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Appearing in "Targets!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #411.

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Synopsis for "Targets!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #411.

This story continues from Sensational Spider-Man #4...

J. Jonah Jameson has called together his staff to celebrate the front page photo that allegedly proves that Spider-Man stole a skeleton from the morgue. Jameson has issued a $100,000 reward for anyone who can return the skeleton as Jonah intends to prove that it is the dead body of the original Spider-Man and that the current one is the killer.[Continuity 1] That's when Joe Robertson enters the room and tells Jonah that he got off the phone with the police commissioner. The commissioner is upset by Jonah's reward, feeling that it will hamper his investigation by drawing out every crackpot in the city. Jonah admits that he hopes the police find the skeleton first because then he wouldn't have to pay out the reward.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man swings across the city, his mind worried with thoughts about Jessica Carradine. Jessica was the daughter of the burglar who shot his Uncle Ben years ago, and she has bore a grudge against Spider-Man ever since his arrest and subsequent death. To make matter worse, Jessica had recently snapped a photo of Spider-Man with his mask up, compromising Ben's double identity.[Continuity 2] Returning his mind to the job at task, he recalls how his relationship with Peter Parker has been strained after Seward Trainer refused to meet with Peter to examine the Spider-Skeleton.[Continuity 3] When he arrives at Trainer's lab, he sees no sign of his old friend. The entire place is being packed up and moved, prompting Spider-Man to tag one of the crates with a spider-tracer in the hopes of tracking it to Seward's new home later. He still tries to find Seward and finds no trace and decides to head back home.

There, Ben begins changing out of his costume and try to keep his mind of Jessica while he gets ready for his shift at the Daily Grind. That's when he notices that it is very cold in his apartment. Going downstairs he asks his landlord, Tilde, why there is no heat in his apartment. She angrilly tells him that she doesn't provide heat to deadbeats who don't pay their rent. Ben is confused by this until Tilde tells him that his rent cheque bounced. He doesn't know why and tells her that he will straighten everything out soon and rushes out the door. While at the hotel room Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane have been staying, Peter is amazed by how much money Jonah paid him for photos of Spider-Man with the skeleton.[Continuity 4] Not only that, but Jameson paid for their hotel stay and their tickets to fly back to Portland.[Continuity 5] Mary Jane suggests that they head home on an earlier flight. However, Peter wants to stay and find Seward Trainer in roder to learn the identity of the Spider-Skeleton and find out once and for all who he really is. Mary Jane, however, doesn't care about anything other than the fact that Peter is her husband and the man she loves. She also reminds him that he can't play super-hero anymore now that he lost his powers and reminds him of his new responsibilities of being a father to their unborn child.[Continuity 6]

While at the Multivex corporation, the mystery man known as Gaunt has forced Seward Trainer into his employ. He demands that Trainer work to restore his broken body back to its former glory, something that Trainer figures he can accomplish. Going to the bank to find out what went wrong, Ben learns that the IRS has flagged his account and he won't have access to his money until they are satisfied with the results of their investigation. Reilly decides to swallow his pride and as his boss, Shirley Washington at the Daily Grind, for an advance on his pay. However, when he arrives at the coffee shop his spider-sense warns him about the two men who are talking to Shirley when he comes walking in. Going into the staff area in back to change into his work uniform, he notices that he has Jessica's shoulder bag in his locker. When he walks out of the back room, Ben asks what the two men wanted. Shirley and her son Devon explain that they were police officers who came to warn them that Ben has had violent altercations with past employers. He assures them that this is a big misunderstanding and begs them to believe him. At that same moment, Peter and Mary Jane have just finished some shopping. During their time out, Mary Jane has convinced Peter that they need to go back to their normal lives in Portland. However, the couple is unaware that they are being observed from the shadows by a cyborg who works for an organization calling itself Cell-12.

