Marvel has announced that they will release a brand new original graphic novel in April 2014 from writers Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come), James Robinson (Starman, Earth 2) and Italian artist Gabriele Dell’otto (Secret War). Spider-Man: Family Business is a spin-off from Superior Spider-man, and part of the line of graphic novels that Marvel are pushing along with Avengers: Endless Wartime.
The press release tells us a little bit about the story:
Someone has Spider-Man in their crosshairs and there’s only one person in the Marvel Universe who can save him…Peter Parker’s secret sister! As the web-slinger faces his darkest hour, will she end up becoming his greatest ally…or the one who damns him? This all-new, fully painted, original graphic novel marks the second offering in Marvel’s all new original graphic novel line, featuring the world’s most popular super heroes brought to life by the best creators and debuts in a high-end, oversized format featuring sophisticated packaging and design.
Spider-Man’s life is full of deadly twists and turns, and when his greatest surprise is not only related to him but his sister, Spider-Man’s world is turned upside down! Who is this mysterious member of the Parker family, and can she be the ally Spider-Man desperately needs while the Kingpin is organizing the greatest global crime syndicate in the history of the Marvel Universe?! Thrust from the comforts of New York City and into the terrors of international crime, Spider-Man faces one of his greatest challenges yet.
“This is a blast.” said Waid. “Adding new elements to the Spider-Man mythos, redefining the Kingpin, and doing it all in partnership with one of the medium’s best and most celebrated writers. What’s not to be excited about?”
“This is a truly unique moment in the life and career of Spider-Man and I’m honored to be a part of the team that gets to tell it,” added Robinson. “It’s been a blast working and collaborating with Mark, Gabriele, and editor Stephen Wacker. There is no amount of thanks or excitement that can truly measure the scope of the opportunity!”
The artwork looks absolutely stunning as well, as can be seen from the images below. You may also recognise his painting from the spine work on the The Official Marvel Graphic Novel Collection.
Spider-Man: Family Business will be available 2 April, 2014 in book stores, comic shops, the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.