Updated Wedneday, March 23rd: Marvel has distributed their official press release with cover images...
Marvel Announces SPIDER-ISLAND
Major New Storyline Begins in Amazing Spider-Man #667
New York, NY – March 23, 2011—Marvel is proud to announce Spider-Island, the comic book event of the summer from the best-selling creative team of Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. Kicking off this August in Amazing Spider-Man #667 (with a special prelude in #666) the citizens of Manhattan—including some of Spidey’s closest allies and deadliest foes—begin exhibiting the web-slinger’s very own powers! But as Spider-Man must stop a seemingly insurmountable super powered crime wave, he must also find out just who’s responsible for mutating Manhattan…and the truth will irrevocably alter his world. Fans will get their first full-length lead in to Spider-Island in Marvel’s special issue of Amazing Spider-Man, available for free at all participating comic shops on May 7th, Free Comic Book Day.
“Back when Slott launched Spider-Man into the ‘Big Time’ last year, he started laying the groundwork for possibly the biggest Spider-Man story you’ve ever seen,” said Stephen Wacker, Marvel Senior Editor. “The price of power is high for heroes and villains. The Avengers, the FF, Venom, Spider-Girl, Spider-Woman, the Sinister Six and even YOU are connected to ol’ Web-Head in new ways. By the end of this story, we’re going to see what Spider-Man means to Marvel Universe and just how far he’ll go to keep it safe…including some life-changing choices that have major consequences.”
This summer, Spider-Island brings great power to nearly everyone in New York City…and it’s Spidey’s great responsibility to keep this chaos from spreading even further! But just what will Spider-Man have to sacrifice in the process?
Plus, don’t miss “Infested”, beginning in the pages of April’s Amazing Spider-Man #659 and setting the stage for the next big chapter in Spider-Man history!
Original Story: Details of the previously teased "Spider-Island" arc in Amazing Spider-Man were revealed Tuesday evening by Blair Butler during the "Fresh Ink" segment of G4's Attack of the Show, with the story said to "permanently change some of Spidey's core cast members."
The plot of "Spider Island" sees "over 16,000 New Yorkers" developing powers similar to Spider-Man's, including, as noted in the Attack of the Show segment, Hawkeye and Shocker. The situation — and subsequent spider-powered crime wave leads to Mayor J. Jonah Jameson placing Manhattan under quarantine.
Art shown included Shocker with six arms, what looked to be Carlie Cooper with wall-crawling abilities, the Green Hulk in an outfit similar to the Tony Stark-built "Iron Spider-Man" costume, and a character resembling classic Spider-Man villain (and original Clone Saga mastermind) The Jackal.
"Spider Island" starts in August's Amazing Spider-Man #667, from writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos. The story was first teased by Marvel last month, following a teaser image which read "The Path to Spider-Island Begins with 'Infested.'"
Here's the video from Attack of the Show:
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