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Miles Morales, the newly minted Spider-Man, teams up with the Prowler! But wait, isn't the Prowler a bad guy?! Caught in a moral crisis, Miles must choose between battling his uncle-turned-crimelord, or joining him to keep his family safe! What path will the young hero take? And what will be the dramatic consequences? Plus: With the nation at war, Miles Morales decides to b Miles Morales, the newly minted Spider-Man, teams up with the Prowler! But wait, isn't the Prowler a bad guy?! Caught in a moral crisis, Miles must choose between battling his uncle-turned-crimelord, or joining him to keep his family safe! What path will the young hero take? And what will be the dramatic consequences? Plus: With the nation at war, Miles Morales decides to become a member of the Ultimates - and he will do absolutely anything it takes to earn that right. Collecting: Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 11-18


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Miles Morales, the newly minted Spider-Man, teams up with the Prowler! But wait, isn't the Prowler a bad guy?! Caught in a moral crisis, Miles must choose between battling his uncle-turned-crimelord, or joining him to keep his family safe! What path will the young hero take? And what will be the dramatic consequences? Plus: With the nation at war, Miles Morales decides to b Miles Morales, the newly minted Spider-Man, teams up with the Prowler! But wait, isn't the Prowler a bad guy?! Caught in a moral crisis, Miles must choose between battling his uncle-turned-crimelord, or joining him to keep his family safe! What path will the young hero take? And what will be the dramatic consequences? Plus: With the nation at war, Miles Morales decides to become a member of the Ultimates - and he will do absolutely anything it takes to earn that right. Collecting: Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 11-18

30 review for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis, Volume 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Uncle Prowler knows that his nephew Miles is the new Spider-Man and plans to blackmail him into his enforcer for his takeover of the NYC criminal underworld – but will Miles go along with it? Also, HYDRA attempt a second American Revolution as their ranks go toe-to-toe with SHIELD in open warfare and Cap gets made President of the United States?! Brian Bendis’ Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man continues to impress with this great third volume. The Uncle Aaron/Prowler storyline plays out superbly – wit Uncle Prowler knows that his nephew Miles is the new Spider-Man and plans to blackmail him into his enforcer for his takeover of the NYC criminal underworld – but will Miles go along with it? Also, HYDRA attempt a second American Revolution as their ranks go toe-to-toe with SHIELD in open warfare and Cap gets made President of the United States?! Brian Bendis’ Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man continues to impress with this great third volume. The Uncle Aaron/Prowler storyline plays out superbly – with added Ultimate Scorpion/Mac Gargan! – and Miles’ transformation as the new Spidey completes after a touching meeting with Aunt May and Gwen Stacy. I really liked David Marquez’s art too – he’s definitely a fine choice to tag in on the non-Sara Pichelli issues to maintain the high visual standards of the series. The book falls down somewhat in the second half with the forced Divided We Fall/United We Stand crossover/event nonsense. I didn’t care for the storyline and would’ve much preferred to be reading more of Miles’ story and less SHIELD/HYDRA war drivel. Still, Miles and Cap have some good scenes and Miles’ dad looks set to undergo some trials of his own so it’s not a total waste of time. Three books in and Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man is still a very enjoyable, quality read thanks to the inspired efforts of Bendis and co. – what an excellent Marvel title this is!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    Miles Morales deals with his uncle, the Prowler, meets Gwen Stacy, Aunt May, and MJ, and goes to war with the Ultimates against HYDRA. One chapter of the new Spider-Man's life ends as a new one begins. I thought the Prowler storyline was resolved abruptly, which is weird in this day and age when every story is stretched out for 4-6 issues. It was a good resolution, however, that will probably have lasting consequences. Miles gets webshooters from Aunt May, passing the torch from the old Spider-Man Miles Morales deals with his uncle, the Prowler, meets Gwen Stacy, Aunt May, and MJ, and goes to war with the Ultimates against HYDRA. One chapter of the new Spider-Man's life ends as a new one begins. I thought the Prowler storyline was resolved abruptly, which is weird in this day and age when every story is stretched out for 4-6 issues. It was a good resolution, however, that will probably have lasting consequences. Miles gets webshooters from Aunt May, passing the torch from the old Spider-Man to the new. He saves Captain America's life and joins the Ultimates against HYDRA, which he probably regretted. It was a pretty enjoyable tale but wasn't nearly as fun to read as the previous two volumes. The Ultimate Universe sure was a much grimmer place, wasn't it? I reiterate that Marvel should have used Miles instead of Peter in the MCU. Miles winding up in the main universe after Secret Wars is a step in the right direction, though. 3.5 out of 5 stars. I'm hoping the next volume is better.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I had to skip volume 2, but I liked this one. I'd already read the majority of it in Ultimate Comics Divided We Fall, United We Stand, so it was only the first few issues in this that were new to me. The first bit was about Miles trying to decide what to do about his uncle, who turned out to be Prowler. So Parker got Uncle Ben, and Miles got Uncle Evil. Poor thing. Once everything wraps up with the uncle, Miles gets recruited into the crossover event. And, like I said, I'd already read it. Still, i I had to skip volume 2, but I liked this one. I'd already read the majority of it in Ultimate Comics Divided We Fall, United We Stand, so it was only the first few issues in this that were new to me. The first bit was about Miles trying to decide what to do about his uncle, who turned out to be Prowler. So Parker got Uncle Ben, and Miles got Uncle Evil. Poor thing. Once everything wraps up with the uncle, Miles gets recruited into the crossover event. And, like I said, I'd already read it. Still, it's good stuff. Captain America is freaking out about Miles joining up with them, because he doesn't want another repeat of what happened to Peter. You really can't blame him, the kid's only a tweenager! But you know he's gonna fight, and you know he's gonna be Amazing. And adorable. Don't forget how adorable this kid is... I'm enjoying everything I've read so far with Miles in it. My only regret is that I waited so long!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jan Philipzig

