Appearing in "Choices"

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  • Two bangers

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Synopsis for "Choices"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Dark Destiny!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Spotlight #32.

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  • Arachne (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)

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  • Hydra (Main story and flashback)
    • Alpha Flight Team
      • Alpha Leader
    • Numerous unnamed members (Main story and flashback)
    • Count Otto Vermis (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Main story and flashback)
    • Jared Kurtz (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Main story and flashback)

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  • Rocket Plane (Destruction)

Synopsis for "Dark Destiny!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Spotlight #32.

With Nick Fury stationed at a S.H.I.E.L.D. base on the Riviera, Hydra (led by Otto Vermis) sends a squad to attack, with their newest super-agent, their "spider-woman" who they have code-named Arachne. Sent to assassinate Fury, Arachne thinks back to the events that led her to become a member of Hydra: How she was a girl in a small European village and was considered a witch because of her fantastic powers. However, she was found and taken in by Otto Vermis and made a member of Hydra. There she became lovers with fellow Hydra agent Jared. However, Jared would soon become captured by S.H.I.E.L.D., and Vermis would send Arachne to assassinate Fury himself in revenge.

When she accidentally kills Jared trying to get at Fury, Nick realizes that Arachne is unaware that Hydra is a terrorist organization, and shows her video footage of Jared threatening innocent lives. Convinced that Hydra has played her for a fool, the angry Arachne goes back to get revenge against Vermis and his Hydra unit. Confronting Vermis before he can escape he reveals the truth about her origins: That she is really one of the High Evolutionary's New Men, a highly evolved spider, who did not fit in with her fellow New Men and fled to a nearby town where she was recruited by Hydra.

Vermis manages to break free from Arachne and tries to make his escape in a Hydra shuttle. Arachne follows after his ship, damaging it enough to make it crash, killing Vermis. As S.H.I.E.L.D. secures the Hydra base, Arachne flees and wanders off into the wildness to wonder what she will do with herself now that she has no purpose.

Appearing in "...A Future Uncertain!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #1.

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Synopsis for "...A Future Uncertain!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #1.

Spider-Woman is inside a grocery store after closing hours thinking of stealing food. She continues to contemplate what to do with her life and who she really is and decides not to steal. Sneaking out of the store, she is confronted by Jerry Hunt, who tries to stop her. However, Spider-Woman manages to escape, although Jerry manages to grab her mask and pull it off, and swears that he's seen her face before. Returning to the apartment that she lives in, all too aware of everyone's fear of her because they can sense she is more than human.[Continuity 1] Once Jessica Drew returns home she decides to retire for the evening.

As Jessica sleeps, she dreams of the brief time she spent with Modred the Mystic and how he used his magic to reveal the truth about her past.[Continuity 2] He revealed she wasn't one of the New Men as she was told by Hydra's Otto Vermis.[Continuity 3] In reality, she was a human being. She was Jessica Drew, the daughter of Jonathan and Miriam Drew. They worked with Herbert Wyndham on Wundagore Mountain. Jessica fell victim to radiation poisoning, and her father treated her. Her mother, however, would eventually die. Failing to find a cure for Jessica's condition, Jonathan would leave Wundagore, leaving Wyndham to try and find a cure for the girl's radiation poisoning. Infusing her with the DNA of a spider, he put her in suspended animation for years, slowing her aging process until she developed an immunity. Years later, long after Wyndham became the High Evolutionary, Jessica was cured of the radiation poisoning and when she was awoken it was discovered that she had fantastic powers she would later use as Spider-Woman. Jessica wakes up screaming, but eventually calms down. She thinks about how after she later became a brainwashed servant of Hydra under the command of Otto Vermis and vows never to let that happen to herself again.[Continuity 4]

The next day, Jessica tries to find a job, but during her search, she is spotted once more by Jerry Hunt, who once more tries to stop her. Running in an alley, Jessica changes into Spider-Woman and decides to fight back. Tossing a lamp post at Jerry, she realizes that he could be killed. Quickly she pushes Jerry to safety and flees the scene. Back home, she decides to do a better disguise job at disguising herself. To do so she alters her mask and dyes her hair black. Going out as Spider-Woman once more, she would later find Jerry and the authorities trying to stop some crooks who are armed with hi-tech lasers. She recognizes these men as Chauncy and Trevor. two men she encountered with the Thing and later Modred.[Continuity 5] Jerry is injured in the crossfire prompting Spider-Woman to swoop in and get him to safety. She then turns her attention to the two gunmen and discovers that she is immune to the unique radiation emitted from their weapons. She easily knocks out the two men with her venom blasts then goes to check on Jerry. As she is distracted, Chauncy recovers and manages to shoot her from behind. Quickly recovering from the blast, Spider-Woman whirls around and takes him down with another venom blast.

