by staff writer Michael Brown
Marvel’s next original graphic novel will introduce a new character to the Spider-Man mythos. The House of Ideas has announced that Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man: Brand New Day), James Robinson (Fresh from DC Comics and most recently known for his work on Earth 2 and The Shade) and Gabrielle Dell’otto( Secret War and X-Force: Sex + Violence) will collaborate on a new graphic novel titled Spider-Man: Family Business which will introduce Teresa Parker, a woman who claims to be Peter’s long-lost sister. The two are thrown together on a globetrotting adventure as Kingpin begins a new wave of criminal expansion that will affect the Parker family directly.
Writer Mark Waid describes Teresa as very much Peter’s opposite, comparing her to super-spy Modesty Blaise. “He has every reason to be skeptical about who this woman is and who she says she is.” said Waid. “It seems very bizarre to him that Aunt May never mentioned anything about this woman, who’s about his age and the resemblance is there. Pet er wants to try to figure out what this mystery is all about but basically they’re running from a crime syndicate out to kill them both throughout the novel, so there’s not a whole lot of time for Spider-Man to sit and relax and slowly suss this out.”
The story will also reportedly include new insight into Peter’s CIA parents, Richard and Mary Parker, and the circumstances of their deaths. “It really is a focus on Peter drafted into the spy James Bond-ish, super-secret-agent life that his parents left.” ” most interesting when he’s as ordinary as possible, except for the spider bite. There’s the one freakish thing that happened to him.”
Waid went on to describe Peter as ” most interesting when he’s as ordinary as possible, except for the spider bite. There’s the one freakish thing that happened to him. One of the reasons we haven’t explored a lot of untold secrets behind his lineage is the danger is obviously there to make it a little too convoluted and take away the everyman aspect of Peter.” But Waid explained that he feels they’ve “successfully sidestepped this in this graphic novel.”
Family Business is set before the events in Superior Spider-Man so the story will be entirely about Peter Parker “to make it a “a little more outside-audience friendly,” Waid explained. “If most people are asked on the street who Spider-Man is, they may know Peter Parker. We dodge continuity that way to make it a little more timeless.”
Spider-Man: Family Business is scheduled for May 2014.
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