Ultimate Spider-Man: Power and responsibility
The comic book publishing event of 2000 is coming to a bookstore near you. Ultimate Spider-Man, which received extensive press coverage and was the highest selling comics launch of the year, is the reinterpretation of Spider-Man's origin, updated for today's teens. Starting over at the beginning, the story of how a tortured teen is embued with startling powers, has been completely reimagined to appeal to the hi-tech, media savvy youth of today. In the process, great steps were taken to make the unfolding saga reader-fiendly to the non-comics convert. "Our characters have been around for almost 40 years", explained Bill Jemas, Marvel's President of Publishing and New Media, explaining the reasoning behind Ultimate Spider-Man. "It's great that our comics are so rich that storylines run forever, but we want the Ultimate books to be accessible to the first-time reader. Someone will be able to pick up an issue of Ultimate Spider-Man and have enough information to understand and appreciate it". An outsider even amongst his own peers, high school student Peter Parker is a young man at the crossroads of destiny. Orphaned as a youth and raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, Peter finds himself the target of a constant barrage of pranks perpetrated by school jock "Flash" Thompson and his burly bud, nicknamed "Kong". But when fate intercedes and Peter finds himself the recipient of strange and amazing powers, how long can our hero ignore the painful prodding? And when industrialist Norman Osborn takes a deadly "interest" in this development, will Peter be able to avoid a violent case of "corporate downsizing"? When backed into a corner, will our hero learn that with great power there must comegreat responsibility?