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Spider-Man: Still Awesome

August 13th, 2009

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So here’s the thing: Being back in school I basically have no money, let alone to drop $4 on a comic book (yep, that’s the new monthly price for most books).

I mean, I also like to eat. And pay for beer. In the last few months I’ve dropped most of the books I’d been buying for years– including Uncanny X-Men, which I’ve read since I was 11.

I’m down to about 5 “monthly” books, most of which rarely come out (I think the last issue of “Optic Nerve” came out in 2006), two series in trades and the occasional Top Shelf or Oni publication. And, I’m now down to one superhero book, the recently relaunched “Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man.”

The point of all of this? This comic makes me feel like I’m 11 again. I can’t think of any higher praise. It’s fucking awesome. If you read comics (yes, you, Dave Burg), do yourself a favor and check it out. If you don’t, still do. It’s great serialized storytelling, as influenced as much as by John Hughes as it is Stan Lee. All readily available in trades. Thank me later.

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