It’s been a weird new year for your friendly neighborhood web-slinger.
As we reported last week, Spider-Man’s status quo made a sudden left turn on New Year’s Eve, as Peter Parker and Mary Jane were watching television…
…And on January 1st, Peter wakes up at Aunt May’s house. No MJ in sight.
The next day, things got even more complicated, as Stan Lee and company confirmed the news: Peter Parker was now a single college student.
What happened? As we’ve learned this weekend: it’s a flashback. In Sunday‘s strip, we begin the story with, “In the days long before Peter and MJ were married…”
Now this has been done before in Marvel’s regular books, going back to John Byrne’s Spider-Man: Chapter One, as well as Kurt Busiek’s Untold Tales of Spider-Man. But in this case, the main point of interest is that Stan Lee, while adhering to Peter Parker’s current status, completely bypassed the path taken by the Marvel mothership.
So the real question now is: what do you think?