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Spider-Man, the X-Men, Ms. Marvel, Venom, and more are ensnared in Chasm and the Goblin Queen’s Dark Web

This December, the two most famous wronged clones of the Marvel Universe will team up to take back what’s theirs! Madelyne Pryor, AKA the Goblin Queen, and Ben Reilly, now known as Chasm, will reignite an Inferno that will send Spider-Man and the X-Men into a spiral in DARK WEB! And they won’t be the only ones feeling the flames of Maddie and Ben’s revenge! In addition to the launch of the opening one-shot, December will bring on a series of tie-in issues and limited series and fans can get the full scoop right now!

The saga will be bookended by two one-shots, subtitled DUSK and DAWN, written by current Amazing Spider-Man scribe Zeb Wells and drawn by superstar artist Adam KubertDark Web #1 will reveal the true scope of Madelyne and Ben’s wicked alliance, what it means for Spider-Man and the X-Men, and the surprising role Venom will play. The sun is setting, dusk is approaching, and it’s going to be a long night. Featuring a wraparound variant by Ryan Stegman.

Zeb Wells will continue the story in Amazing Spider-Man #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #16 with legendary artist Ed McGuinness. Peter Parker will have his hands full with back to back showdowns, starting with Venom. Find out exactly why Venom is helping Chasm and then, it’s time for the main event. That’s right, it’s Peter Parker vs. Ben Reilly, no-holds-barred in the craziest battle you’ve ever seen! Chasm secures his place in Spidey’s rogues’ gallery…as the one who finally vanquishes Peter Parker?! John Romita Jr. provides covers.

December will also see the launch of Dark Web: X-Men, a three-issue limited series by X-Men writer Gerry Duggan and acclaimed New Mutants artist Rod Reis with covers by Phil Noto. In Dark Web: X-Men #1, chaos reigns in the streets of New York City as demon hordes pour forth from the realm of Limbo…a realm that until recently was ruled by Magik.  A realm now ruled by Cyclops’ ex. Also, Havok’s ex.  Also, a clone of Jean. The X-Men wade into the fray by taking on some of their darker history as the Goblin Queen returns for vengeance! The not-so-happy reunions continue in Dark Web: X-Men #2. Some reunions – like those with an evil ex who rules a dimension of demons – are not so great. Sometimes even having your AMAZING FRIENDS at your side isn’t enough to save things.

Currently a supporting character in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel will also have a significant story arc during the event in her own limited series, Dark Web: Ms. Marvel. From Sabir Pirzada, known for his work on Marvel’s Voices and Ms. Marvel on Disney+, and artist Francesco Mortarino in his exciting Marvel Comics debut comes a bold and badass new vision of Ms. Marvel! Fresh off her first few weeks working as an intern at Oscorp, Ms. Marvel finds herself as the last line of defense against a bunch of deadly and dangerous experiments going haywire thanks to Maddie and Ben’s demonic machinations! Things get even worse when Kamala finds herself in Limbo, with no choice but to fight her way out! Marco Checchetto provides the cover.

In Al Ewing and Bryan Hitch’s Venom #14, secrets are revealed! Madeylne Pryor has plans for Eddie Brock and the symbiotes he can control – in this issue, she and her new ally CHASM bring them all to bear! Unwittingly turned into a slathering and terrifying monster you might recognize, Eddie Brock’s fears from the last year stand fully realized in this turning point for Al Ewing, Ram V, and Bryan Hitch’s enthralling run on the title!

Writer Christopher Cantwell and artist Lan Medina continue to explore Norman Osborn’s heroic journey in Gold Goblin #2 featuring a cover by Taurin Clarke. The thought-provoking limited series will prove that being a super hero isn’t for everyone… After facing Chasm in Dark Web #1, Norman Osborn will have to face another terrifying opponent in this issue who might cut Norman’s new super hero career short!

Announced last month, two of the greatest loves of Peter Parker’s life are in for a Dark Web adventure of their own in Mary Jane & Black Cat. After taking the character of Black Cat on a whirlwind of adventures in recent years in back-to-back solo series and the current Iron Cat limited series, Jed MacKay will now continue his transformative work on Marvel’s premier super thief and this time, he’s taken MJ along for the ride! MacKay will be joined by artist Vincenzo Carratù—an up-and-coming talent making his exciting Marvel Comics debut. In this explosive and kick-ass limited series, Mary Jane Watson and Felicia Hardy find themselves thrown into one another’s paths and then into LIMBO! But SOMETHING HAS CHANGED WITH MJ! And she’s not the only one keeping secrets – Felicia’s got a guilty conscience and it’s playing havoc with their escape plan! With a cover by J. Scott Campbell!