    Just when I was starting to get the impression that I should make mine Marvel more often, this third volume reminds me why that probably would not be such a good idea after all. I mean, the first half of this book is almost as good as the previous volume: sweet, well-observed, subtle, funny, humane, charming. But then… what is this… SHIT?!? Our 13-year-old hero joins the Ultimates, terrorists attack the United States, the end is nigh, Captain America for president, Spidey to the patriotic rescue Just when I was starting to get the impression that I should make mine Marvel more often, this third volume reminds me why that probably would not be such a good idea after all. I mean, the first half of this book is almost as good as the previous volume: sweet, well-observed, subtle, funny, humane, charming. But then… what is this… SHIT?!? Our 13-year-old hero joins the Ultimates, terrorists attack the United States, the end is nigh, Captain America for president, Spidey to the patriotic rescue… Oh my God, how bad can a story get?! FUCKING bad, that’s how - that "Divided We Fall/United We Stand" story line is a steamroller from hell. The golden question: How can a smart guy like Bendis deliver such crossover dreck?! Man, just a moment ago I loved this title…

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    A Marvel comic book is in the middle of an excellent run of stories only to be sidetracked by a huge crossover? Who could have seen that coming? Other than anyone who has read Marvel since the first Secret Wars, I mean… The first part of this is excellent as young Miles is being blackmailed by his Uncle Aaron (a/k/a The Prowler) into helping him take out the Scorpion so that he can take control of New York’s super underworld. Peter Parker was certainly a lot luckier in the uncle department. Then A Marvel comic book is in the middle of an excellent run of stories only to be sidetracked by a huge crossover? Who could have seen that coming? Other than anyone who has read Marvel since the first Secret Wars, I mean… The first part of this is excellent as young Miles is being blackmailed by his Uncle Aaron (a/k/a The Prowler) into helping him take out the Scorpion so that he can take control of New York’s super underworld. Peter Parker was certainly a lot luckier in the uncle department. Then the crossover kicks in, and the next thing you know Miles is going off to war with the Ultimates to try and save the United States from Hydra. The crazy thing of it is that I didn’t entirely hate the big war storyline. The Miles character arc is so strong and well done that even when he’s dragged into some other huge happenings it still feels very much like a continuation of his on-going efforts to be Spider-Man. And he’s getting pretty good at it. So 3 stars for an excellent first half and a second part that wasn’t nearly as awful as it could have been.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Terence

    Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 3 begins with Spider-Man and The Prowler teaming up to take down Scorpion. It shifts to an Uncle nephew show down and The Prowler brings a lot of the Tinkerer's toys to the battle. Then the story even more inexplicable switches to a S.H.I.E.L.D. Situation Map displaying the United States at war with itself thanks largely to Hydra's meddling. Miles joins up with S.H.I.E.L.D. and heads to war. The story was all over the place, but Miles shines whenever he shows up be it o Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 3 begins with Spider-Man and The Prowler teaming up to take down Scorpion. It shifts to an Uncle nephew show down and The Prowler brings a lot of the Tinkerer's toys to the battle. Then the story even more inexplicable switches to a S.H.I.E.L.D. Situation Map displaying the United States at war with itself thanks largely to Hydra's meddling. Miles joins up with S.H.I.E.L.D. and heads to war. The story was all over the place, but Miles shines whenever he shows up be it on his own   or with Captain America.   My favorite part of this volume though is that Miles gets to have a touching moment with Aunt May who somehow managed to track him down. Even the people who were hardest on Miles have found themselves supportive or concerned.   Miles Morales is a good kid and a surprisingly fun Spider-Man. I'm glad I picked up this volume to continue his story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    This is the payoff that the previous volume had been building us up for. Wow. That was worth the wait. I think this is the volume where Miles really starts to come into his own as Spider-Man. There are, and probably always will be, some parallels to what Peter went through. But Uncle Aaron is nothing like Uncle Ben, and what happens with him will haunt Miles in an entirely different way. That part of the book, the first half or so, is just done so well. It all rang perfectly, horribly true, all t This is the payoff that the previous volume had been building us up for. Wow. That was worth the wait. I think this is the volume where Miles really starts to come into his own as Spider-Man. There are, and probably always will be, some parallels to what Peter went through. But Uncle Aaron is nothing like Uncle Ben, and what happens with him will haunt Miles in an entirely different way. That part of the book, the first half or so, is just done so well. It all rang perfectly, horribly true, all the way through the arc. Also true: Aunt May, Gwen, and Mary Jane wanting to meet the new Spider-Man. For those of us who read through Peter's run as Spider-Man, and who miss him and his family, it's a nice bit of closure, and I fully believe May wanting to see who's carrying on Peter's legacy, and give him her blessing. But sadly, the last few issues get caught up in some kind of massive event that was going on in the Ultimate comics at the time. To be perfectly honest, I neither know nor care about what was going on elsewhere. I just felt bad for Bendis that his story got derailed by having to shove Miles into the bigger, Ultimates conflict. He did a pretty good job of it, keeping the connections to the Divided We Fall/United We Stand story as light as possible at first. And even when Miles was in the thick of it, he still took time to write one of the most compelling scenes in this volume, with Miles's father.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This book can do no wrong, apparently. Even amidst a mega-crappy cross-over event, Bendis managed to make the story accessible and to move the more "local" stories of the book’s main cast of characters forward. I am such a geek-fan of this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Roxana Chirilă

