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Childhood's End
Arthur C. Clarke
Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel
Scrivener's Moon - Audio
Philip Reeve
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.1 - Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli This is where we first get to know Miles Morales, the new Spider-Man. As an origin story, it's a little on the nose. Miles gets bit by a spider, a genetic experiment by Norman Osborn. At least Miles gets a different power set: invisibility, an electric touch. Upgrades? Only if he can figure out how to use them. I can see where this is intended to echo [b:Power and Responsibility|105920|Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 1 Power and Responsibility|Brian Michael Bendis|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1300213201s/105920.jpg|102101], Peter's first book in the Ultimate universe. But it just isn't as effective. That isn't to say that I don't like the kid, I do. His reaction to suddenly gaining powers (to freak out and try to hide them) make absolute sense in the world he lives in. His parents seem nice enough, and I hope that they'll be around enough to have a real impact on the story. The one moment that rang most true from me came through his father: "You can tell me anything" followed immediately by "I wish they'd do something about those mutants." A shot to the heart of a kid who just found out he has powers. And something that a lot of kids his age will be able to identify with, sadly. I don't have a great emotional attachment to Miles yet, but I'm going to trust Bendis and hope that I will.