The Canadian Press reports that Marvel Comics will put out an eight-issue series of their Spider-Man comic, in which the Manhattan of Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego, goes topsy-turvy in a plotline dubbed “Spider-Island.”
And — you guessed it: there’s an important bed bug twist to the plotline — more on that in a moment.
The plot will run through issues 666-673 and portray a world in which ordinary people get Spidey-like abilities.
The Canadian Press asks,
What if New Yorkers suddenly wake up with abilities like Spider-Man? How would that change things? What would it mean for Spider-Man?
“Peter Parker will not be the only spider-powered person in New York. His power will not be so great,” [Marvel writer Dan Slott] said. “Everyday folks — the guy putting the schmear on your bagel, the guy driving you in the bus, your neighbour down the block — it’s spider powers for everyone! All shapes and sizes!”
Of course, infecting that many people at the same time is hard, but Slott has found a unique way to affect the transfer, one that real New Yorkers already fear: bedbugs. An evil person has genetically altered the critters. Who is that malevolent force?
You’ll just have to read the comic book to find out.
The “Spider-Island” plot will begin to be set up in a free Spiderman comic book that Marvel is giving out for Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 7th, 2011.
This is timely, since Spider-Man has been spotted filming live swinging sequences for next year’s blockbuster above the streets of Manhattan this week.
And since bed bugs and new forms of bed bug art always multiply more quickly in the summer months.