    Don't judge me for being all over comics lately - I bought a subscription, I wanna make the best of it. So, this story is about Miles Morales, a black-Latino kid who became Spider-Man after Peter Parker died. In the previous two volumes, he came to grips with his new powers and responsibilities and he tried to balance real life and superhero-ing. In this volume, his uncle, the supervillain The Prowler, discovers Miles' identity and decides to blackmail him so he can use him in the world of crime. Don't judge me for being all over comics lately - I bought a subscription, I wanna make the best of it. So, this story is about Miles Morales, a black-Latino kid who became Spider-Man after Peter Parker died. In the previous two volumes, he came to grips with his new powers and responsibilities and he tried to balance real life and superhero-ing. In this volume, his uncle, the supervillain The Prowler, discovers Miles' identity and decides to blackmail him so he can use him in the world of crime. Miles eventually gets out of that (mostly through tragic accident, rather than anything clever), and then he gets thrown into what was probably the crossover event of the year: a battle between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra, full of superheroes and things that aren't very well explained. For some reason, Captain America becomes the President of the United States, which I assume makes sense if you follow his comics. All's well that ends well, and of course all ends well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    What a great volume i loved it, the stuff with his uncle was pretty gut wrenching. I loved the tie in issues they were great.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    This series is so fun! I sorta wish Miles Morales was our Spidey in the MCU. This trade kinda gets blind-sided by the 'Divided We Fall, United We Stand' crossover, but even though crossovers are generally not my favourite, this one was pretty enjoyable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sina Tavoosi

    Miles's own story is good but I can't bother with those crappy Marvel events. I wish they'd never included him in the Ultimates.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mike Clooney

