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Appearing in "The Last Temptation of Peter Parker"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #127.

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Synopsis for "The Last Temptation of Peter Parker"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #127.

Maximum Clonage continues from Maximum Clonage Alpha #1...

With reports that Spider-Man and an unknown assailant are atop the Empire State Building, a group of police officers rush up the stairs to take control of the situation. They are not the only ones interested in the wall-crawler and his guest as, across the way, the Punisher views the pair through the scope of a sniper rife. Spider-Man has come to the top of the Empire State Building with the Jackal. His life has been totally rocked by the revelation that he is really the clone of Peter Parker and is now being convinced to join the mad scientist.[Continuity 1] Recognizing the Jackal, the Punisher prepares to take his shot.[Continuity 2] That's when the wall-crawler's spider-sense warns him of danger, ruining the Punisher's aim on the Jackal. With the authorities storming the observation deck on the building, the Jackal suggests that they find someplace else to talk, prompting Spider-Man to web-sling away with the madman in his arms. Watching them go, the Punisher thinks about how recent events have made him change perspectives on his one man war against crime.[Continuity 3]

Meanwhile, in Forest Hills, Anna Watson is working on maintaining the home of her late friend May Parker. Mary Jane feels bad, but Anna insists that it is the least she can do after Peter and Mary Jane allowed her to stay her.[Continuity 4] She points out that the couple has been through a lot after May's death and Peter being put on trial for murder.[Continuity 5] However, this is not all that is bothering Peter, but Mary Jane can't tell her Aunt about the recent revelation that her husband is a clone and how this revelation will impact their marriage and their unborn child.[Continuity 6] She at least expresses her concerns for their marriage, but Anna reminds her niece that Peter loves her and that they have a wonderful life ahead of them, concluding that Mary Jane shouldn't let anything stand in the way of that.

Back in the city, Spider-Man swings above the streets with the Jackal in his grips. The madman is trying to convince the wall-crawler to go along with his plan to eliminate all human life and replace it with perfect clones. However, Spider-Man needs a moment to process it all and lands on the ground. There his spider-sense goes off and he manages to shove the Jackal out of the way as the Punisher opens fire on them. The Punisher orders Spider-Man to stand aside and begins opening fire again, not caring who gets caught in his hail of bullets. As the wall-crawler gets innocent people to safety, the Punisher prepares to shoot the hero as well. Seeing this, the Jackal jumps in the way taking the bullets meant for Spider-Man. As the web-slinger rushes to the Jackal's side, the Punisher demands that Spider-Man move out of the way so he can finish his job. Spider-Man easily overpowers the Punisher and disarms him. However, before he can deliver a beating to the mass murderer, the police arrive on the scene. Not wanting to deal with the Punisher, he tosses the vigilante toward the officers and swings away with the Jackal. However, the Punisher is far from helpless and manages to evade arrest thanks to some well-placed smoke grenades. While at that same moment, Kaine returns to the factory where Miles Warren originally created his Spider-Clones.[Continuity 7] There hs is suddenly struck by another vision of Mary Jane being stalked by a killer. This time he knows who is stalking the woman and cannot believe who it really is.[Continuity 8]

While at that moment, Spider-Man has brought the Jackal back to his current lab. In order to save the life of his alleged creator, Spider-Man places the Jackal into a cloning chamber to heal his wounds. While in the sewers beneath Manhattan, the authorities continue their pursuit of the Punisher. Figuring that he may have to make a stand, the Punisher stops fleeing in order to face his pursuers. However, that's when he notices some strange wires running along the roof of the sewer. When the officers arrive at the dead end, they find the Punisher standing over the water holding the severed electrical cable. He threatens to toss the live wires into the water and electrocute the officers if they don't let him go. With no other choice, the police officers retreat, allowing the Punisher to escape. Although the Jackal has managed to escape, the Punisher figures that his day of reckoning will come soon. While back at the Jackal's lab, Peter Parker waits outside the cloning chamber lamenting over his situation. Inside, the Jackal gloats that everything is going according to plan.

... Maximum Clonage continues in Amazing Spider-Man #404.

Appearing in "In the Name of the Father"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #404.

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Synopsis for "In the Name of the Father"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #404.

