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Quote1 But, before I swing in with both feet, I think I wanna try one more test of my little "genetic memory" theory. Oh, yeah... they don't like me... ...that's gonna make things a whole lot easier! Thank you, Peter Parker... ...wherever you are! Quote2
-- Spider-Man

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Synopsis for "Global Swarming"

During the intermission of a Broadway musical, Desiree Winthrop goes into the lobby to look for Ben Reilly, who excused himself from their date to make a phone call.[Continuity 1] She wonders where he could be until she looks out one of the windows and sees the streets are swarmed with bees that are attacking everything in sight. Not far away at the Institute of Seismoharmonic Research building has been taken over by the mutant bees controlled by the Swarm. The hive mind is attempting to use the devices within the facility to repair the damage to Swarm's psychic link to his bees and take over the world. Nearby, Spider-Man swings toward the building, he quickly makes note of the fact that Peter Parker must have fought this creature during the five years he Ben Reilly was gone. This is reinforced because of a genetic memory among the Swarm's bees that cause them to avoid him at all costs.[Continuity 2] This will make his job easier, the wall-crawler to give thanks to Peter Parker.

Meanwhile, in Forest Hills, Peter and his wife Mary Jane are redecorating one of the rooms in Aunt May's old house in preparation for their unborn child.[Continuity 3] Peter is on the ceiling painting when his spider-powers suddenly wear off causing him to fall to the ground.[Continuity 4] After making sure her husband is okay, Peter and Mary Jane decide to take a break to have a little romance. Back in the city, Spider-Man decides to push his theory to the limit by leaping into the mass of bees. This gamble pays off as the insects move out of the way allowing the web-slinger to gain access to the facility. He instantly recognizes the Institute of Seismoharmonic Research, having read about their work in an issue of Scientific American. Inside the building, he finds scientists hard at work on their new Harmonics Generator. The lead scientist explains that Swarm is forcing them to use the device to repair his damaged vibrational field that was damaged recently.[Continuity 5] However, not only are they going to restore his power, but boost it so the Swarm will take control of every beehive on the planet. When Spider-Man asks what the Swarm threatened to do if they didn't comply, and is immediately answered when the Swarm commands a group of his bees to fly into one of the scientist's mouth to choke him. After getting his message across the Swarm dissipates again so the scientists can continue their work.

Pulling the scientists aside, the wall-crawler points out that bee's fly by cutting through air currents by vibrating their wings, if they can disrupt this process they could incapacitate the bees. The scientists come up with a means to do it, but in order for it to work they need to get some equipment up onto the roof of the building. To this end, they trick the Swarm into thinking that they need to lug the heavy equipment onto the roof in order to restore the Swarm. The hybrid being falls for the ruse and allows them to bring the equipment up onto the roof, telling them that they can get Spider-Man to do all the heavy lifting for them. The Swarm doesn't realize that he is being tricked until Spider-Man and one of the scientists have set up the device on the roof of the building. Just as Swarm is about to attack, Spider-Man activates the vibration machine which once more severs the Swarm's mental connection to his bees. The process causes ripple on the psychic plane causing pain to those who are psi-sensitive, including Phoenix of the X-Men. The process also knocks all the bees out, allowing Spider-Man to locate and isolate the queen bee, the source of Swarm's link with the hive.

With the danger over, the scientists explain what happened to the press and are hailed as heroes.[Error 1] The scientists point out that Spider-Man is the real hero as it was his idea that helped them defeat the Swarm. This is heard by J. Jonah Jameson who is watching the report on television, causing him to audibly scoff at the assertion. While everyone is wondering where Spider-Man went, Ben Reilly has changed back to his civilian identity and returned to the theater just as the play is ending and the patrons are filing out. There he runs into Desiree Winthrop and apologizes for running out on the their date. However, Desiree understands, thinking that Ben Reilly is still getting over his recent break-up with Jessica Carradine.[Continuity 6] She assures Ben that she just wants to be his friend and kisses him on the cheek, leaving Reilly befuddled. While at the offices of Osborn Industries, Liz Osborn gets off the phone with her lawyer Foggy Nelson. She is working on an investigation on the ties between Osborn Industries and Multivex.[Continuity 7] She calls in Donald Menkin, her assistant, and asks for all the personnel files of Multivex employees, particularly those of one Seward Trainer. Menkin complies, but as he exits the office he thinks about how her investigation could lead to her discovering something that is very hazardous to her health.

