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.
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.