School’s out for summer — which, if you’re a teenage Peter Parker, means it’s the perfect time for the learning to really begin. CBR has the first details of Spidey: School’s Out, a six-issue digital-first series that will debut exclusively on comiXology and Kindle as Marvel’s latest comiXology Originals series.
Spidey: School’s Out is from the creative team of writer John Barber and artist Todd Nauck, with biweekly issues starting on June 6, priced at $2.99 each. The series will also be available to comiXology Unlimited subscribers as part of the service. Here’s the official description of the series:
“Peter Parker just survived his first year as the Amazing Spider-Man and a year of high school! What is he going to do next? He’s going to Stark science camp! A week indoors with the coolest technology in the world is a dream come true for Peter — and a bonanza for one Spider-foe who’s seriously upgraded his arsenal. Can Spider-Man keep the camp safe, and keep his identity secret from his first dormmate, while Peter Parker makes new friends and finishes his project on time?”
Barber is best known for his prolific work on IDW Publishing’s Transformers comic books, and was a former editor at the San Diego-based publisher. Nauck has extensively contributed to multiple Spider-Man titles since the ’90s, including a run on Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and illustrating the highly publicized Amazing Spider-Man #583 story guest-starring Barack Obama, which was released days before his presidential inauguration in 2009. Rachelle Rosenberg is the colorist of the series, with covers by David Nakayama.
“Summer’s here, and just like any high school student, Peter Parker can’t wait to get back to studying,” Barber said in the announcement. “Er, well, maybe he’s different in one or two ways, but seriously — who wouldn’t be excited when they’re invited to spend a few weeks at Tony Stark’s science camp? As Peter makes new friends (and new enemies), supervillains target the camp’s high-tech equipment… and that means it’s time for Spidey to hit the scene.”
“Drawing Spidey: School’s Out hits on a lot of the high points for me drawing a Spider-Man comic,” Nauck said. “It’s always really fun to draw cool Spider-Man action. I also got to update the looks for a few of his classic villains from the Spidey rogue’s gallery, as well as draw a couple of Avengers.”
Spidey: School’s Out is Marvel’s fifth comiXology Originals series, following The Immortal Iron Fists, Thor Vs. Hulk: Champions of the Universe, Black Panther: Long Live The King and the currently ongoing Avengers: Back to Basics. Similar to those series. Spidey’s: Schools Out doesn’t appear to fit anywhere specifically in established Marvel history, but rather looks to provide iconic versions of characters that will be familiar to Marvel Studios fans — with the match-up of Tony Stark and a high school-age Spider-Man specifically reminiscent of 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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Each of Marvel’s comiXology Originals have later been released in print, with the collected edition of Thor Vs. Hulk: Champions of the Universe scheduled out on March 28, about four and a half months after the last issue was released on comiXology. The digital comics retail and publishing platform launched its comiXology Originals line in Oct. 2016, and Marvel joined in July 2017 with Immortal Iron Fists.
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