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Appearing in "Shadows of Alarm"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #334.

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Synopsis for "Shadows of Alarm"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #334.

Outside of the Four Freedoms Plaza a figure concealed by shadows lands on the roof and attaches a strange device that manages to infiltrate the headquarters of the Fantastic Four without setting off the alarm. Satisfied with his completed task, the intruder takes off as quickly as he arrived.

Down below, Ms. Marvel and Ben Grimm enter the private floors of the Fantastic Four and are shocked when they some how manage to set off the security systems. Dodging an electrical blast the two are then quickly snatched up by mechanical shackles that incapacitate them until Reed arrives to shut the security system down. Reed explains that the systems needed to be upgraded and tested after the recent break-in at their headquarters. This puts Ben in a grumpy mood, and after telling Reed that they went out for groceries after their attempt to see the latest super-hero movie was sold out, Ben tries to storm off with a sense of dignity, but fails when he slips on a can he neglected to pick up and falls down again. At Sharon's suggestion, Reed retreats back to his lab before Ben can recover and berate him some more.

While outside, a strange figure arrives outside the Four Freedoms Plaza seeking to destroy the Fantastic Four. He quickly doffs his trenchcoat, sunglasses, and hat and begins scaling the walls of the building. Back inside, Sue and Sharon are helping Ben back to his feet. They talk about Sue and Reed's recent return to the team, but when Ben presses his luck with too much tough talk and wisecracks, Sharon literally carries him out of the room. While in the lab, Reed is working away, while Alicia's taking notes on the governments latest announcements regarding the newly proposed Super-Hero Registration Act, as read to her by her husband Johnny Storm. As they joke about Ben slipping on the can, the mystery intruder continues to scale up the wall. At that moment, Reed has completed his latest addition to the security in the building, a retinal scanner and scans his, Johnny and Alicia's eyes for the database. Suddenly the alarm goes off in the building and Reed and Johnny rush to investigate, with Johnny speeding past Sharon, Sue and Ben. He gets to the source of the intrusion first and sees that the security system's stun-beams have already dispatched the intruder. Reed recognizes the man as the Constrictor, a criminal for hire, from the files he keeps. Confused as to why this villain -- whom none of them ever encountered previously -- had tried to break into their headquarters, the Fantastic Four turn the Constrictor over to the authorities.

Regrouping in their headquarters, Sue reminds Reed that they have been asked to travel to Washington, D.C. to discuss the merits and detriments to the proposed super-hero registry before a special Congressional subcommittee. Discussing it among them selves, Alicia expresses her concern about super-heroes being forced to be drafted into military service, and Johnny voices another issue: that outlawing super-powers would lead to criminals have an advantage over heroes.

As they discuss things further, the Beetle arrives outside the Four Freedoms Plaza and doffs his disguise before flying toward the building. Back inside, the Fantastic Four come to the belief that this registry is not any different than the bigoted attempts to get mutants to register. Reed and Sue then go to put Franklin to bed before their big trip the next day. As they are doing so, the Beetle comes smashing into their headquarters, setting off the alarms again. Reed, Ben, Sharon and Johnny rush to the source of the intrusion only to find that the security systems have handled it, as the Beetle is confined in manacles. The group is once again confused by this villain's attack and likewise turn him over to the authorities as well.

The following morning the Fantastic Four are having breakfast and talking about the registration act again. Ben mentions how those with secret identities would not be happy with the idea and the potential compromise to their identities. Suddenly the alarm goes off yet again, and the same results: Another villain captured by Reed's security systems to turn over to the authorities, this time it is the Shocker. After the Shocker is taken off, the Fantastic Four prepare to leave for the the congressional hearing. As they take off in the new Fantasti-Car, they are unaware that the device planted in their headquarters has now latched itself onto their ship. The Fantastic Four just miss the arrival of Captain America and Thor as they arrive at the Four Freedoms Plaza to ask the Fantastic Four to let the Avengers operate out of their headquarters after Hydrobase was recently destroyed. When Cap inserts his security card and tries the code, it is rejected and the security systems activate. With no way to shut the system down, and not willing to wreck Reed's security devices, Thor and Captain America are forced to leave.

Meanwhile, all over New York City, disguised super-villains are suddenly leaving the city and heading for Washington, D.C. all intent on trying to destroy the Fantastic Four. As the Fantastic Four head towards Washington, Ben wonders if they'll have to explain the damage done by their clones earlier. Reed is convinced that he can convince the Senators of the validity of their claims. Ben sarcastically claims that this entire episode will be fun as he pulls them into Washington, with none aware of the danger that is following them.

Appearing in "Death by Debate"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #335.

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Synopsis for "Death by Debate"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #335.

The Fantastic Four have arrived in Washington D.C. to speak to a special senate hearing to determine if there is a need to create a new Super-Powers Registration Act. They land at Virginia National Airport where they are met with a throng of reporters who want word on the Fantastic Four's position on the proposed Act. Quickly answering the questions from the press, the Fantastic Four quickly call a cab and are off. Unseen by all gathered, a strange device dislodges itself from the Fantasti-Car and flies after the heroes. When the Fantastic Four arrive at the Capital Building it leads to much fanfare by both spectators and the press at the hearing. The members of the Senate presiding over the committee demand order be restored. Reed apologizes for the disruption their arrival has made, and the group goes to wait to be called before the committee. As they take their seats, the device that followed them all the way from New York silently attaches itself to the ceiling unseen.

The committee calls upon General Neddington who comments on how the Pentagon would approve of the proposed registration act as it would allow the military to draft super-heroes into their service in order to maintain a balance of military power between the United States and other nations. The Senators are not sold on this idea, with Congressman Paul Grant pointing out that when the draft was in place put a disproportionate amount of the poor and visible minorities into military service. Congressman Pat Mullet also points out that this also presses people to be drafted into make-work details such as garbage collection, and a waste of resources. After Neddington is dismissed, the Senators call upon Hamilton Nathanson, a representative of the National Rifle Association. When Sharon asks who that is, Johnny explains Nathanson as a member of the NRA, and comments of the irony that he would defend super-heroes not having to register with the NRA's positions against gun control in the country.

As the American public tunes off C-SPAN for more entertaining television, Nathanson explains his position to the committee. His positions appeal to Ben, who finds it hard to believe he could ever be on the same page as the NRA. With Nathanson's testimony complete, the committee notes that the Avengers and the mutant group known as X-Factor are absent and unable to testify on the behalf of the super-hero community. Suddenly security interrupts the proceeding when reports of the mutant terrorist known as Apocalypse being sighted in the area are brought to the attention of the committee. As everyone rushes to safety, the members of the Fantastic Four rush to change into their costumes, but it all turns out to be a false alarm when Apocalypse merely flies over the Capital Building instead of attacking.

