In an exclusive with Comic Vine, Marvel Comics announced another Spider-Man related title for Secret Wars called Spider-Island. The main story, written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Paco Diaz, takes place in a New York City in which the Spider-Queen (the villain from the original event) won, Peter Parker is captured, and Flash Thompson, as Agent Venom, leads an underground resistance force. The series also contains a back-up continuing where we left off Mayday Parker since “Spider-Verse,” which will chronicle her adventures as the new Spider-Woman of the MC2, and will be written and illustrated by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz. The official solicit from Marvel reads as follows:
SPIDER-ISLAND #1 & #2
Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
- The Spider-Queen has turned Manhattan into an island of Spider-Madness and Peter Parker has lost, thanks to Spider-Scribe CHRISTOS GAGE (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN) & rising star artist PACO DIAZ (WOLVERINE, SCARLET SPIDERS).
- With Spider-Man defeated and captive, does Flash Thompson, A.K.A. VENOM stand a chance?
- All this, plus visit the MC2 patch of BATTLEWORLD! Mayday Parker and her Spider-Family are back courtesy of classic Spider-Girl team TOM DEFALCO, RON FRENZ & SAL BUSCEMA!
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Gage, DeFalco and Frenz also went into greater detail about what readers could expect from the series.
First, Gage explained the story, in which he revealed that it wouldn’t just be spider-versions of Marvel superheroes and characters making a return:
CHRISTOS GAGE: It takes place in a Manhattan where the Spider-Queen (villain of the original Spider-Island story) triumphed. She rules an island of people her Spider-Virus turned into huge mutant man-spiders, with her Spider-King (a transformed Captain America) by her side. Pretty much every human being in her kingdom is a spider-monster, loyal to her…except a stubborn resistance force of uninfected, led by Flash Thompson, a.k.a. Agent Venom. Flash is tormented by his failure in the final, decisive battle of New York’s champions against the Queen, in which he was unable to save his hero, Spider-Man, who was lost in the fight and is presumed dead. Though the Venom symbiote is vulnerable to the Queen’s sonic powers, Flash is determined to redeem himself, or die trying. And he has a plan…a way to turn old allies from pawns of the Queen into free-thinking beings. But in this world, there’s no cure for the Spider-Virus. It’s too late. The only option is to transform the subjects into something else…and that’s how Capwolf, Lizard Hulk and other bizarre twists on familiar characters come into the story!
That’s right folks…Capwolf is making his triumphant return! And for those of you who don’t know who he is, or missed out on the comics from the “X-Treme” 1990s, “Capwolf” was Captain America transformed into werewolf. Yeah…um…”because you demanded it,” right?
As for DeFalco and Frenz Spider-Girl story, Mayday, according to DeFalco, “will be dealing with the loss of her father and her decision to change her name to Spider-Woman–a decision that may not exactly go as planned.” Their story will also have the return of the characters from A-Next, including the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, Hope Pym (who, of course, will be played by Evangeline Lilly in the upcoming, Ant-Man film).
Spider-Island is scheduled for a July 2015 release and will ship twice-a-month.