Appearing in "Inventing the Hornet!"
- Norman Osborn[Flashback 2]
- J. Jonah Jameson (Only in flashback)
- Swarm (Fritz von Meyer) (Photo)
- Hulk (Bruce Banner) (Mentioned)
- Owl (Leland Owlsley) (Mentioned)
- Ben Reilly (Mentioned)
- Avengers (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Inventing the Hornet!"
Identity Crisis continued from Amazing Spider-Man #433...
Outside the offices of the Daily Bugle, the Looter floats to one of the windows via an inflatable balloon. He tries to break into the building with a meteor rigged into a weapon he has called "Schmoopie" to blast through the window. When the gun doesn't work, his deranged mind figures that it is because "Schmoopie" is tired and kicks in the window with his foot. Then, using his enhanced strength, the Looter breaks into the safe in Norman Osborn's office in order to steal the 5 million dollar bounty that has been placed on Spider-Man's head.[Continuity 1] This robbery is interrupted by the new hero calling himself the Hornet. However, the Looter is confused when this apparent stranger knows that his real name is Norton Fester. The Hornet reminds himself that he may give away that he is actually Spider-Man in disguise, thinking back to the events that led up to this masquerade...
With the bounty on his head, Spider-Man had realized that it was becoming increasingly dangerous to be out in costume. Having decided that he could not give up being a hero because Norman Osborn is messing with his life, the web-slinger has decided to come up with no identities to fight crime. To this end, Spider-Man paid a visit to his old friend Hobie Brown, aka the Prowler, to help him develop equipment for a new costumed identity. Hobie shows off a new jetpack that he has been working on but so far it is too heavy for a normal person to carry on their back. The web-spinner shows Brown that this isn't an issue by lifting up the inventor's car with one arm. Spotting an old newspaper article on the ground, Spider-Man sees that it is a story about his recent battle against the Swarm and it gives him some ideas.[Continuity 2] Spider-Man then tried on the prototype jetpack and discovered that its mental controls are incredibly sensitive prompting Hobie to beg the wall-crawler to only test the device when he is outside. Thus the Hornet was born...
The Looter is unphased by the Hornet's entry and is prepared for a fight. Pulling out the gun loaded with "Schmoopie", the Looter threatens to blast the new hero. However, the ridiculous weapon causes the Hornet to laugh in the villain's face instead. Unfortunately, the commotion of the battle has alerted Flash Thompson who has been working late at the Bugle and he goes to check it out. When he rushes into the room, the Looter takes Thompson hostage and threatens to shoot him with "Schmoopie" if the Hornet doesn't let him go. However, in hearing Flash's name, it causes the unhinged villain to entertain everyone with a "flashback" of events that brought him here to the newspaper.
The Looter explains that he had recently acquired the old headquarters of the Owl and started using it as his regular hideout.[Continuity 3] There he was watching television when he caught a news report about the bounty that the Daily Bugle was putting up for the capture of Spider-Man. The Looter then decided that he was going to steal the money using his "legendary" looting skills.
At that moment, unknown to the Looter, Peter Parker was putting on the finishing touches of his new Hornet costume. When his wife Mary Jane came up to check on him, she was impressed although she had issues with the Hornet's color scheme.[Continuity 4] Still, Peter thinks it's perfect and to show Mary Jane he takes her on the flight over the city. Along the way, Peter tells Mary Jane that this new identity makes him feel liberated for the first time in a long time, especially after all the troubles they have been having lately. Just as things are about to get romantic, the Hornet flies through a flock of geese, getting the turbines of his jetpack jammed up with feathers. This causes the couple to plummet, but thankfully Peter had the forethought to wear one of his web-shooters and swings them to safety. Once they are safely on a nearby rooftop, Peter realizes that he is running late to meet up with Billy Walters to see a movie and has to go. At the theater, Walters is annoyed that this is the fourth time that Peter has blown him off. That's when he spots the Vulture flying in the sky overhead. With things getting weird, Billy decides that he should just go home before there is any trouble.
