Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 2 / Learning Curve : 3 of 5
Since I enjoyed reading the first volume of this series way back in September, I put the next few volumes on my PaperBack Swap wish list (so they will automatically be requested when someone has them available), and lucked into getting this second volume recently. It's interesting to see the changes that have been made to update the classic Spider-Man story, starting with Peter getting a job at the Daily Bugle to help them update their website (something that obviously didn't exist when the original comics were written). It's nice to see the interaction with J. Jonah Jameson (who seems pretty much the same as always, although all the character designs appear to be just a little more "buff"), and there are some really mature moments with Aunt May, who feels lonely since Peter is out web-slinging so much. Spider-Man is going after the Kingpin, and runs into Electro on the way, who has a pretty radical new design with a bald head and much more devastating shock powers (although Spidey takes him on rather easily). The biggest plot change occurs when Peter reveals his identity as Spider-Man to Mary Jane right away, but that's a nice twist that I'm looking forward to seeing play out (the scene also cleverly includes the essential Mary Jane line, "Face it, Tiger, you just hit the jackpot!"). The artwork is once again cool and pretty modern, which is nice for the most part, but I think some of the facial expressions are a little extreme. I'm not completely obsessed with this series, but it's great to be able to pick these up from PaperBack Swap (kind of for free!) and enjoy a nice Spider-Man read every now and then!