Gerard Way is hitting the big time.
That may sound strange, given that the Eisner Award-winning writer has already conquered the rock world as a member of My Chemical Romance, and his breakout work Umbrella Academy has earned him accolades from every corner of the comic book industry. What Way had yet to do was take a turn on one of the icons of comic book culture. That will change in October when he takes the helm of Marvel Comics Edge of Spider-Verse for a story entitled “SP//dr”.
Edge of Spider-Verse has been a middling success for Marvel to this point, but they’ve been pulling out all the stops to make it work. Way is the latest shot in a battle of multiversal storylines being waged between comics’ Big Two this fall, as rival publisher DC has been rolling out the long-awaited Multiversity from Grant Morrison.
With Way lending his talents, perhaps Marvel will be able to take the edge on the sort of wild, schizophrenic storytelling that has long been the hallmark of Morrison. Umbrella Academy toyed with many of the same high-concept, reality-bending tropes that underpin both events, making Gerard Way a perfect choice.
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Eisner Award Winner Gerard Way Makes His Marvel Debut For EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5!
Prepare for the biggest Spider-Man event of all-time as every Spider-Man from every universe unites to stop a threat that could spell extinction for their kind! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 – the final chapter in the blockbuster 5-issue mini-series showcasing different Spider-Men (and women) of the Spider-Verse! Eisner Award-winning writer Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy) makes his Marvel debut alongside rising star artist Jake Wyatt for a Spider-Man tale unlike any other!
“In a futurist city fairly different from the New York we are familiar with, our version of Spider-Man takes the shape of a government project: SP//dr,” says Gerard Way, in an interview with Marvel.com “SP//dr is comprised of three vital components: a pilot, a machine, and a radioactive sentient spider acting as one half of the brain that makes it all work. Peni Parker is a young girl, who, left parentless, is adopted by her Aunt May and Uncle Ben, the two heads of the SP//dr project. When they realize Peni is the only one who can successfully pair with SP//dr, they make the unorthodox decision to train her as SP//dr’s newest pilot.”
As Peni Parker suits up in her incredible spider-powered armor, explore the incredible new universe she inhabits. Yet even though, she pilots her unstoppable machine, it still may not be enough to save her universe from the onslaught of Morlun. Edge of Spider-Verse concludes in grand fashion this October as Way & Wyatt take you to an incredible new universe in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5!
Plus, don’t miss out on these exciting Edge of Spider-Verse tie-in issues of your favorite ongoing series:
- Superior Spider-Man #32 & #33
- Amazing Spider-Man #7 & #8
- Spider-Man 2099 #5
For more on Spider-Verse, visit Marvel.com and join in on the conversation on Twitter using #SpiderVerse.
EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 (AUG140804)
Written by GERARD WAY
Art & Cover by JAKE WYATT
Variant Cover by GREG LAND (AUG140805)
FOC 9/22/14, ON-SALE 10/15/14