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Spider-Man The Complete Ben Reilly Epic Vol 1 2


Appearing in "Blasts From The Past!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #407.

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Synopsis for "Blasts From The Past!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #407.

The Clone Saga continues from Sensational Spider-Man #0....

J. Jonah Jameson is disappointed with the front page of the Daily Bugle. This edition asks the question "What Happened to Spider-Man?" because the photo that has been used doesn't grab the same sort of attention as the headline. In fact, Jonah thinks the photo is one of Peter Parker's old photos that the Bugle has in the archives. When Jonah asks if Joe has heard from Parker since he left town with his wife to prepare for their coming baby.[Continuity 1] Unfortunately, Joe hasn't heard a word from the Parkers since they left. Getting back on topic, Joe asks Jonah if he thinks that they are dealing with a new Spider-Man in the city. This is because after not being seen for a few weeks, the wall-crawler reappears with a new costume. Adding to the mystery are unconfirmed sightings of the wall-crawler in Portland.[Continuity 2] Jonah begins getting so upset that he pulls out a cigar from his desk drawer. He is about to light up when Joe Robertson reminds Jonah that he gave up smoking cigars. Looking out the window, Joe Robertson witnesses the Human Torch streaking by and realizes that their story has struck a chord with someone else.

The Human Torch also wants to know the truth and as they have been allies for years, he wants to get to the bottom of the issue, particularly since the wall-crawler recently came to his aid.[Continuity 3] To this end, the Torch uses his flame powers to write a message to Spider-Man in the sky, asking the web-slinger to meet with him at the usual place, figuring that if this is truly the original Spider-Man, he will know where to meet him.[Continuity 4] At that moment, at the Daily Grind, Ben Reilly strikes up a conversation with Buzz, a regular patron about the entertainment section of the Daily Bugle.[Continuity 5] That's when his boss, Shirley Washington, jokingly tells Ben not to let Buzz distract him from the job. As Ben begins preparing the next drink order, he thinks about how he has been trying to make a life for himself as Ben Reilly. Even though he discovered that he has been the real Peter Parker and the man who has laid claim to that identity is now a clone.[Continuity 6] THat's when another regular, the fashion-obsessed Desiree Winthrop enters the Daily Grind with her friends. The topic of their discussion is the Human Torch's message to Spider-Man that has appeared in the sky. When Ben goes to take her order, Desiree recognizes him even though Reilly has recently bleached his hair.[Continuity 7] As he takes their order, Ben can't help but think about what sort of relationship Peter Parker had with the Human Torch in the five years he operated as Spider-Man, and fondly recalls how they often worked together.[Continuity 8]

Meanwhile, at the Symkarian Embassy, Silver Sable informs the Sandman that the recent crop of new recruits for the Wild Pack have just arrived. As they head for the gym, Sable sends Sandman to confront them, only telling him to go easy on them. Against the Sandman this group of soldiers lasts only fifteen seconds, however, the Sandman assures her that they will be able to last 20 seconds after a few weeks of training. That's when Sable shows Sandman the front page of the Daily Bugle. Although she figures this is just more of J. Jonah Jameson's bluster, she wants to investigate since it would be prudent to learn if Spider-Man has been replaced as he often worked as a freelancer for Silver Sable in the past.[Continuity 9] A few hours later, the Human Torch has decided that he has waited long enough and heads for the Statue of Liberty, in the hopes that Spider-Man arrives for his meeting. As he streaks across the Manhattan skyline, the Torch is unaware that he is being monitored by members of the Wild Pack.

Elsewhere, someone is watching the meeting between Spider-Man and the Human Torch. Shockingly, the Torch tells Spider-Man that he has come to eliminate the wall-crawler and incinerates the masked hero in a flame blast. However, this is nothing more than a simulation created by Mysterio, the master illusionist. He was running a test of the new digital imagery transmission chip that he had recently stolen.[Continuity 10] He is impressed with its ability to create a simulation of any situation down to the minute detail and begins plotting his ultimate goal: the destruction of Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Ben Reilly pays a visit to his friend Seward Trainer. His body is still in a coma since his mind became trapped in cyberspace. He prays his friend will wake up, and promises he will be back to see him tomorrow.[Continuity 11] As he leaves the hospital, Ben laments over the current state of his life and tries to come up with some ideas on what to do next, ultimately deciding to go meet with the Human Torch. Soon, Ben goes down to the ferry terminal to catch a boat to the Statue of Liberty.

Also, there are Silver Sable and the Sandman, who has correctly deduced that Spider-Man would need to take a ferry to Liberty Island and are keeping an eye out for him. Spotting the Sandman in the crowd, and unaware that the former criminal has reformed, slips away to change into Spider-Man.[Continuity 12] Once in costume, Spider-Man confronts the Sandman and Silver Sable. When he refers to Sable as a "blonde cutie", Sable orders Sandman to go all out to test and learn this is the real Spider-Man or another man. Sandman chastizes Spider-Man for disrespecting Silver Sable, pointing out that even Doctor Doom treats her with respect.[Continuity 13] Spider-Man recognizes Sable's name as he once saw her on a late night talk show.[Continuity 14] As the battle rages on, Jessica Caradine develops photos she recently took of the new Spider-Man in the dark room of Centennial University. Aminique, Jessica's classmate, is impressed with the quality of the photos. She suggests that they rival that of Peter Parker's photography of the wall-crawler and suggests that she could sell them to the Daily Bugle for a decent amount of money.

Back at the ferry terminal, Spider-Man continues to evade the Sandman's attacks, suggesting that they stop fighting and talk. The Sandman is willing to do so after Silver Sable gives the word. Observing from a safe distance, Silver Sable wonders has determined that this is not the same Spider-Man she has worked with in the past. Although this one has the same powers, his moves are completely different and is more inexperienced and light-hearted than the wall-crawler she knows. By this point, Spider-Man attempts to web up the Sandman, only to discover that his web-shooters have been jammed with sand. While not far away, the Human Torch has waited long enough and concludes that there is a new Spider-Man operating in the city.[Continuity 15] As he flies back to Manhattan, he spots a disturbance happening at the ferry depot and decides to check it out. Arriving in time to see the Sandman gripping the wall-crawler, the Torch blasts the wall-crawler free and orders the mercenary to cease his attack. Before the fight can begin anew, Silver Sable fires her gun into the sky and announces that the test is over.

Silver Sable has concluded that this is a new Spider-Man and offers him work if the wall-crawler is interested. Spider-Man thinks about how the situation is more complicated than that, as he thinks of himself as the original Spider-Man. Hearing this, the Human Torch is furious that someone else would take up Spider-Man's identity and demands answers from the wall-crawler. Spider-Man gets annoyed, telling the Torch that he doesn't need to explain himself. Frustrated over the situation, the Torch flies off warning Spider-Man that he is going to keep a close eye on him in the future.[Continuity 16] Silver Sable and Sandman also decide to depart. This entire encounter has left Spider-Man beside himself. Things have changed so much, now his old foe the Sandman considers him an ally and an old ally like the Torch now considers him an enemy, it feels like the whole world is upside down.

