Amazing Spider-Man #1 relaunch swings into a new trailer

Marvel has unveiled a trailer for its upcoming Amazing Spider-Man #1 (opens in new tab) relaunch which digs into the villains that Spidey will face as his new volume kicks off including the Master Planner, Doctor Octopus, and more. 

The trailer also offers some more cryptic hints about whatever Peter Parker did - or will do - that will put him on the outs with his fellow heroes when the new Amazing Spider-Man volume from writer Zeb Wells and artist John Romita, Jr. launches in April.

"I've waited my entire career to work with John Romita Jr.," Wells says in the Amazing Spider-Man #1 announcement. "To team up with him on Amazing Spider-Man for the character's 60th anniversary is so exciting words can't describe it. We're gonna have a blast!"

According to Marvel, the initial story of the relaunched Amazing Spider-Man centers around the question teased on January 12 - 'What did Peter Do?', which featured art (see below) inferring that Spider-Man was somehow responsible for something very bad. Whatever it is, the publisher says that it'll result in Spider-Man being given the cold shoulder by the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and even his bedrock, Aunt May.

'What Did Peter Do?' Amazing Spider-Man teaser (Image credit: Marvel Comics)
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The informal motto of Spider-Man has always been 'A great power must be accompanied by — a great responsibility!', and it's a lesson Peter Parker has been shown to learn (and re-learn) over the decades. This teased story seems like it could be revisiting that once again - dealing with an apparent mistake Peter Parker made, but also the story of him overcoming it.

Classic Spider-Man villains Doctor Octopus, Master Planner, and Tombstone will be Peter's first three adversaries in what we'll unofficially call the 'Amazing' era (until Marvel comes up with a better idea). 

"Spider-Man doesn't turn sixty every year," says Spider-Editor Nick Lowe, "and we are going BIG with this run cramming it with the biggest WTF moments Spidey has ever had. Zeb and JRJR will go down in history as one of the best creative teams ever!"

Check out this preview of the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man #1:

Both Wells and Romita have had multiple runs on the Amazing Spider-Man title in the past, with the latter being considered one of the best Spider-Man artists of all time. In the Amazing Spider-Man #1 announcement, Marvel says John Romita Jr. was lured back from DC after a six-year exclusive with the promise of getting to draw Amazing Spider-Man again. 

"Ever since my father told my brother and me that Spider-Man/Peter Parker lived close to our home in Queens, NYC, we were hooked!" says Romita, whose father - John Romita Sr. - also drew Amazing Spider-Man. "We talked Spider-Man on long drives to family get-togethers, and it was as if we had an extra family member!

"Marvel has allowed me to get back to work on this amazing character, and work with another brilliant writer, Zeb Wells!" Romita continues. "The stories are stunning and I am reading the scripts with a grin and wonderment… then wondering how the heck to do them justice!!"

For those keeping track, this 2022 relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man would be the sixth time the series has been relaunched since 1963 - making this Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 7) #1. Using Marvel's legacy math, the sixth issue of this new relaunch could also double as the 900th issue of Amazing Spider-Man (which Marvel will almost certainly make a big deal of!)

Romita has drawn the primary cover to Amazing Spider-Man #1, and will be joined by variant covers from Stanley 'Artgerm' Lau, Peach Momoko, InHyuk Lee, Travis Charest, Humberto Ramos, Mark Bagley and John Romita Sr. (a 'Hidden Gem' variant), Romina Jones, Jim Cheung, Russell Dauterman, Skottie Young, Bengal, Patrick Gleason, Rose Besch (two versions), and more. Here are the covers released so far:

And for those thinking about Marvel's 'legacy math,' this new Amazing Spider-Man #1 will double as #895, meaning by Amazing Spider-Man #6 they can also celebrate 900 issues of the book.  And you know how much publishers like to celebrate big round numbers like that.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 goes on sale on April 20.

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Marvel has unveiled a trailer for its upcoming Amazing Spider-Man #1 (opens in new tab) relaunch which digs into the villains that Spidey will face as his new volume kicks off including the Master Planner, Doctor Octopus, and more. 

The trailer also offers some more cryptic hints about whatever Peter Parker did - or will do - that will put him on the outs with his fellow heroes when the new Amazing Spider-Man volume from writer Zeb Wells and artist John Romita, Jr. launches in April.

Here's the trailer:

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)

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