12:15pm PT by Graeme McMillan
New 'Spider-Man' Comic Book Storyline Teases Return for Uncle Ben, Gwen Stacy
With great power comes great responsibility — and, apparently, the chance to speak to the dead, if new teaser images for Marvel Entertainment's upcoming Spider-Man comic book storyline "Dead No More" are any kind of indicator.
In a series of six images released throughout the past week, Spider-Man is seen surrounded by a number of familiar faces who have died during the character's 50-plus-year comic book history, including villain Doctor Octopus, onetime ally Madame Web, former girlfriend Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker's Uncle Ben — the man who instilled Spider-Man's moral code in the hero in the first place.
Also visible are a number of other characters who haven't died (yet), including one who hasn't even debuted officially in the comic books to date: a man wearing a helmet that suggests a connection with Anubis, the Egyptian god of the afterlife.
Although the date on the "Dead No More" teasers cite "fall 2016" as the date for the storyline, it actually begins far earlier than that — May's Free Comic Book Day Captain America special issue will feature a special preview chapter by Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott and artist Javier Garron.
This won't be the first time that Spider-Man has dealt with the afterlife; Peter Parker himself came back from the dead after dying in 2012's Amazing Spider-Man No. 700 and, in the process, met with Uncle Ben and other dearly departed loved ones. Similarly, a number of his crime-fighting comrades, from the Human Torch to Captain America, have returned from apparent death.
The Free Comic Book Day Captain America special issue will be released in comic book stores on May 7.