Spoiler territory for Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-man #1 at the end of the page.

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-man
Writer: Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Star-lord, Jughead)
Artist: Adam Kubert (Avengers, Monsters Unleashed)
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Publisher: Marvel

Marvel blurb: SPIDER-MAN RETURNS TO THE FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD! The webslinging, wallcrawling wonder returns to New York City in the all-new PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. A companion series to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series, Peter Parker is going back-to-basics for big heroics in the Big Apple. Featuring adversaries old and new, be there as Spider-Man returns to his friendly neighborhood for his never ending battle against crime and the dreaded “Parker Luck.”

As a long time (loooong time – vol 1 long time) reader of Amazing Spider-man (ASM) – I have a certain affinity to this web crawler.  And spin-off books haven’t always worked out well for him (or necessarily made sense – ahem Marvel).  However: a book written by the king of sarcasm Chip Zdarsky and an artist that keeps with the solid ink style that has been a staple of ASM since way back in the day (it was a Wednesday) like Adam Kubert.  And finally we aren’t dealing with an AU (alternate universe) or separate dimension or whatnot.  This book is a companion to the ASM books we’ve all come to love.  It constantly references the events of the main book and respects the canon as such.

His Amazing Friends

As far as story goes – the story opens with the introduction of the bromance between Spidey and Johnny Storm (it seems that Spidey gets out with EVERYONE).  With appearances by Black Widow, Ant-Man and the Tinkerer’s good brother – the story moves along at quite a good pace and provides the reader with quite a bit of “back story” that supports the other book quite well.  Zdarsky imbues this book with a TON of humor that works really well with the character and should serve the book for quite a while.


And the big twist?  Spidey has a sister… let that sink in.  If you aren’t running out to get this book now – I question the future of the human race.  DRAMA!