Spider-Man Goes Back To Basics


Once the dust settles on the All New, All Different relaunch there will be at least two solo Spider-Man comics featuring Peter Parker out there. One puts Peter in the role of an international play boy who travels the world with his company and Spidery bodyguard. The other focuses on his teenage adventures, going back to basics, as it were.

One of these comics doesn’t interest me, but the other? 

Well that’s entirely different.

Spider-Man has been one of Marvel’s most famous characters, if not the biggest name the company has, for a long time. Yes, the Avengers have undergone a surge in popularity with the hugely successful movie franchise, but I have a feeling the wall crawler will be back on top when he makes his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year, so there being numerous Spider-Man comics on the racks at once doesn’t surprise me in the least.

That one of them will take us back to the early days of the wall crawlers adventures reminds me of when the Ultimate Marvel Universe started fifteen odd years ago with a fresh take on Spider-Man that did away with fifty plus years of continuity whilst keeping the core of the character the same. It was my first introduction to the web-slinger in comic form and I loved every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man until I dropped the title two or three years ago. There was actually a time that I read every Ultimate comic for over a decade before the declining quality of the other Ultimate books after the Death Of Peter Parker and the over reliance on crossovers turned me away from that universe and toward Amazing Spider-Man around issue #670 or so.

I’ve stopped reading Amazing Spider-Man now that the All New All Different relaunch has Peter Parker as an international globe trotter with his company surprisingly successful. Maybe it’s his new found success, or maybe it’s that the character feels more like Iron Man than Spider-Man now (how accurate that feeling is I don’t know), but I find I don’t really have the desire to pick up Amazing that I once did, despite how much I enjoy Dan Slott’s Spider-Man. I may eventually pick up a couple of issues to check out how it’s going, but the series isn’t on my radar right now.

But Spidey?

This new series has me looking forward to some old school classic style web slinging action in New York City that’s unlikely to bridge off into a multi-comic crossover event simply because of the fact the comic is set during Peter’s earlier years as Spidey. On top of that, I’m also partial to Nick Bradshaw’s art style, so this comic is already more enticing to me than the main Spider-Man comic. That it takes place in a simpler time is just the cherry on top.

Preview text from Graphic Policy below.

Today, he’s the world’s greatest super hero. But long before he swung from rooftops as the Amazing Spider-Man, he was a super powered teenager who knew that “with great power must also come great responsibility.” Marvel has released a new look inside Spidey #1 – the new ongoing series from writer Robbie Thompson and blockbuster artist Nick Bradshaw! Class is in session as these two explosive creators take Peter back to school for a classic and iconic take on the Spider-Man mythology. Familiar faces and characters populate Peter Parker’s world as he balances his double life as high school student and the high-flying, web-swinging new hero Spider-Man!

Don’t miss one moment of the action as Thompson and Bradshaw spin a legend of their own in the bombastic debut this December 2nd!


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