Acquiescing to fan complaints that there simply aren't enough Spider-people comics, Marvel will finally launch an additional Spider-Man comic in April, the publisher announced Friday. Written by Peter David with "art" by Greg Land, the inventively-titled Symbiote Spider-Man will be a 5-issue mini-series focusing on Spider-Man's time in the black suit, after the original Secret Wars, but before he learned the suit was an alien who would go on to become better than Watchmen.
Said Marvel Editor Devin Lewis:
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. 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!
Though speaking in a press release, Lewis seemed to be hallucinating that he was having a conversation with a person asking him questions:
What's MYSTERIO doing on the cover?! 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.
This much-needed additional Spider-Man comic will finally be in stores in April.