By Jim Beard
Beginning with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #648, prolific Spider-writer Dan Slott takes on the now twice-monthly title for a lengthy stay. "Big Time" tells the tale of the ever-downtrodden Peter Parker kicking off a new life complete with job, girlfriend and, of course, villains.
"You may not recognize Pete, actually," comments Spider-Man editor Steve Wacker. "After putting him through hell the last couple years it's time for this guy to finally have a chance to revel in the life he's been able to build for himself. We've heard from a lot fans that they want all the drama in Pete's life to stop and to finally give him some happiness without conflict. You asked for it, you got it!"
Now that AMAZING SPIDER-MAN will ship twice a month, Wacker's position on plotting and writing the title may begin to change.
|Spider-Man: Big Time promo art by Marcos Martin|
"On the other hand, it's a lot more pressure now because you can't just blame [writer Fred] Van Lente for any errors."
Wacker's commitment to solid storytelling and super hero action remains consistent, as well as his promise to feature the best of today's artists. This new era of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN will kick off with such illustrators as Humberto Ramos, Marcos Martin and Stefano Caselli.
"These guys are storytellers first and that's really been at the heart of the great artists who have worked on Spidey throughout the years," says the editor. "Already there's a bit of a competition going on between the three as they each try to outdo each other. The readers will get to reap all of the benefits of that competition."
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