After Dan Slott announced his impending departure from Amazing Spider-Man after a decade, it was clear that a new creative team would soon get to take their shot with the webbed hero. Now that team has been revealed.
As reported by ComicBook.com, as part of Marvel’s Fresh Start relaunch Secret Empire writer Nick Spencer, Invincible artist Ryan Ottley, inker Cliff Rathburn & colorist Laura Martin will now be handling the adventures of Peter Parker and his heroic alter-ego.
“I think that a lot of what I’ll be doing is reconnecting Peter with some very classic, quintessential elements of the story that fans and readers are going to recognize,” Spencer said. “And it’s exciting to bring the character back to basics and, at the same time, Dan has obviously had one of the best runs on the character ever, and we’re certainly going to honor the things that he’s done and build from there. The best Spider-Man, his personal [trouble] is mirroring his troubles in costume, and the two stories are feeding each other and being Spider-Man always comes with considerable costs to Peter. It’s always getting in the way of his life. So, to me, it’s kind of a dance between those two things at this stage.”
After spending years working on Invicible, a series featuring a hero very similar to Peter Parker in many ways, Ottley is ready to make the leap over to Marvel’s original teenage hero.
“Super excited to be working with Nick on this book,” Ottley said. “Spider-Man was my first love when it comes to comics, so this is a pretty nostalgic feeling, and so far I’m having a blast putting my spin on these characters.”
Supporting cast is a lot of what has made Spider-Man books successful over the years and that seemingly isn’t going to change now.
“When you get excited to write Spider-Man, it’s because you’re also excited to write Jonah and Aunt May and MJ and Black Cat,” Spencer said. “You know, just there’s so many incredible characters in this orbit, so getting to play with that cast, getting to make them a big part of our story is key. And I can say pretty much all of your favorites will be making an appearance at some point.”
Amazing Spider-Man #1 arrives in June.