Peter Parker’s never had the best of luck — last year, the little he had finally ran out when Brian Michael Bendis placed Peter on the losing end of a confrontation with the Green Goblin at the conclusion of the Death of Spider-Man story from Marvel’s Ultimate Comics.
But with the final issue of “Amazing Spider-Man,” which arrives today, Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos have crafted a different and even more controversial end for Peter, not to mention a rather unexpected new beginning for his web-slinging superhero alter-ego.
(The spoiler-averse should stop reading now.)
The issue that brings the landmark comic book to a close sees Peter die once more in a turn of events that leaves his nemesis Otto Octavius wearing the costume — and carrying Peter’s own memories and experiences, too.
It’ll be Octavius in the signature suit when “Superior Spider-Man” No. 1 arrives in January.
Needless to say, fan reaction to the dramatic — some critics might call it cruel — twist has been intense since word of it first leaked online. Still coming to terms with the controversy, Slott recently took time to answer a few questions about the artistic choices he made for “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 700 and what it was like to write a bittersweet ending for his lifelong hero, a character that celebrates his 50th anniversary this year.
HC: You had said that you had planned to go into hiding when the issue came out.
DS: Yes. My exact phrase was, “I’m pulling a Salman Rushdie.” Peter Parker means a lot to people. Not just comic book fans, but fans of the movies, cartoons, toys and even the Thanksgiving Day balloon. He’s been with us for over half a century. And this version of Peter Parker is the one who was there at the very beginning. This the same Spider-Man from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s “Amazing Fantasy” No. 15. This is huge.
HC: How long have you known the story would conclude in this way?
DS: We started sowing the seeds for this story literally a hundred issues ago, and, through different story arcs over the past two years, we’ve been leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for the readers. It wasn’t till two issues ago that we started springing the trap.
HC: What made it the right ending for Peter Parker?
HC: Do you think it’s fair to describe what happens as dispiriting? It just seems like a last unlucky break for Peter.
— Gina McIntyre
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