... The Clone Saga continues in Spider-Man #64.

Appearing in "Impossible, Be My Dream!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #408.

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Synopsis for "Impossible, Be My Dream!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #408.

Media Blizzard continues from Sensational Spider-Man #1...

Tossed out of the Mystervision building, Spider-Man attempts to break his fall with his web-shooters only to discover that they are jammed. With no other choice, the wall-crawler triest o break his fall by ricochetting off the sides of building in on order to slow his momentum. Ultimately, he slams into the side of a building too hard and knocks himself out. Thankfully, he manages to cling to the wall to prevent himself from falling to his death. This is observed by a drone piloted by Mysterio from inside Mystervision. He is delighted to capture this all on film. Further, he has managed to affix receivers for his digital imagery transmission chip so he can make the wall-crawler see anything he can imagine. Not wanting to bore his audiences, Mysterio decides to cut to Ryker's Island....

There, the criminal known as Armada is behind transferred from the NYPD to some Guardsmen from the Vault... Or so it seems. As soon the police officers leave Armada in the custody of the "Guardsmen" they turn out to be two of Armada's robots that disguised themselves with holograms. After getting his bonds removed, Armada puts on his costume and breaks free from the prison. As he flies toward Manhattan, Armada looks forward to tracking down and destroying Spider-Man. Back in the city, Shakim Panzos and his friend Jamie, members of the Blades street gang, are on the run from their rivals the Jagged Skulls. Outnumbered, the pair decides that the best course of action is to split up. High above, Spider-Man comes to and discovers that his gambit paid off, but he dislocated his shoulder as a result. That's when he overhears members of the Jagged Skulls cornering Shakim and leaps down to his aid. That's when Mysterio begins manipulating Spider-Man's vision, making the gang members look like monsters. Suspecting that these are constructs created my Mysterio, Spider-Man lays into them. From the control room at Mysteryvision, Mysterio gloats, knowing that this will keep television viewers glued to their screens and under his control. He then contacts Armada and informs him of the location of Spider-Man, but intends to ramp up the drama before allowing his minion to slay the web-slinger.

By this point, Spider-Man has defeated the gang members, but Shakim is less than happy to have the wall-crawler coming to his rescue. Spider-Man isn't interested in dealing with the drama and points out that Shakim will be on his own when the members of the Jagged Skulls wake up. Realizing that Spider-Man has a point, Shakim decides to tag along with the wall-crawler. Soon after they are gone, the recovering gangsters are met with other members of the gang who are told that the Blades have back-up from Spider-Man. This is not well received, as their leader is unhappy to hear that the masked hero is interfering in their turf war. That's when they are joined by Armada who offers his assistance in destroying Spider-Man. Not far away, Spider-Man struggles through the heavy snow and blowing winds. He wishes that he had put some kind of insulation into his costume. To get his mind off his pain and discomfort, Spider-Man asks Shakim why he joined up with a street gang. The youth tells him that in his part of the city that you need to join up with a gang in order to survive. Learning that Panzos wanted to become a lawyer, the wall-crawler says the young man still has time to go back to school and get an education. Their conversation is interrupted when Shakim spots Mysterio's drones. Suddenly, they are ambushed by members of the Jagged Skulls. Caught completely off guard, Spider-Man wonders what is wrong with his spider-sense. Moreover, he is still seeing the gang members as monsters.

Realizing that his perceptions are being manipulated, Spider-Man thinks that the drone might have something to do with it, and destroys it. However, this doesn't solve the problem. He is then ambushed by Armada.[Continuity 17] As Spider-Man fights against Armada's robots, Shakim watches from the relative safety of a nearby alley. He is joined by Jamie who points out that all the Jagged Skulls have been knocked out by Spider-Man and they can score a reputation by killing them all while they are down. By this point, Spider-Man is jolted by a laser from one of Armada's robots. Seeing the wall-crawler in trouble, Shakim tells Jamie that they should help him. Jamie isn't interested in helping Spider-Man so Shakim knocks him out and takes his gun and shoots at Armada. The bullets bounce harmlessly off Armada's armor. As he turns to gloat, this distraction is enough for Spider-Man to break free and ambush Armada. Overpowering his foe, Spider-Man then rips off Armada's chest plate, removing the power source of his armor. In the aftermath of the battle, Shakim points out that Spider-Man's eyepieces are cracked. This makes the wall-crawler figure out how Mysterio was making him see things and pulls off the special lenses that were put over his mask.

This cuts off the feed in Mysterio's control room, causing the master illusionist to curse the wall-crawler. Still, he has more tricks up his sleeve that will bring about the end of the wall-crawler. Back outside, Shakim realizes that being in a gang is not the right move and decides to leave that life behind and follow his dreams to become a lawyer. When Spider-Man asks Shakim how he'll survive on his own, the youth tells the web-slinger that he will find a way. Spider-Man is certain he will, but decides to get him a helping hand. He webs up Jamie and when the gang member wakes up he tells the gang member to send a message to both the Jagged Skulls sand Burning Blades: That Shakim Panzos is off limits. Jamie agrees to send the message. With this task done, Spider-Man swings finally manage to unclog his web-shooters and swings off in order to deal with Mysterio once and for all.

... Media Blizzard concludes in Spider-Man #65.

Appearing in "Nightmare in Scarlet (Part 2) - The Evil Among Us"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Warriors #67.

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Synopsis for "Nightmare in Scarlet (Part 2) - The Evil Among Us"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Warriors #67.



Appearing in "Of Mists and Mirrors"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #1.

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Synopsis for "Of Mists and Mirrors"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #1.

On a cold winter day, Spider-Man stops to pick up the latest edition of the Daily Bugle from a newsstand as he swings across the city.[Continuity 18] As he scans th front page he finds a newspaper advertisement for a new television service called Mystery Vision. Although he finds the advertisement interesting, he doesn't have a television that allows him to check it out. With his break over, Spider-Man swings back to the Daily Grind the coffee shop where he works in his civilian identity of Ben Reilly. As he does so, he thinks about his recent encounter with Armada and how he wishes he could find a line on him and recover the stolen DIT Chip the villain took from Professor Ramirez. Inside, the only customer is photography student Jessica Carradine. As Ben whips her up a latté she notices how dead the shop is, more so than usual even though it is the Christmas holidays. Shirley Washington figures it must be the new Mystery Vision as her son Devon is obsessed with the service since it came on the air.

