Mary Jane (Novel)

    (Marvel, 2003)
™ and © Marvel Characters, Inc.

It is probably not something that most comics readers have thought of over the years—but what was it like growing up as Mary Jane Watson? In Marvel’s young-adult (not graphic) novel Mary Jane, Judith O’Brien touches on such smaller teen-age problems as popularity and such larger, more dangerous ones like anorexia.

This book should be required reading for any teen, girl or boy. The pacing is superb, and though the book can be read within a couple of hours, and O’Brien does a great job of getting older readers to remember what it was like to be a kid again. Readers will recognize such old names as Flash Thompson and even hear new ones, like Mary Jane’s best friend Wendy Gonzalez. Suspiciously, though, Gwen Stacy—another cog in the Ultimate universe Spidey—is left out of the book.

Spider-Man fans are not used to seeing their hero through the eyes of someone else, but that is exactly what this book accomplishes. There are no super-villains and no heroic rescues, but the teen tension is enough to make the reader not want to put this book down.

Featuring amazing illustrations by Mike Mayhew, Spider-Man fans will get a new look at Spider-Man and Mary Jane through O’Brien’s view of the Ultimate universe.

— Nathan Melby

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