Reasonably Above Average
I personally don't get the reasoning behind Marvel's Ultimate Universe. They attempted to bring in new readers by spawning a whole new universe without years of continuity to confuse them. And here I sit, reviewing comics on a sight where years of comic continuity are at your fingertips. Still, Ultimate Spiderman is perhaps the best of the Ultimate series and one of the first genuine comics I ever read. It all started when I was a little laddy...
I've found myself at odds with Mark Bagley's artwork before, but with modern coloring techniques, his style really shines here. This is a true example of an artist's style being destined for one character and one character alone. The story is the same basic one as the original by Stan Lee. The origin is given an entire volume and more time to develop itself, perhaps a little too much. Don't get me wrong, the story is much more detailed and delves much deeper into the life of an early Spiderman, but I can't help but notice some unnecessary moments of padding. Also, green webs. What the f*ck?
All in all, this is a pretty good comic and I ended up following it for a good long while. If you have or are a younger reader, pick this up. It's a pretty good series and a good first step on the road to comic enjoying great comics in the future.