Marvel, Insomniac Games, and Titan Books are teaming up to publish two books related to Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man game.
The first book, Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover, will be written by David Liss and serves as a prequel that will lead directly to the beginning of the game. It seems that this particular story will star a large number of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery. Shocker, Echo, the Blood Spider, and Kingpin are all name-dropped in the book’s official preview alongside other familiar faces like J. Jonah Jameson and Mary Jane Watson. It focuses on Kingpin’s plan to take over NYC, and will supposedly feature certain plot points and character relationships that will play a part in the game.
The other Spider-Man book is not narrative based. It’s a collection of art used to create Insomniac’s upcoming game. Paul Davies’ Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Art of the Game will look at “never-before- seen images of Spider-Man, his costume and equipment, the Marvel version of his hometown New York, and the deadly villains he battles.” It promises to give fans an exclusive look at the design blueprint of the game.
Hostile Takeover will be available on August 21st shortly before the Insomniac game launches on September 7th. Art of the Game will be available starting on September 11th.
The lead-in book is of particular interest at the moment as some have wondered just how Insomniac’s game fits into the current popular mythos and how it differs. We’ve seen hints of variations in the trailers released thus far, but nothing that would suggest it’s going to be too radical of a departure from the most popular Spider-Man timelines. The villains noted in the book’s description are of particular interest as they could hint at some of the baddies we’ll be battling in the game itself. The art book, meanwhile, should prove to be a fascinating look at the considerable talent on the Insomniac Games team.
Of course, Insomniac’s Spider-Man will ultimately answer any and all questions, and we’re just as excited as you are to finally get our hands on that title this September.