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Spider-Man to face Doctor Octopus in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #85

Get the scoop on ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #85-87 and more, out in January 2022.

Press Release

Ahead of its release in January, Marvel Comics has teased Amazing Spider-Man #85 and #86 which will feature Spidey vs. Doctor Octopus! The start of a 19-issue saga began last week and it all leads to Ben Reilly taking up the mantle of Spider-Man while Peter Parker is down for the count.

Per the Marvel Comics press release, this new direction in January has a solicit that reads:

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Peter Parker may be out of commission but luckily, Ben Reilly is more than capable of taking his place. Equipped with gadgets and tech from the Beyond Corporation, Reilly has everything it takes to be the superior Spider-Man but he’ll finally meet his match in a devastating battle against one of the Spider-Man’s most feared enemies—Doctor Octopus!

Amazing Spider-Man #85 is written by Cody Ziglar with art by Paco Medina and Ben Reilly and the Beyond company that backs him has to stop Otto Octavius. But, in the Merry Marvel fashion and as with all respectable Spider-Stories, even if Spider-Man wins, he is going to lose. And he is going to lose BIG.

Spider-Man to face Doctor Octopus in 'Amazing Spider-Man' #85

Then in Amazing Spider-Man #86, writer Zeb Wells and artist Michael Dowling will deal with the aftermath of the fight and it will be a comic that Marvel says fans will remember for years to come. Ben Reilly has been shaken to the core, and you will be too.

Spider-Man to face Doctor Octopus in 'Amazing Spider-Man' #85

Then, in Amazing Spider-Man #87, writer Jed MacKay and artist Carlos Gómez will focus on the fallout as NYC is reeling from Doc Ock’s attack and Ben Reilly possibly down, it’s up to Captain America and Black Cat to see if Peter Parker is ready for action again. You may think you know where this story is going, but you do not.

Spider-Man to face Doctor Octopus in 'Amazing Spider-Man' #85

Also by MacKay, Marvel teased the one-shot Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond #1 with art by C.F. Villa. This unlikely team-up will see Mary Jane coming to the rescue of Black Cat after she’s been kidnapped. Mary Jane has never liked Felicia Hardy, and now she has to save her life! But remember, this is the Black Cat we’re talking about. Things are never quite what they seem.

Spider-Man to face Doctor Octopus in 'Amazing Spider-Man' #85

For more on this news, read the official press release below.

New York, NY— October 12, 2021 — Last week, the Beyond era of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN officially kicked off and fans witnessed the beginning of a new age that will see Ben Reilly taking over as the new and improved Spider-Man! Told over the course of 19 thrilling issues, this saga will be brought to you by a group of all-star comics talent known as the Beyond Board—Patrick Gleason, Saladin Ahmed, Zeb Wells, Kelly Thompson, and Cody Ziglar. These incredible creators are ready to take Ben Reilly and the Spider-Man mythos beyond your wildest expectations! 

Peter Parker may be out of commission but luckily, Ben Reilly is more than capable of taking his place. Equipped with gadgets and tech from the Beyond Corporation, Reilly has everything it takes to be the superior Spider-Man but he’ll finally meet his match in a devastating battle against one of the Spider-Man’s most feared enemies—Doctor Octopus!

It begins in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #85 by writer Cody Ziglar and artist Paco Medina. It’s going to take everything Ben Reilly and the company that backs him has to stop Otto Octavius. But, in the Merry Marvel fashion and as with all respectable Spider-Stories, even if Spider-Man wins, he is going to lose. And he is going to lose BIG. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #86 by writer Zeb Wells and artist Michael Dowling will deal with the aftermath of the fight and will be a comic that fans will remember for years to come. Ben Reilly has been shaken to the core, and you will be too. And find out if Peter Parker can step up and be Spider-Man again in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #87 by writer Jed MacKay and artist Carlos Gómez. With NYC reeling from Doc Ock’s attack and Ben Reilly possibly down, it’s up to Captain America and Black Cat to see if Peter Parker is ready for action again. You may think you know where this story is going, but you do not.

Also coming in January will be MARY JANE & BLACK CAT: BEYOND #1, a new one-shot written by Jed MacKay with art by C.F. Villa. This unlikely team up will see Mary Jane coming to the rescue of Black Cat after she’s been kidnapped. Mary Jane has never liked Felicia Hardy, and now she has to save her lif! But remember, this is the Black Cat we’re talking about. Things are never quite what they seem.

Don’t miss a single issue of this bold new era of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! Check out the covers now and look out for these issues when they hit stands in January! For more information, visit Marvel.com.

On Sale 1/5/22

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #85

Written by CODY ZIGLAR

Art by PACO MEDINA

Beyond Board: PATRICK GLEASON, SALADIN AHMED, ZEB WELLS, KELLY THOMPSON & CODY ZIGLAR

Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS

 

On Sale 1/12/22

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #86

Written by ZEB WELLS

Art by MICHAEL DOWLING

Beyond Board: KELLY THOMPSON, SALADIN AHMED, CODY ZIGLAR, PATRICK GLEASON & ZEB WELLS

Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS

 

On Sale 1/19/22

MARY JANE & BLACK CAT: BEYOND #1

Written by JED MACKAY

Art by C.F. VILLA

Beyond Board: CODY ZIGLAR, PATRICK GLEASON, ZEB WELLS, KELLY THOMPSON & SALADIN AHMED

Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL

 

On Sale 1/26/22

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #87

Written by JED MACKAY

Art by CARLOS GÓMEZ

Beyond Board: ZEB WELLS, PATRICK GLEASON, KELLY THOMPSON, CODY ZIGLAR & SALADIN AHMED

Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS

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