Peter Parker Goes Back to Basics in New Spider-Man Series

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Marvel has announced a new series titled Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, which will be written by Chip Zdarksky and illustrated by Adam Kubert. The series will focus on more street level and more grounded aspects than its Amazing counterpart, as Zdarksky told EW:

"The main book, Amazing Spider-Man, has kept things fresh by stretching the character and his situation. It's still classic Spider-Man at its core, but transposed into new settings. With this book, we're using the same Spider-Man in-continuity but shifting the spotlight back to his NYC environment and supporting cast. But even though we're pushing to make it a more personal book, we're still going to have big adventures with ramifications that'll be felt in his other books. If I had, like, a true mission statement for the title though, it would be: 'Have fun, have heart, have stakes.' My personal mission statement going into the book is 'With great power comes something something I don't know I've never had power before."

The new series will be like a throwback to 80's and 90's Spider-Man, which was a major inspiration for Zdarsky.

"I'm a child of the '80s and '90s, so a lot of books from that time really imprinted on me. The mystery of the Hobgoblin hooked me as a kid. I also loved the stories that made you feel like Spidey was up against impossible odds. The classic scene from issue #33 of him struggling under the wreckage; his defeat of Firelord, Galactus's herald; the introduction of Venom, which was terrifying; or when J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr. introduced Morlun, an unstoppable, single-minded villain. Even though he's been on teams, Spidey as the loner trying desperately to survive and save everyone is key. I also love stories that remind you of why you love the character. Superior Spider-Man managed to do that superbly while not even having Spider-Man as a character, which was incredibly bold with a fantastic payoff. I think those are the things I want to push in this book: impossible odds and reminding people why they love Spider-Man."

It sounds like they're working on to create something as exciting as the classic Spider-Man stories in the 80's and 90's, but I'm not a fan of how they're recycling the same old elements over again. It's as if Peter Parker is stuck in an endless plot cycle.

Fans can get a special sneak peek of Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man in a special lead in story on Free Comic Book Day, and the first issue will officially be released in June.

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