In Marvel’s Dark Web event, Chasm, AKA Ben Reilly, turns some Limbo demons into horrifying versions of Spider-Man’s Sinister Six villains.
The Amazing Spider-Man introduces a demonic Sinister Six team to make hell for Peter Parker.
Written by Zeb Wells and illustrated by Ed McGuinness, a preview for The Amazing Spider-Man #17 picks up right after the prior issue in which Peter allowed himself to be dragged into Limbo in an attempt to save both J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson. The two had been kidnapped and forced into the hellscape by Ben Reilly, AKA the villain Chasm, who wants to hurt Peter following the events of ASM’s “Beyond” storyline. As shown in the preview, Ben’s next method of tormenting Peter involves turning some of Limbo’s demons into twisted versions of the Sinister Six’s villains, and calling the team the “Insidious Six.”
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17
- ZEB WELLS (W) • ED McGUINNESS (A) • Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
- Variant Cover by ED McGUINNESS • DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY ED MCGUINNESS
- Classic Homage Variant Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
- Disney100 VARIANT COVER BY Lorenzo Pastrovicchio
- Disney100 BLACK & WHITE VARIANT COVER BY Lorenzo Pastrovicchio
- Round One is over!
- Peter Parker finds himself trapped in Limbo
- Peter not only has to find his way back home, but he has to do it in a truly hellish fashion.
- And who is shadowing him?
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The Insidious Six consists of Doctor Octoball, Grave Goblin, Rhiceratops, Kraken the Hunter, Lizzaro and the Gorepion, all of which are obvious twists on the Sinister Six’s Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Rhino, Kraven the Hunter, Lizard and Scorpion, respectively. Each has their own demonic look, however, such as Doctor Octoball being a floating creature with ten eyes as opposed to a scientist that uses a four-armed, mechanical apparatus. Before the Insidious Six, Peter was already dealing with demons across New York, as were the X-Men.
Dark Web Is a Vendetta Against Spider-Man and the X-Men
Amazing Spider-Man #17 ties into Marvel’s Dark Web event, a crossover between Spider-Man, the X-Men, Venom, Ms. Marvel and more. In Dark Web, Ben and Madelyne Pryor, AKA the Goblin Queen, have teamed up to get revenge on the respective heroes they were cloned from: Peter and Jean Grey. Ben’s anger towards Peter stems from his memories being erased by the Beyond Corporation and Peter refusing to use Beyond’s technology to get them back, while Madelyne’s is a result of her frequent mistreatment from the X-Men, such as Krakoa’s Quiet Council only bringing her back from the dead as a reward for Havok/Alexander Summers in Hellions.
What Marvel Titles Does Dark Web Stretch Across?
Before Ben and the Insidious Six, Peter already had to fight Venom like old times, being that Ben and Madelyne messed with Eddie Brock’s mind and regressed it back to his Spider-Man-hating self. Outside the event’s two bookend issues, Dark Web: Dusk and Dark Web: Dawn, the full list of titles involved in Dark Web includes ASM, Venom, Dark Web: X-Men, Mary Jane & Black Cat, Gold Goblin and Dark Web: Ms. Marvel. The Amazing Spider-Man #14 served as a prelude to Dark Web and indicated that Ben and Madelyne want to steal Peter and Jean’s souls, but based on the preview, it seems Ben wants to torture Peter beforehand.
Along with Wells and McGuinness, The Amazing Spider-Man #17 is inked by Cliff Rathburn, colored by Marcio Menyz and lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna. Main and some variant cover artwork for the issue is by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna and Menyz, with other variants contributed to by Rathburn, McGuinness, Lorenzo Pastrovicchio and Valeria De Sanctis. The issue goes on sale Jan. 11 from Marvel Comics.