This whole time the Hornet has been thinking how to handle this hostage situation. Although he was willing to call the Looter's bluff on his weapon when it was just the two of them, he's not sure if he wants to take that risk with Flash's life at stake. Instead, the Hornet convinces that the Looter has his gun on the wrong setting. When the villain checks to make sure, it gives the Hornet the opportunity to fly in and begins laying into his foe. This gives Flash the opportunity to recover the weapon making the Looter surrender as he doesn't want anyone to hurt his "Schmoopie". Although the Hornet and Flash think the weapon is "powered" by a harmless rock when the Looter lunges for the weapon he is taken out by the Hornet's tranquilizer darts. That's when SHIELD agents come bursting in to recover the Looter's weapon, which contains a meteor that he actually he had stolen, and is actually quite dangerous.
Later, as SHIELD agents are taking the Looter away, Flash Thompson introduces the Hornet to the press and tells them how this new hero defended the bounty money offered for Spider-Man's capture. That's when Norman Osborn arrives on the scene and personally thanks the Hornet. Completely falling for Peter's disguise, Osborn offers the Hornet an opportunity to work with him. Instead of answering, the Hornet takes questions from the press about if he is going after Spider-Man. He assures them that they won't have to worry about the wall-crawler anymore. As the press begins asking more questions, Spider-Man realizes that they have confused him with the Avenger known as Yellowjacket and abruptly excuses himself. Watching the Hornet's television debut at a bar is Billy Walters who wonders why Peter Parker is always ducking out on him. Also watching this story is the Vulture, who wonders what the Hornet meant by telling people not to worry about Spider-Man anymore. In a fit of rage, he smashes his television, vowing to kill Spider-Man once and for all, or taking his vengeance out on the Hornet if this new hero has done something to prevent the Vulture from attaining his ultimate goal.
... Identity Crisis continues in Amazing Spider-Man #434.
Appearing in "'Round and 'Round with Ricochet!"
- Daily Bugle
- Kaine (Shadow only)
- Alison Mongrain
- Don Fortunato
- Black Tarantula
- Marina Caches
- Shantal Wilsk
- Mr. Slattery
- Euboea (First appearance)
- New York City
- Ricochet's Suit (First appearance)
Synopsis for "'Round and 'Round with Ricochet!"
Identity Crisis continues from Sensational Spider-Man #27...
Since the Daily Bugle has put a five-million-dollar bounty on Spider-Man's head, Peter Parker has decided that in order to continue fighting crime he has to adopt a new identity.[Continuity 5] To this end, Peter has adopted four new identities to try out. This evening he is out on patrol as Ricochet. Catching some thieves, the former wall-crawler manages to trounce them with his spider-agility and his new ricochet discs. Unaware that he is being observed, Ricochet tells them that he is only in this for his own profit. When he discovers that these thieves are trying to steal Bear Babies, a highly collectible children's toy. As he trounces the thieves, he tells them that he will leave them alone if they give him a cut of the money. However, as Ricochet planned, the battle goes on long enough to attract the police prompting him to leave. As he leaves, Ricochet thinks about how he intentionally targeted this theft because it was the Black Tarantula operation. He thinks about his recent run-in with the mobster when he was still Spider-Man and how the villain took his mask as a trophy.[Continuity 6] While the Tarantula may have had the upper hand then, he learned some important information about his enemy.
Peter Parker went to the Daily Bugle to see what Ben Urich could tell him about the Black Tarantula. Urich tells him that there is not much reliable information about the criminal, including reports that date back to before World War II, something Ben finds impossible as it would make the Black Tarantula old.[Continuity 7] That's when Mary Jane arrived to remind him that they had plans to go out shopping.[Continuity 8] On their way out, they are stopped by Norman Osborn who wants Peter's opinion on the new costumed hero calling himself the Hornet, particularly his comments about Spider-Man.[Continuity 9] They are interrupted by Glory Grant, who tells them that she just got a postcard from Joe and Martha Robertson. When she tells them that they have arrived in Euboea in the Aegean Sea, Norman abruptly tells them that he has important business to do and storms off, making Peter suspicious.
