Spider-Man is 'apparently' getting a sister.
Yes, you read that right.
Marvel’s next original graphic novel in May, 2014 will introduce Peter Parker’s 'apparent' sibling in Family Business, co-written by Mark Waid and James Robinson with painted art by Gabriele Dell'otto.
USA Today describes the OGN as a “a tale of international intrigue from New York City to Monte Carlo to Cairo to a host of European destinations.”
According to the national daily newspaper, “the Kingpin is organizing a large crime syndicate and it's Peter Parker, not Spider-Man, who finds himself under attack. The ruthless supervillain has finally decided to expand his criminal empire on a global scale — if Spidey can't stop him.
“But before Peter can figure out who's after him, a mysterious woman in a convertible screeches to a halt in front of him, and she tells him she's his long-lost sister, Teresa. The two of them never knew anything about each other, but Peter hops in the car anyway to get the bottom of the situation.”
"The story is moving at such a breakneck speed that there's not much of a chance to catch a breath," Waid told USA Today. "He has every reason to be skeptical about who this woman is and who she says she is."
The writer describes her as "the anti-Peter.”
“She's got it all together, she's smooth as silk. She's Modesty Blaise."
The story will also reportedly include new insight into Peter’s CIA parents, Richard and Mary Parker, and the circumstances of their deaths
"It seems very bizarre to him that Aunt May never mentioned anything about this woman, who's about his age and the resemblance is there," Waid added. "Peter wants to try to figure out what this mystery is all about but basically they're running from a crime syndicate out to kill them both throughout the novel, so there's not a whole lot of time for Spider-Man to sit and relax and slowly suss this out.
"It really is a focus on Peter drafted into the spy James Bond-ish, super-secret-agent life that his parents left.”
Waid goes on to describe Peter as most interesting when “he’s as ordinary as possible, except for the spider bite,” and while the writer says they don’t want to take away the “everyman aspect” of Peter by giving him too convoluted a backstory, he feels they’ve “successfully sidestepped this in this graphic novel."
And to answer the $64,000 dollar question, Family Business is set before the events of Superior Spider-Man. So the story will be pure Peter Parker “to make it a "a little more outside-audience friendly," Waid explained.
"If most people are asked on the street who Spider-Man is, they may know Peter Parker. We dodge continuity that way to make it a little more timeless."
Check out USA Today's trailer for Family Business below: