It has been announced that legendary Spider-Man writer Gerry Conway will be making his return to the character next March with a five-part story. The story arc – entitled “Spiral” – will run alongside the main Amazing Spider-Man series from issues #16 to #20 as ‘point one’ issues (16.1, 17.1, etc.) and will see Conway joined by artist Carlo Barberi as he removes Spidey from the inter-dimensional mayhem of the “Spider-verse” and brings him back to the street-level crime of NYC.
In an interview with Newsarama, Conway spoke of his excitement about returning to the franchise, saying “it’s a story about two people: a Spider-Man who’s returning from his huge “Spider-Verse” event and entering into a crime war, and the story of one of his supporting cast. What I pitched Nick was to take a character in Spider-Man’s orbit who is heroic and put them on a dark journey; to take them down a path that at every turn readers can empathize with but it keeps taking them to a darker and darker place, and to see what it does to Spidey. The character we picked is police captain Yuri Watanabe, the current Wraith. She’s been an interesting character since Dan Slott introduced her in Amazing Spider-Man #600 because she’s both a stickler for the law but also a vigilante; this story will tip her over a little bit.”
Conway is perhaps best known as being the man who killed Gwen Stacy (or at least the man who wrote the script), and as the co-creator of the Punisher.