With the apparent crisis over the Fantastic Four return to the committee hearing. When they are about to be called to the stand, the strange device kicks in and suddenly a man in a trench coat, sunglasses and a hat reveals himself to be the cyborg villain known as Ramrod. When Ramrod tries to charge at the Fantastic Four, he trips over his own feet and knocks himself out when he lands head first onto the floor. Realizing that this is similar to the villain attacks they experienced in New York, Reed starts to see a pattern forming from it. With news of Ramrod's attack interrupting regular broadcasts, the people of America begin tuning back into C-SPAN in the hopes of seeing more super-villains attacking the hearing. The hearing next calls the Superhuman Commission's Henry Peter Gyrich to the stand. Gyrich makes a distinction between the proposed Super-Human Registration act and defending the previous Mutant Registration Act, pointing out that mutants are not humans, and therefor not guaranteed the same rights as normal humans. He points out that while super-humans are a minority, the registration of their powers is necessary to benefit the many. From their seats, Johnny and Ben are unimpressed with Gyrich due to his previous attempts to run down the Avengers and his involvement in the anti-mutant Project: Wideawake. However, Gyrich takes a turn, pointing out that the Super-Human Registration Act would be considered unconstitutional to some, but points out the Draft before it only made military service required by men and not women, yet it still exists. Although Gyrich makes a compelling case, the congress is convinced that Gyrich was using the opportunity to put on a sales pitch in the hopes of being put in charge of such a law if it should be passed.

Finally the Fantastic Four are called to the stand, but the Senators do not recognize Ben Grimm, prompting Reed to explain that he recently lost his powers. Before they can begin their testimony, the Fantastic Four are suddenly attacked by both Plantman and the Quill, who not only attack at the same time, but are spouting the same dialogue. When they charge at the Fantastic Four, they run into each other, knocking themselves down long enough to be arrested. In light of the phony Fantastic Four clones running amok in New York recently, the Senate asks Reed to provide documentation that proves that his positions against the Super-Powers Act are valid. Reed then has the court security bring in piles of documentation that support his position. Reed then goes through his lengthy files explaining of all the various times the Fantastic Four were able to help mankind from dangers without the need for government registration. Eventually the Senators put a stop to the reading of the reports to ask questions to the other members of the Fantastic Four.

sue tells them of how her son is a mutant and how registration will impact his life if passed into law. Johnny also sarcastically points out how difficult it would be to make foes like Doctor Doom and Annihilus register their super-powers. Ben also makes the point of how gun control doesn't stop criminals from obtaining and using guns in their crimes, and how the needless bureaucracy of such an act could waste precious time verifying credentials while people are in danger.

Suddenly their testimony is interrupted yet again, this time by the Flying Tiger who is easily knocked out by Ms. Marvel. Sharon then points out the number of people in the room that are wearing trench coats, hats and dark glasses. Upon this discovery, the device in the room activates all the super-villains. Suddenly Vanisher, Thunderball, the Eel and Mad Dog reveal themselves and all attack at the same time. These villains are also easily incapacitated by the heroes. As the commotion begins to die down, the device then forces one of the guards to pull a gun on Reed. Ben manages to push Reed over, and at that moment Sue notices the device that has been controlling the villains the whole time. Johnny blasts it off the ceiling and Reed tries to deactivate it. Suddenly the hearing is interrupted by Congressman James Pertierra, who accuses the Fantastic Four of creating the device to bend the hearing to their own needs.

Appearing in "Dark Congress!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #336.

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Synopsis for "Dark Congress!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #336.

Congressman James Pertierra has just accused Reed Richards of creating the device that has caused a number of super-villains to attack the Fantastic Four during the Senate committee to determine if the Super-Powers Registration Act should be put into law in order to win the government to their side. Televised on live television, the press begins a quick poll with the average American to get their opinions. With Pertierra joining the committee, Reed is asked to answer the allegations that have been made. Reed explains that if he had designed the device that has caused so much chaos, he would have made it completely undetectable.

Reed is given a chance to speak again and he tells the hearing that the super-hero community works for the greater good. He also points out the danger of government regulation, referring them to moments earlier when Flying Tiger attacked the hearing. He stated that while the congressmen were mad that Reed didn't do anything, he pointed out how Ms. Marvel was the best suited to deal with that foe and did so accordingly. To punctuate his point about heroes having the best skills to deal with the job than the government, he points to how Apocalypse also flew over the Capital Building and that had he actually planned to attack the Fantastic Four could have formulated a plan to deal with him based on their years of experience working together.

Suddenly the hearing is interrupted when one of the guards informs the Senators that a number of individuals in trench coats and dark glasses were seen heading towards the Capital. Recalling how all the villains who attacked previously wore similar attire, everyone suddenly wonders if the device Reed found has been properly deactivated or not. Ben, Johnny and Sharon decide to deal with the matter and tell Reed and Sue to stay and continue their testimony. Sue suddenly whispers to her husband her suspicions that the device might not just be influencing super-villains but the Senators as well. This gets Reed thinking, and while the others deal with the villains outside, Sue address the committee with her thoughts. She once again likens super-powers with the Constitutional right to bare arms and that super-powers, like weapons, are a means of protecting people. That those who would use their powers to break the law must not have advantage over those who do not. Reed also points out how government interference impeded the work of super-heroes: How the military has never been able to capture the Hulk, or how Henry Gyrich's time as a government liaison to the Avengers only impeded the groups ability to function.

As Reed's argument comes to a close, the device suddenly comes to life and bombards everyone in the room. Suddenly the spectators and the Senators become violent and try to attack Reed and Sue. As they try to contain the mob, Reed grabs the device and resists it's electronic shocks in order to shut it down and restore order. As the people return to normal with no memory of their attack, Ben and the others re-enter the court room to inform Reed that the villains have all been dealt with. Reed then ushers the Senators outside to see the effectiveness of unrestrained super-heroes where the police are taking away the Armadillo, Stilt-Man, the Orca, the Owl, Whirlwind, and the Man-Ape. Going back into the court room, Reed makes his final statement: comparing the Super-Powers Registration Act to the Mutant Registration Act. Pointing out how can someone like Spider-Man be classified, is he a super-human, or a mutant? He also asks what the definition of someone who is extraordinary from a normal human pointing out that anyone in the court room outside of the Fantastic Four could meet that classification. Reed then pulls out a device to see if the Senators would register for the potential for super-powers. Reed's device indicates that they, and the security guard on hand could all potentially have super-powers. Finally, Reed points out that they could potentially be invading people's privacy and limiting their freedoms based on government classifications. With his point punctuated, Reed rests his case and the Senate decides against implementing the Super-Powers Registration Act.

As they are leaving, Ben remarks how Reed had his scanner turned up to maximum sensitivity to prove his point. Reed quips that they can't be too careful, and laughs about the idea of putting the idea that members of the Senate could be super-heroes. The Fantastic Four then allow Franklin to go to his much anticipated trip to the Smithsonian with Ms. Marvel while the rest of the team return home to the Four Freedoms Plaza. There, Reed examines the device and learns the origins of its components, tracking them to a technology company that went out of business a few months earlier. The Fantastic Four decide to go an investigate, but before they leave Ben puts on his old Thing exoskeleton in order to be a part of any potential battles. The group goes crashing into the abandoned warehouse where they find what appears to be their old foe Doctor Doom. Doom explains that he is part of a cabal of super-villains who masterminded a conspiracy to try and destroy their enemies by pitting them against foes they never faced before. When Johnny suddenly attacks "Doom", they quickly realize that it is actually one of his Doombots instead.

