An initial report regarding the return of longtime Spider-Man nemesis Norman Osborn and revered artist Stuart Immonen (“Empress”) to the pages of “Amazing Spider-Man” appears to be true. Immonen will team with “Amazing Spider-Man” writer Dan Slott for the return of the Green Goblin’s alter-ego in a post-“Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy” run.
Immonen will begin his Spider-Man stint with a story in “The Clone Conspiracy: Omega,” which deals with the fallout from the line-wide Spider-Man event. “It pays off of the subplot from The Clone Conspiracy #3 with the Kingpin, where there’s a scene with the Kingpin where he comes in and talks to Spider-Man and he says, ‘Well, you owe me a favor,’ and Spider-Man says, ‘No, you owe me a favor,'” editor Nick Lowe told Comicbook.com. “The story in ‘The Clone Conspiracy: Omega’ plays off that and it sets up the events of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #25 in a really cool way.”
Regarding the oversized “Amazing Spider-Man” #25, Lowe says, “[It] is huge and gorgeous. It’s a 40-page story that [Immonen] and Dan Slott did together and it looks absolutely amazing. Spider-Man looks amazing. Peter Parker looks incredible. There’s some stuff in there that is so charming and fun and exciting and action-packed, and the fact that Norman Osborn is going to be our main villain for this arc, and Stuart draws terrifying villains with these kind of cold eyes I cannot wait for people to see what he does with Norman. But yes, we are so stoked to be working together, and he and Dan are working really well together, too. It’s got me super pumped up about this new era of Spider-Man.”
When fans last saw Norman Osborn, he had undergone some physical changes at the end of “Superior Spider-Man,” and his appearance will remain a mystery, says Lowe. “What is [Osborn] up to now is the biggest question, and what does he look like, because the last two times we saw him, he didn’t look anything like himself back in the end of ‘Superior Spider-Man.’ Then, in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #4, he was wrapped up with bandages. So, ‘What will Norman look like?’ is a big question.”
A Norman Osborn cured of the goblin serum will also prove to be a new hurdle for Spider-Man. “He’s got his full genius on display and Spider-Man better watch out because this is a guy who has been alive way longer than Peter has and he’s withholding his mental genius and now without that craziness, I think he’s a lot more dangerous,” teases Lowe.
“Amazing Spider-Man” #25 will also see supporting characters like Aunt May, Harry Osborn and Mockingbird have roles to play in this growing mystery.
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