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Appearing in "The Parker Years"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1.

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Synopsis for "The Parker Years"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1.

On the roof of the brownstone that he owns with his wife, Mary Jane, Peter Parker has started a burn barrel.[Continuity 1] He then begins tossing in equipment and various mementos that cover his entire career as Spider-Man.[Continuity 2] That's when Mary Jane comes up to ask for Peter's help packing the kitchen.[Continuity 3] Seeing him burning his Spider-Man momentos, she asks him what he is doing.[Continuity 4] He tells his wife that he is burning these possessions so he can put the charade of being Spider-Man behind him once and for all. Mary Jane can't believe that Peter is still sulking over the revelation that he is a clone.[Continuity 5] Among the photos that he is about to burn, Mary Jane sees one of Spider-Man standing over what appears to be the dead body of Peter Parker. He tells her that this photo is the one that started everything. At the time he thought he was the real Peter Parker and that his clone was dead. The photo was taken moments before he disposed of the body.[Continuity 6] Believing that he was the clone all along, Peter figures he was confused because he was busy staying alive fighting the Sandman, Vulture, and the Kingpin all at the same time.[Continuity 7] He also recalls how his love of Mary Jane helped him during a battle against Spencer Smythe around this time. That helped convince him that the Jackal couldn't have implanted those feelings and that he was the real Spider-Man.[Continuity 8]

Knowing that contrary now, Peter goes through his old rolls of film and wonders if the real Spider-Man couldn't have done things differently. He points to the night that he failed to stop a crook who later found one of Norman Osborn's old weapons caches.[Continuity 9] He recalls how this equipment later fell into the hands of Ned Leeds, who later became the Hobgoblin.[Continuity 10] He recalls how much misery the Hobgoblin caused their lives, like when he terrorized Mary Jane and Liz Osborn, and later framed Flash Thompson.[Continuity 11] Ned had an untimely end as well, after being assassinated by the Foreigner.[Continuity 12] He remembers how Ned's death had a negative impact on his widow, Betty Brant. Hearing this, Mary Jane thinks it is ridiculous that Peter would take responsibility for all of this because he failed to stop one crook, pointing out that he is only human.

This doesn't dissuade Peter, who still believes that he has caused more harm than good. He points out how if it wasn't for his inaction, Morris Bench wouldn't have become the villain known as Hydro-Man.[Continuity 13] Worse, he reminds her that while he was off on the Secret Wars, he brought an alien symbiote back to Earth, thinking that it was a high tech costume.[Continuity 14] When he discovered that it was alive he got rid of it, but when it came back he tried to kill the alien creature.[Continuity 15] However, his attempts to kill the symbiote failed and it later bonded with Eddie Brock, to become Venom.[Continuity 16] Not only did Venom terrorize Mary Jane and his Aunt May, but it also went on to spawn more symbiotes.[Continuity 17] The most deadly of those was Carnage, bonded to serial killer Cletus Kasady, this symbiote was so deadly that Spider-Man had to team up with Venom to stop him, and it wasn't always pretty.[Continuity 18] All of this happened because of yet another stupid mistake.

He then points out another time, during his manhunt for the Sin-Eater. When the serial killer tried to shoot him, Spider-Man leaped out of the way causing innocent people getting struck by the bullets. When Spider-Man finally caught up with the Sin-Eater, he would have beaten him to death had Daredevil not stopped him.[Continuity 19] Stan Carter, the man who was the Sin-Eater, ended up being crippled as a result of the beating that he got from Spider-Man. Carter later committed suicide by cop when he held a child hostage with an unloaded shotgun.[Continuity 20] He feels that as a carbon-copy of the real Spider-Man, he couldn't properly assess the situations the way the real Spider-Man would, such as when his doubts prevented the Puma from following his destiny to destroy the Beyonder.[Continuity 21] Or when the Black Cat's bad luck powers started affecting him negatively him.[Continuity 22] He went to Doctor Strange to use a spell to reverse it without thinking of the repercussions. The spell nullified the Black Cat's powers, resulting in a savage beating from the Foreigner's assassins.[Continuity 23]

It doesn't stop there either, Peter continues, reminding his wife about Kraven the Hunter being obsessed with defeating Spider-Man. Mary Jane remembers Spider-Man's last encounter with Kraven, which resulted in Kraven burying Spider-Man alive, stealing his identity, then committing suicide when Spider-Man returned and defeated him.[Continuity 24] However, Peter points out that things didn't end there, that Kraven's family came back for revenge in the form of the Chameleon. The villain vowed revenge, and created constructs of Peter Parker's parents in order to get revenge against him.[Continuity 25] He didn't learn the truth until the Vulture killed these constructs, pushing Peter over the edge for a time.[Continuity 26] He finds it ironic that these "parents" were impostors when he wasn't even the real Peter Parker to begin with.

That's where things continued to spiral out of control because not long after that experience, Ben Reilly returned. The two worked together to battle Judas Traveller.[Continuity 27] Ben later became the Scarlet Spider, a hero in his own right, even taking on Venom all by himself.[Continuity 28] From there things continued to become more chaotic with their battles with the Grim Hunter, the return of the Jackal, their battles with Kaine, Scrier, Judas Traveller, and the questions the Jackal had raised regarding who was the real Peter Parker.[Continuity 29] This causes Peter to think back to when he was recently died and was saved by Doctor Octopus. He wonders if his old foe, Otto Octavius, learned the truth. He will never know though since Otto was later murdered by Kaine.[Continuity 30] He feels the worst about the recent death of Aunt May, since Ben had to watch her passing from outside the window, and he could feel Ben Reilly's resentment.[Continuity 31]

Eventually, Mary Jane grows tired of hear Peter whining about everything that has gone wrong over the past five years. She tells him that despite all the bad things he chooses to focus on, he has also saved the world countless times. To prove her point, she digs up pictures of Spider-Man's battle with the Abomination and how he and the Thing saved New York from destruction at the hands of Basilisk.[Continuity 32] She also brings up the time that he helped Adam Warlock stop Thanos from snuffing out all the stars in the universe.[Continuity 33] Another example she makes is the time that Spider-Man saved the Man-Thing from captivity and returned it to the Florida Everglades.[Continuity 34] The list goes on: The time that Spider-Man and Daredevil saved the city from the Masked Marauder; or when Spider-Man protected J. Jonah Jameson from his own son when he was the Man-Wolf; and when he teamed up with Doctor Strange to stop Doctor Doom from unleashing Dormammu with the Bend Sinister.[Continuity 35] When Peter tries to point out another instance when he failed to stop Doctor Octopus from poisoning the Punisher. Mary Jane retorts that not only did he cure the Punisher, but also stopped Octavius from poisoning the Daily Bugle's ink and killing thousands of New Yorkers.[Continuity 36] She also reminds him of when he single-handedly defeated Firelord and held his own against the Hulk.[Continuity 37] When Peter tries to brush off the Hulk victory by reminding her that he had the power of Captain Universe at the time, she insists that is not the point.[Continuity 38]

She points out all of the villains that Peter fought over the years and defeated. She reminds him that his actions saved an innumerable amount of people. Not only that, she reminds him of all the times that he used his spider-powers to save his friends and family. She then reminds him that he went to university and graduated with honors, a skilled scientist in his own rights. These are all the things that helped convince her to marry him.[Continuity 39] She also points out that she is carrying his child, the final proof that he has done a lot of good in his life.[Continuity 40]

Returning to her packing, she tells Peter that he lived a good life and that even if he burns all of his possessions it won't change a thing. Peter sits and thinks about her words for a long moment. He then picks up all of the photos and equipment and puts them back in a box. He holds the box over the flames for a moment, contemplating dropping everything into the barrel. Instead, he puts the box back on the ground. Taking out one of his web-shooters, Peter smothers the fire with his webbing and then goes downstairs to help Mary Jane pack.

Appearing in "Slave Machine"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Warriors #65.

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Synopsis for "Slave Machine"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Warriors #65.



Appearing in "Return to Springdale"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Warriors #66.

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Synopsis for "Return to Springdale"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Warriors #66.



Appearing in "You Say You Want An Evolution"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1.

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Synopsis for "You Say You Want An Evolution"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1.

Three Weeks Ago

Two humanoid creatures have located the cryostasis unit that contains the warped Spider-Clone known as Kaine. One of them, named Spinneret, almost opens the unit, however, his associate, Komodo tells him to keep it closed as the clone inside is clearly in stasis for a reason.[Continuity 41]

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The Scarlet Spider finds himself outside the same warehouse and sees that it is swarmed by a crew of authorities and hazmat units. Among those gathered is Jacob Raven, but he is barred from going inside.[Continuity 42] Unwilling to let this stop him, Raven sneaks into the back of a truck and steals a hazmat suit, allowing him to slip into the warehouse unseen. The Scarlet Spider decides to swing in after him, but are stopped by the men in the hazmats suit. They explain that they are with the World Health Organization and they are trying to contain the facility in case it has more of the Jackal's genetic virus that was unleashed on the city of Springville.[Continuity 43] Barred from entering, the web-slinger leaps away. As he goes, his spider-sense is set off by a group of WHO agents that are entering the building. Inside, the agents have found nothing and are clearing out. This allows Jacob Raven to look around for the secret entrance he has correctly deduced exists here.[Continuity 44] He discovers the Jackal's lab and finds the containment unit that is holding Kaine. He opens the unit in the hopes of shooting Kaine to death, but he is pulled away by the man-monsters that have set up operations in the facility.

Back outside, the Scarlet Spider has decided to get into the warehouse through the sewers. As he crawls through the tunnels, he thinks about how people neglected to inform Jacob Raven that Kaine was seemingly killed by Spidercide. In the secret lab, Spinneret has wrapped Raven up in a cocoon and are about to deal with him when an alarm warns these creatures that someone else has infiltrated the facility. This intruder is the Scarlet Spider and he is soon ambushed by Spinneret, and Komodo as well as their allies Buzzard and Crushtacean. Although these so-called Animen have the element of surprise, the Scarlet Spider knocks out the male members of this group, but this leaves him open to attacks from Spinneret, and Flying Fox. When Flying Fox tries to drink his blood, the web-slinger knocks her away and then strikes Spinneret with his stingers. Slipping away, the Scarlet Spider blocks the pipe with impact webbing sealing the Animen from the Jackal's lab. Knowing that he doesn't have much time, the Spider begins accessing the Jackal's computers. He discovers that the Animen have been trying to copy the Jackal's files on cloning and his genetic virus, while at the same time, some other source is trying to erase these files.[Continuity 45] Going through the data, the web-slinger is surprised to see that the Spider-Man cloning process is also cross-referenced with the Carrion virus.[Continuity 46]

With his spider-sense and the security systems warning him of the Animen's approach, the Scarlet Spider frees Jacob Raven. Unfortunately, Raven is too upset to listen to reason, allowing the Animen to catch up to the web-spinner. Komodo's first punch sends the masked hero crashing into Kaine's stasis chamber. When the Scarlet Spider realizes what he is looking at, he demands to know what is going on. Suddenly, a holographic image of the High Evolutionary appears in the room and demands a status report. Informed that they have succeeded in their mission, the High Evolutionary teleports them away. When Crushtaceon tries to fire a parting shot, the Scarlet Spider fires a webline at the creature, causing him to be teleported away as well. This leaves Jacob Raven unconscious on the floor with the stasis chamber containing Kaine left wide open.

