New Spider-Boy Series Will Expose Origin of Lore-Breaking Hero

Spider-Boy, the new sidekick for Spider-Man who technically does not (and maybe should not) exist in Marvel lore, is finally getting his own series to tell his side of the story. Spider-Boy first made his comic book debut in Spider-Man #7 last year. Last week, he had his first solo adventure in Edge of Spider-Verse #3. Both stories focus on how young Bailey Briggs has full knowledge and understanding of all the events in the Marvel Universe, yet no one knows or remembers him. Not even his supposed mentor and idol Peter Parker recognizes his supposed companion.

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Marvel announces that Spider-Boy will finally be able to tell the story from his perspective in his own ongoing series. Spider-Boy will have the character’s co-creator, Dan Slott, onboard as writer while Paco Medina will serve as artist. Spider-Boy co-creator Humberto Ramos offers cover art for the first issue of the series, as seen below. Spider-Boy #1 will go on sale starting on November 1.



Spider-Boy Leaps Onto Shelves, But Where Did He Come From?

Marvel's Spider-Boy #1 cover art

Spider-Boy’s presence in the Marvel Universe is quite literally an anomaly. Not just in the context of his unprecedented sudden appearance, but as far as creator Dan Slott is concerned. When asked for comment by Marvel, Slott had this to say:

Spider-Man isn’t supposed to have a sidekick. That’s just wrong on so many levels. And that is exactly why we are going to have so much fun with this. Both this character – and this new title – are going to break all the rules. Bailey Briggs is going to have over-the-top adventures in the Spider-Man corner of the Marvel Universe. He’ll be facing off against a mix of both all-new villains and fan-favorite Spidey bad guys. The one thing we can promise you, whenever you pick up a copy of SPIDER-BOY, we are going to take the weirdest and wildest swings with every single story! Our goal is to get every reader to ask two questions: ‘What in the hell did I just read?!’ and ‘When is the NEXT one coming out?!'”

Spider-Boy Is a Deliberately Bizarre Retcon

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If readers think the idea of Spider-Man having a sidekick is wrong, that’s exactly how they should feel. Spider-Boy’s newfound inclusion into Marvel lore is intentionally a discordant and unexpected change. As a result, Spider-Boy as a character has divided audiences. However, judging by Slott’s comments, it appears that this all comes with the intention to tell a bigger mystery that could revolve around the entire Spider-Family, if not the entire Marvel Universe. With the Spider-Verse more iconic than ever thanks to recent movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, it makes sense to show a new side to the Web of Life and Destiny, as Spider-Man’s multiversal adventures somehow saddle him with an ally he’s never met – or, more disturbingly, cause him to forget one he’s been working with from the start.

As the mystery continues to unfold, time will tell if audiences warm up to Bailey Briggs. If not, Slott certainly promises that they’ll be addicted to finding out what he means for the Marvel Universe. Spider-Man’s sidekick seeks to regain his place in Marvel in Spider-Boy #1, starting November 1.

Sources: Marvel

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