Appearing in "A Child is Born Part 2: Cops and Monsters"
- Venom (Eddie Brock)
- Randolph Z, artist
- Gina Mulligan
- Edward Mulligan (First appearance)
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Cameo)
- Officer Meadows
- Officer Nunez
- New York City
- Patrol Car
Synopsis for "A Child is Born Part 2: Cops and Monsters"
Black Cat was delivering the painting she stole back to the creator when she noticed Carnage throwing Officer Mulligan off a building. She reluctantly intervened, saving his life.
Carnage caught up to them, and was about to kill them both when Venom found them, and while they fight, Black Cat and Mulligan escape. The two fought it out and Carnage was seemingly killed when he was run over by a subway train.
Mulligan makes it to the hospital to meet his newly born son, Edward. Venom waited outside the hospital in an attempt to protect the newborn symbiote. Carnage had survived and was burrowing his way under the hospital, biding his time until he could strike at his offspring again. Spider-Man also patrolled the area to ensure Pat's safety.
Several days later, Pat was back on the job, noticing his reflexes and strength being better than ever. His partner noticed too, and remarked about it as they made their way to their next call.
There they reviewed security tape of the woman who stole the painting the night before, and Pat recognized her body immediately. He tracked down the artist of the painting and figured out how to get Black Cat to show up there. Just as he was about to read her her rights, she recognized him as the guy she saved a few nights before.
Turned out, all he wanted from her was help figuring out what was happening to him.
In smashed Cletus, ready to kill them all when the Toxin symbiote finally appeared, ready to fight.
Appearing in "People Like Us!"
- Chandra O'Keefe
- Marty Dennis
- Kingpin (Wilson Fisk) (Cameo)
- Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius) (Cameo)
- Daredevil (Matthew Murdock) (Cameo)
- Human Torch (Johnny Storm) (Cameo)
- Cyclops (Scott Summers) (Cameo)
- Mickey (Only appearance)
- Joey (Only appearance)
- Frankie the Fish (Only appearance)
Races and Species:
- Modified Street-Cleaner
Synopsis for "People Like Us!"
At an illegal gambling den owned by Frankie the Fish, Hydro-Man discovers that the dealer at one of the card tables is cheating and lashes out with his powers. When the owner orders his men to throw Hydro-Man and his goons out, the villain trounces them with his water powers. As they leave, one of Hydro-Man's henchmen spots a front page story on the Daily Bugle. It accuses Spider-Man of attacking an innocent person.[Continuity 1] Hydro-Man isn't the only person who reads the newspaper. Although Daredevil doesn't believe that Spider-Man would do something like this, he knows better than anyone that people can change.[Continuity 2] The Human Torch thinks this is yet another hatchet job being done by the Daily Bugle.[Continuity 3] Villains like the Kingpin and Doctor Octopus begin plotting how to use this to their advantage. Lastly, Cyclops of the X-Men isn't sure what to make of it, but decides to keep his team on alert in case Spider-Man has gone bad.
This story is also read by Eric Masterson while he is at work at Ravé Architectural & Interior Design Unlimited. His shock is noticed by his co-workers Chandra O'Keefe and Martin Dennis. He tells his co-workers that he has some personal business to attend too. In reality, Masterson is really going to find Spider-Man since the wall-crawler helped him out recently.[Continuity 4] Going into a nearby alley, Masterson slams his walking stick on the ground, transforming himself into Thunderstrike. Unsure how to find the wall-crawler, Thunderstrike begins scouring the city in a grid pattern in the hopes of bumping into him. While at the home of Peter Parker, he succumbs to exhaustion. However, he wakes up after a nightmare. However, he thinks about how much of a nightmare his real life has been. These tragedies include the death of his best friend Harry Osborn,[Continuity 5], the revelation that the people claiming to be his parents were impostors,[Continuity 6] and lastly, his Aunt May suffering a stroke.[Continuity 7] Peter wonders when it will all end, and decides to go out as Spider-Man to get his mind off his problems.
