Let’s face it: the real world, at the moment, kind of sucks. So we turn to fiction: Marvel is currently in the processing of relaunching books for Marvel NOW! in the wake of Civil War II (even though Civil War II is not, technically, over). One of those books is Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, written by Gerry Conway, with art by Ryan Stegman. After the depressing slog that was a majority of Civil War II, this book is a goddamn delightful breath of fresh air and I love it so, so much.
The premise of Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows is pretty simple: this is a world where Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson never made a deal with Mephisto to get rid of their marriage, so instead they stayed married and had a daughter named Annie. This is actually Volume 2 of the book, because Volume 1 was a a tie-in of sorts to Secret Wars.
In any case, the story takes place right after the Secret Wars tie-in did, after Spider-Man defeated the power-stealing Regent. In fact, Mary Jane now uses some of the Regent’s technology as part of her costume to share her husband’s powers (presumably, she is named Spider-Woman, but goes by Spider-MJ). And Annie has her own powers, which she can only use with her parents’ permission.
The first half of the book, then, is a pretty standard plot, although it is peppered with delightful bits of dialogue that show how much Gerry Conway loves writing the “classic” Spider-Man, even as an adult. (In fact, there’s a moment where Peter says that he loves selling photographs to J. Jonah Jameson, even though MJ tells him he should work in a lab.)
It’s the second half of the book, however, where things get super oh my god cute with a backup story called “The Earnest Adventures of Spider-Dad” by Anthony Holden.
There’s also another backup story by Kate Leth and Marguerite Sauvage about Mary Jane designing her own costume (of course) which is also awesome.
You should all buy this book and feel better.