Appearing in "Homecoming!"
- Mugger (Only appearance)
- Curt Connors
- Martha Connors
- Billy Connors
- Nathan Lubensky
- Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)
- Jacob Conover (Photo)
- New York Police Department
- Weezie (First appearance)
- Justin (First appearance)
- Fantastic Four (Photo)
- She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters) (Photo)
- Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) (Photo)
- Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse) (Photo)
- X-Men (Photo)
- Lynn Craig (newspaper article)
- Jacob Conover (Mentioned) (Photo)
- Burnt Toast (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- New York City
- Spider-Man's Black Suit (First appearance) (See chronology)
- Spider-Man's Belt Camera
- Captain America's Shield
- Captain America's Uniform
- Iron Man Armor (Enhanced by Omnivore tech)
Synopsis for "Homecoming!"
The story follows the events of Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #12...
At the offices of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson and Joe Robertson go over the latest edition of the newspaper, which has a cover story about the various heroes who have disappeared recently. As usual, Jameson wonders what connection these disappearances have with Spider-Man. However, Robertson -- as editor-in-chief of the Bugle -- refuses to shirk his journalistic integrity on unfounded rumour. Still, they wonder what has happened to the heroes, as they have been gone for days. At that very moment, on Sheep's Meadow in Central Park, gathering of police officers and reporters are shocked when a massive construct suddenly appears. Out leaps Spider-Man in a new black and white costume carrying Curt Connors. Spider-Man lands in front of a man with a thermos and asks for some of its contents for Connors to drink. It then sinks in that they have finally made it home, Spider-Man rejoices. The officers on the scene ask who Spider-Man is, not recognising him in his new costume. One officer refuses to believe it when the wall-crawler introduces himself and reaches for his gun. Quick thinking, Spider-Man webs up the police officer's hand before he can fire a shot. Suddenly, the Avengers emerge from the portal, much to the relief of Spider-Man, who was starting to think that he and Connors were the only ones who made it back. With the crowd questioning the Avengers, Spider-Man decides that its time for Connors and himself to leave.
They swing into the nearby trees, the pair are still coming to terms with their experience on Battleworld and the idea that a being like the Beyonder exists. He reminds Connors that they should follow Reed Richard's advice and not say anything about it. They make a brief stop so Spider-Man can recover the clothing he left behind when he was first abducted. Much to his dismay, his web-sack dissolved a while ago, and to make matters worse, birds have used his clothing as a nest. He is relieved to find his wallet and keys are still there. He then absorbs the items into his new costume, which has abilities that he has yet to totally figure out. With his belongings recovered, Spider-Man then web-slings Curt Connors back to his apartment where he is happily reunited with his wife and son. Connor gives them a vague explanation as to what happened and explains that he was happy that Spider-Man was there to help him. Billy remarks that he hardly recognised Spider-Man in his new costume.
With Connors dropped off, Spider-Man returns to his apartment in Chelsea and is happy to finally be home. Dropping through the bathroom skylight, the hero is still trying to make sense of everything that happened. Thinking about changing out of his costume, Spider-Man is surprised when his costume suddenly shape shifts into street clothing. Peter thinks that perhaps he should take up Reed Richards on his offer to examine the costume. Feeling his face, Peter realises that he hasn't shaved in days, and that leads him to panic since he hasn't talked to Aunt May since he first disappeared. He quickly calls his Aunt May and when she asks where he has been, he tells her that he was on a photo assignment for the Daily Bugle. Although Aunt May still insists on mothering him, she seems okay. After agreeing to come over for Sunday dinner, Peter ends the call and thinks about how much of a positive influence Nathan Lubenski has been in her life since they met. Peter then tries to call his girlfriend, Felicia Hardy, in the hopes he can straighten out their relationship, but there is no answer. Peter knows that Felicia has been hiding some kind of secret from him and learned from the Avengers and Fantastic Four that she had approached both groups seeking a means of obtaining superhuman powers. Hungry, Peter goes out to get some food, deciding to try and reach Felicia again later.
Not long after Peter has left, the Black Cat arrives in Peter's apartment looking for him. She is worried that he has been gone for so long as she wants to talk to him. She is concerned that in her quest to get powers, she unwittingly got them from the Kingpin. She then leaves Peter's apartment to search for him elsewhere, wondering where he could have gone. Peter returns home with a pizza shortly after the Cat has departed and checks his mail, finding only bills. Back inside his apartment, Peter thinks about how he needs to make some fast cash. Suddenly, his costume spits out his camera. Remembering that he took photos of his time on Battleworld, Peter thinks this might be what he needs to save his money problems. Peter develops the photos, but after looking at how alien the images are, he comes to the frustrating realisation that nobody would think they were real. It's just as well, he finally concedes, since Reed Richards recommended they keep their little war a secret.
