Its been a few months since I covered something from the End of the Earth arc from Amazing Spider-Man, so I think that it is a good time to conclude the arc with the last two issues. So far from what we have seen, Doc Ock is on his last hurrah and has created a device to help reduce the damage that has been done by humans through global warming and one of the conditions that he asks for is his Sinister Six team to get a clean slate. Spider-Man on the other hand however believes that he is up to no good tricks so he and the Avengers team up to take down the Sinister Six, but they end up getting beaten. Spidey manages to escape along with Black Widow and Silver Sable and the three of them start taking down installations across the world where Ock is building satellites to be shot into space and he manages to set them out and the first damage that we see done by his invention is set on Symkaria.
Part five opens up with Spidey, Widow and Sable seeing the city being set ablaze thanks to Ock’s invention and Sable is distraught about the destruction that had been bought to her country. Spidey tries to comfort her however Widow says that she won’t be any use for them now and to continue on with the job at hand. Spidey thinks that what she said was rather cold and then a tanker explodes, and he goes int rescue mode trying to rescue civilians from the ongoing destruction, but Widow tells him to stop and that this hemisphere is done for with the destruction. Spidey says that they need to help as many people as they can, but Widow says that they have to cut their losses and focus on Ock to save the rest of the world from the destruction he is going to cause. Over on the Zenith, the Horizon Labs team have in their possession one of the satellites and they are trying to break down on its construction with two of them noting that it resembles work that they had been doing but Jackson makes a more astute point, they should be looking for Ock’s base by back tracking the signal and finding his base that way.
Over in Symkaria, Chameleon and Mysterio are watching Widow and Spidey fighting over what they should be doing and we discover that they have actually created this as a ruse with Mysterio’s tech and a lot of casting of people to act as civilians. He says that it will take them hours to deduce what is happening unless Widow walks off and discovers the rest of the city not on fire and he decides that what they need to do is put an additional distraction out there and they decide that Doc Ock needs to make an appearance and Chameleon hops into a machine. Back over with Widow and Spidey are still complaining and they start to hear something coming towards them and the fake Doc Ock comes crashing through a building surprising the duo. Mysterio contacts Ock to inform what is happening but he holds him off as there are more pressing things happening with him noting Spider-Man’s call to arms for other heroes and they have put a stop to some of his bases. He sends a message out to the world telling them that the Octavian Lens is there to help the Earth and if it is destroyed the future would be lost and he tells them to let their leaders know what Spidey and his team are doing. After he ends the communication, Rhino says that he is sick of waiting and he wants whatever his endgame is to come to, but he says that waiting is all he has left and he contacts back with Mysterio and he reveals, to the now shock and distain of Ock, that the plan that he has used revolves around Chameleon using a mech suit, cloaked as Doc Ock, to hold of Spidey and Ock is getting pissed and vows that he will not have his last battle against Spidey via a proxy.
Back over with the fight, Sable charges in with an explosive onto one of the tendrils of the fake Ock suit and when it detonates Spidey notes that this Ock is talking to somebody and he believes that the person isn’t Ock, but somebody controlling, but after a bit of a change, Ock is now in control of the rig and charges after Spidey. However when Doc charges towards him a part of the ruse is now up when Chameleon calls out to Mysterio and Spidey finally clicks in the pieces, he says that the Ock that they are fighting is in fact a robot that is piloted and puppeteer by Chameleon, the covering was down to Mysterio and the city is not ablaze. Spidey, now with another member of the Sinister Six captured goes to ask him some questions, however Chameleon says that he won’t be saying anything, but Spidey says he isn’t going to be the one that asks him the question, but Widow and she starts talking in Russian and she says he knows his secrets and that she knows what his true face looks like, and he says that he is going to comply with them. Spidey then gets in close and he then starts to communicate with Mysterio, who is still listening in on the line and he comes up with a propostion for them to team up to take down Ock since Spidey thinks that he only has two plans, one being that he is being honest about the Lens being the saving point of the world, or he is going to use it as a weapon.
We get a bit of filler in the next page, but it does help build up stories that will be coming along later in the Spider-Man titles, the first being MJ making a rather big purchase that being a nightclub that used to belong The Vulture as well as Jay trying to talk to his son, Johan but he ends up putting the phone down and it didn’t go well and May notes that the messages that she has tried to send Peter haven’t been replied to. Back over with Spidey’s team, the arrive in Guatemala to the rather shock of the team, but when they arrive closer to a pyramid and warming alarms go off and Ock manages to infiltrate the communication of the plane and he knows that they are heading towards him. Spidey says that they are going to take him down, since there are now only him and Rhino left, but it turns out that Ock still has something up his sleeve and reveals that he has a new team for them to go up against and reveals that he has managed to take control of the Avengers. Spidey has a plan to use his Ice Pellets to take down some of the Avengers, however this is when he starts to realise something, all the tech that he had created in Horizon Labs, Doc Ock had managed to get a version of it and twist it to his own nefarious ways and Spidey is left devastated, ending the issue.