Solicit Synopsis

  • The evil, walking, talking pile o' bees known as Swarm has taken over a research complex In New York— and his army of crazed, killer bees are preying on the city already devastated by Onslaught!
  • Is one hero, namely Spider-Man, enough to stop this horrific horde?

Notes

Continuity Notes

Clone Saga Reading Order
Prelude
The Double
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Parker Legacy
Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
The Lost Years
Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3
Act One
Power and Responsibility
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Exile Returns
Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
Back From the Edge
Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
Web of Life
Web of Spider-Man #120 Spider-Man #54 Web of Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man #55
Web of Death
Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
Funeral for an Octopus
Spider-Man Unlimited #8 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #2 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3
Smoke and Mirrors
Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Players and Pawns
The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
Aftershocks
Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
Mark of Kaine
Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
Crossfire
Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
The Trial of Peter Parker
Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
Planet of the Symbiotes
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
Act Two
Maximum Clonage
Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1
Growing Pains
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
The Exiled
Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
Time Bomb
The Spectacular Spider-Man #228 Web of Spider-Man #129
The Greatest Responsibility
Amazing Spider-Man #406 Spider-Man #63 The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1
Act Three
Virtual Morality
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 Web of Scarlet Spider #1 Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 Scarlet Spider #1 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
Cyberwar
Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
Nightmare in Scarlet
Web of Scarlet Spider #3 New Warriors #67 Web of Scarlet Spider #4
The Sensational Spider-Man
Wizard Mini-Comic #3 Sensational Spider-Man #0 Amazing Spider-Man #407 Spider-Man #64 The Spectacular Spider-Man #230 Spider-Man Unlimited #11
The Final Adventure
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4
Act Four
Media Blizzard
Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
The Return of Kaine
The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
Web of Carnage
Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
Blood Brothers
Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
Redemption
Spider-Man: Redemption #1 Spider-Man: Redemption #2 Spider-Man: Redemption #3 Spider-Man: Redemption #4
Peter Parker Returns
Sensational Spider-Man #7 Amazing Spider-Man #414 Spider-Man #71 The Spectacular Spider-Man #237
Loose Ends
Amazing Spider-Man #415 Spider-Man #72 Sensational Spider-Man #8 The Spectacular Spider-Man #238 Sensational Spider-Man #9 Amazing Spider-Man #416 Spider-Man #73 The Spectacular Spider-Man #239 Sensational Spider-Man #10 Amazing Spider-Man #417 Spider-Man #74
Revelations
The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: Revelations #1 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1
  1. The narrative specifically states that they went to go see Rent, which in 1996 was a popular musical on Broadway at the time. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timesacle of Earth-616 as the production ended its Broadway run in 2008.
  2. The original Spider-Man battled the Swarm in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #36-37.
  3. Some facts here:
    • Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
    • Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  4. * Peter recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4, but they started returning to The Spectacular Spider-Man #237, although they cut out at random moments since.
    • Mary Jane makes a joke about how they should have gotten Peter's fall on video and sent it to Bob Sagat. At the time of this story, Bob Sagat was the host of "America's Funniest Home Videos". This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as Bob Sagat stopped being the host of the show in 1997.
  5. This was caused by Onslaught's psychic pulse in X-Men Vol 2 #56.
  6. Ben dated Jessica Carradine from Sensational Spider-Man #2-6.
  7. The connection between Osborn and Multivex was uncovered during the Blood Brothers story arc.
    Blood Brothers
    Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
    The full story is uncovered in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journals #1.

Errors

  1. One of the reporters is Trish Tibly. A coloring error depicts her as African-American here.

Publication Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.[1]

See Also

Footnotes

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