The Scarlet Spider finds himself in the middle of the city of Wundagore, home of the High Evolutionary's New Men. Realizing that he is in a no-win situation, the wall-crawler flees the city as the Animen gather a mob to try and capture him. The Scarlet Spider falls through the roof of a temple and is soon swarmed by New Men. As he fights them off, the Spider is surprised when a humanoid Jackal. This creature, known as Anubia, is the leader of the Cult of the Jackal, who apparently worship the work of Miles Warren. She points out that the Scarlet Spider is the "other" Spider-Man, an object of their worship. She then confuses the hero by saying that he was once a man named Anthony Serba whose DNA was altered with a genetic virus to make him a bio-duplicate of Spider-Man.[Continuity 47] The Scarlet Spider doesn't know why a group of New Men would worship the Jackal. He also corrects them on what they know about Miles Warren is wrong and tries to explain that the Jackal was a deranged scientist who cloned people. The worshipers of this cult view this as blasphemy, but Anubia calms them so she can tell the web-spinner what she knows to be the truth.

Anubia explains the origins of the New Men, hyper-evolved animals that were created by the High Evolutionary. She points out that the most human looking of the bunch were two New Men known as Porga and Tagar, as they were the work of the High Evolutionary's assistant at the time, Professor Miles Warren, the man who would become the Jackal.[Continuity 48] Porga and Tagar soon became the subject of scorn from the jealous New Men who envied their close resemblance to the master. Whereas the High Evolutionary wanted to create a race of gods, it became apparent that Miles Warren only wanted to play God. As such, the Evolutionary had Miles Warren exiled from Wundagore. However, the damage was done and there was a schism among the New Men. A faction grew to worship Miles Warren and remind behind on Earth when the High Evolutionary later left for the stars.[Continuity 49]

Miles Warren would return to these followers with his latest research and would experiment on them in the hopes of making them fully human. However, these experiments proved fatal to the creatures. Hearing all this, the Scarlet Spider theorizes to himself that this may have been an early prototype to the Carrion virus. Anubia continues to say that Warren then began working on a means of creating new bodies for his worshipers in which he could transfer their minds into human bodies. That's when the Scarlet Spider speaks up, pointing out that he was only seeking to create a world of clones. However, Anubia refuses to believe that Miles Warren was anything but a decent man. She goes on to say that Warren left them for a number of years to continue his research. It was then that he returned as the Jackal, costuming himself as such so he would look more like his followers. He told them that he created perfect clones of Gwen Stacy and Spider-Man. He stayed long enough to collect more equipment and left shortly thereafter. That was when they erected a statue of the Jackal to worship. Not long after, the High Evolutionary returned to Earth and was furious that some of his New Men worshiped Warren.[Continuity 50] Still, Anubia formed the Cult of the Jackal where they secretly worshiped the Jackal in secret. She then sent spies into the real world where the learned about the apparent death of the Jackal.[Continuity 51] Learning of the existence of the Cult and that they were holding a memorial service for Miles Warren, the High Evolutionary confronted Anubia and vowed to prove that Miles Warren was nothing more than a fraud.

Sometime after this, the High Evolutionary captured the Gwen Stacy clone and conducted experiments upon her. He learned that she was actually a woman named Joyce Delaney, who was exposed to the genetic virus by Miles Warren, turning her into a genetic duplicate of Gwen Stacy. When the High Evolutionary presented this evidence to the Cult of the Jackal they did not believe it at first. They sent out more spites to look for the lost journals of Miles Warren. When they discovered them, they were horrified to discover that the diaries confirmed everything that the Evolutionary told them was true. Hearing all this, the Scarlet Spider finds it incredibly difficult to believe and wonders why if this is all a deception. Still, part of him worries about what to do if it is true. Since Peter Parker was revealed to be the clone, if he is really Anthony Serba, the Spider wonders if Serba doesn't deserve getting his life back.[Continuity 52] Which brings the Spider to his next question: If the Cult knows that Miles Warren was a fraud, why do they still worship him. Anubia explains that they still believe that the Jackal will bring about the golden age he promised them so many years ago. That's when the Scarlet Spider explains that Miles Warren did succeed and cloning is possible. This prompts Anubia to tell her followers that they must go to the citadel of the High Evolutionary and learn the truth once and for all.

Disguising themselves with robes, the Scarlet Spider and members of the Culy sneak into the facility through the sewers. That's where they are ambushed by the Animen who have been waiting for them to infiltrate the facility. Both factions find themselves evenly matched. However, the fight is quickly ended by the High Evolutionary, who demands that the battle end right away. When Anubia demands to know the truth about Miles Warren, the High Evolutionary uses his powers to devolve her to a normal jackal. Furious, the Scarlet Spider demands that the Evolutionary restore Anubia to normal and tries to strike the High Evolutionary, but this doesn't even make the master geneticist flinch. The High Evolutionary then teleports himself and the Scarlet Spider to his ready room so they can discuss things man-to-man. He goes on to say that they are both victims of the Jackal and that once he hears the truth, the wall-crawler will realize that they are on the same side. The High Evolutionary starts by saying that he was responsible for creating the Jackal. He confirms that Miles Warren worked for him years ago, evolving animals into bi-peds. However, one of Warren's creations was a Jackal that he made very humanoid. After the creature slaughtered local livestock, the High Evolutionary learned of Warren's unauthorized experiment and exiled him. Warren went on to start a life of his own, getting married and having two children. Unfortuantely, tragedy would befall Miles Warren as his Man-Jackal escaped from the High Evolutionary's facility and tracked down his creator. Seeing Miles' new family, the creature became jealous and murdered Warren's wife and children, making it seem like a car accident.

Knowing the truth, Miles Warren returned to Wundagore and challenged the High Evolutionary for leadership of the New Men. He gathered worshipers by offering to clone human bodies for the New Men. The Scarlet Spider interjects for a moment to ask what happened to the Man-Jackal. The Evolutionary doesn't know for sure, although he heard unconfirmed reports that the creature appeared in Canada.[Continuity 53] He goes on to say that the death of Warren's family and that of his assistant Anthony Serba sent Warren over the edge, causing him to create the Jackal identity. However, something about all of this doesn't ring true to the Scarlet Spider.[Continuity 54] The High Evolutionary continues by saying that he is against Warren's work because cloning stagnates evolution and he seeks to accelerate it. He then reveals that he fabricated the "proof" that the Gwen Stacy and Spider-Clones were merely genetic constructs in order to keep the world from believing in the existence and continuing work on clones. The Jocye Delany ruse was reinforced thanks to the interference of the New God known as Daydreamer. He figured that he would never have to cover up the truth of the Spider-Clone because he believed it was dead.[Continuity 55] Now learning that this was not the case, the High Evolutionary realizes that he can do nothing more but tell the truth.

With that, the Evolutionary teleports himself and the Scarlet Spider back into the lab where the Cult of the Jackal and the Animen are fighting once more. There he makes them stop fighting again and uses his powers to return Anubia to her evolved form. There the Evolutionary admits that he decieved his New Men and his story is confirmed by the Scarlet Spider. However, the web-slinger explains that Miles Warren was only interested in creating a world of clones that were his own slaves. The High Evolutionary concludes that the destiny of the New Men is not to become human, but to supass humanity. With this all sorted out, the Evolutionary teleports the Scarlet Spider back to New York. There he finds himself back in the Jackal's lab where he wakes up Jacob Raven. That's when both men realizes that Kaine is still alive and is on the loose again.

Appearing in "There's a New Spider In Town"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Scarlet Spider #1.

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Synopsis for "There's a New Spider In Town"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Scarlet Spider #1.

The Clone Saga continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #229...

While attempting to stop a gang of muggers, the Scarlet Spider is mistaken for Spider-Man. when they realize they are actually facing the Scarlet Spider, they begin to mock the hero as nothing more than an imitator and amateur. However, their confidence is quickly trounced as the web-slinger takes them down with a barrage of impact-webbing and stingers. As he swings away, the Spider is upset that he is treated like an amateur when he is the real Peter Parker. He recalls how five years ago, he was convinced that he was a clone of Spider-Man and left New York while the real clone resumed the life of Peter Parker. Having come back and gotten revenge against the Jackal, he discovered that he was the real Spider-Man all along. Since the clone has taken over his Peter Parker identity and retired as Spider-Man, Ben Reilly wants to get a fresh start in both his civilian and costumed identity.[Continuity 56] On a nearby rooftop, Ben begins to take off his costume when his spider-sense goes off, warning him of a nearby helicopter passing by. As he goes for cover, Ben wonders what kind of threat the helicopter may pose.

Suddenly, a magnetic device is dropped from the chopper onto the roof of a van driving down the street. Inside the device are two armed men who begin pumping bullets into the roof of the van. Inside, a mobster named Orlando Kannor and his partner Vic begin to panic over what to do next. That's when the Scarlet Spider swings in to stop the gunmen. However, before attacking the gunmen, something warns the wall-crawler against attacking the gunmen directly. However, when he tries to incapacitate them with his impact webbing, he still manages to set off the smoke bombs that they have rigged on their bodies. By this point, Kanno and Vic have pulled over the car and are making a run for it. When the Scarlet Spider tries to leap onto the helicopter, but it, and the gunmen have disappeared in the thick clouds of smoke. Soon, the authorities arrive on the scene and begin searching the van, discovering that it contained stolen computer processors.[Continuity 57] The Scarlet Spider gets down on himself for helping a pair of thieves, and wonders why he bothers. Meanwhile, the armed men contact their leader, the new Doctor Octopus to report their failure. She is upset that the Scarlet Spider is interfering with her plans once again and smashes the monitor with her mechanical arms. Her assistant, the computer program known as the Master Programmer, tells her to ignore the Spider and reminds her that they need to get the stolen components in order to carry out their plans.