This story continues from Web of Spider-Man #127...

The life of Peter Parker has been turned upside down by the Jackal's revelation that he is actually a clone.[Continuity 9] This makes Peter think that his entire life means nothing, not his marriage, or even the child Mary Jane now carries.[Continuity 10] His thoughts are interrupted by the Scarlet Spider, who has managed to track down Peter.[Continuity 11] Ben tries to empathize with Peter, telling him he knows exactly what it's like believing you are a clone without a life or a past. However, this attempt only serves to make Peter angry and he lashes out at Ben, telling him that he doesn't know what it's like to lose everything. Reilly doesn't fight back and continues to try and get Peter to listen to him. However, Parker is not willing to listen and tells Ben that they have nothing in common and walks away.

Before Ben can follow after Peter, he is attacked by the Spidercide, who tells Reilly that this facility is for clones only. Overpowering the Scarlet Spider, Spidercide turns into water in an attempt to drown his foe. Watching this from above is Kaine, who is satisfied to leave the Scarlet Spider to die. He then finds the Jackal's rejuvenation tank and rips him out of it. Kaine is furious with how the Jackal dashed away all the hopes that Peter Parker has by telling him the alleged truth. However, the Jackal easily overpowers him and tells Kaine that they can keep on fighting or he can allow the Jackal to cure him of his degeneration. This prompts Kaine to stop fighting. The Jackal then tells him to help track down his "brothers". By this time, Spidercide has made his body mass solid in another attempt to smother the Scarlet Spider. Unfortunately for him, Ben Reilly manages to break free. Despite being shattered into pieces, Spidercide manages to pull himself back together and resume human form. Before the fight can continue, the Jackal and Kaine enter the room. The Jackal orders Spidercide to stop fighting and then calls for Spider-Man to come down from the shadows above. The Jackal explains that Spider-Man has joined him because he is convinced that he is a clone. As such, Peter's unique biology will allow him to complete his cloning experiments.

He then turns to the Scarlet Spider and tells him that he is free to go and bares him no grudge. The Scarlet Spider, however, refuses to turn the other cheek and attacks the Jackal. He is furious for having his life taken away from him thanks to the machinations of Miles Warren.[Continuity 12] Surprisingly, the Scarlet Spider is stopped by Spider-Man, who tells Ben that he can go and reclaim his life. Ben tries to talk sense to Peter but he is knocked out by a single blow from Kaine. While this is going on, Spidercide slips away to try and make sense of his thoughts. That's when he runs into Scrier, and vaguely remembers meeting him before.[Continuity 13] Without a single word, Scrier places a finger on Spidercide's forehead, making him remember who he is.

Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider still struggles to break free from Spider-Man and Kaine's grasp. The Jackal then decides to let Ben go into the regeneration tanks, offering to make him a new man and they can all work together to create a new world. Aware that the Jackal wiped out the entire town of Springville, the Spider refuses to help, prompting the Jackal to slap him across the face.[Continuity 14] It's then that Spidercide rejoins them and offers to help. The Jackal refuses to kill Ben Reilly, and orders Spidercide to eliminate Kaine instead. Kain protests this, reminding the Jackal that he promised to cure him of his degeneration. However, his pathetic sobs do little to move his creator. Realizing that he should never have trusted the Jackal, Kaine walks out of the facility, vowing to return and kill his creator. By this point, the Scarlet Spider beigns to feel drowsy and blacks out. When he comes around, he finds himself being dragged to another room. When the Spider is tossed into the darkened room he is left to face an army of Spider-Man clones.

... Maximum Clonage continues in Spider-Man #61.

Appearing in "Murder World"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Team-Up #66.

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Synopsis for "Murder World"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Team-Up #66.

Spider-Man and Captain Britain wake up to find themselves trapped in gigantic transparent spheres that act as pin-balls for part of Arcade's Murderworld, a gigantic and lethal amusement park that he uses to murder the hits that he has been hired to carry out. Inside his control room, Arcade boasts to his assistants Miss Locke and Mr. Chambers about how the Maggia offered to pay him a million dollars to eliminate Captain Britain as he sets the balls in motion in a gigantic pinball machine with electrified bumpers and a spike pit at the bottom. As Spider-Man and Captain Britain are jostled around, Spider-Man almost gives up but finds renewed strength by thinking about Mary Jane.

