I read the comics where the Spider-Man character appeared for the first time when they first hit the newstands and have been a fan ever since. However, in this collection there are some major changes in the characters that in my opinion are negative:
1) Peter Parker is now an extremely skinny teenager, he seems on the verge of starvation. 2) Aunt May was a frail old woman but now she is a domineering woman with a bit of an attitude It was always sweet how she worried about Peter. 3) MJ knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man and they are a couple with issues in their relationship due to the fact that Peter is Spider-Man. 4) J. Jonah Jameson used to be an extreme blowhard editor and now he is toned down to only a fraction of his pompous personality. This taming of Jameson softens the tone too much.
The story in this book is the origin of Dr. Octopus (Doc Oc) the best villain of the Spider-Man adventures. Spidey fights him and helps to go from a hero hounded to a hero tolerated if not celebrated. The inclusion of the battle between Spidey and Kraven is absurd and should have been left out. It is hard to celebrate a hunt conducted by simply following the news reports to the location of the news vans. However, the reference to the "super hero test ban treaty" was excellent.
This review is for Ultimate Spider-Man vol. 3 paperback edition: Double Trouble Doctor Octopus has long been one of Spider-Man's greatest villains, and this volume sees his entrance into the Ultimates world. Horribly disfigured after his accident in Osborn lab's in volume one, Otto Octavius insane and out for blood. Add into the mix, Kraven, who fancies himself the world's ultimate hunter, and his new prey is Spider-Man. Once again, Bendis bring his … more
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