Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Spider-Man Extravaganza
This batch features another Amazing title relaunch, a ton of cool reprints, and the return of Spider-Punk!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) John Romita
Peter's on the outs with the FF. He's on the outs with the Avengers. He's on the outs with Aunt May! No one wants to see Spider-Man - except for Doctor Octopus. Ock's on Spider-Man's tail and the Master Planner has something truly terrible planned for when he gets his tentacles on Spidey. All that, and what does Tombstone have planned? Just in time for Spider-Man's 60th Anniversary, a new volume of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN begins, and 2022 is going to be the biggest year for Spider-Man EVER! Don't believe us? We brought John Romita Jr. back JUST FOR THIS!
Why this caught my eye:
Time for yet another Amazing series relaunch, so it's always worth a look to see how the new creative team shapes up. Wells can be fun, but honestly I haven't been a fan of Romita JR in a good long time (circa 1998 or so I guess?). I want to like him, don't get me wrong, but the past couple decades of his work just didn't hit me right so here's to hoping.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 FACSIMILE EDITION
(W) Stan Lee (CA) Jack Kirby (A/CA) Steve Ditko
Re-presenting the inaugural issue of Spider-Man's iconic ongoing series, which followed fast after the wall-crawler's blockbuster debut in AMAZING FANTASY #15! Peter Parker has been bitten by the radioactive spider, gained incredible abilities, donned his colorful costume and learned a tragic lesson about power and responsibility - and now it's time for him to swing into action! But can our young hero rescue a crew of astronauts aboard their malfunctioning shuttle? Even if he does, he'll still end up Public Enemy No. 1 as far as journalist J. Jonah Jameson is concerned! Then, Spidey shows off his skills in a bid to join the Fantastic Four - and comes face-to-faces with his very first super villain: the identity-stealing Chameleon! It's one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all! Reprinting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #1.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 FACSIMILE EDITION
(W) Stan Lee (A/CA) Steve Ditko
Doctor Octopus! Electro! Mysterio! The Vulture! Sandman! Kraven the Hunter! Individually, each of these deadly foes tested Spider-Man to his limit during the early years of his web-swinging adventures. So how can Spidey possibly hope to survive when they band together as what can only be called the Sinister Six? Find out in this landmark first-ever Spider-Man Annual from the brilliant minds of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko at the peak of their powers! Peter Parker is in for the fight of his life against a sextet of super villains - and every single battle along the way makes a great, big splash! And don't miss all the inventive extras you'd expect from a classic Marvel Annual! It's one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all! Reprinting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL (1964) #1.
SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 FACSIMILE EDITION
(W) Gerry Conway (A/CA) Sal Buscema
By the mid-1970s, Spidey fans could thrill to their favorite hero's escapades in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, his high-octane encounters with other super-types in MARVEL TEAM-UP, his all-ages adventures in SPIDEY SUPER STORIES and reprints of classic stories in MARVEL TALES - and still it wasn't enough! Such was the clamor that a second solo title debuted with a focus on the man beneath the mask: the always popular Peter Parker! But fear not, there's plenty of costumed action in this frantic first issue - and when the deadly Tarantula strikes at Peter's university, it's Spidey who feels the sting! Will the Tarantula claim the mayor's life, or can our wall-crawling Web-Head save the day in suitably spectacular fashion? It's one of the all-time great Marvel comic books.
Why these caught my eye:
The facsimile editions are really nicely done and I love it when Marvel does thematic waves like this to support a marketing blitz.
SPIDER-MAN THE WEDDING ALBUM GALLERY ED HC
(W) David Michelinie, Various (A) VARIOUS, John Romita (CA) John Romita
Celebrate the greatest comic-book wedding of all in this oversized Gallery Edition containing the complete story of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson's 1980s nuptials - from proposal to ceremony to honeymoon! After years of will-they-won't-they friendship and occasional romance, Peter pops the question - and after much soul-searching, MJ says yes! But will these lovebirds truly hit the jackpot and walk down the aisle, or will that ol' Parker luck - not to mention Electro, Puma and the new Spider-Slayer - ruin everything for the bride and groom? Plus: The newspaper-strip version of the wedding, a wild WHAT IF? and the complete saga of the happy couple's history! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #290-292, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL (1964) #21, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #7, WHAT IF? (1989) #20-21, MARVEL SAGA: THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #22 and material from NOT BRAND ECHH #6.
Why this caught my eye:
More reprints! I really like the oversized gallery editions so this feels like a nice edition to that series. Plus hey, I remember when Marvel was embarrassed of the Peter/MJ marriage so it's nice to see them finally (mostly?) over that.
(W) Cody Ziglar (A) Justin Mason (CA) Olivier Coipel
ANARCHY IN THE SPIDER-VERSE!
SPIDER-PUNK GETS HIS OWN SERIES!
• HOBIE BROWN is THE ANARCHIC SPIDER-PUNK - set to protect EARTH-138 with his ax in hand and his chaotic band of punk rockin' heroes backing him!
• NORMAN OSBORN is dead, but will the chaos he's created be too much for Spider-Punk and gang to handle?
• Feel the vibes as CODY ZIGLAR (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and JUSTIN MASON bring you the jams when "BANNED IN DC" begins here!
Why this caught my eye:
This feels long overdue and if we're going to be spending more time prepping for more Spider-Verse action in the future I'm glad where hitting Hobie Brown again.
That's it for this batch, we'll hit up some DC comics on the next round!