Smashing himself free, Spider-Man then breaks Captain Britain out of his ball just before he can roll into the death pit. Arcade next unleashes his "doom-ball," a giant pinball that protrudes giant spikes. As the two heroes are rooted to the spot the ball suddenly disappears and trap doors open beneath them sending them down slides into two separate rooms. While Spider-Man has to face off against a cowboy-themed robot called "Kid Cyborg", Captain Britain finds himself in a more elaborate trap. At the end of a hall of mirrors, the Captain sees a gigantic treasure-scoop game with Courtney Ross trapped inside a clear cylinder. Rushing to the controls to save her, the Captain finds that the mirrors create robotic duplicates of himself fashioned after the distorted reflections. He fights off these robots and continues his way to the controls.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man makes short work of the Kid Cyborg robot then finds himself attacked by a holographic projection of a war zone. Finding the room's wall, Spider-Man rips his way through the metal panels and crawls his way through Murderworld's inner workings. Unsure how to sabotage Murderworld, Spider-Man takes some advice he got from the Thing and just starts tearing the place apart. Captain Britain finally gets to the controls and notices that Courtney is running out of air. Just then, the door then slams shut and the room begins to fill with water, tactics that Arcade has implemented to make the rescue more of a challenge.

Spider-Man manages to get himself into the main hallway, and Arcade, not wishing to get caught, opens a sliding panel revealing Captain Britain's plight. Spider-Man rescues him from the flooded room and they both work together to free Courtney. Arcade then attempts to gas them, but the damage that Spider-Man has done to the controls causes the control room to short out and explosions all over the facility. With Arcade's threat over, Spider-Man, Captain Britain, and Courtney Ross make their escape and wind up pulling themselves out from a New York City sewer. They are spotted and picked up by Jean DeWolff, who explains that they learned from Interpol that some top men in the Maggia put a hit on Captain Britain. She explains that someone killed the Maggia bosses afterward and after they learned of the plot against Captain Britain, Interpol contacted the New York police. After all the explanations are made, Jean then allows Spider-Man to go free.

Meanwhile, back in Murderworld, Arcade, Miss Locke, and Mr. Chambers assess the damages. When Chambers asks what they are going to do next, Arcade simply laughs it up and tells them that they're going to rebuild a new, more elaborate Murderworld and have a rematch against Spider-Man.

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Continuity Notes

  1. Spider-Man was told he was a clone in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. This revelation is a lie perpetuated by the Green Goblin as seen in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  2. The Punisher was once tricked into going after Spider-Man back in Amazing Spider-Man #129.
  3. This is a reference to the events of Double Edge Omega #1 when the Punisher was forced to seemingly kill Nick Fury. However, unknown at this time, the Punisher actaully killed a Life Model Decoy and the real Fury is still alive and well, as revealed in Fury / Agent 13 #1-2.
  4. 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.
  5. The woman everyone thought was Aunt May died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. This woman was an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #97. Peter was arrested for murder in Amazing Spider-Man #400 he was later cleared of all charges during the Trial of Peter Parker story arc.
    The Trial of Peter Parker
    Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
  6. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  7. This is the same factory where Spider-Man disposed of the body of his clone in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
  8. Kaine has been having these visions since Spider-Man #55. The identity of Mary Jane's potential killer is eventually revealed in The Spectacular Spider-Man #228.
  9. The Jackal made this claim in Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1, reaffirming a test made on the Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a deception on the part of the Jackal as explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  10. 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. Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  11. Peter states that the Jackal is in a regeneration tank after taking bullets meant for him. The Jackal was shot by the Punisher in Web of Spider-Man #127.
  12. The Scarlet Spider mentions the apparent death of May Parker. The woman everyone believed was Aunt May died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, it is later revealed in Spider-Man #97 that this woman was actually an impostor.
  13. Spidercide last met Scrier in Spider-Man Unlimited #9, however his memories of this encounter were erased. The Scrier is referred to as being thousands of years old. However, this is a deception, as there is no individual Scrier but an entire organization. This is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  14. Jackal killed the entire population of Springville in Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 to prepare replacing the entire town with clones.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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