Writers: Dan Slott & Christos Gage
Penciler: Stuart Immonen
Inker: Wade von Grawbadger
Color Artist: Marte Garcia
Letterer: VC’S Joe Caramagna
The Amazing Spider-Man #794
Scorpio is back! After a year-long imprisonment in the Zodiac Dimension, Scorpio seems relaxed and refreshed… and a tad P-Oed. He and our favorite neighborhood Spider-Man tangle once again in this action-packed issue. Plus some behind-the-scenes puppet string pulling from an old enemy!
It has been a year since Spider-Man foiled Scorpio’s “Zodiac” terrorist organization’s plans for world domination. Scorpio acquired and used the powerful “Zodiac Key” weapon to create a gateway to the Zodiac Dimension. This granted Scorpio unlimited knowledge of the future for 365 days. Luckily Spider-Man was able to defeat Scorpio and trap him in the dimension until the next gateway opens, which is exactly a year later; the day issue #794 takes place.
The issue begins deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean at a super secure, top-secret, S.H.I.E.L.D-esque (but not) facility called “The Lock Box”. The Lock Box houses the most dangerous weapons in the Marvel Universe. We are introduced to two agents who were delivering a shipment for lock-up, but it turns out they are hired for a heist. (It’s a Trap!!- Ackbar voice.) A firefight ensues, and we find out the two mercenaries came armed with PUMPKIN GRENADES (wink wink). The explosions cause the already volatile Zodiac Key to break from its containment and make its way out of Earth’s atmosphere.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man, Mockingbird, Anna Maria Marconi and team are gathered in Greenwich, England awaiting the return of Scorpio. The team came prepared with a containment field to… well um… contain him. As Scorpio approaches from the Zodiac Dimension, Spidey and crew fire the field. It works until, you guessed it, the Zodiac Key breaks through the field and returns to Scorpio. Reunited with his weapon of destruction, Scorpio escapes claiming he still has enough future-knowledge for his plan to work.
Spider-Man’s chase leads him to London, where he and Scorpio have their showdown inside of Big Ben. Quick thinking and spider-reflexes give Spider-Man the easy win. Mockingbird lands the final blow and… KO Scorpio. Another satisfying issue. But the real juiciness is the two post credit scenes. Who were the mercenaries working for? Who was later at the Big Ben scene?
Amazing Spider-Man #794 was a fun read. Scorpio’s return feels like “filler” plot piece. Again, the magic sauce is at the end of the issue. I won’t spoil it here though.
Dan Slott & Christos Gage deliver a solid story with a great intro and teasing ending! (Also loved seeing Mockingbird in this issue. More MB, please.) The art is amazing as well. Immonen, Grawbadger, and Garcia give us beautiful panels, spanning multiple locations.