    Point blank: Decades from now, Brian Michael Bendis' ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN will be remembered as one of the all-time great runs in comics history. At 13 years and counting, he's already the longest-running Spidey writer ever (unless you count Stan on the daily newspaper strip), and this series has been a joy to read from day one. Spider-Man has always worked best as an awkward teenager - who better to be an angsty smart-ass, after all? - and it's a well that's never run dry for Bendis, even after Point blank: Decades from now, Brian Michael Bendis' ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN will be remembered as one of the all-time great runs in comics history. At 13 years and counting, he's already the longest-running Spidey writer ever (unless you count Stan on the daily newspaper strip), and this series has been a joy to read from day one. Spider-Man has always worked best as an awkward teenager - who better to be an angsty smart-ass, after all? - and it's a well that's never run dry for Bendis, even after all these years. That said, the bulk of this volume suffers a bit from being shoehorned into the Ultimate line's "Divided We Fall/United We Stand" crossover. As fun as super-hero crossover events can be, they tend to put the direction of the individual titles on hold, and I can't imagine writers with long-range story plans are fond of them. Miles Morales joins the Ultimates as Hydra foments civil war in America. A fun super-hero mash-up, but low on the more human moments and dialogue this series has become noted for. The first couple of issues reprinted here ARE great, though, as Miles' "uncle issues" take a similar path to those of his predecessor Peter Parker, and Miles gets to meet a few members of Peter's supporting cast (Kleenex alert for you softies out there). The thing I enjoy most thus far about the Miles Morales Spidey is the subtle parallels Bendis draws between he and Peter, as Miles struggles to live up to the legacy. What Would Peter Parker Do? Words to live by, for any of us.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Amazing to me how well Bendis sets up and plays out the conflict/drama with Miles' uncle here. That's a poetic way to up the suckage in Miles' life, even when he tries to do the right thing. Then we get into the Divided We Fall crossover, and I don't know whether Bendis was a contributor to the storyline or just a victim of it, but I can't see how it improves the Spidey story. The actual relationships and conflicts with heroes and villains were fine - cool in fact - and I enjoyed the way Miles ac Amazing to me how well Bendis sets up and plays out the conflict/drama with Miles' uncle here. That's a poetic way to up the suckage in Miles' life, even when he tries to do the right thing. Then we get into the Divided We Fall crossover, and I don't know whether Bendis was a contributor to the storyline or just a victim of it, but I can't see how it improves the Spidey story. The actual relationships and conflicts with heroes and villains were fine - cool in fact - and I enjoyed the way Miles acted and talked. I don't get how the "event" itself made any contribution to these stories and (judging by what was peripherally leaking in from above) I don't expect that this event will have any meaning whatsoever. I dot know if it's exhaustion from all the desperate world-killing events that Marvel has had to put the Ultimate universe through, or if this event had just so little impact on an already-overdone New York, but either way I'm convinced that I won't seek out the event - and it gives me no incentive whatsoever to seek out the Ultimates or X-Men with which this story theoretically crossed over.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    This has some good shit in it, but also has some shitty shit because it crosses over with some big stupid event that I don't give a fuck about. I'm gonna sum up what I see in most crossovers. 1. Books that are going well take a dip in quality because they have their shit together and have to detour into some other nonsense. 2. Books that are doing horribly do not get any better because when books are doing badly, it's usually a lack of storyline AND the page-to-page, panel-to-panel work. A crossove This has some good shit in it, but also has some shitty shit because it crosses over with some big stupid event that I don't give a fuck about. I'm gonna sum up what I see in most crossovers. 1. Books that are going well take a dip in quality because they have their shit together and have to detour into some other nonsense. 2. Books that are doing horribly do not get any better because when books are doing badly, it's usually a lack of storyline AND the page-to-page, panel-to-panel work. A crossover gives a lousy title a story, but it doesn't fix the execution going on in the individual book. 3. The Main book, the one that is mostly about the crossover, is usually passable, but couldn't that just be its own book? Couldn't they just write House of M or Civil War or Maximum Carnage or Howard The Duck/Squirrel Girl Slash Fiction (how many letters does a guy gotta send) as its own thing and the other stories could continue as normal? Just introduce a new title called [Marvel Crossover TBD] and then we'll all just read those as their own thing?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    I still really enjoy this series and the first half of this collection was more stellar material, as Miles battles his uncle, The Prowler. The art continues at a high level, though we've lost original artist Sara Pichelli. New artist David Marquez is more than up to the task of carrying on one of the flagship Marvel Ultimates titles. What I didn't care for was the whole, stupid Divided We Fall/United We Stand crap. What is it with Brian Michael Bendis and these big crossover events? Why, oh why I still really enjoy this series and the first half of this collection was more stellar material, as Miles battles his uncle, The Prowler. The art continues at a high level, though we've lost original artist Sara Pichelli. New artist David Marquez is more than up to the task of carrying on one of the flagship Marvel Ultimates titles. What I didn't care for was the whole, stupid Divided We Fall/United We Stand crap. What is it with Brian Michael Bendis and these big crossover events? Why, oh why does a comic as nuanced as this one can be have to be dragged into something like that? I can buy Miles as a young kid, struggling to control his powers and figure out his way in life, but it's really stretching things to have him join the Ultimates and go to war (eventually saving the life of "President" Steve Rogers--and, no, as stupid as that sounds, I'm not making it up). Please, please, please bring this thing back to earth and let Miles go back to some semblance of a normal life...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    I know, I know, the Bendis conversational, realistic dialogue isn't to everyone's liking, but it's never not worked for me. While I liked the title back when Peter Parker was Spider-man, I like it even more with this new, modern character. I think this all new, all different Spidey is what should have came out of the flood gate from the get-go (over a decade ago.) I like the new costume and powers. I like not knowing what will happen next. I like that the villains are sometimes so dissimilar fro I know, I know, the Bendis conversational, realistic dialogue isn't to everyone's liking, but it's never not worked for me. While I liked the title back when Peter Parker was Spider-man, I like it even more with this new, modern character. I think this all new, all different Spidey is what should have came out of the flood gate from the get-go (over a decade ago.) I like the new costume and powers. I like not knowing what will happen next. I like that the villains are sometimes so dissimilar from their 616 counterparts, I wish it happened more often. I think Marvel was reluctant on pushing such things or imagining new origins and outfits during the formation of the Ultimate Universe. The Scorpion is nothing like the other guy with a tail in a green suit and that's neat. I like that the element of surprise exists because back in the beginning days of Ultimate Spider-man I used to wonder if I was going to get rehashed adventures.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Raymond

