This may be old news to some of you comic aficionados, but it's new to me. I flipped through a graphic novel, at my favorite comic shop, called "Ultimate Spider-Man." The cover was pretty cool. It had a detailed, computer colored, drawing of Spidey syingng in front of a photo of a Manhattan street. Spidey looked cool, but a little too scrawny. Anyway, the comic is a retreatment of Spideys origin. In the comic, Parker is a 15-year-old highschool student, rather than a college guy. A lot of the characters Spidey-fans would be familiar with are there too. But, the way the material is handled is fresh and the comic has an overall freshness. I thought it looked awsome, and bought it after only a quick thumb-through, scanning some of the dialogue. After reading it stait through I was rather awestruck at how good it was. The writing is sharp and witty, with-heart and passion. And the artwork is top notch as well. It's really excellent all around. It cost 14.95 US, 21.95 CAN. It's well worth it, in my opinion. It's big book. Twice as thick as Batman Year-One. Even if you're not a Spider-Fan, give it a look. I was never a big fan myself. You'll love it if you're a Batman Beyond fan. Also, The writer of the GN is going to be the ONLY writer on the "Ultimate Spider Man" comic, which will be kept in continuity. Marvel fans might also be in-store for retreats of other old-school superheros, judging from the "Ultimate Marvel Team-Up" series. In the first issue Spidey teamed up with Wolverine, but that one underwhelmed me. The two part (issue 2 & 3) Spider-man Vs Hulk comic was cool though. In closing, (Man, I can gab!) I can't recommend the "Ultimate Spider-Man" GN enough. Check it out.