One of the more popular trends in superhero comics over the past few years has been books dedicated to exploring a character’s early days. Currently, writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo are pumping out monthly brilliance with their “Zero Year” storyline in Batman, and writer Kieron Gillen and artist Adam Kubert are doing the same for Wolverine in Origin II.
Now, writer Dan Slott and artist Ramon Perez (Tale of Sand) are going to take a closer look at Spider-Man’s rookie year with the release of a new miniseries titled The Amazing Spider-Man Year One: Learning to Crawl. In an interview for Newsarama, Slott divulged some details about the five-issue limited series.
It goes from the second Amazing Fantasy #15 is over and over the course of Amazing Spider-Man #1 through #3. Those stories are acknowledged, but this isn’t about retelling those comics we’ve already read. In Learning TO Crawl, you’ll be able to tell where these stories takes place but you’ll get new insight why certain things happened and it’ll really allow us to explore the journey of how Peter learned to become Spider-Man. He knows the lesson of “with great power comes great responsibility,” but he doesn’t know what to do with it. In essence we’re trying to tell a “Year One” style Spider-Man story.
Rather than rehash an old villain, Slott and Perez are creating a new antagonist for Spidey to fight modeled off of the old Stan Lee and Steve Ditko sensibilities. Learning to Crawl is also important because it will launch concurrently with the highly-anticipated return of Peter Parker in the relaunch of The Amazing Spider-Man. For those who don't know, Peter's body was briefly taken over by Doctor Octopus for a time because, ya know, comics.
The Amazing Spider-Man Year One: Learning to Crawl will hit comic stores in April. In the meantime, check out the series’ debut cover by Alex Ross, plus two sketches by Perez below: