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Who is the American Son?

Posted by Luke Brown On April - 15 - 2009


The Amazing Spider-Man will soon be asking the same question. This May, “American Son” kicks off with Amazing Spider-Man #595. We’ll throw some names against the wall to see if any stick.


1. Harry Osborn – Could there be a more “way too obvious” choice than Norman’s son? So the image above clearly wants you to immediately put one and one together to arrive at person that could keep it all in the family, so to speak. The brain trust behind the mostly weekly Spider-stories has delivered more surprising reveals than Harry would be, so I’m thinking Osborn’s kid is the longshot.

2. Flash Thompson – Nobody loves Spider-Man more than Flash. Of course, Flash doesn’t currently have the use of his legs. But what if he was given the opportunity to walk again, and be a hero at the same time, thanks to a special armored suit? Come on, you’re telling me that doesn’t seem possible? Granted, they did make a pretty big deal about the story that Flash’s encounter in the Middle East was based on, but it wouldn’t be entirely out of character for him to jump at the chance to be a superhero.

3. Vin Gonzales – Maybe part of his plea deal involved something along the lines of “volunteering” for this job. We haven’t seen him actually arrive at prison yet have we? There’s nothign here indicating that this character will be anti-Spider-Man, so it’s not like this guy is supposed to have a grudge against our favorite wall crawler.

4. Gabriel Stacy/Osborn – Oh, you thought I forgot all about the twins Norman and Gwen had that were featured during the “Sins Past” arc. Well, unluckily for you, I did remember that both of them were still alive, and that Gabriel managed to vanish without a trace after his last appearance in the follow-up, “Sins Remembered.” It’d be a bit of a stretch since it seemed that Gabriel and his sister, Sarah, were swept under the retcon rug, but anything is possible. Right?

5. Anyone Else - It really could be just about anyone, and I’m looking forward to seeing who ends up being the man behind that terrible looking helmet.

Any educated guesses out there?

3 Responses so far
  1. Shawn Mallory Said,

    Peter Parker is the American Son. We’ve rehashed damn near every Spidey story from the past 20 years(covers included) why not the ‘Slingers’ arc. Look for American Made(the Maggia Spidey), American Woman(the ol switcheroo Spidey) and of course American Dad(complete with Seth MacFarlane’s crappy, second rate Family guy dialogue).

    No, seriously though, it’s Petey ‘Wheatcakes’ Parker all the way.

    Posted on April 16th, 2009 at 9:18 PM

  2. Luke Brown Said,

    I wrote this article before I saw the newsarama interview with Joe Kelly… short version- it’s 99% harry since Kelly said the arc is about Peter and Norman fighting over Harry’s “soul.” sounds mostly disappointing.

    Posted on April 17th, 2009 at 10:17 AM

  3. Shawn Mallory Said,

    I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who thinks the costume looks like U.S. Agents last disaster. Check out the Ordway mini series to see what I mean. New Ways to die was incredible, Assassination Plot was so ho-hum boring I didn’t finish it, Marvel seems hell bent either telegraphing their Spidey stories(American Son), or pulling stuff from their collective asses(Jackpot’s identity).

    The preview pages of Spider Man 24/7 don’t look too promising either.

    Posted on April 17th, 2009 at 6:58 PM

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