Issue two opens with Spidey’s team starting their fight against the controlled Avengers and Spidey is having a bit of a crisis since he is all out of tech to use after wasting the majority of it on their journeys and Cap ends up knocking the ice pellet away from him. Ock, now being able to control the Avengers and first uses Iron Man to take out not only Black Widow but also Hawkeye and he then turns his attention towards Spidey by controlling Spider-Woman and the two get into a hand-to-hand fight, which Spidey manages overcome thanks to a technique that he had started perfecting with the help of Shang-Chi when his Spider-Sense disappeared and called it the Way of the Spider. Doc then turns his attentions over to Mysterio and is disappointed at him for turning his back on him and is now controlling Red Hulk and Mysterio reveals what he had install, that being a giant robotic Aztec deity and the two battle it out as Mysterio runs away. Back over with Spidey, Ock is now in the driving seat of Thor, but Spidey notes that just the base Thor that they were fighting against would have been better since with Ock in control he doesn’t have the powers of Thor, with Mjolnir but he still has the strength and knocks Spidey backwards. Sable manages to take down Cap and she realises that he is starting to resist the control of the Octobots and she thanks him, but then we get the a good twist and that is Mysterio has a device that is able to deactivate the Octobots.
The Avengers now back to their own selves are now turning their attention to a bunch of missiles that Ock had now fired so Iron Man, Thor and Red Hulk head up to stop them from launching into space since that once they are up there, they won’t be able to stop the lens from activating. On the shore, Spidey and Sable are trying to think of what they need to do in case of the worse to come and the Avengers fail in stopping the satellites, Spidey asks Mysterio where Ock’s base is located and not only does he give him the exact location but he also gives them a vehicle to get them there, so Sable and Spidey head there. Over on the Zenith, they arrive at a location after following the signal that they were able to trace which also leads them to Guatemala and then come across Ock’s base that decloaks and fire rockets towards them and then out of nowhere behind them arises a giant Octobot that is piloted by Spidey. Spidey tells them to get clear in case anything worse were to happen, but they say that they want to stay around to get readings on Ock’s stealth technology so that they can find the lenses in space. Ock tries to self-detonate the ship but it turns out that Sable had disabled it and they start making their way through the base with Ock having the base to flood.
They get further into the base and the two of them are now stopped by the last remaining member of the Sinister Six, Rhino, they try to get him to see some sense in Ock’s plan, but he isn’t listening to them and he knew about the plan that Ock had, that being since he has now nothing in his life since his wife was killed so he could watch the world burn. Sable says that they need to take him on together but Rhino manages to take her down with a grasp and Spidey tries to break the grasp, but it is no use as Rhino is too strong and he says that he is going to hold Sable where she is, letting the water pour in and he isn’t going to move. Sable tells Spidey to go and stop Ock but Spidey’s mantra is tells her that nobody is going to die, but Sable does bring up the counter argument, that being if he doesn’t stop Ock everybody is going to die and we see Sable being held now underwater along with Rhino, now submerged, smiling.
In Ock’s room, he is alerted that the satellites were all in place for the next plan and then Spidey kicks in the door, to the surprise of Ock, who thought that it would have taken him longer to find him, but he said that the laughter and music brought him there. The two of them get into a fight and a war of words, in which Spidey manages to get talking more about his plan and he reveals that he plans on killing a large population of the planet with only leaving less than 1% of the population alive. Ock manages to ensnare Spidey in his tendrils and he realises that he doesn’t have his weapon controlled by a remote, but a button and tries to trick him in a way to release on of the tendrils since he uses four of them as a base and the other four that have Spidey. But Ock figures around that problem and he detaches himself from his suit, which also concerns Spidey since that Ock could end up dying in the process, but that is a risk that he is willing to take for his master plan to play. Spidey manages to distract Ock for just a right amount of time, making him judge his own math and manages to break free, hurling a tendril to the device destroying it in the process. With the room filling up more with water Ock tries to drown himself due to the failure of his plan, but Spidey carries him away and the two manage to escape the base, with Spidey throwing him onto the deck of the Zenith and asks them to create a life support system to make sure that he is still alive and Max says that they can uncloak the satellites but they can’t figure out if he was trying to save to world, to which Spidey replies no. Max congratulates Spidey on saving the world be he is more sombre in the celebration as he knows that he had failed by having people die to make sure that the world was safe, ending the issue.
Overall, this is a rather fun arc in the Spider-Man comics, and it got me into reading comics as well as also venturing back into reading older stories that I do quite enjoy re-reading. Spider-Man has always been a character that I have enjoyed reading and in the years to come, there is definitely going to be more from the Web-Head to come.