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Synopsis for "A Farewell to Arms!"

In order to stop the Sinister Six, Spider-Man put on the mechanical arms of Doctor Octopus in order to prevent them from stealing it. Unfortunately for the wall-crawler, the Hobgoblin destroyed the encephalo-helmet that allowed him to control the device. Now he struggles to break free as the arms run wild. Spotting the web-spinner, Doctor Moretti orders the government agents protecting the facility to open fire, as the government still needs to learn the secrets of the device. However, the mechanical arms instinctively lash out against the soldiers. Not wanting anyone to get seriously hurt, Spider-Man uses his webbing to keep the mechanical arms restrained. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider digs himself out from the rubble he was buried under at the hideout of the Sinister Six. By this time, he has recalled that the Sinister Six's employer is none other than Elias Hargrove, the last surviving relative of Doctor Octopus.[Continuity 1] The Scarlet Spider decides to pay a Hargrove a visit and then intends to hunt down the Sinister Six once he's finished.

Back at the government facility, the mysterious assassin known as Kaine has ambushed Mysterio and Electro, the two members of the Six who failed to escape. Kaine is about to give Mysterio his lethal Mark of Kaine when he discovers that this is not the real Mysterio, but a robotic duplicate. Furious that he has been denied the opportunity to destroy another one of Spider-Man's foes, Kaine tosses the construct aside.[Continuity 2] This delay allows Electro to recover and he tries to blast Kaine. However, the mystery man easily shoulders the electrical jolt and gets close enough to strike Electro. Not far away, Spider-Man still struggles to protect the soldiers from the mechanical arms of Doctor Octopus. This, however, doesn't stop them from trying to eliminate the wall-crawler in order to reclaim the device. By this time, Spider-Man's strength has returned and he manages to rip apart the chest harness that keeps him shackled to the arms. Seeing that the mechanical arms have been destroyed, Doctor Moretti scolds Spider-Man for what he has done. Unphased by this chastising, Spider-Man webs Moretti's mouth shut and swings off.

Meanwhile, Kaine is about to kill Electro, when he spots Spider-Man and decides to flee before he is observed.[Continuity 3] Spotting Electro, Spider-Man wonders who knocked him out. He is further confused when he finds the Mysterio robot nearby. At that moment, Elias Hargrove crashes in on Michael Gerdes, the lawyer of Doctor Octopus. Hargrove accuses Gerdes of altering Otto's video will.[Continuity 4] He explains that he discovered that the footage had been digitally manipulated because of the inverted reflection in Otto's sunglasses. When Gerdes gets up and starts approaching Elias, he panics and fires the gun. However, the bullet passes harmlessly through Michael. As it turns out, this is nothing more than an illusion created by Mysterio.

Disarming Elias and tossing him aside, Mysterio reveals the truth behind his deception. He fooled Elias into reforming the Sinister Six in order to cover his theft of something far more valuable from the government facility: a cache of data about the entire criminal underworld that was collected by Doctor Octopus prior to his death. However, Mysterio has yet to find a means to gain access to the data stored in the canister without setting off the built-in self-destruct. He manipulated Elias Hargrove in the hopes that Otto's last surviving relative would know how to crack the security code. He then threatens to kill Hargrove if he refuses to help. That's when the Scarlet Spider comes crashing in through the window. Mysterio tries to confuse the wall-crawler by creating holographic duplicates of himself. To try and find the real Mysterio, the Scarlet Spider begins firing his impact webbing at all of the duplicates. When they pass through every Mysterio, the Spider correctly deduces the villain has disguised himself as Elias Hargrove. With his scheme failing, Mysterio sets off the self-destruct sequence, forcing the Scarlet Spider to grab the real Elias Hargrove and leap to safety before the building explodes. In the aftermath of the battle, the Scarlet Spider decides to let Elias Hargrove go free, having overheard his conversation with "Gerdes" and knows he was manipulated into helping out with Mysterio's scheme. However, the wall-crawler vows to go after Hargrove in the future if he hears that Elias has gotten back into the family business.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is watching the sunrise, thinking about all of the lives he saved today by preventing the mechanical arms of Doctor Octopus. However, he is still no closer to learning who was responsible for killing his old foe and vows not to rest until the man who killed Otto Octavius is brought to justice.

... Kaine's hunt for Spider-Man's old foes continues in Spider-Man Unlimited #9. The Clone Saga continues in Web of Spider-Man #122.

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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
  1. At the time of this story, Doctor Octopus had just recently been murdered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.
  2. Kaine was responsible for killing Doctor Octopus and the Grim Hunter in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221 and Spider-Man #55 respectively.
  3. The narrative of this story states that this story takes place prior to Spider-Man's first meeting with Kaine. That happened during the Smoke and Mirrors story arc.
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
  4. The will is depicted as being recorded on a VHS tape. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, as it is an obsolete technology.

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