Appearing in "More than a Feelin'"
- Aunt Anna
- Hope Hibbert
- New York Police Department
- Aunt May (Vision)
- Jill Stacy (Mentioned)
- Norman Osborn (Mentioned)
- Hulk (Bruce Banner) (Mentioned)
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Synopsis for "More than a Feelin'"
In the borough of Queens, police have been called to the scene of a rampage. Among the officers showing up on the scene is Officer Ellen Hibbert. When she and her commanding-officer arrives on the scene they are horrified to see that the cause of the rampage is the super-villain known as the Rhino.
Meanwhile, a few neighborhoods away, Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane are spending their day fixing the fence around the house.[Continuity 1] Peter can't believe how often they are fixing things around the house. While Mary Jane goes inside to get them drinks, Billy Walters comes over to talk to Peter. He apologizes for getting upset with him for all the times Peter had to bail on their plans.[Continuity 2] However, Peter explains he understands and says that he never intentionally wanted to blow off their plans. Billy figures he can understand that and helping Peter with the fence he explains that he has to quit his job at the Bugle and return home. He tells her that his mother has gotten sick recently and since she is all alone, he feels that looking after her is his responsibility. When Billy tries to pass off his situation as complicated, Peter -- thinking of his Aunt May -- assures Billy that he totally understands him.[Continuity 3] After the two patch things up, Peter tells Billy not to be a stranger, telling him he always has a place to stay if he ever comes back to Manhattan.
Before leaving, Billy hands Peter a photo. Moments later, Peter goes back inside and tells his wife what happened and hangs up a photo of him and Billy together on the fridge. Peter and Mary Jane's talk is interrupted when Aunt Anna rushes into the kitchen to tell Peter that there is something going on that he could photograph for the Daily Bugle. Rushing into the living room to see what's going on they see a news report about the Rhino's rampage nearby. Rushing to the scene, Peter changes into Spider-Man and finds the Rhino still on a rampage. The wall-crawler tries to confront his longtime foe, but the Rhino isn't interested in fighting Spider-Man. As it turns out, the Rhino is spoiling for a fight and is looking for someone with a lot more power to go up against because he can't feel anything anymore due to his super-hard outer skin. That's when the police catch up and begin opening upon on him with heavy artillery. This, the Rhino begins to feel and wants more sensation so he charges off clash with the authorities. Spider-Man quickly jumps onto the Rhino's back and uses his webbing to redirect the Rhino away from the officers. This takes them plowing through a few buildings where they stop in front of a crashed school bus, near some downed powerlines.
The web-slinger notices that this bus is from the Lothridge School where Hope Hibberts -- the deaf girl who lives next door -- goes to school. With the powerlines threatening to set off the gasoline leaking from the school bus, Spider-Man leaves his foe to save those trapped on board. Webbing up the powerlines, he rips the door off the bus and carries the injured driver to safety. He then goes back to the children but they are too afraid of him to move. However, the web-slinger convinces Hope that he can be trusted when he uses sign language to tell her that she'll be safe. Seeing that Spider-Man can use sign-language, she and the other children allow him to lead them to safety as officers arrive on the scene. No sooner are the children safe does the Rhino come crashing through the school bus. However, Spider-Man is ready for him. Stripping the webbing off the exposed powerlines, he waits for the Rhino to stand in the water pooling from a broken fire hydrant and tosses the wires at his enemy. The resulting blast of electricity is powerful enough for the Rhino to feel and he thanks the wall-crawler before he blacks out. In the aftermath of the battle, Spider-Man sees that Hope has been reunited with her mother who is glad her daughter is safe. Swinging away, Spider-Man is glad that sometimes when the fighting is over he can feel like he has done a good job.
Appearing in "I, Monster!"
- Aunt Anna
- Mary Jane Watson-Parker
- Generation X (Vision)
Synopsis for "I, Monster!"
Lurking through the sewers, Spider-Man tries to make sense of his recent transformation that has turned him into a half-man/half-spider. His mind drifts back to earlier that day...
Peter Parker's day started with him cracking the books in order to bring up his grade point average at Empire State University. As he worked, his wife Mary Jane and her Aunt Anna marvel at how Peter can juggle his studies and his job as a freelance photographer so well.[Continuity 4] Putting his studies aside for the day, Peter tells Mary Jane that he is going to stop by the Bugle and that he will be home soon, although she doesn't believe it. Changing into Spider-Man, Peter swings through the city on what appears to be quiet night. During his patrol, he happens on a young man being mugged in Washington Square Park. After stopping the mugging, Spider-Man swings away unaware that the man he just saved was in fact Everett Thomas, aka Synch, of Generation X.
As Synch walks away, feeling terrible about how there was nothing he could have done against those ordinary muggers as his powers don't work without another mutant around to "synch" powers with. As he walks away, Everett is unaware that he is being observed by the Plantman, who wants revenge against Generation X for a previous defeat.[Continuity 5] Insulted by this defeat, and how the young mutants made fun of his costume, Plantman vows to make himself their most feared enemy ever. To this end, he uses his powers over plants to infect Synch with a body and mind altering spore. Increased in size and mass and rendered mindless, Synch begins terrorizing the park. As it happens, Spider-Man is returning the way he came and spots the man-monster and tries to stop him from hurting people. Observing this from his hideout, Plantman decides that this is not what he had in mind and commands his plants to pull Synch into the sewers.
Following after Synch, Spider-Man is snared in vines and exposed to the same spores as Synch. This causes Spider-Man to change into a half-man/half-spider creature. What makes this even more horrifying for the wall-crawler is the fact that he has retained his mind and is fully aware of what has happened to him.
Not far away, Synch's mind has returned to normal as the Plantman is trying to decide if he should destroy Synch or unleash him upon Generation X. That's when Spider-Man arrives to stop the madman and his insane schemes. Rather than fight him head on, Plantman summons his simulacrums of soil and root to do his dirty work. Although these creatures are no match for Spider-Man, his foe can simply create more in an empty wave. While his captor is preoccupied, Synch breaks free. As an unforeseen side-effect of the Plantman's spores, Spider-Man and Synch's mutual transformations allow Synch to duplicate the wall-crawler's powers. The pair quickly destroy the last of the Plantman's creatures. The web-slinger demands that their foe turn over an antidote, but when he refuses, Spider-Man sprays the villain with his own spores, transforming him into a plant creature.
Rather than remain a freak, Plantman hands over a syringe of the antidote. Once Spider-Man and Synch are back to normal, Synch saves some antidote for Plantman. Synch thanks Spider-Man for saving his life twice that day. However, Spider-Man points out that Synch repaid the earlier rescue when he broke free and helped stopped the Plantman and wishes him well.[Continuity 6]
Appearing in "Who Was Joey Z?"
- Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)
- Kingpin's Henchmen
- Sebastian Shaw
- Silvermane (Silvio Manfredi)
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Synopsis for "Who Was Joey Z?"
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