Scorpio Rising Part 3: Signs from Above
O.K., intrepid readers! Scorpio has a magic key and he’s not afraid to use it. Living Brain/Ock has a crush on Anna Maria and he’s not going to be able to hold it back much longer. We are wrapping up this story arc, folks, and as Scorpio said, he’s seen the future, and Spidey’s not in it. So, hit the read more with care, as this may very well be Spider-Man’s last adventure!
Plus – is there love in Spider-Man’s future? Of course not! Didn’t you pay attention – Scorpio has already told us Spidey’s not in! You really need to read more carefully, you know! Now let’s quite this dilly-dallying and get on with it.
The Devil in the Details
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inker: Cam Smith
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramanga
Cover Artist: Alex Ross
Editor: Nick Lowe
Published: April 27, 2016
The Story – Pay Attention, This Will Be on the Test:
Spider-Man, Mocking Bird, Anna Maria, and Brock (Living Brain/Ock) are in England at a loss for what to do. Nick Fury is stuck in the Space Station at a loss for what to do. All of Parker Industries are in their various global habitats at a loss for what to do. There is no communication between them due to Spider-Man ad Fury taking out several satellites. Scorpio’s big final plan is about to happen and they get to make funky light shows in the sky. Thanks to some quick thinking by Fury, Spider-Man figures out where to go. He, Mocking Bird, and Brock kick some Zodiac butt. Scorpio kicks their butt. Scorpio opens a magic door with his magic key and reveals his true identity. It’s not just Vernon Jacobs, it’s Vernon Jacobs Fury. He then gets his reward for being a good little Zodiac leader – knowledge of the whole next year. Spider-Man knocks him into said next year. Anna Maria snuggles a little too close to Spider-Man and Brock vows to accelerate his plans.
There are two big things in this issue. The first is the revelation of what will happen in the upcoming year. This is Scorpio’s reward for all of his labors. Oddly enough, he is so excited that the future is “for me and me alone”, but then he proceeds to speak aloud about what visions are filling his head. More oddly, they are about Spider-Man. I can overlook these things because I love this “sneak peek” that Slott is giving us.
So let’s do a check off of what will happen:
- Regent – O.K., he’s already been seen and he is featured on the next cover.
- Heroes at each other’s throats – Civil War II
- New U – ??? I do not know what to make of this. When I see U I think Universe. Maybe this is a reveal of how Civil War will end? The universe gets rebooted again? Certainly not. I figure that it must represent something else that I am not getting. I would love your ideas below.
- Norman Osborn in hiding – I take this as a challenge for us to find him. So we’ve probably been giving hints already as we know the Slott likes putting his clues out there way in advance. There was a guy in bandages who was called ‘Osborn’ in Africa, but I always felt that this was a red herring. Where else could Osborn be?
- Monsters on the rise – Ic nat (that’s Old English for I don’t know – start using that instead of IDK and impress people with your knowledge of dead languages).
- Skyspears – Ic nat.
- Otto Octavius – It says that explains everything, so Otto’s plans are going to have a big impact on Spidey’s life this year. More on that next.
The next big deal comes from this panel:
Anna Maria follows this up with telling Spidey that she thinks Mocking Bird likes him. I’ve gotten that vibe since the first issue of the new volume. Bobby seemed a bit irritated at Peter’s love of his life Lian Tang. I must confess, I really didn’t think too much about this other than that this may be a new relationship for Peter. I guess I’m fine with it. It doesn’t feel forced and Spidey doesn’t date too often in the costume set. In Marvel Adventures he had Chat and in Ultimate he dated Kitty Pride. There was a What If? where he and Silver Sable got married, but to my memory, he’s only really dated Black Cat. My first instinct was that this seems to be setting Peter up for a major miscommunication. Here he is not aware until Anna Maria comments on it, now he will start thinking everything she does is hitting on him until he embarrasses himself by asking her on a date or leaning in for a kiss only to get smacked.
Then our very own Mohammed Jaafar sent me a heads up that this may have been in the works for quite a while. It seems that Mocking Bird’s and Spider-Man’s closeness has been noticed by others. Look at this page from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3. So it is quite possible that Bobbi hasn’t even thought about it until then. On top of that, he pointed out this a CBR Spider-Mandate column which had these lines: “
Slott: No plans for Carlie at the moment. We’ve already seen that MJ is coming up. And we might start showing some sparks between Spidey and someone else, soon…
CBR: A superhero someone else, or a regular old person someone else?
Slott:Everyone is special, Alex. [Laughs]
So that’s probably the new relationship. Pros – not Carlie. Cons – not MJ. Someone we can live with? I’m not sure. It further ties Spider-Man into S.H.I.E.L.D. and I’m not really a fan of the big team/organization stories. However, the relationship is progressing organically and if Spidey is going to be an Avenger and hang out with spy types, I guess it was bound to happen.
The other thing to come from the panel is what follows. Anna Maria hooks her arm around Spider-Man and says, “Bet we can make her jealous.” This sparks this panel:
Which brings me back to my original prediction – Ock will come back in a Spider-Man body. Maybe a clone if the Anubis looking guy in red is the Jackal. However, the guy in red will “resurrect” the old Ock body (or something of the sort) and then we’ll have a Superior Spidey and Villain Ock.
Nick Fury stuck in the Space Station and consequences for destroying satellites.
Spidey’s new signature move – the arm pit punch.
The Hulk/webbing joke.
Impulsive Spider-Man – especially when he grabs the key and runs for the door saying, “What happens if somebody else gets there first?”
The art – Camuncoli draws a good Spider-Man.
The Big Time joke – it was clever at first, but then overdone by everyone talking about losing the element of surprise. That was a long conversation for one leap. It felt a bit like loser Spidey was back, although this was really the only instance of it.
Yoink. Again, fine joke, but overdone. It was saved only by the Anna Maria/Bobby Morse scene.
The art – while Camuncoli draws great superhero costumes, I did not really care for his Peter Parker or Anna Maria. I really didn’t recognize Peter aside from his Spider-Man costume.
The reveal of Vernon Fury. I know Spider-Man is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (or at least a consultant), so we are going to have S.H.I.E.L.D. stories. They just don’t interest me. When he revealed that his last name was Fury and made references to nobody from Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. thinking about why he always had a key, I assumed there was a bigger story here from S.H.I.E.L.D. continuity. It did not stir me enough to check it out. Me. The guy who cites all his research in Cobwebs felt no urge to research the story. Something’s wrong there. I’m betting it is just me, though, and that several of you appreciated the S.H.I.E.L.D. references.
Well, Mohammed gets super bonus points for his CBR and S.H.I.E.L.D. heads up, but you can too. Nick Fury is trapped on the Space Station and signals Spidey using a laser. This doesn’t work because the ISS is very small to the naked eye and the laser shouldn’t be able to be seen. I really don’t care about that other than to give you a chance to go outside and see what Spidey saw himself. Yep, you can track and get a glimpse of the ISS if you go to this site: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/. When you look for it, look for a faint star moving across the sky. That’s what satellites look like. If it is blinking, you found a plane, not a satellite.
I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. I liked it more than I disliked it, so I’ll give it a:
Break out your red pen and tell me your grade below.
• The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the rest of the All-New All-Different Avengers come together for this huge story!
• The most dangerous foe from SECRET WARS, REGENT makes his true intentions known – and it will take the greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe to stop him.
It will be here next week. We’ll need Gemini and a magic Orrery to figure out the release schedule of this book!