The Marion Library’s graphic novel collection is now located downstairs in the Young Adult section near the public computers. We are spotlighting a few titles to help patrons see what they might be missing!
Marvel Comics knew they had a classic character in the Amazing Spider-Man. The brilliant but socially awkward Peter Parker captured the hearts of countless readers as he struggled to live by the motto “with great power comes great responsibility” after gaining the super powers that enabled him to become the costumed hero Spider-Man. He was unique in that for every victory he achieved, he usually suffered some setback. He was a realistic hero in the sense that he not only had to defeat criminals with names like the Green Goblin, the Vulture, and the Kingpin but he had to do so while worrying about paying his rent, suffering from an ulcer, passing his classes, and finding true love. How do you improve on a classic? You don’t. However, you can do what Marvel Comics did when they launched new versions of their classic heroes in what they called the Ultimate line: take the best traits of a proven success and modernize them while mixing in new elements that were never part of the original. Your local Marion Library’s graphic novel collection contains several volumes of the Ultimate Spider-Man series. Fans of the original hero may find new things to love in the Ultimate version. It’s like re-watching your favorite old movie to find new characters and a new ending have been added since your last viewing. Different? Yes, but oddly compelling!