Marvel has released their July solicitations, which means it’s time for the comic book media to scramble to break those solicitations into multiple observational articles for extra clicks. The first thing that jumped out at us, looking through the solicits, was the one for Amazing Spider-Man #1 and #2:
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 & #2
NICK SPENCER (W) • RYAN OTTLEY (A/C)
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY JIM CHEUNG
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY JEROME OPENA
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY SHANE DAVIS
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY JOHN ROMITA SR
ISSUE #1 – VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY RYAN OTTLEY
ISSUE #1 – REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY TBA
ISSUE #1 – B&W REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY TBA
ISSUE #1 – BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ISSUE #2 – VARIANT COVER BY TBA
An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is…Spider-Man?! But that’s far from all you’ll find here – a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests – and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to basics courtesy of Nick Spencer (SECRET EMPIRE, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN) and the Marvel debut of RYAN OTTLEY (Invincible)!
ISSUE #1 – 356 PGS. /Rated T …$5.99
ISSUE #2 – 32 PGS. /Rated T …$3.99
Did you catch that? Apparently, Amazing Spider-Man #1 will weigh in at a massive 356 pages. What kind of backup material can possibly fill a comic that big? Maybe it contains all of Nick Spencer‘s tweets about the 2016 election? Whatever the case, that’s a lot of extra pages for just $5.99. Perhaps it’s just a typo, and the book will really be 56 pages? We’ve reached out to Marvel to find out.
Since we’re on the subject, we should probably point out that the first issue has nine variant covers, two of which are drawn by fan-favorite artist TBA, who also provides a variant for issue #2. Will TBA stick around this time, or be replaced at the minute? We’ll have to find out. Head here to view Marvel’s full solicitations, where you can make these kinds of observations on your own (but don’t, it’s illegal to impersonate a comic book journalist).