Appearing in "The Choice and the Challenge!"
- Nathan Lubensky
- Arthur Chekov
- Rose Palermo
- Victor Palermo
- Sophie Lund
- Martha Lund
- Flash Thompson
- Sha Shan
- Betty Leeds
- Ned Leeds
- Green Goblin (Recap)
- Sin-Eater (Recap)
- Burglar (Recap)
- Liz Allan (Recap)
- Seymour O'Reilly (Recap)
- Sally Avril (Recap)
- Uncle Ben (Recap)
- Raymond Warren (Recap)
- Crusher Hogan (Recap)
- Bernard O'Brien (Recap)
- Maxie Shiffman (Recap)
- Eric Schwinner (Recap)
- Baxter Bigelow (Recap)
- Chet Huntley (Recap) (Topical reference)
- Gwen Stacy (Recap)
- Jean DeWolff (Recap)
- New York City (Main story and flashback)
- Queens (Main story and flashback)
- George Washington Bridge
Synopsis for "The Choice and the Challenge!"
The Hobgoblin is testing out a new device added to his arsenal, a button on his chest that makes his finger blasters fire randomly. He hopes this will give him an edge over Spider-Man's spider-sense. The Rose is happy to hear the Hobgoblin is pleased with the new weapon but reminds him that they have other priorities. The Hobgoblin assures the Rose that he won't let his personal vendetta against the wall-crawler interfere with their plans to oust the Kingpin.
Meanwhile, Peter Parker is accompanying his Aunt May back to her boarding house in Forest Hills with Nathan Lubenski who has just been released from the hospital. When they arrive they discover that May's other tenants have prepared a surprise party for Nathan to celebrate his return. Among the party guests is Mary Jane Watson, who is glad she was invited. When she sees Peter sulking in another room she asks him what's wrong. He tells her how he failed to protect Nathan as Spider-Man and has decided to give up his costumed identity for good. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the city, some of the Kingpin's men are collecting money from one of their bookies. As they leave with a briefcase full of money they are attacked by the Hobgoblin who steals the briefcase and escapes. At that moment, Sha Shan has decided to call the Daily Bugle and asks to speak to Peter Parker. Her phone call is cut off by her boyfriend, Flash Thompson who hangs up the phone. He accuses her of seeing Peter Parker behind his back. She denies it, and reveals that she knows about his affair with Betty Leeds. When she asks him where his sense of shame is, he slaps her across the face. Realizing what he's done, Flash bolts from the apartment.
Elsewhere, Peter and Mary Jane are going for a walk so they can talk more about his decision to quit being Spider-Man. He tells her that another reason that has motivated him was his recent encounters with the Beyonder, which brought out a lot of old memories and feelings. When Mary Jane questions why he would after such a long time, she realises that she never been told how Peter became Spider-Man. Peter snaps at Mary Jane, reminding her that she never wanted to know anything about his alter-ego after she revealed she knew his double identity. Mary Jane admits that Peter is right, but tells him that she is asking now.
Peter then begins to tell her how he became Spider-Man...
By the time Peter is finished his story, he and Mary Jane are in Central Park. Peter explains that even though he learned a valuable lesson the night his Uncle Ben died, he still couldn't protect those he loved. He recounts how Gwen Stacy was killed during his battle with the Green Goblin, how Nathan Lubenski was recently beaten, and the more recent murder of Jean DeWolff, and how his hunt for the Sin-Eater led to people getting hurt in the crossfire. This was the final straw, he realized that while he was fighting the Sin-Eater, and people were getting hurt, he was telling jokes. Mary Jane wishes there is something she could do to ease Peter's pain. She thinks to herself that part of the reason she always admited him was due to his commitment to responsibility. Now that he is acting more like her, running away from his problems, she wonders what this will mean to both of them.
Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, Betty Leeds fails to reach either Flash Thompson or her husband Ned on the phone. When Joe Robertson approaches her with some more work he can't help but notice how upset she is. He asks her what's the matter and Betty confides in him her recent marital problems. She is upset because of all the secret assignments that Joe has been giving him of late, which has taken time away from their marriage. This comes as a shock to Joe, because he doesn't have any idea what Ned's been telling her. Elsewhere, Sha Shan is packing her bags, planning on leaving Flash for good. Her packing is interrupted by Ned Leeds who has come to talk to her about her boyfriend. Learning that Flash isn't around, Ned spots a bus ticket and tells her that should she see Thompson again to tell him they need to talk about some deadly serious business. While at that moment, the Kingpin is informed of the latest theft by the Hobgoblin and the Rose. The Kingpin tells the Arranger he will do nothing, for now, but thinks to himself that if the Rose is who he thinks he is, then there may be all-out war before this is all over.
At that moment, Flash Thompson is wondering where he went wrong in life. The former football star and war hero hasn't been able to have a stable relationship since he returned home and wonders who he can trust. Flash is then spotted by Ned Leeds who confronts Thompson about seeing his wife Betty. In response, Flash tells Leeds that he is the one responsible for pushing his wife away and takes him down with a single punch. As Flash runs back into the apartment he shares with Sha Shan, Ned vows to make Flash pay. Inside his apartment, Flash discovers that Sha Shan has packed up all her things and left. Moments later, the Hobgoblin appears from the rooftops, trying to contain his anger. Wanting to flush out Spider-Man, he goes to the local bus terminal. There he incapacitates the security guards and then spots Sha Shan in the crowd. He decides that she will make the ideal hostage and grabs the woman before she can run away. Back at Peter Parker's apartment, Mary Jane tries to talk Peter out of giving up being Spider-Man. When he turns on the television and sees the report about the Hobgoblin, he decides to let someone else handle his foe for a change. Horrified by this, Mary Jane asks Peter what happened to his sense of responsibility.
