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They're only saying to avoid USM because they're hypocritical purists. If you want to read good, 21st century Spidey stories, then you can't go wrong with Ultimate.

Sensational (vol. 2 - formerly "Marvel Knights: Spider-Man") has also been pretty good, but that is coming to an end.

Do you even know what "hypocritical" means or do you just like throwing that word around? I can't speak for anyone else, but there's nothing hypocritical about my disdain for Ultimate. Like I already explained, I hate USM because it takes seven issues to tell a story that could be told in one or two and because the dialogue is wildly overrated and groan-inducing. If it took place in 616, my thoughts would probably be the same.
 
While Brand New Day is a good jumping on point (in terms of a new story line, new writer, etc) its not gonna be a good story. Just my opinion.
 
They're only saying to avoid USM because they're hypocritical purists. If you want to read good, 21st century Spidey stories, then you can't go wrong with Ultimate.
Go with Ultimate If you like a watered down version of Spidey... It's like buying a steak... but Instead of buying the juicy steak you buy a piece of cardboard dunked in steak sauce... because a hip writer calls it steak...

It's true that Modern Spidey (circa 2003-today) is very screwed up. Compared to the P.O.S. modern spidey, knock-off Spidey looks good, but none of them can surpass CLASSIC SPIDEY... (1960s to 1980s)

I TRIED to like Ultimate even with my Earth-1610-phobia...
but the comics were lackluster... the only good thing was the art... and now they've got nothing...
 
Imo, I'd stick with the classic stuff for now...

I mean, your only real choices right now are

a.) Ultimate Spider-Man

or...

b.) "Ultimate Amazing" Spider-Man

:csad:
 
Do you even know what "hypocritical" means or do you just like throwing that word around?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it hypocritical to accuse USM of just rehashing 616 ideas but then knocking it for any departures it takes from the original comics? For example, you have spider-manhero12 saying that Ultimate Green Goblin is too different from his 616 counterpart, but if he was the same as the 616 version then people would accuse Bendis of being unoriginal.

Is that not hypocrisy?
 
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it hypocritical to accuse USM of just rehashing 616 ideas but then knocking it for any departures it takes from the original comics? For example, you have spider-manhero12 saying that Ultimate Green Goblin is too different from his 616 counterpart, but if he was the same as the 616 version then people would accuse Bendis of being unoriginal.

Is that not hypocrisy?

I can't speak for him, but perhaps like me, he thinks the concept of any Green Goblin being a giant, lumbering, non-verbose, green hulk rip-off is incredibly ******ed and takes away all the drama and tension from the Parker-Osborn rivalry. I read the first USM arc with him in it and it made the movie-version look good. Perhaps these people aren't hypocrites. Perhaps they just think they're.... wait for it.... bad stories and bad concepts.
 
Im not sure what to do. I should probably just read the issues on my CD-Roms and wait for January.

Almost everyone says avoid Ultimate, so I guess I will.

I think it's a good idea to just have one line of comics.

Im not quite up on all of the terminology. What does JMS stand for?

I still can't get the Marvel site to work on my CPU though.

Anyway, thanks for all the help thus far everyone!

Brand New Day will also be a good start... If you need to catch up I guess you can always read wikipedia :up:

Honestly, I'd say to make ur own judgment of Ultimate Spider-Man. I was one of those people that said I'd never get it, but after trying to ig nore it for a while, my sister made me realise I was beng silly. She got me to read the 1st lot of stories, and the were VERY good.

Over the last couple of years the quality has gone up and down, but it never got below fun IMO

In all honesty, a lot of the views in certain message boards can be one sided... So I guess it must be hard for you to make a decision. All I can tell you is that I've been really honest with what I've said, and I've been reading SPider-Man comics for about 20 years, (damn!) so that must count for something, I hope, lol

:word:
 
While Brand New Day is a good jumping on point (in terms of a new story line, new writer, etc) its not gonna be a good story. Just my opinion.

Have you read the book?

Tha's like saying I'm going to kill myself now as I'm pretty sure as 2009 will drive me to it...

Ur glass half empty kind of guy aren't ya?

:cwink:
 
I don't think we need to get into a big fight over which is better. That fight has been fought too many times. At least now this guys knows that he can either jump on with Brand New Day, or he can start collecting USM. People have expressed what they like and dislike about both options and we all agreed it would be a good idea for him to pick up some classic 616 books. We've done our job. Happy reading! Please don't tear eachother's faces off over this.
 
Yeah, thanks everyone.

I think BND will be good, because it's a new start (?)

I think it might be to late to jump onto the USM train.

I will also read the Amazing Archives I got.

Thanks again everyone!

Anyone else got anymore advice? Do you guys usually subscribe or just buy them at the stores?
 
buy 'em frm stores, subcriptions ofen get damaged in the post
 
Like I already explained, I hate USM because it takes seven issues to tell a story that could be told in one or two and because the dialogue is wildly overrated and groan-inducing.
Exactly. Same here.
Decompressed storytelling = LAZY but likes getting paid
 
Every book has decompressed storytelling now, I don't see how this is USM's fault.
 
Since you have the ASM collection on CD, that's cool, but you might want ot get some of the other Spider-Man Essentials (if you don't mind the black & white pages), such as Spectacular Spider-Man and Marvel Team-Up.

