Gerry Conway takes Spidey back to basics
Having taken over the reins of The Amazing SpiderMan in 1972, Gerry Conway is the writer who is most closely associated with the Wall- crawler’s classic period after Spidey’s co- creator, Stan Lee. Now after spending the past two decades scripting TV shows like Law And Order, the 62- year- old is returning to ol’ Webhead’s monthly adventures with Spiral, a special five- parter that begins in The Amazing Spider- Man # 16.1.
“It’s honestly quite surreal,” says Conway, who will be joined by artist Carlos Barberi. “It’s been such a long time since I worked on the character that it almost feels like I’m coming home to a familiar neighbourhood that I grew up in. It’s been a lot of fun and it’s also tinged with a bit of nostalgia and perspective of the years that have passed in between.”
Featuring Yuri Watanabe, aka former police captain turned vigilante the Wraith, Conway’s story will draw not just on his experience scripting police procedurals like Pacific Blue but also his father’s background in law enforcement. “I come from a family that’s steeped in that mindset,” he recalls. “So while I don’t necessarily approve of it, I certainly get it, which gives me an insight into Yuri’s crisis.”
Centring around a power struggle among Marvel’s criminal gangs led by the likes of Tombstone, Hammerhead and the Black Cat, Spiral will stand in stark contrast to the dimension- hopping escapades of recent crossover, Spider- Verse. “One of my wishes when I came back was to do a street level story because that was where the character was at when I was writing Spider- Man,” explains Conway. “He was much less of a world saver and more of a street saver at that point. I’ve always liked that aspect of Spider- Man and I don’t think it’s gotten enough play in the last few years because of the big event stories that Marvel needs to do.”
With Dan Slott continuing on The Amazing Spider- Man’s main arc, Spiral will still have an impact going forward. “My goal was to do something that’s to the side but is still crucial to Spider- Man’s future development,” says Conway. “When this story is over, it will have affected not just Peter and Yuri but also New York in a way that will have repercussions in the future, so it’s kind of important that it happens.” The Amazing Spider- Man: Spiral swings onto shelves later this month.
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