Ultimate Spider-Man #5

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: David Messina Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 29, 2024 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 45
8.2Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF HARRY OSBORN!
How does the heir apparent of Oscorp become a masked vigilante? And what does Green Goblin know of the true status of the world he lives in? All and more will be revealed!
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  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry May 29, 2024

    It's frankly not fair to the rest of the comic book world that Ultimate Spider-Man is this good. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel May 29, 2024

    Ultimate Spider-Man #5 is a fascinating penultimate chapter for the first arc, as it reaffirms and reinforces many of the thematic throughlines of the story. Hickman puts the focus on Harry and his journey to the Goblin identity while building out the Ultimate Universes political structure and exploring Harrys contrasts to Peter. Messinas art excels in depicting the conflicted expressions in tight close-ups but stumbles in illustrating the bigger action sequences. Wilsons coloring adds a sense of visual continuity between Messinas two issues while making it feel distinct from the work established in Checchettos issues. This is another slam dunk that justifies itself with a well-told story both on the written and visual level. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerd Initiative - Michael Rothman May 29, 2024

    I mean, this series is extraordinary. I simply can't get enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke May 29, 2024

    Ultimate Spider-Man #5 fleshes out Harry Osborn quite a bit while informing readers of whose side he's on. A larger battle is underway, and this issue effectively loops Spider-Man into that fight right in time for Ultimates #1 out next week. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 29, 2024

    Messina delivers some great art in the issue. The imagery is beautifully detailed and perfectly captures the dark tone of the story and the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer Jun 2, 2024

    All that being said, this is a damn good-odd issue. We get some fantastic art, with callbacks to a world that might have been (The Ultimate Armor, Bullseye) and a story about a boy who must very quickly become a man. We meet some new old characters (Otto!), and we get more exploration of how Harry came to own Stark Enterprises. With a bit more Spider-Man, this would have been a 5. This is still the best of the Ultimate line. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jun 2, 2024

    After last issue, the interactions between Harry and Peter feel out of sequence, but Hickman and Messina make young Mr Osborn as complex as he's been in years. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jun 3, 2024

    Ultimate Spider-Man #5 continues with its excellent characterization, but I fear the plot's pacing might be too slow. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez May 29, 2024

    Ultimate Spider-Man #5 is a world building issue centered around Harry Osborn's Green Goblin origin story. While the absence of the Parker Family is certainly felt, Jonathan Hickman makes up for it with more great character and world building. The one-shot style pacing helped to maintain interest in what goes on to look forward to where the developments involving Harry, Gwen Stacy, and Otto Octavius will lead to. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez May 29, 2024

    Ultimate Spider-Man #5 is a fully realized, organic origin story explaining how Harry Osborn became the Green Goblin. The art team packs in all the drama they can, and Hickman is at the top of his game when it comes to world-building, but the net result is Ultimate-ly a dull comic with (again) no Spider-Man in sight. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Assem400 Jun 1, 2024

    One of the best reads I've ever read.
    The art is outstanding.
    The pacing and the time transition all build up to fast but calculated introduction to Harry Osborn.
    We also introduced to otto octavius.
    This series is more mature and carefully written than the original ultimate spiderman it doesn't have the whacky and silly dialogues due to the age difference.
    It's a remagined version of far fetched character for newbies and also die hard fans who thrives for change.

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  • 10
    Dave DSG May 30, 2024

    Plot
    The drama of Harry Osborn's life began with the death of his father and mother during The Maker's attack on New York, where Tony Stark was blamed.

    Harry stopped being an irresponsible playboy to dedicate himself to learning about his company, but being an Osborn means entering a secret circle led by Kingpin that the Stane/Stark company offers him.

    Harry begins to investigate all the information that Tony Stark handles, discovering that he is still alive and that he has been in charge of changing history and bringing back the heroes and villains.

    Harry now investigates Stark's clues and already knows that The Maker is responsible for the death of his parents. That involves torturing Bullseye to find more

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  • 9.0

    Look, I simp for good things, and Hickman's writing is a good thing.

