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The return of Peter Parker

Published: January 13, 2014, 10:29 am, by Bill Radford

We knew it was only a matter of time before Peter Parker – whose body had been taken over by the mind of Otto Octavius, better known as Doctor Octopus – would return as Spider-Man. And if it was a safe bet that would be before “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ arrives in movie theaters in May. After all, Marvel wouldn’t want moviegoers who were interested in the further adventures of Spidey to pick up a comic and find no trace of Peter Parker.

A recently leaked image spoiled the secret of the exact timing, but a story in the New York Daily News and now a release from Marvel make it official: Peter returns in April in “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 1. (Doc Ock for these many months has been waging his unique brand of crimefighting in the pages of “The Superior Spider-Man.”) As Marvel notes, the question now is exactly how does Peter reclaim his body – and his role as Spider-Man. And what will happen to Octavius? 

Here’s the release:

New York, NY (January 13th, 2014) – Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce the triumphant return of Peter Parker as everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man this April in an all-new AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1. In 2012, the comic book world was shocked to find that Doctor Otto Octavius, aka Doctor Octopus, had switched bodies with Peter Parker and, in the process, left Peter Parker to die in Octavius’ cancer-ridden shell. Since then, Octavius has been fighting crime by his own dark methods in the pages of The Superior Spider-Man.

Teased throughout the entire run of The Superior Spider-Man, written by Dan Slott (The Mighty Avengers, She-Hulk), Peter’s presence never quite left his body and is now set to regain control and show the world who Spider-Man is – and no one could be more excited than Dan Slott himself. “I’ve been a Spider-Man fan since I was eight years old. Of COURSE I want to see Peter back! He is the one, true Spider-Man,” says Slott.

With Peter Parker swinging back into action in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, Slott, including fan-favorite artist Humberto Ramos (The Spectacular Spider-Man, Pete Parker: Spider-Man), are returning readers to intense and highly kinetic web-slinging action. Senior Editor, Stephen Wacker says, “The entire creative team is incredibly excited to bring readers the next stage in Spider-Man’s life. And I can promise you that the plans for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, over the next year, will be the biggest Spidey epic yet!”

However, the question on everyone’s mind has not been the “when”, but the “how” Peter Parker returns from the dead and Slott is quick to tease just that. “In a strange and terrifying way. And… possibly… at a very great cost. Remember, nothing is ever easy for Peter Parker. It’s one of the reasons he’s a true hero,” says Slott.

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