Appearing in "Heading Toward Ωmega"
Synopsis for "Heading Toward Ωmega"
Maximum Clonage continues from Amazing Spider-Man #404...
While searching for Spider-Man in the Jackal's cloning facility, the Scarlet Spider has found himself in a room filled with Spider-Man clones. Outnumbered, the Spider breaks free from the room, and resumes his search for the real Spider-Man.
Meanwhile, Mary Jane returns to the home that she shares with her husband Peter Parker.[Continuity 1] Her mind is focused on she has been left alone after the revelation that her husband Peter is actually a clone.[Continuity 2] Entering the house, she is shocked to see Kaine looking through Peter's family photos. He wonders why Peter would give up a perfect life with his wife and their unborn child.[Continuity 3] Back in his facility, the Jackal tries to console Spider-Man, who has joined the mad scientist after learning that he was a clone.[Continuity 4] Seeing how upset Peter is, the Jackal decides that the young man needs something to cheer him up and asks him to go and recover the clone of Gwen Stacy.[Continuity 5] Knowing where she is currently located and sends him on his way. After Spider-Man leaves, the Jackal gloats over how easily Spider-Man can be manipulated. Spidercide agrees with his master, grinning to himself.[Continuity 6]
Elsewhere, the Scarlet Spider continues searching for Spider-Man, while being dogged by his clones. Needing to gain some ground, he begins taking down the clones with his impact webbing and stingers. The ensuing battle sends the Spider smashing through one of the walls to the outside. Getting his bearings, the Scarlet Spider is horrified to learn where the Jackal's secret lab is located. While back at the Parker residence, Kaine continues to lament over everything that Peter Parker has given up. When Mary Jane asks why Kaine cares so much about Peter Parker's life, he explains that he was the first clone of Peter created by Miles Warren. He recalls the early days of his life, how he earned the pride of his creator.[Continuity 7] At first, Kaine seemed to be a complete success until the day that he got his first painful precognitive flash. Soon after, he began seeing the first signs of cellular degeneration. Learning that his creation was flawed, Warren attempted to kill Kaine. However, he manages to escape and spent his time spying on Warren and his cloning experiments. He saw as his next clone became his favored son. He hated Peter at first, but soon saw what he made of his life and envied him for it.[Continuity 8] Thinking about how Peter has thrown his life away, Kaine once more loses his temper. Confronting Mary Jane, Kaine figures that since Peter's life means nothing to him now, so does she.
Back at his lab, the Jackal enters a room full of cloning chambers that all contain clones of Gwen Stacy. Deciding that there can only be one worthy of him, outside of the original, he allows all of the clones to degenerate all at once. At that moment, Spider-Man arrives at the home of the original Gwen Stacy clone. Gwen was prepared for this after the death of her husband Warren was killed.[Continuity 9] Spider-Man is taken aback by how much this clone of Gwen looks like the original. He contemplates taking off his mask, but she tells him to stop, telling him that she can't bare living with someone else's memories. Peter tells her that he understands what she is saying. Calming down, Gwen admits that they have no control over their lives and agrees to go along, deciding that she has unfinished business with the Jackal. While back at the Parker residence, Mary Jane stands fearlessly before Kaine, certain that he won't kill her or her unborn baby. She convinces Kaine of his own humanity and convinces him to go and save Peter and Ben. This succeeds, but Kaine leaps out a window to go find them. Mary Jane decides that she is not going to wait around for Peter to come back either and rushes upstairs to think of a way to let him know she still cares.
At that moment, outside of the Jackal's lab, the Scarlet Spider realizes that his foe's lab is in the same factory that his body was disposed years earlier.[Continuity 10] He is then swarmed by the army of Spider-Clones and is about to fall when he is joined by Kaine. Although the Scarlet Spider insists that Kaine not murder these clones, the two agree to fight side-by-side.
... Maximum Clonage continues in Spectacular Spider-Man #227.
Appearing in "If Death Be My Destiny!"
- Spider-Clones (Destroyed)
- New Warriors
- John Jameson
Synopsis for "If Death Be My Destiny!"
This story continues from Spider-Man #61...
Ben Reilly has just recently learned that he was the original Peter Parker.[Continuity 11] Upon learning that he was a clone and living a lie for five years, the man now known as Peter Parker ended up joining with the Jackal.[Continuity 12] Trying to find Peter, Ben has found himself battling an army of Spider-Clones alongside the imperfect clone known as Kaine. The Scarlet Spider is disturbed by Kaine's willingness to kill the Spider-Clones, pointing out that they are victims of the Jackal as they are. As they continue to fight, Ben wonders where the Peter Parker he came to find.
Meanwhile, at the Parker home, Mary Jane tries to make sense of everything that has happened. All she wants is for her husband to come home as they have a baby on the way.[Continuity 13] In order to try and coax Peter to return home, she activates all of his spider-tracers all at once. Elsewhere, Spider-Man is swinging across the city with the clone of Gwen Stacy in his arms. When Mary Jane activates the spider-tracers it his spider-sense to go off painfully. He almost drops himself and Gwen to the ground but manages to stop his fall by clinging to the side of a nearby building. When Gwen asks what happened, Peter explains that his wife must have activated all his spider-tracers. Hearing this, Gwen is surprised to hear that Peter is married and insists that they go and help her.