Later, the Scarlet Spider returns to the penthouse apartment of his friend Seward Trainer. He is upset that he is not doing very well as a crime fighter. However, Seward reminds him that being a crime fighter was Peter Parker's speciality and that Ben will have to learn to adapt to his own. Reilly agrees, and thanks Seward for putting him up while he tries to get his life together. Trainer offers Ben the chance to work for him, but Ben wants get his own job and earn his keep. However, he thinks of some way that Seward Trainer can do to help him. Meanwhile, Orlando Kannor and Vic report back to their employer, the crime boss known as Jason Tso. He is angry that they failed to deliver the computer processors that they had stolen. He places blame on Vic and orders his men to gun him down for his failure. The next day, Ben Reilly goes job hunting but is turned down for every job he applies for. His last stop is a trendy nightclub called Club Noir, which is looking for a waiter. At first, he is turned down for not having any references. However, when a waitress named Rachel trips, Ben's spider-sense allows him to catch the drink tray before the beverage can be spilled. Joey, the bar manager, is so impressed by this, he hires Ben right on the spot. Later that day, the helicopter owned by Doctor Octopus reappears and uses its magnetic crane to steal the van filled with the stolen computer processors from the police impound yard. The Scarlet Spider has been waiting and this time, with a special gas mask made by Seward Trainer, figures that he is prepared for the thieves this time.

However, when he boards the helicopter it turns out that the minions of Doctor Octopus have replaced their smoke bombs in favor of electrified suits. Stunned into submission, the web-slinger is helpless when the thieves push him out of the helicopter. Thankfully, the Scarlet Spider is able to save his life by catching the chopper with a web-line. Unfortunately, the thieves see this and begin trying to shake the hero off of their vehicle. When this doesn't work, they start shooting at the Spider, forcing him to let go. In order to save himself from a lethal fall, he quickly spins himself a make-shift hanglider out of his webbing to slow his descent. Flying over a nearby lake, he then fashions some waterskis to finally stop himself. By this time, the news of the daring theft has reached Jason Tso, who is furious to learn that the processors were stolen out from police custody. When he pulls up to Club Noir, he asks his manager what has been going on with his business while he was gone. Joey tells Mister Tso that he just hired a new waiter named Ben Reilly.

This story continues in Amazing Scarlet Spider #1...

Appearing in "True Deceptions"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Scarlet Spider #2.

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Synopsis for "True Deceptions"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Scarlet Spider #2.

The Clone Saga continues from The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1...

Although the body of Seward Trainer is a lifeless husk kept alive by life support machines, his mind lives on in cyberspace after an encounter with Doctor Octopus in virtual reality.[Continuity 58] He has been spending his time evading the security software that has been trying to purge him since his presence was detected. However, he intends to find out and stop the plans of his daughter, implanting part of his consciousness into her computers in order to mine them for the appropriate data. After completing his mission, Seward then flees the scene in order to take cover.

Meanwhile, Ben Reilly is using Seward's virtual reality technology to find a trace of his friend's consciousness. Although Seward is fascinated over his current situation, Ben worries what will happen if Trainer's mind is gone from his body for too long. After failing to find Seward, Ben packs his bag and leaves for his job as a bodyguard for mobster Jason Tso. He hates the job since he knows that Tso is currently at war with Doctor Octopus over some advanced computer processors.[Continuity 59] On his way out, he wonders if he should stop in Carrie Bradley, but decides against it as she is likely still mad at him for abruptly ending their last date.[Continuity 60] While at Club Noir, Jason Tso contacts his Alystaire Smyth. He is furious that Doctor Octopus and her minions have attacked his club twice and demands swift reprisals. Smythe tells Jason to calm down and that they will get their revenge soon, telling Tso to come down to his lab in an hour. On his way out, Jason is stopped by his right-hand man Orlando Kannor. Orlando tells his boss that there are reporters from the Daily Bugle who wants to interview Jason about the attack on his club. Having no time for such things, Tso orders Kannor to deal with them. That's when he notices that Ben Reilly hasn't shown up for work and is annoyed that his newest bodyguard is always late.

As Kannor is dealing with Ken Ellis and Angela Yin, Ben Reilly arrives for work. He is concerned that they might mistake him for Peter Parker. Unfortunately, when he tries to slip away, Angela "recognizes" Ben and goes to talk to him. Figuring that his cover is blown, Ben is relieved when Angela figures that "Peter Parker" is working undercover for a story.[Continuity 61] Although Ben has evaded a potential situation, Orlando notices that Ben and Angela seem to know each other, and immediately doesn't like it as he has been suspicious of Reilly ever since he was employed at Club Noir.

Meanwhile, at the Darnell Building, Jason Tso arrives for his meeting with Alistair Smythe. However, Tso becomes annoyed that he is being kept in the lobby when he wants revenge. This causes Smythe to laugh and he then shows Tso his Cyberslayers who will not grant Jason with his desired revenge, they will also slaughter their competition. He explains that the Cyberslayer are the legacy of the Spider-Slayer technology that was created by his father and the culmination of his plots to kill Spider-Man once and for all.[Continuity 62] Although this is his intended purpose for his Cyberslayers, Smythe is certain that Doctor Octopus and her minions will be nothing but fodder when he takes his creations on their first test run. At that moment, at her secret headquarters, Doctor Octopus expresses her frustrations to her minions -- Looter, Overdrive and Aura -- over their failulre to recover the stolen computer processors that she needs for her own schemes. He tantrum is interrupted by the Master Programmer who tells her that Jason Tso is calling for her. Answering the call, the Doctor is asked for a meeting in neutral territory so they can discuss a peaceful resolution to their ongoing feud.

While back at Club Noir, Orlando Kannor decides to verify his suspicions by doing a background check on Ben Reilly. This alerts Seward Trainer, who fears that Ben's lack of identity will convince Kannor that he is a spy or a cop, decides to do something to protect Reilly.[Continuity 63] Back at the hideout of Doctor Octopus, both she and the Master Programmer figure that Jason Tso is trying to lead them into a trap. However, she figures that with her new strike force, she will be able to defend herself. As she plots, she is unaware that she is being secretly observed by FBI agent Joe Wade who has infiltrated Doctor Octopus' gang and tries to slip away to warn her superiors. However, he doesn't go unnoticed as his spying is observed by Linette Martinez, a loyal follower of Doctor Octopus. By this time, Seward Trainer has pushed himself to the limit to create false records about Ben Reilly. Although this satisfied Orlando Kannor, he wonders why someone with a clean record would be interested in working for Tso. That's when Jason calls him and orders Orlando to organize his men for their meeting with Doctor Octopus. As Kannor rallies the men, he notices that Ben Reilly is still absent.

Having heard that this meeting is taking place at the Children's Zoo, Ben Reilly has slipped away to change into the Scarlet Spider in order to prevent any violence from erupting around the innocent zoo attendees. However, upon his arrival, the Spider is ambushed by Aura, Overdrive and the Looter. As the Spider tries to lure the villains away from the people, they are then attacked by a pair of Cyberslayers piloted remotely by Jason Tso and Alistaire Smythe. As they make short work of the minions of Doctor Octopus, Jason Tso revels in the power of these cybernetic creatures and begins plotting to betray Smythe and take them for himself. The battle eventually draws the attention of the police and the FBI who arrive on the scene. With the Looter and his cohorts incapacitated, the Cyberslayers leave, ending the conflict. Also arriving on the scene is Orlando Kannor and his men, who decide to disburse upon seeing the authorities on the scene. With the Looter, Aura, and Overdrive being taken into police custody, FBI agent Stephanie Briggs asks the Spider to come in for questioning. However, the Scarlet Spider politely declines and quickly swings away. While at Smythe's lab, Jason Tso continues to plot against his partner. Finally, that Doctor Octopus' hideout, the Doctor fumes at being double-crossed and vows to destroy Jason Tso, his Cyberslayers, and the Scarlet Spider once and for all.

... Cyberwar continues in Amazing Scarlet Spider #2.

Appearing in "Violated by the Virtual"

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Synopsis for "Violated by the Virtual"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Scarlet Spider #1.

This story continues from Web of Scarlet Spider #1...

A facility owned by the new Doctor Octopus has been attacked by the minions of crime boss Jason Tso. As they clash with her armed minions, Orlando Kannor finds what they had come for: A specially constructed virtual reality visor. Doctor Octopus is informed of the attack by her minions. Her only concern is that her technology doesn't fall into the hands of her enemies. Learning that the attackers are still in the lab, she orders her minions to continue fighting and sets the facility to self-destruct.

Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider is swinging through the city. He cannot believe that he is the only web-slinger in New York City, something he has wished to happen for years.[Continuity 64] He is out looking for the hideout of Doctor Octopus when suddenly his attention is drawn toward an explosion. The wall-crawler goes to investigate and finds him himself attacked by surviving minions of Doctor Octopus. They are trying to get away with the virtual reality visor, but the Scarlet Spider easily defeats them and takes the item away. Unsure what he has, the Spider discovers that it is similar to the VR headset created by his friend Seward Trainer.[Continuity 65] When the police arrive on the scene, the Scarlet Spider decides to take off to figure out what he has with him. Watching this from a nearby alley is Orlando Kannor, who tells his surviving men that they need to report this back to Jason Tso.

Later, the Scarlet Spider returns to Club Noir, where he works as a waiter in his civilian identity of Ben Reilly. He doesn't like the job, but he needs the money in order to start his new life.[Continuity 66] When he arrives, the manager of the club is berating the cooks in the kitchen. With his close reeking of smoke, he decides to slip out of sight when the manager complains about something smelling like it is burning. While back at the headquarters of Doctor Octopus, she is furious to learn that her VR headset has been stolen. She orders her minions to find out who was responsible for the attack and recover her stolen technology. Alone, Doctor Octopus goes to her computer to confer with the Master Programmer. The Programmer is already aware that the headset has been stolen, but assures her that they will be able to track it once it has been activated. When she asks if he has any other good news, he tells her that he does. At that moment, at the Vault prison in Colorado, Norton Fester is a free man after serving time for his crimes.[Continuity 67] As Fester leaves the prison he is greeted by a limo summoned by the Master Programmer. The passenger inside offers Fester a large sum of money in order to enlist his services. Seeing the large stack of money is all that it takes to get Fester's interest.