When Ben serves Jessica her beverage, he notices that she has books on photography and he tells her that he used to dabble in photography himself.[Continuity 19] The two get to talking and when he asks why she hasn't gone home to be with her family for the holidays like the other students at Centennial University, she tells him that both of her parents passed away. She particularly talks about her father, who treated her great but died while she was still a teenager. She then quickly changes the subject back to photography, inviting him to join her on campus as she has photos that need to be developed. When Ben tells her that he still has a few hours left on his shift, Shirley lets him take the rest of the night off since the place is dead. He then joins Jessica back to campus where she shows him her workstation. He is surprised to see that she has photos of Spider-Man all over the walls and suddenly recognizes her as the woman who took the wall-crawler's photo the night before. She tells him that she is fascinated with the web-slinger, hence why she has taken all the photos and expresses an interest in photojournalism. Ben tells her she should try and show her work at to the people at the Daily Bugle, saying that they are a good bunch. On their way out to the university dark room they run into Professor Ramirez, whom Ben recognizes as the creator of the DIT Chip that whose life he saved as Spider-Man. Seeing how frantic Ramirez looks, Ben makes an excuse about having to go back to the Daily Grind so he can slip away and change into his alter-ego.

Paying a visit to Professor Ramirez in his lab, Spider-Man notices that he is in some sort of trance. Looking at the television screen he notices that it is tuned to Mystery Vision. His spider-sense warning him of danger coming from the video broadcast and quickly looks away. Knocking over Ramirez's briefcase he notices it contains a bunch of newspaper clips containing reviews of Mystery Vision. Somehow, the two-day-old television network is managing to beat all the major networks, something that is quite impossible. Realizing that something is up, the wall-crawler webs up the television screen which causes Ramirez to snap out of his trance. With his free will back, Professor Ramirez tells Spider-Man his fear that Mystery Vision has gotten ahold of his DIT Chip and is using it to enthrall viewers. Suspecting that the inventor is on the right track, Spider-Man decides to swing out to Mystery Vision's head office to investigate. He finds that they are located inside an old abandoned movie studio that is run down. However, on the inside, he finds a modern looking office. The secretary tells him that illusions are what Mystery Vision is all about. This makes the web-slinger even more suspicious and he decides to sneak back into the building through an open window in one of the upper floors.

Sneaking around upstairs, Spider-Man is caught by a man named Rudolph Hines, the president of the company. She offers to give the wall-crawler a tour of the facility. He also shows off a new experimental virtual reality headset that the company is planning on incorporating with their television studio. Spider-Man puts it on and is impressed with the display, but ultimately finds nothing malicious going on. That's when the room fills with green smoke and "Hines" suddenly turns into Mysterio, who had been jamming Spider-Man's spider-sense since he entered the building. He then tells the wall-crawler that he has serious threats to deal with. Suddenly, a cartoon reindeer leap out of one of the television screens and smashes through the wall and begins terrorizing people in the street. Spider-Man leaps the window to stop it, thinking about his first battle with Mysterio along the way.[Continuity 20] When Spider-Man leaps out the window, he sees that the cartoon reindeer has been joined by giant cartoon versions of Santa Claus and an elf. Mysterio watches from the hole in the wall, completely enthralled by the merging of fantasy and reality, calling it the greatest show on Earth. However, the wall-crawler isn't admiring the entertainment value below as his web-fluid has frozen inside his web-shooters, jamming the mechanisms. He quickly realizes that if he doesn't do something quick he will fall to his death.

This story is continued in Amazing Spider-Man #408...

Appearing in "Brother's Keeper"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #230.

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Synopsis for "Brother's Keeper"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #230.

Two Months Ago

David and Henry Kalen, brothers and environmental consultants, are on the outskirts of Green Lawn, Long Island, are leaving the Sanders Chemical Corporation's main processing plant. Their investigation has discovered that the owner of the company has been operation in violation of new environmental standards and Henry figures he can get them shut down. That's when they pass by a small lake filled with barrels of toxic waste. Horrified by this brazen disregard for the environment, the two brothers stop for a closer look. Pulling one of the barrels out of the water, both David and Henry discover that it has been rigged with a bomb that suddenly goes off as the container is disturbed cutting both men down in the blast.

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In Manhattan, Spider-Man is swinging across the city feeling fully liberated now that he has reclaimed his costume identity once again.[Continuity 21] After testing out his new batch of webbing his spider-sense warns him of danger just as furniture is hurled through the windows of a nearby office building.[Continuity 22] Swinging into the building, Spider-Man is shocked to discover some kind of muck-monster terrorizing the people inside the office. The creature, calling itself D.K. is demanding that the people in the office produce their employer, Mister Saunders.

When the wall-crawler tries to web up this monstrocity, his webbing dissolves harmlessly against its chemically based body. D.K. tells Spider-Man that he has no issue with the masked hero and then grabs the door jamb on the other side of the room. This causes a chemical reactions that makes the ceiling begin to melt. Fearing the harm this goop may cause the innocent people all around, Spider-Man begins webbing it back up to the ceiling, allowing D.K. to make his escape. Spider-Man is not looking forward to spending his day off hunting this monster. At that very moment, at the Daily Grind, Shirley Washington is trying to talk to her son Devon about his chores and homework assignments, but Devon is too focused on a television program that he doesn't hear a word that she is saying.[Continuity 23] By this time, Spider-Man has learned that D.K. was attacking the corporate office of Sanders Chemical Corporation and learns that the owner of the company is at their main plant on Long Island. The wall-crawler races there in the hopes that he can get there before the monstrocity that is after Sanders. Sure enough, Spider-Man gets there first and stakes the place out. He spots Sanders in one of the windows and notes that the business owner is pacing around nerviously. He also can't help but notice how thick the air is will pulltion, although he figures that tight environmental regulations ensure that the company is running within acceptable levels.

Suddenly, Spider-Man's spider-sense kicks in and focuses in a nondescript man walking through the main gate. This is not the creature he has been looking for, but he decides to move in to keep a closer eye on Sanders. From his new vantage point Spider-Man witnesses as D.K. comes crashing into Sanders' office. As the muck monster closes in for revenge, Spider-Man leaps through the window and tries to tackle the abomination. Unfortunately, the wall-crawler passes harmlessly through the goop that comrpises of D.K.'s body. Once again, the monstrosity warns Spider-Man to say out of its affairs. Making itself solid again, D.K. batters the wall-crawler and then returns his attention to Sanders. He tells the corrupt business owner that he will pay for his crimes against humanity and nature. Afraid for his life, Sanders tries to strike the creature with a metal pipe, but it dissolves upon contact with D.K.'s body. Hearing the commotion, the plant's security force prepares to storm Sanders' office, but the steps leading up to it suddenly dissolve. Back upstairs, D.K. finally has Sanders at his mercy so the creature reverts to human form revealing itself to be David Kalen. Kalen reveals that the bomb killed his brother, but turned him into something more. Pulling himself back together, David vowed to tear down the Sanders chemical empire. After confronting the killer Sanders fired, Kalen was able to gather a great deal of damaging evidence that proves Sanders hired the hit on David and his brother as well as his illegal dumping operations.

