11:47am PT by Graeme McMillan
Spider-Man to Confront Zombies and Faith in New Comic Book Series
With great power comes great questions about Peter Parker's faith, prompted by the undead marching around Harlem?
Apparently so, given the announcement of a new Amazing Spider-Man comic book series written by Jose Molina, part of the writing team behind ABC's Agent Carter, to launch in November.
Molina told ComicBook.com that the series doesn't just bring zombies to Harlem, but also re-introduces an obscure group of superheroes called the Santerians, created by Marvel CCO Joe Quesada — a group which will push Peter into areas fans might not expect from a Spider-Man story.
"The Santerians are attached to issues of religion and faith," he explained. "I wanted to have them bring questions of faith into Spider-Man’s world and force him to grapple with ideas he hasn’t often wrestled with in the books… Peter Parker is a scientist by nature, but what if he finds that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in his philosophy?"
Of course, given that Peter has recently "died" and returned from the afterlife as part of the Superior Spider-Man series of 2013-2014, you'd think that he might have already grappled with such things — and, for that matter, have some empathy for zombies.
The new mini-series will, somewhat confusingly, share the title Amazing Spider-Man with another series, with the two differentiated by the numbering used. The fourth volume of the core series will be numbered traditionally from 1 upwards, whereas this new series be numbered 1.1, then 1.2, 1.3 and so on.
This will be the second time such a Spider-Man series has used this system, following the release of Nos. 1.1-1.5 of the previous volume. Even more confusingly, the previous volume "ended" with No. 16, before going on to release Nos. 16.1, 17.1, 18.1, 19.1 and 20.1.
Illustrated by Simone Bianchi, The Amazing Spider-Man No. 1.1 will be released digitally and in comic book stores Nov. 2015.