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Appearing in "...And the Jackal Cries, 'Death!'"Edit
- Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly)
- Mary Jane Watson-Parker
- New Warriors
- Helix (Rafael Carago) (First appearance) (Unidentified)
- Walter Rosen
- Punisher (Frank Castle)
- Don (Only appearance)
- Anna Watson (Recap)
- Aunt May (Recap)
- Richard Parker (Recap) (Impostor)
- Mary Parker (Recap) (Impostor)
- May Reilly (Recap) (Impostor)
- Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius) (Recap)
- Stunner (Angelina Brancale) (Recap)
- Detective Jacob Raven (Recap)
- Detective Connor Trevane (Recap)
Races and Species:
- Spider-Man's Suit
- Scarlet Spider's Suit
- Jackal's Suit
- Torpedo Armor
- Doctor Octopus' Tentacles (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "...And the Jackal Cries, 'Death!'"Edit
Maximum Clonage continues from New Warriors #61...
The clone of Peter Parker sits on a park bench holding a metal canister. After a moment, he opens it, unleashing a virus that seemingly wipes out the entire population.[Continuity 1] The Jackal soon arrives, marveling the effects of his newly modified Carrion virus. This Parker clone doesn't share the same sense of humor that the Jackal does. However, the Jackal explains that they are doing this for the greater good, as he intends to replace all the people killed here with clones of his own creation as part of a scheme to replace every living being on Earth with a clone. He tells the clone that he will be his true "son" as Peter Parker and Ben Reilly wouldn't understand.[Continuity 2] As they pass a nearby alley, they are unaware that one of their victims wakes up alive and well.
Peter Parker sits high above the city trying to process the recent revelation that he was a clone of the real Peter Parker.[Continuity 3] He thinks about all the recent anguish he endured in recent history. It all started with the appearance of people claiming to be his parents.[Continuity 4] However, he later learned that they were artificial constructs created by the Chameleon as part of a revenge scheme.[Continuity 5] This was followed by his Aunt May, who suffered a stroke and enter a coma.[Continuity 6] After learning this, Peter suffered a breakdown and attempted to renounce his human identity, and totally embrace the spider.[Continuity 7] This was followed by the return of Ben Reilly, turning his life upside down. This was followed in rapid succession by Ben becoming the Scarlet Spider, the return of the Jackal, and how Doctor Octopus saved him from a deadly virus.[Continuity 8] Although he thought things were going well when his wife Mary Jane told him that she was pregnant.[Continuity 9] This is followed by thoughts of Kaine who told Peter he was the real Spider-Man, causing Peter to doubt his own identity for the first time.[Continuity 10] This was followed by the death of his Aunt May and his arrest for murder.[Continuity 11] Peter's thoughts then recall his battle against "Freakface" a twisted Spider-Clone, catching Kaine and bringing him to justice, and the recent tests that proved that Peter was the clone and Ben Reilly was the real Spider-Man this whole time.[Continuity 12] Even after all of the deceptions, Peter knows that the revelation that he is a clone must be true.
Elsewhere, the Scarlet Spider is searching for Peter after he away. As he hunts for Peter, Ben thinks about he too had been manipulated by the Jackal and his minions. He soon becomes angry when the fact that he was robbed of five years of his life.[Continuity 13] Losing control of his emotions, he shatters a rooftop sending debris showing down on the street below. Realizing what he as done, the Scarlet Spider webs up the debris before someone can get hurt then returns his search for Peter. Meanwhile, Mary Jane goes through a number of books on genetics in the hopes of learning some clue what Peter's status of a clone may have on their unborn child. However, the material is far too complicated and she is too worried about her husband to focus. When she hears someone coming in from the skylight, she hopes that it is Peter. Instead, it is Ben, and for a moment she convinces herself that Reilly has come to take Peter's place in her life. Brought to hysterics, she accuses Ben of trying to replace Peter and denounces his presence in her home. The Scarlet Spider calms Mary Jane by explaining that while he envies the life that Peter has, he doesn't want it for himself. He then tells Mary Jane that he has been looking for her spouse and see if he can help in some way, then he intends to go after the Jackal once and for all.
By this time, the Center for Disease Control have arrived in Springville and begin examining the dead bodies. They are horrified by how quickly the virus acted and fear what might happen if this is an epidemic.
Miles away, the Jackal and his Parker clone are driving back to their base. The Jackal amusingly listens to radio chatter regarding the virus. However, he is shocked when he learns that the CDC has managed to find a survivor.