In Greece, the Robertsons are enjoying their second honeymoon, although Joe has reservations about his wife sending postcards to the people at the Bugle since the reason he quit was because Norman Osborn took on part ownership of the paper.[Continuity 10] Telling his wife that he is going to check on their dinner reservations, Joe actually calls a mysterious benefactor who confirms that a yacht in the area is owned by Norman Osborn. Joe thanks the caller for the information, telling them that he will investigate it later that day.
Back in New York City, Mary Jane finds it hilarious that Norman Osborn was asking Peter his opinion on the Hornet since Peter has been masquerading as the new hero. However, she is not finished yet, pointing out that the problem with anyone changing their identities in the past is that they only settled for one identity, which easily got blown.[Continuity 11] She points out that since Peter is adopting multiple identities, proving that any of them will be Spider-Man is going to be difficult.[Continuity 12] She takes him to a used clothing store to look for outfits that will help their next costume. There, Mary Jane finds a leather jacket with the letter "R" stenciled on it and thinks that it will be perfect. Peter resigns to the idea but has trouble coming up with an identity that starts with "R".
As Ricochet finishes his recollection, he becomes aware that someone is watching him and decides to confront them.[Continuity 13] This pursuer turns out to be Delilah, who has decided to test out Ricochet's abilities and enlist him as an ally in the Rose's attempts to force the Black Tarantula's criminal operations out of the area.
At that moment, aboard a yacht moored on the island of Euboea, the Brotherhood of Scrier have come to collect the thing that Norman Osborn left in her care. Although she has grown attached to her charge, Alison turns it over to the Scrier's who giver her a briefcase of money and tell her to keep the yacht as a parting gift.[Continuity 14] However, as soon as the Scrier's leave a bomb they planted on the boat goes off destroying it and seemingly killing Mongraine. Watching from the shadows nearby is the man who Joe Robertson was talking to on the phone earlier.
While back in New York, Delilah continues testing Ricochet to see if he will be a suitable ally. She tells him that the Rose needs powerful allies to stop the Black Tarantula, telling her opponent that the Tarantula is immortal. While at a mansion on Long Island, Don Fortunato has called the Black Tarantula and the Rose in order to convince them to put past grudges behind them. However, the Rose is furious that the Black Tarantula has been given control of hijackings that happen in the city. In order to smooth things over, the Black Tarantula offers to pay the Rose a monthly fee to compensate for the loss to his business operations. While back at the scene of the battle, Delilah is convinced that Ricochet is powerful enough to help her, explaining how the Black Tarantula had recently broken her neck and, instead of killing her, healed her leaving her feeling incredibly violated.[Continuity 15] Realizing that Delilah is a wildcard in all of this, Ricochet wonders how he can end a potential war and make sure that nobody dies.
While at Empire State University, Professor Marina Caches dismisses the students in her criminology class. She is then approached by Mary Jane and Shantal Wilsk who invite Marina to join them for lunch. Unfortunately, she has to decline, telling the women that she has to pick up her previously unmentioned son from daycare. As the women depart, they are unaware that they are being observed by the Black Tarantula's minion Chesbro. While in Greece, Joe and Martha Robertson arrive at the pier moments after the explosion. Seeing the flaming yacht, Joe suspects that someone must have been tipped off from his investigation. That's when someone on the beach finds the body of Alison Mongraine in the water and confirms that she is still alive. While in New York, Ricochet -- after thinking for a long moment -- agrees to work with Delilah. At that moment, Chesbro returns to his master with a report of his observations on Marina. Looking at a photo of the woman with Mary Jane and Shantal, the Black Tarantula thinks these other women might be useful. As it turns out, the Black Tarantula did not come to Manhattan to get into the criminal underworld, instead, he was motivated by the desire for vengeance.
... Identity Crisis continues in Sensational Spider-Man #28.
Appearing in "Undercover"
Synopsis for "Undercover"
In the Identity Crisis story-arc, Peter Parker assumes four new identities. This issue focusses on his new Dusk identity (as seen on the inside cover).
This is a UK title that features reprints of American Spider-Man titles.
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