Thanks to a leak of the latest Marvel Preview, we got an advanced look of 45 new Marvel Comics titles that will launch as part of All-New, All Different Marvel. This will take place after the Secret Wars crossover event completes in the summer. Lots to say, so we’ll break it out into different franchises. Already covered X-Men, so this time it’s all about Spider-Man!
Overall notes on the Spider-Man series of titles
Spider-Man kind of lost my attention after Superior Spider-Man. However, that downturn gave me time to sample other titles in the Spider-Man universe. Of those, Silk grabbed a hold of me in a big way. Making her debut in the Amazing Spider-Man series as part of Original Sin, she’s a very likable character with her own unique angle. Most of the hype nowadays is focused on Spider-Gwen, but right now I think Silk had the best of the modern Spider-Man books just before Secret Wars.
Couple those two with the Web Warriors, Miles Morales and Spider-Man 2099, and the family of Spider books is pretty big. But will they be good? I’m hopeful that more of the titles are like Silk versus the most recent run on Amazing Spider-Man.
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Picking up the business and technical advancements made by Otto Octavious while he was in Peter Parker’s body, Peter has now fully embraced Parker Industries in this new run of Amazing Spider-Man. With a new costume, new car and lots of gadgets, he’s looking to take his superhero abilities to the next level. It also looks like Peter’s love life is getting a kick in the pants, as the teaser image alludes to a love triangle of sorts.
Slott’s work on the last Amazing Spider-Man was a bit weak, but I love his Superior Spider-Man stuff, and the parts of Renew Your Vows that I’ve read thus far. Let’s be hopeful for a return to form!
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Sara Pichelli
With no prefix, Miles Morales is now just Spider-Man. Whether that means he’s the new focal point of the Marvel universe or it’s just a name that currently isn’t in use, being the prefix-less Spider-Man does make a statement. Never read a solo Miles Morales book, but I now have a copy of Spider-Men waiting for me on the shelf, as Bendis has stated that this new series will start out as a sequel to that. After years of hype, I can’t wait to finally see for myself what makes this character special.
Written by Jason Latour
Art by Robbi Rodriguez
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not much of a Spider-Gwen fan. The first few issues I read were dull retreads of the Peter Parker template featuring Gwen Stacy in a cool costume. If anything, I think most of her success now can be attributed to having a cool costume more than actually being part of a great story.
With the creative team of the original series returning, this is their opportunity at redemption. Glad to see that they’re going back to cover the history of Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker in their alternate universe, as this has mostly just been glossed over. If business does pick up on this front, I wouldn’t be against giving it another shot.
Written by Robbie Thompson
Art by Stacey Lee
Silk is my favourite thing going in the Spider-Man universe, but what is the deal with “Sinister Silk”? It heavily implies that she’s gonna go rogue, and I’m not sure if I like that. She’s such a charming character that she must be forced into doing bad stuff…right? More than anything, I want Silk to continue being an entertaining read, so if that means she changes sides, so be it. Just please don’t mess it up.
Written by Mike Costa
Art by David Baldeon
As if the mega group of Spider-people weren’t enough in Spider-Verse and Secret Wars Correspondence: Spider-Verse, the band is back together for the third time in less than a year with a new ongoing series. Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman is at the helm, along with Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham and Spider-Man India. No interest in reading this book, though I love the idea that the Spider-Man originally conceived just for the Indian market has made his way into a regular North American series. Also, I’ve always been a fan of his Spider-Man meets Prince of Persia costume.
Wrapping things up
There’s even more Spider-Man stuff that I didn’t cover here. I don’t have the interest/expertise to speak on matters such as Spider-Man 2099 or Carnage (if you still count him as part of the Spider-Man universe), but there’s clearly no shortage of web-slinging going on in the future of Marvel. Are you pumped for any of the All-New, All-Different Spider-Man series?