A couple of weeks ago, Spider-Man celebrated his 50th anniversary with the release of Amazing Spider-Man #692. I didn’t pay much attention to that comic because it had been years since I bought my last Spider-Man book.
At the most recent Fan Expo, I wanted to cover the Spider-Man panel, because I am not a regular reader and hopefully I would observe and report on the panel as someone who “wasn’t in the know” or give a different perspective on the panel. The panel, which included writer Dan Slott and editor Steve Wacker, talked about their plans for Spider-Man and a little bit about the future of the character. Half way through the panel it hit me, why am I not reading Spider-Man?
Dan Slott has a lot of passion for Spider-Man. It pours out of him when he speaks about the character and the book. You can tell he has some great ideas for the character and he wants Spider-Man to be Marvel’s flagship title.
Steve Wacker is the editor of Spider-Man, but he is also the editor on Daredevil, Captain Marvel Hawkeye and Punisher. I am a regular reader of Daredevil. I am going to start picking up the Punisher trades very soon and I have heard great things about Captain Marvel and Hawkeye. With the quality of books coming from Steve Wacker’s office, I really can’t go wrong with reading Spider-Man as well.
I used to be a huge Spider-Man fan. It was the book I spent most of my money on when I was in high school. My comics purchases dropped when I was in college. I would buy the odd comic book, but Spider-Man wasn’t a title I would pick up. I still loved the character, but I didn’t buy any Spidey books. I received issue #400 as a gift and that was one of the last Spidey comics I had. Issue #400 was an important book: that was the issue where Aunt May died. It was a tough issue to pick up because I didn’t know about the clone saga and Ben Reilly. Afterwards I bought 2 issues of Amazing Spider-Man, but then I didn’t buy any for a long time afterwards.
I got back into Spider-Man in the early 2000s with Ultimate Spider-Man. I picked up the first 7 trade paperbacks of the series and thought it was awesome. Then I picked up the Amazing Spider-Man trade Coming Home. After reading that, I put it away and never bought another Spider-Man comic again. The story was too ridiculous.
I ended up selling all of my Ultimate Spider-Man trade paperbacks, and that Coming Home “masterpiece” and decided I wouldn’t buy Spider-Man anymore. It was easy to avoid web-head on the comic shelves. Then Spidey joined FF.
FF is a title that I picked up from day one. I had issues with the story last year, but after I read the complete story arc, I could understand what Jonathan Hickman was doing with the series. Reading Spider-Man again was refreshing. The character has changed, but Peter Parker/Spidey has reverted back to the fun parts of the character when I first started reading him. Yes a lot has happened in the 292 issues I have been away Spider-Man, but I have confidence in Dan Slott that he will craft an intriguing story that will keep me hooked.
I borrowed issue Amazing Spider-Man #692 from a friend so I could check it out (my local shop was sold out and hopefully they can find me a copy). I hate the character Alpha, but we’re not supposed to like him. The writing of that issue was great. It may be one of my favourite Spider-Man comics (Amazing Spider-Man #347 is the best in my opinion).
So with the great writing, good artwork and great editorial/creative direction, Amazing Spider-Man is now officially back on my comics pull list. It’s been a long time away, but I can’t think of any reasons not to buy Spider-Man anymore.
How about you? Are you reading Spider-Man?