Is Brian Michael Bendis the best Spider-Man writer?
I was harsh, but the only great story out of Ultimate is Death of Spider-Man. The others are ok reads, but noting spectacular.
In my opinion he is not in the top Spider-Man writters. But I will agree that he is not the worst.
No, but Bendis is one of the greatest Spider-Man writers. He has had a huge influence on the character. All of the cartoons and movies that came out afrer his run (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, Spectacular Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Spider-Man Homecoming) have taken as much inspiration from Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man as they have from Stan Lee's Spider-Man.
I don't personally think so, but he's up there. I don't know about "best", but my personal favorite Spider-Man writer has to be Joe Kelly. He really emphasized the traits of Spider-Man as a redeemer of his villains, which is one of my favorite aspects of him. I also loved how he'd put him in consistently dark storylines while never making Peter HIMSELF a dark character.
Yeah, have to say he's far from it. I've read some of Ultimate SM, and I really loved his spoilerific arc that ended Spidey (I watched the motion comic on YouTube), but seeing Combo-Man's post just reminds me of all the greats whom I used to read, especially Stan Lee (though to be frank, Steve Ditko deserves more than half of the credit). Lee and Ditko's days contained some of the most impressive Spider-Man stories I could remember - and that's saying a lot when you consider that a lot of comics have much better stories written in later years than the earlier years, Daredevil coming to mind.
And god, Roger Stern, he's amazing too. Stern wrote some pretty hard-hitting and emotional drama that made him the top three writer in my book. It's hard to choose between him and my favorite writer, J. M. DeMatteis (Kraven's Last Hunt ftw). Both of them had a great run that made Spider-Man one of the most popular Marvel characters ever born in the '80s and early '90s.
Then there's Bendis. Impressive, but no Stern, Lee, DeMatteis, or Conway. Definitely can't forget about Conway, who's a great replacement for Lee. The years after Lee's run were more amazing than Ultimate SM too, so Conway's definitely got Bendis beat. Ultimate has a good modernization of Spidey, but it just isn't as groundbreaking as Spidey's early years, and more importantly, Bendis didn't really set in stone any significant character development about Peter Parker that the other writers mentioned here did (especially Lee and Conway).
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