Who is Spider-Man?
A friendly neighbor? A menace? The bane of the Sinister Six in all its forms and the apple of his Aunt May’s eye, to be certain.
He’s one of a kind, often imitated but never quite duplicated. So much of who Spider-Man came about by accident, often a case of wrong place, right spider-bite. If he had to do it again, could Peter Parker become the Spider-Man we all know and love?
Funny you should ask.
With SPIDER-MAN: WHO AM I?, a new 13-part Infinite Comic companion to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov nudges an amnesiac Peter Parker right into the deep end; the first five installments debut on May 6, with more to come in the summer.
Fialkov sets the scene: “Spider-Man opens his eyes and has no memory of who he is, where he is, or, most importantly, why he's robbing a bank.
“He has to figure out who he is and why he's wearing long underpants on the outside of his clothes. All while not getting, y'know, killed by the goons he's robbing banks with. He finds out, in the process of the first installment, that he’s Spider-Man. According to the Daily Bugle, of course, Spider-Man is reportedly a menace, a bad guy. At this point he has no choice but to continue along with the scheme.”
Though Spidey’s memory returns in fits and starts, the story will all told in the fluid, seamless presentation of an Infinite Comic.
“Working with [artists] JL, Geoffo, and Juan has been a dream come true,” says Fialkov. “Just simply wonderful artwork and taking the bones of what I wrote and turning it into something truly special. Every time I get some art in I gasp with joy at how much fun the story is, and that's all on the backs of my wonderful collaborators.”
So, who is Spider-Man to Fialkov?
“Spider-Man, I think, at his very core, is a guy who can't ever win,” he says. “He’s a guy who strives to be good—great even—but will always fall short. What makes him lovable is that it's never for lack of trying. He's always aspiring to an impossible standard that he can't live up to. That's something that, I think, reverberates with all of us.”