While back in New York, Ben Reilly is slaving away in the kitchen at Club Noir. He is interrupted by Joey, who has come to check how Ben has been doing on the job. Ben is grateful for her helping him get his job. Just then, Ben's spider-sense goes off warning him of danger. He notices Orlando Kannor rushing through the kitchen and recognizes him from a previous robbery.[Continuity 68] Joey is disappointed that Ben isn't paying attention to her, and when he asks who Orlando is, she doesn't know. Inside Jason Tso's office, Kannor explains their failure to recover the VR headset. Even the theft of more computer processors is little to appease Jason Tso's disappointment. Orlando promises to do better, but Tso doesn't want to hear it. Once his subordinate has left, Jason contacts his master who isn't overly concerned about this recent setback, as he is confident that they will succeed anyway.[Continuity 69]

Later, Ben Reilly is heading home after a long day at work. As he has been crashing at Seward Trainer's couch, Reilly looks forward to getting a place of his own. On his way in, he holds the elevator for a woman named Carrie Bradley, who is a new tenant in the building. The engage in small talk until Carrier has to get off the elevator. As she gets off, Ben can't help but find himself interested in her, and wonders if he should reconsider moving out. When he enters his friend's apartment, Ben shows Seward the VR headset that he recovered earlier that day. Seeing the device excited Trainer, who tells him that it is the most advanced piece of VR technology that he has seen. He wants to test it right away, despite Ben Reilly's reservations. Seward brushes this off, however as soon as he activates the device it is instantly detected by the Master Programmer who then tells Doctor Octopus, and assures her that he will deal with it. As Seward explores virtual reality, he is suddenly attacked by a sentry calling itself VR-37. As Trainer battles for his life, the weapons he and VR-37 utilize manifest in reality right before the astonished eyes of Ben Reilly. Hearing his friend screaming in pain, Ben grabs Seward's own VR helmet and wires in so he can help his friend.

Ben's avatar appears wearing his Scarlet Spider costume and tries to pry Seward out of VR-37's crushing grasp. Seeing that the Spider is now in virtual reality, she orders VR-37 destroy the intruder. To this end, the sentry creates virtual replicas of Doctor Octopus, Venom, Carnage and Stunner to fight off the web-slinger. Seward handles these new threats, summoning virtual weapons and armor to face them. This gives the Scarlet Spider a chance to deal with VR-37. The sentry responds by taking on the form of Spider-Man, but this does little to phase the Scarlet Spider. This only serves to anger the Scarlet Spider into beating VR-37 into submission. Unfortunately, before the simulation can be shut down, Seward is struck in the eyes by the Carnage avatar. Seeing that Seward is injured, Ben shuts down the computers, but when he gets to Trainer's body he is horrified to discover that Seward is now in a catatonic state.

... This story continues in Scarlet Spider #1.

Appearing in "Caught in the Game!"

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Synopsis for "Caught in the Game!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Scarlet Spider #2.

This story continues from Web of Scarlet Spider #2...

In Paris, France, the mercinary known as Joystick meets with Henri, one of the referees of the Great Game. She has just arrived from a battle in Castellon de la Plana and hands over the spoils of her victory: a mask she removed from the face of the mercinary known as El Toro Negro. After collecting her money, she is interested when Henri tells her that her next target is in New York City. She learns that it is a non-player, and the newest hero of New York: The Scarlet Spider. She's a little disappointed that she is not testing her abilities against Spider-Man.

While in New York City, the Scarlet Spider has interrupted a brawl between two rival street gangs. Not needing this sort of trouble right now, the Spider quickly webs up the gang members and rushes to Club Noir, where he is already late for his shift. As he arrives for his shift, Ben Reilly continues to be concerned that his boss -- Jason Tso -- is involved in some kind of criminal activity.[Continuity 70] Before he starts his shift, Ben takes a moment to call Carrie Bradly to apologize for cutting their date short the night before. She accepts his apology and agrees to go out on another date. However, she thinks to herself that this is the last chance she is willing to give Ben Reilly. After his phone call, Ben's coworker Rachel comes by to say goodbye. Since Club Noir is under repairs she isn't making any money and has decided to quit to find work elsewhere. As she leaves, she suggests that Reilly do the same before he is stuck in a rut.

Meanwhile, in cyberspace, the virtual avatar of Seward Trainer is amazed by his new life, even though his physical body now lays comatose in a hospital bed.[Continuity 71] He has been spending his time combing the internet to try and find data on the crimes of his daughter, the new Doctor Octopus. While at her hideout, Doctor Octopus is furious of the Scarlet Spider's interference in her plans. However, the Master Programmer has assured her that they will soon have the means to defeat their foe. To this end, the Master Programmer is sent through the internet to make contact with the woman known as Stunner. He intends to recruit her into their cause. As they talk, Stunner finds something familiar about the Master Programmer, however all he can tell her that he is a friend.[Continuity 72] As this is going on, Doctor Octopus is contacted by her spy, Linette Martinez, who tells her that her observations of Joe Wade have turned up some suspicious behavior. It's at this point that Seward Trainer discovers that his daughter has developed technology to physically enhance and enslave her victims and leaves to warn Ben about this right away.

Later, back at Club Noir, owner Jason Tso is furious about recent developments, including the recent attempt on his life, the damage done to his club, and the Daily Bugle making accusations that he is involved in organized crime.[Continuity 73] When Orlandor Kannor suggests they ignore the press, Tso refuses to do so. He then orders Ben Reilly to go and talk to the reporter responsible, Ken Ellis. This creates some problems for Ben, who fears that if he goes to the Daily Bugle, he may be mistaken for Peter Parker.[Continuity 74] Jason Tso isn't the only one who is looking for Ken Ellis, as Joystick has arrived outside of the Daily Bugle building. She has targeted Ken Ellis since he has been making all the news reports on the Scarlet Spider. Entering the office, she runs into Phil Urich, who is smitten by Joystick's good looks. She tells him that she is looking for Ken Ellis and gives Phil her card and tells him to give it to Ken. Phil promises to do so, however, he doesn't like Ellis and intends to give the information to his uncle, Ben Urich. That's when Ellis bumps into Phil and is easily tricked into checking out a false lead on the new Green Goblin.[Continuity 75]

Outside, Ben Reilly is sent to deal with Ellis, and just for his luck, Ken is just leaving the Daily Bugle. As Ben goes after him, he is briefly noticed by J. Jonah Jameson who thinks he recognizes Reilly as Peter Parker, but dismisses it as his imagination. Also following Ken Ellis is Joystick who tails him from her van when the reporter hops into a taxi cab. Meanwhile, Phil Urich returns to his loft where he takes out his Green Goblin costume. By this time, Ben has changed into the Scarlet Spider in order to follow after Ken Ellis. That's when he is ambushed by Joystick. She explains that he has been made a target of the Great Game and attacks him. As the Spider tries to defend himself, Ken Ellis notices the battle and rushes to get a closer look. This puts Ken in harms way, but he is saved from falling debris thanks to the timely arrival of the Green Goblin. Seeing the arrival of the Goblin, Joystick radios in to her controller and t ells him that she wants to increase the prize money she will get for taking out both heroes.[Continuity 76] Just before Joystick can eliminate the wall-crawler, however her controller reminds him that this is just an initial attack and that for non-players they must give them a chance to prepare a counter-defense against their foe. With this, Joystick slams her weapons together, creating a blinding flash to cover her get away.

When the Scarlet Spider's vision returns he finds only the Green Goblin remains. The Goblin offers his help in tracking down Joystick, but the Spider is not interested. Learning that it is six o'clock, the Scarlet Spider realizes that he is late and rushes away. Unimpressed with this encounter, the Green Goblin decides to leave as well, leaving Ken Ellis stranded on a watertower. As Joystick plots the next phase of her plan, Ben Reilly arrives late for his date with Carrie Bradley. She is upset with him, but she forgives him for it since he actually showed up. However, things are not looking good for Ben's hopes of dating the Carrie. Just then, his spider-sense goes off alerting him of a mugging that is happening behind them. Before Reilly can slip away and become the Scarlet Spider, the purse snatcher comes running by them and is closelined by Carrie. Ben is surprised how quickly she acted on this situation. Unfortunately, Bradley is unimpressed that Ben stood by and let it happen, and decides to end their date.

While back in Paris, Henri has his meal interrupted by El Toro Negro, who demands to know wher Joystick is. Even though there are rules against personal vendettas in the Great Game, El Toro still desires revenge against the woman who bested him.

... This story continues in Green Goblin #3.

Appearing in "To Thine Own Self..."

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Synopsis for "To Thine Own Self..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Scarlet Spider #1.

This story continues from Amazing Scarlet Spider #1...

Following a battle with the new female Doctor Octopus in cyberspace, the Scarlet Spider rushes his friend Seward Trainer to a hospital as he has been in a comatose state.[Continuity 77] After delivering Seward to the emergency room, the Scarlet Spider waits for forty minutes for a prognosis. He is told that Seward is physically fine but soon learns that he is catatonic. The doctors were forced to contact the authorities, but the Spider leaves before they have a chance to question him.[Continuity 78]

Meanwhile, a hired assassin called the Pro arrives outside a large mansion on the north shore of Long Island. Checking his devices, he quickly learns about the security systems on the property.[Continuity 79] He approaches the gate and incapacitates the guard and goes inside. He then intentionally sounds the alarm, leaving his target alone as his bodyguards go and investigate the source of the alarm. Getting the drop on his target, the Pro orders him to cease his operations and leave the country, sparing his life but telling the man that he will be back if he is hired to kill him later. On his way out, the Pro gets job offer to assassinate mobster Jason Tso. At that moment, Ben Reilly is leaving Seward Trainer's apartment after a shower and feels like he can handle waiting for news on Seward Trainer. He wants to go searching for Doctor Octopus, but without any leads, such a hunt will be pointless. On his way out, he sees his neighbor Carrie Bradley fighting off a man in a padded suit. Reilly pulls the man off of her but learns that she hired him to act as an assailant for her self-defense class and that she was in no real danger. Seeing that Ben was embarassed by all of this, she tells him that it was sweet and asks him to join her for coffee some night. It's an offer that Ben decides to take her up on.

Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, Ken Ellis gets an e-mail from his contact but discovers that it is from another unidentified source.[Continuity 80] The tip is regarding a meeting of underworld types at Club Noir later that evening. Seeing a story here, he interrupts one of J. Jonah Jameson's rants to drags photographer Angela Yin to take pictures for him. While in Cyberspace, Doctor Octopus meets with her ally, the Master Programmer. Although she wants to see Jason Tso dead, she wonders why the Programmer tipped off Ken Ellis at the Bugle. The Master Programmer explains that Ellis is going to send a message to their rivals as a warning of what happens if they are crossed in the future. As they discuss their plans, they are unaware that Seward Trainer is watching them. As he watches, Trainer realizes that there may be a benefit to his mind being trapped in cyberspace.

