... you become a big jerk. Spider-Man: With Great Power is less a retelling of the unseen moments of Amazing Fantasy #15 and more a exploration of Peter. Written by David Lapham and fantastic art by Tony Harris, With Great Power greatly enhances the origin story we all know.
We have known and loved Peter as the man who always does the right thing and we don't get to see much of his reckless side in his first appearance. All five of these issues show Peter as the person he was; a bullied and troubled teenager who can't talk to girls. As soon as he's bitten by the radioactive spider, he's suddenly confident beneath the mask. Glimpses of the man Peter becomes exists in these issues, yet we mainly see an unlikeable boy, who goes from being the weakest to the strongest, and he revels in his newfound power. He's arrogant and chases after girls instead of helping people, and he's exactly what someone who we see getting "pantsed" in front of everyone. I personally loved the second person narration for Peter because it showed such a disconnect between his irresponsible actions and himself. His wrestling career is explored here, and it's nice to see him as something more than just a headline. This story makes us actually feel that one time Peter did wrestle for money, and was a pawn for the higher ups, instead of being told that he was in an origin a long time ago.
There are some things I didn't like, such as issue four. It had a good meaning overall to Peter's character, but it could have been written a lot less fantastically, and more down to earth. The chain of events that set off Uncle Ben's murder weren't well written, and Peter letting the thief go is more trivial than before, although it does make it more tragic.
Overall, With Great Power is a very well-written exploration of Peter's wrestling career and his beginnings as Spider-Man. The narration allows us to enter his head and it's a fun read, with an ominous ending.