This is my Rant, these are my thoughts. The following are tidbits of fact surrounded by the opinion of this writer, which has nothing to do with Comic Booked.

I love collecting, but I do have problems collecting variant covers. This might be easier for me if they were the cost of the book and not what a dealer or shop owner might like. I have spent $10 on a variant cover, and I have even spent $15. Above that I will just look for a graded copy by CGC and spend about the same on the book that I would have in the store; only now it is protected.

Even though my CGC (200 books) graded collection is worth almost as much as the other raw copies (about 5000 books) I own, I buy these books to read. I have been immersed into the Marvel universe since 1984 on a regular basis. When the Ultimate universe came out I was financially challenged and felt eating was more of a prerequisite then reading a comic book. When I had my finances a little more under my control the Ultimate universe had been stabilized for three years and I became hooked. Although I am still trying to get a copy of Ultimate Spider-man #1, I purchased every story line, limited series, and regular series.

This brings us to the current title “Death of Spider-Man” I guess what I do like about the Ultimate universe is dead means dead; so far. Marvel needs to sell books, it’s their job. I need to read books, it’s my hobby; but I feel this sensational grab at killing off Spider-man is a farce. Spider-man might be no more but I think Peter Parker survives. How could they kill off the most popular Marvel super hero (arguably…many out there are screaming Wolverine)? What kind of story could they have? Maybe Deadpool could take up the mantle? Of course I could be wrong, dead wrong (no pun intended). I will have to wait till June 22nd to find out, but this brings up my issue of Variants. Do we really need two variants on and in bags, one being a red background with a black spider and the other a juxtaposed version with a red spider and black background?

Sure one bag covers the regular edition, and the other bag covers the Bagley edition, but seriously? Are we back to the Death of Superman? Or more recently the Human Torch dying (and let’s face it, we didn’t see him die)? The comic book has a $3.99 price tag; will the variant be the same? And Marvel has decided that there will be no overprint on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160. I just don’t know if this means no second printing or not. They also are having this as a Direct Market only comic, which means no book stores or secondary shops. It is a good thing I still don’t get my comic books at a 7-11.

Will I buy it? Yup. Will I rip into the bag and read the comic book? Nope, I plan on using scissors. Will it end as Marvel states? “No one will forget how it ends.” I can’t even remember how it begins and I own the copies that have “The Death of Spider-man” nonchalantly placed on the covers of various Ultimate books. And if it does end with the Death of Spider-man, wasn’t that the whole point in the first place? Please, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or take it to our Forums!

Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Blank Cover Also Available
Rated T+ … $3.99 
FOC – 5/9/11. On Sale – 6/22/11