Peter Parker has had one of the roughest years in his superhero career in a long time, and it does not look like it's going to get any better. At least that's what the writer and artist team, J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada, behind the final story arc for Straczynski on Amazing Spider-man, titled One More Day. What a day it will be.
Over the past year, Spider-man has experienced everything from pride to regret and then, ultimately, loss. The road to this final landmark event began when Peter joined the New Avengers and became close with Tony Stark. Tony helped Peter fill a life long void he has felt for a father figure, but something was not right. Over time, the bond between the two became so strong that Peter willingly unmasked himself, revealing his identity to the world to show support for the Superhero Registration Act during Civil War. That one decision he made, either by his own choice or by the swaying power of Tony Stark, has changed the life of Spider-man in a way that has not been explored in comics for quite some time.
Probably the most devastating thing at the current moment, concerns the life of one of the most important people in his life, Aunt May. During the events of Civil War the notorious Wilson Fisk, otherwise known as The Kingpin, ordered a contract hit on Spider-man. When the assailant was in place and fired his shot, Peter was able to dodge with his beloved Mary Jane in tow. Unfortunately, he was not quick enough for Aunt May, a woman who has been through one of the toughest ordeals in any one person's natural life.
It is still an unfolding plotline rolling through the Amazing Spider-man title, whether or not Aunt May will survive. This shocking, and somewhat on the fence idea, concerning a Spider-man mainstay, has sent ripples through the agility of Spider-man. So much so that Peter has returned to the fabled black costume. The representation behind the new costume change is simple - he's furious and he is not going to take anything from anyone anymore. This has already become apparent in the brief months that Spidey's been treading New York and abroad in the sleek black costume with the giant white spider symbol. However, nothing on the same level as when Peter first returned to Earth wearing the symbiotic costume that later became Venom and spawned Carnage. Ruthless is simplest word that sums Peter up right now, and it does not appear that he's going to be letting up anytime soon.
Where the storyline of Peter goes in the One More Day story arc is anyone's guess, since mums the word from Joe Quesada. However, there is one thing that has been touched on and promised to be put to rest for good. It has been a question that fans have asked about since Joe verbally stated that he thinks the marriage of Peter and Mary Jane should be written out of continuity. The One More Day story will reveal how the rest of the Marvel pantheon feels about it and has promised to yet again change the status quo of Spidey. And the cover to Wizard #150 is not only a homage to one of the most copied covers in comic history, a cover made famous by Crisis of Infinite Earths #7, but it alludes to what we might be able to expect.
With so many changes to the life of Peter Parker - Aunt May being shot, the changing of the costume, the feelings of regret and fear as he faces a new world possibly all alone, there's plenty for fans of everyone's favorite web-slinger to get excited about. The only thing is that the long loved humor of the comics, might be absent for some time to come. Then again, after the event of the One More Day story, if Peter needs to reverse time, maybe he can get a hold of the Time Infinity Gem the Illuminati are hiding. Either way, prepare for the darkest days in Spidey history to provide us with months of entertainment.
CCC Freelance Writer