While David is explaining everything, Spider-Man pulls himself out of the rubble and ambushes David. Pulling the tortured man outside, the wall-crawler webs him up to a flag pole. He tells Kalen that the damning evidence is enough to put Sanders away for a long time and that he doesn't have to resort to murder. David, in tears, tells Spider-Man that it is not enough, telling the web-spinner that Sanders is also responsible for the death of his brother, Henry. Spotting Sanders trying to make an escape, David turns back into D.K. and slips through Spider-Man's webbing. However, when he tries to dissolve the getaway car with Sanders in it, Spider-Man swoops in and rescues D.K.'s would-be victim. This infuriates the muck-monster who vows to kill Sanders even if he has to go through the wall-crawler to do it. thinking that Kalen won't kill an innocent man, Spider-Man calls his bluff and stands between the environmental horror and the crooked businessman. Although D.K. charges at Spider-Man, he quickly begins to lose his nerve and stops his charge, reverting back to human form. David agrees to do things Spider-Man's way and soon Sanders is taken away by the police. After the crisis is over, Spider-Man then puts in a call to Ravencroft Institute. Soon, John Jameson and Edward Wheland arrive on the scene to pick up D.K. for treatment and to help him regain his lost humanity.

Appearing in "The Game Of Life"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #64.

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Synopsis for "The Game Of Life"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #64.

At the scene of an apartment fire, Spider-Man performs CPR on a young boy who is stopped breathing. To his relief, the wall-crawler gets the boy breathing again and he is rushed off the scene by paramedics. That's when Spider-Man is approached by members of the media who begin to ask him if he is the original Spider-Man or another individual and if he has any connections to the Scarlet Spider.[Continuity 24] The wall-crawler ignores their questions, hearing the young boy plead for someone to rescue his mother, who is still trapped in the burning building. Although firefighters don't have much hope that a woman could survive in the inferno. Although the boy pleads with the wall-crawler to help rescue his mother, Spider-Man wishes he could as no child should lose their parents. Once the ambulance is out of sight, it is attacked by the mercenary known as El Toro Negro who has come for the child.

Back at the scene of the fire, Spider-Man continues to ignore the reporters so he can web up falling debris. That's when everyone notices a woman fly out of the building. Although her clothes are tattered, she appears to be unharmed by the flames. She calls out to her son, Carlos, who was the boy taken away in an ambulance. The woman suddenly collapses to the ground, prompting Spider-Man to rush to her side. The woman, named Poison, recognizes the wall-crawler and begins telling him that the fire was intentionally set and the person responsible is dangerous.[Continuity 25] When Spider-Man tells her that she needs to calm down and get to a hospital, she becomes upset. The web-slingers attempts to calm her are interrupted by the reporters who are still trying to interview him. Fed up with the constant questions, Spider-Man webs up their cameras and microphones and then promises Poison that he will find her son. Later, Ben Reilly reports for work at the Daily Grind where he takes interest in news reports about Poison. Between the news reports and Buzz, the Grind's ever-present regular, Ben learns about Poison's career as a vigilante taking down drug cartels in Miami. However, Reilly is disturbed to learn that there is no report about the boy that Spider-Man rescued.

Elsewhere, a wealthy man named Paris Scott watches the news, he is a participant in the Great Game and the news about Poison greatly interests him. While at this moment, Mystery -- disguised as Randolph Hines -- has just finished purchasing a television transmitter that will finally allow him to achieve his dreams as well as finally end the life of Spider-Man. Later, Ben Reilly has finished his shift at the Daily Grind and is signing the lease on his new apartment. When his landlord comes back to give him his security key, Ben has somehow left his apartment without her seeing. This is because Ben changed into Spider-Man and left out the window to begin his search for Poison's son Carlos. His first stop is the hospital to tell the woman what happened to her son. She instantly becomes angry that Spider-Man failed to protect her son. He learns from the nurses that the boy never arrived at the hospital, and tell him to leave while the sedate Poison as his presence is agitating her. An hour later, Poison is visited by a Great Game representative named Trenton Lipton III. He has come to give her a new costume, the rules of the Great Game, rules she will have to follow if she wants to get her son back. When Spider-Man returns later, Poison is out of bed and wearing her new costume. As he tries to get her to explain what's going on, she calls El Toro Negro to learn where she can recover her son. Hearing El Toro's name, the wall-crawler warns her that the mercenary cannot be trusted, but she doesn't want to listen to him and flies away.[Continuity 26] When Poison flies off, Spider-Man decides to follow after her to make sure she doesn't get in over her head.

Soon, Poison forces her way into the warehouse where she is supposed to meet El Toro Negro. There she demands that he return her son, however, the villain reveals that he has Carlos strapped with explosives. In his hands, El Toro Negro is holding a "dead man's switch" that will set off the bombs if anything happens to him. He then demands that she call Paris Scott and tell him that she is resigning from the Great Game and that Negro will take her place as Scott's champion. Poison agrees, using the provided phone to tell Scott that she will not participate. That's when Spider-Man comes crashing into the warehouse warning Poison not to trust El Toro Negro. Annoyed by the wall-crawler's interference, and reminded of how a similar individual led to his arrest, he orders Poison to kill Spider-Man in order to get her son back. Desperate to get her boy back, Poison attacks Spider-Man, who is caught off guard by her strength and speed. However, as she tries to strangle the web-slinger to death, Carlos cries out to his mother to stop, telling her that Spider-Man saved his life the night before. This causes Poison to pause, but El Toro Negro reminds her that he will kill her son if she doesn't comply.

Explaining how she has been given powers by an alien force, she uses the energies within her body to seemingly incinerate Spider-Man. However, this is all a ruse, as she actually teleported the web-head close enough to web up the detonator. While Spider-Man knocks out El Toro Negro, Poison frees her son from the explosives. With El Toro Negro webbed up for the authorities, Poison thanks Spider-Man for his help. When Spider-Man asks if there is anything he can do to help Poison and her son set themselves up in New York City, she tells him that he has already done enough and will now live by his example.

Appearing in "Unplugged"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #65.

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Synopsis for "Unplugged"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #65.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #408...

After discovering that Mysterio had been using his Mystery Vision to manipulated his senses and the senses of those all over the city, Spider-Man swings toward the old theater that acts as the villain's base of operations.[Continuity 27] When he forces his way into the building, he finds that it is nothing but an abandoned theater, the thriving television network he saw earlier was nothing more than an illusion. With no sign of Mysterio, Spider-Man decides to go home and get some rest, confident in the knowledge that he has the perception altering lenses that his foe affixed to his mask, as they might come in handy later.

