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Quote1 ...life is about redemption and forgiving. By sacrificing himself to save you and your mom, I'd say he redeemed himself. In effect, he became a good man. Now you just have to learn to forgive him for the bad that was in him. I'm sorry your dad had to die to redeem himself, Stevie. Quote2
-- Ben Reilly

Appearing in "Redemption"

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Locations:

  • Manhattan
    • Tombstone penthouse (Destruction)
    • Geraci Mansion
    • Marlowe apartment
    • Mayor's house
    • Daily Grind

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Vehicles:

  • Ambulance

Synopsis for "Redemption"

Spidey and Punisher escape the blast by leaping through a window; Spider-Man web-slings them to safety while Tombstone retreats with Steve Marlowe to Marlowe’s own apartment. At a meeting of the Geraci crime family, Mario reports that Punisher has no intention of killing Spider-Man as promised.[Continuity 1] Joey Geraci reflects on the deal he made with Tombstone to become head of the Geraci family; he didn’t think Tombstone would actually try to kill the elder Geraci; now he is worried the family will find out.

Meanwhile, young Stevie Marlowe decides to run away from his mother to live with his father who lets him do whatever he wants. At Marlowe’s apartment, a rage-filled Tombstone wonders how to proceed; he decides to have the mayor killed.[Continuity 2] Stevie walks in just as Tombstone has beat up one of his henchmen; Tombstone decides to keep the child as insurance as the Marlowe kills the mayor. The Punisher and Spider-Man, who deduced Tombstone would come to Marlowe’s apartment, watch from the roof, unwilling to jeopardize the child. Elsewhere, Stevie’s mother wakes up and realizes he’s gone.

Punisher leaves to prevent Marlowe from killing the mayor while Spider-Man will get the child to safety and take down Tombstone. Marlowe and his men kill several cops guarding the mayor’s apartment but Punisher stops them from killing the mayor and takes Marlowe back to Tombstone. Meanwhile, Marlowe’s wife bursts into Marlowe’s apartment looking for her son, just as Spider-Man begins to fight Tombstone. The Punisher bursts in soon too, but neither hero can act as Tombstone threatens both the wife and child. Marlowe himself tries a move on Tombstone but gets shot for his trouble; Punisher points a rocket launcher at Tombstone and fires. When the dust clears Punisher leaves while Spider-Man tries to help the wife and child.

The next day at the coffee shop, Ben Reilly tries to comfort the child by telling him to remember his father for the good things he did, especially sacrificing his life trying to save him.

Punisher meets with the Geraci family and says the ones who tried to kill Don Geraci are dead, but he could not kill Spider-Man out of honor. Tombstone’s body was not found but Punisher thinks he’ll be out of the picture awhile at least. He wonders if the closeness he feels to the Geraci family is a betrayal to his own deceased family.

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
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 Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Omega
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
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1
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
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  1. At the time of this story, the Punisher was a member of the Geraci crime family. This has been the status quo since Punisher Vol 3 #1.
  2. The mayor in this story is identified as Rudolph Giuliani who was mayor of New York from 1994 to 2001. His appearance here should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.

Publication Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.[2]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. This issue is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:



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