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Appearing in "Secret Empire - Part One: Rightful Ruler"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #29.

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Synopsis for "Secret Empire - Part One: Rightful Ruler"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #29.



Appearing in "Secret Empire - Part Two: Master Planning"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #30.

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Synopsis for "Secret Empire - Part Two: Master Planning"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #30.



Appearing in "Secret Empire - Part Three: End of an Empire"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #31.

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Synopsis for "Secret Empire - Part Three: End of an Empire"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #31.



Appearing in "Personal Demon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #32.

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Synopsis for "Personal Demon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #32.

In a laboratory, Norman Osborn - desperate to become the Green Goblin once more - injects himself with an extremely potent version of the Goblin Formula, hoping it will destroy the nanites Spider-Man used to rob him of his powers. After the serum fails to have any effect, Norman flies into a rage, despairing at the loss of his maniacal split personality. Visiting doctors, therapists, and gurus, Norman eventually finds an acupuncturist who tells him of a hidden place where he might be able to obtain the help he needs.

Climbing through snow-capped mountains, Norman comes across a trio of monks standing outside a Buddhist temple. Introducing themselves as Master Hawk, Master Ox, and Master Snake, the monks commend Norman for possessing the indomitable will and strength of spirit to reach the Temple with No Name, and ask what great need would drive him to seek them out. Norman asks if they can heal him, and when asked if he is referring to his scarred face Norman replies that he cares nothing for his outward appearance and that what he needs restored is who he is on the inside. The monks reveal they were testing him and know his name, welcoming him into their temple. Once inside, they present Norman with a preliminary test: the Emerald Oracle of Ikkon, which will reveal Norman's true potential as a practitioner of the mystical arts. Placing his hand on the crystal, Norman is delighted when the crystal radiates green mystical energy, which shapes itself into sigils and runes. Astonished at Norman's raw potential, the monks decide to begin his training immediately.

Norman begins an intense regimen in order to hone his mind, body, and spirit; exercising intensively, studying spells and rituals, practising katas, and meditation. Finding parallels between his own experience and those of Baron Mordo, Doctor Strange, and Victor von Doom, Norman asks one of the monks as to why that is the case. The monk tells him that stories, fates, and legends have a tendency to follow similar patterns with minor differences. However, the monk assures Norman that his real scars, the personal demon he has to overcome, makes him unique and more driven than anyone he and his brothers have ever met. While practising spellcasting, Norman asks Brother Ox about the monks' unusual names. Brother Ox replies that every man has a totemic spirit to guide them and that one day Norman's will choose him and in turn he will choose it, and that even he will be surprised at what truly lies inside him.

While meditating in the courtyard, Norman is approached by a tiger that vanishes when he opens his eyes. Informing his teachers of the vision, Norman is led to a sacred chamber containing a selection of mystical masks and told to undertake his final test: bonding with his totem and confronting the personal demon holding him back from his true potential. Norman is drawn to the tiger mask, but rejects it and dons a green oni mask shaped like the Green Goblin's face. Laughing maniacally, the reborn Green Goblin declares that he chooses his own destiny and decides which demons he has to face, summoning Spider-Man. Alerted by his Spider-Sense, Spider-Man dodges the Goblin's magic attack and is horrified when the monks inform him they instructed him in the ways of magic. Manifesting the Astral Arms of Denak, the Green Goblin easily outmatches Spider-Man, boasting of the power his totemic bond has given him. Spider-Man decides to use his own totemic bond and grabs a Spider mask, but before he can put it on the Green Goblin immobilizes him with the Chains of Krakkan and knocks him out with a punch augmented by the Flames of Faltine.

The monks note that Norman did not take the path that they or the universe had intended, but nevertheless congratulate him on completing his trial and defeating a personal demon. The Green Goblin sneers at their naivety and transforms Spider-Man into a spider, rebuking the monks' pleas for him to stop. Removing the totemic mask to reveal he has transformed into a green-skinned goblin-like monster, Norman crushes his longtime nemesis in the palm of his hand. The monks are horrified, denouncing Norman as a monster, but he gleefully transforms into a giant and challenges them to try to stop him. The monks blast the Green Goblin with magic lightning, but he laughs off their attack and prepares to annihilate them.

Norman suddenly realizes he is still standing in the chamber housing the Emerald Oracle of Ikkon, his hand on the gem. Shaken, he asks the three monks what that was, and they coldly tell him that was the first and only test, showing Norman's true potential. They evict him from the Temple with No Name and inform him that they will alert all other mystical orders to not teach him magic. Norman turns to confront them only to find the three monks and the Temple with No Name have vanished. He initially despairs at the lost opportunity, but then has the epiphany that Emerald Oracle of Ikkon's vision means the Green Goblin is still within him, waiting to be unleashed.