Back at the Daily Grind, Jessica Carradine arrives to collect her bag. In the backroom, she admits that they have a lot to talk about, but here is not the right place and time and promises to call him later. Simultaneously, Peter reiterates his commitment to moving forward when he and Mary Jane are wrapped up in an energy whip and pulled into a nearby alley. They find themselves confronted by the cyborgs calling themselves Cell-12: As massive and deformed Nardi, the snake like Andros, energy whip weilding Lasher, and their leader the cannon armed Bramer. Although they have come for Peter Parker, they refuse to let Mary Jane go since she will likely try and call the police. While Lasher detains Mary Jane, the rest of the group beat on Peter, who is defenseless without his spider-powers. They have come to deliver a warning from their employer who is not happy with Peter's attempts to contact Seward Trainer and investigate the Multivex Corporation. By this time, Spider-Man is out web-slinging, and comes to the rescue of a couple and their child who are being mugged in an alley.[Continuity 7] As he swings away the young boy calls the wall-crawler a hero, a sentiment that Ben Reilly doesn't agree with. When he returns to his apartment, he is shocked to discover that his apartment has been cleared out. Whoever was responsible left a message scrawled on the floor that reads "We know who you are!!", filling the wall-crawler with paranoia as he tries to figure out who is responsible.

Back in the alley, Nardi holds tightly to Peter Parker while Andros beats him senselessly. Mary Jane begs them to stop, but they don't until Bramer is satisfied that Parker has gotten the message from their employer. The group then drop Parker to the ground and leave in silence as Mary Jane runs to the aid of her unconscious husband. While back at his apartment, Spider-Man is upset that he has been left with nothing but his costume and the clothes on his back. That's when he realizes that if his attackers know who he really is, his friends at the Daily Grind could be in trouble. He quickly web-slings back to the coffee shop only to see that it is in flames.

... Blood Brothers continues in Spider-Man #68.

Appearing in "Into The Depths"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #68.

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Synopsis for "Into The Depths"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #68.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #411....

Following a fire at the Daily Grind, Spider-Man goes to investigate the ruins as he believes that someone is out to get him. He thinks about how much simpler his life was when he was living on the road before it when he thought he was a clone, and before the revelation that he was the real Peter Parker all along.[Continuity 8] Now he has to wonder who is doing this to him, and if they are doing it to Ben Reilly or that they discovered that he is also Spider-Man. He observes an interview between the police and his employer Shirly Washington and is shocked when the officer tells her that his alter-ego has a history of acting out violently against his employers. The wall-crawler is upset when Shirley breaks down in tears, convincing him that she believes their story. He swings away feeling horrible as Shirley Washington was so charitable to him when they first met, even giving him a job at her coffee shop.[Continuity 9] Giving in to his anger, Spider-Man vows to track down whoever is responsible for causing this misery.

Meanwhile, at a hotel, Peter Parker tries to convince his wife Mary Jane to leave the city.[Continuity 10] He is afraid she will get hurt after he was attacked on the street by the group calling themselves Cell-12. However, Mary Jane is certain that they are not coming back as they beat her husband only to send a message. Peter thought his life of danger was over after he lost his spider-powers, hoping that he and his wife, and their unborn child could live happily ever after in Portland.[Continuity 11] However, this dream turned into a nightmare after his recent attack. He felt so helpless when the members of Cell-12 were beating him, a feeling he hasn't had since high school when Flash Thompson used to bully him before he got his spider-powers. Although he doesn't care what happens to himself, Peter fears what could happen to Mary Jane and their child if he can't protect them. When Mary Jane suggests that they leave the city, Peter can't go as long as there are so many questions about his true identity that need to be answered. In response, Mary Jane insists on staying by his side until he is ready to go.[Continuity 12]

Elsewhere, Jessica Carradine returns to her apartment building, her mind full of conflicting thoughts. Looking at her photo of Spider-Man unmasking, she thinks about all the years that she blamed Spider-Man for the death of her father, only to discover that the wall-crawler is Ben Reilly, a man she is falling in love with.[Continuity 13] She could use the photo to destroy Spider-Man, but can't reconcile with her feelings. When she enters her apartment, she finds Ben Reilly waiting inside in his Spider-Man costume. He is tired of her dodging him and he insists that they talk about things right then and there. He tries to convince her that her father murdered his Uncle Ben, but she doesn't believe him. this leads to an argument, and Ben quickly loses his temper and leaves, telling her to stay out of his life. Still angry, Reilly goes to the hotel where the Parkers are staying to see Peter. He tells Peter and Mary Jane that he is going to prove that Seward Trainer didn't manipulate the results that proved he was the real Peter Parker. Even after seeing the beating Peter got for trying to get into contact with Seward Trainer. This isn't enough to convince him that Trainer is anything more than a friend and swings off to prove Peter wrong.