By this time, Thunderstrike is about to give up trying to find Spider-Man when he hears the sound of a burglary alarm. He interrupts a bank robbery being committed by Hydro-Man and his minions. Despite his superior strength, the hero is no match for Hydro-Man's water based powers. Coincidentally, Spider-Man happens to be passing by and hears the alarm as well. Seeing that Thunderstrike is having trouble against Hydro-Man, the wall-crawler leaps in to help. With a exposed wire, Spider-Man swings down and tosses it on Hydro-Man. The electrical jolt stuns Spider-Man's foe. While back at the gambling den of Frankie the Fish, the mobster and his men have just finished cleaning up his illegal gambling den. Frankie is furious that Hydro-Man trashed his joint and orders his men to go out and find him. Back at the scene of the battle, Hydro-Man has escaped. When Thunderstrike wakes up, he is upset that Spider-Man almost electrocuted him as well. However, remembering that he came out looking for Spider-Man to see if he can help.
With their animosity aside, Thunderstrike suggests that they go get pizza. After a brief moment to duck in an alley and switch back to Eric Masterson, Thunderstrike returns with money to pay for the meal. While at their hideout, Hydro-Man is furious that their heist was spoiled by Spider-Man and demands that they go back out there and get revenge. While at that moment, Spider-Man and Thunderstrike are eating at a local pizza parlor. There, Spider-Man admits that he struck the person because he put too much trust in his reflexes. The idea that Spider-Man could make a mistake is a surprise to Thunderstrike. Their meal is interrupted by the arrival of Hydro-Man who begins to ramapge in the street looking for them. With Thunderstrike keeping Hydo-Man distracted, Spider-Man attempts to give his enemy a jolt with yet another exposed wire. However, Hydro-Man manages to splash Spider-Man before he has a chance to use it, giving him a jolt instead. While the two heroes fail to contain their foe, Frankie the Fish arrives with a street sweeper. Although Hydro-Man quickly blasts Frankie off the vehicle. Thunderstrike tries to attack again but is enveloped in Hydro-Man's liquid form. Struggling to get free, Thunderstrike strikes his hammer on the ground, quickly changing between his civilian identity of Eric Masterson, the jolts of lightning stunned Hydro-Man long enough for Spider-Man to suck him up in the street sweeper. In the aftermath of the battle, Thunderstrike points out that the only way they can restore the public's faith in them is to always try.
Appearing in "Unholy Alliances!"
- Detective Jacob Raven
- Daily Bugle Staff
- Seward Trainer
- "Freakface" (Remains)
- Tony Prescott (Only appearance)
- Goblin Glider (Destroyed)
Synopsis for "Unholy Alliances!"
This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #224...
The Hobgoblin has called together Electro, the Beetle, the Shocker, Scorpia, the Vulture, and Mysterio. He has gathered them together to discuss the threat of Kaine, who has already killed Doctor Octopus and the Grim Hunter, and he fears that they will be next.[Continuity 8] Despite their mutual interest, the group can only bicker with one another. Particularly Mysterio, who is untrusted after he recently betrayed them.[Continuity 9] In addition to this, the Vulture doesn't think that the Hobgoblin was fit to lead them and tries to fight for leadership.[Continuity 10] That's when the Shocker gets between the two, reminding them that they all need to be working together in order to stop Kaine. The Hobgoblin agrees and he begins going over his plans search areas where Kaine has been recently sighted. However, they are not going unprepared, as the Hobgoblin has brought them a large number of arms to prepare for the coming battle. The newly formed Sinister Seven then split up to search each area.
Meanwhile, Peter Parker is swinging across the city disguised as the Scarlet Spider, after switching spots with Ben Reilly who has taken Peter's place in prison.[Continuity 11] He just wants to get home to check on his wife Mary Jane, as he is worried about her and their unborn child after Kaine kidnapped her.[Continuity 12] Suddenly, his spider-sense begins going off, alerting him of the Beetle as he flies by. The two see each other, and unaware that this is Spider-Man, the Beetle retreats since he has never faced the Scarlet Spider before. Parker is surprised that the Beetle would suddenly retreat but goes after him anyway. Seeing that the wall-crawler is following him, the Beetle flies through an office building in order to get away. Following after him, the Spider discovers that the Beetle injured someone while trying to flee and has to break off the chase to get the woman medical attention. The authorities thank the "Scarlet Spider" for his help and the hero swings away. As he does so, he doesn't realize that his web-pack has come loose and fallen to the ground. Examining it, the officers find a black Spider-Man mask and some web-shooters. This is the moment that Ken Ellis arrives on the scene and he wonders why the Scarlet Spider would have Spider-Man's equipment.[Continuity 13] The Scarlet Spider decides to head home so he can figure out what to do now that Ben has taken his place in prison.
