Peni? Get in the goddam robot! Prepare yourselves Arcadians, for Peni Parker, a teenage girl of Japanese heritage who co-pilots a mech called “SP//dr,” in the latest “Spider-Verse” tie-in that will be written by Gerard Way, author of the well received Umbrella Academy and lead vocalist for the band My Chemical Romance. Marvel Comics have just kicked off an epic crossover event focused on everybody’s favourite we slinging superhero, Spider-Man. The series “Spider-Verse” promises to explore ALL alternate versions of the wall crawler branching into all the familiar alternate versions with big-time Spidey writer Dan Slott vowing to use “every single one.” But the fun doesn’t stop there because alongside the main “Spider-Verse” series Marvel are introducing all new incarnations including a “Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman“, all happening in a series called “Edge Of Spider-Verse.” Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys were both published by Dark Horse. This will be his first Marvel comic. The issue will also be illustrated by Jake Wyatt. Marvel quoted Way saying… “In a futurist city fairly different from the New York we are familiar with, our version of Spider-Man takes the shape of a government project: SP//dr. SP//dr is comprised of three vital components: a pilot, a machine, and a radioactive sentient spider acting as one half of the brain that makes it all work. Peni Parker is a young girl, who, left parentless, is adopted by her Aunt May and Uncle Ben, the two heads of the SP//dr project. When they realize Peni is the only one who can successfully pair with SP//dr, they make the unorthodox decision to train her as SP//dr’s newest pilot.” Way drew inspiration from mangaka Katsuhiro Otomo as well as writer and artist Paul Pope. “I started with the work of Otomo, and drew from his books Domu and Akira, for the overall feel of everything,” he explains. “Being a big Paul Pope fan, I also drew from his work from THB and Batman Year 100. I started with the visual concepts and then built the story around that. I knew I wanted a little girl piloting a machine, and a psychic spider friend. I wanted to keep the aspect of the radioactive spider ‘bite,’ and make it work in a new way, and that provided the glue of the concept.” Consider this one officially added to my pull list.