Later that evening, Jason Tso is hosting a meeting with a group of underworld leaders. Acting as the waiter for this meeting is Ben Reilly, who is still distracted by thoughts of Seward Trainer. That's when Tso's assistant Orlando Kannor tells Jason that he has a call on his private line. As he excuses himself, Jason bumps into Reilly, causing the waiter to spill wine on his suit. Furious, Jason tells Orlando to deal with this, and Ben finds himself fired on the spot. In his office, Jason Tso speaks with his mysterious employer. This man warns Jason that Doctor Octopus is targeting him for his involvement in the thefts of various computer processors that are vital to his plans.[Continuity 81] Tso is unconcerned as security at Club Noir is high due to the number of mobsters in the building. However, outside the building, two of the guards are incapacitated by the Pro. He then threatens them with a detonation device so he can get them to talk. Back inside, Ben Reilly wonders what he is going to do now that he is unemployed. That's when Seward Trainer's face appears on the digital prompt of one of the club cash registers. However, before he can explain what happened to him, Seward suddenly disappears leaving Ben to wonder if he hallucinated the whole thing. Suddenly, his spider-sense begins going off. He then notices Ken Ellis being barred at the door by a bouncer and is concerned about being spotted.[Continuity 82]

When Orlando tells Jason Tso that Ellis and his photographer are here, Tso invites them in. Ben is relieved when they walk by without Ken notices him. This is when the two guards outside enter the room. With the Pro's explosive charges attached to the back of their heads, they have been forced to try and eliminate their boss with grenades. As Tso is rushed to safety, Ben leaps undercover to change into the Scarlet Spider unseen. However, he is witnessed leaping away by Angela Yin, who recognizes Ben Reilly as Peter Parker. Meanwhile, the Pro manages to get hold of Tso. That's when Doctor Octopus appears on a nearby screen and she reveals that she sent the Pro after him. That's when the Scarlet Spider leaps in and stops the Pro from eliminating his target by knocking him out a nearby window and stringing him up by the arm. With his free hand, the Pro lobs a grenade back inside the club. This allows the Pro to escape while the Scarlet Spider is pulling Ken and Angela to safety. When Ellis asks the Spider for an interview, the hero escapes. Later, Ben is emptying out his locker when Jason Tso comes and tells him that Ben is being rehired, but this time not as his waiter, but his bodyguard. Although he accepts the job offer, Ben wonders what he is getting himself into.

... This story continues in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1.

Appearing in "Along Came a Virtual Spider"

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Scarlet Spider #2.

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Synopsis for "Along Came a Virtual Spider"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Scarlet Spider #2.

This story continues from Green Goblin #3...

At the secret Staten Island facility owned by Doctor Octopus, FBI agent Joe Wade has been working undercover to infiltrate her organization. He believes he has finally gotten into the Doctor's facility by seducing Linette Martinez in order to get inside. However, this is a trap set by Doctor Octopus, who ambushes him the moment he enters the facility. Stripping off his uniform, Ken finds himself placed in one of her new virtual reality projectors. As his set up is explained, Ken tries to get Linette to help him. However, she reveals that she is married and her husband is one of the technicians hooking him up into the machine. Just as he is realizing how trapped he is, Joe screams in agony as the virtual reality goggles are forcibly implanted into his eyes. At that moment, high above, the Scarlet Spider has hitched a ride under a cargo plane to get himself over the facility. Thanks to the information provided to him by Seward Trainer, he has managed to track down this facility.[Continuity 83] Leaping off the plane, he fashions himself a web parachute to safely land on the roof of a nearby building. Before the hero can go into action, he is stopped by FBI agent Stephanie Briggs who orders the wall-crawler not to enter the building as it would compromise the Bureau's investigation.

Back inside, Doctor Octopus continues hooking Joe Wade into the device, explaining that she is going to implant information about the Scarlet Spider directly into his mind. Observing this procedure is the Master Programmer who is handling the programming from cyberspace. As they begin creating a virtual avatar, they are unaware that they are being spied upon by Seward Trainer. However, when the avatar begins taking the shape of the Scarlet Spider, Seward cries out, alerting the Master Programmer of Trainer's presence. Back outside, Briggs order the Scarlet Spider to stand down. Suddenly, the heroes spider-sense begins going off and he pushes Stephanie to safety as the side of the building explodes. They then witness a solid hologram of the Scarlet Spider leap out of the building. Realizing that he doesn't need this, the Scarlet Spider quickly chases after the impostor. In cyberspace, Doctor Octopus enters the virtual world to confer with the Master Programmer. She admits that they have lost control of Joe Wade by activating the Scalet Spider avatar and assures him that they will be taking control of their virtual Spider and departs so the Master Programmer to deal with the intruder in their midsts.

While beneath the streets of Manhattan, Alistair Smythe has an audience with Jason Tso and his bodyguard Orlando Kannor. Smythe is working on completing his Cyber-Slayers and is not happy about Tso interrupting his work and tells them to call next time. As they leave, Tso asks if his other bodyguard -- Ben Reilly -- has reported for work. Orlando explains that Reilly hadn't shown up for work before they left, and doesn't like the fact that Ben is always late for work. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider arrives at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and sees that his impostor has created a mess. He continues after this impostor, intending to stop him before someone gets seriously hurt. While back at the lab, Stunner tries to reach out to Joe Wade and convince him to stop fighting his integration into the virtual reality machine. She explains that she was given a virtual self by the original Doctor Octopus who created her a beautiful body. However, Joe refuses to give up fighting, thinking that the "gift" of a virtual avatar is actually torture and shuts her out as well. At that moment, the virtual Scarlet Spider is running amok in Manhattan, webbing up everyone in his path. He eventually arrives at the Daily Bugle building and covers the building with webbing and begins pulling at its foundations. Inside, J. Jonah Jameson orders his staff to record everything that is happening.

That's when the real Scarlet Spider arrives to fight off his impostor. The virtual Spider then manages to create an automatic weapon out of thin air and begins opening fire on the hero. Realizing that his opponent is getting more dangerous by the moment, the Scarlet Spider begins assaulting the impostor with a series of impact webbing. With the fake Scarlet Spider subdued, the wall-crawler rips open the ball of webbing but is surprised to find nothing inside. By this point, the police have arrived on the scene to arrest the wall-crawler, but he manages to escape. Witnessing all of this, but unaware that the attacker was an impostor, J. Jonah Jameson orders Ken Ellis to use the bugle's resources to crucify this new menace.

... Cyberwar continues in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2.

Appearing in "Between A Rock and a Hard-Drive!"

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Synopsis for "Between A Rock and a Hard-Drive!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1.

This story continues from Scarlet Spider #1...

Doctor Octopus has recruited a number of individuals for cybernetic enhancements. Among these test subjects is Norton Fester, the super-villain known as the Looter. As he trains with his teammate's Override and Aura, the Doctor examines him closely of all. With his previously enhanced strength, she considers him the perfect candidate for cybernetic enhancement. The Looters anger gives him an edge, but his teammates gain the upper hand. When the trio becomes more argumentative, Doctor Octopus puts an end to the training session so she can make adjustments to their cybernetics. As she does so, nobody notices the face of Seward Trainer appearing on one of the computer screens.[Continuity 84] Trainer isn't the only spy, as her plans for the evening are heard by Joe Wade, an FBI agent who has been working undercover as one of the Doctor's henchmen.

Elsewhere, the Scarlet Spider swings across the city thinking about how crazy his life has become ever since he discovered that he is the real Spider-Man.[Continuity 85] Particularly that Seward Trainer's mind is trapped in cyberspace, and that his employer Jason Tso is a mob boss.[Continuity 86] Arriving at the hospital, the Spider changes back into Ben Reilly and checks on Seward's body. The doctors tell him that there is no change in his condition. Still, Ben begins to talk to Seward's unconscious body.[Continuity 87] He wonders what he can do about Jason Tso's offer to become his bodyguard. That's when Seward's face appears on the hospital monitors. He informs Ben that he has been spying on Doctor Octopus and learned that she is sending cybernetic warriors to retrieve the experimental components that Tso stole from her. Reilly realizes that he will have to take the job in order to keep an eye on things.

Later, Ben goes to the Elle Gym to meet up with his neighbor Carrie Bradley. He arrives just as she finished giving a self-defense course. Carrie is happy to see Ben and is looking forward to their coffee date. However, he tells her that he came in person to cancel because he just took up a new job at Club Noir. She is upset and wishes that Ben told her sooner, so she could make other plans. Reilly tells her that he is not intentionally blowing her off and intends to make it up to her, but she walks away without listening. Later, at Club Noir, Jason Tso arranges for his assistant -- Orlando Kannor -- to deliver the stolen components to their mysterious employer. That's when Ben Reilly enters to start his first shift as Tso's bodyguard. He is asked to wait and watches as Kannor is sent with a briefcase full of components. Ben tries to tag the briefcase with a spider-tracer but Rachel, one of the club's bartenders, gets in the way. When she gives Jason Tso a drink, he doesn't like how it tastes he tosses it in her face and warns her that she will be out of a job if she and the bartender screw up his drink again. He then asks Ben if he is ready to be Tso's bodyguard. Meanwhile, outside, the Looter, Override and Aura are watching as Orlando leaves the club. The Looter tells his teammates to keep Tso busy while he recovers the stolen technology. After the Looter leaves, Override uses his powers to take control of a passing big rig and forces it to crash through the front of Club Noir. Inside, Ben's spider-sense is able to alert him in time to get Jason Tso to safety.

While his teammates smash up the bar, the Looter hacks into the vault in order to get at the computer components. Meanwhile, Ben Reilly gets Jason Tso to safety and slips away to change into the Scarlet Spider. While he is busy battling Aura and Overdrive, the Looter discovers that the vault is empty. When he calls it in, Doctor Octopus is furious to learn that the parts have been moved. Back upstairs, Override uses his powers to make the Scarlet Spider's web-shooters spray webbing out of control. However, the hero turns it around on his foe by switching to his singers and knock him out with their venom. That's when the Looter comes upstairs to see how his teammates are doing. Seeing the Scarlet Spider, he mistakes him for Spider-Man viciously attacks the wall-crawler. The Spider vaguely remembers battling the Looter during his early days as Spider-Man.[Continuity 88]

Still, the Scarlet Spider gains the upper hand against the Looter. This prompts the villain to destroy one of the support beams of the club. While web-slinger is reinforcing the ceiling with his webbing, the Looter and his allies manage to escape. With the danger over, the Spider slips away to change back into Ben Reilly. He explains to Jason Tso that he was buried under rubble during the fight. Tso buys this story, as Ben saved his life. Returning to his office, Jason Tso contacts his employer to see if he received the stolen components without issue. His employer, Alystaire Smythe, did and he is pleased for the results showing off his Cyberslayers telling Tso that he intends to give them a test run.

... This story continues in Web of Scarlet Spider #2.

Appearing in "Arachnis Ex Machina: Spider in the Machine"

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The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2.

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Synopsis for "Arachnis Ex Machina: Spider in the Machine"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2.