Appearing in "Fall of Parker: Part 1 -- Top to Bottom"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #789.

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Synopsis for "Fall of Parker: Part 1 -- Top to Bottom"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #789.

Soho, the apartment of Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird. Peter has crushed for the night on Bobbi's sofa after a date with her the previous evening, as she's his only friend that could put him up AND knew his double identity. As she leaves, Bobbi reminds Peter to do the laundry.

Peter is down on his luck again: the Parker Industries are a cumbersome past he can't seem to get away from while watching television or reading the Daily Bugle, from which Bobbi has cut out a significant headline: "Peter Parker: Threat or Menace?".

Upper East Side, the home of Harry Lyman, previously known as Harry Osborn. Harry is trying to contact Peter for some hard calls that need to be made in the selling off of the company, but he doesn't answer. With an excuse, Harry and his ex-wife Liz get rid of the children, whose nanny comes to take them, and approach with a kiss. They had been sealed in an energy bubble during the Secret Empire event, and during that time they reconciled and are waiting to decide whether that is for good or not.

Midtown, the offices of the Daily Bugle. Betty Brant calls Harry to organize for that night's birthday party for Flash Thompson. Peter crashes in asking explanations for the article. Joe Robertson answers to Peter's accusations explaining that he let down thousands of working class people like his own uncle and aunt, and that everything written in the article is true. Peter admits he's right, but corrects an article about the new Pym Micro-processors.

Thinking he's touched his lowest in years, Peter goes back to the streets, only to be attacked by a mob angry for the Parker Industries' failure outcome. Peter manages to escape disappearing in an alley with his superpowers.

During Flash's party, May Parker talks to him about the possibility of the Uncle Ben Foundation doing down alongside its partner Parker Industries, while a few other friends discuss in favour or against helping Peter financially like they did years before.

Mockingbird comes back home, finding Peter back on her sofa. She throws him his suit and they go adventuring in the night. A distress call signals an attack by the Griffin in Times Square, to the damage of... an empanadas truck. During their fight, the people seem to be hostile to Spider-Man for his affiliation to the Parker Industries, but after he and Mockingbird heroically defeat the monster and save the food truck, the hostility turn into support.

After the night out, Mockingbird and Spider-Man have a drink together and eventually let themselves go to a passionate kiss.

Appearing in "Fall of Parker: Part 2 -- Breaking Point"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #790.

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Synopsis for "Fall of Parker: Part 2 -- Breaking Point"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #790.

At Parker Industries, Peter and Harry deal with dismissing every individual who worked there, and is now out of a job because of the Industries' failure. After that, they find outside the doors of the building a crowd protesting against Peter, who dashes off as Spider-Man because he can't take the hostility anymore. Unusually, in fact, Spider-Man is a much more confortable persona than his real one.

At the now closed Beyond Forever Nightclub, Clayton Cole (a.ka. The Clash) is discussing with some thugs about taking back from Parker his own inventions, instead of letting him sell them off to pay the society's debts. He dismisses his subordinates' idea of taking other stuff as well, but agrees to pay them more than usual because their target location is one of the most secure in the world: the building today known as Parker Industries New York, and once the home of the Fantastic Four, the Baxter Building.

At the Baxter Building, Johnny Storm (the Human Torch and, alongside Ben Grimm, the only member of the F4 around on Earth) is arguing with Harry Lyman about the decision to sell the place to cover the PI's debts. Harry calls Peter, who's feeling good helping people with routine errands and feeling bad seeing how his image as Peter Parker is infamous around town. Peter (as Spider-Man) arrives in loco and tries to explain to Johnny his reasons, with the only result of irritating him even more and activating his flame body. Torch attacks Spidey with flames, reminding of his promise to keep the Baxter Building safe until the Four were ready to come back. Peter is tired of people accusing him, so he says he did his best and to come at him if so he wants.

While Spidey and Torch fight and Harry tries to tame them, lest they destroy the building he's trying to sell, Clash and his men walk to the tech deposit undisturbed, as the security is watching the other scene. Clash takes his Sonic Transducer and is ready to go, but Harry realizes what's going on and stops the two heroes from continue fighting to get the situation under control.

Spidey and Torch catch up with Clash, but some of his men, intentioned to get away with more than just their boss's inventions, accidentally activate a self-recharging power source, getting it stuck in an upward cycle: if no-one powers it down, Spidey says, it will blow up the entire block. Clash starts working on it with null frequencies, but Spidey stops him and explains what they need are harmonic frequencies. Clash is surprised that Peter Parker's mere "bodyguard" is so learned about science, but Spidey cuts him short saying they need to trust each other now, not to die.

