There are changes coming to the world of the Amazing Spider-Man in November when the series cuts back from its current schedule of three issues a month and goes to just two issues a month. Each issue will feature 30 issues of the main story and then will have a 9-page back-up story. Another change coming to the series will see the end of the rotating cast of writers, as Dan Slott becomes the sole writer for the series, although others will be writing some of the back-up stories. One further change will see a rotating team of artists handling each story arc. The three rotating artists on the book will be Stafano Caselli (recently on Secret Warriors), Humberto Ramos, and Marcos Martin. Ramos will be drawing the first arc, starting with issue #648. Caselli will draw the next arc, with Martin drawing the third. The price for each issue will be $3.99.
The Brand New Day experiment has worked well for Marvel, making Spider-Man not only one of its best-selling titles, where it should be, but also making it one of its most consistently excellent titles. It will be interesting to see how the book differs with just one writer as opposed to the large group of writers. Marvel has decided to give the book a new subtitle, much as they did with the Brand New Day title. Now theyâ€™re subtitling it â€œBig Time.â€
With Big Time, Slott looks to bring back some classic villains, including returning Mac Gargan to his role as the Scorpion, and bringing the Hobgoblin back. When asked about other villains that may show up in the book, Slott hinted that we should expect to see a return of the Sinister Six at some point in the near future. We can also expect to find out what happens to the symbiote formerly known as Venom, now that his former host (the aforementioned Gargan) has returned to his Scorpion guise. One change coming to Spideyâ€™s life is that he is going to get a new career. Slott did not hint what his new job will be, but said that it would be Peter Parkerâ€™s dream job.
One other Spidey villain returning this Fall will be Carnage, with a new mini-series written by Zeb Wells with art by Clayton Crain. One other mini-series announced at the Spider-Man panel on Sunday at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con was Osborn, a series that deals with Norman Osbornâ€™s adventures behind bars. The mini-series will be written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and will feature art by Emma Rios. In a preview image from the series, Norman was sporting a Green Goblin tattoo, leading me to think that Norman will be forming some kind of gang while in prison, possibly with members of the villain community that he had worked with during Dark Reign (but thatâ€™s all speculation on my part).
Overall, this may not be a big change for Spider-Man but it may save a few dollars for fans of the book, and it will be interesting to see how one voice handles the series. Overall, it was a good panel to end the convention with.