  • 9.0
    Hex May 30, 2024

    Stellar performance by Hickman and Messina. Where I was concerned with Messina's abilities last issue I really think this was a truer example of his talents. Sure he isn't Checchetto but he's still a brilliant artist all the same.
    I appreciate these slower issues building the world around the characters since we know that we're taking such big time jumps between issues. While almost completely absent of Peter Parker I'm just as interested in Harry and his role to play in this story. His ambition to take down Kingpin and the rest of the cabal that framed Tony. It's thrilling. Not something we get a lot from Spider-Man books.
    We're not sure yet how that is going to affect his relationship to Peter. Is this Peter going to be less inc more

  • 8.5
    Mout Jun 7, 2024

    I would say Harry's story so far has been more interesting than Peter's, great issue

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  • 8.5
    DDJamesB Jun 6, 2024

    A really good issue that explains Harry's origin. Nothing extremely groundbreaking,but very solid.

  • 8.5
    AmericanHealthcare Jun 5, 2024

    The momentum takes a hit here, but it's still strong overall.

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    BirdmanG07 Jun 2, 2024

    Great world building

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  • 8.5
    sawright20 May 31, 2024

    This is a better display of Messina’s talents than last issue, and we see Hickman further flesh out this new universe.

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  • 8.5
    derbycomics May 29, 2024

    Jonathan Hickman keeps hitting home runs. This issue gives us a captivating narrative that goes deeper into Harry’s tragic backstory & his journey to becoming the Green Goblin. It’s a testament to Hickman’s exceptional storytelling ability, as he seamlessly subverts Harry & Peter’s classic & iconic origins/relationships in such simple, yet nuanced ways that feel authentic to this universe. You really get a sense of how much the Maker has put his thumb on the scale to create a world completely of his design.

    Hickman’s talent for crafting compelling dialogue shines through yet again in the conversation we see with Peter & Harry near the end, as well as what we see from Harry, Gwen, & the new inclusion of a young Otto Oct more

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  • 8.5
    Afre May 29, 2024

    The art is bit of a downgrade, but I think Messina does a good job still.

    While I do like almost everything in this comic, reading this monthly and having the pacing be slow, even if a lot of groundwork is done, makes this more difficult to enjoy. It's still really great, but not peak like the first issues felt. However, I imagine with the next issue this will truly ramp up.

    Original USM was also very slow, but that ended up being mostly great.

  • 8.0
    ResearchReader Jun 14, 2024

    Good issue. Messina is clearly brought on to write more of the sitting and talking issues, and I guess I am fine with that.

    Interesting to learn about Harry's past leading up to current time. Hickman continues to world build and I do enjoy the world and people he is building.

    Honestly not as great as the previous issues but still played an important role. Seems like we are getting right back into the action next issue so this lull isnt too bad for me.

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy May 29, 2024

    This issue is a bit slow and the art isn't as good, but this is still the best spidey series so far

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  • 7.0
    wakizashireviews May 29, 2024

    This seems to be a hot take considering most of the other reviews on here but I was bored by this "flashback" issue. The first three issues were really promising, but the previous issue and now this one have left me unimpressed with where this series is going. I want more Spider-Man in this Spidey book.

    Also, this is a monthly book and Marvel can't keep the main artist on it for more than three issues? C'mon Marvel!

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  • 6.5

    I'll grant that this issue was an improvement over the snoozefest that was the last issue, but unfortunately not by much. I've never cared for long arcs where they take a break from everything for an issue that's entirely flashbacks. AT least this wasn't following a cliffhanger forcing us to a=wait a full month more. I really hate when they do that.
    We're 5 issues into this series' first arc and the pages actually containing Spider-Man can still be counted by hand. Not to mention he hasn't even appeared in costume since issue #3. Books like this wouldn't have lasted in another time. Luckily we're in a time when readers are used to this sort of thing. Not all of us like it, but we are used to it.
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