It’s not a hoax. It’s not a dream; Firestar, Iceman and Spider-Man – the Spider-Friends – return next month in Amazing X-Men #7. Spider-Man, Firestar and Iceman teamed up in the early 1980s for a short-lived but impactful animated television show titled Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, and after readers witnessed Firestar joining Amazing X-Men last year, coincidentally co-starring Iceman, they hoped it would only be a matter of time – and that time is now.
May’s Amazing X-Men #7 is a special one-shot story written by Journey Into Mystery’s Kathryn Immonen and illustrated by Paco Medina. Situated between the end of Jason Aaron’s run and the beginning of Christopher Yost’s and Craig Kyle’s, the issue is a classic Marvel Team-Up as Firestar, Iceman and Spider-Man rekindle their ensemble to save the defacto capital of the world: New York City.
Newsarama: Kathryn, What can you tell us about Amazing X-Men #7?
Kathryn Immonen: It's the seventh issue and it's amazing. Next question.
Nrama: Snappy, aren’t you? You’ve loaded up Amazing X-Men #7 to truly live up to its title – you’ve got the X-Men and the “Amazing” Spider-Man here. Can you talk about bringing in Spider-Man and reuniting the trio from Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends?
Immonen: It was Senior Editor Nick Lowe's idea. I don't think either he or I have any vast knowledge of the show (although I could watch Dracula carrying Firestar around forever) and really, I think it was just more of a starting point of recognition than anything else. Having said that, in terms of their Marvel Universe personalities, they are a really great trio and that is what makes this a solid cast.
Nrama: Any chance to see Ms. Lion, Firestar’s puppy from the animated series?
Immonen: The internet tells me that dog is a Lhasa Apso and dead. Thanks a lot, Chris.
Nrama: Woah woah there, Ms. Lion was recently brought back by Hairball, but that’s another story. Enough cartoon questions and back to comics. Spider-Man, Iceman and Firestar are reuniting in New York City – what are they doing there?
Immonen: We actually start in a parking lot of a Pik-N-Pay in suburban Westchester and end up in the zoo in Central Park. Bobby and Angelica are on a mission for the Jean Grey School and Spidey's chasing down... let's call it "a mistake.”
Nrama: This can’t all be hijinks and catching up on old times like a cheery version of The Big Chill; what are they up against here in this one-off issue?
Immonen: I think the only thing more challenging than a done-in-one is a ten-pager, seriously. But we've got aliens, a kidnapping, livestock, mistaken identities, and a large Iberian ham. "I think the guy in the hat did something terrible."
Nrama: Could be a first on that last one, Kathryn. Last question -- any surprises or thrills you can tell people to look forward for this issue?
Immonen: This is probably the first time I've included a link to an image search for Laser Floyd in a script. Paco Medina is turning in the most beautiful art work and there's something really interesting about what he does combined with what I do that I hope people dig.