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Appearing in "Swarmed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #9.

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  • Hampton milk truck
  • Lamborghini
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Synopsis for "Swarmed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #9.

At the Institute of Seismoharmonic Research, scientists are hard at work trying to prove that will allow them to identify the vibratory patterns that hold everything together. However one of the scientists warns that their work could be used to alter those patterns which could prove dangerous to all life on Earth. However, their ethical debate is interrupted when the outside of the lab is suddenly being covered in bees that appear to be trying to get inside the facility.

Meanwhile, across town, Spider-Man is swinging toward the Daily Grind where he works in his civilian identity of Ben Reilly. He has been forced to web-sling to work because the public transit system is still unreliable as the city continues to repair the damage caused by Onslaught's recent attack on the city.[Continuity 1] Quickly changing into his civilian identity, Ben enters the Daily Grind through the back door. On the job, Ben strikes up a conversation with Buzz, one of the regulars. Buzz turns his attention to the front page of the Daily Bugle which reports of a strange influx of bees in the city almost as though the insects are coming to the city. Their conversation with quickly interrupted by Desiree Winthrop. She forgoes her regular table for the front bar, but only to insist that Ben join her on a date after work to see a show on Broadway with her and quickly leaves before can say anything contrary.[Continuity 2]

Back at Institute of Seisharmonic Research, the lab is being filled with bees. When the lead scientist tries to stop the insects from getting close to their invention he gets stung. Suddenly, the bees begin taking on a human form, which introduces itself as Swarm. The creature explains that it was once a human that experimented on bees in South America. Although he mutated the bees, they consumed his body. In some strange twist of fate, his consciousness survived and from then on he has been in control of the hive that devoured his human body. In the past, Swarm has fought Earth's heroes and was seemingly slain.[Continuity 3] However, the recent psychic maelstrom created by Onslaught has increased the mental powers of the mutant bees and they have come to use the machines in the lab to revive their human host mind and become whole again.[Continuity 4] The hive entity then demands that the scientists help in obtaining its goals or they will all be killed.

In Forest Hills, Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane are walking to an appointment with Mary Jane's OBGYN.[Continuity 5] Along the way, they can't help but notice the damage caused by Onslaught's attack on Manhattan which is still being repaired. Peter is still pretty upset that many of the city's heroes were seemingly killed during the final battle.[Continuity 6] It's then that thery arrive at the doctor office where they get an ultrasound done so they can learn the gender of their unborn child. After an examination, the doctor informs the couple that they are going to have a baby girl. By this time, Ben Reilly is rushing back home to prepare for his date with Desiree Winthrop. As he heads for his bathroom his spider-sense begins going off. However, he continues on and walks in on mobster Jimmy-6 and a date who are taking a bubble bath together. He is surprised to see the gangster, who actually took up Ben's offer to stop by after Reilly saved his life recently.[Continuity 7] Deducing that Reilly needs the bathroom to get ready for a date, Jimmy and his date make a quick departure, leaving Ben to try and figure out what to do with this recent development. Although Ben arrives outside of the Daily Grind a little late, Desiree is still waiting for him outside. As they walk to the theater, Desiree tells Ben that although she appears to be materialistic and shallow, it is only a ruse she puts up to protect herself. She then confides that she really is interested in Ben and wants to get to know him better. Suddenly, Reilly's spider-sense begins going off.

That's when he notices a swarm of bees overhead and makes up an excuse to leave to make a phone call.[Continuity 8] As soon as Ben has changed into Spider-Man the swam of bees begin attacking people on the street. The wall-crawler begins coming to the aid of panicked New Yorkers. After getting everyone on the street to safety, Spider-Man follows their bees to the source. There he discovers the Institute of Seismoharmonic Research completely covered in bees. Suddenly, the swarm takes the shape of the Swarm's face, who tells Spider-Man it intends to use the technology within to make itself the master of the world and there is nothing Spider-Man can do to stop it.

Appearing in "Global Swarming"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #10.

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Synopsis for "Global Swarming"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #10.