The New Warriors have returned to the Genetech Research Facility to confront Walter Rosen, who withheld important information when he sent the Warriors out to recover a stolen nanocontainer.[Continuity 14] As a result, the Warriors were ill-prepared for their mission and failed, and are very upset with Rosen.[Continuity 15] The group has already made the connection with this nanocontagen and the situation in Springville. Learning that the lone survivor has begun exhibiting strange powers, the Warriors demand to know everything Walter knows before they go to investigate.
Ben is picking up Mary Jane's books while she checks the mail. She is surprised to find a letter addressed to Ben among the other mail. It is from Springville, and when Ben opens it, it contains an anonymous letter wishing the Scarlet Spider could be there. Reading it, Reilly easily deduces who this letter must be from.
While at a maximum security facility on the Lower East Side, Kaine is being transported to his cell. Suddenly, he is struck with yet another vision of someone murdering Mary Jane.[Continuity 16] Realizing that she is in danger, Kaine breaks free from his restraints and escapes into the city.
At a CDC mobile research base, scientists tries to examine the man who survived the Carrion virus. When they try to inject him with a sedative, the needle breaks as the survivor's skin becomes rock hard. Suddenly, he breaks free and flees into the night. Watching this is the evil Peter Parker clone who has come to deal with this survivor for his master. Because the Jackal told him to be subtle about this, this Parker clone uses his shapeshifting powers to create a costume for himself. As he stalks after the survivor, he decides to accept the name given to him by his creator and starts calling himself Spidercide.[Continuity 17] That's when he notices a helicopter landing nearby. Spidercide is amused to see the New Warriors emerging from the vehicle, looking forward to clashing with them again.[Continuity 18] At that same moment, the Scarlet Spider has arrived in Springville and begins looking around himself. He spots the survivor and is surprised when the man's skin turns into stone to protect him from the branches of the forest. As the wall-crawler tries to go in for a closer look, he is ambushed by the New Warriors who mistakenly think he is in league with Spidercide.
Mary Jane grows tired of waiting for her husband to return home. With so much to think about, she decides to go out for a walk. Not long after, Peter returns home but thinks that he doesn't deserve this life. After pausing to smell his wife's pillow and think about how much he loves her, Peter then takes their savings and his Spider-Man costume and leaves. As he web-slings across the city he decides, despite all else, he earned the right to call himself Spider-Man.
As the Scarlet Spider holds his own against the New Warriors, the survivor continues to flee through the woods. He is then confronted by Spidercide, and his screams are heard by the Spider and the New Warriors.
His mind reeling with thoughts of being a clone, Spider-Man decides to go to the last place he spent time with Aunt May before she died. Climbing up the Empire State Building, the web-slinger hopes that he can find some clarity in this special place. Elsewhere in the city, the Punisher overhears a news report about Spider-Man being sighted climbing the Empire State Building. Also hearing this report is the Jackal, who decides to go and pay Peter a surprise visit.
By this time, the Scarlet Spider and the Warriors have reached Spidercide who decides to toss his would be victim into the air. When the members of the Warriors who can fly to try and rescue the survivor, they are surprised when he suddenly grows wings in order to save himself. Seeing that this man is about to attack him, Speedball, Turbo, and Powerpax incapacitate him. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider, Justice and Firestar face off against Spidercide. As he clashes with the Spider, Spidercide reveals that he is the clone the web-slinger fought earlier and called Freakface. Spidercide surprises them by turning into water, and departs leaving them with a clue as to the Jackal's whereabouts: He tells the Scarlet Spider that the Jackal has gone back to where it all began.[Continuity 19]
Spider-Man sits atop of the Empire State Building and thinks about the last time he was here with his Aunt May. Before she collapsed in his arms, she told him that she knew he was really Spider-Man and how proud she was of him. Now that he believes himself to be a clone, he thinks he doesn't deserve this praise and that he was nothing. His thoughts are interrupted by the Jackal, prompting Spider-Man to lash out in anger. The Jackal defends himself, blocking the web-spinner's blows. He explains that, with the revelation that Peter Parker is really a clone, he has come back to claim what is his.
As the Genetech takes the virus survivor into custody, the New Warriors apologize for attacking the Scarlet Spider. He accepts their apology, as he understands that it was a case of mistaken identity. With the battle over, he fears what happened to Spidercide, now that he is free of the Jackal's control and can assume any shape he wants, the Spider fears where this new threat may appear next. His fears are very warranted, as Spidercide has taken the place of one of the pilots about to ship the survivor back to Genetech.
The Jackal, confident that he can defeat a clone that he created overpowers Spider-Man. He then tells Parker that they neededn't fight and offers the wall-crawler a chance to join him and they can work together on perfecting his cloning technology. With nothing else to live for, Spider-Man accepts the Jackal's outstretched hand.
... Maximum Clonage continues in Web of Spider-Man #127.