spiderUnless you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, you know that Peter Parker is getting ready to reclaim his body from Otto Octavius, the Superior Spider-Man. The honest-to-goodness Peter‘s return will be accompanied by a lot of fanfare from Marvel. Earlier today one of the big additions to the welcome back party is a new miniseries looking at the web-slinger’s earliest days. This May a new five-issue miniseries from Dan Slott and artist Ramon Perez, along with covers from Alex Ross, called Spider-Man Year One: Learning to Crawl will kick off. The AP had the rundown of Slott‘s plans.

Learning to Crawl will take a look at Peter Parker‘s first year after getting bit by that pesky radioactive spider. The series will show the formative days where Peter goes from a nerdy kid that isn’t quite sure how to deal with the recent loss of his uncle to the wise-cracking hero we all know and love. Slott says that his story will pay homage to the first stories way back in 1962 from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The writer will be diving into the gaps he saw during that first volume of stories to mine some new ideas. Says Slott of his approach:

When you’re looking at things in those issues, you’re going: ‘Wait a minute! How did this happen? How did he get this? Where did this come from? Why didn’t Aunt May ever wonder about that? You start looking at it closer and closer and you go, ‘There’s a story here that we’re not seeing. A very pivotal and crucial story that lovingly respects everything that went on but tells you more, so much more about Spider-Man and so much more about Peter Parker.

The five-part story will run from May to September with the issues being numbered 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5. The villain of the story will be someone we didn’t see in the early Lee/Ditko stories. Someone was inspired by the coverage of Spider-Man in those early days. Slott teased his brand new “Ditko-esque” villain, saying “Someone’s running around trying to be just like Spider-Man and there’s no way in Peter’s mind that he’s not responsible for everything that guy’s going to do. He’s got his first villain who is his own age, someone that he’s inspired” instead of clashing with The Vulture or Doctor Octopus or the Lizard, all of whom were adults and authority figures. He’s a troubled teen hero fighting a troubled teen villain!” So Peter is coming back to the present, but we’re also getting some new stories from his past. What do you think about Learning to Crawl? Will you be checking this one out?

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Source : AP