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Sacasa said he's wanted to chronicle Spidey's exploits for some time. "I started campaigning for this title the second it was announced that Mark Millar would be kicking it off, but only staying on for twelve issues," Sacasa told CBR News. "I talked to my editor Warren Simons. Then, when I didn't get the job and Reggie took over, and I campaigned - begged - whatever - again to take it over after Reggie was done telling his stories. And this time the stars (Warren and Axel) aligned…"
Sacasa begins telling his stories in the wake of one the biggest Spider-Man tales in recent years, "It takes place right after 'The Other,'" Sacasa said. "With the title switches from 'Marvel Knights Spider-Man' to 'Sensational Spider-Man,' this title is very much in dialogue with the other Spider-titles. It is in continuity and whatever happens to Spidey in 'Amazing' and 'Friendly Neighborhood' will be reflected in our book."
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The Lizard, Man-Wolf and the Black Cat are just three of the transformed characters that Spider-Man must confront in "Feral." "The Vulture has a cameo in the first issue, Vermin creeps into the second issue, and…it's a safe bet that there'll be others, as well," Sacasa said. "Who are the same as they've always been - basically - but much, much more aggressive and brutal and fearsome and consumed with bloodlust, especially Felicia Hardy."
Someone is behind the transformations in "Feral" and Sacasa was only able to give a cryptic clue as to the mastermind's identity. "It might not be a 'him,' and that's all I'm saying."
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Avengers Tower is just one of the many New York City locales that readers will visit in "Feral." "I'm a New Yorker and I truly think that there's no greater place on Earth than New York, so the city will definitely play a prominent role in 'Feral,' Sacasa explained. "Avengers Tower, the Natural History Museum, the West Side Highway, the Bronx Zoo, the sewers beneath the city… And that's just in our first issue. You name the place, we visit it."
Spidey might be receiving some help from one of Marvel's premier super teams as he treks across the city in pursuit of his savage friends and foes. "I'm pretty sure the FF is going to guest-star in the…third issue, I think," Sacasa stated. "No New Avengers, though. They've got their hands full holding the rest of New York together."
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Spinning yarns featuring everyone's favorite web-slinger is the culmination of a long dream for Sacasa and he couldn't be happier with his artistic collaborator on his tales. "I grew-up loving Spider-Man, reading Spider-Man comics, wearing Spider-Man pajamas, playing with Spider-Man action figures, etc. etc.," Sacasa stated. "It's really an honor to be writing Marvel's crown jewel - especially right now, when so many cool things are happening to him and, really, the entire MU. And - Angel Medina's art is just so mind-blowingly good it's scary."