Marvel's experiment to expand its trademark alt-history 'What If?' stories from one-shots to limited series appears to be a success.
Chip Zdarsky and Pasqual Ferry's Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow limited series has been given an extra issue, going from four to five issues in length. This comes 12 days after the Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #1 went on sale - an issue which sold out, with a second printing scheduled for late May.
The concept of Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow is pretty simple, but with massive storytelling implicates: what if Peter Parker wasn't able to resist the dark turn the Venom symbiote was trying to take him on? Instead of kicking it to the curb where it finally obtained its finalized Venom form with the more corruptible Eddie Brock, in Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow Peter Parker is unable to fight it off and succumbs to the dark power of the Venom symbiote - despite his responsibilities.
"Spider-Man's vicious new approach to crime has every villain on high alert! No one is safe as Peter succumbs further to his new dark powers," reads Marvel's description of Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #2. "Wilson Fisk wants to put an end to this deadly new Spidey once and for all, but who is really the one coordinating this takedown attempt? And with Peter haunted more by his past each day, will someone be able to save him from his own mind?"
This is the first in a planned line of What If? Limited series, reviving (and expanding) the concept ahead of the animated What If? Show coming to Disney Plus.
Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #2 (of 5) goes on sale May 12, with a collection of all five Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow issues already scheduled for October 12.
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