During the intermission of a Broadway musical, Desiree Winthrop goes into the lobby to look for Ben Reilly, who excused himself from their date to make a phone call.[Continuity 9] She wonders where he could be until she looks out one of the windows and sees the streets are swarmed with bees that are attacking everything in sight. Not far away at the Institute of Seismoharmonic Research building has been taken over by the mutant bees controlled by the Swarm. The hive mind is attempting to use the devices within the facility to repair the damage to Swarm's psychic link to his bees and take over the world. Nearby, Spider-Man swings toward the building, he quickly makes note of the fact that Peter Parker must have fought this creature during the five years he Ben Reilly was gone. This is reinforced because of a genetic memory among the Swarm's bees that cause them to avoid him at all costs.[Continuity 10] This will make his job easier, the wall-crawler to give thanks to Peter Parker.

Meanwhile, in Forest Hills, Peter and his wife Mary Jane are redecorating one of the rooms in Aunt May's old house in preparation for their unborn child.[Continuity 11] Peter is on the ceiling painting when his spider-powers suddenly wear off causing him to fall to the ground.[Continuity 12] After making sure her husband is okay, Peter and Mary Jane decide to take a break to have a little romance. Back in the city, Spider-Man decides to push his theory to the limit by leaping into the mass of bees. This gamble pays off as the insects move out of the way allowing the web-slinger to gain access to the facility. He instantly recognizes the Institute of Seismoharmonic Research, having read about their work in an issue of Scientific American. Inside the building, he finds scientists hard at work on their new Harmonics Generator. The lead scientist explains that Swarm is forcing them to use the device to repair his damaged vibrational field that was damaged recently.[Continuity 13] However, not only are they going to restore his power, but boost it so the Swarm will take control of every beehive on the planet. When Spider-Man asks what the Swarm threatened to do if they didn't comply, and is immediately answered when the Swarm commands a group of his bees to fly into one of the scientist's mouth to choke him. After getting his message across the Swarm dissipates again so the scientists can continue their work.

Pulling the scientists aside, the wall-crawler points out that bee's fly by cutting through air currents by vibrating their wings, if they can disrupt this process they could incapacitate the bees. The scientists come up with a means to do it, but in order for it to work they need to get some equipment up onto the roof of the building. To this end, they trick the Swarm into thinking that they need to lug the heavy equipment onto the roof in order to restore the Swarm. The hybrid being falls for the ruse and allows them to bring the equipment up onto the roof, telling them that they can get Spider-Man to do all the heavy lifting for them. The Swarm doesn't realize that he is being tricked until Spider-Man and one of the scientists have set up the device on the roof of the building. Just as Swarm is about to attack, Spider-Man activates the vibration machine which once more severs the Swarm's mental connection to his bees. The process causes ripple on the psychic plane causing pain to those who are psi-sensitive, including Phoenix of the X-Men. The process also knocks all the bees out, allowing Spider-Man to locate and isolate the queen bee, the source of Swarm's link with the hive.

With the danger over, the scientists explain what happened to the press and are hailed as heroes.[Error 1] The scientists point out that Spider-Man is the real hero as it was his idea that helped them defeat the Swarm. This is heard by J. Jonah Jameson who is watching the report on television, causing him to audibly scoff at the assertion. While everyone is wondering where Spider-Man went, Ben Reilly has changed back to his civilian identity and returned to the theater just as the play is ending and the patrons are filing out. There he runs into Desiree Winthrop and apologizes for running out on the their date. However, Desiree understands, thinking that Ben Reilly is still getting over his recent break-up with Jessica Carradine.[Continuity 14] She assures Ben that she just wants to be his friend and kisses him on the cheek, leaving Reilly befuddled. While at the offices of Osborn Industries, Liz Osborn gets off the phone with her lawyer Foggy Nelson. She is working on an investigation on the ties between Osborn Industries and Multivex.[Continuity 15] She calls in Donald Menkin, her assistant, and asks for all the personnel files of Multivex employees, particularly those of one Seward Trainer. Menkin complies, but as he exits the office he thinks about how her investigation could lead to her discovering something that is very hazardous to her health.

Appearing in "The Road Block"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #416.

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Synopsis for "The Road Block"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #416.

This story follows the aftermath of Onslaught Marvel Universe #1...

