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Siege: Battle of the Spider-Men

Writer Brian Reed pits Wallcrawler against Wallcrawler in SIEGE: SPIDER-MAN #1!

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SIEGE: SPIDER-MAN #1 cover by Marko Djurdjevic
By Marc Strom

For the past year, Peter Parker has had to deal with one of his worst foes, Venom, running around using the Spider-Man name with Norman Osborn's Avengers.

Now, as Osborn's reign nears its end and the battle of Asgard reaches a fever pitch, Peter will come face-to-face with his impersonator in SIEGE: SPIDER-MAN #1, on sale April 21 courtesy of writer Brian Reed and artist Marco Santucci.

Mac Gargan, the current host for the Venom symbiote, has experienced a wave of popularity since joining with Osborn, but now he sees his time in the limelight nearing its end.

SIEGE: SPIDER-MAN #1 Art by Marco Santucci
"Mac's no dummy," remarks Reed. "He's played the criminal game long enough that he knows when you take a scam too far is always when it falls apart. But he's certainly going to have fun until the hammer falls on Osborn."

The coming confrontation between Peter Parker and Mac Gargan will also let the one, true Spider-Man share just how he's felt watching a villain usurp his good name.

"Spidey hasn't appreciated a murderer pretending to be him, but oddly enough what's bothered him most is Mac's eating habits...and what the people of New York who have seen it think about such behavior," reveals the writer.

SIEGE: SPIDER-MAN #1 Art by Marco Santucci
Reed, who previously wrote the misadventures of Mac Gargan in the SINISTER SPIDER-MAN limited series, sees this one-shot as a follow-up to his previous story.

"This issue is almost an epilogue to SINISTER," he states. "All through SINISTER we saw Mac's side of the story, now Spidey's getting a chance to comment on the wonderful world of Mac Gargan."

Despite his time with the Avengers over the past few years, the events and scope of Siege still make Spider-Man feel like a fish out of water in the battle.

"[He's] not at all [comfortable in a conflict like Siege], and that's a part of this story," notes Reed. "Spidey [is] finally admitting out loud that he's never been really sure why the other heroes think he's good enough to be called an Avenger."

SIEGE: SPIDER-MAN #1 Art by Marco Santucci
Another character closely associated with Reed, Ms. Marvel, will give Spider-Man an assist as she jumps into the fray.

"There's a weird kind of relationship brewing between her and Spidey, and I have a lot of fun writing the two of them just talking to each other," the writer says of his desire to pair the two up once again.

Reed promises fans at least one other big surprise in SIEGE: SPIDER-MAN that they won't want to miss.

"There's a brand new Venom in these pages! You have to pick up the issue to see who dons the symbiote!"

 

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      8 comments
      bds197485
      bds197485

      Two more weeks til this delicious treat hits the book shelves.

      bds197485
      bds197485

      Boy, if JJJ became Venom, do you think he'd have any competition at running for a second term in the mayor's race? Seriously though, this stories ending sounds like it could be Harry Osborn as Venom. Maybe since daddy's falling from power, Harry might inherit the Osborn legacy again.

      bds197485
      bds197485

      If Venom ever were to attach itself to Flash Thompson, could his leg grow back, maybe?

      boscoe
      boscoe

      So far no one has been better with the suit than Eddie, but he gets tired real fast. I can only hear "I will eat your brains!" so many times (as awesome as it is), before I want some plot. The problem with Brock-Venom is he becomes more like Sandman. By that I mean that every time there is a new arc his powers are shorting out or out of control or taking over and spider man is fighting an overly large symbiote until he finds a way win. Just like when he has to fight an overly large Sandman and find a way to win.There is a perfect guy or gal out there for the symbiote, the key is experimenting with various people until they find that person. Until that person is found I vote for JJJ-Venom!

      nmolz58
      nmolz58

      FINALLY...a new venom. as much as i like mac gargan as a character, ive never felt he was venom material. i always picture him as scorpion...but i know this new venom wont last. either itll last like 5 issues before mac takes the suit back or someonell take it for like 5 seconds before mac or one of his dark avenger buddies kills the guy and takes it back. hopefully, im wrong and this new venom wil be a strong force in spideys world for months/years to come. but you know what would be really great? eddie gets the suit back permanently. that would be clutch :venom:

      bds197485
      bds197485

      It would be just wicked to see Aunt May as Venom!

      bds197485
      bds197485

      I'll definately read this book. Maybe one of Spidey's supporting women will become Vemon. I just pray it's not an Osborn.