Peter Parker has had a rough time of it in recent years, notably selling his marriage to the devil and erasing significant portions of his past to save his dying aunt. While this irked many fans, the following "Brand New Day" arc has given us a slew of entertaining stories, and the upcoming "Big Time" storyline promised to help Parker will shake off his chronic underdog status and use his vast talents to achieve some tangible success in the world. It's been a lot of fun, not having to constantly tune our ears to the frequency of despair, say, or cross-reference by the longitude and latitude of a heart in agony.

So it was with trepidation and sighs that we greeted the new teaser cover of Marvel Previews, which reads: DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN. So is Peter Parker really going to die in February? That's certainly what we're meant to think, but we're banking on this being some sort of elaborate metaphor. Maybe the Spider-Man has to die... so the man can live. Or something. Your guess is as good as ours, at this point. Tell us what you think this means in the comments.