AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 comes off the heels of the insanely fun “Venom Inc.” crossover with VENOM. This issue picks up shortly after that and deals with the return of Scorpio. If you remember way back when Spidey pushed Scorpio into the Zodiac Vault that sent the villain a year into the future. Now, time has caught up with Spidey, and Scorpio has returned.

For the most part, the primary story of this issue is filler. What’s really interesting is the side story of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794. It features some spies infiltrating a secret weapon holding facility. The payoff at the end of the issue is nuts.

This is one of writer Dan Slott’s last few issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. But between him, artist Stuart Immonen, inker Wade von Grawbadger, and colorist Marte Gracia, the team delivers a fairly solid issue.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794: Tidying Things Up a Bit

It seems Dan Slott will be taking some time wrapping up loose ends leftover from the start of the All-New, All-Different Marvel era. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 is part of that process.

This issue wastes no time jumping into the action. It opens with those aforementioned spies making their way into the Lock Box, a facility used to store dangerous weapons and artifacts. Their actions cause the Zodiac Key to fly back out into the world. Of course, it quickly seeks out Scorpio.

Jump to Spidey and friends, who have gathered at the doorway where Scorpio is expected to return. Of course, he does, and from there it’s a race to stop him from using the key to unlock all sorts of knowledge and secrets. It’s a very simplistic plan, one that involves Scorpio screwing around in Elizabeth Tower in London (you know, the tower with Big Ben in it). And that’s just not cool.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 page 14. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Overall, the primary plot of this issue is kind of lackluster. Scorpio’s objective is rather menial, and his execution is just downright lazy. Again, this is very much a filler issue. Though it may appear as though the plot involving Spider-Man and Scorpio is more important, it’s not. The spy plot line is where things get really interesting.

The Horizon is Looking Gloomy for Spider-Man

For those who have been following AMAZING SPIDER-MAN since after “The Clone Conspiracy,” you’ll know that Norman Osborn has made his presence extremely well-known again in the Marvel Universe. For months now, Slott has slowly been building to something big with the return of Osborn, and furthermore, the return of the Green Goblin. We know this will culminate in Slott’s final AMAZING SPIDER-MAN event, “Go Down Swinging,” which begins in March.

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What I’m calling the “Spy Plot” of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 involves Osborn. It’s obvious from the get-go, as the spies blast their way through the Lock Box with pumpkin bombs. Without giving too much away, what they return to Osborn with, in the end, is going to spell disaster for Spider-Man. It’s bad. Trust me.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 page 4. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

This whole “Spy Plot” makes AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 worth reading. It’s a very minimalistic and succinct side plot, but it has a meaningful impact on what’s coming next in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. If there’s one thing Slott knows how to do, it’s how to build up to something epic. And what we find out at the end of this issue is absolutely insane. Literally.

As Always, The Art is On Point

Stuart Immonen has been delivering incredible pages since he joined the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN team. His great pages are made even better thanks to inker Wade von Grawbadger and colorist Marte Gracia. This team has hardly missed a beat since joining up with Slott back in issue #25 (pre-Legacy numbering). Every page is chock-full of color and depth.

Immonen is particularly good at capturing the moment-by-moment action. The scenes in the Lock Box are darker in tone, especially thanks to Gracia’s colors. But Immonen does a great job of capturing the sharp action, especially in such a short span of time.

Of course, the action between Spidey and Scorpio is even livelier than that. The combination of Immonen’s art and Gracia’s colors are truly fantastic.  When Scorpio first appears, wavy purple colors are used to project an energy field. It comes as a quick splash of color early on, which should probably help garner your attention. Bright shades of green fill many of the latter pages as energy continually sparks from the Zodiac Key. Altogether, these are some great pages from the art team.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 page 9. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

What Comes Next?

When everything is said and done, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 ends on a big cliffhanger. It should leave you very eager to see what comes next. Unfortunately, this issue is still filled with a lot of useless filler. Sure, it’s bright and colorful filler, but it’s still filler.

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It’s excusable, however. With Dan Slott on his way out of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, it’s fair for him to take a bit of time to wrap up some loose ends. Plus, just imagine the awesomeness he’s got in store for when “Go Down Swinging” starts up. You’ll likely be left wanting more by the end of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794. It’s the beginning of something big in the life of Spider-Man. Just sate that appetite for excitement a little longer. You can be sure that the payoff will be huge.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 by Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, and Marte Gracia
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The beautiful pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 don't excuse it from being an issue of filler. You'll likely be left wanting more of the side plot by the end, but it's meant to leave you craving future stories.
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This is filler! Filler night!

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