Amazing Spider-Man #698 will be coming out in a few months and its writer, Dan Slott, has a message for every local comic shop out there—you haven't ordered enough copies! Why? Apparently, something HUGE is about to happen. (Some spoilers ahead!)
First, let's hear straight from the horse's mouth, and then speculate based on what we know. Mister Slott, you have the floor.
"Dear Comic Book Retailer, you've never seen me make a post like THIS before. I'm serious. 10/29/12 is the FOC for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #698. You haven't ordered enough. Trust me. All the hoopla you're going to see for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700? This issue is going to be a BIG part of it. You do not want to order short on #698. Let the OTHER retailers scramble to get copies for their customers. Let THOSE guys be the ones clamoring for a second printing. Meanwhile, YOU can be the guy who stocked the right amount. Not pulling your leg. Not playing this card frivolously. This issue is going to be big."
So what might be so very big to warrant Dan Slott sticking his neck out like this? Well, let's look at the solicit for Amazing Spider-Man #698, shall we?
"DYING WISH PRELUDE — The end of Spider-Man's world begins when Doctor Octopus discovers who Peter Parker really is. (Fifty years goes by much ... too ... fast.)"
All right. A few important facts before we speculate and then open it up to the peanut gallery for discussion. First off, Doc Ock is dying. He has been since Amazing Spider-Man #600. It's been slow going, but he's very close to actual death now and Peter Parker is fresh out of sympathy. Although Spider-Man doesn't kill people (it's pretty core to who he is) he has basically decided to let Doc Ock die alone feeling as though his life was worth nothing.
But does that make Peter a killer? Well ... not yet. Doc Ock does still have his octobots out there and, while he may not be actively controlling them, they are still out there.
So here's our guess—Doc Ock manages to escape and put people Peter Parker cares about into peril one last time. The not-so-good Doc has one dying wish—that Spider-Man fight him to the death. Peter has said that, if he kills someone in cold blood, he's no longer Spider-Man. We think that oath will be truly put to the test.
That's what we think. How about you?
(via Bleeding Cool)