Reportedly teased at various Marvel panels at SDCC this weekend, Zeb Wells leads the Spider-Man and the X-Men into a new crossover with December’s Adam Kubert illustrated Dark Web Alpha #1, where our heroes will face off against ne’er-do-well clones Ben Reilly and Madelyne Pryor.
Dark Web will take place across the main Amazing Spider-Man book alongside dedicated limited series and one-shots.
According to Marvel,
“Dark Web will find Spider-Man and the X-Men joining forces against two iconic characters that have experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years—Ben Reilly and Madelyne Pryor. As seen in this year’s Free Comic Book Day: Spider-Man/Venom, the two wronged clones are teaming up as Chasm and Goblin Queen to raise hell across the Marvel Universe. The story will fan the embers of the iconic Inferno crossover and pack an emotional punch that pays off decades of Marvel Comics storytelling.”
November 23’s Amazing Spider-Man #14, art by Michael Dowling and Kyle Hotz, will feature a prelude to the crossover that,
“…reintroduces Chasm, Ben Reilly’s dangerous new persona. Not seen since Amazing Spider-Man #894 and Free Comic Book Day: Spider-Man/Venom, fans will see exactly what Chasm and the Goblin Queen have been busy with. The issue will also introduce a brand-new villain shrouded in mystery—Hallows’ Eve.”
Set to play a “pivotal role in the event”, Hallows’ Eve’s design will be demonstrated via an Amazing Spider-Man #14 variant cover by Ed McGuinness. McGuinness will also return to the Spider-Man title for Dark Web tie-in issues. The main cover of this issue will be by John Romita Jr.
Ryan Stegman will also be providing a variant cover – for Dark Web Alpha #1.
One limited series has been confirmed for the event – Gold Goblin by writer Christopher Cantwell and artist Lan Medina. Taurin Clarke on cover. The first issue will drop November 2. Gold Goblin will, according to Marvel, establish “…a new status quo for Norman Osborn.”
“Norman Osborn’s sins may have been cleansed, but his memories weren’t and he’s done plenty of horrific things to remember. Norman’s worked hard to avoid all things “Goblin” and to stay on the straight and narrow. Consequences in Amazing Spider-Man pushed him to try super-heroing, and he liked it. But when the media dub him the Gold Goblin, he has to start wondering – can he ever get away from the Goblin inside?”
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