With the Doombot's destruction, it releases the Super-Adaptoid, which quickly begins to adapt the Fantastic Four's powers. However before the android can attack, the Thing manages to knock it down with a single punch. As they are preparing to leave they are suddenly confronted by both Hydro-Man and the Water Wizard. However instead of attacking the Fantastic Four, the two begin arguing with each other over who has the better control over water and a fight breaks out between the two of them. Ben remarks how this is going to be an amusing fight, but quickly slips on a puddle of water and come crashing down, much to the amusement of his teammates.

Appearing in "Heroes & Villains"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Wolverine Vol 2 #19.

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Synopsis for "Heroes & Villains"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Wolverine Vol 2 #19.

Continued from last issue....


Logan arrives in Tierra Verde in a most peculiar way: walking straight out of the ocean and up the coast into the capital city. When he gets to the docks, a brutal fight is already in progress between La Bandera and Tiger Shark. When it looks as though La Bandera has won, Tiger Shark surprises her and is about finish her when Wolverine attacks him from behind. His suit cut open and losing water - Tiger Shark flees into the ocean and disappears.

After the fight Wolverine and La Bandera walk through the streets of the city. Wolverine learns that La Bandera has come to Tierra Verde from Miami, Florida to put a stop to the drug trafficking which had destroyed her family in the past. In the process, La Bandera had become a symbol of hope for the suppressed lower class of Tierra Verde. Despite her seemingly noble cause, Wolverine urges her to leave the city now - sending her off.

As he passes by a bar, Wolverine spots an old friend from back in his Canadian Intelligence days - Jack Bascomb. Bascomb tells him about the "questionable" upbringings of La Bandera (her father being in the inner circle of Fidel Castro in Cuba) and warns him to stay out of things he hasn't been involved in for a long time. Bascomb then abruptly leaves in a taxi.

Meanwhile in New York City, Kingpin speaks to President Caridad on a television screen. Caridad raves about Kingpin sending the villain Tiger Shark into his country to kill La Bandera. Not to be troubled with Caridad, Kingpin ends the conversation quickly - more concerned about keeping a hold of his Miami drug trafficking ring than the needs of a Central American leader. Kingpin leaves the room and enters another where Dr. Doom, Magneto, and Red Skull stand, waiting for him.

Back in Puerto Verde, Caridad complains to Geist about Kingpin, the fighting between La Bandera and Tiger Shark, his mission to find a hero for his country, and how his wife (Sister Salvation) still refuses to see him. Overwhelmed, Caridad complains further about a migraine - wishing to help, Geist suggests that the President allow himself to be shaved by him. Caridad agrees and while being shaved listens to the reports of his research team.

The research team explains that the cocaine which is causing the super-human effects is coming from a certain area called El Jardin Del Rey - a mountainside found in many legends that claim it had been bombarded by falling stars, and had been the place where a deity had fallen in battle. However, outside of legend the scientists cannot find a reasonable explanation for the cocaine's effects.

All done, Caridad leaves Geist and the room. Suddenly, Wolverine comes crashing through the window and throws Geist against the wall. Before he has time to grab a hold of a gun, Geist's hand is smashed by Wolverine who demands that he take him to Roughouse.

Elsewhere, Caridad tries to convince his ex-wife Sister Salvation to assist him in his experimentation with Roughouse. Now, after a significant amount of testing, Roughouse has started to break out in sores. However, he's still alive and grows stronger with every does of cocaine he's given.

Suddenly, an explosion rocks the entire place and La Bandera appears with a mass of civilians armed and ready to fight.

Meanwhile, Wolverine and Geist travel through an underground tunnel system - attempting to get to the hospital where Roughouse is being held. Along the way Wolverine explains what he now knows about Geist: that he was one of Adolf Hitler's main advisers, survived war crimes by working with the American OSS to defect German rocket scientists, and how he worked with some of the more shadier American CIA missions and projects.

As the two enter the lower levels of the hospital they can hear La Bandera's attack. Supposedly, she had discovered that the hospital was being used to experiment on political prisoners. Moments later, Tiger Shark emerges from the water below the catwalk Wolverine stands on and pulls him into the water. As the two fight under the surface, Geist reveals that he was the one who leaked the information about the hospital and political prisoners to draw out La Bandera for Tiger Shark.

Running out of air, Wolverine makes for a pipeline underwater - hoping that the pipe ends before his air does. The pipe empties out into the ocean, but before Wolverine can get to the surface Tiger Shark has him again.

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Appearing in "Miracles"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Wolverine Vol 2 #20.

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Synopsis for "Miracles"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Wolverine Vol 2 #20.

Continued from last issue...

Out in the open ocean the fight between Tiger Shark and Wolverine continues - becoming incredibly brutal as Tiger Shark wishes nothing more than to see the clawed hero die. Finally, Tiger Shark delivers what he believes to be the killing blow: forcing Wolverine's claws into a coral shelf. Stuck, the end looks all too near for Wolverine as Tiger Shark takes off to take care of his original enemy, La Bandera.

Back at the Tierra Verde Medical Center, La Bandera continues to lead her army of revolutionaries to free the political prisoners being experimented on. When she reaches the room in which they were held she finds nothing but Geist who reveals that not only did he intentionally leak the information to draw her out but has also moved the prisoners somewhere else. Suddenly, Tiger Shark appears behind her - having already killed most of her followers - causing her to lose power. After a brief fight, La Bandera takes off deeper into the facility - Tiger Shark not far behind.

Elsewhere, Caridad prepares to leave via helicopter with his ex-wife Sister Salvation and Roughouse. But before leaving, Sister Salvation has finally decided to try her powers on Roughouse under one condition, she's allowed to see her son who she's not seen since Caridad and her split years ago. However, when she tries to heal Roughouse's sores nothing happens, much to the dismay of Caridad.

Meanwhile, Tiger Shark is still hunting his prey (La Bandera) and when he moves in for the kill he comes face to face with Wolverine. As Wolverine delivers some serious blows to Tiger Shark we find out that the impact from Wolverine hitting the coral shelf happened to have loosened it to the point where after a large amount of twisting, thrashing, and kicking finally caused it to break apart - setting Wolverine free. Wolverine then delivers the final blow and sends a severely beaten Tiger Shark into the depths of the Medical Center.

Taking La Bandera by the hand, Wolverine leads her deeper into the facility until they finally come across Caridad, Roughouse, and Sister Salvation. Wolverine knocks Caridad out of the way and frees Roughouse - who's surprisingly sedated by Sister Salvation's touch. The group then make for the roof where they encounter Geist and some guards holding the political prisoners at gun point. Having the better hand (i.e. holding Caridad hostage), Wolverine and company are allowed to make for the helicopter but not before some of the political prisoners decide to take action into their own hands and attack the guards.

In the fury upon the landing pad, Wolverine throws Roughouse, La Bandera, and Sister Salvation into the helicopter before getting on it himself and taking off.

Unfortunately, over the ocean the helicopter encounters some serious mechanical issues and begins to slowly descend towards the water. Before reaching the waves below, Tiger Shark, now stronger than ever having been revitalized by the water, jumps from the ocean below and grabs a hold of Wolverine. But before the villain can take down the helicopter some sharks below grab a hold of their human counterpart and drag him below the surface.

