Marvel comics started producing great quality comics as early as 1961 with Marvel's first family Fantastic Four and they are going more than strong right now in 2019. I choose Spiderman as my start point, instead of other heroes such as Iron Man or Avengers, because I know the characters from the 90's TV show and the films so it was familiar ground, but as with Fantastic Four our favorite Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman kicked of in the 60's so do we start from the beginning? what is the best place to jump into. A friend of mine suggested a great place to start, a Comic book lover for more or less his whole life he directed my towards to amazing Superior Spiderman story arch, where we have Doc Oc in the body of Peter Parker and strives to be a better more...Superior version of Spiderman. This kicked of my reading straight away, I love this arch and is a place I would suggest starting if you know a bit of Spiderman lore already. Once finishing the arch I ate my way through Peter's return to his body, all the way through Spider Verse and traveled to Battleworld in Secret Wars, however this is where I became stuck. Who are these alternative versions of my favorites? What is this Ultimate Universe? and what is the background on Miles Morales?
This took me on a different path, sure yeah I had already taken a step towards Deadpool on the side of reading Spiderman, but I really wanted a new way to enjoy Marvel without losing my way too much in fallout of Secret Wars, especially with a million different spider people comics popping up everywhere and with Miles entering the main timeline. So Began my Ultimate Universe Journey. In an attempt to get a really footing on time lines and all the different comics I began using a brilliant resource called Comic Book Herald, which I highly recommend using if you are deciding to join me on my journey, this helped my weave between Spiderman titles and Xmen titles all the way the the Ultimates and Avengers stories, all great comics which lead to the jaw dropping hero killing Ultimatum (bloody brutal story arch which is AMAZING), killing of a ton of Xmen and other Ultimate universe heroes in the process.
So this is where we are kind of making a start on our 2019 journey. While I have read through the aftermath of Ultimatum there is a perfect place to start my Marvelous Year and that is The Death Of Spiderman. Now I will give a proper review of this arch in my next post, but I have decided to start here as this is one of the most powerful and emotional story archs I have ever reading in any comics. An arch which would make the current Tom Holland trilogy of films work so much more if studios were ever brave enough to go down the live action Miles Morales route. I will back track a little after this review, looking at the Ultimates vs Avengers arch, which is mentioned during the Death Of Spiderman story, and then read, possibly, through the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics from issue #1, but my main aim is the work my way through the Miles comics and get us up to the comics that followed Secret Wars and even look back at some classic arch from comics past.
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