Since the release of Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli’s seminal Batman: Year One, DC has used a similar model and title with several of its heroes, often to great acclaim. Now Marvel has decided to do the same with its flagship character. To coincide with the return of Peter Parker, Marvel has announced The Amazing Spider-Man Year One: Learning To Crawl, a five issue miniseries from Dan Slott and Ramón Pérez that looks back at the wall crawler’s earliest adventures.
Talking to the AP, Slott said the story will pay homage to the work of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, while also further examining Spider-Man’s development in those early years, from becoming a hero to dealing with the death of Uncle Ben. “When you’re looking at things in those issues, you’re going: ‘Wait a minute! How did this happen?”, says Slott. “How did he get this? Where did this come from? Why didn’t Aunt May ever wonder about that?’”
The story will follow Marvel’s “point one” publishing style, starting with Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 and concluding with #1.5, with each issue featuring a painted cover by Alex Ross. Although the story will add to those early years, Slott indicates it won’t fundamentally change anything: “You start looking at it closer and closer and you go, ‘There’s a story here that we’re not seeing. A very pivotal and crucial story that lovingly respects everything that went on but tells you more, so much more about Spider-Man and so much more about Peter Parker.”
One addition will be a never before seen antagonist, another teenage who’s inspired by the appearance of Spider-Man, a “Ditko-esque” character who Slott did not name, describing their eventual fight as “a troubled teen hero fighting a troubled teen villain!”
The Amazing Spider-Man Year One: Learning To Crawl begins May 7. By Joseph Hughes February 14, 2014