Marvel comics has just debuted Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1. Featuring a new song, along with a promotional trailer from Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, the 30-page comic looks has some incredibly dark artwork by Juan Ferreyra, and is by all accounts, is a visually stunning comic. Co-written by Taboo and B. Earl, whom together had written Marvel’s SpiritRider series, Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man takes the web-head into a dark and personal nightmare in what’s promising to be, a very intriguing five-issue limited run.
“It was an absolute ‘Fanboy’ dream come true for B. Earl and I to work with our amazing team made up of Juan Ferreyra, and editors Devin Lewis, Thomas Groneman, and Nick Lowe,” said Taboo in a recent Marvel press release. “As a Native/Mexican kid from East Los Angeles, I never would have dreamed I would be creating stories with Marvel Comics—let alone getting to co-write and bring Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man to my city of Pasadena, California!!! This story is not only a crazy roller coaster of a read, it’s also paying homage to the love that B. Earl and I have for the horror films of the 80s.”
DEADLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1 (OF 5)
Written by TABOO & B. EARL
Art by JUAN FERREYRA
Cover by RAHZZAH
“I remember the moment when we got the call to write Spidey. I was sitting at the breakfast table reading emails, and I saw one from C.B. Cebulski. Before I had even finished reading the email, my phone was ringing. Taboo was on the other line and all I heard was ‘Bro. SPIDER-MAN!’” said B. Earl. “It’s not every day you get to live your 11-year-old dream and play with Marvel’s biggest toy in the toy box. To say it is an honor is an understatement. I will be forever grateful to C.B. for his trust in us and the team of Nick, Devin and Tom who have guided this journey. But as a writer, my purest joy is to give an artist the sandbox to play in and get really weird and wild. Juan has amazed us every time with his ability to not only elevate the story, but make it even more deadly than we ever could have imagined. I really hope the fans dig the crazy world we have created for Spidey since it’s like nothing he has ever encountered!”
Surprisingly set in Los Angeles (as compared to Spidey’s traditional home of NYC), the series focuses on Peter’s darkest fears and insecurities. All for a psychedelic journey that forces his demons to be brought to life. The story will see Peter undergo a journey to become the Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man and face his deepest fears in a confrontation with… Demon Bear, from the X-Men!
The trailer for the comic, as seen below, likewise features an original track by Taboo called “Welcome to the Neighborhood.”
“Welcome to the Neighborhood“
Written by TABOO
Produced by DJ ARTEK (EDGAR SINIO)
Engineering by JOHN NORTEN
“As far as the inspiration for ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood,’ this is my way to say thank you to all our Spider-Man fans across the Marvel Universe who have read the comics, watched the movies and now get to listen to a song that came from ultimate love and appreciation for all those who will be rocking with DEADLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN. SKODEN!!!” Taboo said of this new song exclusive. “When creating ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood,’ I was inspired by songs like ‘A Nightmare on My Street’ by Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince and ‘Children’s Story’ by Slick Rick.”
The market price for Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man sells for $4.99, which is slightly more, given that it’s a 30-page first issue. The story is also friendly for new readers, as it’s an entirely standalone take on the traditional Marvel character.