Ultimate Spider-Man Cartoon 2012 preview

Posted by bulletproofsponge 10 March 2012

So, there's a new Ultimate Spider-Man Cartoon about to debut in April. While, I will probably not be watching this series, though I must admit it looks pretty good, I thought I'd post a number of preview clips here for those who are interested to look at.

First we have the trailer:

The we have the other smaller clips:

Hope you enjoy it!

Amazing Spider-Man 681

Posted by bulletproofsponge

For those who do not already know, this issue is a part two of a short story that started in the last issue- ASM 680. ( Man, I did not word that right)

The Story
We start at the Apogee Space Station, where Spider-Man, Human Torch, and John Jameson are being attacked by 'zombies' ( crew controlled by Doc Ock)

Torch, flies his two companions out of the situation, but is soon told by John to stop, or else he will burn up all the oxygen. Just then, Johnny's ( torch) ship crashed through the station, leaving them no way to escape. John Jameson tells the others that there is another shuttle, but fears using it as it may be compromised. Through enough, the shuttle explodes as they near it. Luckily Torch absorbs the blast.

The three sit around thinking of another plan. All is not going so well, until Spidey gets the bright idea of shutting the air supply in the room where all the zombie people are to knock them unconscious. Johnny Storm offers his special cell phone designed by Reeds that can call Galactus, to get in contact with Horizon to cut the air supply.

Noticing that the air supply has been cut, Dr Ock, decides to investigate and find out what is going on in the space station. When he sees Spider-Man, he is filled with rage and sends the station crashing down to earth.

Spider-Man then switches to magnetic webbing and quickly webs all the unconsious 'zombies' together. He then brings them in to the Deep Space Sensory Deprivation Chamber ( Whatever that is). Johnny worries a little that the zombies will wake up, but Spider-Man assures him that his magnetic webbing will disrupt Dr. Ock's communications with his octobots. This leads to my favorite scene in the book, which really makes perfect sense.

Anyway, with everyone safe, the ship explodes and Johnny again absorbs the blast. Everyone lands in the sea and no one dies! Of course the issue ends with Dr. Octopus planning is lat master plan. -.-

Again, this was a okay issue in my opinion. What I really loved about this issue is how Spider-Man was able to forget about his magnetic webbing. It's funny, strange, and should not happen in comics, yet it did. In a real life situation, I'm sure people would forget about something like that. It's just hilarious that it happened in a comic book.

I've recently been watching a TV series called Firefly ( mostly space adventures ) and that scene between Spider-Man and Torch seems like something that would happen in that series. Check it out ;)

Amen to that

Posted by Mister Mets

Chris Sims of Comics Alliance has a new column up explaining why Spider-Man is "objectively the single greatest comic book character ever created."

I am in complete agreement with him. And he has an interesting take on Amazing Fantasy #15, that I hadn't considered before.

It doesn't really read like a super-hero origin, or at least, not one that you would've expected in 1962. There's no triumph, no Batman posing on the rooftop, no Superman performing herculean feats, not even a vow to use his powers to benefit mankind like you got with the Fantastic Four. Instead, the last panel of Spider-Man's first appearance is a teenager walking alone down a dark street, crying because his uncle died and it's all his fault. 
It's actually structured less like a super-hero story and more like a horror comic, right down to the ironic twist ending and the fact that it has a moral. The only thing that really separates it from the kind of story you would've found ten years earlier in Tales From the Crypt is that Peter Parker comes back for more stories. 
But he never really loses that edge of tragedy, and a big piece of that comes from the fact that Spider-Man's story doesn't romanticize the death of his parents in the ways that other heroes' stories do. Superman, for example, is an orphan, but the death of Jor-El and Lara doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things; he even gets a second set. The death of Batman's parents is a tragedy, and it has to be horrible in order to be the catalyst for what sends him on the path to spending his entire life fighting crime, but it's also something that frees him. It's what gives him his fortune, and gets him out of school so that he can travel the world learning to be awesome. It frees him from family responsibilities, at least until he's ready to start building his own family as an adult. 

Batman's family dies, but he bounces back. There was nothing he could've done to stop them from being killed -- again, because he was a kid -- so he makes himself into someone that could, and does it for others instead.

Spider-Man never gets over it. He never goes back to life as it was before Uncle Ben died. There was something he could've done to stop it, but he chose not to. Now, he does anything and everything he can to keep it from happening to anyone else. It's an atonement, but no matter what he does, it'll never be enough. He's not determined, he's driven.
And he an effective perspective on the Spider-Man VS Peter Parker dynamic.