The Dark Web is spun! Check out the complete event checklist and stay tuned for more Dark Web news in the weeks ahead!

SDCC 2022: Aaron’s Avengers Assemble, Moon Girl, and more during Marvel’s Next Big Thing Panel

Marvel’s famous panel Next Big Thing Panel at at San Diego Comic-Con is always filled to the brim with announcements, first looks, and teases about the future of the Marvel Universe! Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski, Executive Editor Nick Lowe, editors Darren Shan and Lauren Bisom and an incredible lineup of creators including Christopher Cantwell, Jonathan Hickman, Ram V, and Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing came together to reveal some of the hottest Marvel titles coming your way in the next few months. Here’s some of the panel’s biggest announcements!

Marvel Comics visionary Jason Aaron will unite his work on Avengers, Avengers Forever, and Avengers of 1,000,000 BC into one incredible epic in Avengers Assemble! Aaron will kick off the saga with superstar artist Bryan Hitch in November’s Avengers Assemble: Alpha one-shot before crossing over between issues of AVENGERS and AVENGERS FOREVER!

From throughout time and the far corners of the Multiverse, the Mightiest Heroes of All the Earths are assembling as never before for a battle beyond all imagining. A war that will take us from the prehistoric beginnings of an Earth under assault by the greatest villains who’ve ever lived to the watchtower that stands at the dark heart of the all and the always, where an army of unprecedented evil now rises. The biggest Avengers saga in Marvel history begins now.

Avengers Assemble: Alpha

From the fantastical mind of creator Tradd Moore comes a Strange story like you’ve never seen in Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise! Launching in November, the four-issue limited series sees Doctor Strange awaken alone in a distant world not his own. Lost of purpose and surrounded by danger, the wandering sorcerer must explore this land of blades and mystery to unravel arcane secrets and escape the deadly horrors that lie in wait!

November will also see an oversized celebration for the Golden Avenger’s 650th issue in Iron Man #25! It’s Iron Man Day in New York City, but not everyone is ready to celebrate the ongoing legacy of Tony Stark — least of all him. But a sudden crisis will once again test Tony’s heroism and challenge his commitment to the role he has assumed for himself. Must there be an Iron Man?  Christopher Cantwell concludes his thought-provoking and powerful run as writer, as illustrated by Angel Unzueta. PLUS! Murewa Ayodele and Dotun Akande tell a tale of Iron Man’s quest to locate Thor amid the frozen wastelands of Niffleheim. Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey pair up to provide an all-new vintage Iron Man adventure from the distant past featuring Madame Masque and the Radioactive Man! And get a special glimpse of what’s coming up next for the Armored Avenger! Check out the cover by Alex Ross.

Iron Man #25

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’s highly-anticipated new solo series will arrive in December! Written by Jordan Ifueko and drawn by Alba GlezMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 will begin a brand-new era for the breakout young hero as the smartest person in the Marvel Universe also takes her place as one of its greatest heroes! The cover for the first issue is by Ken Lashley and the comic comes to shelves in December.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

Check out more of what’s coming below!

Avengers and Moon Girl #1 Interior Artwork by Diogenese Neves
Written by Mohale Mashigo, the first in a three-part trilogy of Moon Girl Team-Up one-shots on Sale August 10

Venom #11 Interior Artwork by Bryan Hitch
Upcoming Issue of Ram V, Al Ewing, and Bryan Hitch’s Venom Run, on sale September 14

Carnage #5 Interior Artwork by Francesca Manna
Upcoming Issue of Ram V and Francesco Manna’s Carnage run, on sale August 24

Carnage #6 Interior Artwork by Rogê Antônio
Upcoming Issue of Ram V and Francesco Manna’s Carnage run, on sale September 21

Love Unlimited: Viv Vision
Weekly arc starts in Issue #7, written by Marieke Nijkamp with art by Federico Sabbatini

Ghost Rider #5 Interior Artwork by Cory Smith
Upcoming Issue of Benjamin Percy and Cory Smith’s Ghost Rider run, on sale August 3

Ghost Rider #8

On sale November 2022 
Written by Benjamin Percy 
Art by Cory Smith 
Cover by Kael Ngu 
JOHNNY BLAZE AND TALIA WARROAD — WORKING TOGETHER?!  
As part of a splinter unit within the F.B.I., they will map out the shadow highways that crisscross the country, uncovering the larger design of an underworld conspiracy!