    Ever since Ultimate Spider-Man relaunched (sorta) with Miles Morales, I've been shocked at how rejuvenated the entire storyline seems. The post-Ultimatum landscape is interesting in itself, and there's a lot of crazy things going on in the Ultimate universe that finally hit in this volume, but in terms of its own story, where we're seeing Miles run into similar problems as Peter Parker combined with the Ultimate universe's own Civil War, this is probably the best we've seen the series in some ti Ever since Ultimate Spider-Man relaunched (sorta) with Miles Morales, I've been shocked at how rejuvenated the entire storyline seems. The post-Ultimatum landscape is interesting in itself, and there's a lot of crazy things going on in the Ultimate universe that finally hit in this volume, but in terms of its own story, where we're seeing Miles run into similar problems as Peter Parker combined with the Ultimate universe's own Civil War, this is probably the best we've seen the series in some time. Definitely worth jumping in on.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Koen Claeys

    I hate giving one of my favorite titles such a low rating. The first issues in this volume are good stuff, wrapping up the Prowler story-arc. But then we get the 'Divided We Fall/United We Stand' bullshit that fills the rest of this book, painful considering the 'Ultimatum' disaster was not that long ago. Marvel & crappy cross-overs = a marriage made in hell. I'm hoping for a return to quality story-telling in volume 4. I hate giving one of my favorite titles such a low rating. The first issues in this volume are good stuff, wrapping up the Prowler story-arc. But then we get the 'Divided We Fall/United We Stand' bullshit that fills the rest of this book, painful considering the 'Ultimatum' disaster was not that long ago. Marvel & crappy cross-overs = a marriage made in hell. I'm hoping for a return to quality story-telling in volume 4.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    As the world is truly on the brink with the huge problems of the Ultimates and the mutants, in true Spider-Man fashion, most of his concerns are locally, but to the reader, even more important and deadly as their realism makes them feel more dangerous. Wanted for murder, dealing with Gwen and May, fighting alongside Spider-Woman AND the Ultimates, an dealing with his family. 8 out of 12. As the world is truly on the brink with the huge problems of the Ultimates and the mutants, in true Spider-Man fashion, most of his concerns are locally, but to the reader, even more important and deadly as their realism makes them feel more dangerous. Wanted for murder, dealing with Gwen and May, fighting alongside Spider-Woman AND the Ultimates, an dealing with his family. 8 out of 12.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charlos

    This series still runs strong. Miles resolves both family issues and involves himself in the larger world events of the Ultimate Comics universe. The viewpoint of young Miles coming to terms with his powers and trying to find his role as the new Spider-Man continues to be what defines this title, and makes it unique in the Ultimate Comics lineup.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Colona Public Library

    Things are going very quickly for Miles and his superhero career! Not only does he receive Peter Parker's web shooters, but meets Aunt May, Gwen Stacey, and Captain America but also goes to war to face Hydra members. The pacing in this book I feel is oddly fast and kinda abrupt at parts but the writers never sacrifice character. ~Ashley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    It started out promising with more of Miles' origin story mixed with good street-level Spidey action. Then it descended into Ultimate Universe silliness with Captain America as President and the Battle of Wyoming. Whatever.

