Counting down the writers who were most responsible with their power
6. Brian Michael Bendis
"Ultimate Spider-Man" #1-133, "Ultimate Spider-Man: Requiem" #1-2, "Ultimate Marvel Team-Up" #1-16, "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man" vol. 1 #1-15, #150-160, vol. 2 #1-11, "Ultimate Six" #1-6, "Spider-Men" #1-5
When "Ultimate Spider-Man" was announced, pundits said it was doomed to failure. No one wanted an alternate version of Spider-Man they postulated; fans would not embrace a Peter that “didn't count.” Not only did fans embrace the young Peter of "Ultimate Spider-Man," the publication of the first issue changed comics forever. Known for independent crime comics like "Torso" and "Jinx," Brian Michael Bendis came from a different place than any Spider writer before him and was able to find the human element that made each character tick. As an example, fans knew Uncle Ben was doomed to die, but Bendis made the Ultimate Ben so relatable and likable that when it finally happened, it was devastating. Bendis' snappy dialogue made his characters come to life; his teenagers talked like real teenagers, almost as if he was writing plays, not just static comics. Aided by Mark Bagely, Bendis lasted longer on "Ultimate Spider-Man" than Stan Lee did on "Amazing," crafting one of the most impressive runs in comic history. Bendis found new hooks for classic villains, stripping them down and reinventing them but never losing their recognizable core. His Norman Osborne was an evil sociopath; his Doc Ock a creepy, otherworldly threat; his Venom and Carnage extremely personal demons to Peter and his past.
Bendis' Parker was a young man fighting to stay afloat and not drown in his insane world, and in the face of increasing darkness never lost his sense of humor. Ultimate Peter's banter was almost a super-power, as Bendis knew when to pull back and not let tragedy and horror overwhelm his hero. Ultimate Peter became a part of peoples' lives, a safe oasis in an ever-changing comic book marketplace. When Ultimate Peter became an indispensable part of fans' lives, Bendis did the unthinkable: he did the one thing creators could never do with classic Peter. Bendis killed Peter Parker. With Parker's death, Bendis reminded fans why the character in the suit matters. The absence of Peter made the Spider-Man's constant lessons of responsibility and decency that much more potent. Lessons that were instilled in young Miles Morales, a young man destined to follow in Peter's footsteps. Bendis' run on "Ultimate Spider-Man," starring both Peter and Miles, has been so enduring because of the writers' daring. Bendis dared to reimagine Spider-Man in a modern context, he dared to redefine the villains that populate Peter's world, he dared to find new hooks on old villains, and he dared to kill an icon. And for over 150 issues he has left fans begging for more.