Safe, Wolverine looks up to see that Sister Salvation has now cured Roughouse of his physical mutations in reaction to the cocaine.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Hobgoblin of Little Minds"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #11.

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Synopsis for "The Hobgoblin of Little Minds"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #11.

Doctor Strange agrees to make an appearance on the Hour Thirteen TV show only to be attacked by the Hobgoblin.

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  • May the protecting glow of the Seraphimic Shield -- 'Round yon Victor Strange be now congealed -- About this man -- This House -- Now Raise a wall -- And keep from it all evil -- All!
  • May Bolts of Bedevilment these "pumpkins" slow -- And hurl them back to confound my foe!
  • O Vishanti Three -- Agamotto, Oshtur, Hoggoth -- May the forces you did use 'gainst the demon cult of Sligguth -- All prevent the dread Hobgoblin from drawing to me near -- By forming 'round me now -- A mighty Conjurer's Sphere!

Appearing in "Some Enchantress Evening"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #12.

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Synopsis for "Some Enchantress Evening"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #12.

Doc exposes Amora Incantare to be the Enchantress and battles her and the Executioner. Just as Doc is about to lose, Clea shows up and wins the fight.

Appearing in "Arkon's New York Adventure"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #13.

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Synopsis for "Arkon's New York Adventure"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #13.

The Enchantress gets Arkon to go after Dr. Strange. When Arkon sees Clea he decides to make her his queen. After Arkon thrashes Doc in a fist fight, Clea again saves him and vanquishes Arkon.

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  • O heed me, winds of Wondrous Watoomb -- Shake the cosmos with your storm-like song! 'Twixt our world and his, let aperture loom -- Hurl Arkon back where he does belong!

Appearing in "Still Life"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #363.

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Synopsis for "Still Life"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #363.

The Grey Gargoyle is visited by Doctor Doom, one of the prime movers in a super-villain conspiracy to eliminate their foes by pairing them against villains they are unaccustomed to fighting. Seeing the Gargoyle's powers first hand, Doctor Doom believes that he will be suitable for their plans. Doom explains to the Gargoyle that the Hulk is considered a wild card in the game that they are playing and that he must be temporarily taken out of the picture and if he is turned into stone, he can be kept under watch, preventing him from siding with the heroes and hopefully conscripted into their Acts of Vengeance conspiracy. Reverting to his civilian guise of Paul Duval, the Gray Gargoyle takes a flight to Nevada in his search for the Hulk. He thinks about the money he will make and how it will benefit his artwork. Suddenly, his gamma ray detector begins going off, alerting him that the Hulk is somewhere in the vicinity. His device gets the attention of the airline security officer sitting next to him. The forces Duval to explain what he is carrying and what he plans to use it for. While the security officer looks at his device, Paul uses his powers to turn the man into stone.

Not fall away, the Hulk is leaping through the sky near Paul Duval's plane when suddenly the sun begins to rise. This causes his reversion into Bruce Banner which could potentially be fatal while he's still high in the air. The Hulk resists the transformation as best he can when he suddenly hits the ground. Coming out of the carter is a sore, but otherwise alive, Bruce Banner. As luck would have it, the Hulk landed him not far away from the house he is now renting and heads back home. Meanwhile, Paul Duval's plane lands and he disembarks from the aircraft. It's not until he has rented a car and begun his hunt for the Hulk do the airplane staff find the petrified security official.

The following morning, Bruce is working his janitorial job at the Yucca Flats Nuclear Research Center. There he is once again approached by Doctor Philip Sterns, who asks if Bruce can go over at some of his equations. Bruce gives himself up again by finding the errors in the equations. Catching himself, he tries to brush off his knowledge again, but the display confirms to Philip that he is really Bruce Banner. However, instead of ratting Bruce out, Sterns explains that he is a great admirer of his work and if Bruce agrees to help Philip along on his own work, he will help Bruce find a cure for his transformations into the Hulk. When Sterns explains that he won't blackmail Bruce into going into this agreement convinces Bruce that Philips actually wants to help and the two agree to work together. At lunch the two spend time together talking about their theories on how the gamma radiation realigned his own DNA. This causes Bruce to be concerned about children, but Sterns tells him to focus on himself instead of children, unaware that Bruce is thinking about his own child.

All the while, Paul Duval has been tracking Bruce Banner all day, finally setting up a trap for him outside of the Yucca Flats facility. When Bruce comes driving by, Duval places a flasher on the top of his car and pretends to be a police officer stopping Bruce for speeding. This allows Duval to easily get close enough to Banner and change him into stone. With Bruce his at his mercy, Duval tosses him into the back seat and drives off. However, as the sun begins to set, Bruce still changes into the Hulk and much to Duval's horror is slowly regaining his ability to move, even though he is turned into stone. Turning himself into the Gray Gargoyle, Duval stops at a nearby construction site and grabs a jackhammer. Hoping he can smash the Hulk to pieces before he can regain his mobility, the Gargoyle tries to pummel the Hulk, but he is too quick.

During the fight, the Gargoyle attempts to find different ways to crush the Hulk, but none of them work. The Hulk proves far too invulnerable and debuffs all the attacks. Learning that Duval changes people into stone with his hand, the Hulk quickly disarms him -- literally -- by twisting the Gray Gargoyle's arm around backwards and breaking his fingers. He then sends the villain off to find a way to fix his arms before the hour elapses and the Gargoyle changes back to human form.

Appearing in "Change Partners and Dance"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Punisher Vol 2 #28.

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Synopsis for "Change Partners and Dance"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Punisher Vol 2 #28.

The Punisher infiltrates Doom's castle in Latveria and faces off with an army of Doombots.

Appearing in "Too Many Dooms"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Punisher Vol 2 #29.

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Synopsis for "Too Many Dooms"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Punisher Vol 2 #29.



Appearing in "Contrast in Sin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Punisher War Journal #12.

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Synopsis for "Contrast in Sin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Punisher War Journal #12.



Appearing in "Confession"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Punisher War Journal #13.

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Synopsis for "Confession"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Punisher War Journal #13.

The Punisher battles Bushwacker, who was sent on him by the Kingpin.

Appearing in "Devils in the House"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marc Spector: Moon Knight #8.

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Synopsis for "Devils in the House"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marc Spector: Moon Knight #8.



Appearing in "Called to Heaven"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marc Spector: Moon Knight #9.

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Synopsis for "Called to Heaven"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marc Spector: Moon Knight #9.



Appearing in "Trouble Times 3"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marc Spector: Moon Knight #10.

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Synopsis for "Trouble Times 3"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marc Spector: Moon Knight #10.

Moon Knight struggles in his battle to defeat Killer Shrike, Coachwhip and the Ringer.In the end, Moon Knight defeats Killer Shrike and the Ringer. To save Moon Knight, Frenchie pulls a water hose on Coachwhip, who is using her electric whips to overwhelm him.

Appearing in "False Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #275.

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Synopsis for "False Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #275.

Dr. Doom constructs Ultron 13 and sends him after Dardevil during the Acts of Vengeance.

Appearing in "The Hundred Heads of Ultron"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #276.

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Synopsis for "The Hundred Heads of Ultron"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #276.

