If you had told me 20 years ago that Spider-Man‘s defining characteristic would eventually be that he’s friends with all the different versions of himself from throughout the multiverse, I would have run screaming from the time traveler with weird diseases. But also it wouldn’t have made much sense – Peter Parker was Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s attempt at making a more human hero with real person problems that everyday folks could relate to. Now, however, he’s the guy who bounces around the multiverse taking out enormous, reality-destroying threats, and I’ll be 100-percent upfront with you: I’m here for it.
At SDCC 2019, Marvel announced that Spider-Man will once again swing around the multiverse in Spider-Verse, a six-issue limited series from Jed Mackay (Black Cat) and a rotating team of artists, including Juan Frigeri (Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man), Art Adams (co-creator of Longshot and an X-Men legend), James Harren (Rumble, the Apokalips pages of DCeased #1!!!), and Stuart Immonen (pretty much everything). Here’s how Marvel is pitching the book:
Miles Morales finally feels like he GETS this Spider-Man stuff… and then falls through a portal! But isn’t the WEB OF LIFE & DESTINY destroyed? Maybe not, True Believer. But who spun this new web? Regardless, Miles finds himself at the center of a multiversal adventure that will feature a who’s who of creators and characters as the series spins forward! And with a main cover by INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE character designer WENDELL DALIT!!! And each issue features #SPIDERSONAS from some of the biggest Spidey fans and comic creators both!
The cover for the first issue features Spider-Gwen, Miles, Miguel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099), middle-aged Peter, Peter Porker, what looks like an Spider-Aunt-May, SP//DR, and someone I’ve never seen before, but judging by the design of her shoes, she’s an alternate Spider-Gwen. It sounds like a fun conceit, and gives Miles something interesting to do that’s outside the regular Marvel Universe. And it keeps the Spider-Verse alive, which is a solid goal.
No release date for Spider-Verse #1 has been announced. For now, you can check out the cover below:
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