As expected, Amazing Spider-Man is relaunching with a new #1 as part of Marvel’s “Fresh Start” initiative. The relaunch will ship in July. Nick Spencer will be writing. Ryan Ottley will be on pencils with Cliff Rathburn inking. Laura Martin is the colorist.
The attempted spin on this is that Ryan Ottley is moving to Spidey after his long run on Invincible with Robert Kirkman over at Image.
The real news is this is Nick Spencer’s next big Marvel gig after Secret Empire, a mini-series that was as divisive as they come and started some massive trolling wars on Twitter. And a lot of fans appear to be holding a grudge against Spencer.
Ironically, the last time Spencer played in the Spidey-verse was on Superior Foes of Spider-Man. Superior Foes was a critical darling, if not a big seller, so there’s at least some reason to think Spencer might be a good fit for the wise-cracking version of Spidey. The question is whether Secret Empire is going to get in the way for the audience?
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.