By this time, the Beetle realizes that he managed to lose the Scarlet Spider just as the Hobgoblin radios in for a status report. However, neither the Beetle nor Scorpia or Electro have been able to find any sign of Kaine. The Hobgoblin is particularly disturbed with how Mysterio keeps making things difficult but decides to deal with him once Kaine has been dealt with. The Vulture, still bitter over Hobgoblin's leadership, doesn't respond, while the Shocker's trail leads him to discover he has been wasting his time chasing rats. This frustrates the Hobgoblin who is becoming more desperate to find Kaine as all of their lives are at risk. As he stands on a rooftop thinking his next course of action, the Hobgoblin is unaware that someone is watching him from the shadows. Back at the Parker residence, Peter announces that he is home, but Mary Jane doesn't believe it and pulls out her recently purchased gun to protect herself.[Continuity 14] Peter enters the bedroom with his hands up, explaining that he and Ben Reilly switched places so he could be with her. The fact that he is wearing the Scarlet Spider's costume causes Mary Jane even more distress because she doesn't know what to believe anymore. When he expresses his feelings for her and their unborn child, although this makes Mary Jane faint, she finally believes him and she grabs hold of her husband as she needs comfort after all the recent insanity. Meanwhile, Ben Reilly waits in Peter Parker's cell at Ryker's Island, ignoring his cellmate. He can't stand waiting for something to happen. He get arranges to make a phone call and tries to get a hold of Mary Jane. She doesn't answer and he leaves her a voicemail further confirming that he and Peter switched places. When Mary Jane asks if she should answer the phone, Peter tells her to leave it, but still wonders what he should do, as he needs to find some way to clear his name and get Ben out of jail.
Hanging up the phone, Ben wonders why Mary Jane isn't answering when the guard tells him that he has a visitor. At first, Ben thinks that it might be his lawyer, but it actually turns out to be Felicia Hardy. Hearing that Peter Parker had been arrested she has come to Ryker's to offer her assistance. Since Ben Reilly has never met Felicia Hardy before, the entire meeting is awkward and he is surprised when she says she knows he is really Spider-Man.[Continuity 15] When "Peter" refuses her aid, she wonders what is wrong, especially after "Parker" abruptly ends their visit. As she leaves Ryker's Felicia realizes that her friend acted like he didn't know who she was, or that she is secretly the Black Cat, leaving her to wonder what's going on. At that same moment, the Hobgoblin is about to call in his team and give up for the night when someone ambushes him. At first, it looks like a misshapen Spider-Man, however, this impostor reveals himself to be Kaine in disguise. The Hobgoblin's gunshots are heard at the nearby Parker home, prompting Peter to put back on his Scarlet Spider costume and go and investigate, despite Mary Jane's objections. Meanwhile, Kaine is able to hold his own against the Hobgoblin when the Shocker, Beetle, and Mysterio arrive as back-up. As they blast a water tower, the Vulture swoops in and saves the Hobgoblin as the torrent of water washes Kaine off the roof.
Watching from across the way is Electro who wonders if this killed Kaine, but the assassin survives and gets the drop on him. Kaine then asks who wants to die first and stands his ground as the Sinister Seven swarms him. As the team struggles to land a blow, the Vulture swoops in again and tries to pull Kaine into the sky. However, Kaine snaps his wrist, breaking free and falling back onto the rooftops. The Sinister Seven aren't the only ones looking for Kaine, as Jacob Raven has enlisted the aid of Stunner to try and find him as well.[Continuity 16] Stunner threatens a local crook named Tony Prescott, who tells them everything he knows about Kaine. Stunner warns him that if he is lying she will be back to hurt him, making Jacob glad that she is on his side. At that moment, the Scarlet Spider arrives at the scene of the battle between Kaine and the Sinister Seven. Even though Kaine is his foe, he can't just sit back and let the Sinister Seven murder him. Before Mysterio can shoot Kaine in the head, the web-slinger swings in to stop them. At that same moment, Mary Jane is woken up by a phone call from Seward Trainer. He has completed the results of the test he ran on her unborn baby and asks her to come to his lab to discuss them.[Continuity 17] Deciding that this is too important, Mary Jane gets dressed and leaves immediately, unwilling to wait for her husband to return home.