Also, and I'm not sure if they'll be there, but Marvel is launching a Digital Comics Library with a reasonable monthly fee to read their old books on your computer. You might want to look into that once it kicks in.

And last but certainly not least, you might want to try and read from the Donald Thomas On-Line Spider-Man Library.

Just click the link and tell him TMoB sent ya... :cwink:

http://www.donaldspidermanthomas.com/html/

:yay:
 
Do you even know what "hypocritical" means or do you just like throwing that word around? I can't speak for anyone else, but there's nothing hypocritical about my disdain for Ultimate. Like I already explained, I hate USM because it takes seven issues to tell a story that could be told in one or two and because the dialogue is wildly overrated and groan-inducing.


Bingo. I grew bored with USM a long time ago, for these very reasons.
 
I can't speak for him, but perhaps like me, he thinks the concept of any Green Goblin being a giant, lumbering, non-verbose, green hulk rip-off is incredibly ******ed and takes away all the drama and tension from the Parker-Osborn rivalry.
You are exactly right. the rivalry between Peter and Norman in the 1960's and 1970's was one of the biggest things in the comic's. It's not only that, the Green Goblin should have a costume and not be some monster roaring.

Don't get me wrong though. If BritishChap007 wants to read Ultimate Spider-Man, then thats fine. We all have different opinions. I just wish 616 Spidey had stories like it used to, It's all Joe Quesadas fault. I still will continue to read 616 Spidey though.
 
Yeah, thanks everyone.

I think BND will be good, because it's a new start (?)

I think it might be to late to jump onto the USM train.

I will also read the Amazing Archives I got.

Thanks again everyone!

Anyone else got anymore advice? Do you guys usually subscribe or just buy them at the stores?

I only buy hardcovers and trades. It's usually much cheaper than buying the single issues (especially if you buy from an online retailer like Amazon or Wal-mart), you get no adds, you don't have to wait months to get a complete story arc, and you usually get bonus features. The only thing it requires is patience because you are usually six months to a year behind when the comic actually came out. But you can always find different trades to occupy your time while you wait on another to hit the stands. Plus the trades and hardcovers are more durable paper stock, look better on a bookshelf, and if you tire of them, they are easy to sell to a used book store. Too many reasons not to buy the trades. As well, you can find them at most good book shops, where the comics you cannot.
And let's face it..collecting for value is pointless now. The only comics that are of any real value are from the 60's and back. The reason is they are rare. Since the time collecting comics became a big hobby, nothing is going to be of significant value because they aren't rare. So if anyone has delusions of collecting modern comics to some day cash in on their value, I've got news for ya. The only thing you are collecting is a giant fire hazard in your home. Just buy something if you think it is a good read and enjoy it for what it is worth.

I know you have the CD collection, but to me there is something grand about print. I'm tactile so it makes me feel good to have pages to flip through and back to and study at my leisure (good art makes you do that) whether you are sitting on the sofa, reading in bed, or taking a book along on a road trip. Paper just seems more attractive to me than having to sit at a desk and stare at a monitor like I am now.
or was...LATER
 
Wtf? How about it's all Bob Harras' fault?

To use an analogy, that's like saying it's all Bill Clinton's fault.

Harras aint in charge and hasn't been for a loooong time. When that poster says it's Joe Quesada's fault, he's talking about stuff going on NOW, not a decade ago.
 
To use an analogy, that's like saying it's all Bill Clinton's fault.

Harras aint in charge and hasn't been for a loooong time. When that poster says it's Joe Quesada's fault, he's talking about stuff going on NOW, not a decade ago.

But if you want to pin the blame for the decline in Spider-Man story quality on someone, then pin the blame on Harras. His reign was rife with awful decisions that make The Unmasking and One More Day look like Shakespeare by comparison.

For example, Aunt May would still be dead were it not for Harras. We wouldn't have had to go through that awful relaunch (pre-JMS) were it not for Harras. And so on.
 
But if you want to pin the blame for the decline in Spider-Man story quality on someone, then pin the blame on Harras. His reign was rife with awful decisions that make The Unmasking and One More Day look like Shakespeare by comparison.

For example, Aunt May would still be dead were it not for Harras. We wouldn't have had to go through that awful relaunch (pre-JMS) were it not for Harras. And so on.

Quesada has basically made a career out of undoing the Spider-marriage. That was not under Harras' tenure. Quesada's current mess of the books has nothing to do with Harras, since the stories from that era are mostly ignored anyway. The ghost of Harras isn't making the current-day Spidey books suck. The current-day spidey books are making the current-day spidey books suck, so don't give me that crap passing-the-buck argument. Books such as Daredevil, Hulk and Captain America have all rebounded with good runs after mediocre runs, without any drastic revamps or relaunches. All it takes to make a good book is a good writer and a smart editorial direction. Everything that's come before can be left there and is irrelevant. I think even Quesada himself would admit your argument is a hollow one.
 
But if you want to pin the blame for the decline in Spider-Man story quality on someone, then pin the blame on Harras. His reign was rife with awful decisions that make The Unmasking and One More Day look like Shakespeare by comparison.

For example, Aunt May would still be dead were it not for Harras. We wouldn't have had to go through that awful relaunch (pre-JMS) were it not for Harras. And so on.

That's very true. Did you SEE the state of Spidey books when JQ had to take over...?
 
Hey everyone,

what do they mean by "the villian from the fifth Spidey movie" on the site?
 

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