I Did NOT Give That Spider Superhuman Intelligence! is fourth book of the "Don't Tell My Parents" series by Richard Roberts, and is a prequel to the events of the first four books, taking place in the 1980s rather than in the 2000s. I can recognize some of the references, but I'm sure that I'm missing someone.
Specifically, are there any references to Brainy Ack and The Audit, Penny's parents?
Items I've noticed (spoilers ahoy!):
- Goodnight, as Fae, has been mentioned in the series before, as has Bull and his little sister Polly Vinyl Chloride.
- Goodnight gets a car from The Expert as he's just starting to come into his own and has chosen his name.
- We get the origin of Spider as a lab experiment.
- We get the beginnings of Spider as a crime boss and the beginnings of the pact between superheroes and supervillains to keep things from getting personal.
- We get Mourning Dove's origin, as was an explanation that she really is the enforcer for the pact.
- We see the genesis of Gerty Goat's Family Farm and its animatronics