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Appearing in "Behind the Walls"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #390.

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Synopsis for "Behind the Walls"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #390.

Upon learning that his friend, the late Harry Osborn, was responsible for creating the simulacrums that posed as his parents, Peter Parker goes to the Osborn estate on Long Island.[Continuity 1] In the mansion, Peter reflects on his on-going feud with the Osborn family. How Harry recently became the Green Goblin had perished due to his hatred of Spider-Man,[Continuity 2] much like his father Norman before him.[Continuity 3] Peter has come to the conclusion that Norman Osborn had won by distorting his own son into doing something so horrific. His anger getting the best of him, Peter rips apart a portrait of the Osborns and begins trashing the room until his anger is finally vented, he then sits in the darkness in total silence.

Meanwhile, at the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane in Westchester County, Doctor Ashley Kafka watches security footage of the Frances Barrison, aka the woman known as Shriek. Of all her patients, Kafka finds her the most perplexing, given her violent behavior and her desire to form some kind of family unit. She believes that if she can reach through to Barrison, she will be able to help her find that which she craves.[Continuity 4] Ashley's thoughts are interrupted by her assistant Edward Wheland. He tells her that Malcolm McBride is ready for their next session. Learning that Malcolm is still agitated, she explains that he is still coming to terms with his guilt. Ashley then pays a visit to Malcolm in his room where he is being comforted by his mother. McBride tells her of the nightmares he has been having since he has been cured. In it, the city streets are filled with the bodies of all his victims until he himself is attacked by his alter-ego, Carrion. He warns her that in his dreams, Carrion has come for Malcolm to take the creature back.[Continuity 5] While in Forest Hills, Aunt May wakes up from a nightmare, shouting Peter's name. Looking over a photo of young Peter with his parents, taken before they died, she wonders why the two impostors came after her nephew and why. She also begins to wonder how she could have been so easily fooled and blames it on getting old. Either way, she resolves to be strong for Peter's sake.

While on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Mary Jane waits for her husband Peter to return home.[Continuity 6] As she waits, she strikes a match and contemplates lighting a cigarette.[Continuity 7] She wonders if Peter is aware of how much he hurts her. She then decides to stop using cigarettes to cope and snuffs out the match and tosses the cigarette into the garbage. When she hears Peter come in, Mary Jane approaches him. Finding her husband sitting on the bed, she tries to explain her feelings to him, but he doesn't even acknowledge her. She threatens to leave, but after a moment sits next to Peter on the bed. She tells Peter that she don't need to run away anymore, and says that their love is all they need. While she kisses Peter, she then drops her pack of cigarettes onto the ground.

Back at Ravencroft, Ashley Kafka continues her session with Malcolm as they walk through the facility. Malcolm reflects on all the death caused by his alter-ego and has concluded that he is insane. Kafka doesn't buy it and decides to show him what true insanity is by taking him down to Shriek's cell. When they enter, Shriek stops screaming as she feels Malcolm's presence and finds it familiar. Although he is no longer Carrion, she still recognizes him as her "son". She blasts the observation window, shattering it. The force of the blow sends Ashley falling to the ground. Shriek then picks her up and tosses her at a nearby wall. When McBride tries to flee but is easily caught by Shriek. Leaping out of a nearby window and taking to the air, Shriek assures him that his "mother" will take care of him. Hearing the noise, Malcolm's real mother rushes to the window to see Shriek carrying her son away. At that moment, Mary Jane wakes after a bad nightmare to discover that her husband has left. Mary Jane once more finds herself wondering if Peter fully understands how much his absences hurt her. Seeing the pack of cigarettes on the floor, she picks it up and angrily throws it out the open window.

Peter is swinging across the city, knowing that leaving his wife again so soon is going to cause problems in his marriage. He notices the look of fear in her eyes, that she is afraid that he is going to get hurt because of his double life. He is also afraid that he may lose her along with everyone else. With all these troubled thoughts, he decides he needs to speak to an expert, Doctor Ashley Kafka. As he heads toward Ravencroft, he is unaware that she has been seriously injured and is now receiving medical attention.

Appearing in "The Burning Fuse!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #391.