Unsure of what her part in everything is, the police attempt to arrest Spider-Woman, despite Jerry Hunt's protests. Spider-Woman grabs Jerry and flies away to a hospital, where she administers a blood transfusion allowing him to recover from his injuries much faster than normal. Not only is he surprised to learn that Spider-Woman saved his life, he is also informed that the captured criminals had stolen metal plates that they thought they could use to create billions in counterfeit money. However, a recent change in currency in the United Kingdom made this plot utterly useless.[Continuity 6] When they try to explain how Jerry's superior, Nick Fury, responded to all of this they notice that Hunt's mind is miles away as he is still thinking about Spider-Woman. Jerry comes to the realization that the masked woman is unlike any female he has met before and that, no matter what, he wants Spider-Woman.

Appearing in "Who Am I?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #37.

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Synopsis for "Who Am I?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #37.

Spider-Woman visits S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury to get him to fast-track her license to become a private investigator operating out of San Francisco. During her visit, she and Fury talk about her past and origins before they are interrupted by the arrival of Valentina de Fontaine, Spider-Woman then departs and returns to San Francisco.[Continuity 7] As she flies across the city, Spider-Woman she suddenly sees the image of Morgan le Fay in the clouds, taunting her, and dismisses it as flashback to the hallucinations beset upon her recently by Angar the Screamer.[Continuity 8] Below this, Black Tom Cassidy and the Juggernaut are in town and that they intend to use his first cousin Theresa as part of their plot to steal a shipment of Vibranium from the San Francisco Mint. At this point, Theresa's mutant nature sets off Professor X's Cerebro machine in New York and he summons the X-Men together to prepare for a contact mission with this new mutant.[Continuity 9]

That night, at the new home that Jessica Drew shares with Lindsay McCabe, Jessica arrives and finds that a housewarming party has started. There she meets their new landlord David Ishima, with whom she has a momentary romantic moment outside. This is marred when suddenly Jessica's acute hearing picks up a sonic scream, causing her pain. Fleeing, Jessica changes into Spider-Woman and decides to go out and find the source. Following the scream to its source, she finds the Juggernaut, Black Tom and Theresa (garbed in clothing similar to the Banshee and calling herself Siryn) trying to rob the Vibranium shipment. Spider-Woman finds that she is outnumbered and overpowered, and the criminals easily defeat her and leave with their loot. When Spider-Woman revives later, she finds herself surrounded by police officers who want to arrest her for the theft.

Appearing in "Criminal At Large!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #38.

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  • San Francisco
    • San Francisco Mint
    • 1 Yarbro Court
    • Hunter-Dulin Building
  • Suisun Bay

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  • Liberty Ships (World War II freighters)

Synopsis for "Criminal At Large!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #38.

Framed for the theft of Vibranium by Black Tom Cassidy, Juggernaut, and Siryn, Spider-Woman is taken into police custody. However, she breaks free and flees. Resuming her civilian guise, she apologizes to her friends David Ishima and Lindsay McCabe for suddenly leaving the housewarming party. At that moment, Storm, Colossus, and Angel show up. Speaking to Jessica in private, they reveal that they know that she is really Spider-Woman and that they are members of the X-Men and ask for her help in trying to find the new mutant that their Cerebro machine located in the area.

Agreeing to work together, the X-Men and Spider-Woman track the three villains to a derelict ship. Working together, they manage to defeat both Black Tom and Siryn.[Continuity 10] from the team. However, During the fight, Spider-Woman and Storm combine their powers and manage to blast the Juggernaut into the water, where he is lost at sea.[Continuity 11] As they turn Black Tom over to the authorities, he tells all present that Theresa is the daughter of his cousin, Sean Cassidy, and leaves her in Storm's care.[Continuity 12]

After the adventure, Jessica Drew gets her own office, where she proudly hangs up her newly earned private detective's license.[Continuity 13]

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See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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