Still struggling with his powers and secret identity, not to mention recovering from the death of his uncle, teenage Peter Parker is still trying to convince the world that Spider-man is not a crackpot vigilante. He lands a job at the city paper and works toward proving his good intentions by attempting to take down the city’s largest menace, both literally and figuratively, Kingpin. Peter soon learns, however, that no matter how much might his new powers have given him, his wits are what will save him in the end. Now, if he could only figure out Mary Jane, life might be close to perfect. The Ultimate Spider-man team continues to update the Spider-man myth with the best in witty reparte, exuberant action, and teenage emotional rollercoasters.

Ultimate Spiderman, vol. 2: Learning Curve
ISBN: 0785108203
by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mark Bagley and Art Thibert
Marvel Comics 2001

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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