Marvel Comics is unveiling all kinds of new comic-book fun in the wake of the summer's massive Secret Wars event, and among the most interesting is what's happening with Spider-Man. Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, is still around and still in the Amazing Spider-Man series, while Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales is joining the main Marvel universe as part of both All-New, All-Different Avengers and his own new ongoing series, Spider-Man.
But wait, there's more. Peter Parker is also getting another ongoing series devoted to his adventures, but they're not about his present-day exploits. The new series, Spidey, by writer Robbie Thompson (Silk) and artist Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men), will take us back to the days when Peter Parker was a newly minted superhero, still trying to balance the woes of high school with the woes of fighting crime on the streets of New York City.
For many fans, that version of Peter Parker is the version we think of when we consider the heart and soul of Spider-Man, but in reality -- apart from Ultimate Spider-Man stories -- the 616 version of Peter Parker actually enjoyed precious little high school time, so this series is an effort to fill in those gaps and give us a more nuanced version of those early days. It's also a chance to deliver a more stripped-down version of the character, before romance and adulthood and career woes interrupted his superheroics. I for one can't wait to see how this plays out.
Check out a preview of the series, featuring Spidey battling Doc Ock, in the gallery below. Spidey #1 arrives Dec. 2.