With the three superhumans working together, the crisis is averted, but as Spidey catches Clash's associates, the villain himself manages to run away and disappear. Spidey is okay with Clash getting away with it, as he did help after all, but Harry gets there and declares he's done with this whole situation, leaving.

Even though Johnny is still mad at Peter, he understands he now needs a friend, so they go eat on top of the Baxter Building like in good old times. Johnny says Peter did nothing wrong in the collapse of his Industry and suddenly Peter gets a call from Joe Robertson: they want him back at the Daily Bugle, this time as a science expert.

Appearing in "Fall of Parker: Part 3 -- Back to Ground"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #791.

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Synopsis for "Fall of Parker: Part 3 -- Back to Ground"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #791.

At The Waterfront, Spider-Man and Mockingbird take out a band of thieves who were trying to break into some shipping containers: in the process, Peter lets her know he's gotten a new job.

Back to Bobbie's apartment, Peter still chooses to sleep on the couch as he needs to stay focused and be ready for next morning's first day at the new job, "the perfect job", as he calls it. The next morning, Peter takes everything he needs and goes to work as Spider-Man, since he hasn't felt comfortable in his Peter Parker persona as of late, what with the fall of Parker Industries and his subsequent drop in popularity.

At the Bugle, the whole Science Section is ready for the weekly staff meeting and Peter arrives just in time from a secondary entrance. Robbie Robertson calls him in his office, explaining to him his duties and how it's not necessary for him to be present at all times, as long as the weekly insertion is done. Peter's introduced to his colleagues, who start to feel like he got the job only out of a previous connection to Robertson, which is actually true.

In Upstate New York, at the Humanitech Robotics Inc., Bobbie Morse (a.k.a. Mockingbird) is being complimented by the company's CEO, Xander Zynn, because of her work on the security system. A scientist complains that for some reason the androids produced there started to use only a female voice, with Bobbie -a convinced feminist- arguing that all famous A.I. are female. Peter calls her, so she offers him a tour at the company for his scientific weekly publication at the Bugle.

Peter and his co-workers attend the tour of Humanitech Robotics and are able to watch in action the multifaceted abilities of the droids, who'll be in every house in the near future, according to Zynn. Looking at some readouts on a screen, Peter realizes that the A.I. program looks like brain patterns, which Zynn confirms. Peter is confused: how is an affordable production of droids based on unaffordable studies and parts? As Colin, one of the Bugle's writers, tries to open up one of the droids, the robot attacks him and he's saved by Peter's superstrength. Zynn gets infuriated and orders them to leave.

Peter and Bobbie are made suspicious by what happened, so they come back as their superhero alter-egos at night to investigate. They have no problem infiltrating the compound because Bobbie is the responsible for their high-tech security. Inside, they analyze the patterns, realizing they're similar to what Doc Ock did to Peter when he stored his brain in an Octobot. The robots are activated by a REAL intelligence, that works as a hive-mind for all of them. As aunt May calls Peter, the droids activate and attack the two heroes, who organize their dinner with her in the process.

Xander Zynn arrives on the scene, asking what's going on. Spider-Man, willing to know that himself, opens up a droid, releasing and shattering the silicon matrix inside. As it crashes on the ground, it gives out a cry, like someone who's suffering: on the other hand, though, the robots seem to want that to happen. As Zynn screams that his dream would've revolutionized the world and eliminated a super-villain in the process, Peter thinks he's got it figured all out: smart silicon matrixes activate the robots; silicon is made of sand; therefore, the supervillain must be... not who he thought.

From the shattered matrixes Quicksand emerges, one of Thor's villains. She is going to attack Zynn for trapping her inside those robots, but Spidey manages to stop her asking her not to smash anyone as a thanks for freeing her. She agrees and vanishes in a sand tornado.

The Daily Bugle Science Insert of the week's headline is "The Fall of Humanitech" and it is more successful than the actual first page of the daily paper. Meanwhile, Zynn pays a private pilot to take him anywhere but there or a place with sand; Harry Lyman, now Head of Alchemax Acquisitions, and his ex-wife Liz buy the Humanitech compound.

As the couple comes home, Harry notices a band-aid on his son Stanley's arm, asking what happened to the babysitter. She answers that the two kids had a little rough-house, nothing to worry about; behind her back she holds blood samples, likely the true reason behind the boys' medication.

At the Bugle, Robertson compliments the team, urging Peter to start immediately to work on the next issue. Asked if he feels up for it, Peter answers: "I feel... like I'm home".

Solicit Synopsis

Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2015) #29-32.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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