Marvel Comics spotlighted Spider-Man at the “Superior Spider-Man & Friends” panel. The Spider-Man world is in a very different place than it was a year ago, and “Superior Spider-Man” writer Dan Slott was in attendance at the panel to discuss what’s on the horizon for that series, along with “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” writer Nick Spencer, “Captain Marvel” writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, “Superior Spider-Man” artist Humberto Ramos and Marvel editors Steve Wacker, Sana Amanat, Ellie Pyle, Tom Brennan and Jake Thomas.
Starting with the upcoming story in “Superior Spider-Man” #23-24, Slott said, “If this is a book that torments you and you love to hate it, this will torment you any more.” Coming up in the book, Slott said, will be “the birth of a new goblin.”
Next series up is “Superior Foes of Spider-Man.” “You do not think when you pitch Marvel a book starring Boomerang that you’re going to get a green light,” Spencer said. Coming up, some “awesome secrets” from the past of the new Beetle will be explored. Wacker said fans of “Hawkeye” should check out “Superior Foes,” for a similar “off day” vibe
Marvel’s “The End” teaser was revealed to be promoting February’s “Superior Spider-Man” #27.NOW, starting the “Goblin Nation” story, which Wacker called a perfect jumping-on point. Slott said the dominoes hes been setting up will come crashing down — “Green Goblin on this side. Doc Ock/Spider-Man on the other side. It’s all been leading to this.”
Pyle discussed November’s “Superior Spider-Man Annual” #1 by Christos Gage and Javier Rodriguez, where Aunt May will see “a little bit of the darker side of the Superior Spider-Man.” “The things that happen in this annual count,” Slott added.
Amanat on the “Superior Six” story in “Superior Spider-Man Team-Up”: “This is what happens when Superior Spidey tries to have his own team, and they end up facing off with the Masters of Evil.” Pyle added that “Superior Spider-Man Team-Up” #9 will “pick up on some of the seeds [Slott] is planting.”
Brennan talked December’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #700.1-#700.5, which delivers five new Peter Parker stories and includes contributions from Brian Reed, David Morrell, Klaus Janson, Joe Casey, Jen Van Meter, Kevin Grievioux, Lee Weeks and more.
The “Higher” teaser — “Captain Marvel” is returning in March with a new #1. “Higher, literally,” DeConnick said, “We’re taking it cosmic,” where Carol Danvers will show why she’s the best at what she does, using her skills as an American pilot in outer space. The first arc of the new series is called “Higher, Faster, Further, More,” a reference to the previous series. “Carol is always trying to move up, and we’re going to let her go,” DeConnick added.
Another announcement, paying off the “Assassin” teaser: A new “Elektra” series starting in March, from writer Zeb Wells and artist Mike Del Mundo. It’s Elektra on a journey by herself, away from Daredevil, Amanat said, with the character becoming “the Dexter of assassins.”
The “Hunted” teaser led to the reveal of a new “Punisher” series from Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads, debuting in February 2014. The series sees Frank Castle moving to Los Angeles, Thomas shared, because he thinks he’s found “the head of the snake” (crime-wise) out there.
The “War” teaser is New Warriors, a new “New Warriors,” coming in February from writer Chris Yost and artist Marcus To. Members include, according to Wacker, Justice, Nova, Speedball, Scarlet Spider and Sun Girl. Amanat said it’s brings together members of various groups in the Marvel Universe — mutants, aliens, clones and more — who have been “deemed a threat” by the High Evolutionary.
Along with the action, Amanat said, it’s about the cast becoming friends and learning to work together. Wacker said the creative team is going for a vibe somewhere between the Wolfman/Perez “Teen Titans” and Brian K. Vaughan’s “Runaways.”