Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man! With Amazing Spider-Man #1, our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler is getting a fresh start this summer with a new title and a new creative team, Marvel has announced. In the first issue of the new monthly comic, written by Nick Spencer (Secret Empire) with art by Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Peter Parker will battle an alien invader threatening New York.
But since this is about Peter Parker, the most put-upon superhero in the Marvel universe, there’s obviously more. Marvel promises that the new book will provide “a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy!” And if even that’s not enough, readers will get to see a new roommate, new love interests, and of course, a new villain.
Inker Cliff Rathburn and colorist Laura Martin are also on the creative team.
This new creative team follows Dan Slott's eight-year run writing The Amazing Spider-Man. So, obviously, no pressure.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Spencer said that he believes the best Spider-Man stories are the ones where “his personal [trouble] is mirroring his troubles in costume, and the two stories are feeding each other and being Spider-Man always comes with considerable costs to Peter.”
Over at Marvel.com, Ottley seems quite Zen about taking on the role of drawing a character that was his “gateway into the world of comics.”
“The only thing I hope about a book is that I can keep up with the deadline,” Ottley tells Marvel. “[I]t’s more just doing what you do the best way you can, and if it works on exciting the readers, then the Spider-Man legacy is going to be fine. So, I’ll do my best and I’ll do it in the way I’ve always wanted Spider-Man to look and feel and I’ll have a blast while doing it.”
Ottley also plans to draw Spider-Man his way, but still admits he was greatly influenced by “the way Todd McFarlane and Erik Larsen drew Spidey.”
Amazing Spider-Man #1 swings into comic shops on July 11.