WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, Laura Martin and Joe Caramagna, in stores now.
"Back to Basics," the first arc of Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley's The Amazing Spider-Man relaunch, is both a description of the creative team's plan for the web-slinger, and a mission statement for the title. The two creators are focused on bringing the spotlight in tight on Peter Parker and his immediate friends and family after Dan Slott's decade-long run expanded the wall-crawler's world to be bigger than ever.
The duo's first issue accomplished all of that, and then some, stripping Peter of his new job, and re-establishing Spider-Man as a hero the rest of the Marvel Universe may respect, but doesn't always want to hang out with. It also tweaked his relationships in a way that undid some of the advancement seen over the last few years of Slott's run, but not in a way that retconned anything he wrote. In short, The Amazing Spider-Man #1 paid homage to the development the character has experienced over the past decade, while returning him closer to his roots as a superhero icon.
Along the way, the issue took the first steps in undoing something that happened in 2006, the biggest "reboot" the character had ever experienced to date: the dissolution of the marriage of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson.