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

Buy from: Amazon.com or Amazon.ca

Premise

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.