Our extended “slow Spider-news” cycle continues today, though we can alert you to a Spidey sighting this week.
Hot off the heels of his Guardians of the Galaxy cameo last summer, Howard the Duck is returning to comic shelves with his own book this week. Howard the Duck #1 will hit stores this Wednesday, with a story that has Howard (now working as a criminal investigator) on the trail of the now laughably out-of-character Black Cat.
Of course this means Spidey and Howard cross paths along the way.
Blastr.com has several preview pages as well as previews of the four trillion variant covers for Howard this month. Writer Chip Zdarsky says he’s hoping to utilize the character much like Howard’s creator Steve Gerber did:
“I think keeping the tone is important, but it’s been a while since Howard’s been on the scene. There’s a whole new world of stuff to be exasperated by! I just keep re-reading his previous appearances to get a rhythm to it, y’know,” he notes. “Howard isn’t my character, he’s Steve Gerber’s, but Steve used him to explore weird things and ideas and that’s what I’ll do as well. Hopefully. Unless I just go ahead and make him an X-Man.”
So welcome back to your own series, Howard. No word yet on if the title will end before the upcoming Secret Wars event reboot. If so, then Howard can look forward to being renumbered by issue #12.