By Marc Strom
Writer Paul Tobin and artist Patrick Scherberger give readers a whole new perspective on the classic Secret Wars with SPIDER-MAN AND THE SECRET WARS, a four-issue limited series beginning this December.
With each self-contained issue, Tobin returns to a different part of the Secret Wars saga, a process that the writer enjoyed immensely.
"It's fantastic," Tobin remarks. "I not only remember the story fondly, but also recall thinking there was more to tell-that some events had to be dealt with quickly, or glossed over entirely in order to further the main story at the time. Now I'm actually having an opportunity to bring some of the details to light."
For this series, Tobin will focus on Spider-Man and his experiences in the Secret Wars, a decision the writer made for a number of reasons.
"He's really the everyman," Tobin notes. "I know it sounds weird to say that a guy that can stick to walls and bench press a couple tons is an everyman, but what makes it true is his attitude. If I'd chosen Reed Richards we would have seen nothing but the big picture. Thor's 'picture' is
|Cover art by Patrick Scherberger|
As for which moments from the original story Tobin ultimately chose to revisit, he explains that a certain amount of deliberation went into the process.
"That is where the true decisions were made," recalls the writer. "We had a limited number of events and story elements we could revisit from the original Secret Wars, and choosing which ones made it and which ones didn't was a matter of great debate. Editor Nate Cosby gave me a great deal of leeway in my decisions, or at least he did after he slapped me with a glove and felt the fury of my dueling rapier.
"We both felt, of course, that we had to expand the story of Spider-Man and the black costume, but after that the great debates began, with many of those I consulted-the gang at Shocktrauma.com were a big help, here-agreeing with my choices, and only three people breaking off our friendships and disowning me for all time."
Of those moments, Tobin had the most pleasure revisiting a couple in particular.
|Interior art by Patrick Scherberger|
"The other scene that really struck me, however, is when the Molecule Man dropped an entire mountain range on the heroes, and the Hulk was able to keep the heroes from being crushed. I loved that. Loved that the outcast was the one with the muscle, and love that he nearly killed himself saving others. So, yeah, that's where we're starting off.
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