Though Dan Slott's "Spider-Verse" event ends this month, several Spiders -- including Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man India, Spider-UK, Spider-Man Noir and Mayday Parker -- will return for a "Secret Wars" Warzones! event in Mike Costa and Andre Aruajo's "Spider-Verse" #1.
In a Nerdist exclusive, Costa spoke a little about his vision for the series. He revealed that "Spider-Verse" #1 would pick up for the characters after "Amazing Spider-Man" #14 and #15, but added that it was a self-contained story and that "the entire 'Secret Wars' event is structured in such a brilliant way that entry into almost all the stories is as smooth as possible."
When asked about the infamous Spider symbiote suit, Costa would neither confirm nor deny its involvement in his "Secret Wars" story. "I don't know how I can answer that question without a spoiler so I'll just say this: When I was a kid, 'What If?...The Alien Costume had Possessed Spider-Man' left an indelible mark on my impressionable mind."
Though he got to tackle fan favorites like Spider-Gwen and Spider-Ham, Costa shared that Spider-Man India was the one that took him by surprise. "There's a real richness there, and so many unique things about him that set him apart from the other cast-members. This book is the most he's gotten to shine outside of his original mini-series, and I'm really excited about that."
The interview also included the official solicitation for "Spider-Verse" #1: "Spinning out of the SPIDER-VERSE event, a team of Spiders find themselves face-to-face with Battleworld! Starring SPIDER-GWEN, SPIDER-MAN NOIR, SPIDER-MAN: INDIA, MAYDAY PARKER, SPIDER-UK and SPIDER-HAM!""
Though there is no official release date for "Spider-Verse" #1, it will likely be released this spring and summer with the larger "Secret Wars" event. Check out the full interview at the Nerdist for more from Mike Costa.