Daredevil tries to save Number Nine from Ultron who has decided to take her as his bride.

Appearing in "Chinks in the Armor"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Power Pack #53.

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Synopsis for "Chinks in the Armor"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Power Pack #53.



Appearing in "Outsiders"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #79.

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Synopsis for "Outsiders"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #79.



Appearing in "Counter Moves"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #80.

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Synopsis for "Counter Moves"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #80.



Appearing in "The Sword's Edge"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Mutants #84.

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Synopsis for "The Sword's Edge"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Mutants #84.

[1] plot summary at uncannyxmen.net

Appearing in "The Killing Stroke"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Mutants #85.

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Synopsis for "The Killing Stroke"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Mutants #85.

The New Mutants fight valiantly on the side of the gods against Hela's forces, but it is not enough. In Hela's prisons, however, Eitri fashions a key and releases himself and the Einherjar so that they might rejoin the battle. Danielle Moonstar, corrupted by Hela's magic, fights her way to Odin's sleeping chamber. There she is opposed by the New Mutants, and they battle. Suddenly Eitri bursts in, and attacks the sword with his hammer (though Danielle thinks it is she who is assaulted). On earth, Rusty tries to stop Vulture from escaping, and fails. He frees Skids, and they go after him. Back in Asgard, Danielle Moonstar stands victorious over the sleeping Odin. Sam asks Eitri what happened, and Eitri tells him the flaw on the sword is marked, it will shatter in one hit, but probably kill the person who takes that hit. As Dani swings the sword at Odin, Cannonball blasts his way towards her swing - the sword and he collide, its destruction releasing the Valkyries from Hela's hold. Dani comes back to her senses, and before her Cannonball lies still.

Appearing in "Bang! You're Dead!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Mutants #86.

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  • Unnamed prison guards
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Synopsis for "Bang! You're Dead!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Mutants #86.



Appearing in "The Key That Breaks the Locke"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #256.

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Synopsis for "The Key That Breaks the Locke"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #256.

In Hong Kong, Matsu'o Tsurayaba approaches the Mandarin with an offer of an alliance between his organization and the Hand, a ruthless clan of assassins. Matsu'o's deal is for the Hand to help the Mandarin build an empire unparalleled by any in the past, in exchange for gainful employment in its service. To begin their alliance, Matsu'o offers a gift; that of an ultimate assassin. This assassin is Psylocke.

What follows next is a surrealistic "dream" sequence as Betsy relives details of her life, undergoes a physical transformation from British to Japanese at the hands of the Body Shoppe (with nightmarish versions of Spiral and Mojo causing the transformation) and her being set against her teammates, who she murders in order to obtain each of Mandarin's ten rings. In the end, Psylockes defeats Mandarin himself (who takes the form of Slaymaster) and it is revealed that the "dream" was a sensory deprivation brainwashing experiment that the Hand used to finalize their assimilation of Psylocke into their organization. In the end, she returns the rings to Mandarin, to whom she pledges her undying loyalty.

Appearing in "Lady Mandarin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #257.

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Synopsis for "Lady Mandarin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #257.

In the service of the Hand and the Mandarin, the brainwashed Psylocke establishes herself as Lady Mandarin, reestablishing the Mandarin's control over the Hong Kong underworld. With that accomplished, her master, Matsu'o Tsurayaba, orders her to take care of a potential, recently-arrived enemy, Patch. Wolverine has come to Hong Kong with Jubilee's help, although he is still suffering both from his extensive injuries and from hallucinations. He and Jubilee visit Rose Wu, a friend of his working for Landau, Luckman & Lake. While shopping, Jubilee and Rose’ granddaughter are kidnapped by Psylocke. The Ninjas later confront Wolverine. Logan has the upper hand in the battle until he recognizes his teammate, Psylocke. She uses his confusion to take him out. In Cairo, Illinois, Storm, changed to a prepubescent child, is on the run from both the police and the Shadow King, not remembering her life with the X-Men. On Muir Isle, Banshee, who feels a wrongness, asks Forge to install a backdoor into the defense system he's installing, so that they can slip back in undetected, should something be wrong. Polaris fears that the wrongness is her fault. Before she can act on this, though, she is taken prisoner by the mentally instable telepath Legion.

Appearing in "Broken Chains"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #258.

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Synopsis for "Broken Chains"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Uncanny X-Men #258.

Wolverine has been captured by The Hand, a mysterious ninja organization that works under The Mandarin. Susceptible to Psylocke's psychic powers of possession, will Wolverine be able to escape with his mind, and body, intact?

Wolverine is in a state of stasis as the mind controlled Pylocke monitors his psychic condition, which is not well. He is at a point of psychic despair, as he is in a similar state to the state he was in during Weapon X. His bestial form is about to come out due to the circumstances. Jubilee is also captured by Matsuo Tsurayaba.

After a brief escape attempt by Jubilee, which is foiled by The Mandarin. He also attacks Matsuo and the Hand, as they attempted to command him around in his own house. Matsuo apologizes and is rebunked.

On Muir Isle, Banshee, Forge, Sharon Friedlander, and Moira MacTaggert are training. All of them seem to be tired and wary of their situation. Lorna Dane is trapped in Proteus' old room, and cannot escape as Legion has trapped her their. Back in Hong Kong, Jubilee is presented to Mandarin.

Psylocke is still fiddling with Wolverine's mind, showing him phantom versions of Jean Grey, Mariko Yashida, and Yukio. Wolverine defeats her in pyschic combat, and breaks free from the cage. After defeating him once more, Psylocke presents him to Mandarin, but Jubilee manages to get free.

Psylocke reveals that it was all a ruse, and her and Jubilee attack Mandarin. With the help of Wolverine, all three of them defeat Mandarin and get on a ship, sailing to an unknown location. Psylocke reveals her story as well.

Appearing in "Judgement War Part 6: Power Struggle"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #49.

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  • Dr Doom (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
  • Magneto (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
  • Mandarin (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
  • Kingpin (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
  • Juggernaut (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
  • Hobgoblin (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
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  • Madcap (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)

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Synopsis for "Judgement War Part 6: Power Struggle"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #49.

Continued from last issue....

Lord Rask offers Princess Seera one final chance at accepting his offer of an alliance, however the defiant princess refuses and attempts to use her jamming powers on him, but the power dampeners that she is hooked into cause feedback that puts her in a catatonic state and Rask orders her to be placed in the arena to determine if she lives her dies depending on the outcome of the battle between Archangel and Iceman. As more Celestials begin to descend to the planets surface, the people of the Chosen enter the arena uneasily for the coming bout. After Lev collects bets among the Duelers, she goes to see Iceman before the big fight, and wishes him luck in the battle, telling him that his victory will have an impact on the Chosen's opinions on Duelers. He surprises Lev by giving her a kiss.

While deep below the city in the sewers, Beast leads a group of Rejects on a mission to not only save his friends who are among the Chosen, but to also shut down their power supply so that the Rejects can invade their city and bring their decadent society crashing down. When they go to the surface with the intention of jumping some of the Chosen and stealing their clothing, Beast is surprised to find that the peoples they jump are none other than Cyclops and the band of Beginagains that have rallied with him on the same cause.

