Published October 5, 2018

A New Peter Parker Tale is Coming in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

Tom Taylor and Juann Cabal helm the new series!

Coming in January, meet the most local Peter Parker ever with FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1!

Written by Tom Taylor with art by Juann Cabal, the new series tells the tale of the power and responsibility that the wallcrawler bears as both a Super Hero and as the guy who lives next door!

And guess what? Spider-Man is the worst neighbor ever!

There’s always crazy villains and property damage and drama and he catches the villains and he tries to fix the damage and he helps carry your groceries and actually that property damage helps keep the rent down? You know what? Spider-Man is the best neighbor ever and this book will give you a closer look at Spider-Man’s neighborhood than any book ever before.

Also, it wouldn’t be a Spider-Man adventure without a threat that could destroy not only Spider-Man, but all his neighbors as well...

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man cover by Andrew Robinson

So, what's it like telling a Spider-Man story for the first time? "Honestly, it's amazing (pun intended...eventually...after I noticed it)," says Taylor. "[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. 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 story focuses in on the human side of the hero known for his 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."

Taylor and Cabal worked closely together on ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, and the duo will take their collective experience to the Marvel Universe's most visually idiosyncratic star, utilizing what Taylor has described as "comics alchemy." And Cabal agrees: "He nailed it when he described it that way. It’s wonderful to be working with him and [colorist] Nolan Woodard again. 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."

"When Nick asked who I'd like to work with on this, the first person I said was Juann Cabal," says Taylor. "Juann is one of those storytellers who thinks outside the box. He puts a million easter eggs in and does fascinating things with the storytelling, which then stretch and challenge me as a writer. If I know Juann is drawing, I know I can push things further as he'll be able to rise to anything I can think of. I might write five panels. He'll say, 'why not sixteen panels?' He has this way of changing pace and flow and focus which I think is going to work perfectly for a Spider-Man book too. I also have to say the second name I gave Nick Lowe was Nolan Woodard. Really glad he could join us on this. Great to have this band back together."


Read FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN when the new series begins in January!