Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man has been wrenched through the proverbial wringer this past year, but the so-called “House of Ideas” has no plans to ease up on the popular super-hero. With his beloved Aunt May dying of a gunshot wound, his wife in danger, and his secret identity revealed to the world, Peter Parker has his back against the wall like never before.
The latest twist in the Spidey saga began this month in the pages of “Amazing Spider-Man 544.” The four-part storyline, “One More Day,” promises, as Marvel hypes it, “the most talked-about and controversial comic event of the year.” Older, married, no longer the nebbish student of his earlier adventures, Spider-Man faces another extreme makeover, and the webslinger’s fans are in a tizzy. Rumors are running rampant through the fan community, and everyone has a guess at what the new storyline may entail. The death of Aunt May? The death of Mary Jane? A divorce? Peter’s secret identity somehow restored? By the end of November, everything will be revealed.
The “One More Day” storyline boasts an incredibly high-profile creative duo. Writer J. Michael Straczynski (creator of TV’s “Babylon 5”) is being joined by none other than Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, himself a fan-favorite artist. The four-parter will wind its way through the three current Spidey books, “Amazing Spider-Man,” “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” and “Sensational Spider-Man,” and when the dust clears, there will be only the first, original Spidey title, “Amazing.”
Editors at Marvel felt that “Amazing Spider-Man” was always the flagship Spidey book and it should retain that honor by being the only Spidey book, thus canceling “Friendly” and “Sensational.” “Amazing Spider-Man 546,” in December, will be the kickoff of “Brand New Day,” which sees the hero’s premiere book published three times a month, with rotating writer-artist teams.