Ghost Rider: Vengeance Forever #1 Interior Artwork by Juan José Ryp
Special Ghost Rider anniversary one-shot by Benjamin Percy and Juan José Ryp, on sale August 10 

Captain America Sentinel of Liberty #3 Interior Art work by Carmen Carnero 
Upcoming issue of Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing and Carmen Carnero’s Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty run, on sale August 10

Captain America Sentinel of Liberty #6

On Sale November 2022 
Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing 
Art by Carmen Carnero 
Cover by Carmen Carnero
Captain America has misjudged his place in the battle against the elusive Outer Circle…and it’s about to cost him everything. The Century Game has been turned upside down. And when the dust settles, Steve Rogers’ world will never be the same again.

Shang Chi and the Ten Rings #2 Interior Artwork by Marcus To
Upcoming issue of Gene Luen Yang and Marcus To’s sun of Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings, on sale August 24

Shang Chi and the Ten Rings #5

On Sale November 2022 
Written by Gene Luen Yang 
Art by Marcus To 
Cover by Dike Ruan
THE ORIGIN OF THE TEN RINGS REVEALED! Shang-Chi finally discovers their tragic history… 

Shang Chi and the Ten Rings #5

Dark Web

Upcoming Crossover, Prelude issues begin in November 2022 
Written by Zeb Wells 
Promotional Artwork by Ryan Stegman
Variant Cover by Peach Momoko

Dark Web

Gold Goblin

New Limited Series launching in November 2022 
Written by Christopher Cantwell 
Art by Lan Medina 
Cover by Taurin Clarke  
IT’S NOT EASY BEING…GOLD? 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? 

SDCC 2022: Marvel teases what’s coming soon and celebrating 60 Years of Spider-Man

Marvel celebrated 60 years of Spider-Man with a panel that not only celebrated the past but teased what’s coming later this year. Not only will we see lots of new Spider characters from across the multiverse but Peter Parker will have to deal with Chasm and the Goblin Queen in “Dark Web” which will have the webslinger crossover with the X-Men! In Edge of Spider-Verse #1 , a new prehistoric Spider-Rex will debut in Edge of Spider-Verse #1 on August 3rd in Marvel Comics. And if you have already fallen in love with Spider-Rex, get excited!

Devilish details about Dark Web have emerged during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con! Teased in various panels throughout the weekend, Dark Web will be a Spider-Man/X-Men crossover story spearheaded by current Amazing Spider-Man scribe Zeb Wells. The saga will begin in prelude issues throughout November, followed by December’s Dark Web Alpha #1 where Wells will be joined by superstar artist Adam Kubert. From there, the web will be spun across issues of Amazing Spider-Man as well as various tie-in one-shots and limited series. 

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.

Featuring artwork by Michael Dowling and Kyle Hotz, November’s Amazing Spider-Man #14 will be a special Dark Web prelude issue 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 plan a pivotal role in the event, fans can get their first glimpse at Hallows’ Eve and her killer design in a new variant cover by Ed McGuinness. The superstar artist recently graced the pages of Amazing Spider-Man for this week’s 900th issue and will return to the title for the upcoming DARK WEB tie-in issues.

Writer Christopher Cantwell and artist Lan Medina will launch a new tie-in limited series during Dark Web titled GOLD GOBLIN that sets up 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?

Check out a special wraparound variant cover for Dark Web Alpha #1 by Ryan Stegman.

Gold Goblin #1

Written by CHRISTOPHER CANTWELL
Art by LAN MEDINA
Cover by TAURIN CLARKE

On Sale 11/2

Gold Goblin #1

Dark Web Alpha #1

Written by ZEB WELLS
Art by ADAM KUBERT
Wraparound Variant Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

On Sale December

Dark Web Alpha #1

Spider-Man #2

On Sale November 2022 
Written by Dan Slott 
Art by Mark Bagley 
Cover by Mark Bagley

“THE END OF THE SPIDER-VERSE” RAGES ON! 
After the tragedy of the first issue, our Spider-heroes try to make a plan against Morlun. But Morlun isn’t their only problem… SHATHRA is back and more powerful than the last time she nearly killed Peter and Ezekiel. Last time, Peter tricked Shathra, and she’s had plenty of time to plan his death and the death of ALL SPIDERS! 