  24. 5 out of 5

    The Rudie Librarian (Brian)

    I love his entrance into the Ultimates. I feel like this is all the great stuff of Peter Parker but in a newer tale.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey.parks

    Miles Morales is a hero.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Oduro AB

    Three Stars & Here's Why: Consequences, Consequences, Consequences; I really wanted some ideology defining consequences to come out of Miles' relationship with Uncle Aaron. Bendis starts off the volume with a flashback that cements Aaron's role in Miles' life as the "cool uncle", whom Miles adored, who was really just a bad influence. The relationship between Uncle and Nephew was significant to Miles' decision to oppose Aaron's criminal agenda and confront him. Unfortunately that significance was Three Stars & Here's Why: Consequences, Consequences, Consequences; I really wanted some ideology defining consequences to come out of Miles' relationship with Uncle Aaron. Bendis starts off the volume with a flashback that cements Aaron's role in Miles' life as the "cool uncle", whom Miles adored, who was really just a bad influence. The relationship between Uncle and Nephew was significant to Miles' decision to oppose Aaron's criminal agenda and confront him. Unfortunately that significance was short lived (and here lies my gripe with this Volume); Aaron's death at the apparent hands of Miles could have been a defining moment in the young hero's journey. Just as Uncle Ben's death called Peter Parker to action and defined him as the hero who never failed to utilize his power to fulfill responsibility, Uncle Aaron's death could have been leveraged as a Miles' own moment of heroic revelation, Responsible use of Great Power. Miles is very probably one of the most powerful Spider incarnations. His power set, and his inexperience, makes him a veritable threat to any opponent unwitting enough to come at him. For a moment Bendis gave us a sense, from the perspective of Captain America, that Miles really was not ready for the responsibility his power demanded. And for an absurdly short lived moment, Miles, torn by the prospect of inadvertently causing his Uncle's death, seemed to agree. And then, just like that, nobody cared. Captain America made a promise to train the kid (still waiting to see that happen) Aunt May Legit gave a 13 year old web shooters and told him to "do him" All together I felt Vol. III to be a missed opportunity to give Miles a deep emotional journey in which he discovered the Responsible use of his Great Power. Side-Note: If there is one consolatory note is has to be the art & illustration; Kisses!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    It’s Miles vs Uncle Aaron! Spidey vs Prowler! After Miles and Uncle Aaron teamed up to stop the Scorpion, Aaron left Miles to deal with the police while he made a hasty getaway. This was enough to make Miles decide he’s had enough with Aaron’s schemes, but Aaron doesn’t take too kindly to his nephew’s choice. It’s a decision that defines who Miles is and brings about something truly lifechanging for the new Spider-Man. Following Miles’ dilemma with his family drama, he is soon drawn into a new It’s Miles vs Uncle Aaron! Spidey vs Prowler! After Miles and Uncle Aaron teamed up to stop the Scorpion, Aaron left Miles to deal with the police while he made a hasty getaway. This was enough to make Miles decide he’s had enough with Aaron’s schemes, but Aaron doesn’t take too kindly to his nephew’s choice. It’s a decision that defines who Miles is and brings about something truly lifechanging for the new Spider-Man. Following Miles’ dilemma with his family drama, he is soon drawn into a new American Civil War as a superhuman soldier for S.H.I.E.L.D.! States have seceded from the U.S., the evil terrorist organization Hydra is establishing its own nation with mass-produced superpowered soldiers, Sentinels are conquering the American Southwest, and the heroes of the Ultimate Marvel Universe are struggling to save the fate of their nation! Plus, some familiar faces show up to change Miles’ career as Spider-Man forever… While the story with Miles and Uncle Aaron is cool, the Divided We Fall/United We Stand tie-in part of the book felt like a huge detractor from the more personal narrative that Miles was dealing with when working with and fighting his uncle. Not to say that the tie-in part of the book isn’t still cool, because there are a plethora of action-packed moments during this section, but I felt the tie-in took too much precedence over Miles’ story in this volume. However, during Miles’ story with Uncle Aaron, the narrative reaches its peak for the volume, which is also a shame because this happens near the beginning of the volume and leaves the tie-in section as filler after the immensely impactful resolution to the Prowler story arc. Still, this volume was an action-packed read that remained enjoyable for the whole duration. Thrills, chills, spills are abundant in this volume, so be sure to read