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Spider-Man Unmasked

Published June 14, 2006 in Novel News
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Marvel Comics.
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Except for the X-Men and Fantastic Four, I thought protecting your identity was the whole point of being a superhero. One main reason for this is so the superhero can live their life as an ordinary individual as well while protecting those that they love.

In the case of the recent issue of Civil War, however, Spider-Man and others decide it is time for the mask to come off.


Spider-Man Unmasked

According to AFP, in the latest edition of the Marvel comic Civil War on sale this week, Spider-Man does the unthinkable and removes his Spidey mask to publicly reveal his hidden identity.

"I'm proud of who I am, and I'm here right now to prove it," the legendary webslinger tells a press conference called in New York's Times Square, before pulling off his mask and standing before the massed ranks of reporters as newspaper photographer Peter Parker.

"Any questions?" Parker asks in the final panel of the issue, amid a barrage of camera flashes.

In a statement, Marvel trumpeted the revelation as "arguably the most shocking event in comic book history."

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The seven-issue Civil War series, launched in May, sees Marvel's writers taking on the topical issue of civil liberties.

Following a showdown between a group of superheroes and supervillains in which hundreds of innocent civilians are killed, the government passes the Super-Hero Registration Act, requiring all superheroes to reveal their identities and register as "living weapons of mass destruction."

Marvel's roster of invincible crime fighters is split into two bitterly opposed factions, with one camp - championed by the likes of Spider-Man - in favour of the new law and the other, including Captain America and his ilk, refusing to relinquish anonymity.

"It's about which side you are on and why you think you are right," said Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada.

Well, expect Spider-Man to unmask something else to Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3.

Stay tuned for updates.

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