Appearing in 1st story
- Sin-Eater (Stan Carter) (Main story and origin in flashback)
- Stan Carter's mother
- Stan Carter's father (Only appearance; dies)
- Stan Carter's grandfather (Only appearance; dies)
- Stan Carter's grandmother
- Holy Spirit (Mentioned)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. (Mentioned)
- Bernard Finn
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (On-screen)
- Phillip DeWolff (Mentioned)
- Judge Rosenthal
- The Devil (Invoked)
- Mrs. Rosenthal (Mentioned)
- Betty Brant (Mentioned)
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
- Electro (Max Dillon) (Illusion)
- God (Yahweh) (Invoked)
Races and Species:
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- United States of America (Main story and flashback)
- Sodom (Referenced)
- Hell (Invoked)
- Heaven (Referenced)
- The Death of Jean DeWolff (On-screen)
Synopsis for 1st story
Stan Carter recounted his early life, from his parents drug addiction and abusive care under his grandfather. After his grandfather's death, the townsfolk believed he died with sin, thus denied entry into heaven, and called for a Sin-Eater to absolve him so as to transcend. A curious young Stanley witnessed the Sin-Eater perform, affecting him in some way when their eyes met. Sometime after this event, Stanley's mother returned to life sober and her working to take him to New York to live a better life.
Throughout adulthood, Stanley heard his grandfather's words "you're too soft" which he used to spurn his SHIELD enlistment, then joining the NYPD to prove otherwise. After the death of his partner, the priest who oversaw the funeral talked with Stanley on the power of forgiveness, using his own boyhood crime of theft as an example, which ultimately went unconsidered. At a bar, the television narrated the events of Jean DeWolff's death, which seemed unreal to him as she sat next to Stanley. Having a night of romance, Stanley knew she lied to him about who killed his partner, and he interrupted a judge for a warrant, yet found him with a mistress.
As Detective Carter went to a drug den alone, he once again saw the news air the Sin-Eater story, in which they killed the priest for his advocating innocence for convicted inmates, the judge from earlier killed for granting clemency, and for the killing of Jean DeWolff. All leading to Spider-Man who brought him in, with Daredevil holding him back from crossing the line. Finding the culprit and killing him, Stanley arrived on a talk show stage, thus realizing he was in Hell and remembering his being Sin-Eater. Stan expressed remorse at the lives he took, and remembering his suicide by cop did he exclaim how Spider-Man was right: he would have done it again. But when asked how he felt, Stan admitted he deserved it and he felt free, until the host revealed his Sin-Eater personality. The host stated Sin-Eater would do nothing without Stan's order, as Stan wasn't being punished for his his own sins, but for the sins of those he killed. After Stan is eaten by the demons, the host revealed himself as Kindred, offering to resurrect Stan back to Earth to fulfill his destiny.
Stan accepted the offer by donning his Sin-Eater mask.
• Who is the Sin-Eater, and why is it so terrifying that he’s back?
• Nick Spencer pulls back the curtain on one of the most dangerous Spidey villains in history.
• We will not only reveal more of Sin-Eater’s secret history but put him on a collision course with Spider-Man that will have you quaking in your seat.
- 2 image(s) from Amazing Spider-Man: Sins Rising Prelude Vol 1 1
- 1 reprint(s) of Amazing Spider-Man: Sins Rising Prelude Vol 1 1