While elsewhere in the city, Lord Palik has Archangel brought before him, not wishing Warren to win the arena battle for it would give Lord Rask the financial wealth to take over the Chosen, he uses his powers to partially blind Archangel hoping that this will give Iceman the edge he needs to kill Warren in the arena. Unknown to both, a size changing Dueler had been spying on the situation the whole time, planted by Lev to insure that Archangel wasn't enhanced before the battle. He would tell Lev this and that Iceman and Archangel both come from another world. This would come too late as Iceman would go into the arena to face Archangel. As Warren would try to get Iceman to remember who he is, Lev would sit and wonder what to do about the situation.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Apocalypse is monitoring the world from his secret hideout in the Himalayan mountains and has taken note of the fact that the worlds super-villains have taken up unforeseen alliances and battling irregular foes and begins to suspect that some force is using them as pawns.

Back on the alien world, with the gathered Rejects and Beginagains agreeing to work together they split up into two groups: Beast and the Rejects will go to disrupt the arena and collect Iceman and Archangel, while Scott and the Beginagains cut the power in the city and rescue Jean and Christopher. While in space above the planet, X-Factor's ship watches as the last of the Celestials descend on the planet below and it decides that now is the time to travel down to the planet and try what it can to protect it's friends from destruction.

While in the Arena, the battle rages on while Seera tries to talk sense into Lord Rask and Palik, Archangel's attempts to convince Iceman of who he really is fails to work. Just then, the ground begins to quake and the group of Beginagains and Rejects led by Beast burst through the ground and join the battle. This interruption causes all the bets to go forfeit and end up going to the science council, financially ruining Lord Rask. He goes down to the arena and attempts to kill Seera to at least get that satisfaction, however he is knocked off her platform by Lev. Removing the power restraints from Seera, Lev convinces the princess to use her jamming powers to restore Iceman's memories.

Unsure if she can do it, Seera surprises herself when she proves able to do so. With Bobby's memories restored, the battle ends and the combined members of X-Factor, the Rejects and Beginagains turn their attention to Lord Rask who is just then ordering the Chosen guards to destroy them all.

While back on Earth, Apocalypse's findings link all the super-villain activity to one man who appears to be a servant but is really the mastermind behind the while ordeal. Realizing that his true nature has been divined by Apocalypse, this man appears before the eternal mutant and offers him a position in his Acts of Vengeance conspiracy.

This story is concluded next issue...

Appearing in "Judgement War Part 7: Judgement Day"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #50.

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Synopsis for "Judgement War Part 7: Judgement Day"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #50.

Continued from last issue....

As the Celestials stand over the city of the Chosen as part of their final judgement of this alien world, the combined forces of X-Factor, the Rejects and the Beginagainst battle against the soldiers of the Chosen. As the battle rages, Lord Rask clashes with Princess Seera, who is aided by Lev. Whoever the two women are blasted back and after a brief clash with Archangel, Rask blasts the winged mutant aside as well. Rushing to Lord Palik. Palik reveals that he had figured out Rask's plot to use his winnings from the battle between Archangel and Iceman to buy a place as one of the highest of the Chosen and reveals his part in causing this plan to come crashing down. He then goads Rask to once more jump into the battle and fight Iceman, who easily knocks him aside.

AS the battle rages on, Cyclops leads another group of Rejects and Beginagains through the city in the hopes of finding Jean and Christopher and a means of shutting down the Chosen's power supply. Blasting their way into a science lab, they force a science robot to tell them where they might find the two Scott is seeking. The robot would briefly reactivate the memory banks of the ruined robot Zee-Zee to show where Jean is being kept and provide them with a map of how to get there. While back at the arena, the Reject/X-Factor/Beginagain coalition is gaining the upper hand forcing the Chosen to order their Dueler cast to enter the arena and fight on their behalf. At first the Dueler's comply, but they are convinced by Lev to turn against those who have treated them as secondary citizens and help fight their rebellion. This earns the ire of Lord Palik who orders everyone in the arena to be eliminated once and for all.

Meanwhile, Scott and the others find Christopher and Jean. Upon freeing Jean, Scott finds that her Phoenix/Madelyn Pryor personalities are dominant, with Jean's mind being submerged following her run in with a jammer. However, Scott's love for Jean manages to help her push her personality out of hiding and she joins the group in finding the power supply for the Chosen's city and shut it down. This causes the grid that keeps everyone in the arena to shut down and chaos to explode in the area. As the battle rages on Dykon manages to climb up into the stands and battle Palik who uses his powers to partially blind the Beginagain. This doesn't stop him from grabbing Palik and threatening to kill him when Seera convinces him to spare Palik as if he is killed his vision can not be restored. Dykon gives, Palik a choice: restore his and Archangel's vision or die.

With his vision restored, Archangel renews his attack on Rask and in the moment of fury, slays the would be ruler of the Chosen with his razor sharp feathers. Scott and the others arrive at the scene as well as Zharkah with a group of Reject warriors and Reyest with the other Beginagain Elders. With the leaders of all three races gathered, they all begin to realize that the Celestials are beginning to make their final judgement. With Arishem preparing to give his thumbs-up/thumbs-down judgement Ship arrives to take X-Factor to safety, however the group refuses to abandon this planet or its people for their own safety and turn Christopher over Ship to take away just in case.

Seeing that strangers from another world would be willing to sacrifice their lives to save their world, the leaders of the Rejects, Beginagains and Chosen all agree to work together to try and stop the Celestials. When Reyest detects a great cosmic power in Jean, she tries to use the remaining power of Phoenix Force in her to channel against the Celestials. Afraid to unleash this power alone, Jean channels it through Cyclops who fires a massive optic blast at Arishem's hand, obliterating it. This seems to be the course of action the Celestials were hoping for, as as soon as Arishem was made incapable of judging the planet the Celestials would flee the scene. Jean would be happy to find that the two other personalities had merged with the rest of her mind leaving her fully Jean Grey. As the Celestials leave in their massive ship, they would drop another device like X-Factor's ship to record this worlds progress.

With the road to peace beginning between the three tribes of this world, X-Factor bids farewell to their leaders. Before they leave, Archangel and Ship have a gift for Seera: Zee-Zee, repaired and restored to her former sentient glory. X-Factor then heads off into space, glad to be heading back home. Just before they shoot off into hyperspace, they pass the Starjammer. Not recognizing the ship, Ship speeds off, unaware that its passengers were in close proximity with their former leader Charles Xavier on the other ship. Despite Xavier's deathly state, he detects his original students, however when Lilandra and Sikorsky come to his aid, they wonder if Xavier truly did connect with his former students or if they were merely just hallucinations brought on by his continued deterioration.

Appearing in "A Restoration Comedy!"

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Damage Control #1.

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Synopsis for "A Restoration Comedy!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Damage Control #1.

On a Spring Day in Manhattan, Spider-Man, Thor, She-Hulk & Black Knight battle a gigantic humanoid robot built by the Tinkerer (apparently dubbed the Alternator Bug-Bot), capable of changing shape and size, as well as instantly repairing or reforming damaged parts. A Mr. John Porter -- now running late for his first day of work as Account Executive at Damage Control as a result of the heroes' battling with the Bug-Bot -- opts to walk the rest of the way, as a fallen building now blocks the main roads.

