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Spider-Man Has a Sister! Marvel announce graphic novel by Waid, Robinson, and Dell’Otto


Brian Truitt, knower of all that is right and true in this world, has an interview on USA Today with writer Mark Waid, announcing a new Spider-Man graphic novel called Spider-Man: Family Business. The book, set before Superior Spider-Man, will see Peter Parker learning more about his secret agent parents – as well as find out that he has a sister.

The book will be co-written by Mark Waid and James Robinson (who left DC recently), and painted by artist Gabrielle Dell’Otto. Due for release in May next year, this looks like the continuation of a new line of graphic novels from the company, following the imminent Warren Ellis/Mike McKone Avengers: Endless Wartime book.

I imagine Heidi will have more to say on this later. The story focuses on Peter and his family, following a threat from The Kingpin. After being targeted by the mob boss, Peter will be swept away and rescued by a woman calling herself Teresa – his long-lost, unknown sister. Described as a spy story by Waid, the story will also see a number of other familiar faces, including Rhino and Aunt May.


  1. So while they’re doing a storyline where Doc Ock is inhabiting Pete’s body they’re going to do an unrelated story where Peter finds out he has a sister. Who says comic books are inaccessable to new readers?

  2. Parker having a sister isn’t a bad idea in and of itself, but my reaction to it as a news item is that it’s far, far too late in Parker’s history for the idea to work well. The optimal time to give him a sister was at the time he was created, with his creators deciding on the best time to reveal her.

    Now? Doing it now just makes her a retcon, as convincing as, say, Dr. Strange discovering that the Vishanti, instead of being a God-equivalent, are monsters planning on terrorizing Earth’s universe, and his life as a sorcerer has been a lie.

    Instead of bringing in a sister, why not revise his background completely as part of an alternate take? Or make her a distant cousin?


  3. Seeing how such a seemingly important point of continuity is being revealed in a graphic novel rather than in the main series (where you would expect “important” things like this to happen), I could easily see this being one of two things…1.) It’s not in continuity, or 2.) The whole thing’s a red herring and, by story’s end, the assumption that Teresa is Peter’s sister turns out to be false.

  4. the beat herself said: a spider-man movie is coming out next year. in may. thus this GN release.
    yep, you hit that nail on the head. it’s also probably a safe bet that peter parker will be returning as spider-man around that time too (if not a bit sooner). can’t have a spidey movie out there and no peter parker in the comics.

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