COMICS: Peter Parker to Return As Spider-Man in New AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Series
The rumours are true - writer Dan Slott has confirmed that the Superior Spider-Man will be no more, and Peter Parker will be back in the red and blue duds this April. Hit the jump for more on the Web-Head's return!
Following a leak in the March/April issue of Marvel Previews, The New York Daily News has confirmed that a relaunched Amazing Spider-Man series - penned by previous Amazing and current Superior scribe Dan Slott and illustrated by Humberto Ramos - will not only hit shelves in April, but will have Peter Parker back in control of his body.
“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 said.
Slott new that Peter's death wasn't permanent, and said that it was very difficult to keep his return a secret while face serious backlash - including death threats - from fans. “To do that for a solid year of my life, that’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do - to look small children in the eye at a convention and lie to them,” the writer said. “One of them with an honest-to-God Little League uniform and a quivering lip. Inside, part of me was dying.”
Of the controversial storyline - where Doctor Octopus switches brains with Peter Parker and his body dies with Peter inside - Slott has been keeping his cards close to his chest. "We did it this way because no one was expecting it. Everyone out there assumed we'd have a big reveal later. People thought we'd bring Peter back in a year's time - or right before the next Spider-Man movie," Slott said. "Everyone was so savvy with how this all works that I thought the best way to keep people off their game was to just put that card on the table right from the get go. You're all so sure it was coming - well? Here it is! But if you think that's all there is, get ready to be wrong."
Slott also said that while the news would hit today, the upcoming issue of Superior Spider-Man would provide some answers. "This Sunday, January 12th there will be some BIG Superior Spider-Man SPOILERS on news & comic news sites," Slott posted on his Facebook page. "If you can, you should probably try to avoid them till after you've read your new comics on Weds. You've been warned."
While it's been hugely successful for Marvel, the future of Superior is unclear - it may be the case that the titles are merely cancelled. Still, the news is sure to please many fans - and disappoint others. Along with the full cover of issue #1, NY Daily News also revealed a variant cover by Jerome Opena. The relaunched Amazing Spider-Man is released in April.
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