Back in 2010, Joshua Lapin Bertone talked of the new era of Spider-Man that has been called the BIG TIME era. Big TIme was the first arc that launched in November of that year, as it hearlded the Status Quo of the moment. Slott, being of the “Old-Skool” Variety in terms of Style and Method, took elements of the previous run and intergrated it into the new direction. (To be fair, however, that previous run DID involve Slott himself.) The main point was this: The good elements were kept, the bad ones were dropped and here we go. For the most part, you haven’t needed to be a long time Spider-Man Fan to get the gist of whats going on, pretty much the only stories that you need to read up on were Grim Hunt, ASM 600, Brand New Day Month 1, and Shed.
For the most part, you know what happens in the current status quo in the story. Over the last several months, Slott has been hard at work wrapping up many of the storylines that were established in Big Time, but in the Brand New Day. Ends of the Earth was an ending to the plot threads estlabished in ASM 600, and Big Time’s first arc, the Lizard Story is being resolved now, Hobgoblin is being addressed in Danger Zone, and Spider-Island’s biggest thread is the new Scarlet Spider book.
Needless to say, the Horizon Labs experiment looks like it’s expiration date is beginning to come to a head in the current No Turning Back story, and it seems to me that Slott is wrapping up things and winding down the end of his run. (Despite there being talk of him having many many stories to tell, how they would have to pry it from his cold dead hands, etc. etc.)
On Sunday, Someone asked on Twitter… “At this point, can you confirm or deny your involvement in ASM post Marvel NOW?”
@geekofoz I can neither confirm nor deny my involvement in ASM post Marvel NOW.
— Dan Slott
Okay, so what does that mean? Of the characters that have not been announced, Spider-Man is still among that group. Between this, and his constant ramblings of ASM 700, are we to believe that something profound is changing that much in ASM 700? I mean his track record of 100 issue books is a little suspect, given that the big reveal at the end was the return of Mary Jane Watson….and Doc Ock being in a diaper.
I will say this: His Doc Ock Story that began in that issue has finally ended with a thud (in this writers opinion) in End of the Earth. It seems the loose ends of the Hobgoblin storyline are set to be somewhat resolved in the upcoming Danger Zone storyline, and the loose end of Shed is being resolved in the current No Turniing Back storyline, so Post-Apha, Post m 700, could we see another BRAND NEW DAY?