Peter Parker to return in new ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ No. 1 by Dan Slott

Jan. 11, 2014 | 10:33 p.m.
"Amazing Spider-Man" No. 1 lands in April. Cover art by Humberto Ramos. (Marvel)

“Amazing Spider-Man” No. 1 lands in April. Cover art by Humberto Ramos. (Marvel)

Peter Parker is swinging back from death in April with a new “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 1 by writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos.

“We’ve gone over 30 issues without Peter Parker, so when we let him out of that box and he gets to put on that costume again and he gets to swing through the sky, it’s going to be the greatest feeling,” Slott told the New York Daily News in announcing the late wallcrawler’s comeback. “But there’s a twist. There’s always a twist.”

Parker was seen dying in “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 700, which was also by Slott and Ramos and released in late December 2012. At the time, Slott told Hero Complex about writing the hero’s demise: “It was tough to do this. I’ve been a Spider-Man fan since age 8. Short of my father, this guy’s been my lifelong hero.” But he promised: “We still have one more trick up our sleeve.”

The man who had been Spider-Man since he was a nerdy high school student bitten by a radioactive arachnid in 1962′s “Amazing Fantasy” No. 15, by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, had apparently been finally vanquished by his nemesis Doctor Octopus. The mad scientist successfully swapped their minds, putting Peter Parker in the dying form of himself into Spidey’s body.

The erstwhile Doc Ock has taken up the hero’s responsibilities in his own well-intentioned-but-evil-informed way since the twice-a-month “Superior Spider-Man” launched last January.

Part of Parker had survived somewhere in Octavius’ consciousness, but even that had seemingly been destroyed early in the “Superior” run.

His April return syncs up with the release of the film “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which begins its rollout in international markets April 16 and comes to North America on May 2.

“It was very nice of Sony to schedule the movie around the story,” Slott joked to the Daily News. He also said he’d hinted at Parker’s comeback to Andrew Garfield, who plays the webhead on screen.

Though he knew Parker would return, Slott had fiercely maintained that it wasn’t so, playfully cutting off a question at one New York Comic Con panel by shouting, “He’s dead!”

But Parker hasn’t been completely absent from comics. Marvel recently released “Amazing Spider-Man” 700.1, 700.2, 700.3, 700.4 and 700.5. The issues featured talents including David Morrell, Klaus Janson, Brian Reed and Joe Casey telling stories set during the original Spidey’s life.

Any guesses as to what the twist on the late Mr. Parker’s seeming resurrection might be?

– Blake Hennon | @BlakeHennon | @LATHeroComplex

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