At an office building in Midtown Manhattan, there is a party celebrating the meteoric success of Mystery Vision on behalf of it's owner Randolph Hines. He excuses himself from the party to check the current network rankings. In the privacy of his office, Mysterio drops his disguise and gloats how his television station is eclipsing all of the major networks. The next morning, Ben Reilly is woken up by a knock on the door after spending all night tinkering with the lenses. It turns out to be Jessica Carradine who has come to meet up with him for their date. Realizing he overslept, Ben scrambles to hide all of Spider-Man gear and lets her in. Ben quickly gets ready and the two head out on their date to see the Eisenstadt Exhibit. As they walk through the winter weather, the pair get to talking about their lack of family to rely on. Jessica, who lost her father, and Ben who recently lost his Aunt who raised him like her own.[Continuity 28] When they walk past an electronics store, Ben notices a crowd gathered around it watching Mystery Vision and reminds himself that Mysterio is still manipulating people using Professor Ramirez's DIT Chip. He wants to go out and continue hunting Mysterio, but can't because he is on a date. Suddenly, an armored truck skids on the icy road and crashes. To his surprise Jessica rushes off with her camera to take pictures of the crash, giving Ben the perfect opportunity to change into Spider-Man and help. Spider-Man manages to pull the driver out before the vehicle goes up in flames, but Jessica is too engrossed in taking pictures of the wall-crawler. He finally convinces her to get one of the police officers standing by the electronics store to help. However, when she finally does so, Jessica is also entranced by the televisions broadcasting Mystery Vision. The wall-crawler uses his webbing to block the television screens to snap everyone out of it. With help on the way for the injured driver, Spider-Man slips away to change back into Ben Reilly. Luckily, Jessica wants to remain on the scene to take photos, putting an end to their date and allowing Ben to continue his search for Mysterio.

On his way back to the apartment, Ben stops at the Daily Grind to check on things before going out as Spider-Man. There he discovers that both Shirley and her son Devon are enthralled by the television. However, this is not the case with Buzz, the Grind's regular customer. He tells Ben that Shirley and her son were so engrossed by the television he had to serve himself. When Ben asks how one could stop the transmission of Mystery Vision, Buzz points out that they would need to take down all the transmitters. Coming up with an idea on how to find this transmitter, Ben rushes out of the coffee shop to change into Spider-Man. He then pays a visit to Doctor Ramirez at Centennial University who cobbles together a device that will allow the wall-crawler to track the signal. At Mystery Vision's true headquarters, Mysterio continues watching the ratings. He gloats over how the blizzard outside is forcing people indoors making them more susceptible to his hypnotic programming. That's when the security systems detect Spider-Man's approach. When the web-slinger tries to destroy the transmitters, Mysterio uses his illusions and energy weapons to try and keep the masked hero away. Although Mysterio's attempts knock Spider-Man back down into the office, he also ends up blasting his transmitter as well. The commotion draws all the party goers to come and see what's going on. Mysterio resumes the illusion of Randolph Hines in order to get them to call the police on Spider-Man.

However, everyone is more interested in the ratings as they are suddenly dropping like flies. Although Mystery Vision is still broadcasting, Mysterio's stray blast has damaged the subliminal broadcasting channel. Seeing the broadasts with clear minds has made people realize that Mystery Vision is not very entertaining and they are changing the channel in droves. Utterly defeated, Mysterio is webbed up by Spider-Man who then takes the villain into custody.

Appearing in "The Fall"

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Spider-Man/Punisher: Family Plot #1.

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Synopsis for "The Fall"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man/Punisher: Family Plot #1.

Spider-Man comes across an attempted assassination of a mob boss, Don Geraci, which infuriates one of his Geraci’s men because the distraction allows the two hitmen to get away and his own father was shot instead. He vows revenge on both them and Spider-Man.

The next morning, Ben reports to work at the Daily Grind café. Steve Marlowe, the ex-husband of a waitress there, enters to drop off their son and sets off Ben’s spider-sense. Ben realizes he’s carrying a gun and points this out, upsetting his ex-wife. Angry at Ben, the man takes a swipe at him but then leaves.

At a meeting of the Geraci family, they vote that the Punisher be sent to find and kill Spider-Man for his interference.[Continuity 29] Frank reluctantly agrees, and warns the Don’s son Joey that he’s still in charge. He suits up and goes out to find Spider-Man. Elsewhere, Tombstone chides his two hitmen, one of which is Steve Marlowe, who failed to kill Don Geraci. Tombstone kills the other one and orders Marlowe to complete a second job, or be killed as well. Later, Marlowe disguises himself as a cop and prepares for another hit, not knowing Spider-Man is watching him.

On the streets, the Punisher learns that a hit has been issued for Vince Williams, Chief of Police, and stakes out Willaims’s apartment. Punisher confronts a boy ordered by the family to follow him. The shots drawa Spider-Man to the Punisher's location. Face-to-face with Frank Castle, Spider-Man is surprised to see the vigilante is still alive.[Continuity 30] Then he fires on Spider-Man who has followed Marlow to Williams apartment. They have a tense exchange when shots are fired from within the building. Upset that he caused him to delay, Spider-Man tranquillises Punisher and confronts Marlowe, who confesses his crime. Punisher recovers and starts shooting at both of them, giving Marlowe the chance to flee.[Continuity 31]

Marlowe reports back to Tombstone, who intends to install his own as police chief now, but when Tombstone discovers a spider-tracer on Marlowe’s back he is enraged. He beats on Marlowe until Spider-Man arrives and they fight; the Punisher soon crashes through a window to join the fray. Punisher tells Spider-Man to stay out of his way. Marlowe suddenly produces a bomb and uses it to get himself and Tombstone out of the building while Spider-Man and Punisher are caught in the explosion.

Appearing in "Redemption"

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Spider-Man/Punisher: Family Plot #2.

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Synopsis for "Redemption"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man/Punisher: Family Plot #2.

Spidey and Punisher escape the blast by leaping through a window; Spider-Man web-slings them to safety while Tombstone retreats with Steve Marlowe to Marlowe’s own apartment. At a meeting of the Geraci crime family, Mario reports that Punisher has no intention of killing Spider-Man as promised.[Continuity 32] Joey Geraci reflects on the deal he made with Tombstone to become head of the Geraci family; he didn’t think Tombstone would actually try to kill the elder Geraci; now he is worried the family will find out.

Meanwhile, young Stevie Marlowe decides to run away from his mother to live with his father who lets him do whatever he wants. At Marlowe’s apartment, a rage-filled Tombstone wonders how to proceed; he decides to have the mayor killed.[Continuity 33] Stevie walks in just as Tombstone has beat up one of his henchmen; Tombstone decides to keep the child as insurance as the Marlowe kills the mayor. The Punisher and Spider-Man, who deduced Tombstone would come to Marlowe’s apartment, watch from the roof, unwilling to jeopardize the child. Elsewhere, Stevie’s mother wakes up and realizes he’s gone.

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

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

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

Appearing in "Rude Awakenings!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Scarlet Spider #3.

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Synopsis for "Rude Awakenings!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Scarlet Spider #3.

The Clone Saga continues from The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2...