Meanwhile, Peter is trying to stop Kaine and the Sinister Seven from killing each other. However, all this does is make the Sinister Seven turn their attention to the wall-crawler putting both he and Kaine on the defensive. While at the Daily Bugle, news of the battle has J. Jonah Jameson upset because they don't have a photographer to capture it.[Continuity 18] When Joe Robertson suggests they send Cole Cooper, their newest freelancer, Jameson has no choice but succeed. Back at the scene of the battle, Spider-Man and Kaine have narrowly avoided a barrage of pumpkin bombs. Unfortunately for the Sinister Seven, the blast knocked out Electro. The wall-crawler then uses the Scarlet Spider's modified web-shooters to bombard the Vulture with impact webbing and stingers. At that moment, Mary Jane has just gone over the lab results with Seward Trainer. The news is upsetting to Mary Jane, who wonders why bad things constantly follow her and Peter and she rushes out of Trainer's lab in tears. By this time, Kaine has taken down the Hobgoblin and the Shocker, while Spider-Man takes down Scorpia. While their guards are down, Mysterio uses his illusions to make Kaine think that the Hobgoblin has killed Spider-Man. In reality, he is attacking the wall-crawler himself. The web-slinger manages to fight Kaine off, but he escapes in the confusion. That's when Mysterio reveals that he used hallucinogenic gas on Kaine and disappears.
Realizing that Kaine could put Mary Jane at risk, he swings off to look for Kaine again. Meanwhile, police are still examining the scene of the battle between Spider-Man, and the Scarlet Spider against the rogue Spider-Clone they dubbed "Freakface". Unseen by the officers, Scrier appears on the scene and recovers the remains of Freakface. He decides that this clone of Peter Parker still has some uses and teleports away with its remains. Later that evening, Felicia Hardy reads the newspaper and reads the story about the Scarlet Spider's recent activities and the mystery behind this new hero having some of Spider-Man's costume. This confirms to Felicia that the person she visited at Ryker's was not Peter Parker. Before she can investigate this further there is a knock at the door. Answering it, Felicia finds Mary Jane who is soaking wet from the rain. Mary Jane tells Felicia that she needs someone to talk to and is invited in.
Appearing in "In the Hands of the Hunter!"
- Mary Jane Watson (See chronology)
- Harry Osborn (See chronology)
- Green Goblin (See chronology)
- Gwen Stacy (See chronology)
- Flash Thompson (See chronology)
- Daily Bugle Staff
- United States of America
- Spider-Man's Suit
- Spider-Man's Spider-Signal
- Goblin Armor (Only in flashback)
- Kraven's double-barrelled ray (First appearance)
- Goblin Glider (Only in flashback)
- Harry Osborn's Car
- Taxi cab
Synopsis for "In the Hands of the Hunter!"
Having been stiffed out of payment for his last battle with Spider-Man by the Green Goblin because of the apparent demise of the Green Goblin, Kraven the Hunter decides to go after the "middle-man" that sought out Kraven when he was hired for the job: Norman Osborn (Kraven is unaware that the Goblin and Osborn are the same man and that Norman has no memory of his alter ego.)
Meanwhile, everyone is planning a going away party for Flash Thompson before he is leaving for the armed forces to fight in Vietnam. As Peter Parker and friends prepare for the party, Kraven tries to find Osborn, attacking his office and his home to try and find him. When this fails, Kraven decides to attack the party and kidnap Osborn's son Harry to try and ransom him off.
However, when Kraven appears, Peter sneaks away and changes into Spider-Man and battles Kraven. During the fight Norman Osborn arrives and is roped up by Kraven who demands payment. However, due to his selective amnesia pertaining to anything he did in his Green Goblin identity, Osborn has no clue what Kraven is talking about. When Kraven drops Osborn off a partially built skyscraper, Spider-Man goes to his rescue. Kraven manages to escape, and Peter has to switch back to his civilian identity before his absence is noticed so he can't go after Kraven.
After everyone's settled down, Peter wishes Flash Thompson farewell, the two deciding to bury the hatchet and be friends.
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