This strikes a chord with Peter and he changes into Spider-Man to face the Hobgoblin once again. Spider-Man tries to convince the Hobgoblin to let Sha Shan go, but he refuses since it prevents the wall-crawler from fighting him head on. When the Hobgoblin tosses a pumpkin bomb, Spider-Man dodges the attack. Realizing that the bomb will land on the crowd below, Spider-Man catches it in a web-line and tosses it high in the air where it explodes harmlessly. When the Hobgoblin attempts to use his finger blaster, Spider-Man plugs it with webbing causing it to feedback. With no other choice, the villain threatens to throw Sha Shan to her death. This brings up memories of Gwen Stacy's death, Spider-Man leaps down and catches Sha Shan before swinging her to safety. He then goes after the Hobgoblin again, and this time the villain activates his random finger blaster. However, despite the new device, the wall-crawler is still able to dodge the blasts at first. Finally, the Hobgoblin clips Spider-Man's arm and then blasts him clear in the chest, knocking Spider-Man onto his back. Stunned by the blow, Spider-Man is now helpless as the Hobgoblin moves in for the kill.
Appearing in "The Deadly Foes of Peter Parker: Part Three of Three"
- Mysterio (Mentioned)
- Iron Spider Armor
- Cookies w/ ambien
Synopsis for "The Deadly Foes of Peter Parker: Part Three of Three"
Appearing in "Under Siege"
- Stark-Fujikawa (Mentioned)
- Conchata O'Hara (Mentioned)
- Kasey Nash (Mentioned)
- Venture (Mentioned)
- Lord (Yahweh) (Invoked)
- Vulture (Mentioned)
- George O'Hara (Mentioned) (Deceased)
- Euromax (a Corporation) (Mentioned)
- Synthia (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- 2099 A.D.
- Spider-Man's Suit
- SItuation Emergency Gear (First appearance)
- Spear of Destiny (First appearance) (Unnamed)
- Thanatos' Platform (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Under Siege"
Two Public Eye officers have caught a young man spray painting anti-Alchemex graffiti on the wall. They are about to beat the graffiti artist when they are interrupted by Spider-Man. One of the Public Eye goons is looking forward to an encounter with the hero because he is wearing a SIEGE Unit, an enhanced suit of armor with strength boosters, additional weapons, and flying capabilities. These enhanced weapon capabilities keep Spider-Man on the defensive. Thing begin to look dire when the SIEGE Unit fires missiles that have locked onto Spider-Man, something the officer says the masked hero cannot escape.
While directly below the battle are Gabriel O'Hara meets with Dana D'angelo outside of the offices of Synthia for lunch. Gabirel was running late because he was spending time with his girlfriend Kasey Nash. When Dana expresses an interest in meeting Kasey, Gabriel tells her that Kasey stays Downtown since she is wanted by Alchemax.[Continuity 1] He hopes that he can convince his brother Miguel to do something on Kasey's behalf. While above, Spider-Man manages to evade the missiles long enough to snag them in his webbing and directs them back at the Public Eye officer. Unfortunately, the missiles have no effect on the officer, who manages to snare the hero with a cable around his neck. Spider-Man is at the risk of being choked to death when a mysterious figure blasts a hole through the chest by a mysterious gun-toting man dressed like an ancient Roman Centurian. The dead Public Eye officer falls to the ground, landing right in front of Gabriel and Dana. They are horrified, particularly since a graffiti artist takes an opportunity to spray paint "Alchemax Bites" on his body. While back above, Spider-Man tries to get a good look at his mysterious rescuer. Unfortunately, the strange man has returned to his ship and it quickly flies away. All Spider-Man can see is the Greek symbol Ω detailed on the bottom of the craft.
Returning home to patch up his wounds, Miguel O'Hara tells his holographic assistant, Lyla, about the strange encounter. He tries to make sense of the encounter, and what the omega symbol might mean. When he asks Layla what she thinks, he reminds her that she is an artificial intelligence incapable of thinking like a person. He then rephrases what he is asking and asks her to give him an opinion. Lyla then tells her that if she were a human, she would tell him that she has fallen in love with him. This comes as a shock to Miguel who doesn't know how to respond to this revelation. He then tells her that he has to go to Alchemax and leaves Layla alone. With Miguel gone, she sits on a chair quietly waiting for him to return. When he arrives at the office, Miguel is upset to discover another scientist working in his lab. He learns that he is Jordan Boone, who had just been transferred from Euromax by Tyler Stone. This was not only because of Boone's Virtual Unreality project but his secondary expertise in genetics so he can give a second look at Miguel's work. Annoyed at this recent development, Miguel decides to go visit Tyler Stone to tell him how "grateful" he is about having Boone around. When Miguel goes up to Tyler's office to complain about Boone, he is surprised to see his fiancee Dana with Stone.
Tyler explains how he has gotten Dana to broker a deal between Alchemax and Synthia. She also tells him that Tyler has arranged for the pair to have a business trip to Alchemax's new floating city the next week. He and Dana then return to Miguel's lab and tells her that she needs to drop the Alchemax account because Tyler Stone is bad news. His warnings fall on deaf ears since this is good Dana's career. She also can't keep a straight face when Miguel puts his face on a microscope that has shoe polish smeared around its lenses. Meanwhile, the armored man who saved Spider-Man stands atop his ship gazing at the Nueva York skyline. He plans to take down Alechmax and bring them the Hell on Earth they richly deserve.
- ↑ Kasey has been hiding out downtown since Alchemax's failed attempt at arresting her in Spider-Man 2099 #4-5.
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