Latest Spider-Man issue puts Parker out of hero game
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After 50 years of spinning webs and catching a who's who of criminals, Peter Parker is out of the hero game.
But Spider-Man is still slinging from building to building — reborn, refreshed and revived with a new sense of the maxim that Ben Parker taught his then-fledgling nephew: "With great power comes great responsibility.''
Dan Slott, who's been writing Spider-Man adventures for the better part of the last 100 issues for Marvel Entertainment, said the culmination of the story is a new, dramatically different direction for the hero. "This is an epic turn,'' Slott said. "Every now and then, you have to shake it up.''
In the latest issue 700, out Wednesday, it's not just shaken up, it's kicked sky high and cracked wide open. Parker's mind is trapped in the withered, decaying dying body of his nemesis, Doctor Octopus.
The two clash mightily in the pages of issue 700, illustrated by Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba. But it's Octavius who wins out and Parker is, at least for now, gone for good, but not before one more act of heroism.
Editor Stephen Wacker said, "His life is still important to the book because it affects everything that Doctor Octopus does as Spider-Man. Seeing a supervillain go through this life is the point — trying to be better than the hero he opposed,'' Wacker said.
Wacker called it a fitting end to the old series, which sets the stage for a new one — "The Superior Spider-Man'' early next year.