So he has to be Spider-Man, because he knows for a fact that he can help people, and that fact makes the decision for him. It's another piece of that sacrifice, that atonement, but it's also an incredible illustration of the pressure that he's under, and how he just has to carry on, dealing with the things that he can control.
And how does he do it? By creating a better version of himself.
He's vain. He's shallow. He only wants to benefit himself, so he uses these phenomenal abilities he's gotten to go on TV and do tricks for an audience. 
When Uncle Ben dies, he pays for all that and sets off on a mission to do better -- and part of that is that he basically starts pretending to be this quick-witted, fast-talking hero who was the complete opposite of his own personality. It's worth noting that one of the very first plot points in the series was that Flash Thompson, the bully who hated Peter Parker, was literally the president of Spider-Man's fan club. Even today, there's a recurring idea among Peter's friends that you can't rely on him for anything, but Spider-Man's always there to save someone who needs it. 
Peter Parker has too much guilt, too much responsibility, too much to worry about with Aunt May's health, no money and a scholarship that he's hanging onto by a thread. Peter couldn't handle the pressure that he was under, so he created someone who could. He creates the kind of person who would've stopped that robber before he killed Uncle Ben. The kind of person who can crack jokes under pressure, because he's so confident that he can conquer his problems that they're just something to make fun of. He creates Spider-Man to be the person he wants to be.
Finally, he explores Spider-Man as a metaphor for the teenage experience, noting that in this title, the adults are adversaries.
Those first 200 issues of Amazing Spider-Man -- a run that's downright shocking in how good it is -- are essentially teenager problems on a super-heroic scale, both literally and translated into the metaphor of the super-hero adventure story. It was done so well that it was a blueprint for virtually everything that came after, in the same way that Fantastic Four #50 was a blueprint for the Big Event. If you've read Invincible, or Nova, or Blue Beetle or Darkhawk, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or any of a hundred others, then you've seen that blueprint dusted off and adapted. Those things exist because of Spider-Man.
The entire piece is certainly worth reading. There's also some stuff on Batman, who happens to be Chris Sims's favorite character.

More on Spider-Men

Posted by Mister Mets

Last month, when Marvel first teased Spider-Men, I suggested that it would be cool if the project were a crossover between the Ultimate Miles Morales and regular Marvel Universe Peter Parker.

And that's what it seems to be. Bendis and Pichelli worked together before on Ultimate Spider-Man post-Ultimatum, so this does seem to be something set in that universe. However, the title is currently Spider-Men rather than Ultimate Spider-Men, which suggests that it may be set largely outside of the Ultimate Universe. The solicitation suggests that "history will be made in the Marvel Universe."

There's a lot of potential for that in Miles Morales's ongoing story, as the Ultimate Peter Parker is his Uncle Ben, the guy he might have been able to save had he done the right thing. So he might have a massive guilt trip if he visits a world in which Peter Parker grew up to be a significant superhero. This is a crossover that could have a lasting impact on the character.

Although I also think it would be interesting to see the Marvel Universe's Peter Parker's response to a world in which he's essentially a young martyr. Here's what I wrote about it last month.
Marvel hasn't done a crossover in the eleven years sinceUltimate Spider-Man #1, although they hinted at the possibility at the beginning of Mark Millar and Greg Land's Ultimate Fantastic Four run. That was a swerve which led to the introduction of the Marvel Zombies world. Though the Marvel Zombies interacted with Black Panther, so there's at least some precedent for one of the Spider-Man to travel into the world of the other. There was also the recent Shattered Dimensions video game, featuring the Marvel Universe Spider-Man, the Ultimate Peter Parker, the Noir Peter Parker and Spider-Man 2099. 
A common complaint about the crossover is that Marvel promised they wouldn't ever tell that story. A quote that's referenced a few times in online discussions today is Quesada's alleged comment that the day Marvel does a crossover between the two universes is the day they run out of ideas. To be fair to Quesada, I haven't been able to google the exact quote, although I do vaguely remember hearing something like that.
If he said, that's not a reason to reject a story that could be exciting. When the idea of an X-Over was first broached, it was during a time when the Ultimate Spider-Man was Peter Parker, and a team-up would feature a teen meeting an alternate version of himself as a slightly older guy. But the dynamic has changed significantly, and I wouldn't mind seeing a crossover between the 616 Peter Parker and the Ultimate Miles Morales. It would be an interesting for to have Peter go to a world in which he's essentially Joan of Arc, a young martyr who inspired millions. And for Miles, it would fascinating to see the guy his role model would have grown up to become.
As Bendis is one of the architects of the Avengers VS X-Men, an event which is supposed to change the Marvel Universe, Ultimate Spider-Men might be some sort of tie-in to that. A team-up between the Classic Peter Parker and Miles Morales could highlight what's made both characters and world unique.
I also said that the resurrection of the Ultimate Peter Parker was going to be likelier than a crossover, but let's ignore that for the moment.


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