This story continues from Scarlet Spider #2...

Caught in the middle of a gang war between Jason Tso and Doctor Octopus, the Scarlet Spider finds himself on the wrong side of the law after a virtual doppelganger of the hero ran amok in Manhattan.[Continuity 89] Surrounded by police and an angry mob, the web-slinger flees as the police officers begin to open fire. Later at the Darnell Building, Jason Tso meets with his employer, Alistair Smythe, to see his newly built Cyber-Slayers. Tso tries to call Ben Reilly, his bodyguard but gets his voice mail. Furious that Reilly is unavailable, Jason tells Ben that he is fired. He then tells his assistant, Orlando Kannor, to go back to Club Noir and throw Reilly out if he shows up. Kannor points out that this will leave Jason without a bodyguard, but the mobster points out that he doesn't need one now that they have the Cyber-Slayers to protect them. After Kannor leaves, Smythe puts on a specially made virtual reality headset which he uses to control his new creations. Outside of the office, the Pro watches as Orlando leaves the building and decides to finish the job he has been hired to do.[Continuity 90]

Meanwhile, at her Long Island facility, Doctor Octopus is fed up of failure and decides to act herself. She is furious that Jason Tso stole the components she needs to merge reality with virtual reality.[Continuity 91] She wants to do this so she can bring the Master Programmer into the real world. While she is doing this, the Master Programmer plans on searching for the mind of Seward Trainer, who has been a threat since his mind was trapped in cyberspace.[Continuity 92] As the pair depart to carry out their tasks, they are unaware that Seward Trainer -- having cloaked his consciousness -- has been spying on them all. In another room in the facility, the woman known as Stunner tries to convince Joe Wade to stop fighting his connection to the virtual reality device that has forced him to become the virtual Scarlet Spider. However, the FBI agent refuses to submit, prompting Linette Martinez -- the woman responsible for Wade's current condition -- orders him to be sedated.

At that same moment, Ben Reilly has returned to his apartment worrying about being late for work. Outside, the tenants have been evacuated and are afraid of the Scarlet Spider. Ben is horrified, realizing that the virtual Scarlet Spider has been sent here to go through Seward Trainer's apartment. He is then joined by Carrie Bradley who tells Ben that his apartment had been trashed by the intruder. That's when he notices Daily Bugle reporter Ken Ellis and photographer Angela Yin arriving on the scene. Fearing they might see him, Ben slips away while Carrie is not looking.[Continuity 93] Sneaking into his apartment, Ben looks around, upset that his life as Ben Reilly is being intruded upon. He checks the voicemails and is even more upset after hearing Jason Tso's message. That's when Seward Trainer appears on the digital display of the phone and tells Ben about Doctor Octopus' plan to merge reality with cyberspace, warning the shift will cause untold devastation. Changing into the Scarlet Spider, Ben swings off to stop her.

At that moment, Doctor Octopus and her minions arrive at the Darrnel Building to reclaim her stolen technology. There they are ambushed by Alistaire Smythe and his Cyber-Slayers. However, the battle turns when Jason Tso betrays Smythe by disconnecting the connection between himself and the Cyber-Slayers. Doctor Octopus easily destroys the robots and turns her attention to Alistaire. Meanwhile, the Pro corner Jason Tso and shoots him dead. Recovering her virtual reality helmet, the Doctor alters the device so she can initate the merger between reality and cyberspace. This causes all hell to break loose, with virtual reality constructs of monsters, dinosaurs, and aliens materialize and run amok in the city. Of all of these virtual invaders comes the Master Planner who is united with Doctor Octopus. At that some moment, the Scarlet Spider is coming to the aid of the terrorized citizens of Manhattan. After saving a child, he is confronted by a virtual construct of Seward Trainer. He hands the Spider a virtual reality virus that he has created that should stop the virtual reality warp. The Scarlet Spider ambushes Doctor Octopus and the Master Programmer. Knocking down the Master, the Scarlet Spider manages to toss the drive that contians the virus into the virtual reality headset. The virus kicks in instantly, ending the merger and seemingly destroying the Master Programmer in the process.

In the aftermath of the battle, Doctor Octopus manages to get away, leaving the Scarlet Spider to try and make sense of everything. Suddenly, an angry mob tries to attack him, causing the Scarlet Spider to flee the scene. Later, Ben Reilly visits Seward Trainer's body in the hospital. Reilly is depressed because Tso is dead leaving him out of a job, Doctor Octopus escaped, and thanks to the virtual Scarlet Spider his alter ego has been demonized in the press. Still feeling the need to use his powers for good, Ben Reilly decides that he can still do the Scarlet Spider's job as Spider-Man.

Appearing in "Joystick on my Mind"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Green Goblin #3.

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Synopsis for "Joystick on my Mind"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Green Goblin #3.

This story continues from Amazing Scarlet Spider #2...

Phil Urich has found himself in a bit of a strange dilemma. During one of his recent adventures of the Green Goblin, he encountered the super-villain known as Joystick and finds himself smitten by the woman. He wonders how other heroes can keep their minds on their jobs when some of their foes they battle are attractive women.[Continuity 94] He thinks back to how Joystick first showed up at the Daily Bugle looking for reporter Ken Ellis, and how this was merely an attempt to lure the Scarlet Spider into a trap. Although Phil helped the Spider as the Green Goblin, Joystick managed to get away.[Continuity 95] However, Phil still has her business card that has the address of the hotel she is staying at. Phil decides to pay her a visit at the Green Goblin, even though he promised to meet up with the Spider later to compare notes. Putting on his Goblin mask, Phil is charged with a painful electrical jolt that triggers his transformation into the Green Goblin.

After some trial and error, the Green Goblin finds Joystick's hotel room. Going inside, he is embarassed to find nothing but a note for the Scarlet Spider. Still, he decides to read the note anyway. However, this is a trap and removing the note from the night table sets off a gas bomb. Thankfully for the Goblin, his high tech mask filters out the harmful effects the gas and manages to escape before security can come bursting in. Looking at the note left for the Scarlet Spider, the Goblin discovers that Joystick wants the hero to meet her at a nearby power station, or people will die. As the Goblin flies to the power station, Joystick gets a notification that her bomb was set off in from her mobile base. Although she isn't entirely sure that it was the Spider who set it off, she is excited at getting another chance of eliminating him as part of the Great Game. That's when she gets a call from Henri, a Great Game referee stationed in Paris. Henri warns her that he was visited by El Toro Negro, who had vowed to track Joystick down and avenge his defeat at her hands. Despite this warning, Joystick is unafraid of this new threat and vows to win the Great Game and claim the cash prize.[Continuity 96] At that very moment, El Toro Negro has arrived in New York City and is already stalking his prey.

Meanwhile, the Green Goblin makes his rendezvous with the Scarlet Spider and shows him the note he got from Joystick. The Spider thinks the Goblin is crazy and thinks the threat is bogus. Since Joystick hasn't committed any crimes, he suggests that they warn the police and leave the situation be. Although the Green Goblin agrees to this plan, he goes to the power station alone anyway. There he is ambushed by Joystick, who is not willing to listen to his requests to talk. They then are attacked by El Toro Negro who lashes into Joystick. The Goblin comes to her aid, but El Toro Negro is too powerful for him. Although he manages to stun El Toro with his Goblin laugh, the villain is only staggered by a kick in the face from the arriving Scarlet Spider. While the two heroes battle El Toro, Joystick begins slowly recovering from the attack. Ultimately, the Scarlet Spider knocks out El Toro Negro with an onslaught of punches. Meanwhile, Joystick convinces the Green Goblin to let her go, leaving him swooning after she kisses him on the cheek.

In the aftermath of the battle, the Scarlet Spider is furious that the Goblin let Joystick get away. However, the Goblin doesn't have any interest in hearing the wall-crawler's speech about power and responsibility, telling the Spider that he isn't a hero and leaves. When Phil gets home he changes out of his costume and begins thinking about what to do with himself next. Slipping out of his apartment, Phil is grabbed by Ricko the Sicko -- the local psychopath -- who has been looking for Phil for days.

... Cyberwar continues in Scarlet Spider #2.

Appearing in "Ultimate Commitment"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #0.

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  • Bus

Synopsis for "Ultimate Commitment"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #0.

Visiting the graves of his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, Ben Reilly thinks about how May used to tell him every morning was the first day of the rest of his life. He always thought it was a little corny until now.[Continuity 97] Ben has recently learned that he is the real Peter Parker and not a clone, giving him a new purpose in life.[Continuity 98] He wishes that his aunt and uncle were still alive today, as he could really use their advice. He remembers how they raised him as one of their own after his parents died.[Continuity 99] He also thinks about how a radioactive spider changed his life forever, making him become Spider-Man. However, at first young Peter Parker used his powers to find fame and fortune. That all changed when he refused to catch a burglar who later went on to murder his Uncle Ben.[Continuity 100] Still feeling the guilt of letting his Uncle Ben down, Ben Reilly has decided to become Spider-Man again and make up for that one moment of inaction.[Continuity 101]

That's when Ben's spider-sense begins going off, alerting to him to a mugging happening outside of the cemetary. Leaping up into the trees, Ben tries to snare the thief with his web-shooters. Unfortuantely, he is out of webbing and has to tackle the thief to stop them from escaping. After stopping the mugger he is thanked by the flower vendor who was robbed. That's when Ben bumps into Anna Watson, the aunt of Mary Jane, Peter Parker's wife.[Continuity 102] She mistakes Ben for Peter and asks if Mary Jane is with him. Playing along, Ben tells her that Mary Jane is already in Portland and that he is in New York closing up some loose ends.[Continuity 103] He then tells her that he came to pay his respects to Aunt May and Uncle Ben. However, Anna has noticed Ben's tattered clothes, and scruffy appearance and asks if everything is okay. "Peter" assures her they are and quickly makes an excuse to leave. As he catches a bus, Reilly feels terrible for deceiving Anna Watson.

However, this is going to be a constant problem as long as he and Peter Parker look similar. This causes him to think of how crazy his life has been over the five years. After a battle, his clone -- thinking he is the real Peter Parker -- dumped Ben's body in a smokestack thinking him dead.[Continuity 104] He lived on the road for five years until Aunt May's health, he re-entered into the life of Peter Parker and later became the Scarlet Spider.[Continuity 105] Now that Peter has retired as Spider-Man, Ben has stayed in New York to try and figure out the next stage of his life.