While at his lab, the Jackal is still trying to figure out how the man named Rafael Carago survived being exposed to his new and improved Carrion Virus. This comes as an upset to the clone known as Spidercide because he wants to destroy the Scarlet Spider and Kaine. Unfortunately, the Jackal has determined that this is a paltry concern if his virus is not 100% effective. Back at the scene of the battle, the Scarlet Spider is still struggling to come to terms with the revelation that he is the real Peter Parker as he battles the Spider-Clones. Suddenly, the clones begin to degrade and melt into genetic soup on the floor. Kaine wants to speed up the process by killing the clones that are still standing. Reilly tries to convince Kaine to stop committing cold-blooded murder. He then decides to try and talk sense into the clones, begging them to join him in his fight against the Jackal. By this time, Spider-Man arrives back at his home with the Gwen Stacy clone. At first, Mary Jane mistakes her for the real Gwen Stacy, but still treats it this situation as a long-awaited reunion.[Continuity 14] When Gwen tells Mary Jane how happy she has see that she and Peter are finally together. This causes Mary Jane to wonder what kind of future the pair have going onward.
Back at the Jackal's hideout, the battle between the Scarlet Spider, Kaine, and the clones has landed in the middle of the Jackal's main lab. With Spidercide nowhere around, the Jackal decides to flee the scene, but his escape is spotted by Kaine. While at the headquarters of the New Warriors, the team watches a news report about the Scarlet Spider and wonder who he is.[Continuity 15] When Turbo complains about there are two Spider-Men, her teammate Speedball points out how ironic her statements on.[Continuity 16] THeir conversation is interrupted by their leader, Justice, who tells them that the survivor of the Springville slaughter has been captured.[Continuity 17] He orders everyone to mobilize that they are going to search for the Jackal's innocent victim.
Meanwhile, the Jackal finds Spidercide in one of his computer rooms transmitting the Carrion Virus data to Scrier.[Continuity 18] When the Jackal attempts to activate the kill switch implanted in Spidercide's mind, he discovers that it has been deactivated by Scrier. When Spidercide attempts to kill his creator, he is ambushed by Kaine, who wants Miles Warren for himself. Back in the lab, the Scarlet Spider continues to try and convince the Spider-Clones that they can have normal lives. Removing one of their masks, Ben is horrified to see that these imperfect clones aren't even fully human. When they all begin to melt before him, he becomes ill. He is able to hold his own against Spidercide until he is struck by another precognitive flash of Mary Jane getting killed.[Continuity 19] This time he sees who the killer is and cannot believe it. This distracts him long enough for Spidercide to impale Kaine through the chest. This is seen by the Scarlet Spider who is horrified that Spidercide committed murder.
As the two fight it out, the Jackal goes to Kaine's side and asks his creation why he risked his life. Kaine tells the Jackal that he did so because the mad scientist was responsible for giving him life. As Kaine apparently dies in his arms, the Jackal finds this pathetic. Eyeing one of his cloning canisters and decides not to let this genetic material to go to waste. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider knocks Spidercide into one of the electronic devices. This causes an explosion that frees Helix, who flees the scene. The blast pins the Scarlet Spider's leg under equipment, allowing Spidercide to escape. The Jackal finds Ben Reilly and tells him that he has to go as he learned that there are other players in this game. However, he doesn't want to leave the Scarlet Spider alone and at the snap of a finger the genetic soup on the floor suddenly merges into a single entity that begins trying to smother the Spider.
... Maximum Clonage concludes in Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1.
Appearing in "Tigra Tigra, Burning Bright!"
- Fantastic Four (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Tigra Tigra, Burning Bright!"
Unable to focus on his studies, Peter Parker goes out web-slinging in his identity of Spider-Man. He is unaware that he is being stalked by his old foe Kraven the Hunter. Eventually, Spider-Man's spider-sense kicks in and he notices Kraven trying hard not to be seen. Despite getting the drop on Kraven, Spider-Man quickly loses the advantage in combat and is shot with darts that are tipped with a poison that causes Spider-Man to hallucinate and then pass out. He wakes up later, finding himself in Kraven's hideout, bound by chains. Tigra has been enslaved by Kraven as well, much to Spider-Man's surprise.
Kraven then taunts Spider-Man and then unleashes the feral Tigra upon him. Spider-Man tussles with Tigra, keeping on the defensive until he spots that she is wearing a control collar and breaks it, freeing her from Kraven's hold. Furious that Kraven would attempt to enslave her like some animal, Tigra attempts to attack. However, Kraven tosses a packet of knock out gas and makes his escape.
When Spider-Man and Tigra recover, Spider-Man learns how Tigra was captured by Kraven: She explains that she had Kraven arrested on a murder charge, but Kraven went free because Tigra wasn't around for the court case due to her brief association with the Fantastic Four. After she heard that Spider-Man then captured Kraven and the villain subsequently broke out of prison, she began tracking him again. When she thought she had him dead to rights, she realized too late that she had walked into a trap and he managed to put the control collar on her after getting the drop on her.
They continue on the hunt for Kraven and Spider-Man finds that the crook took them out to New Jersey. Before they can find Kraven he comes to them, with a whole stampede of wild animals. As Spider-Man and Tigra scale the stampede of animals, Kraven downs Tigra with a sonic device and attempts to slap another control collar on her. Spider-Man manages to stun Kraven by striking him with a web ball but falls down into the middle of the stampede.
As the animals rush by, Tigra goes back for Spider-Man to find that while he was trampled he is still alive. As Spider-Man is assessing his condition, Kraven recovers and attempts to get the drop on Spider-Man again. However, Spidey's spider-sense saves the day and Spider-Man is able to land a knockout blow, putting the villain down for the count. Although Spider-Man nearly broke his hand, he finds satisfaction in landing the blow and wonders if Kraven will ever learn never to sneak up on someone who has a spider-sense.
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