This fall, Spider-Man meets his “other” counterparts as he and many other Spider-heroes from around the Multiverse are swept into a universal battle with the Spider-Man villain, Morlun. Comic Book Resources broke the story this morning on The Edge of the Spider-Verse which talks about the 5 part mini series that introduces the new “Spider-Men (and Women) of the event. Including one where Gwen Stacy became Spider-Woman.
Lowe: These are all stories that lead into “Spider-Verse.” By “Edge” we mean that you’re crossing the edge of “Spider-Verse” and about to turn into its driveway. Some of the characters in this miniseries will have pretty major roles in “Spider-Verse.”
In fact, you might see some of them in other “Edge of Spider-Verse” issues as well. “Edge of Spider-Verse” isn’t only this miniseries. It’s a banner for all the books that lead into the event. You’ll see issues of “Amazing Spider-Man” that are “Edge of Spider-Verse.” Both of the “Superior Spider-Man” issues #32 and #33 are “Edge of Spider-Verse” issues as well. There will also be an “Edge of Spider-Verse” issue of “Spider-Man 2099.” So through this miniseries and those issues you’re going to meet a lot of Spider characters who are going to be important to “Spider-Verse.”
“Edge of “Spider-Verse” #2 takes readers to a world where a radioactive spider bit Gwen Stacy and she became superhero known as Spider-Woman. What can you tell us about this incarnation of Gwen and her adventures in this issue? What do you find most interesting about her? In terms of plot and themes what is this issue about?
Latour: Well, one of the things I think is strongest about Spider-Man as a concept is that the themes run so deep that they really open themselves up to re-interpretation. On some level this is obviously that kind of story, but hopefully it isn’t a simple “What If” where the gender swap or the plot superficially change things. We’re trying to treat Gwen as a fully realized and fundamentally different person than Peter, to treat Spider-Woman as something new. But as we set out to do that it’s impossible not to think about what she shares with Spider-Man. What that seems to be, aside from the powers, is that they’re very much influenced by strong parents.
I’ve always gotten the sense that the Parkers were the kind of people who thought the community should police itself, that every person was responsible for the welfare of the whole. On the other hand Gwen’s biggest relationship is with her father, Captain Stacy, who maybe shares some of the same qualities as the Parkers, but at the end of the day he straps on a gun and a badge and takes it upon himself to police that community. To me that slight wrinkle adds an interesting nuance to the lessons she’ll learn.
Counterbalance all that with what I think is a fun, modern story about a young woman struggling with what she wants out of life. Gwen’s in a band, she wants to be an artist — but how practical is that when suddenly you can lift cars and stick to walls? What happens when you wake up and find you are basically a gun? Do you have to carry a badge too? Is it selfish to want something else?
Read the rest of the interview here at CBR.