Elsewhere a mysterious man arrives at a closed down movie theater. He commands a robot named Shirley to break the lock on the front door and goes inside. Inside he finds an alien landscape and wonders what he has gotten into. That's when his mystery employer's face appears in a massive holographic project. He tells the man -- named Armada -- that he is being hired to break into the Neural Port complex and recover the Digital Imagry Transmission Chip for him. Once he has the chip, this mysterious employer will have what he has long craved. Meanwhile, Ben Reilly finds himself trying to come up with a do-it-yourself method of creating more web-fluid as he can't just go to the lab at Empire State University for fear of being identified as Peter Parker. Going to a shadier part of the city he buys the over-the-counter ingredients he needs to develop new fluid. However, the cost takes a huge chunk out of his money, leaving Reilly to realize that he needs to get a job. To make matters worse, when he returns to the hotel where he has been staying the clerk at the desk reminds him that payment for his weekly deposit is coming due. After scrounging for the necessary make-shift utilities, Ben successfully mixes a new batch of webbing.

Hungry, Ben begins looking for somewhere to eat on the cheap, and stops at the Daily Grind a coffee shop near Centennial University. However, he is twenty five cents short of the full price. That's when the owner, Shirley Washington, tells Ben that the difference is on her as she can't let a man go hungry. Ben accepts the charity, but doesn't like the idea. Just as Ben sits down to eat his meal, a university student named Desiree Winthrop comes in with her entourage enter the coffee shop. She is a fashion student who just put on a successful clothing display at the university. Desiree has issue with the fact that Ben is sitting at her usual table, but as he is finished eating he gives it up for her. On his way out, Ben tells Shirley that he will pay her back for what he owes. At that moment, at the Neural Port Complex, Armada uses his robotic drones to take down the exterior security. Meanwhile, Ben Reilly takes inspiration from Desiree and breaks into the fashion department at Centennial University. There he goes through the scrap cloth to find materials to fashion himself a new Spider-Man costume. He decides to forego the classic design for a new design but finds it difficult to think up of a suitable design. As Ben begins working on a new costume design, Armada takes down the security at the Neural Port Complex. After putting the finishing touches on the costume, Ben spots a bottle of hair dye and decides to make another change, this time to his physical appearance.

Back at Neural Port, Professor Ramirez runs a test on the DIT chip, impressed with the way it can create lifelike three dimensional images for all to see. After a successful test, Professor Ramirez is congratulated by his colleague, as this technology will revolutionalize the entertainment industry among other professions. That's when Armada comes bursting into the lab who has come to steal the chip. By this point, Reilly has put on his new Spider-Man costume and decides to go out web-slinging for the first time in his new identity and finds the experience liberating. As he swings across the campus of Centennial Univeristy, he is spotted by a studen named Jessica Carradine. Jessica is glad to finally catch Spider-Man in action and abandons her date to find her camera. She manages to catch a photo of the wall-crawler just as he stops at the Nerual Port building. His spider-sense goes off and he notices the female photographer, but figures the danger is actually coming from inside the building. The web-slinger's hunch is correct as Armada has just got his hands on the DIT Chip. He is about to execute Professor Ramirez when the wall-crawler interrupts. Furious, Armada unleashes all his robotic drones on the web-slinger. When Spider-Man tries to web them up, his web-shooters jam forcing him to smash the robots with his bare hands. This upsets Armada who has an emotional attachment to his creations. Not wanting any more of his drone destroyed, Armada grabs the Professor and the floating sphere containing the DIT Chip. Unclogging his web-shooters, Spider-Man goes after Armada. As they struggle in the air, the wall-crawler manages to snag both Ramirez and the chip, but expends all his webbing breaking their fall. That's when Armada's drones swoop down and take the chip and flee with their master.

After Professor Ramirez explains what the chip is for, the wall-crawler promises to try and get it back. When Ramirez offers to pay Spider-Man $100 for saving his life, the wall-crawler turns down the much needed money and asks for a quarter instead. Soon, Armada delivers the chip to his employer who turns out to be Spider-Man's long time foe, Mysterio. At that same moment, Ben Reilly returns to the Daily Grind to pay back the quarter he owes Shirley Washington. She almost doesn't recognize him with a shaved face and bleached hair. When he tells her that even though he's broke, he doesn't have to look that way. Hearing that he is looking for a job, Shirley explains that she just fired some thieving employees and offers him a job, starting the next day. Ben agrees and convinces her to give him an advance on his salary so he can pay his bills. After this bit of good fortune, Ben pays a visit to the grave of his Aunt May and Uncle Ben to tell them the good news. Leaving flowers, he tells them that after everything he endured that day he realizes that there is still a need for Spider-Man and that he will still live up to his life lesson: With great power comes great responsibility.

Notes

Continuity

  1. 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.
  2. Peter decided to retire as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.
  3. Peter and Mary Jane are moving to Portland, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1.
  4. Among the items being burned are copies of Peter's book "Webs", a collection of his Spider-Man photos that was first published in Amazing Spider-Man #304.
  5. Peter was told he was actually a clone in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a lie perpetuated by the Green Goblin in a complex revenge scheme, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  6. Spider-Man first battled his clone in Amazing Spider-Man #149, leading him to believe the clone had died. He disposed of the body by dumping it down a smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151. This photo of Spider-Man standing over the clone's body was taken by Bart Hamilton as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #180. The clone survived, as detailed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. It later left New York and lived on the road for the next five years as detailed in The Parker Legacy arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
  7. The incidents with the Kingpin, and Sandman mentioned were chronicled Amazing Spider-Man #153-154, and 160. His battle with the Vulture was in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #4-5.
  8. The battle with Spencer Smythe in Amazing Spider-Man #150.
  9. At the time of this story, everyone believes that Norman Osborn is dead following a battle against Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #122. His survival is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #412.
  10. The original Hobgoblin was actually Roderick Kingsley, as revealed in Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #1-3. Which details that Kingsley later brainwashed Leeds into replacing him as the Hobgoblin in order to retire. Kingsley first became the Hobgoblin in Amazing Spider-Man #238.
  11. The Hobgoblin kidnapped Mary Jane and Liz Osborn in Amazing Spider-Man #260-261. He later framed Flash Thompson in Amazing Spider-Man #276.
  12. Ned's murder was detailed in Amazing Spider-Man #289. Peter discovered Ned's body in Spider-Man Versus Wolverine #1.
  13. Morris Bench became Hydro-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #212.
  14. Spider-Man replaced his costume with the Symbiote in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8. He then brought it back with him to Earth in Amazing Spider-Man #252.
  15. Peter learned the costume was a symbiote and abandoned it in Amazing Spider-Man #258. When it tried to come back, he attempted to kill it in Web of Spider-Man #1.
  16. How the symbiote survived is detailed in Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1. How it bonded to Eddie Brock is detailed in Amazing Spider-Man #300.
  17. The symbiotes depicted here were created in Venom Lethal Protector #4-5. They are unidentified here they are not named until Civil War Battle Damage Report #1 and Carnage, U.S.A. #2.
  18. Spider-Man and Venom had to work together to battle Venom in Amazing Spider-Man #361-363. The flashback also depicts the Maximum Carnage massacre.
    Maximum Carnage
    Spider-Man Unlimited # 1 Web of Spider-Man # 101 Amazing Spider-Man # 378 Spider-Man # 35 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 201 Web of Spider-Man # 102 Amazing Spider-Man # 379
    Spider-Man # 36 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 202 Web of Spider-Man # 103 Amazing Spider-Man # 380 Spider-Man # 37 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 203 Spider-Man Unlimited # 2

  19. Spider-Man's manhunt for the Sin-Eater was in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110.
  20. Carter's path to suicide was chronicled in The Spectacular Spider-Man #134-136.
  21. The Puma attempted to destroy the Beyonder in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #111.
  22. The Black Cat got bad luck powers from the Kingpin in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #89. As revealed in issue #100 of that series, the Kingpin did so as the powers would negatively impact Spider-Man after prolonged exposure.
  23. Doctor Strange reversed the effects of the Black Cat's bad luck in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #115.
  24. This happened during Kraven's Last Hunt.
    Kraven's Last Hunt
    Web of Spider-Man #31 Amazing Spider-Man #293 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 Web of Spider-Man #32 Amazing Spider-Man #294 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #132

  25. Peter's parents were killed in action two decades prior to this story, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5. The Chameleon vowed to get revenge against Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #375. He created constructs of Peter's parents, who surfaced in Amazing Spider-Man #385.
  26. Peter learned the truth when the Vulture killed his "parents" in Amazing Spider-Man #388. He later went on a manhunt for the Chameleon during the Pursuit story arc.
    Pursuit
    Spider-Man #45 The Spectacular Spider-Man #211 Web of Spider-Man #112 Amazing Spider-Man #389
  27. Peter Parker discovered that Ben Reilly was still alive during the Power and Responsibility story arc.
    Power and Responsibility
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
  28. Ben became the Scarlet Spider and battled Venom during the Exile Returns story arc.
    The Exile Returns
    Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
  29. This glosses over a number of different story arcs of the Clone Saga. Those mentioned are:
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
    Mark of Kaine
    Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
    The Trial of Peter Parker
    Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
    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
  30. Peter was poisoned by the Vulture during the Back from the Edge story arc. He was saved by Doctor Octopus who was later murdered by Kaine during the Web of Death arc.
    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 Death
    Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
  31. Everyone believes Aunt May died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, this woman was an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  32. Spider-Man battled the Abomination in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23 during the Atlantis Attacks event.
    Atlantis Attacks
    Silver Surfer Annual #2 Iron Man Annual #10 Uncanny X-Men Annual #13 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23 Punisher Annual #2 Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #9 Daredevil Annual #4 Avengers Annual #18 New Mutants Annual #5 X-Factor Annual #4 Web of Spider-Man Annual #5
    Avengers: West Coast Annual #4 Thor Annual #14 Fantastic Four Annual #22
    He and the Thing saved New York from Basilisk in Marvel Two-In-One #17 and Marvel Team-Up #47.
    
