Sure, Marvel Comics is investing a lot into promoting their upcoming massive re-organization of their comic book universe, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for a sustained flashback. As part of the “All-New, All-Different” Marvel this fall, the publisher is planning, well, let’s call it a prequel book. As other new series look to the future, like The Avengers, which will feature Miles Morales as Spider-Man, the new Spidey! will look to the past by revisiting the high school days of Peter Parker, and his early adventures as you friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Sound interesting? Marvel is certainly hoping that you think it does…
In a press release this morning, Marvel started the hype by introducing the creative team – writer Robbie Thompson (TV’s Supernatural, Silk) and artist Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy) – and then showing off some of Bradshaw’s finished art work. But why go back to the beginning of Spider-History in the first place?
“Everyone remembers their FIRST Spider-Man comic,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso in the release. “Spidey! aims to be perfect as someone’s first Spider-Man comic, or their one thousandth. We’re not looking to re-tell stories here. What Robbie [Thompson] and Nick [Bradshaw] have put together is an exciting new take on Spider-Man at his arguably most iconic incarnation, and will feel fresh to new and old fans alike.”
So basically, this is a way to revisit the iconic days of Spider-Man with all the classic villains, all the classic supporting characters and all the classic details that make Spidey Spidey. Justification? Well, it turns out that out of all the Spider-Man comics published, only a fraction of them feature Peter Parker in high school.
“Peter Parker was only in high school for thirty issues!,” said Spider-Man Editor Nick Lowe. “Stan [Lee] and Steve [Ditko] covered a lot, but there’s a lot of the high school and early super hero experience still on the table.”
This probably has nothing to do with the fact that a high school aged Peter Parker in the early days of his career as Spider-Man will be introduced next summer in the movie Captain America: Civil War, but it’s good timing just the same. Of course you realize I’m being somewhat sarcastic.
Spidey! will hit comic book store shelves everywhere this fall.
Source: Superhero Hype