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Synopsis for "The Burning Fuse!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #391.

In Manhattan, Mary Jane sits by the window of the home she shares with her husband Peter Parker.[Continuity 8] She thinks about all the recent tragedies that have happened and fears how it is affecting their marriage. She wants things to get back to how they were but fears that Peter has drifted too far. While in Queens, Aunt May is also looking out of her own window thinking about her own hardships. With everything that has happened, she thinks about how troubled her life was before she met her late husband, Ben Parker.[Continuity 9] Since Ben was murdered, she has lived her life by his example, always believing that he is always looking over her shoulder.[Continuity 10] While at Ravencroft Institute, John Jameson thinks about the recent crisis at the facility when his thoughts are interrupted by the arrival of Spider-Man. As cheif of security, John begins berating Spider-Man for potentially breaching security by coming into the facility. That's when the wall-crawler reminds Jameson that he has a security pass allowing him entry, so he doesn't need to break in. Apologizing for his outburst, John tells Spider-Man what has happened. By the time they get to the infirmary to see Doctor Ashley Kafka, the wall-crawler learns how Ashley was injured when Shriek escapes with Malcolm McBride earlier that evening.[Continuity 11]

As soon as he hears who escaped, Spider-Man abruptly leaves to begin his search for Shriek. As he swings through the city, Peter continues to withdraw from his civilian identity, pushing all thoughts of his wife and Aunt May out of his mind. Instead, he focuses on finding and capturing Shriek.[Continuity 12] While down below on the streets, Beatrice McBride drives around Manhattan trying to find a sign of her son Malcolm. Elsewhere, Malcolm begs Shriek to tell him why this is happening. She explains that she isn't doing anything to harm him, in fact, if anyone harmed him it was Ashley Kafka. She intends to change Malcolm back into Carrion.[Continuity 13] She picks out a house where they will stay the night. While she is distracted, McBride tries to flee, but he is easily recaptured by Shriek. Forcing herself and Malcolm into the house, the awaken the owner. He demands to know what is happening and is tossed out the window in response to his demands. Shriek then tries to comfort Malcolm in an effort to bring out Carrion once more.

The following morning, Mary Jane pays a visit to Aunt May in order to talk to her about Peter. She quickly becomes angry when Aunt May begins doting over her instead of focusing on the serious issues, particularly the recent revelation that the couple claiming to be Peter's parents were revealed to be impostors.[Continuity 14] Mary Jane is furious that neither May, nor Peter, want to face the reality of the situation as though they are devoid of feeling. This finally cuts through May's doting exterior, and she tells Mary Jane that she does feel. Reminding her of all the losses she had to endure over the years: Peter's parents, her husband Ben, Gwen Stacy, and most recently, he fiancee Nathan Lubenski.[Continuity 15] She is furious that Mary Jane would accuse her of having no feelings, and points out that she is very well aware of what what is happening. As Mary Jane apologizes, Aunt May flips back to her usual doting self, asking Mary Jane what she wants for breakfast.

While back at their safehouse, Malcolm McBride insists that Shriek take him back to Ravencroft so he can continue his treatment and full purge the Carrion virus from his body. However, Shriek has no intention of doing so, violently reminding him that her whole purpose for bringing him was so Carrion could come back and she can reunite their "family" again. She lashes out at him, but stops herself and begins to apologize, saying that she is doing what she does because she cares. Malcolm then begins to beg her, demanding that if she would let him gp if she really cares. Before she can do anything, Spider-Man arrives and uses a web-line to slam her into a nearby wall. Shriek is furious at Spider-Man's interference, and wants to make him pay for taking everything away from her.[Continuity 16] Continuing to shed his own humanity, Spider-Man lays into her without a single word.