The FBI is searching the ruins of the hideout that belong to Doctor Octopus. The operation is overseen by Agent Stephanie Briggs who is searching for any sign of her partner, Joe Wade, who had infiltrated the facility by posing as one of the minions of Doctor Octopus. She doesn't know if her colleague is dead or alive, but knows that he deserves to be found. That's when she sees a gloved hand sticking out of the rubble. When she goes and investigates the individual bursts out of the rubble. It is apparently the Scarlet Spider, who had went bad not long before. When the FBI agents draw their weapons, the Spider leaps around, webbing up their guns while spouting gibberish.[Continuity 34] When Briggs asks the Spider questions about Joe Wade, the masked vigilante makes a series of play-on-words and ends by mentioning Stephanie having a weight problem before swinging away. Hearing this, Briggs wonders how the Scarlet Spider could know about her struggles with weight loss.

Later, when Stephanie returns to the Bureau's New York headquarters to file her report, she meets with her superior Nelson Stone. After hearing about the strange encounter, Stone tells her to forget about the Scarlet Spider as any involvement with superhumans will result in the case being taken away from the FBI. He reminds her that the Bureau's job is to recover the solid-holographic technology created by Doctor Octopus. Brigg's also reminds Stone that they are also trying to find Joe Wade and storms out of the office. Once she is gone, Nelson thinks about what he was told and figures that Stephanie may have already found Joe. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider is going around the city causing chaos wherever he goes, earning the ire of New Yorkers and leading to altercations with the NYPD. Fleeing the authorities, the Scarlet Spider suddenly stops web-slinging in order to dive into an alley. While the Scarlet Spider goes into the alley, it is the naked body of Joe Wade that comes wandering out of the dark moments later. Weak and disorientated, Joe rushes home, recalling the torture he experienced while he was a prisoner of Doctor Octopus. Getting into his apartment, Wade intends to call his superiors and tell them everything that happened, but he quickly collapses from exhaustion and sleeps the night away.

The next morning, Justice has mobilized Firestar, Powerhouse, and Turbo to assist in hunting down the Scarlet Spider. After hearing news about the hero's crime spree, Justice intends to bring the Spider to the authorities as his activities are affecting the image of the New Warriors.[Continuity 35] At that same moment, Joe Wade wakes up and watches the news reports about the Scarlet Spider. Knowing that this was himself, he decides that he needs to get help. As he reaches for the phone, Joe suddenly feels a pain shoot up his arm but it quickly goes away. He then calls Stephanie Briggs and asks her to meet him in Central Park. When Stephanie meets with Joe she is horrified by how horrible he looks. He quickly explains how his cover was blown while he was posing as one of the henchmen of Doctor Octopus. He also tells Briggs how Octopus forced him into a virtual reality simulator that created a solid-form hologram of the Scarlet Spider and was made to commit crimes. Although Octopus was stopped, the explosion at her lab somehow merged Joe with the hologram of the Scarlet Spider. When he tries to turn himself in, Joe's whole body begins to glow causing him pain. Realizing that he is going to transform into the Scarlet Spider once again, Wade rushes into the bushes to get away from Stephanie.

Try as he might, Joe is unable to stop the transformation and he becomes the Scarlet Spider once more. Becoming unhinged again, the Scarlet Spider decides to resume his activities from the day before. Meanwhile, Firestar is searching the city for traces of the Scarlet Spider. Unaware that she is looking for an impostor, her thoughts are on how she invited the Scarlet Spider onto the team. She worries that her boyfriend, Justice, was jealous of this move and that has added more pressure on him on top of becoming the new leader of the New Warriors.[Continuity 36] That's when she spots a fire on the George Washington Bridge and decides to go and investigate. There she finds the Scarlet Spider attacking the commuters on the bridge and demands to know what he is doing. When he tries to steal a kiss from Firestar, she instinctively uses her powers to force him off of her. This burns away some of the Spider's skin revealing a strange metallic substance underneath. Realizing she is dealing with an impostor, Firestar unleashes her microwave abilities on the impostor. This burns away his costume, enveloping the Scarlet Spider in a cloud of strange smoke. While his presence is obscured, he strikes Firestar with a beam, knocking her out.

Emerging from the cloud in a new metallic form, the Scarlet Spider begins moving in on the young woman, prepared to end her life.

... Nightmare in Scarlet continues in New Warriors #67.

Appearing in "Red Reign"

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Web of Scarlet Spider #4.

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Synopsis for "Red Reign"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Scarlet Spider #4.

Nightmares in Scarlet continues from New Warriors #67...

The virtual being calling itself the Scarlet Spider has taken hostages at a television station. Upon learning this, Spider-Man and the New Warriors race to the scene before the creature kills them. Among the hostages is Madeline Baldwin, Speedball's mother, which has prompted the hero to head off before them.[Continuity 37] That same moment, Scarlet Spider addresses a live news feed, telling the viewing audience that he will kill one of his hostages. He also warns that if the feed is cut, he will kill everyone all at once. That's when Speedball comes crashing into the television studio and engages the Spider. Madeline is relieved to see that her son has come to rescue her. As the other hostages escape, Speedball frees the last one by blasting the Scarlet Spider with a barrage of kinetic bubbles.

At the same moment, FBI agent Nelson Stone mobilizes a group of colleagues to deal with the Scarlet Spider situation. He tells the others that they must take the Spider -- in reality their colleague Joe Wade -- alive. He also warns them not to inform Stephanie Briggs, Joe's former partner, as she is too close to this case. However, Stephanie is already on her way to the television studio. She thinks about how Joe Wade has forced to become this new Scarlet Spider by the holographic technology of Doctor Octopus.[Continuity 38] She wants to reach Joe before the rest of the Bureau because she doesn't want Joe to become a lab rat as the authorities try to figure out what makes him tick. She's not the only one to arrive at the police barricade at that moment as Spider-Man and the New Warriors arrive on the scene. They are informed that the cameras inside went dark after some lone hero rushed in to try and save them. As Firestar is in the process of asking who it is when suddenly, Speedball comes crashing out of one of the windows.

