What is SPIDER ISLAND? Spider Island is the first major Spider-man storyline to rock the book in many years. It’s a story so big that it will span the entire city of NEW YORK, and touch many heroes and villains that Spidey hasn’t encountered in quite some time. But, most importantly, it’s the grand return of some of Spidey’s most deadly foes, and we all know that Spidey is only second to Batman when it comes to a kick-ass rogues gallery.
In a nutshell? Spider Island is a major storyline where all of Manhattan develops Spider-like powers, and all hell breaks loose, with no way out.
For the last few issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, we’ve seen some very odd things happening in New York City. It’s almost been like an.. infestation. 🙂 Ordinary people have been doing stuff that only Spider-man can do, climbing on walls, flipping around, and well, showing the proportionate strength of a Spider. 🙂
And, of course, bugs have been popping up EVERYWHERE. Creepy, right?
It’s an epidemic, and everyone from civilians to super-villains are gaining powers and abilities similar to those that belong to Spider-Man. We’ve seen a new Sinister Six, we’ve seen a new Hobgoblin, we’ve seen Spidey lose his Spider-Sense, we’ve seen him end up on two super-teams, heck, he’s even learned kung fu… how about a whole city of Spider-Men?
Why We’re Stoked? Well, first of all, on a simple, base level the concept just has us hooked. It’s the kind of straight-forward, and in-your-face idea that’s so easy to explain that it just works. An entire city of Spider-Men? Bad guys shooting webs? Assorted New York-based heroes rocking Spider Powers? I mean, it just works. We’re pumped.
But beyond that, we’re also excited about the fact that this is kind of the big show piece of the amazing (no pun intended) run that writer Dan Slott has had on the book so far… and guess who the series artist is going to be for the full SPIDER ISLAND story arc? That’s right, folks, Big Time originator, HUMBERTO RAMOS, who in our opinion is the BEST Spidey artist since the days of Mark Bagley and Mike Wieringo.
Another cool aspect of the storyline is the return of one of the classic Spidey villains, The Jackal, who we haven’t seen much of at all since the days of the Clone Saga. And, as maligned as the Clone Saga was and is now, I have to admit, the Jackal was my favorite aspect of the entire storyline. Heck, I loved a lot of stuff from that era.. Ben Reilly, impact webbing, Kaine.. that was really the time I jumped into reading Spider-Man.
VILLAINS GALORE! We all know Spidey has a great Rogues gallery, so we’re pumped to see that many of his classic villains are going to be getting the spotlight in Spider Island. Ranging from heavy-weights like Dock Ock and the Sinister Six to cult favorites like The Shocker and The Beetle, we’re pumped for some Spidey villains!
All in all, Spider-Island is going to rock. It’s a six issue arc that runs through the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN title, beginning with this week’s prologue in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #666.
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #666 *PROLOGUE*
- VENOM #5
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667 *CHAPTER ONE*
- SPIDER-ISLAND CLOAK AND DAGGER #1
- SPIDER-ISLAND DEADLY FOES #1
- VENOM #6
- SPIDER-ISLAND DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1
- SPIDER-ISLAND AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #1
- SPIDER-ISLAND I LOVE NEW YORK #1
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #668 *CHAPTER TWO*
- SPIDER-ISLAND CLOAK AND DAGGER #2
- SPIDER-ISLAND AVENGERS #1
- HERC #7
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #669 *CHAPTER 3*
- SPIDER-ISLAND AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #2
- VENOM #7
- HERC #8
- SPIDER-ISLAND SPIDER-WOMAN #1
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #670 *CHAPTER 4*
- SPIDER-ISLAND DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #2
- SPIDER-ISLAND: HEROES FOR HIRE #1
- SPIDER-ISLAND CLOAK AND DAGGER #3
- BLACK PANTHER #524
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #671 *CHAPTER 5*
- SPIDER-ISLAND DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #3
- SPIDER-ISLAND AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #3
- VENOM #8
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #672 *CHAPTER 6*
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #673 *EPILOGUE*
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