Spider-Man Annoys His Amazing Friends in First Look From Spencer & Ottley

Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man is getting a "Fresh Start" this summer when writer Nick Spencer and artist Ryan Ottley begin a bold new direction for the title. Spencer has a history with the Spider-Man family of titles, having penned 2013's Superior Foes of Spider-Man.

For his and Ottley's Amazing Spider-Man, Spencer believes the right mix for a perfect Spider-Man starts with his civilian alter ego, Peter Parker.

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"The story really always begins and ends with Peter," Spencer told Marvel.com. "He’s the heart and soul of the thing, and what makes Spider-Man special. You’re always trying to balance those personal struggles with the high-flying adventure, and in the best stories the two are playing off of and feeding off each other, dovetailing in weird and wonderful ways. Being Spider-Man should always come at a cost to Peter — that’s the great responsibility that comes with the great power."

Spencer added that fans will see familiar faces in Amazing Spider-Man, as well as working with Chip Zdarsky to coordinate J. Jonah Jameson's story from Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man.

"I have to be careful here, as I don’t want to tip my hand too much on what’s to come, but I will say a big part of the thrill of this job is getting to write the best supporting cast in comics," Spencer said. "I’m excited about writing Aunt May, and giving her a story where she’s really controlling her own destiny and showing us how Peter was raised by a hero in her own right. The whole Daily Bugle crew will get some key stories. I’m working closely with Chip Zdarsky on some really cool Jonah stuff; he’s telling what I think is a definitive JJJ story over in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, so I wanted to make sure anything we do on that front complements his stellar work there. Randy Robertson is a character we haven’t seen a lot of for a while, but he’ll have a prominent role. And expect to see a lot of Felicia Hardy, as she’s one of my all-time favorite characters. Little-known trivia: What eventually became SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN was originally a Black Cat pitch."

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Below are preview pages for Spencer and Ottley's Amazing Spider-Man #1, which features a collection of Marvel's greatest heroes -- and the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man -- fighting an onslaught of alien creatures.

The fun begins May 5 on Free Comic Book Day with Amazing Spider-Man/Guardians of the Galaxy #1, followed by Amazing Spider-Man #1 on July 11.

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