WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 by Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Nick Spencer, Kelly Thompson, Al Ewing, Chip Zdarsky, Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Greg Smallwood, Michael Allred, Valerio Schiti, Chris Sprouse, Rachael Stott, Cameron Stewart, Mark Bagley, Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Karl Story, John Dell, Laura Allred, Mattia Iacono, Dave McCaig, Triona Farrell, Nathan Fairbairn, Frank D'Armata and VC's Joe Caramagna, on sale Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Marvel Comics is experimenting with a different storytelling method for the Amazing Spider-Man. The publisher has assembled a star-studded crew of creators to craft a round-robin tale for the web-slinger. The way this works is the first creative team kicks off the story and must leave Spider-Man in a harrowing situation, with the next team tasked with continuing the story.
What makes things even more interesting is none of the creative teams had contact with one another until it came time to hand off their respective parts. Also, the order of the teams was picked at random. As for the final chapter, all the teams are brought back together to create a fitting conclusion to the experiment.
The first team stepping up to the plate in a preview of Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 are writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Chris Bachalo. With the reappearance of Spider-Man's black costume and S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury, it would appear this story takes place in the past. We find Fury waking an unconscious Spider-Man up in a room that would fit nicely in The Collector's trophy room. Fury recounts sending Spider-Man and a S.H.I.E.L.D. recon team to this A.I.M. research facility, with a flashback scene revealing A.I.M. has developed a secret weapon.
Of course, A.I.M. was waiting to ambush the good guys, leading to the fight that left Spider-Man knocked out. However, Spider-Man did find the secret weapon, or as he describes it, "Or, okay, it was more like the weapon found me. Then everything went dark..."
Unfortunately, we never get a glimpse at what -- or who -- this secret weapon is, though a shadow appears to hover over Spider-Man. Fury reveals Spider-Man was stored in one of those containment pods for two weeks, so the hero doesn't have any answers for him. Luckily, one scientist remains to hopefully provide some more answers, though we wonder if he will divulge just enough to hand off the story to the next creative team.
It should be fun to see how Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle turns out. These are some of the biggest creators at Marvel Comics, so they can be counted on to bring their A-games to the project. Also, with the story taking place in the past, there is the possibility that it connects to an established story arc. If you're curious enough to read all of the stories, you only have a few more weeks to find out the end result.