Appearing in "Hornet's Nest"
- Mary Jane Watson-Parker
- Aunt Anna
- Hope Hibbert
- Human Torch (Johnny Storm)
- Billy Walters
- Norman Osborn
- Normie Osborn
- Hobie Brown
- Mindy Brown
- Flash Thompson
- Avengers (Cameo)
- Edwin Jarvis (Cameo)
- Heroes for Hire (Cameo)
- Fantastic Four (Cameo)
- Frankie Richards (Cameo)
- Looter (Norton Fester) (Recap)
- Yellowjacket (Hank Pym) (Mentioned)
- Chris Kapostopolis (Mentioned)
- Thunderbolts (Mentioned)
- Iron Man Armor Model 16
- Captain America's Shield
- Captain America's Uniform
- Vulture's Wings
- Hornet's Suit
Synopsis for "Hornet's Nest"
Identity Crisis continues from Amazing Spider-Man #434...
Since first appearing on the scene, the Hornet has become a media sensation after preventing the Looter from robbing the bounty money put on Spider-Man's head, as well as other crimes committed in the city.[Continuity 1] This news attracts the interest of the Avengers, who decide to keep an eye on developments. The Heroes for Hire also watch the report, although Luke Cage doesn't like a hero who helps people for free.[Continuity 2] Also watching is Norman Osborn, who, unaware that this is really Spider-Man in disguise, plots to manipulate Hornet to serve his own needs. At the same time, Hobie Brown is excited to see his technology being used, much to the exclaim of his wife.[Continuity 3] While the Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four is concerned that this could be another situation like their recent clash with the Thunderbolts, but the Thing assures her that if the Hornet is not on the up-and-up they'll clobber him as well.[Continuity 4] Yet another person watching these reports is the Vulture, who is fixated on the Hornet's statement to the public assuring people that they won't have to worry about Spider-Man anymore. This angers the villain, who wanted to destroy Spider-Man and for all, and plots to go after the Hornet so the wall-crawler will be his, and his alone.
While at his home, Peter Parker tells his wife Mary Jane how exciting it was to be the Hornet and how he fooled everybody, including Norman Osborn.[Continuity 5] He is confident that he can continue using his powers for good without having to worry about bounty hunters interfering with him. However, Mary Jane is concerned that Peter is getting to close to his enemy, especially with an upcoming press conference and warns him to be careful. Peter assures Mary Jane that he will and she decides that she wants to be at the conference to see Osborn get fooled for herself. That's when Mary Jane's Aunt Anna comes in with Hope Hibbert, the deaf girl from next door. Anna tells them that Hope wanted to say hello before taking the bus to school. They are impressed by how quickly Hope is learning sign language. While Mary Jane and Anna are occupied with dinner plans, Peter is surprised when Hope makes the same hand gesture that Spider-Man does when using his web-shooters. This shocks Peter who wonders if Anna figured out his secret identity, unfortunately, Anna rushes the girl off to the bus stop before he can try and learn more.[Continuity 6]
Later, while the Hornet is out on patrol, he is still thinking about how Hope may have figured out his double identity. However, his thoughts are interrupted when he is confronted by the Human Torch. This comes as a shock to Peter, as he has always worked with the Torch and fears he won't be able to disguise his voice in a way that Johnny Storm won't recognize. The Torch, meanwhile, has come to give the Hornet a warning if the "new" hero goes after his pal, Spider-Man. The Hornet assures the Torch that he hasn't done anything to Spider-Man, and the Torch leaves him off with a warning. As Johnny flies off, Peter can't help but smile as he never knew how much Johnny Storm actually cared about his alter-ego. Soon, the Hornet arrives at the Daily Bugle and changes back to Peter Parker. After stashing his costume he bumps into Billy Walters in the breakroom and remembers that he blew Walters off again while he was busy fighting the Looter. When Peter tries to apologize, Billy figures that Peter just doesn't want to be friends and tells him to forget it. Unable to fully explain himself, Peter can't do anything but sit there as Billy walks out of the room. Soon, everyone is gathered up on the roof for Norman Osborn's public speech with the Hornet. After setting up his camera, Peter slips away and makes his appearance as the Hornet. Norman Osborn then has his new assistant, Flash Thompson, present the Hornet with a massive check as thanks for helping stop the Looter. As the Hornet accepts the check his spider-sense begins going off warning him of the arrival of the Vulture, who seeks to defeat the Hornet so he can have Spider-Man all to himself.
As the two battle it out in the sky, the Hornet quickly realizes that he is out of his element as the Vulture has more experience fighting in the air. Deciding to switch tactics, the Hornet goads the Vulture into following him down to a nearby rooftop. There, the Hornet strips off his gloves and lunges at the Vulture, managing to grasp the villain with his sticky fingers. By this point, the Vulture has come to realize that the Hornet is actually Spider-Man and loudly proclaims this within earshot of the gathered crowd. Although most don't react, this strikes a chord with Norman Osborn. While the Vulture is distracted, the Hornet slams him into the side of a billboard, knocking him out. Although everyone celebrates the Hornet as a hero while he turns the Vulture over to the police, Norman Osborn can only glare at him. When Peter returns home, Mary Jane finds him up in the attic packing away his Hornet costume. He tells her how this identity is dead as his cover was blown. Although this is a disappointment, Mary Jane assures Peter that they'll find a way to get by and delights in hearing how Norman Osborn took learning the truth. When Peter remarks how Norman looked like he was hit over the head with a sign, he looks across out the window and sees Hope Hibbert looking at him from the house next door. Remembering his earlier encounter with her, Peter starts to tell Mary Jane what happened with Hope that morning.
