Dark Web Begins In Venom, With Its Roots In New Mutants (XSpoilers)

Earlier this year in New Mutants #25, Magik gave up her rule in Limbo/Hell, transferring the powers and responsibilities to Madelyne Pryor, who, as the Goblin Queen, once ruled this afterlife during the eighties,

How New Mutants Leads To Marvel's Dark Web And A New Inferno
New Mutants #25

Something Marvel Comics is keen to point out in the editorial captions.

New Mutants #25
New Mutants #25

nferno saw Madelyne Pryor's identity as a cloned Jean Grey created by Mister Sinister revealed…

Marvel Comics' Dark Web Is 80s Inferno Meets 90s Clone Conspiracy
X-Men: Inferno

Which saw New York possessed by Limbo/Hell, with scenes as described…

Marvel Comics' Dark Web Is 80s Inferno Meets 90s Clone Conspiracy
X-Men: Inferno

With possessed mailboxes getting rather possessive themselves, with those who wanted to use them, courtesy of Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri.

Marvel Comics' Dark Web Is 80s Inferno Meets 90s Clone Conspiracy
X-Men: Inferno

And it's a scene that was revisited in the Spider-Man/Venom Free Comic Book Day by Zeb Wells and John Romita.

Spider-Man/Venom Free Comic Book Day
Spider-Man/Venom Free Comic Book Day

With Spider-Man on hand rather than Wolverine and Havok. Although folks were grateful to the mutants back then, they are less forgiving to Spider-Man now. After all, there was something he did, which we do not get know what.

Spider-Man/Venom Free Comic Book Day
Spider-Man/Venom Free Comic Book Day

And who has been setting up this Inferno reprise? Well, as previously teased…

Spider-Man/Venom Free Comic Book Day
Spider-Man/Venom Free Comic Book Day

It's the new unholy team-up of Ben Reilly in his new symbiotic Chasm look, and Madelyne Pryor, as a new-look Goblin Queen.

Spider-Man/Venom Free Comic Book Day
Spider-Man/Venom Free Comic Book Day

Then in New Mutants #28 earlier in the year, the deal went down. Magik protecting Krakoa by putting Madelyne Pryor, The Gobin Queen, back on the throne of hellish dimension, Limbo.

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Given the last time she was involved in this realm, we got the Inferno attack on Earth, courtesy of demons S'ym,  N'astirh, and mutant geneticist Mister Sinister, you can see why some might be concerned.

Marvel Comics

Still, out of sight, out of mind, right? But in the preludes to the X-Men/Spider-Man crossover event Dark Web, we have seen her making plans to seemingly bring back Inferno one more time. And now in today's Venom #13, as the Eddie Brock/Venom gestalt escapes his imprisonment to Limbo…

Dark Web Begins In Venom, With Its Roots In New Mutants (XSpoilers)

And realises where he is…

Dark Web Begins In Venom, With Its Roots In New Mutants (XSpoilers)

It only takes a little while until he is noticed.

Dark Web Begins In Venom, With Its Roots In New Mutants (XSpoilers)

And compared to a friend… could that be Ben Reilly in his Chasm look? There is a symbiotic relationship between the two…

Dark Web Begins In Venom, With Its Roots In New Mutants (XSpoilers)

 

And we get a Bryan Hitch-drawn Goblin Queen in her new duds! And a little more buffed than the John Romita version. Dark Web, here we come!

VENOM #13
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(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Bryan Hitch
"DARK WEB" PRELUDE!
Forced to watch his son die from across the timestream, Eddie Brock finds himself surrounded by enemies. Alone, and with no one to trust, an unexpected ally lends a hand, and she's setting the stage for the MOST EPIC CROSSOVER OF THE YEAR!
RATED T+ In Shops: Nov 09, 2022 SRP: $3.99

NEW MUTANTS #25
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(W) Vita Ayala (A) Rod Reis (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
THE LABORS OF MAGIK START HERE!
The big two-five is here – and it's the perfect jumping-on point for fans new and old! Illyana Rasputin is the Sorcerer Supreme and the rightful queen of Limbo… but she's been awfully busy on Krakoa. Someone's got their eye on the throne – and Magik isn't the only queen
in mutantdom. Vita Ayala and Rod Reis rekindle an old flame for a whole new generation of Magik lovers! RATED T+In Shops: May 18, 2022 SRP: $4.99

NEW MUTANTS #28
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(W) Vita Ayala (A) Rod Reis, Jan Duursema (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
AN END OF AN ERA… IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!
The time has come for Magik to conquer her demons. Will Illyana be able to contend with manifestations of her trauma and save her friends in the process? And if Madelyne does gain the throne…can the Goblin Queen contain the fiery madness of Limbo? Or will her old inclinations towards chaos resurface, bringing Krakoa and the rest of world to their knees?
RATED T+In Shops: Aug 17, 2022
SRP: $3.99

FCBD 2022 SPIDER-MAN VENOM #1
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(W) Al Ewing, Ram V., Zeb Wells (A) Bryan Hitch (A/CA) John Romita
Marvel Comics will celebrate Free Comic Book Day this year with THREE separate Free Comic one-shots, each offering readers new and old an exciting entry point into some of Marvel's biggest upcoming stories and characters! Spider-Man is gearing up for a brand-new era just in time for the character's 60th anniversary! Fans who pick up FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: SPIDER-MAN/VENOM #1 will see the very beginning of the major storylines writer Zeb Wells and legendary artist John Romita Jr. have planned for their run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, including Tombstone's first steps towards becoming Spidey's most terrifying villain. FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: SPIDER-MAN/VENOM #1 will also give fans a chance to check out the thought-provoking work Al Ewing, Ram V, and Bryan Hitch are doing on VENOM! The groundbreaking changes this mastermind trio has in store for the symbiote mythos starts here! FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: SPIDER/VENOM #1 will be available exclusively through Diamond Comics.

 

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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