The talents at Marvel's Spider-Man panel
at New York Comic Con
included writer Dan Slott
, artists Ryan Stegman
and Paolo Rivera
, and editors Stephen Wacker
, Ellie Pyle
and Thomas Brennan
. The prodigious group highlighted upcoming developments for the legendary webslinger and a variety of related Spider-heroes and villains, as well as a few other books Wacker is responsible for editing including the fan and critical darling, Daredevil
will be wrapping up before too long with an epilogue issue that features a "NEW YORK DESTROYED" newspaper headline on the cover. This prompted an audience question, "How come you always destroy New York? What about LA, that place is a s***hole", which drew massive applause from the convention crowd.
Dan Slott talked about a bigger role for Otto Octavius aka Doctor Octopus, saying the character's master plan slowly comes together ahead of his imminent death by fatal illness.
There'll be an issue of Amazing
next year that has no Spider-Man at all and tells a story entirely from the perspective of the new Sinister Six.
Before the panel ended, we were treated to a a teaser image containing the words, "Ends of the Earth" surrounded by two of Octavius' metal arms. Whatever that may be, it will come courtesy of Slott and Stefano Caselli below it.
Believe it or not, there'll be a new Scarlet Spider ongoing series in January 2012. The book will be written by Chris Yost with art by Ryan Stegman, who created a new, hoodie-less costume design. Wacker and the rest of the panel stayed very quiet about the Scarlet Spider's identity, but the book aims for a tone somewhere in between Dan Slott's Amazing Spider-Man
and Rick Remender's Venom
, and is meant to be a way to take Spider-style adventures outside their usual New York environment.
The new November series by Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira following Spider-Man's more action-packed superhero team-ups is going to be a test case for Marvel's digital operations. The book will package a digital comic redemption code for no additional charge. If sales are high and enough people redeem the codes, Wacker expected that approach to carry over to more of Marvel's $3.99 line of books.
An upcoming limited series by Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain features Carnage taking over a small town. Wacker said, "And by taking over a small town, I mean he kills a lot of people".
Adding to what's being described as a big year for symbiotes is the continuing adventures of Flash Thompson and Venom. Following the events of Spider-Island, Flash and the symbiote are hitting the road.
Mark Waid will be writing a two-part crossover between Amazing Spider-Man
that'll involve the Black Cat and take up one issue of each book, giving Dan Slott a short break post-Spider-Island
. Those issues will be released in January, with art by Emma Rios and Kano.