This works until Shriek begins begging him not to hurt her anymore, causing the wall-crawler to make an all-too-human pause. This was all a ploy by Shriek, who points out the web-slinger is no different than Ashley Kafa. Taking Spider-Man down with a single blast, she promises Spider-Man that when she is finally done with him, he will be exactly like her. At that moment, back in Queens, Aunt May sees Mary Jane out. Once Mary Jane is gone, May suddenly feels a gripping pain in her cheast, and tries to fight off the coming pain because Peter needs her. At this time, Shriek has finished mentally probing Spider-Man. She figures that he may make an idea replacement father for Carrion. She then realizes how she can use her power to bring back Carrion. Using her sonic powers she bombards Malcolm's mind, accellerating Malcolm's transformation into Carrion. Back in control of his body, Carrion proclaims that Malcolm McBride is dead, and soon, so will Spider-Man. With that, Carrion grabs the wall-crawler by the face, activating his deadly touch.

While back in Queens, Mary Jane has returned to Aunt May's house to talk to her some more. Calling out to May, she gets no response. Looking around, Mary Jane is horrified to discover Aunt May laying completely still on the floor.

Appearing in "The Cocoon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #392.

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Synopsis for "The Cocoon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #392.

Shriek has succeeded in changing Malcolm McBride back into Carrion, and the ghoulish creature's first order of business is to use his touch of death on Spider-Man.[Continuity 17] However, Shriek has other plans for the wall-crawler and forces Carrion off him. Carrion is confused and asks her what she intends to do with their mutual foe. Shriek has decided to use her power to change Spider-Man so that he becomes just like them so that Spider-Man can serve as a "new father" for her "family". Carrion is still confused and disorientated by the lingering memories of his alter-ego, but Shriek tells him to ignore those sounds and takes him away to continue the next phase of her plan. Shortly after their departure, Spider-Man tries to struggle back to his feet but begins to black out. Instead of fighting the sensation, the wall-crawler welcomes the feeling of oblivion.

Meanwhile, in Forest Hills, Mary Jane is at the hospital after Aunt May has suffered a stroke. Doctor Julia Caputo tells Mary Jane that May is in a coma and that they don't know if she will pull out of it, and what her state of mind will be if and when she does. Standing silently over Aunt May's comatose body, and pleads that the frail old woman not die. Meanwhile, in Greenwich Village, Shriek and Carrion have forced themselves into a clothing store to obtain new costumes to wear. While putting on her new outfit, Shriek begins to think back to when she was a child and how she was shunned by her family for being overweight. This causes her to suddenly lash out with her powers, destroying the whole store. In the aftermath of the emotional backlash, Carrion finally remembers that Shriek is not his mother and asks her once again to let him go. While at the McBride home, Beatrice McBride calls Ravencroft for an update. John Jameson has nothing new to report about her missing son and she promises to send out a prayer for Ashley Kafka. Getting off the phone, Beatrice looks at a photo of her son and begins to cry, telling herself that she will pray for everyone.

At that moment, Peter Parker returns home to his apartment and finds no trace of Mary Jane. Exhausted after his ordeals, he crashes onto the bed and sleeps. It's not until much later, when he wakes up, that he finds a note from his wife telling him about Aunt May's stroke.[Continuity 18] Spider-Man swings to the hospital where he looks into Aunt May's hospital room. There he sees Mary Jane waiting over May's unconscious body. Horrified by this sight, Spider-Man swings away, but not before being spotted by Mary Jane.[Continuity 19] Mary Jane returns to her home where she finds Peter in tears. When she tries to comfort him, Peter loses his temper and begins trashing the apartment until he runs out of energy. Exhausted, Peter allows his wife to cradle him in her arms, and tells her that this isn't fair.

While in Astoria, Beatrice McBride answers her door to find Shriek and Carrion waiting outside. Shriek wants to speak to the McBride woman about her "son". However, Beatrice points out that Malcolm is not Shriek's son. To prove her point, Shriek orders Carrion to murder his biological mother. Back in Manhattan, Mary Jane checks on her husband and is shocked to discover that Peter was webbed himself up in a cocoon, suspended above their bed. Deciding that her husband wants to be left alone, Mary Jane leaves him be. When she returns later that night, she discovers the cocoon in tatters on the bed and no sign of Peter. Swinging across the city, Spider-Man thinks of his emergency from a cocoon as the symbolic death of Peter Parker, leaving nothing left but the spider. In Astoria, Shriek continues to convince Carrion that he is her son, and to kill Beatrice. However, before the confused ghoul can make up his mind, they are interrupted by the arrival of Spider-Man.

