Slott, Stegman Launch "Superior Spider-Man" in 2013

Last week, Marvel Comics presented a new round of one-word teasers for Marvel NOW!, including a "Superior" series by Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Humberto Ramos. USA Today has revealed the teased series as the follow-up to "Amazing Spider-Man," which ends in December with issue #700. The newly titled "Superior Spider-Man," helmed by Slott and the rotating art team of Stegman, Ramos and Camuncoli, will focus on a darker web-slinger than readers have ever seen.

"I've always been the omniscient hand that's been protecting Peter Parker and Spider-Man, and not letting anything too bad happen to him," Slott told USA Today. "And now I've become this cruel god. There's something exciting about that, about going, 'Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha, here is what's going to happen to you, Spider-Man!' And it's drastic and it's big and it's exciting and it's never been done before."

The first story arc, entitled "Hero or Menace," will include alterations to the traditional Spidey costume, which reflect some of the hero's new abilities that will likely be revealed at the end of the year in "Amazing Spider-Man" #700. Stegman will serve as artist for the first three issues, followed by a rotation with Ramos and Camuncoli on subsequent arcs.

Slott further teased that there will be a shift in the status quo by the time "Superior Spider-Man" #1 hits and a change in Spider-Man's M.O.

"He's not going to be doing things the old Spider-Man way. There will be a new way of doing things," said Slott, who was coy about whether it's actually Peter Parker under the mask. "You've got to ask yourself, what does 'Superior Spider-Man' mean? Does this mean a Spider-Man with a greater power set? Or maybe he's moving to Michigan. Just set up shop next to Lake Superior."

More answers will undoubtably surface leading up to the final issue of "Amazing Spider-Man" in December. "Superior Spider-Man" #1 by Slott and Stegman hist stores in January.

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