How many Spider-Men have there been over the years? Well, get out your counting finger out because Marvel’s sticking them all in an upcoming storyline in The Amazing Spider-Man. Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Ben Reilly, Spider-Ham, Iron Spider, Spider-Man 2099… You name him, the Spider-Man of your choice will be there. But what kind of calamity could possibly require the intervention of every Spider-Man from every time and place across the multiverse? Read on…
Dan Slott and Marvel.com editor Ben Morse announced the event, which is simply called Spider-Verse, during a live chat yesterday. Olivier Coipel will handle the art work when the story begins in the new Amazing Spider-Man #9, and will overflow into other Spider-Man titles. The event will unofficially kick-off with a five page preview in the special Guardians of the Galaxy issue for Free Comic Book Day.
But who is this bad guy that all those Spider-Men will have to fight? “Morlun! Morlun will be back,” Slott said. “We will find out he’s part of an even bigger thing.”
“I’d put Morlun top 10 in Spidey’s rogue gallery; following Spider-Verse, top three,” added Spider-Man Group Editor Nick Lowe. “What Dan and Olivier have planned is nuts.”
Morlun was a villain created during J. Michael Straczynski’s run on Amazing back in 2001, a creature of unknown origin who hunts down and consumes people who represent totums, links between humans and animals, like Spider-Man or Black Panther. Here’s some interior art from Spider-Verse where he confronts the Spider-Man from the miniseries 1602:
This November, prepare for every Spider-Man…ever! Marvel is proud to announce Spider-Verse, the biggest Spider-Man story of the year from New York Times Best-Selling Spider-Scribe Dan Slott and blockbuster artist Olivier Coipel!
Kicking off this November in Amazing Spider-Man #9 (with a special lead-in story on Free Comic Book Day), Slott and Coipel assemble an legion of Spider-Men from every corner of every universe. Peter Parker, Miguel O’Hara, Miles Morales and many, many more must unite to stop a seemingly insurmountable super-powered foe. Morlun, an incredibly powerful villain has returned with a singular and terrifying goal – exterminate every Spider-Man in every universe! It will take thousands of spider-powered heroes to battle back the greatest threat to this universe or any other!
“The scope of this event is so big, the word ‘epic’ just doesn’t do it justice,” says editor Nick Lowe. “The story is just huge and heartbreaking and has necessitated spreadsheets to organize all the Spider-Men. Luckily we have a writer who has proven time and time again he can thread impossible story-needles [Slott] and the most versatile character artist in the business [Coipel].”
Fans can see the first hints of this event in April’s Amazing Spider-Man #1 but will get their first real taste of Spider-Verse in Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day Guardians of the Galaxy issue this with a special 5-page lead-in story available for free at all participating comic shops on May 3rd. This fall, Spider-Verse unites every Spider-Man in history to drive back the forces of darkness. But will an army of Spiders be enough?
Don’t miss the blockbuster Spider-Man event that will have the Marvel Universe on the edge of its seat when Spider-Verse hits comic shops this November! Plus, don’t miss the start of the next big chapter in Spider-Man history in Amazing Spider-Man #1 on-sale this April!
And finally, if you like that banner above, you’ll want to check out the whole darn thing. Click on it to embiggen:
Stay tuned, Spider-Verse kicks off this November.
Source: Comics Alliance