The "Spider-Verse" story line launches in November. This image is composed of covers by Gabriele Dell'Otto. (Marvel)Link
This image is of variant covers by Skottie Young for "Superior Spider-Man" No. 32 and "Amazing Spider-Man" No. 9, the start of "Spider-Verse." Slott said of the characters in Young's Baby Variant art, "And pretty soon in Spider-Verse they will all die!" (Marvel)Link
The event promises to show just about every version of Spider-Man ever seen. (Mike Del Mundo / Marvel)Link
"Scarlet Spiders" No. 1 variant cover. (Mark Bagley / Marvel)Link
"Edge of Spider-Verse" No. 2 shows Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman. (Robbi Rodriguez / Marvel)Link
The Spider-Verse continues to expand – even before fans have seen it form. Marvel announced more tie-in books to the Spider-people-from-every-place-and-every-time event starting in November at a panel about the story line Friday morning at Comic-Con.
“Spider-Verse Team-Up” and “Scarlet Spiders” join the previously announced miniseries “Edge of Spider-Verse” in adding to the main story that runs in “Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 9 through 14.
Each of the three issues of “Team-Up” will feature two stories – the first in each by writer Christos Gage and art by Dave Williams, with the second stories written by different past Spider-writers, including one by Roger Stern and one by Tom DeFalco.
“Scarlet Spiders” by writer Mike Costa and artist Paco Diaz features two Scarlet Spider-Men (Ben Reilly and Kaine) and Ultimate Jessica Drew – all clones.
As for the main story, by writer Dan Slott and artist Oliver Coipel, there’s the newly returned original Peter Parker and a slew of comics-originated ones including Spider-Man 2099 Miguel O’Hara, Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales, Spider-Man Noir (and new ones including Spider U.K.), Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham; live-action TV-based ones from “The Electric Company” and Japan. Slott said he even wants to use an 8-bit Atari Spider-Man.
Sound intimidating to read?
“All you need to know is there’s lots of Spider-Men,” Slott said. “We don’t expect you to have read every issue of Spider-Man India or Spider-manga. You just jump in and meet everybody for the first time – and probably say goodbye to them 10 pages in.”
But there are, Slott said, eight Spider-Men they can’t use – including Sony’s film versions played by Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, the version played by Nicholas Hammond in the 1970s live-action CBS show, and the CGI one from MTV (whose exclusion drew light applause from some fans).
Before the main event, the prelude begins with the Aug. 6 release of “Superior Spider-Man” No. 32, written by Slott and Gage, with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli (and a backup by Gage and Adam Kubert). Editor Nick Lowe, the panel’s emcee, and Slott reminded readers of a moment in “Superior” when Horizon Labs blows up and the Otto Octavius version of Spidey is missing for a few pages. Slott said there was a “time-plostion – a plosion of time” in which Otto landed in 2099. “SSM” No. 33 furthers that story.
New Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan joins Spider-Man in “Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 7-8 in October (both “Edge of Spider-Verse” issues), a story that also involves the MC2 Spider-Girl and that new Spider U.K. character of the Captain Britain Corps. Slott is writing the issues, with Giuseppe Camuncoli on art duties.
Why pair the teen Kamala with adult Peter?
“She’s the closest character to classic Peter Parker that’s out there in the Marvel Universe,” Slott said of the G. Willow Wilson-written series. “We really care about Kamala Khan and her family and her responsibilities. … It really feels like classic Spider-Man. It’s that good.”
The upcoming “Edge of Spider-Verse” miniseries delves into the lives of some of the saga’s characters, with Spider-Man Noir in the first issue, by David Hine, Fabrice Spolsky and Richard Isanove; a new Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman (there was already a cosplayer dressed as her – Lowe called her up and Slott snapped a photo) in Issue 2, by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez; the third installment features a science-fiction, non-Peter Spider-Man written and drawn by Dustin Weaver; No. 4 is a horror story by Clay McLeod Chapman and Elia Bonetti that Lowe said is closer to Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” than to Stan Lee’s Spider-Man work; the fifth issue marks the Marvel debut of Eisner Award-winning “Umbrella Academy” writer (and My Chemical Romance frontman) Gerard Way, with art by Jake Wyatt, and features an alternative universe Spidey.
Lowe also said there would be a further Spider-announcement at the “Women of Marvel” panel Sunday morning in Room 5AB.
Eisner-winning “Daredevil” writer Mark Waid was also on the panel, which touched on what’s happening to Matt Murdock now that he’s moved to San Francisco. The acclaimed series’ current issue, No. 6, gets into the mystery of why his mother left Jack Murdock to raise their son alone – and involves her being in prison awaiting extradition to Black Panther’s home country, Wakanda. The subsequent issue finds ol’ Hornhead skydiving into Wakanda. Then, in Issues 8 and 9, Daredevil will encounter the Purple Children – offspring of his old adversary the Purple Man, a mutated man whose whispers people obey. The kids, who Dad may regret bringing together, like to “churn stuff up” from your past.
But Waid is facing a problem with the story “Who are the Purple Children?”:
“You can’t really punch anybody – they’re children,” Waid said to audience laughter. “I guess you could pick one up by the ankles and hit the other ones with him.”
In the offbeat, charming “Superior Foes of Spider-Man,” about a team of not-actually-so-superior villains, Nick Spencer said August’s issue, No. 14, will be a get-to-know-you with Overdrive, a character Slott originated.
During the question-and-answer part of the program, a young reader asked how Gwen Stacy came back from the dead and became Spider-Woman.
Slott clarified: “This is a Gwen Stacy from another universe.”
“Oh,” the boy replied earnestly. “That makes a lot of sense.”
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