Spider-Man is back in black again, but this time, he's paired it with red to match his new friend, Deadpool. Spider-Man debuted a new suit in today's Spider-Man/Deadpool #8, by Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness, and it's as dark as Peter Parker's mood has been since his recent trip to Purgatory.
For some context, Peter Parker has been having a weird time of late. The opening arc of Spider-Man/Deadpool involved someone hiring Deadpool to kill Parker, whom Wade does not realize is actually Spider-Man, Wade's personal hero. Wade agrees to do it because he's under the impression that Peter is doing some terrible, evil experiments. Deadpool succeeds in his mission but was confused when Peter Parker didn't go to Hell for his bad deeds (yes, he checked). It turned out that Peter was sent to Purgatory instead. Realizing that he may have made a mistake, Deadpool called in a favor from his ex-girlfriend, Lady Death (awkward), and had Peter resurrected.
However, before Peter left the afterlife, he had a run-in with Mephisto. That's the same Marvel pseudo-Satan who brokered the deal in the now infamous One More Day storyline that saw Marvel's continuity rewritten to undo Peter's marriage to Mary Jane Watson. As part of the deal, Mary Jane made Mephisto swear to never bother Peter again, and, according to co-writer and artist Joe Quesada, even Mephisto isn't supposed to remember that Marvel's continuity was ever different. Peter's meeting with Mephisto suggests otherwise, though. Mephisto whispered to Peter a secret that he claims is the reason why Peter will never be truly happy and fulfilled in his life. While we don't get to see what Mephisto actually tells Peter, the secret of One More Day seems like the most logical answer.
That brings us back to Spider-Man/Deadpool #8. We all know that Spider-Man treats his costume like a mood ring, changing colors to match Peter Parker's disposition (see the "Back in Black" storyline, for example). Since returning from the afterlife, whatever it is that Mephisto whispered is eating away at Peter. He decides to find Deadpool but suits up in a new black and red costume that reflects his surly demeanor.
Check out some more panels of Peter's new costume below. Spider-Man/Deadpool #8 is on sale now.
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