Ultimate Spider-Man holds a special place in my heart. As most passions are wont to do, my love of comics and some of the super-powered characters that inhabit them was kindled at a young age. The earliest memories I have with comics was discovering my uncle's stash, hidden away in my Grandpa's attic. That treasure trove included such gems as Daredevil, Moon Knight, and Fantastic Four, all the way to Werewolf by Night and Man-Thing (I also remember reading my Dad's old issues of Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, as I sat on my bed and imagined parachuting down into occupied territory, machine gun blazing in hand, chomping on a cigar and shouting "wah-hoo" as I rained merciless fury down on Hitler's forces).
Needless to say, I was a Marvel fanboy from an early age.
Then they had to go and kill him.
I'm not going to go into the how's and why's, but needless to say, Peter's greatest nemesis over the course of this title returns to plague the wall-crawler one last time, along with the rest of the Sinister Six (well, almost all of them, you'll have to read the story to find out the details). I guess I'm not really spoiling things, as its in the title, but Peter does really die. I wasn't sure they would actually do it for a while, as I thought maybe it would be a case of "Spider-Man" dying, which would just mean Peter hangs up the mask due to his life just getting too dangerous for a 16 year old to handle. But that would perhaps do for the regular Marvel version of the character, and this is the Ultimate universe, where supposedly anything can happen. Here it does, and now, the biggest icon of this line, introduced over 10 years ago, is finally put to rest.
I'm not going to dance around the issue of the necessity of the death however.
I did not want to to see Peter die.
I did not feel that Peter needed to die in the context of where he was a character, and where he was in this universe.
Oh, and for those interested, I also read Mark Millar's Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates miniseries (wow, thats a mouthful) and sadly, although this was probably the best of the four Ultimate Avengers mini's written by Millar, its nowhere near the heights that he took the Ultimates when he was on that title with Brian Hitch. I mention it because its kinda tied in with the Death Of Spidey, as both stories take place at the same time and one event happens that ties the books together. However, you can just read Spidey and be fine, which is probably the best bet - UA vs. NU is a far cry from Millar's best work in this universe, which is sad, because years ago, his work on both the Ultimates and Ultimate Fantastic Four was some of the stuff I was enjoying the most while in college.
Oh well, all good things must come to an end right? In Ultimate Spidey's case, lets hope Bendis is able to extend that end with Miles Morales for as long as possible…
Until then, rest in peace Mr. Parker, its been great ride that I'll be revisiting plenty in the years to come.