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.
"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."
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.