New York City is cleaning up after the final battle between Earth's mightiest heroes and the psychic entity known as Onslaught, a battle that cost the city of its greatest heroes.[Continuity 16] As the cleanup effort press on, a gang of crooks attempts to take advantage of the situation by robbing a delivery truck. This attempt is interrupted by Spider-Man, one of the few heroes that survived the Onslaught crisis. Surprisingly, the men in charge with loading the truck also begin opening fire on the wall-crawler. In the ensuing struggle, one of the crates fall down and shatters, revealing that it is a shipping of illegal firearms. As the wall-crawler wraps up both sides of the conflict the police arrive on the scene. The web-slinger is surprised once again when the first officer on the scene thanks him for his help and his told his contributions are needed after so many other heroes have recently died. As Spider-Man swings away, the severity of the situation finally strikes home leaving the web-slinger to wonder if New Yorkers will ever recover from this tragic loss.

Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson and Joe Robertson have a private meeting to discuss the Daily Bugle's financial troubles. Although he hates to do it, Jonah realizes that he has no choice but to start cutting jobs in order to keep the newspaper in business. While at his mansion, the Rose has learned about Spider-Man's interference in his gun-running operation. His bodyguard, Delilah, offers to recover them from police custody, however, he is engaging in more subtle means to bail out his men and recover the confiscated property. That's when they are interrupted by the sudden appearance of Scrier who tells the Rose that they are about to become business partners. By this time, Spider-Man is on his way home, but before he can sneak into his apartment his spider-sense begins to go off. Peaking in his window, he spots mobster Jimmy-6 lazing on the couch, making the wall-crawler regret allowing Jimmy to hide out at his place.[Continuity 17] As he leaps away, Ben Reilly realizes that this is much more complicated than when he and Peter Parker were trying to learn which one of them was really a clone.[Continuity 18]

At that moment, Peter Parker arrives at the Daily Bugle, still excited about the news that he and Mary Jane are going to have a daughter.[Continuity 19] He notices that everyone is upset about something. That's when Glory Grant tells Peter that the Daily Bugle is downsizing and people are being laid off. Just then, Jacob Conover storms out of Joe Robertson's office, furious over being laid off he vows to make the Bugle regret terminating him. Just as Peter wonders how things can get any worse, Joe Robertson invites Parker into his office to talk. Meanwhile, Scrier returns to his hideout where he meets with Gaunt. He believes that the Rose is Richard Fisk, the son of Wilson Fisk the former Kingpin of Crime.[Continuity 20] Although he doesn't know why Fisk has returned to his Rose identity, Gaunt reminds Scrier that the Rose's identity is unimportant as they are only using him as a patsy.[Continuity 21] Back at the Daily Bugle, Peter learns that he is being laid off. However, Joe explains it's not as bad as it sounds as he wills till be able to work freelance and Jonah managed to arrange a generous severance package for Peter including a year of health insurance to help with the cost of Mary Jane's pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is still on patrol when he comes across two children named Aleshia and Kadrill. The two children arguing over who is responsible for the death of Earth's heroes. Kadrill blames it on all mutants since Onslaught was a mutant.[Continuity 22] He takes the two children web-slinging in order to offer them a different perspective, telling them that they shouldn't spend their time trying to find blame for the death of Earth's heroes but to remember their heroism and the sacrifices they made to save the world. Back at Gaunt's hideout, Scrier muses how the ongoing struggle between the Fortunado family and other crime organizations bust please their mutual employer. Gaunt points out that their boss is involved in more personal matters at the moment.[Continuity 23] As they continue to talk about their plans, they are unaware that they are being observed by the woman known as Chakra. At that moment, Peter Parker is walking home wondering how he can break the bad news to his wife, Mary Jane.[Continuity 24] However, when he returns home he discovers that Glory Grant called and beat him to the punch. Mary Jane tells Peter that they will find a way to manage.[Continuity 25] Mary Jane then reveals that she has decided on a name for their daughter, calling her May, after Peter's recently deceased Aunt. Hearing this makes Peter remember one of his Aunt May's speeches about Parkers having the gumption and it brings him to tears.[Continuity 26] Peter is convinced that no matter what life throws at them, he and Mary Jane will face it together.