Spider-Man #2

Amazing Spider-Man #13

On Sale November 2022 
Written by Zeb Wells 
Art by John Romita Jr. 
Cover by John Romita Jr.

Hobgoblin’s story comes to a chilling end, and no one is going to be rocked harder by it than Norman Osborn! Witness the birth of the Gold Goblin! What does this mean for our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man?!

Amazing Spider-Man #13

Amazing Spider-Man #14 

On Sale November 2022  
Written by Zeb Wells 
Art by Michael Dowling & Kyle Hotz 
Cover by John Romita Jr.
Hallows’ Eve Variant Cover by Ed McGuinness
“DARK WEB” PRELUDE! 

We haven’t seen Chasm since ASM #894 and the FCBD issue, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy. Join us for this very special issue featuring Spidey’s most dangerous new villain as well as the Goblin Queen and a BRAND-NEW villain that you won’t believe. 

  • Amazing Spider-Man #14

Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2

On Sale November 2022 
Written by Taboo and B. Earl 
Art by Juan Ferreyra 
Cover by Rahzzah

The creepiest Spider-Story in years continues! Beset and beleaguered by the wicked power of DEMON BEAR, Peter Parker is having nightmares whenever he falls asleep and sometimes even when he hasn’t! Worse still, it’s making his time as Spider-Man even MORE difficult! But there’s no rest for a weary spider, and the web-slinger will have no choice but to dig in and hang on – unless he wants to meet a grizzly end! (Hah. Grizzly!) 

Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2

Review: Punisher War Journal: Blitz

Punisher War Journal: Blitz

There is nothing like when one gets their just due. The German have a term for it, “scheuden freuden”. It is when the individual gets deep satisfaction from another’s misfortune.  It happens in our daily lives.

 Take for instance, when somebody  cuts in front of you on the road. The first thoughts could be why  are they driving like an asshole.  This , of course, becomes vindicated when you see them get pulled over by the police or someone does the same.  In the debut issue Punisher War Journal: Blitz, one of Frank’s longtime nemeses may soon meet his hand thanks to Castle’s control of The Hand.

We find the Hate Mongerer AKA Finn Fratz waging war across the country in many of the Hand’s vital locations, as the two are waging war and not backing down at any instance.  We find out why Frank has held this grudge with Hate Mongerer, and how the mission Frank was sent all those years ago, was all a work of fiction, thanks to Fran. Unfortunately, Frank is pulled into a similar trap when he tries to lure out Fratz. By the issue’s end,  Franks gets his man, but at a cost, and with his war against his enemies not ending anytime soon.

Overall, Punisher War Journal: Blitz is a fun story that will remind readers the reason they think Frank’s is a badass. The story by Gronbekk is spectacular. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that readers will revel in.

Story: Torunn Grønbekk Art: Lan Medina
Color: Antonio Fabela Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Punisher War Journal: Blitz

Punisher War Journal: Blitz

There’s a new status quo when it comes to the Punisher. Now the “High Slayer” for the Hand, the Punisher has teamed up with criminals to wage his war against other criminals. In exchange his wife has been resurrected. It’s an interesting direction and one I’m not totally onboard with. But, it’s still interesting and entertaining storytelling. With it brings back the traditional companion “War Journal” series, kicking off with Punisher War Journal: Blitz. The series will give us stories not told in the main series, a series of tales that expands Frank Castle’s latest war.

Torunn Grønbekk delivers a tale of Castle versus the Hate Monger. Told during two time periods, we see two men who deal in absolutes and nihilation. If they don’t succeed then their death is the only acceptable alternative. It’s an interesting exploration of two men who are willing to sacrifice others so easily to also gain so little overall. But, it’s Frank’s decisions as to who is worthy to sacrifice and who is not that’s the interesting part. There’s a clear logic to his decisions and it shows there’s still humanity within.

