Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley announced as new creative team for Amazing Spider-Man

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This June, Marvel will launch Amazing Spider-Man #1 from writer Nick Spencer (Secret Empire), artist Ryan Ottley (Invincible), inker Cliff Rathburn & colorist Laura Martin. The new series comes hot off the heels of former writer, Dan Slott's, historic ten year run with the series.


Pitching the book was a little bit easier than expected according to Spencer. Much of it came out of a conversation and then Spencer came to realize he was working on the "book of my dreams." Spencer immediately had Ryan in mind when it came to finding a dance partner for the book as well.

"I knew that Ryan was wrapping on Invincible, and I kept thinking, 'God, would he be the perfect person for this?' Spider-Man is such an artist book," said Spencer. "It's contained some of the best artists in Marvel Comics history, and I really do believe that Ryan, if he wants to be, is really one of the best superhero artists working in comics. And so, he was very much on the dream list, and we're so lucky and thankful that he was interested in doing it, and we're just [having] so much fun so far. And you know working with him is naturally a joy, and the pages are just so perfect. They're really gonna blow people away."

Ottley also can't wait to get started. “Super excited to be working with Nick on this book. Spider-Man was my first love when it comes to comics, so this is a pretty nostalgic feeling, and so far I’m having a blast putting my spin on these characters.”


Even with a fresh start for Spider-Man, Spencer says that fans should prepare for something classic with Peter Parker and the world around him.

"I think that a lot of what I'll be doing is reconnecting Peter with some very classic, quintessential elements of the story that fans and readers are going to recognize. And it's exciting to bring the character back to basics and, at the same time, Dan has obviously had one of the best runs on the character ever, and we're certainly going to honor the things that he's done and build from there."

Spencer and Ottley are aiming to find the balance between Peter and Spider-Man and in this new series it's all about the juxtaposition of the two.

"The best Spider-Man, his personal [trouble] is mirroring his troubles in costume, and the two stories are feeding each other and being Spider-Man always comes with considerable costs to Peter," said Spencer. "It's always getting in the way of his life. So, to me, it's kind of a dance between those two things at this stage."


Commentary: While I have been pretty excited abut all the series coming from Fresh Start, this is by far the best one yet.  Nick Spencer has been one of my favorite writers since SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN, and his sense of humor is a perfect fit for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.  He also showed he could put a lot of depth in his superhero comics in his CAPTAIN AMERICA books. 

And then you have Ryan Ottley who always was incredible on INVINCIBLE.  He truly draws the perfect superhero comic every time, so seeing him on Spider-Man is just brilliant.  When I started reading comics, I had Mark Bagley on Spider-Man, and Ottley is very much in that vein. 

Seeing Dan Slott leave Spider-Man after 10 years could have been a tricky transition, but putting Spencer and Ottley on the book truly promises a Fresh Start.  Make Mine Marvel!!