Marvel’s Spider-Man: City at War is the comic book adaptation of Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man. This series, which falls under Marvel’s new “Gamerverse” line, gives readers a breezy recap of the game’s story, only without every plot point followed up by a fight against 30 enemies.
The second issue of this series hit store shelves last Wednesday, offering a few surprises for people who played through the game. In this comic’s pages we learn a little more about Miles Morales’ home life and relationship he had with his father. We also see Spider-Man take on a villain named Swarm, who wasn’t in the game, but was mentioned in one of J. Jonah Jameson’s Just the Facts episodes, as “NAZIS MADE OF BEES.”
Swarm was inserted into this issue as a tribute to Christos Gage, one of the game’s writers, who tweeted that he was trying to slide the “Nazis made of bees” reference into the game on January 1, 2018.
Swarm is not in the game as a character, but I am trying to slip a “Nazis made of bees” reference in there, we’ll see if it sticks!
— Christos Gage (@Christosgage) January 1, 2018
In the comic’s letter section, Marvel Games’ vice president and creative director Bill Rosemann said Swarm’s new look blended his original design and the same modern aesthetic from the game. This challenge fell to City at War’s artist Michele Bandini, who came up with the “souped-up, scientific-focused interpretation” you can see below. If Insomniac Games creates a sequel to Spider-Man, and decides to use Swarm as a villain, odds are we’ll see this design in the game.