Soon, Spider-Man arrives at Seward Trainer's old lab. Although it is still deserted, someone has tacked a note to the only remaining crate that reads "you were warned". As he looks around the building for clues, the wall-crawler is unaware that he is being observed by members of Cell-12 who are waiting for the right moment to attack. After receiving the signal, Lasher is the first one to attack. After Spider-Man knocks him out, he is then attacked by Nardi and Andros, defeating them both one at a time. This leaves their commander, Bramer the only one left standing. However, as the web-head knocks out this last attacker, he is then ambushed by Cell-12's leader, the Hobgoblin, who has recently underwent cybernetic augmentation. As they battle, the Hobgoblin explains that he is the one responsible for the attacks on Peter Parker and Ben Reilly, but that his actions are the work of a much grander scheme.[Continuity 14] However, the Hobgoblin refuses to reveal who his real employer is and is about to kill the wall-crawler when he is ordered to stop by Seward Trainer. Trainer apologises to Spider-Man for this, telling the wall-crawler that this isn't what he wanted to have happen. Seward and the Hobgoblin depart, with Trainer warning the web-slinger to stop looking for him.

Recovering from his trouncing, Spider-Man feels more alone than ever before as everyone has either been driven away or set against him by others. With no other place to turn, Ben crawls back to the Parker's hotel room where he wakes them up from their sleep as he collapses to the floor.

... This story continues in The Spectacular Spider-Man #234.

Appearing in "Leap of Faith"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #234.

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Synopsis for "Leap of Faith"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #234.

This story continues from Spider-Man #68....

Mary Jane is Ben Reilly's wounds following his battle with Cell-12 and the Hobgoblin. When Peter Parker asks what happened, Ben explains that he is a total failure as both Spider-Man and Ben Reilly.[Continuity 15] Peter refuses to believe it, but Ben goes through everything that has happened to him recently, starting with how Jessica Carradine managed to take a picture of Ben as he was taking off his Spider-Man mask, this was followed by someone emptying out his apartment and setting the Daily Grind on fire, he then learned that the fire was started by the Hobgoblin and Cell-12. Mary Jane recognizes the name as that was what the cyborgs who attacked Peter earlier had called themselves.[Continuity 16] When Peter points out that whoever was responsible knows their secret identities. Ben agrees but it wasn't Jessica Carradine as he initially suspected, revealing that this was all put into motion by Ben's old friend Seward Trainer.

Ben Reilly is not entirely correct, as at the offices of Multivex, Seward Trainer is protesting against his master's plans. This mysterious cyborg doesn't care about Trainer's feelings and has Hobgoblin restrain him, then reminds Seward that he is in no position to disobey him.[Continuity 17] He then asks Hobgoblin for a status report and is filled in on everything Hobgoblin has done to Spider-Man and Peter Parker. When he learns that Spider-Man didn't interfere with the beating of Peter Parker, the cyborg is very pleased. Back at the hotel where the Parkers are staying, Peter is sorry to hear how Seward Trainer is somehow involved in all of this. Still, Ben feels horrible for the way he accused Jessica for everything, particularly since she hates Spider-Man and blames him for the death of her father.[Continuity 18] Mary Jane tries to convince Ben that Jessica will forgive him, and Peter insists that they need to find Trainer and force him to explain himself. Still feeling utterly defeated, Ben tells the couple that he can't do it and swings off.

Ben web-slings over to Jessica's apartment and tells her that he is sorry for accusing him for the attacks on his civilian identity. He also tells her that he still has feelings for her regardless of what happened in the past. Jessica feels the same way, admitting that after getting to know him, she can put the past and her desire for revenge against Spider-Man behind her. However, the reconciliation suddenly turns sour when Ben asks her to burn the negatives that reveal his secret identity. This upsets Jessica, who thinks this is the only reason why Ben came to see her and orders him to get out of her apartment before she calls the police. While in Massapequa, Long Island, Liz Osborn goes over the Osborn Industries business expenses, a job she took on since the death of her husband, Harry Osborn, and putting her step-brother Mark Raxton in charge of the company.[Continuity 19] Finding some strange expenses being transferred to one of one of Oscorp's subsidiaries, Liz calls Mark and asks him what he knows about the Multivex Corporation.

