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Quote1.png 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.png

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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?


Continuity Notes

  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 #3637.
  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 Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  4. * Peter recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4, but they started returning to 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 #26.
  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 Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412

    The full story is uncovered in Osborne Journals #1.


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

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