After day of huge announcements with very little detail about where they came from and what they are, Bleeding Cool has very slyly announced that Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli would be continuing to writer and pencil the next volume, this one is number four, of Amazing Spider-Man. The reported tagline for the relaunch is “Your friendly neighborhood just got bigger.”
Then this image leaked and spread around the net like wildfire.
I cannot even begin to unpackage this image and I would stress that we should all reserve judgement until we find out more about the image that we are seeing. My initial response was that Peter Parker would be picking up from where he left off in Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business by becoming some kind of international spy. Well, cancel your speculation because MTV News got an exclusive with Dan Slott that answers many of the questions we might have.
“Peter Parker has stepped up,” Slott said. “He’s grown. He’s become the Peter Parker we’ve always hoped he was going to be. This company, with Peter’s inventions and Peter’s gumption has gone to new heights.”
Apparently, Peter Parker has become an international icon since the founding of Parker Industries and Spider-Man has been hired to become his bodyguard. This has made Spider-Man more popular than ever and, like in our world, his image has appeared on shirts, posters, toys, games and more all over the world.
Dan Slott when to Alex Ross to redesign Spider-Man’s costume to infuse some of the new tech he’ll be sporting. Here’s some of the concept art Alex Ross turned in:
“The things this suit will be able to do and the innovations that Peter Parker has put into it will be astounding,” Slott noted, “and when you want to take something to the next level, you go, and make it look real, you go, ’hey Alex Ross, take your best shot.’ ”
As shown on the cover, Spider-Man is getting a Spider-Mobile again and this time the design job went to Giuseppe Camuncoli. Spider-Editor Nick Lowe stated that we’d see the car driving around the streets of Shanghai in the very first issue of the new series.
“He’s operating with Parker industries in not just New York, but also Shanghai and San Francisco and London,” Slott said. “He’s going to be a far more global Spider-Man, and with that is going to come all new global threats. Things that will really test Spider-Man like never before.”
The Spider-Mobile is going to be a two-seater, implying that Peter won’t be tackling his global problems alone. That means a number of things for the wall-crawler!
Firstly it means complicated romantic storylines, “One of the things I always loved was there was always a triangle,” Slott said. “There’s all these characters who are vying for Pete’s attention and I think you’re going to get back to that. You’re going to see all kinds of different characters we know and care about.”
So while Peter is dashing all over the world as Spider-Man, it seems that Miles Morales is going to be handling his old rogues gallery back in New York City.
“What you’re going to get from Miles is you’re going to get classic Spider-Man,” Slott noted. “A teenager in high school having problems and trying to deal with things.
“And when you’re reading Peter Parker ’Amazing Spider-Man,’ you’re going to get the Spider-Man you’ve been reading about since 1962 going to all new levels. Can he do the street stuff? Sure, but he can do that times ten. It’s everything you know, everything you care about, amped up to a level you’ve never seen before.
“It’s not just this guy is Spider-Man, or that guy is a Spider-Man. Peter Parker isn’t just the greatest [Spider-Man]… We’re out to make him the world’s greatest superhero.”
Dan Slott has been writing Amazing Spider-Man since 2010, including his brief foray into the Superior Spider-Man and has watched sales soar on the title, launching the series into the top 10 sales slot that it had long been absent from. Whether this book will be biweekly or monthly has not be announced but expect to hear about additional artists soon if it is a biweekly book.
Keep your eyes on this page for any future updates.