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Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1: Power and Responsibility

Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Power and Responsibility - Brian Michael Bendis As I delve into the comic book world (albeit mostly Marvel 'Verses), Spider-Man is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite characters. He's a nerd who suddenly finds himself with superpowers. There's a lot that I like about this story of Peter Parker who is just trying to find his way when he gets thrown at his way. The first part of the story was familiar enough. Boy gets powers, boy gets in trouble, boy's father gets killed and he could've stopped it. Yeah, yeah, we've all heard the story (and probably seen the movie). What the movie did not capture for me, which the comic book does in spades, are the following:1) Peter Parker is (essentially) a child. Yes, he is in high school, but he's not even old enough to get a driver's license - a permit maybe, but I think this proves my point. He's not old enough to be trusted alone behind the wheel of a car (granted some might argue that NO ONE living in the great NYC should be trusted behind the wheel of a car, but that is NOT the point) but he is dubbed Spider-(focus on this bit) Man. This is a kid who is barely passed his voice cracking attempting to take on the weight of a city. 2) Spider-Man is hilarious. (Peter Parker is an amusing enough kid and he's actually very believable. In some ways there are differences between Peter Parker and his alter-ego. It seems that he becomes Spider-Man - and perhaps his truest self if we ask Oscar Wilde - when he puts on the mask.) He is laugh out loud, pee your pants a little for laughing so hard, funny. He can being having the entire conversation with himself for all his opponent might respond, but it is by far one of the funniest conversations you'll read anywhere. 3) Peter Parker is super smart, and he was before he got his powers. In this, he does not inherit his webs, but in fact invents a substance to use as a web. Now maybe I've just muddled up what I saw in the movie since it has been about ten years since I saw it, but I'm pretty sure it didn't come close to capturing me like the book did. So yeah, I really liked this.