  33. Spider-Man helped Adam Warlock save the universe in Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2.
  34. Spider-Man rescued the Man-Thing in Marvel Team-Up #68.
  35. These events occurred in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #25-28, Amazing Spider-Man #124-125 and Amazing Spider-Man Annual #14, respectively.
  36. Doctor Octopus' poison ink plot was chronicled in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15.
  37. Spider-Man defeated Firelord in Amazing Spider-Man #269.
  38. The Hulk battle and power of Captain Universe mentioned here all occurred during the Acts of Vengeance event.
    Acts of Vengeance (Spider-Man Arc)
    Amazing Spider-Man #326 The Spectacular Spider-Man #158 Web of Spider-Man #59 Amazing Spider-Man #327 The Spectacular Spider-Man #159 Web of Spider-Man #60 Amazing Spider-Man #328
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #160 Web of Spider-Man #61 Amazing Spider-Man #329 Web of Spider-Man #64 Web of Spider-Man #65
  39. Peter and Mary Jane were married in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21. In the new timeline post Amazing Spider-Man #545, that never happened. One could assume that this conversation changed to reflect the alternate history depicted in Amazing Spider-Man #638-639. In that story it is revealed that although Peter and Mary Jane did not get married, they decided to remain engaged. One could presume that in the new timeline, Mary Jane says something to that effect here.
  40. Mary Jane announced that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  41. Kaine was seriously wounded during the events of The Spectacular Spider-Man #227.
  42. Jacob Raven's face was burned by Kaine in The Spectacular Spider-Man #223.
  43. The Jackal unleashed this plague on Springville in Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1.
  44. Raven mentions how he had tracked Kaine's murder spree from Salt Lake City. His hunt began in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3.
  45. The Jackal's first foray into cloning was chronicled in Amazing Spider-Man #142-149.
  46. The Carrion Virus was first depicted in The Spectacular Spider-Man #149, although there was a Carrion prior to that, a clone of Miles Warren that surfaced in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #25-31.
  47. In The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #8, the High Evolutionary claimed that Miles Warren never created clones, but a genetic virus that could re-write the DNA of one individual to turn them into another. Based on this claim, he stated that the original Gwen Stacy clone was actually a woman named Joyce Delaney, the original Spider-Clone was actually Miles Warren's colleague Anthony Serva. It was suggested that Carrion was nothing more than a genetic virus that were set in traps on the Empire State University campus in a diary discovered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #149.
  48. The first of the New Men were created by the High Evolutionary in the 1930s as explained in the High Evolutionary back-up stories during the Evolutionary War event. This creates some issues with Miles Warren being directly involved in the original batch of New Men since, as far as what is known, Warren doesn't have an artificially enhanced lifespan, putting this at odds with the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. At this time there is not further explanation.
    Evolutionary War
    X-Factor Annual #3 Punisher Annual #1 Silver Surfer Annual #1 New Mutants Annual #4 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22 Fantastic Four Annual #21 Uncanny X-Men Annual #12 Web of Spider-Man Annual #4 West Coast Avengers Annual #3 The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #8 Avengers Annual #17

  49. The High Evolutionary fled Earth with his New Men in Thor #135. However, he ultimately returned to Earth with his creations in Incredible Hulk #266.
  50. Anubia mentions that the High Evolutionary had evolved to the level of a God only to return to human form. This evolution happened in Tales to Astonish #96. He later returned to human form in Marvel Premiere #1. However, the destruction of the Jackal statue happened sometime after this, occurring between Avengers Annual #17 and X-Factor Annual #3.
  51. The Jackal seemingly died in Amazing Spider-Man #149. However, the Jackal survived leaving a clone in his place to die, as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #399.
  52. At the time of this story, both Peter Parker and Ben Reilly were tricked into thinking that Peter Paker was the clone, and Reilly was the original in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this was all a deception orchistrated by the Green Goblin, as explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  53. The High Evolutionary's statement here is an attempt to explain the Jackal who claimed to be the son of Miles Warren and battled Alpha Flight in Alpha Flight #114. However, none of this has been conclusively confirmed.
  54. The Spider recalls how the Jackal once held his own against Spider-Man and the Punisher. This happened in Amazing Spider-Man #129.
  55. The original Spider-Clone seemingly died in battle in Amazing Spider-Man #149. However, he survived as explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  56. There is a lot facts and misdirections recounted here during Ben Reilly's exposition. These facts are:
    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
  57. All the technological references made in this story were considered cutting edge when this story was written in 1995. However, they should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  58. Seward's mind became trapped in virtual reality in Amazing Scarlet Spider #1.
  59. All technological references in this story were state of the art when this story was written in 1995. However, modern readers should consider these all to be topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  60. Ben and Carrie's date happened in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1.
  61. Angela makes mention how Peter Parker recently moved away to start a new career and raise a family. Peter discovered that his wife Mary Jane was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220. He later retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229. At the time of this story, Peter and Mary Jane had relocated to Portland, as seen in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-4.
  62. Smythe goes through quite a bit of his family history here:
    • He mentions his father, Spencer Smythe, who built the first Spider-Slayer in Amazing Spider-Man #25. He attempted to kill Spider-Man many times with his Spider-Slayer robots until his death in Amazing Spider-Man #192.
    • Alistair has since attempted to avenge his father's death by going after Spider-Man himself, starting in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #19.
    • Lastly, Alistaire mentions how he had recently altered his body to become the ultimate Spider-Slayer. This was during the Attack of the Spider-Slayers even which ran from Amazing Spider-Man #368 to 373.
  63. Seward mentions that for Ben thought himself to be a clone of the past five years. Some facts:
    • Ben Reilly is actually a clone of Spider-Man who was created in Amazing Spider-Man #149. Defeated and thought to be dead, the clone was disposed of in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
    • However, the clone survived and left New York to start a new life for himself, as seen in the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    • Seward states that was roughly five years ago. This should be considered a factual reference per the Sliding Timescale as it is an accurate measure of time that has passed in the modern age between Amazing Spider-Man #149 and this story.
    • Ben Reilly was recently convinced that he was not a clone, but the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, Seward is involved in a plan orchestrated by the Green Goblin in order to sew confusion between Peter Parker and Ben Reilly, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  64. At the time of this story, Peter Parker decided to retire as Spider-Man, as seen in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.
  65. Trainer created his own VR technology in Amazing Spider-Man #406.
  66. Ben got the job at Club Noir in Web of Scarlet Spider #1.
  67. The Looter has been imprisoned since he was captured by Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26. Reference is made to how he became the Looter, that happened in Amazing Spider-Man #36.
  68. Ben encountered Kannor as the Scarlet Spider in Web of Scarlet Spider #1.
  69. The identity of Jason Tso's master is revealed in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1.
  70. Ben mentions the damage recently done to the Club in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1.
  71. Seward has been in this condition since an injury sustained in a virtual battle last issue.
  72. The "identity" of the Master Programmer is revealed in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2.
  73. The attempt on Tso's life happened in Scarlet Spider #1 while the damage done to his club occurred in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1.
  74. This fear of mistaken identity is due to the fact that Ben is a clone of Peter Parker, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #149. This creates complications, especially since Peter Parker quit his job at the Bugle and left New York in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1.
  75. At the time of this story, Phil had secretly become the new Green Goblin as seen in Green Goblin #1.
  76. The Green Goblin mentions his last encounter with the Scarlet Spider. That happened in Web of Spider-Man #125.
  77. The battle in cyberspace against Doctor Octopus happened in Amazing Scarlet Spider #1.
  78. The Scarlet Spider quips that he is saving answers for Barbara Walters. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, particularly since she retired in 2015.
  79. The Pro is depicted using a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). This should be considered another topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. This is because PDAs are an obsolete technology.
  80. Ken talks about how his sources have all gone digital as though this is a recent development. Since this story was published during the early days of the public internet, this should be considered yet another topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  81. The identity of Jason Tso's employer is revealed in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1.
  82. Ben Reilly is a clone of Peter Parker, as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #149. He is concerned about Ken Ellis confusing him as Peter Parker since Parker -- a former Bugle employee at the time of this story -- had recently left New York as seen in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-4.
  83. The Spider mentions how Seward Trainer's mind is trapped in cyberspace. That happened in Amazing Scarlet Spider #1.
  84. Seward Trainer's mind has been trapped in cyberspace since Amazing Scarlet Spider #1.
  85. The Scarlet Spider was led to believe that he is the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a deception created by the Green Goblin, as explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  86. Both of these facts were discovered in Scarlet Spider #1.
  87. Seward Trainer's condition reminds Ben of Aunt May. Reilly returned to New York in Web of Spider-Man #114 after hearing of Aunt May's stroke, which happened in Amazing Spider-Man #391. At the time of this story, everyone thinks Aunt May died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, this was an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  88. The Looter first battled Spider-Man back in Amazing Spider-Man #36. Ben's memories are all manufactured from Peter's and more or less are of Peter Parker's life all the way up Amazing Spider-Man #149. These memories are a combination of genetic memories from the cells that Warren took from Peter between Amazing Spider-Man #35-36 and implanted memories cultivated by the Jackal, as seen in Web of Spider-Man #117. Ben only has memories of one battle with the Looter since Spider-Man's other encounters with the villain happened after Amazing Spider-Man #149. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 these memories are roughly eight years old at the time of this story.
  89. This virtual reality construct attacked Manhattan in Scarlet Spider #2.
  90. The Pro was hired to assassinate Jason Tso in Scarlet Spider #1.
  91. Tso made these thefts in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1 and Web of Scarlet Spider #2.
  92. Seward's mind was trapped in cyberspace in Amazing Scarlet Spider #1.
  93. Ben is worried that Ellis and Yin might mistake him for Peter Parker, who left New York City in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1.
  94. Phil mentions the new female Doctor Octopus that has been active recently. The original Doctor Octopus was murdered shortly prior to this story in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221. He was succeeded by Carolyn Trainer in Amazing Spider-Man #405.
  95. The Scarlet Spider and Green Goblin battled Joystick in Amazing Scarlet Spider #2.
  96. Henri states that El Toro Negro was traveling to North America in a Concorde jet. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as Concorde jets were retired from use in 2003.
  97. Everyone thinks Aunt May died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, the woman who died and is buried next to Uncle Ben is an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #98.
  98. Ben was recently told that he was the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this was a lie orchestrated by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  99. These are actually Peter Parker's memories, although the clone has memories of Peter's life all the way up to Amazing Spider-Man #149. Peter Parker's parents died while on a government mission about 20 years prior to this story as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5.
  100. Ben Parker was murdered by the burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  101. Peter Parker retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229. Although Ben continued being active as the Scarlet Spider he was forced to give up that identity when his reputation was destroyed in Web of Scarlet Spider #2.
  102. 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.
  103. At the time of this story, Peter and Mary Jane had moved to Portland, as seen in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-4.
  104. The Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149 and they fought to the apparent death. Peter dumped what he thought was a dead body in a smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151. How the clone survived is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. As stated above, Ben Reilly is mistaken by thinking Peter Parker was the clone and he is the real Spider-Man.
  105. The real Aunt May suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391 but was secretly replaced with an impostor during the next issue. Ben's return and adoption of the Scarlet Spider identity is a brief synopsis of the Power and Responsibility and The Exile Returns story arcs.
    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

Chronology

  1. Spider-Man (Ben Reilly):
    • Page 1-44 - Ben Reilly revamps his appearance, develops a Spider-Man costume and battles Armada.
    • Page 45-48 - Ben gets a job at the Daily Grind, pays his respect to the graves of Aunt May and Uncle Ben.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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