The following article contains spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #17, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
The latest chapter in Marvel’s Dark Web event introduces a new demonic Spider-Man/Peter Parker who dubs himself Rek-Rap.
Amazing Spider-Man #17 comes from writer Zeb Wells, artist Ed McGuinness, inker Cliff Rathburn, colorist Marcio Menyz and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna. In the previous issue, Ben Reilly/Chasm sent Peter down to Limbo following an attack on New York City he co-organized with Madelyne Pryor/the Goblin Queen. Amazing Spider-Man #17 sees Peter encounter a number of demonic forces while trapped in the hellish locale, one of whom he saves from being devoured by another ghoul.
The demon quickly harbors a strong affection for Spider-Man, who he mistakenly believes to be named “Parker Pete-Man,” after being saved. When Chasm later unveils his brand-new Insidious Six team of villains to Madelyne, the demon steps out of the shadows while wearing a Spider-Man t-shirt and declares his new name to be “Parker-Man.” Chasm is unimpressed by Parker-Man’s antics and demands the Insidious Six apprehend him; however, Parker-Man manages to escape.
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Strolling through Limbo, Parker-Man runs into a demonic wizard Eddie Brock previously interacted with in Venom #13 (by Al Ewing, Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Alex Sinclair and VC’s Clayton Cowles). “I have a new business!” Parker-Man tells the wizard. “The business of kicking evil in the face, chest, neck and head. I want to be a good guy like Parker. But Limbo isn’t ready. So I don’t get any fancy powers they’re handing out.” The wizard then takes Parker-Man back to his laboratory and casts a spell with a small piece of the Venom symbiote and the demon’s shirt.
Spider-Man later decides he’s spent long enough in Limbo and attempts to break out with J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson. The trio runs into Chasm’s Insidious Six and Spider-Man nearly gets his head bashed in by the Gorepion until he’s saved by an upgraded Parker-Man. Rather than being called Parker-Man, however, the demon — who is now sizable larger than Peter is — calls himself by a different name. “They said they didn’t need another Parker…that I had it backwards,” he explains. “So say hello to Rek-Rap.”
Amazing Spider-Man #17 features cover and variant art by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna and Menyz and additional variant cover art by McGuinness, Rathburn, Lorenzo Pastrovicchio and Valeria De Sanctis. The issue is on sale now from Marvel.