There at the Flatiron Building, Mr. Porter introduces himself to the secretary at the front desk, who points him in the direction of Mrs. Hoag's office. En route he runs into Thunderball (whom he mistakes for "Wrecking Ball"), who has come to check the company’s lost and found for his wrecking ball, which he had lost during a bank robbery. Afterward, Porter is shown around the building by a Mrs. Hoag, whereupon he meets Traffic Manager Robin Chapel (whose prospective position he had taken). Chapel shows him to his office. He meets with his first client, Robert Washington from the Port Authority, who is rather distraught over the fact that the aforementioned giant robot (now 3x its original size) had been toppled over and damaged the World Trade Center (which he designed).

Spider-Man, having located a control room inside the Alternator Bug-Bot’s head, has managed to temporarily disable the mechanical monstrosity. The Black Knight’s Ebony Blade and Thor's Mjolnir both prove ineffective in piercing the robot's metallic shell. Spider-Man remains trapped inside. Dr. Druid deduces that the Terrible Tinkerer had rebuilt the robot for a man named Virgil Starkwell in order to rob an auto show; the Avengers leave Spider-Man to pursue this lead.

Sometime later, Damage Control holds a meeting regarding the World Trade Center. Thereafter, Mr. Porter visits a man wearing mechanical stilts (named Gene) in a sub-basement beneath the Flatiron building. He explains to Porter that the robot “appears to use a sophisticated dimensional interface to store and retrieve mass.” and that “Felix the Cat’s magic bag works on a similar principle.” (As well as a number of superheroes’ powers) Meanwhile, another super battle has destroyed a warehouse; Damage Control is already on the scene. One of the repairmen discovers a glowing, green orb in the rubble which causes his muscles to grow “as if millions of cells were forming at incredible speed”. He then turns green and discovers that his “destiny lies elsewhere” and flies off into the sky, much to the dismay of his boss.

Twenty minutes later Porter, Gene & Damage Control Comptroller Albert Cleary arrive at the main disaster site to talk with Lenny Ballinger, head foreman for Damage Control Inc. to figure out how to get Spider-Man out of the robot’s head before demolishing it. Porter uses a device that tech expert Gene has created in order to reawaken the robot and walk it over to the road by remote control. He then commands the Bug-Bot to transform (by way of mass transfer via cross-dimensional shunt, one might surmise) into an automobile (more specifically a Volkswagen Beetle). Spider-Man pops out of the trunk and promptly makes his exit with a sling of his web. The Damage Control team then drives the ‘Alternator Bug-Bot car’ back to the Flatiron Building.

Appearing in "In It Up To Arrears"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Damage Control #2.

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Synopsis for "In It Up To Arrears"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Damage Control #2.

Doctor Doom's a deadbeat. At least, that's what Damage Control's accounting department says. Of course, it's not the accounting department's job to collect the past due debt. So who's the (un)lucky guy who gets to lean on Dr. Doom? We're not telling here, but we will tell you that this issue guest stars the Fantastic Four.

Appearing in "The Big Hype"

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Damage Control #3.

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Synopsis for "The Big Hype"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Damage Control #3.



Appearing in "Excessive Farce"

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Damage Control #4.

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Synopsis for "Excessive Farce"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Damage Control #4.

It's the final issue of the Limited Series. Damage Control's trying to repair Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Trouble is, they run into interference. What kind? Well, to give you an idea, on the cover. Wolverine gets hit with a pie!

Appearing in "Once More, With Feeling"

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Web of Spider-Man #64.

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Synopsis for "Once More, With Feeling"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #64.

Inside a prisoner truck heading to the Vault Prison, Titania mocks the Trapster and the Brothers Grimm for being foolish enough to go after Spider-Man. This starts an argument among the four super-villains when suddenly the vehicle is pulled high up into the sky. The man responsible is Graviton, another one of the villains sent after Spider-Man during the Acts of Vengeance conspiracy. He uses his powers to free the captured villains and offers them a chance to get revenge against Spider-Man and takes them back with him to New York City.[Continuity 1]

Meanwhile, at the offices of J. Jonah Jameson Publications, Inc., Peter Parker finds himself answering uncomfortable questions about Nick Katzenberg's photos of Peter in a Spider-Man costume.[Continuity 2] Peter explains that he was wearing the costume for an advertising layout for the Daily Bugle and that he would never intentionally fake a news photograph. Peter assures both Jonah and Joe Robertson that he has never faked a single news photo he took for them over the years.[Continuity 3] Even though Jonah believes Peter, Joe Robertson is not as forgiving who has a strong sense of journalistic integrity. Surprisingly, Joe tells Peter that his photos are no longer welcome at the company and storms out. Jonah tells Peter that he will try to talk to Joe, but as his editor, Robertson is the one who makes the final decisions. Peter is upset by this, as it cuts into his source of income, and he rightly blames Nick Katzenberg for this latest misfortune. Forced to ride an elevator with Katzenberg, Peter snaps when the sleazy photographer makes fun of his situation. His anger gets the better of him until the elevator stops on the ground floor and people see him pinning Katzenberg to the wall. He composes himself and tells Nick that he isn't worth it. Katzenberg threatens to sue pointing that he has witnesses, but the people waiting for the elevator quickly leave, not wanting to get involved. Katzenberg vows to get even with Parker, deciding to do everything he can to compete with Peter as a photographer.

Changing into Spider-Man, Peter swings across the city to vent his frustration. He is angry of being pushed around all the time, and how recently he has only been reacting to things that are happening around him. He recounts when he had the power of Captain Universe during the Acts of Vengeance conspiracy, as well as when Thomas Fireheart purchased the Daily Bugle out from J. Jonah Jameson in order to boost Spider-Man's profile due to some debt of honor.[Continuity 4] The Bugle billboard that Spider-Man lands on states that Spider-Man is a "90's Kind of Hero". This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.</ref> As he gets down on himself over the whole Katzenberg thing, his thoughts are interrupted by the buzz of his spider-sense. However, he turns around a moment too late and misses seeing the Green Goblin fly by.

