|"Sensational Spider-Man" #38, on sale June 20|
Fortune may be smiling on Spider-Man at the box office this summer, but in the four-color world the Wall-Crawler's luck is just as bad as ever. The entire planet knows his identity; he's a fugitive from justice; and his beloved Aunt May lies in a coma after being shot by a professional assassin. It might seem like things couldn't get any worse for Peter Parker, but in June's "Sensational Spider-Man" #38 readers will find out that Aunt May is even more vulnerable than Peter Parker thought, when one of Spider-Man's most violent adversaries is checked into the same hospital as his frail aunt. CBR News spoke with "Sensational Spider-Man" writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa about the Marvel Comics series and its next storyline, "The Last Temptation of Eddie Brock."
Under Aguirre-Sacasa "Sensational Spider-Man" has become the book that chronicles the weird and mysterious world of Peter Parker. Aguirre-Sacasa's stories have generally been horror style tales, straight character driven stories, or a combination of both. "I'm a huge fan of horror films and horror fiction. I love the genre," Aguirre-Sacasa told CBR News. "In my work on 'Marvel Knights 4" and now on 'Sensational,' a new way to look at these characters was to put them in horror stories. That gave kind of a fresh take on the characters.
|"Sensational Spider-Man" #38, page 4|
The most recent arc of "Sensational Spider-Man" was a horror story that focused both on the characters of Peter Parker and one of his former science students, Jordan Harrison, upon whose life Peter made a huge impact. Jordan isn't involved in the next story of "Sensational," but fans of the character shouldn't worry. "I think we'll definitely see him again," Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed.
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Some readers may believe the cancer-ridden Eddie Brock doesn't pose any sort of threat to Peter Parker or his loved ones, but those readers would be incorrect. "He's a pretty big threat," Aguirre-Sacasa remarked. "Especially when you consider the person he targets is a frail old woman in a coma. That said, as frail as Eddie is, he's someone who's literally driven with such hatred, confusion, and madness that I think he's a little more resilient than you might think. It does feel that this might be a last gasp attempt. Eddie has decided to go out with a bang."
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While Brock is hatching his scheme to harm Aunt May, Peter Parker is busy with a desperate plan of his own to save her. "Peter is definitely at his wit's end and is kind of grasping at straws," Aguirre-Sacasa stated. "He's turning to anyone and everyone who might be able to help Aunt May, which means doing stuff he wouldn't normally do. In this case he gets the idea and seeks out help from Madame Web to gather a group of friends to try and essentially conduct a séance to reach Aunt May in her coma. This isn't the usual way Spider-Man deals with problems. Madame Web has been an advisor to him but he rarely teams up with her in this direct sort of way."
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In addition to the Black Cat and Madame Web, Spider-Man will also be enlisting the aid of his wife Mary Jane and her aunt Anna Watson in his plan to save Aunt May. Because of Spider-Man' status as a fugitive in both his civilian and costumed identities, he'll need all the help he can get. "We do see him briefly in costume but in this arc he's pretty much operating as Peter Parker," Aguirre-Sacasa explained. "He's definitely operating under the radar as someone who is on America's Most Wanted List. We see him doing some things but we don't get a whole lot of him being in agony over being an outlaw. He's mostly in agony over May and his attempts to save her."
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Aguirre-Sacasa hopes "The Last Temptation of Eddie Brock" makes an enjoyable impact upon fans. "Looking back over my run on 'Sensational Spider-Man,'" Auirre-Sacasa said, "I'm proud of all my stories but there's some that I'm more proud of. This Eddie Brock two-parter is one of those that I'm most proud of. I have to give the devil his due. My editor Warren Simons really encouraged me to write about the character. Lee Weeks is drawing these two issues and I think they're going to look great. I'm really excited about this story. I think it's a good combination of character stuff and horror stuff.
In addition to his monthly duties on "Sensational Spider-Man," Aguirre-Sacasa will soon have two more Marvel characters' adventures to chronicle. "I'm working on a book that stars an X-Men member and reimagines their origin, which I think is going to be really exciting. I'm also working on a book that stars a supporting cast member from 'Sensational Spider-Man."
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