Mark Waid Returns for SPIDER-MAN "Origin of the Species"
Mark Waid Returns To SPIDER-MAN
After the "Grim Hunt" and "One Moment in Time" arcs rock Spider-Man's life, a bundle of joy from two deadly parents is going to bring on the pain, with the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man storyline "Origin of the Species." Starting in September 2010 from issues #642 to #647, writer Mark Waid and artist Paul Azaceta will reunite for the six-issue story arc, as Spidey's entire set of bad guys comes out of the woodwork to come after the son of Norman Osborn and Menace.
When asked where Peter Parker was headed, after the trials and tribulations of the previous arcs, Waid's answer was simple: "No place good."
Considering the Kravinoff family is gunning for Spider-Man's radioactive blood in "Grim Hunt," some of the other villains introduced in Brand New Day have been smoldering behind the scenes. And in the case of Lily Hollister -- also known as the superstrong goblin gal known as Menace -- she's had even more going on in her life: She's pregnant with Norman Osborn's baby. And while Norman himself is down and out after his fall from grace at the end of the summer blockbuster Siege, that specific parentage has drawn some unwelcome attention.
"Sandman. Lizard. Electro. Rhino. Screwball. Kraven. Vulture. I could keep going, but we want to leave some surprises," Waid said. "As far as many of the Marvel U villains are concerned, even with Norman in jail and disgraced, he could someday rise to power again or even be bargained with in prison to divulge knowledge and secrets -- so the baby is a big bargaining chip for them."
Of course, considering that Menace's psyche has been unhinged by an extra-strength version of the Green Goblin's serum -- indeed, she attacked New York City repeatedly in order to swing the mayoral race in favor of her father -- seeing her react to a villainous siege could go either way. "She’s done some horrible things, Lily Hollister, but she’s not so cold that she’d use her newborn baby as a poker chip. Or is she...?"
And despite his history of insanity and murdering young women, this new baby isn't the only spawn of the original Green Goblin -- "Stormin' Norman" has gotten around, with children such as his son Harry Osborn, as well as the recently-returned son of Gwen Stacy, the superpowered sociopath Gabriel. "He’s busy over in American Son, isn’t he?" Waid replied, when asked what Gabriel's role might be in the story. Still, when asked as to why Spidey's villains would want the child, Waid couldn't say much: "There are many surprising motivations in play -- keep reading!"
When asked about his artistic partners for the storyline, Waid was quick to praise Azaceta's work, having collaborated with him both on the recent Amazing Spider-Man arc with Electro, as well as Irredeemable and Potter's Field for BOOM! Studios. "Paul just gets better and better," he said. "He’s flat-out one of the best, smartest storytellers I’ve ever worked with, and his real strength is making New York City come alive."
Wrapping up his discussions about Norman and Lily's little bundle of hate, we asked Waid if there were any moments he was excited to tease for "Origin of the Species." "Many. Many, many," he said. "Carlie’s choices about what to do with Lily. Harry’s reaction to his half-brother -- friend or foe? Peter’s first official date with Carlie. Lone Spidey and Cub. The best Rhino entrance in forever. Harry’s bargain. MJ and Carlie talking about Peter Parker. And non-stop action. Literally, non-stop, as Spider-Man is being hunted like he’s never been hunted before."