Chip Zdarsky launching flagship Spider-Man comic for Marvel

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Feb 14, 2017

Peter Parker is a globe-trotting millionaire running his own company these days, but if you've been jonesing for Spidey to get back to the Big Apple, this should do the trick.

Marvel has announced the new ongoing series Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, which will be run by the creative team of writer Chip Zdarsky (Star-Lord, Howard the Duck) and artist Adam Kubert (Avengers, X-Men). The series will be set in the modern-day Marvel Universe and serve as a companion book to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series (which will continue).

This run will follow Pete's local adventures in NYC when he's not hanging out with the Avengers or stopping problems the world over in his Amazing series. It's being described as a back-to-basics Spider-Man series, aiming to recapture some of that old school-charm that was lost when Pete made it big and started running Parker Industries (he's still doing that, but these won't be those stories).

Here’s how Zdarsky explained it to Entertainment Weekly:

"With [Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man] we're using the same Spider-Man continuity but shifting the spotlight back to his NYC environment and supporting cast. But even though we're pushing to make it a more personal book, we're still going to have big adventures with ramifications that'll be felt in other books. If I had a true mission statement for the book it would be: 'Have fun, have heart, have stakes' …

"He's misunderstood and underestimated, either as Pete or Spider-Man. He's the mascot for New York City, and, like a sports mascot, that means he's beloved by children and endured by adults. He's the only street-level superhero who could beat a herald of Galactus in a fight. He feels things stronger than any other hero and covers that up with jokes. He's Spider-Man!"

The first issue of Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man hits shelves in June and a preview can be found in Marvel's Free Comic Book Day with a 10-page preview story.

Check out the first art from the book below.