Ben Reilly isn’t the only one with a new book on the horizon! Today, Marvel (via Entertainment Weekly) announced that Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man is getting a second in-continuity title, aptly named Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man. Readers familiar with Spider-history (and our Spanning Spectacular series) will know that Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man has been a long running secondary title to the main Amazing Spider-Man.
At the writing helm is Chip Zdarsky, a relative newcomer to Marvel and Spider-Man, though both Spidey and Aunt May made regular guest appearances in Zdarsky’s Howard the Duck. While these characters were mostly used to lampoon some of the hammier aspects of the character, Zdarsky promises that Spectacular will be “a more personal book” with “big adventure.”
Zdarsky went on to say that if pressed for a mission statement for the title, he would give “have fun, have heart, have stakes,” which is certainly an encouraging thing to hear. While Spectacular will feature the current Parker Industries CEO persona for Peter Parker/Spider-Man, the comic will be set in New York City. In addition, Zdarsky will introduce a new supporting character, a female comedian who befriends Spider-Man. The title will not exist in a vacuum, and will affect the main title much like the main title will affect Spectacular. This certainly has historical precedent, as some of big moments in Spider-Man history, including the death of Harry Osborn, happened in the pages of Spectacular. Also, like the Spectacular before it, Zdarsky’s will pay special attention to the extended Spider-Man support cast. So fans looking for a back-to-the-basics Spider-man, get ready!
Adam Kubert will handle the art for the series, so fans of his and Dan Slott’s work on the Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows mini should rejoice. So far only the image released has been the cover for the first issue, which features the all too familiar hero costume under button-up reveal. Perhaps to showcase the intent for a more grounded less “Amazing” Spider-Man, a mustard stain on the shirt has bled through to the costume underneath. The colorist has not been named but going from the cover expect bright, vibrant colors .
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man will be featured in Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day comic in May and the first issue will hit the stands in June. This will be the first time since 2008’s “Brand New Day” that Marvel has produced two in-continuity core Spider-Man titles. While he’s appeared in Avengers and Spider-Man/Deadpool, these titles have not had the impact on the main title that Zdarsky claims Spectacular will carry.