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Comics: Spider-Man gets even friendlier; Star Trek crossover to span generations

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Oct 6, 2018, 10:34 AM EDT

It’s a good thing Spider-Man is so community-minded, because being a web-slinger with a target on his back has a tendency to bring trouble — and the drama and property damage that go with it — right to his doorstep.

Marvel plans to focus more than ever before on Peter Parker’s neighborhood, and how he works to make it a better place, in the newly announced Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man series from the same team who brought All-New Wolverine to life: writer Tom Taylor (DC’s Injustice: Gods Among Us) and artist Juann Cabal. Andrew Robinson inked the Issue #1 cover, seen below.

Friendly Neighborhood Spider Man Cover 1


The new comic is Spider-Man at his most hyper-local, Taylor told Marvel for the series’ announcement.

“Peter's humanity and kindness isn't ever hidden. He wants to do the right thing by everyone no matter whether he's on the ground or swinging through the sky,” he explained. “…We’re going to tell some big stories here, and introduce an all-new hero, but it's all about the micro. This is Peter finding adventure in his apartment building, a few doors down.”

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 will debut this January.

The Star Trek universe is about to boldly go into crossover territory, bringing together crews from the franchise’s television shows (minus Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Discovery) for a six-issue event series from writers Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and artist David Messina (Cloak and Dagger, Star Trek: Countdown).

Star Trek: The Q Conflict will unite the crews of The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager in an epic conflict “spanning starships, centuries, and galaxies,” Scott Tipton said in IDW Publishing’s announcement.

Star Trek Q Conflict

IDW Publishing

The premise is pretty simple: When you journey through the galaxy to explore the unknown, you’re bound to eventually come up against a borderline-omnipotent threat that can’t be stopped without physics-defying levels of cooperation. In Star Trek lore, that threat is Q, an extra-dimensional being (a whole race of beings, in fact) who occupies a plane of existence that appears to transcend the laws of nature.

“When a dispute between godlike beings threatens the galaxy, it will take all of Starfleet’s best captains to stop them,” IDW explained. “James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Kathryn Janeway, and Benjamin Sisko must go head-to-head in a competition rigged by the arrogant Q and his nigh-omnipotent cohorts.”

The first installment of Star Trek: The Q Conflict launches in January.