With Comic-Con New York in full swing today was officially Spiderman Day in the Big Apple and even Mayor Bloomberg attended the Spiderman panel.
But the real news, that many have missed is that the Amazing Spider-Man will finish its fifty year run this December with issue 700 before being switched over to Marvel NOW! an initiative that aims to recharge the publisher’s heroes and villains.
Many Marvel comics will relaunching under the new Marvel NOW! banner and it was assumed that January’s MN Superior Spider-Man would pick up Spidey’s story where Amazing Spider-Man left off. To the shock of many of those at NY Comic-Con, Current series writer Dan Slott, “It’s an all new Spidey. This ain’t Peter Parker.”
When asked why the series was ending its run, Editor Stephen Wacker said, “We like stories to come to an end. It’s been going for fifty years.”
“Put away the presents and bring out the Kleenex,” Slott also warned the audience.
“This ain’t a reboot, we’re simply hitting the refresh button.` Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said “Marvel NOW!’ simply offers a line-wide entry-point into the Marvel Universe that you’re already reading about.”
The new titles will include series featuring Iron Man, the now-named “Indestructible Hulk,” Deadpool and the “All-New X-Men”.
One has to wonder how many of the super-characters are going to be coming out of the super-closet in these new non-reboots? (If any.)