Tired, Peter hangs up his costume and goes to bed. Unfortunately, he can't bring himself to sleep because he has too many thoughts in his head. Deciding to go out web-slinging, Peter is shocked when his costume melts off the chair they are draped on and travels across the the floor and melds over his body. As soon as he is web-slinging, Peter feels like his mind getting more at ease. He quickly spots a mugging in progress and swings down to stop it. Upon seeing Spider-Man the crook flees. His would be victim also flees once he gets a look of Spider-Man, and he figures that it is probably his new costume. Feeling a zest for life, Spider-Man swings across the city. When he spots two teenagers arguing, Spider-Man decides to go down and see what is the matter. He quickly learns that this they are fighting over the fact that the boy, Justin, wasn't able to get tickets to see a band that his girlfriend, Weezie, wanted to see. Spider-Man points out that their fight is pointless since they have a lot going for them.
Justin disagrees since they live in the ghetto, so Spider-Man decides to show them that there is an entire world out there for them to discover. He picks up the two teens and swings up to a tall building. With the city laid out before them, Spider-Man shows them that the city has good and bad, and that the city is almost like a living creature. After dropping the kids back down on the street, they thank him for showing them the city from his vantage point. After the experience, Spider-Man swings away thinking how this city brings out the best in himself.
Appearing in "By Myself Betrayed!"
- Daily Bugle Staff
- Aunt May
- Nathan Lubensky
- Mr. Varley (First appearance)
- Mr. Johnston (First appearance)
- Ray Nesters (Only appearance)
- Tony Nesters (Only appearance)
- Babyface Bob Clayton (Only appearance)
- Coach James Albertson (Only appearance)
- Ben Parker (Recap)
- The Burglar (Recap)
- Black Cat (Vision)
Races and Species:
- New York City
Synopsis for "By Myself Betrayed!"
Peter Parker has been assigned to accompany Daily Bugle sports reporter, Wendy Thorton, to cover the game between New York Mammoths and the San Francisco Skyhawks. So far, the Skyhawks are winning the game and the Mammoths' star-quarterback Ray Nesters appears to be doing more poorly than usual. As Peter tries to figure out how to work the sports camera that was lent to him by the sports editor, he is approached by Nesters' younger brother Tony, who attended classes at ESU and when Peter was a teacher's assistant. When the game ends, Wendy doesn't understand why the Mammoths lost. She takes the sports camera back and goes to the locker room for post-game interviews. Peter leaves and realizes that he is running late for dinner at Aunt May's. Slipping out of view, Peter wills his street clothing to change into his Spider-Man costume. Peter is still amazed by the ability the new costume he got from Battleworld. Still, the costume still has its mysteries, as he swings out of the football stadium he wonders where this costume generates its webbing. He reminds himself that he should have Reed Richards examine the costume as soon as possible. As he swings away, the people below don't recognize the wall-crawler on account of his new look. It reminds him of the early days when he first became Spider-Man. This gets him thinking about his failed attempt at showbiz that ultimately led to a burglar killing his Uncle Ben.
Meanwhile, Ray Nesters and his brother return home, Ray tells Tony to go inside and that he is going to get a newspaper. However, he is actually meeting with two underworld enforcers named Mr. Varly and Mr. Johnson. They represent a mobster named the Rose, who has Ray on the take. They give him a bonus and instruct him to throw the game again the following week. However, Ray refuses as the playoffs being that week and he can't afford to lose any more games. When Ray tries to strong arm Mr. Johnson, Mr. Lester pulls a gun and threatens to shoot him. When Ray relents, they warn him to follow orders or he will be killed. When Ray returns to his apartment, Tony notices that his older brother seems tense, but Ray tells the youth to mind his own business.
Later that evening, Peter Parker is finishing dinner with his Aunt May and Nathan Lubenski. Left alone with his Aunt to clear the table, Peter chooses this opportunity to tell his Aunt May that he has quit school. This upsets May who thinks Peter is throwing his future away. Her upset is noticed by Nathan who demands to know what Peter had said to upset his aunt in such a way. Later, Peter goes out web-slinging as Spider-Man to get his mind off of Aunt May's reaction. Spider-Man can't help but think how nothing in his life appears to be turning out right. Particularly his relationship with the Black Cat, which appears to be going sour. He can't help but think that the Cat is keeping some secret from him. Elsewhere, Mr. Varley and Johnson report back to the Rose about Ray Nesters, and the Rose assures them not to worry about the athlete, as he will assure that he stays in line.