By this point, Chakra has returned to her allies in the Host and reports to Judas Traveller about Scrier's alliance with Gaunt. Traveller suspected this duplicity and figures there are dark days ahead for both himself and Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Spider-Man returns Aleshia and Kadril to a nearby playground, having made his point to them. When Aleshia asks the wall-crawler how he keeps going, he thinks about his friend the Human Torch, and says that he does his best one day at a time, saying that his friends never leave him as long as he keeps them in his heart.

Notes

Continuity Notes

  1. This story happens shortly after the Onslaught crisis. Spider-Man's own involvement in this event was documented in Amazing Spider-Man #415 and Spider-Man #72.
  2. The theater show listed on the tickets is Rent, which in 1996 was a popular musical on Broadway. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as the production ended its Broadway run in 2008.
  3. The Swarm's recollection shows the Swarm battling Iceman, the Angel, and Spider-Man all at once. However, this is not an accurate representation of events, as these are two different battles. It fought Iceman and Angel as well as the rest of the Champions in Champions #14-15. The battle with Spider-Man took place in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #36-37.
  4. The Swarm's telepathic control was severed in The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #4. The psychic maelstrom in question was unleashed by Onslaught in X-Men Vol 2 #56.
  5. 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 was revealed to be pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  6. The Avengers and the Fantastic Four seemingly sacrificed their lives to destroy Onslaught, as seen in Onslaught Marvel Universe #1. However, they survived and now exist in a pocket dimension as seen in the Heroes Reborn event. They will ultimately be returned to their home reality in Heroes Reborn: The Return #1-4.
  7. Jimmy-6's lives was saved by Ben Reilly in Spider-Man #70.
  8. Ben specifically states that his beeper has gone off. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as pagers are generally considered an obsolete technology.
  9. The narrative specifically states that they went to go see Rent, which in 1996 was a popular musical on Broadway at the time. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timesacle of Earth-616 as the production ended its Broadway run in 2008.
  10. The original Spider-Man battled the Swarm in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #36-37.
  11. Some facts here:
    • 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.
  12. * Peter recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4, but they started returning to The Spectacular Spider-Man #237, although they cut out at random moments since.
    • Mary Jane makes a joke about how they should have gotten Peter's fall on video and sent it to Bob Sagat. At the time of this story, Bob Sagat was the host of "America's Funniest Home Videos". This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as Bob Sagat stopped being the host of the show in 1997.
  13. This was caused by Onslaught's psychic pulse in X-Men Vol 2 #56.
  14. Ben dated Jessica Carradine from Sensational Spider-Man #2-6.
  15. The connection between Osborn and Multivex was uncovered during the Blood Brothers story arc.
    Blood Brothers
    Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
    The full story is uncovered in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journals #1.
  16. Everyone believes that the Avengers and the Fantastic Four sacrificed their lives to stop Onslaught in Onslaught Marve Universe #1. However, they survived and live on in a pocket universe as seen in the Heroes Reborn event. They are discovered alive and returned home during the events of Heroes Reborn: The Return #1-4.
  17. Jimmy-6 has been hiding out at Ben Reilly's place after an attempt on his life in Spider-Man #70.
  18. At the time of this story, Ben Reilly believes he is the original Spider-Man and Peter Parker is a clone. This was told to them in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. In reality, this is all part of a grand deception created by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  19. Mary Jane announces that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 and they were told that they were having a daughter in Sensational Spider-Man #9.
  20. Criminals have been attempting to take control of New York's criminal underworld since the Kingpin was ousted in Daredevil #300. Scrier makes mention of the Richard Fisk's past identities: The Schemer (Amazing Spider-Man #82-85), The Rose (Amazing Spider-Man #253) and Blood Rose (Web of Spider-Man #84.
  21. Scrier's theory that the Rose is Richard Fisk is incorrect, the true identity of the new Rose is revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #436.
  22. Kadrill mentions how Graydon Creed is running for President. He announced his run for the presidency in Uncanny X-Men #337.
  23. The identity of Gaunt and Scrier's mystery employer is revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #418.
  24. 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.
  25. Mary Jane says that it is the nineties this, of course, is a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  26. At the time of this story, everyone believed that Aunt May had died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. This was actually an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #97. May's words here are taken from a speech she gave to Peter in Amazing Spider-Man #18.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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