Writer Peter David and artist Greg Land will return to an iconic period from the Marvel Universe's past in April's Symbiote Spider-Man #1, the first in a five-issue limited series.
The story pits Spider-Man against Mysterio in the time period before he discovered his black suit was an alien entity - the symbiote that later bonded with Eddie Brock to become Venom.
“Venom may be my day job and favorite Spider-Villain, but my favorite fictional character of all time is the one and only Spider-Man – and far and away, this is one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever had the privilege of working on in my five and a half years here at Marvel,” said editor Devin Lewis in an announcement. “This is an in-continuity story of Peter Parker A.K.A. The Amazing Spider-Man set in the weeks he was wearing the alien symbiote costume that would later become one of his greatest foes! And all your favorites are there – Black Cat, Aunt May, The Bugle. This is classic Spider-Action in the Mighty Marvel Manner!”
Though Spider-Man never faced Mysterio while wearing his black costume when he originally wore it in the 80s, Lewis offered assurances the story is entirely in continuity.
“What’s Mysterio doing on the cover?!” Lewis asked ominously. “He never fought Symbiote Spidey! Or did he?! Now, I know a lot of y’all out there in Mighty Marveldom are going to scoff at that – that this story is in-continuity – but trust me! Peter, Greg and I have all done our homework – we’ve read and reread the original 'Alien Costume Saga' in its entirety, revisited old stories and talked around those classics literally, for hours. This is Peter Parker as Spider-Man, wearing one of the most iconic costumes in all of comics, and we’re treating this story will the heart, seriousness and respect that that entails as a result.”
Interestingly, the upcoming film Spider-Man: Far From Home features also features Spidey taking on Mysterio - and apparently donning a black costume as part of the story (though it doesn't appear to be a symbiote of any kind).
Here's the advance solicitation for Symbiote Spider-Man #1, due out in April, along with the cover and two pages of interior art.