Tuesday morning, Ray is practicing with his teammates the big game. His coach tells him that he has a feeling that this year is going to be the Mammoths year. Later, after practice, Ray returns home to find an envelop that was slid under the door of his apartment. Inside he finds a note from the Rose telling him how to throw Sunday's game along with a cash advance. He is soon called by Mr. Varley who wants to confirm Ray's cooperation. However, Nesters refuses to reply, which the Rose deeply regrets as he did not want to have to resort to violence. On Thursday, Peter Parker is waiting to meet Joe Robertson at the Daily Bugle. He is lost in thought, thinking that perhaps his Aunt May was correct. Going in to see Joe, he is told that his sports photos were not good, and how Peter's work has been slipping lately. Robertson warns Peter to shape up, reminding him that he is not the only freelance photographer that works for the Bugle. When Peter leaves, he asks Joe's secretary, Betty Leeds, why Joe is being such a hard case. Betty points out that he is running a tight ship as the new editor-in-chief of the Bugle since taking over the position from J. Jonah Jameson. They are joined by Wendy Thornton who has arranged an interview with Ray Nesters with Tony. Since she made the connection with Tony thanks to Peter, she offers him to come along and snap photos. She then calls to confirm the appointment with Tony, who lets her go to answer someone knocking at the door.
Meanwhile, Ray is returning home from another practice. He is thinking about where things went wrong in his life. However, the fame of being a pro athlete led to becoming indebted to the Rose and going on the take. When he returns home, he finds a note from the Rose telling him that they have kidnapped Tony and that they need to talk. He rushes out of his apartment to go find the Rose, bumping into Peter Parker and Wendy Thornton on the way out. When Wendy wonders what's wrong, Peter shows her the state of Ray's apartment. As the sports reporter wonders what happened, she doesn't see Peter slip away. Changing into Spider-Man, the wall-crawler follows after Nester's car and follows him to a nearby warehouse. Ray slams through one of the garage doors, crashing into the Rose's goons. He struggles one of the goons and gets a gun from him, and demands the Rose to let his brother free. The Rose appears and brings out Tony, distracting Ray enough for the mobster's minions to jump him. After setting up his automatic camera, Spider-Man leaps through the window and makes short work of the Rose's men. While the wall-crawler is busy, Ray goes to rescue his brother. Tony demands to know if Ray has been intentionally throwing games, furious with his brother when he deduces the truth.
While everyone is distracted, the Rose takes the opportunity to flee the scene. Spider-Man spots this and tries to go after the Rose. When the villain tosses a gas bomb at the wall-crawler, it has no effect as his new costume filters out the gas. When the Rose tries to flee, Ray attempts to stop him, but the criminal easily overpowers him and sends some massive wooden crates toppling down on him to cover his escape. Spider-Man manages to swing down in time to shield Ray with his body, but the Rose manages to escape. In the aftermath of the battle, Tony fears that the Rose will not leave his brother alone now. However, Ray realizes that there is only one way to handle this. Ray then gives a full confession to the Daily Bugle putting an end to his career. Reading the article later, Peter Parker congratulates Wendy on the scoop. However, Wendy wonders why someone with such a promising career would throw their life away like Ray Nesters did. This gives Peter some hard thinking to make of his own.
Appearing in "Bargaining"
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Main story and flashback)
- Iron Man (Tony Stark)
- Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards)
- Goliath (Bill Foster)
- Yellowjacket (Hank Pym)
- Hulk / Dr. Bruce Banner
- Black Panther (T'Challa)
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
- Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange)
- Aunt May
- Mary Jane Watson-Parker
- New Avengers
- Thing (Ben Grimm)
Synopsis for "Bargaining"
Peter goes to see Mister Fantastic, who tells him that his condition is not caused by cancer or a viral OR bacterial infectious disease. He is informed by Yellowjacket that the illness is actually caused by a radiation-based infectious disease. Peter goes to see Bruce Banner, an expert on radiation-based mutation. Banner tells Peter that at the rate the infection is spreading, a cure could not be developed in time to do any good. Peter then sees the Black Panther (who had mapped the human genome fifty years before Western scientists) on Banner's suggestion, but he also cannot find the source of Peter's illness. Back in New York, Peter encounters the Ox in an alley and, thinking him to be Morlun, fights him. In his anger, Peter almost kills him before Daredevil stops him. Later, Peter goes to Doctor Strange, who tells him he cannot use his magic to cure Peter and tells Peter to prepare himself for death.
Appearing in "My Funny Valentine"
- Daily Bugle
- Harry Osborn
- Gwen Stacy
- Flash Thompson
- Aunt May
- Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)
- Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom) (Mentioned)
- Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich) (Mentioned)
- Goblin Glider
Synopsis for "My Funny Valentine"
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