It was revealed in today's edition of USA Today, that current Amazing Spider-Man writer, Dan Slott and "Amazing" artists, Humberto Ramos and Giuseppe Camuncoli are sticking with the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler with the upcoming re-launch, "The Superior Spider-Man".
Joining Mr. Slott, Mr. Ramos and Mr. Camuncoli for "Superior", is artist Ryan Stegman. Mr. Stegman has recently contributed with Marvel Comics with both Fantastic Four and The Scarlet Spider. His first art duties will be on the debut arc for the book, titled "Hero Or Menace".
While we don't know what will happen to Pete in the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man, issue #700, slated to release on December 25th. It does sound that whatever event happens to unfold in the "finale", it will have a drastic impact on Peter with "Superior".
"A far darker Spider-Man than fans have ever seen." The one thing that does not go with this Spider-Man is the term 'Friendly neighborhood'," said writer Dan Slott. "I've always been the omniscient hand that's been protecting Peter Parker and Spider-Man, and not letting anything too bad happen to him. And now I've become this cruel god. There's something exciting about the, about going, 'Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha, here is what's going to happen to you, Spider-Man!' And it's drastic and it's big and it's exciting and it's never been done before."
The artist for Superior's frist arc, "Hero Or Menace", Ryan Stegman did talk with USA Today about Spidey's re-designed look for Marvel NOW.
"His belt looks a lot different, and there's points at the end of his glove that add a little aggressiveness to his costume," explains Mr. Stegman. Ryan also promised that Spidey will have new abilities in Superior, something that hasn't happened to the wall-crawler since the 2001 pre-"One More Day" arc, "The Other". Also returning in the future will be The Sinister Six. He finished by discussing how he'll be delivering a unique take on the supporting cast of characters in Pete's daily life.
"I try to keep the history in mind. A lot of guys make Aunt May almost look like a witch, which is something I want to stay away from. Just because you're old, you don't have to look like a monster."
The finale to the "Amazing Spider-Man" ongoing series, issue #700 will be available to purchase both on newstands and through digital distribution on Christmas Day, December 25th.
It's successor and re-launch to coincide with Marvel NOW, "The Superior Spider-Man" will be on newsstands and digital download, the following day, December 26th.
So for that Spider-Man fan in you life, you now have an idea on what to get he/she for this year's Holiday season...... that, and the Blu-Ray/DVD release of "The Amazing Spider-Man" on November 9th. In other words, this was not only a great year to be a comic reader, but a great year to be a Spider-Man fan and a respective way that Marvel Comics celebrated the character's 50th anniversary.
"Peter Parker and his masked alter-ego, Spider-Man debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15, August 1962. The Amazing Spider-Man ongoing series started in March 1963 with Marvel Comics publishing that title and future titles. The creators of the amazing wall-crawler were Stan "the man" Lee and artist, Steve Ditko. At the start of 1999, the series was relaunched with Vol. 2 and started back to issue #1. However, during the comic's 40th anniversary, the title was reverted back to it's original numbering, with issue #500 in December 2003."
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