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Savage Spider-Man makes a monster out of Marvel's hero

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Marvel is doubling down on the horror side of Spider-Man with a newly-announced comic book limited series titled Savage Spider-Man. 

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Writer Joe Kelly and artist Gerardo Sandoval are teaming up for the five-issue Savage Spider-Man, a horror-tinged series that features Peter Parker's "shocking" transforming into what Marvel describes as "a savage beast!" and a "monstrous new being," as Peter finds himself on a "wild journey filled with horror, savage thrills, and self-discovery."

February's debut issue will feature variant covers by Ron Lim and Spider-Man legend Mark Bagley, newly seen here. 

"What happens when Spider-Man loses all those things that make him a hero - his heart, his spirit, his mind? What's left? That's where we are left after the Immaculatum and Zemo had their way with Spidey in Non-Stop: a Spider moving on anger and instinct," Kelly states. "This chapter of the saga takes us to these places with Peter... I just hope there's something left in there to pull him back out.

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"You may think you've seen a monstrous or vicious Spider-Man before, but never like this," Marvel's Spider-Man group editor Nick Lowe adds in the announcement. "This book is so intense that you're going to need to put it down between pages to get your breath back."

If you're thinking to yourself 'Hey, isn't Joe Kelly already writing a Spider-Man ongoing book, Non-Stop Spider-Man?' you would be correct - though there's news on that front: it's over.

Between the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the summer 2020 shipping schedule and Non-Stop Spider-Man series artist Chris Bachalo contracting COVID-19 himself (he's okay now), that series had several delays - and was on hiatus prior to its cancellation.

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Now it seems Marvel is switching gears, with Joe Kelly's Spider-Man story continuing on from Non-Stop Spider-Man into this Savage Spider-Man limited series with new artist Gerardo Sandoval.

"Spider-Man is always a huge challenge to draw, he's not an easy character for an artist. But at the same time Spider-Man is a huge joy to draw and now we have a Savage Spider-Man who provides an even bigger challenge for an artist," says Sandoval. 

"I have the pages that I am working on and I can say that I am doing my best work here for sure. Joe Kelly is the kind of writer that understands an artist needs enough room to create great illustrations and it makes my work easier and more fun. I really hope you enjoy this new book as much as I do!"

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