Marvel to relaunch ‘Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man’ in January

Tom Taylor, Juann Cabal and Nolan Woodard team up to tell stories about Spidey’s ‘human side.’

Marvel has announced the return of another past Spider-Man title. Joining Amazing Spider-Man and Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man in January is Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man by Tom Taylor, Juann Cabal and Nolan Woodard.

“[Spider-Man editor] Nick Lowe contacted me in a period where I was weighing up a lot of exciting writing offers, but as soon as I saw Spider-Man in the email, there was nothing else in my mind,” Taylor told Marvel.com. “Spidey was my first Marvel hero and a character I’ve always wanted an opportunity to write. As a fan, this is a bit of a dream come true. I was already writing X-Men and Star Wars comics for Marvel, and to add Spider-Man to that is, frankly, a little ridiculous.”

The title reunites the creative team from All-New Wolverine. “It’s wonderful to be working with [Taylor] and [colorist] Nolan Woodard again,” Cabal told Marvel.com. “When you have confidence in someone and you know how he works, the process is much more fluid and organic and the final product is undoubtedly more satisfying for both creators and readers.”

The story will focus on Spider-Man’s “human side” and complex personal life. “With a lot of heroes, they’re most heroic when they’re in their suit and hide away their nature the rest of the time,” explains the writer. “But Peter’s humanity and kindness isn’t ever hidden. He wants to do the right thing by everyone no matter whether he’s on the ground or swinging through the sky. I’ve always loved when Peter Parker is at his most relatable. Sure, he’s a guy who saves the world, but he’s still struggling to pay his bills with his housemates. That’s the heart of this series. We’re going to tell some big stories here, and introduce an all-new hero, but it’s all about the micro. This is Peter finding adventure in his apartment building, a few doors down.”

The original run of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man ran from 2005-2007, featuring the work of Peter David, Mike Wieringo and Todd Nauck.

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