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Rock star, and successful comic book author Gerard Way has collaborated with Marvel in the upcoming comic one-shot called: Edge of Spider-Verse #5, landing October 15th. Way's is one edition of 5, each taking their own spin on the Spider-Man origin story which will culminate in an event series called Spider-Verse in which each iteration will be featured.

Gerard Way at Comic-Con
Gerard Way at Comic-Con

The Marvel Comic universe is in good hands, as this will not be Gerard's first venture into the comic book world. He wrote the mini-series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, as well as the Eisner Award-winning The Umbrella Academy.

Way has opted to take quite a significant adaptation on the origins story. His protagonist will be a 14-year-old girl named Peni Parker, thus becoming Spider-Girl. Peni has not only been bitten by a sentient radioactive spider but shares a telepathic bond with it, with both fighting crime inside a complex mechanized armor code-named “SP//dr.”

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Way opened up about his opportunity and creative decision:

How did you get involved with Marvel on this? Did they approach you?
Nick Lowe, the editor of all the Spider-Man books, was a big fan of Umbrella Academy and had a lot of enthusiasm for my work [...] We met up at New York Comic Con [last year] and he offered me an annual. He was like, anything you want to do for X-Men just do it. But it never materialized.
So I had a little time after finishing the album and then he hit me up again: "Hey I'm the editor of Spider-Man now. Do you want to do a Spider-Man book?" My response was, "I don't know, I have to think if I could add something to it." He said, "Well you get to make up any Spider-Man you want because we're doing this mega-crossover." And that was right up my alley because that's the stuff I think I do a lot better with.

He also shed light on why he opted for a female lead, having been inspired by female figures throughout his life:

Ever since doing The Umbrella Academy, the characters I've connected the most with were the women. That's been kind of pattern through my whole life, actually. Like I strongly connected with my grandmother when I was a boy and I never really connected with other boys my age. I was never into sports. I was only into stuff like comics and action figures and I never really identified that much with the masculine type of male; I identified more with the women in my life. So I found myself wanting to write a young woman again. It's just what interested me the most.

Edge of Spider-Verse #5 will be released October 15th, 2014. The story was written by Gerard Way, with art by Jake Wyatt and the cover by Jake Wyatt & Greg Land.


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