Marvel Comics today announced a new series starring Spider-Man that will revisit one of the Wall-Crawler's most iconic arcs, the Alien Costume Saga. The series, titled Symbiote Spider-Man, by Peter David (Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider) and Greg Land (Domino, Hunt for Wolverine), will explore the weeks when Spider-Man was wearing his black costume -- before he discovered it was an alien symbiote that would go on to become the supervillain-turned-antihero Venom.
First appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #252, Spider-Man's black costume debuted during the original "Secret Wars" arc, when the hero's standard costume was damaged beyond repair. The alien symbiote latched onto Spider-Man, acting as a convenient replacement for his tattered suit. When Spider-Man returned to Earth, he continued to wear the costume until he discovered it had a mind of its own and was attempting to permanently merge with him.
“Venom may be my day job and favorite Spider-Villain, but my favorite fictional character of all time is the one and only Spider-Man -- and far and away, this is one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever had the privilege of working on in my five and a half years here at Marvel,” said Marvel Comics editor Devin Lewis in a press release. “This is an in-continuity story of Peter Parker A.K.A. The Amazing Spider-Man set in the weeks he was wearing the alien symbiote costume that would later become one of his greatest foes! And all your favorites are there -- Black Cat, Aunt May, The Bugle. This is classic Spider-Action in the Mighty Marvel Manner!”
David and Land's series will revisit the time before Spider-Man uncovered the symbiote's true intentions, revealing new adventures in the black costume. The cover for the debut issue reveals a villain who did not do battle with Spider-Man during this time, Mysterio, hinting that untold stories from this era in Marvel Comics will be explored.
“What’s Mysterio doing on the cover?!” Said Lewis. “He never fought Symbiote Spidey! Or did he?! Now, I know a lot of y’all out there in Mighty Marveldom are going to scoff at that -- that this story is in-continuity -- but trust me! Peter, Greg and I have all done our homework -- we’ve read and reread the original Alien Costume Saga in its entirety, revisited old stories and talked around those classics literally, for hours. This is Peter Parker as Spider-Man, wearing one of the most iconic costumes in all of comics, and we’re treating this story will the heart, seriousness and respect that that entails as a result.”
Symbiote Spider-Man #1 by Peter David and Greg Land goes on sale at comic book shops this April.
SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1 (OF 5)
- Written by PETER DAVID
- Art and Cover by GREG LAND