Marvel was holding onto their best bits of information until after E3, that giant gaming convention that consumed most of the nerd press. They came right out of the gates like an angry storm today, and announced the Spider-Man: Family Business original graphic novel. This is incredible due to the creative team announced on the book. The messiah behind Daredevil known as Mark Waid is stabbing an original graphic novel! He brought the bloke that just left DC with him in the form of James Robinson. Both have been working in comics for a quite a large amount of time and have been contributing some of the strongest work of their respective careers. The art team involved, is also very impressive due to the Italian wonder Gabriele Dell’Otto. The artist depicts classic poses with ease in a painterly style that modern comic books are currently embracing.
Marvel let out a few bits of juicy information such as this being set before The Amazing Spider-Man #700. The story also adds in Theresa Spider-Man’s sister into the mix of characters. Cyclone and Rhino are set to be involved but apparently it will be a street level story. This news follows the Avengers: Endless Wartime original graphic novel that also looks awesome.
Writer Mark Waid had the following comment on the title,
“It seems very bizarre to [Peter] that Aunt May never mentioned anything about this woman, who’s about his age and the resemblance is there Peter wants to try to figure out what this mystery is all about but basically they’re running from a crime syndicate out to kill them both throughout the novel, so there’s not a whole lot of time for Spider-Man to sit and relax and slowly suss this out.”
Editor In Chief Axel Alonso let out this on the project,
“I’m very excited. I’ve wanted to see us do this for a long time, OGNs provide a distinctly different type of read. I believe there’s a certain type of reader that is receptive to a format that gives them one story with a beginning, middle and end that fits nicely on their bookshelf. And the fact that the format allows writers to approach stories in a different way — more as a novel than a serialized story — will be a game-changer in terms of who we entice to the writing table.”
The publisher has made a great move by bringing in Robinson to their publishing line. These original graphic novels are very intriguing and I have little doubt, they will not feature a staggering amount of quality as well. Expect the book sometime in 2014.