After more than a year, it seems Peter Parker is making his way back to us.
Last December, writer Dan Slott embarked upon what will surely go down as one of the most infamous storylines in Spider-Man history (and that's saying something) when he scripted Peter Parker's death inside the frail body of Doctor Otto Octavius. They had switched minds, you see, and while Doctor Octopus was enjoying a newfound strength and vitality in Peter's youthful body, Peter couldn't escape the death throes of Octavius' broken form. Before he left us, though, Peter was able to pass on to Octavius the true meaning of "with great power comes great responsibility," and so Octavius embarked on a personal mission to be an even better hero than Parker, a superior Spider-Man.
So, for the last year, the flagship Spider-Man comic -- Amazing Spider-Man -- has been gone, replaced by Octavius' adventures in Peter's body in Superior Spider-Man. While many fans and critics have praised the storyline for its new approach to the Spider-Man mythos, and its daring conceit, other fans have been less kind. In fact, when Peter first bit the dust, some fans were so angry that Slott actually received death threats from readers, some so severe that he threatened legal action. The threats were so prevalent and so vicious that Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso also released a statement both supporting Slott and making it clear that Marvel would pursue an investigation if necessary. Things got a little out of hand in certain corners of fandom, but Slott kept writing this challenging story, even though it sometimes meant telling Peter Parker's tiniest fans that their hero was gone.
“To do that for a solid year of my life, that’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do — to look small children in the eye at a convention and lie to them,” Slott said. “One of them with an honest-to-God Little League uniform and a quivering lip. Inside, part of me was dying.”
Even if you didn't like the Superior Spider-Man angle, though, if you've been around comics for a while you already know that no one but Uncle Ben stays dead, and certainly not one of Marvel's most popular characters. It was never of question of whether Peter Parker would return to his body and swing through New York City again. It was only a question of when. When will we see Peter Parker playfully swinging between skyscrapers again?
Now, at last, we know.
The above image is Humberto Ramos' cover to Amazing Spider-Man #1, which will hit comic-book stores this April after Superior Spider-Man ends. Yes, that's Peter Parker himself, body and soul, in the Spider-suit, clearly happy to be back. So, if you've been holding a grudge against Slott for the last 13 months, you can let it go. The inevitable return of what Slott calls "the one, true Spider-Man" is happening. Now it's only a question of how.
"In a strange and terrifying way. And... possibly... at a very great cost," Slott said in a press release from Marvel. "Remember, nothing is ever easy for Peter Parker. It's one of the reasons he's a true hero."
So, if you've been waiting for Peter to return, or you just really want to see how he makes it out of the Superior Spider-Man pickle, don't miss the Amazing Spider-Man relaunch.
(Via NY Daily News)