By this point, Ben Reilly has returned to the hotel room where the Parkers are staying. Mary Jane tells him that Peter has left, explaining that he has gotten tired after being manipulated by the Jackal and losing his powers and decided to go to Multivex and get some answers.[Continuity 20] At that very moment, Peter uses some lock-picks borrowed from Felicia Hardy to break into the Multivex building. There he sneaks around the facility disguised as a scientist. However, he is soon caught by Cell-12 who are about to beat Parker again when Spider-Man interrupts them. When they try to use Peter as a hostage, the group of cyborgs is unprepared for the fact that Peter armed himself with web-shooters of his own. This allows Peter to break free and Spider-Man to deal with Cell-12. The pair then continues looking for Seward Trainer when they are suddenly confronted by the Hobgoblin. Spider-Man sends Peter to go look for Seward while he handles the cybernetic mercenary. Their battle takes them outside, where Spider-Man wrests the Hobgoblin off his Goblin Glider. Meanwhile, Peter chases Seward Trainer onto the roof of the Multivex building. There he is forced to let Trainer go and leap onto the Goblin Glider in order to steer it away from a massive fuel tank.

Although he has defeated the Hobgoblin, Spider-Man has to rescue Peter, who can barely control the Goblin Glider. By the time Peter is saved, both the Hobgoblin and Trainer have fled and the police are arriving on the scene. Fleeing into the nearby woods, both Ben and Peter are certain they did the right thing, but it still leaves them without the answers they have been seeking.

Blood Brothers continues in Sensational Spider-Man #5...

Notes

Continuity Notes

  1. Jonah's theory here is incorrect, but he's not the only one who has been taken for a ride during the Clone Saga. Here are the facts as they pertain to this story:
    • Originally, the Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149. That battle ended with Spider-Man seemingly killing his clone and he later disposed of the body in a smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
    • The supposed clone survived and left New York on a five-year self-imposed exile as seen during the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    • The alleged clone returned in Web of Spider-Man #117, calling himself Ben Reilly. This turned Spider-Man's life upside down.
    • After running some tests, it was revealed that Ben Reilly was the real Spider-Man and that the man calling himself Peter Parker all these years was actually the clone. That happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
    • Things recently became even more confusing when a skeleton in a Spider-Man costume was recovered from the smokestack in Sensational Spider-Man #2.
    • The truth is far, far more complicated than all of this. As revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1, the Jackal intended to swap Peter and Ben so that it was Peter who was disposed of in the smokestack. However, the Green Goblin got involved, tricking the Jackal into thinking he succeeded in this switch. In reality, the real clone was dumped into the smokestack. Later, when Ben Reilly revived and left his would-be tomb, the Jackal then dumped the body of a failed clone into the smokestack in order to further confuse his enemies.
    • The photo of the Spider-Skeleton and Spider-Man on the newspaper was taken by Peter Parker last issue.
  2. Some facts about Jessica Carradine here:
  3. Seward first refused to see Parker last issue.
  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. After retiring from his role as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229, Peter and Mary Jane moved to Portland, as seen in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1.
  6. Peter lost his spider-powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4, however they will start coming back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237. Mary Jane announced that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  7. Spider-Man mentions how New York has recently reinstated the death penalty here. At the time of this story the death penalty was reinstated in 1995 in the state of New York. However, this should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timesacle of Earth-616 as the death penalty was abolished in 2004.
  8. Ben Reilly was told he was the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a grand manipulation created by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  9. Ben started working at the Daily Grind in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  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.
  11. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220. Peter and Mary Jane moved to Portland and Peter subsequently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-4. His powers will return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  12. Peter is specifically referring to the mysterious skeleton in a Spider-Man costume that was found in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231.
  13. As revealed in Sensational Spider-Man #3, Jessica's father is the burglar who murdered Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in Amazing Fantasy #15. Although the burglar later died of a heart attack in Amazing Spider-Man #200, Jessica believes that Spider-Man murdered her. Jessica recently took a photo of Ben Reilly changing out of his costume in Sensational Spider-Man #4.
  14. Ben acts like he doesn't know who the Hobgoblin is. This is because he only has Peter Parker's memories up to Amazing Spider-Man #149. The real Spider-Man first fought this Hobgoblin in Amazing Spider-Man #289.
  15. 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.
  16. These events occurred in Sensational Spider-Man #4, Amazing Spider-Man #411 and Spider-Man #68 respectively.
  17. The relationship between Seward and his mysterious employer is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  18. Jessica's father is the burglar who murdered Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in Amazing Fantasy #15. The Burglar later died of a heart attack in Amazing Spider-Man #200. Jessica thinks that Spider-Man framed her father and later murdered him as revealed in Sensational Spider-Man #3.
  19. 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.
  20. At the time of this story, Peter had recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. However, they begin coming back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.

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