As Justice uses his telekinetic powers to catch falling debris, Turbo rescues Speedball. Spider-Man is impressed that Speedball managed to free the hostages when the Scarlet Spider emerges from the building. He catches the Warriors off guard when he unleashes a powerful optic blast. While the New Warriors scramble to restabilize the building, the Scarlet Spider tries to fly away. Unfortunately for him, Spider-Man manages to hitch a ride. On the street below, Stephanie Briggs follows after them hoping that she can stop Joe before he murders someone. Meanwhile, Spider-Man tries to convince the Scarlet Spider to stand down, furious that the creature imitated his old costume and ruined his reputation.[Continuity 39] Hearing that the wall-crawler used to be the Scarlet Spider angers Joe Wade and he redoubles his attacks. His form becoming more and more dangerous, Wade temporarily blinds the web-slinger with a blinding flash of light. When he knocks Spider-Man over the side of the building, he is rescued by Firestar who swoops in to rescue him.[Continuity 40]

The pair are ambushed by the Scarlet Spider and sent falling to the ground again. However, they are saved by Justice who slows their fall with their telekinetic powers. That's when the Scarlet Spider unleashes a powerful sonic blast that decimates the street. As Spider-Man and the Warriors recover, the Scarlet Spider prepares for another blast. That's when Stephanie Briggs rushes out and convinces Joe to stand down. She points out how he injured so many innocent people, herself included, and how his last blast killed some of their colleagues. She reminds Joe that this isn't who he is and he is a nobleman. Realizing what he has done, the Scarlet Spider forces himself to change back into Joe Wade, a process that is incredibly painful. That's when Agent Nelson Stone steps in and takes control of the situation. He takes Wade and Briggs into custody. When Spider-Man and the Warriors demand to know what the FBI Will do to prevent something like this happening again. Stone assures them that with Wade in custody the Bureau has the situation under control. Hearing this, Stephanie Briggs vows never to leave Joe's side. In the aftermath of the battle, Speedball confirms that his mother is safe and she expresses how proud she is over her son for saving her life. That's when Justice and Firestar pull Spider-Man aside. He apologizes for being rude to the wall-crawler earlier, admitting that he was insecure about Spider-Man showing attention to his girlfriend Firestar.

Spider-Man shrugs it off, pretending like he didn't notice anything at all, tossing a friendly wink at Firestar before swinging off. As they watch Spider-Man go, Justice remarks that while they didn't know who "their" Scarlet Spider really was, but knows that he was no Spider-Man. Knowing better, Firestar isn't sure, telling him that only time will tell.


... The Clone Saga continues in Spider-Man #67.

Appearing in "A Matter of Faith"

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Spider-Man Holiday Special #1995.

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Synopsis for "A Matter of Faith"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Holiday Special #1995.

Even though it is Christmas Eve, Spider-Man is out fighting crime, saving a group of holiday shoppers from a gang of thieves. At add insult to injury, the wall-crawler restrains the crooks in webs in the shape of a Christmas tree. When the shoppers wish Spider-Man a merry Christmas to him and his loved ones make the web-spinner realize that after five years away from New York, he doesn't have any loved ones.[Continuity 41] He thinks about how Aunt May is dead and any and how he can't relate to any of his friends he had when he was Peter Parker.[Continuity 42] His self-pity is quickly interrupted when he spots a woman leaping from the Brooklyn Bridge. Swinging into action, Spider-Man saves the woman's life but is surprised when she is furious. The woman is Jenny Sheridan, and apparently, she was actually attempting to commit suicide because she has no reason to live. She explains that she has no friends, family, or money. The final straw for her was the fact that she was evicted from her apartment and she has no will to live anymore. After spending five years thinking a clone, and having his own bout with suicide, the wall-crawler can relate to Jenny.[Continuity 43] The web-slinger decides to try and help the girl out and takes her web-slinging across the city.[Continuity 44]

As they cross the city, Jenny explains that she came to New York City to be a writer. However, success was hard to come by and she went broke, leading to her current predicament. The whole time she ignored all the people in her life and figures that nobody cares if she lives or dies. Spider-Man disagrees, telling her that he cares about her. That's when they spot people running in the streets, suspecting trouble, Spider-Man puts Jenny somewhere safe so he can investigate. Sure enough, the people are running from danger as the super-villain known as Scorcher is robbing Christmas shoppers at the Manhattan Mall. Pushing through the panicked crowd, Spider-Man gets a goot look at his foe and remembers the Scorcher as one of the first villains he fought.[Continuity 45] The web-slinger tires to web up the Scorcher's flame-throwing gauntlets, but the Scorcher is able to burn through them.[Continuity 46]

As the two battle it out, Spider-Man is on the defensive in order to keep innocent bystanders safe. During the chaos, Scorcher lights a sign on fire compromising its structural integrity. Seeing the sign about to fall, Jenny pushes a homeless man out of the way. Thinking she was buried under the rubble, Spider-Man becomes enraged and lashes into the Scorcher. Wrapping his fists in webbing, the web-head crushes Scorcher's gauntlets, disarming him. Spider-Man defeats his foe and orders the Scorcher to stay down. Much to his relief, Jenny and the homeless man she saved are safe. This whole incident has made Jenny realize that she can make a difference in the lives of others. Realizing that Spider-Man was right all along, Jenny decides to take the homeless man to a shelter and volunteer there for the night. Although she doesn't know where her life will go from here, Jenny has decided that she is going to try and make the best of it. Glad to hear it, Spider-Man swings away after wishing her a Merry Christmas.

Appearing in "Along Came A Spider"

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Venom: Along Came a Spider #1.

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Synopsis for "Along Came A Spider"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom: Along Came a Spider #1.

After laying low following the symbiote invasion of Earth, Venom emerges from the sewers in order to check in on his ex-wife, Anne Weying.[Continuity 47] Having tapped into a subway phone line, he tries to call Anne at her home. However, he is unaware that Anne is in police custody and they have tapped her phone. Unfortunately for Detectives Clark and Steen, Anne refuses to aid them as she believes that Eddie Brock means well. They remind her that there are a stack of police warrants in both San Francisco and Chicago that convinces them otherwise.[Continuity 48] As the phone rings, Eddie wonders if Anne is avoiding her after he allowed his symbiote to bond with her.[Continuity 49] However, the symbiote suggests that she will want them back after getting a "taste" of being bonded with the symbiote. This response confuses Eddie, but he doesn't think on it as long as Anne finally answers the phone. When Anne starts calling him "Edward", a name that he hates, Brock becomes suspicious and sends his symbiote through the phone line. Sure enough, the NYPD are tracing the call and just as they learn the location of Brock's phone call, the symbiote comes through the phone receiver and begins bonding to Anne again. The bonding between Eddie, Anne, and the Symbiote suddenly cause the three beings to feel absolute ecstasy.

Meanwhile, at the Daily Grind, Ben Reilly overhears some patrons trying to make sense of how many Spider-Men are active in New York City. As he leaves, Ben can't blame them for being confused as his life has become incredibly complicated recently. For years, Ben thought he was a clone of Peter Parker until a test proved that he was the original after all and that his clone has been living his life for the past five years. However, with his clone married to Mary Jane and retired as Spider-Man, Ben has taken up the mantle once again.[Continuity 50] Passing by an electronics store, Ben catches a news report about snipers surrounding police headquarters and how Venom's ex-wife was being held there. Realizing that this could be trouble, Ben climbs up onto the rooftops to change into Spider-Man. Back underground, Venom has to release his connection to Anne because it is too intense. However, once the connection has been severed he quickly realizes that now knows everything she knew and vice-versa. Now knowing that the police have Anne, Venom decides to free her from their custody and begins formulating a plan on how to do this.

