The reason for Marvel Comics' webbed countdown has been revealed. Star Wars mastermind J.J. Abrams will pen a Spider-Man comic with his son Henry, while artist Sara Pichelli and colorist Dave Stewart provide interior artwork.
According to The New York Times, the new Spider-Man miniseries will introduce an original villain called Cadaverous, "who will cause problems for Spider-Man, his alter-ego, Peter Parker, and his beloved Mary Jane Watson." The story takes place over five issues.
"The story shows Peter Parker in a way you haven't seen him before," J.J. Abrams teased.
According to Henry Abrams, this comic is a decade in the making. "Nick Lowe, the editor of this comic, reached out about 10 years ago. More recently we began to develop an idea: a new and different and exciting take on Spider-Man," he explained.
"Nick had been pressing me to do a book with him," J.J. Abrams added. "A year or so ago, I started talking about it with Henry and it sort of happened organically. And that has been the joy of this. Even though I’ve been talking to Nick for a long time, weirdly, this feels like it just sort of evolved from the conversations of Henry and I, having ideas that got us excited and Nick being open to the collaboration."
"Spider-Man is one of those superheroes where the more you read about him, for me at least, the less I understand him," Henry Abrams shared. "He's so anti-everything that you'd expect from a hero. I think Stan Lee said something about putting the human in superhuman. That is what we're trying to do."
J.J. Abrams also compared the experience to working on a film. "I would equate the experience a bit like working on a movie. You have an idea for what [Star Wars character] Maz Kanata's castle will look like. It's theory for months and months, and then you go through phases and design. Then one day you walk onto the set and you're standing there," he said. "You might not be shooting, but you’re just standing on the set. And to get Sara's artwork, the black and white early renderings, to get those, it's weird because you're suddenly looking at a brilliant artist's interpretation of work that you've been talking about for a long time."
Spider-Man #1 by J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams, Sara Pichelli and Dave Stewart goes on sale in September. Olivier Coipel's cover for the first issue appears below.