Meanwhile, Graviton has brought his would-be allies to a tanker ship near the Statue of Liberty. Inside, they discover that someone has constructed a massive theater inside the ship. That man is none other than the Chameleon who represents part of the New York City underworld. He offers the gathered villains the chance to destroy Spider-Man once and for all for $100,000 up to a maximum of $500,000 if they bring Spider-Man's mask and severed head. When they start to argue over the Brothers Grimm getting paid twice as much as the rest of them, but he reveals that they won't as they will also be working with Goliath. He opens a trap door in the floor, revealing the massive villain. Goliath explains that after he was blasted by Spider-Man's temporary cosmic powers he has been stuck at the height of 60 feet.[Continuity 5] At that same moment, at the Soho loft of Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 6] Peter tells Mary Jane about how Joe basically disowned him, feeling that it was hypocritical after Joe himself kept quiet about a murder for 20 years.[Continuity 7] Their evening is interrupted by a news report about the Daily Bugle rising out of the ground again.[Continuity 8]

Changing into Spider-Man, Peter swings to the Daily Bugle building. There he is ambushed by the Trapster, just narrowly avoiding a stream of paste. He is then attacked from behind by the Brothers Grimm, just barely avoiding their explosive weapons. This leaves him open to Titania, who strikes Spider-Man so hard he goes crashing to the ground. Trying to climb up a wall, Spider-Man has his weight increased by Graviton, causing him to fall onto some freshly laid cement. With his mass increasing, the web-slinger struggles to keep his face out of the wet concrete. That's when Goliath comes in and stomps on Spider-Man. The combined weight causes the street to break, sending them into the sewers. Spider-Man survives this attempt on his life, and while the villains are gloating, the hero emerges from a nearby manhole. He snares Goliath's foot with a web-line and forces him to topple. The Trapster and Brothers Grimm chase after the hero. However, he manages to get his foes into a crossfire, and leaps out of the way, causing them to get incapacitated by their own weapons. This leaves Spider-Man open to attack from Graviton, who uses his powers to completely negate Spider-Man's own gravity, sending him flying into the sky where he will undoubtably suffocate in the upper atmosphere.

Appearing in "The Last Act of Vengeance"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #65.

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Synopsis for "The Last Act of Vengeance"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #65.

During his battle against a group of super-villains, Spider-Man had his gravity negated by Graviton. The hero speeds higher and higher into the air. At risk of suffocating in the upper atmosphere, Spider-Man manages to snag a ride on a passing airplane with a line of webbing and reels himself in. He then holds onto the tail of the plane for dear life.[Continuity 9] When the aircraft lands at the airport, Spider-Man takes a moment to rest and then leaps off the plane. Much to his relief, his normal gravity has returned and he swings away before airport security can arrest him.

Meanwhile, Graviton and his colleagues Goliath, Trapster, Titania, and the Brothers Grimm return to the Chameleon's tanker and discover that he is no trace of their employer or the money he promised to pay them for eliminating the wall-crawler. The Trapster melts open a safe and discovers a memo, apparently written by the Kingpin, that implicates that the Kingpin was also in on this job. Furious, the six villains head into the city to confront the Kingpin. Watching from his yacht, the Chameleon gloats about how easy it has been to manipulate them to attack his rival in the criminal underground. While in Soho, Harry and Liz Osborn are getting ready to go out to the opera, leaving their son Normie in the care of Mary Jane. Mary Jane thinks about how she and Peter are not ready to have a child of their own, and the idea scares her. Suddenly, Normie crawls off, prompting Mary Jane to go after the child.[Continuity 10] Behind a curtain, she is shocked to discover that Harry has stored his Green Goblin gear. This comes as a shock to Mary Jane, as she thought Harry destroyed the costume after the last time he wore it.[Continuity 11] Since Harry and Liz are still on their way out the door, Mary Jane doesn't say anything until she can talk to Peter about it.

While in Manhattan, the authorities are on the scene assessing the damage of the Daily Bugle Building after it was lifted out of its foundation by Graviton. Ednar Gortch of the Department of Building Safety has finished her initial assessment and has determined the building is a complete loss and has to be torn down. Overhearing this from above is upsetting to Spider-Man, who considers the Bugle a second home. He thinks that if J. Jonah Jameson still owned the Daily Bugle he'd fight the condemnation of the bulding.[Continuity 12] The wall-crawler suspects that the new owner, Thomas Fireheart, will try to use this as an excuse to get out the debt of honor he owes Spider-Man.[Continuity 13] Suddenly, the ground begins to shake as Goliath passes by on his way to Fisk Tower. Witnessing the situation, Thomas Fireheart tells Kate Cushing to contact their auxillary presses in New Jersey to be ready to prepare a special edition. At that moment, Goliath and his partners arrive at the Kingpin's office, demanding that he pays them for eliminating Spider-Man. When the Kingpin doesn't know what they are talking about, Graviton threatens to raise the entire building off the guard.

That's when Spider-Man arrives, firing webs into Graviton's eyes and taking him down with a single punch. Titania leaps at the wall-crawler, but he sends her falling to the ground below. As Spider-Man is swatted aside by Goliath, Titania lands safely on the ground only to be struck by a passing city bus. As Spider-Man recovers from the blow from Goliath, the Trapster tries to cover him in paste. The web-slinger dodges the paste and it strikes Goliath's oncoming fist. As Spider-Man pulls the Trapster to safety, Goliath strikes the side of the building, making his massive hand to stick to it. As Spider-Man webs the Trapster to a lamp post, he is ambushed by the Brothers Grimm. However, he manages to slip away under the cover of smoke from their explosives. Spider-Man leaps around and ambushes them from behind. By this time, Goliath has pulled his hand free from the paste. However, when he tries to turn around and rejoin the flight, he discovers that Spider-Man has tied his legs together causing him to take a hard fall. Spider-Man lands on the villain, he sees a kid near the scene and tosses his camera and tells the boy to take his picture.

In the aftermath of the battle, the Chameleon looks through the first issue of the new Jameson News Digets, which feautres a cover photo of Spider-Man and one of Jameson's usual negative headlines. He gloats over his plan as it has succeeded as he intended: setting a number of super-villains to attack the Kingpin's tower only to saved by Spider-Man, further undermining his position in the New York City underworld.

Notes

  • Reprints
  1. Spider-Man's involvement in the Acts of Vengeance led to his battles with Graviton, the Brothers Grimm, Goliath, Titania, and the Trapster as chronicled in Amazing Spider-Man #326-329, The Spectacular Spider-Man #158-160 and Web of Spider-Man #59-61.
  2. Katzenberg took these damning photos of Peter in last issue.
  3. Actually this isn't true, there are two instances where Peter faked news photos. The first was when he forgot to take photos of his first battle with the Sandman in Amazing Spider-Man #4, so he took pictures of Spider-Man leaping through ash clouds to simulate their battle. He did it again in Amazing Spider-Man #10 when Peter faked photos to make it look like Spider-Man and Electro was the same man. He also did so a third time, in Amazing Spider-Man #169 to protect his identity when Jameson got ahold of a photo where Spider-Man was disposing the body of his seemingly dead clone.
  4. Thomas Fireheart felt a debt toward Spider-Man since Web of Spider-Man #50. He purchased the Bugle in The Spectacular Spider-Man #156.
  5. Goliath was defeated by Spider-Man in Web of Spider-Man #60.
  6. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage was erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here as opposed to husband and wife.
  7. Joe Robertson did not report a murder committed by Tombstone for 20 years in The Spectacular Spider-Man #139. He was found guilty of being an accessory to murder in The Spectacular Spider-Man #150. However, he was pardoned in The Spectacular Spider-Man #161.
  8. The last time the building was raised from the ground by Graviton in Amazing Spider-Man #326.
  9. The airline that owns this plane is identified as TWA. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as TWA went out of business in 2001.
  10. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  11. Harry resumed the guise of the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #312 to protect his family from the Hobgoblin.
  12. Jameson lost ownership of the Daily Bugle when it was bought out from under him by Thomas Fireheart in The Spectacular Spider-Man #156.
  13. The Puma believed he owed a debt to Spider-Man after accidentally accusing him of a crime in Web of Spider-Man #50.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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