it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    After being blackmailed into teaming up with his uncle, Spider-Man had to figure out how to stop his uncle while keeping his parents safe. And Spider-Man's actions had drawn the attention of Captain America who was not happy that someone so young was fighting crime. Spider-Man's story with his uncle continued to be great in this book. There's a lot of emotional turmoil as Miles dealt with his conflicting feelings over wanting to go to his parents, but not trusting that they'd accept him as Spider After being blackmailed into teaming up with his uncle, Spider-Man had to figure out how to stop his uncle while keeping his parents safe. And Spider-Man's actions had drawn the attention of Captain America who was not happy that someone so young was fighting crime. Spider-Man's story with his uncle continued to be great in this book. There's a lot of emotional turmoil as Miles dealt with his conflicting feelings over wanting to go to his parents, but not trusting that they'd accept him as Spider-Man after comments his father had made about Spider-Man and others with powers. Plus this was his uncle blackmailing him who he looked up to for so long, so there's that extra betrayal as well. And the resolution to this story line just opened up even more conflict for Miles in the future. Then I flipped a page and was suddenly informed that the US was falling apart, Texas had seceded, Washington DC was in ruins, and anti-government militia were wreaking havoc all over. I knew I'd stepped into a crossover event that I had no information about. For the rest of the book, the major events of the book were disjointed as big things kept happening off-screen that had a huge effect on this book, but I had no context for. Miles' story was at least fairly straightforward and not missing chunks of plot that left it impossible to follow, as sometimes happens in comics taken over by crossover events. However, the events outside of Miles were harder to follow since they were missing a lot of information. The third volume of the series continued a great run before being taken over by a crossover event that demonstrated why those can be so frustrating for people who aren't reading every issue in the crossover.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Miles' world expands as he faces down the Prowler and then gets a mentor he never bargained for. While the story begins at the street level hero we've come to know and think of Spider-Man as always being, this story quickly drags Miles into the larger events of the Ultimate universe with a Civil War breaking out and Miles quickly joining the government(i.e. SHIELD & Captain America)'s side. Having not read other Ultimate books, I could gather enough from mainline Marvel history to identify most Miles' world expands as he faces down the Prowler and then gets a mentor he never bargained for. While the story begins at the street level hero we've come to know and think of Spider-Man as always being, this story quickly drags Miles into the larger events of the Ultimate universe with a Civil War breaking out and Miles quickly joining the government(i.e. SHIELD & Captain America)'s side. Having not read other Ultimate books, I could gather enough from mainline Marvel history to identify most of the Marvel characters but there were many I could not and Miles' role in the larger storyline is a bit lost. It would have been better served telling his story in New York rather than moving him to a different location. That said, the story was told decently enough, I just think it misses its target.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peter Zackowski

    So i finally get to experience a book where i know notging aboit the large event that was taking place. I wouldnt call the divided we fall and united we stand tie-ins, even thoigh they are. To me tie-ins generally carry a bad aura around them. Just being thrust inyo an event with miles was actually enjoyable. I can gleam the important bits from context hydra stole some weapons, starts a civil war, the heroes have to stop them. It does make for a natural development of the Cap' Spider-man relatio So i finally get to experience a book where i know notging aboit the large event that was taking place. I wouldnt call the divided we fall and united we stand tie-ins, even thoigh they are. To me tie-ins generally carry a bad aura around them. Just being thrust inyo an event with miles was actually enjoyable. I can gleam the important bits from context hydra stole some weapons, starts a civil war, the heroes have to stop them. It does make for a natural development of the Cap' Spider-man relationship. Possibly helps Miles reputation as Spider-man in the press(maybe, i have not read beyond this soi would assume he is a national hero, but you know how the Daily Bugle can be). So yeah... For being thrown into an event and having to make tie-ins it still stays steady with character development and was fun to see him with some other heroes.

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