Originally published by ReviewFix.

Recently added Amazing Spider-Man to my pull-list and looking forward to seeing what Dan Slott has in store when he starts up the new Superior title. I came back into this run because of a storyline where Spider-Man became a mentor to a newly created teenage superhero, an angle I found personally fitting. 

For as long as I could remember Spider-Man was described as the everyman I was suppose to see myself as. But for me I saw Spider-Man more as a big brother figure I looked up to.

After taking a long hard look at myself, I realize there might be a little bit more to that type of reading. These days I’m a freelance journalist, walking around shooting with a fancy camera, and scraping along any small amount of money I can.

But the last time I regularly read comic books about Peter Parker, he was married, in college and about to become a high school teacher and a member of the Avengers. It all felt fitting from what I knew about his history.

Many of his long list of complicated romantic relationships, personal tragedies, quirky misadventures and grand heroic feats were told to me in flashbacks or retellings (T.V. shows & articles) as opposed to experiencing them as they happened in the comics. It was like learning about your big brother’s own youthful exploits from anecdotal retellings. You know, like How I Met Your Mother but less of a tease.

I couldn’t relate to Peter Parker who was in college and married to a super model. Instead, I saw a roadmap to a realistic model of an adult life as strange as that sounds. I saw a man who had lived out his youth filled with deep complicated emotions, survived a little wiser and after getting things he wanted (beautiful wife who loved him & respect from his peers) was still at times troubled and struggling.

I learned in those pages that just because there wasn’t really a happily ever after in real life, you didn’t necessarily have to live out a Greek tragedy. And I came to accept early on that that was what you should realistically aspire for.

You weren’t going to go through life unscathed, but hopefully you’d be able to have the strength of bear through moments of sorrow and the wisdom to count your blessings when things were bad and savor moments when things were good.