Ahead of NYCC 2012, Marvel have now revealed the meaning for their final one-word teaser from a few weeks ago: “Superior” stands for Superior Spider-Man, a new series relaunching from the ashes of Dan Slott’s ominous Amazing Spider-Man #700. The book will see a darker and edgier tone to the world of Spider-Man, as artists Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos and Giuseppe Camuncoli join Slott for the 2013 series.
Marvel have been teasing the issue for quite some time now, suggesting that Amazing #700 is going to do something drastic and shocking with Peter Parker. We still don’t know what that is – Doctor Octopus is involved somhow – although Slott mentions that Superior Spider-Man (whose identity isn’t confirmed) will be taking a more aggressive approach to crime-fighting. For more evidence, take a look at this preview work from Stegman, who will draw the three-issue opening arc. Pointy bits! Black! Emotionless eyes!
The announcement piece points out how Spidey has been increasingly angry and brutal in treating his villains – from Doc Ock to recent confrontations with Lizard and Morbius, as well as Alpha – suggesting this could well reach a head with #700. Whatever happens in that issue, Superior Spider-Man promises a new approach to the “wall crawling menace” concept of the character, alongside a new Sinister Six and some “very messed up” ideas from Dan Slott. Who, it appears, should now be given the adjective of Dastardly Dan.