... Identity Crisis continues in Spider-Man #91.
Appearing in "Fun'n Games with the Four Star Squad"
- Kaine (Shadow only)
- Joe Robertson
- Marco Polo (Only in flashback)
- Shantal Wilsk (Photo)
- Marina Caches (Photo)
Synopsis for "Fun'n Games with the Four Star Squad"
Identity Crisis continues from Spider-Man #92...
Wearing his Dusk costume, Peter Parker follows the villains known as Bloodscream and Roughhouse after they were released on bail. Unfortunately, he is almost spotted and has to hide. After seeing them enter a boat on the peir, Dusk departs to return home.[Continuity 7] When he tells his wife Mary Jane what happened, she is not happy that he put himself at risk for following two leg-breakers hired by the Black Tarantula.[Continuity 8] This is especially true since Peter's was so soundly defeated when he last fought the Black Tarantula.[Continuity 9] Peter assures her that he was just having an off night, but she points out the obvious -- although he has been Spider-Man for years, he has little experience for the various identities that he has recently developed in order to continue crime fighting.[Continuity 10] She is less impressed with the fact that Peter -- as Ricochet -- is going to meet with the Rose's assassin Delilah who is plotting to attack the Black Tarantula. Peter assures her that he is sharp enough to outwit his foes, however she believes otherwise when pointing out that he mixed up parts of his Spider-Man costume when putting on his Ricochet outfit.
While at the Rose's penthouse, Delilah tells her employer about her recruitment of Riochet to their cause. The Rose isn't certain if they can trust this newcomer, however she assures him that Riochet will be useful, especially since he cannot be tied to the Rose. Meanwhile, Don Fortunato visits the Black Tarantula and marvels over the fact that the South American mobster stole Spider-Man's mask and now has it on display. The Black Tarantula is growing impatient with the fact that the Rose hasn't arrived yet. To pass the time, Don Fortunato decides to entertain his partner with a legend he once heard. He recalls how when Marco Polo visited China in the 13th Century, an unnamed scholar who accompanied the legendary explorer became interested learning the martial arts that were performed in this region. That this warrior soon learned their secrets and was given the key to immortality. He concludes this tale by saying that some believe that this immortal warrior was still alive to this day. Before the Tarantula can answer, the Rose finally arrives.
Meanwhile, in a warehouse in on the island of Euboea, the Brotherhood of Scriers are meeting to discuss their mission to eliminate Alison Mongraine tying up a loose end of one of their schemes.[Continuity 11] Suddenly, a man cloaked in shadow comes crashing through the wall seeking to tie up some loose ends of his own. Back in New York, the Black Tarantula returns to his hideout and checks in with his assistant Chesbro. The Tarantula is amused that Don Fortunato and the Rose have no idea of his true reasons for coming to New York, or how off base Fortunato's investigation into his past has been. He then learns that Bloodscream and Roughhouse have returned from their failed mission and wait for his next orders.[Continuity 12] When Bloodstorm and Roughhouse go on the move again, they are unaware that they are being followed by Ricochet and Delilah. When they meet with Chesbro, Ricochet becomes concerned because he has seen him around the Empire State University campus and wonders if he is being spied on. He becomes more concerned when Delilah identifies Chesbro as one of the Black Tarantula's minions.
The pair come crashing into the restaurant the two are meeting with Chesbro. While they are busty with Bloodscream and Roughhouse, Chesbro manages to escape in the confusion. In the ensuing battle, Ricochet drives off Roughhouse and Bloodstorm flees after bleeding out Delilah. That's when the police arrive and try to arrest Ricochet, forcing him to flee the scene. However, he knows where the Black Tarantula's minions have gone. After changing into his Dusk costume, Peter ambushes Roughhouse and Bloodstorm inside the ship they have been hiding out in. After initially attacking them as Dusk, the hero slips away and changes back into Ricochet and ambushes them again. While they are disorientated by this new attack, Ricochet ducks out and changes costumes once more, this time attacking his enemies as Prodigy. After tossing Roughhouse overboard, Prodigy then changes into the Hornet. After taking down Bloodstorm, Hornet waits for Roughhouse to emerge from the water and knocks him out with some tranquilizer darts. With the battle over, Bloodstorm offers Hornet information about the Black Tarantula in exchange for their freedom.
Back in Greece, Joe Robertson has gone to the local hospital to meet with Alison Mongraine. Unfortunately, she had already checked out and hospital staff has no idea where she went. That's when paramedics come rushing in with one of the Scrier's on a stretcher. Looking at the scars on the man's face Joe instantly recognizes the burns as the Mark of Kaine. While back in Manhattan, Hornet decides to take Bloodstorm's offer. The only thing the mercenary provides is nothing but a photo of his wife, Shantal Wilsk, and Marina Caches. Looking at this leaves Hornet to believe that the Black Tarantula is either after Mary Jane or one of her friends.
Appearing in "Stuck in the Middle with You!"
- Ann (First appearance)
- Anna Watson
- Arthur Stacy
- Carl (First appearance)
- Detective Snipes
- Jill Stacy
- Paul Stacy
- Prof. Howard
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Synopsis for "Stuck in the Middle with You!"
This is a UK title that features reprints of American Spider-Man titles.
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