Grønbekk piles on the action with good surprises and solid moments though the over the top death and gore is kept tamped down in some ways. There’s also satisfaction of seeing the Punisher hunt down a racist to murder them. It’s the direction I think the character should have taken on in the relaunch, so to at least see a little of it is nice. It’s satisfying in vengeance sort of way.

The art by Lan Medina is nice. There’s a bit of a throwback feel to it, which feels rather appropriate for the return of “War Journal”. The violence is there, death, dismemberment, swords through chests, heads blown apart, but it’s not quite as over the top as other recent depictions of the character and even the main series. Medina is joined by Antonio Fabela on color and lettering by Cory Petit.

Punisher War Journal: Blitz is a nice return of the side-series and hopefully it continues to deliver one and done stories and not drag things out. It gives a little bit better idea of what’s going through Frank’s mind currently and shows there’s some humanity in him, there’s a lot of potential here to explore the current iteration of The Punisher further in the coming issues.

Story: Torunn Grønbekk Art: Lan Medina
Color: Antonio Fabela Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Punisher: War Journal Blitz #1

Punisher: War Journal Blitz #1

(W) Torunn Gronbekk (A) Lan Medina (CA) Mahmud Asrar
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Jun 22, 2022
SRP: $4.99

THE TRICK IS TO INVENT A WAR WORTH FIGHTING.
• Finn Fratz knows that if you want people to hate each other, a Banner cannon in the right pair of hands goes a long way. The aging war profiteer earned his spot on the Punisher’s kill list well before he adopted the moniker Hate-Monger, but he has proven an elusive man.
• Now, with the Hand at his disposal, Frank Castle is ready to smoke him out. But not only has Hate-Monger gone to ground, he’s fighting back. Good for him. It’s not going to change anything but the death toll.
• Torunn Gronbekk and Lan Medina join forces to bring you the first of three thrilling tales from between the pages of PUNISHER, exploring Frank’s new modus operandi through some of his deadliest missions yet…

Punisher: War Journal Blitz #1

Preview: Wolverine #17

Wolverine #17

(W) Ben Percy (A) Lan Medina (CA) Adam Kubert
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Oct 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

WHO CAN YOU TRUST? MAVERICK returns to team up with WOLVERINE! Meanwhile, C.I.A. Agent Jeff Bannister has just uncovered a secret surveillance device aimed at Krakoa. Now someone wants their bug back and Bannister out of the picture. Nowhere on or off Krakoa is safe.

Wolverine #17

Preview: Gamma Flight #5 (of 5)

Gamma Flight #5 (of 5)

(W) Al Ewing, Crystal Frasier (A) Lan Medina (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 13, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE REVELATIONS OF RICK JONES!
Rick Jones is one of the oldest, most beloved sidekicks of the Marvel Universe. Del Frye is a high school hero with a horrific past. Together they are… what? Meanwhile, in the pulse-punching finale of the battle with Abomination, new gamma mutate Dionne discovers untapped strengths – but will it be enough to take down the monster who made her? The future of gamma is at stake, and no one will emerge unscathed…

Gamma Flight #5 (of 5)

Preview: Gamma Flight #4 (of 5)

Gamma Flight #4 (of 5)

(W) Al Ewing, Crystal Frasier (A) Lan Medina (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $3.99

CHILDREN OF MONSTERS!
Skaar, the son of Hulk, and Dionne, daughter of [REDACTED]. Get the origin story of the Marvel Universe’s newest, deadliest gamma mutate! Plus: Absorbing Man pushes his abilities to the max – and it goes badly. Rick Jones and Del Frye make a desperate move – that grants them new, horrifying abilities. This team of Hulk hunters is breaking apart… and their enemy knows it. Don’t miss this issue’s immortal revelations!

Gamma Flight #4 (of 5)

Exclusive Preview: Gamma Flight #3 (of 5)

Gamma Flight #3 (of 5)

(W) Al Ewing, Crystal Frasier (A) Lan Medina (CA) Leinil Francis Yu (VCA) Kyle Hotz, Carlos Pacheco
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 18, 2021
SRP: $3.99

AMERICAN GAMMA!
Who is after Gamma Flight? You’ve been calling for them since IMMORTAL HULK’s early days – well, True Believer, we’re here to deliver. Come to GAMMA FLIGHT for all the radioactive wonder you’ve been missing – and the characters you love to hate.

Gamma Flight #3 (of 5)
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