Notes

This is a UK title that features reprints of American Spider-Man titles.

  1. Peter's parents, Richard and Mary, were government agents who were killed in action decades ago as seen in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5. Recently, circa Amazing Spider-Man #365, a couple surfaced claiming to be Peter's parents. They were exposed as impostors in Amazing Spider-Man #388. While hunting down the Chameleon during the Pursuit event, Peter learned of Harry's involvement.
    Pursuit
    Spider-Man #45 The Spectacular Spider-Man #211 Web of Spider-Man #112 Amazing Spider-Man #389
  2. At the time of this story, everyone thinks that Harry Osborn is dead following the events of The Spectacular Spider-Man #200. However, unknown to everyone at the time, Harry survived as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #581. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #545.
  3. At the time of this story, everyone believes that Norman Osborn is dead following a battle against Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #122. His survival is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #412.
  4. Shriek's need for a "family" unit was depicted during the Maximum Carnage event.
    Maximum Carnage
    Spider-Man Unlimited # 1 Web of Spider-Man # 101 Amazing Spider-Man # 378 Spider-Man # 35 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 201 Web of Spider-Man # 102 Amazing Spider-Man # 379
    Spider-Man # 36 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 202 Web of Spider-Man # 103 Amazing Spider-Man # 380 Spider-Man # 37 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 203 Spider-Man Unlimited # 2

  5. Malcolm was transformed into Carrion in The Spectacular Spider-Man #149. At the time of this story, he had just recently been cured in The Spectacular Spider-Man #203.
  6. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  7. Mary Jane started smoking in Amazing Spider-Man #361 as a means of coping with the stress of Peter being Spider-Man. At the time of this story, she had just recently quit, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #385.
  8. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  9. May's troubled childhood has been glimpsed at in Amazing Spider-Man #370 and Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #4.
  10. Ben Parker was murdered by a burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  11. John Jameson curses the fact that Ravencroft was opened before the staff was ready. This happened in Web of Spider-Man Annual #10.
  12. Spider-Man recalls Shriek's involvement in the Maximum Carnage massacre.
    Maximum Carnage
    Spider-Man Unlimited # 1 Web of Spider-Man # 101 Amazing Spider-Man # 378 Spider-Man # 35 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 201 Web of Spider-Man # 102 Amazing Spider-Man # 379
    Spider-Man # 36 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 202 Web of Spider-Man # 103 Amazing Spider-Man # 380 Spider-Man # 37 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 203 Spider-Man Unlimited # 2

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  13. Malcolm was transformed into Carrion in The Spectacular Spider-Man #149 until he was recently cured in The Spectacular Spider-Man #203.
  14. A couple claiming to be Richard and Mary Parker surfaced in Amazing Spider-Man #365. However, they were recently revealed to be impostors in Amazing Spider-Man #388. The real Richard and Mary Parker died on a government mission decades earlier, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5.
  15. Gwen Stacy was murdered by the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121 while Nathan died of heart failure in Amazing Spider-Man #336.
  16. She blames Spider-Man for the capture of her "husband", Carnage, who was incarcerated following his defeat in Spider-Man Unlimited #2. She also blames him for the apparent death of the Spider-Doppelganger. The creature was seemingly killed by Carnage in Spider-Man #37. However, unknown to anyone at the time, the creature survived and will resurface years later in Carnage #1.
  17. Malcolm McBride was transformed into Carrion in The Spectacular Spider-Man #149. At the time of this story, Malcolm had recently been cured in The Spectacular Spider-Man #203.
  18. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here. There is a wedding photo of Peter and Mary Jane on the night table here. In the original timeline, Peter and Mary Jane were married in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21. In the altered timeline, as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #639, they did not get married. As such, one could assume that in the new timeline that photo no longer exists.
  19. The woman sleeping in the hospital bed here is not Aunt May. At some point during this issue, May was replaced with an impostor by the Green Goblin. This impostor was an actress who was genetically modified to resemble May and pretend to be Peter's Aunt. This is all explained in Spider-Man #97.

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