.

High Point

Peter’s first few minutes in the suit.

Low Point

The anti-climatic final battle.

The Scores

Bendis continues to do great work, taking Ultimate Spidey places the character has never been. The new Venom is a lot more personal, and has a greater psychological impact than the original ever had for me. I give the originality 5 out of 6.

The artwork is the same sort of quality we had in the first four volumes. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story is Spider-Man at his best; he’s trying very hard to be a hero, but his personal life is falling apart around him. It’s not quite as bleak as it was at the end of volume five, but it’s still a rough life. Only the ending seems like a let-down. I give it 5 out of 6.

The characterization is very well done. We see aspects of Mary Jane, Eddie Brock, and Gwen Stacy that are new, and get a bit better feel for Peter and Nick Fury. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was very positive. It was a great ride to take with Peter while things were going well, which just made the turn for the worse that much worse when it came. I give it 5 out of 6.

The flow was only impeded by very long conversations at the start and end. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a step up from the previous volume, and one more entry in a great series. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 6: Venom receives 34 out of 42.