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This week marks the start of a new era for the Friendly Neighborhood Wallcrawler with writer Nick Spencer and artists Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Laura Martin’s Amazing Spider-Man #1.

In a story titled “Back to Basics,” Spencer and Ottley clear the books for Peter Parker and set the stage for a long-awaited Spider-Man comeback. Read on to find out more.

Spoilers ahead for Amazing Spider-Man #1.

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That good ol’ Parker Luck strikes early in Amazing Spider-Man #1 when Peter Parker’s graduate thesis is exposed as a fraud, “plagiarized” from the work of Dr. Otto Octavius (the real story is more complicated – Octavius wrote the thesis while impersonating Peter Parker during the Superior Spider-Man era).

As a result, Peter’s degree is revoked which leads to his firing from The Daily Bugle. Even Aunt May disavows Peter, telling him “I’d hoped your uncle had raised you better than that” - all while his enemy Mysterio is vexing the entire Avengers with a fake alien invasion.

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Dejected, Peter goes to the one person he knows he can trust with the truth about Octavius and his paper – his ex-wife, Mary Jane Watson. Peter tells her “We’ve been through so much together. Survived so much together. And I know that on my end at least, if you hadn’t been there - I wouldn’t have survived it... I need you.”

Mary Jane replies, “We’re in this together Peter. We always have been,” and the pair embrace and kiss.

The story continues in Amazing Spider-Man #2, on shelves July 25.

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