With the release of the March 2018 solicits for Marvel, there's an interesting turn of phrase in the solicits for one title in particular that seems to confirm that a rumour that Bleeding Cool has long been reporting.
The solicits for March's issue of Amazing Spider-Man seem to be suggesting that this is the beginning of the final arc from writer Dan Slott. Slott has, of course, been writing the series now for years, taking Peter Parker through a number of huge changes, from becoming rich and famous to even, y'know, dying and being replaced by one of his greatest nemeses.
Well, this solicit for the start of arc 'Go Down Swinging' seems to be confirming his long-rumoured departure.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797
DAN SLOTT (W) • STUART IMMONEN (A)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY TBA (1 of 5)
DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY TBA
MIGHTY THOR VARIANT COVER BY CLAYTON CRAIN
REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY TBA
B&W REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY TBA
GO DOWN SWINGING Part 1
The Green Goblin is back — and scarier than ever! Dan Slott has saved his most harrowing Spider-Man story for last as he and Stuart Immonen kick off the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story ten years in the making. Osborn got his crazy back and has a plan that'll make all his past plans look like child's play. Peter Parker and the people he loves (ALL of them) are in deep trouble. And who or what is the RED GOBLIN?! The only way Spider-Man survives is to GO DOWN SWINGING!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
The key phrase to note would of course be "Dan Slott has saved his most harrowing Spider-Man story for last." Well, that does seem pretty final, eh?
We'd often discussed how Slott was set to be leaving Amazing Spider-Man behind, and we even believe we know who will be replacing him, none other than Secret Empire's own Nick Spencer.
However, Slott has denied any such rumours for some time, but this seems to confirm that those might have just been to throw people off the scent.
Still, it's an odd time to leave. Issue #797 feels like a peculiar time to start a story arc that will culminate in a creative team changeover, as it would mean whoever does take over will be starting from around issue 803, assuming the arc is around six-issues long.
Well, maybe we'll be hearing more soon. Maybe Slott will even admit if this is in fact his last Amazing Spider-Man tale.