As Spider-Man arrives on the scene, police both inside and outside the police station begin securing the area. Meanwhile, Anne Weying is reeling after her symbiosis with Eddie, and is now coming to terms with how he really felt about her. Back outside, Spider-Man realizes that Venom wouldn't attack the police station directly and decides to search the sewers. No sooner has the wall-crawler gone underground, a pizza delivery man arrives on the scene. Apparently, the chief of police put in an order for pizza. Detective Clark yells at the deliver boy with his bullhorn in order to confirm that this isn't Venom in disguise. Convinced that this is not the case, Clark sends the pizza into the station. He then orders his officers to sweep the area while whe searches a nearby alley with an uncovered manhole. Directly below, Spider-Man searches for Venom but finds nothing but dead aligators. Climbing up a nearby ladder to look who is above, Spider-Man pokes his head up to look but finds nobody there.[Error 1] This is because Detective Clark has returned to the police cordon outside. Detective Clark tells his officers to keep an eye out and goes back inside to join the others. Inside, Detective Steen and the other officers have determined that nobody ordered a pizza and pull their guns on the delivery boy. However, that's when "Detective Clark" enters the room and reveals that he is really Venom in disguise.

Outside, Spider-Man has just discovered the real Detective Clark, who had been stuffed into a nearby dumpster by Venom. At that moment, Venom manages to shut off the power in the police station and overpowers the officers inside. Rescuing Anne from custody, Venom smashes his way up to the roof where he runs into Spider-Man. When the wall-crawler orders him to put Anne down, Venom does, only so he can attack Spider-Man, leaving the wall-crawler to wonder if he has bitten off more than he can chew.

Appearing in "And Sat Down Beside Her!"

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Venom: Along Came a Spider #2.

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Synopsis for "And Sat Down Beside Her!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom: Along Came a Spider #2.

Rescuing his ex-wife from police custody, Venom escapes to the roof of police headquarters to find Spider-Man waiting for him. Venom instantly attacks the wall-crawler who feels out of his depth because he doesn't have the same experience fighting Venom as Peter Parker has.[Continuity 51] As the two battle, Detective Steen orders her fellow officers to mobilize and go up onto the roof an apprehend Venom. Back on the roof, Spider-Man holds his own against Venom when his spider-sense goes off. He doesn't know why until he is struck on the back of the head with a pipe by Anne Weying. She apologizes for striking the wall-crawler, explaining that Eddie is actually trying to rescue her. Venom tells Anne to stand back as he knows how to deal with Spider-Man and resumes his attack.[Continuity 52] That's when officers arrive on the roof and begin opening fire. That's when Detectives Steen and Clark arrive on the roof and order their men to hold their fire since they might hit Anne. This interruption allows Venom to catch Spider-Man in his own webbing and tosses him off the roof.[Continuity 53]

As he falls to the ground, Spider-Man quickly breaks free from Venom's webbing and manages to break his fall just inches from the ground. He then borrows one of the officer's bullhorns and rushes back up to the rooftop. He tries to weaken Venom by shouting in the symbiote's face with the megaphone, but it doesn't work due to the device having a low battery and Venom easily swats it away. With the police officers unable to do anything with Anne in the way, Officer Steen rushes back into the building with a plan. Meanwhile, Venom continues to pummel the wall-crawler until Steen manages to activate the rooftop air raid siren. This causes sufficient noise to cause the Venom symbiote a great deal of pain. Unable to stand the pain, Venom is forced to flee the scene without Anne but vows to come back for her. While back on the roof, Anne is put under arrest for interfering with the police. When Spider-Man protests this, the detectives warn the wall-crawler that they can arrest him as well. With no leverage on the matter, Spider-Man is forced to head home and lick his wounds. While down below the city, Venom returns to his hideout. He is furious at Spider-Man, once more blaming the wall-crawler for ruining his career as a journalist and vows to destroy Spider-Man once and for all.[Continuity 54]

Back at police headquarters, Detectives Steen and Clark leave Anne with booking so they can talk about their next move in private. Steen wants to know why Clark is running Anne through the system. He explains that he wants to capture Venom and bring him to justice and the Weying woman is their key. In order to have a better chance at capturing Brock, Clark has been in contact with Doctor Ashley Kafka at Ravencroft Institute who will be providing the police with resources he hopes will allow them to finally arrest Venom. By this time, Venom is still fuming in his hideout when the phone he rigged up begins to ring. To his surprise, it is Anne, who has been allowed to make her one phone call to tell him that she has been arrested. Things at the police station get even tenser when Trish Tilby arrives with a news crew to get the story. As Detective Steen tries to clear out the media, she notices Anne Weying on the phone and orders her officers to stop her. This prompts Tilby to start asking why Weying is being denied her rights to make a phone call. With the situation quickly falling apart, Anne has Eddie promise not to come for her. While Brock agrees not to come, he sends his other across the phone line. The alien symbiote quickly travels across the line and begins to bond to Anne.

Meanwhile, Ben Reilly is in his apartment mending his costume, remembering how he used to have to do this in his Aunt May's attic.[Continuity 55] He is watching television while he works. Suddenly, the talk show he is watching is interrupted for a special news bulletin by Trish Tilby at police headquarters. Ben is shocked to see that the Venom symbiote has now bonded to Anne Weying and is now on a rampage.

Appearing in "Cut to the Chase"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom: Along Came a Spider #3.

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Synopsis for "Cut to the Chase"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom: Along Came a Spider #3.

The Venom symbiote has bonded to Anne Weying turning her into She-Venom once again. Seeing this on a live news flash, Ben Reilly quickly changes into Spider-Man and swings back over to police headquarters to try and stop She-Venom and prevent anyone from getting hurt.

At police headquarters, Anne uses the symbiote to break free from police custody. As she gets away, she asks the symbiote why Eddie Brock sent it to her. When the symbiote gives her his location, she realizes she has a long trip ahead of her and begins leaping across the rooftops. Back at police headquarters, Detectives Steen and Clark scramble to get officers after her. That's when one of the telephone techs informs Detective Steen that he managed to trace where the call came from. That's when they notice that the phone has been off the hook ever since Anne called Eddie Brock and had the symbiote transmitted to her through the phone line. Meanwhile, Eddie Brock emerges from the sewers, hoping he can get to the rendezvous point on time. Once on the streets, Brock hails a cab and tells the driver to take him to Brooklyn. While elsewhere in the city, Spider-Man finds She-Venom and begins to follow her.[Error 2] As Spider-Man follows She-Venom, Eddie Brock realizes that he doesn't have enough money to pay a toll or his cab fare. He tries to tell the cabbie that he's good for the money, but the cabbie is not happy. Spotting some police officers on the street, the cab driver calls out to them. As the officers begin questioning both the cab driver and Eddie Brock, Eddie begins scanning the area for a means of escape. As he spots a nearby police motorcycle, one of the officers notices that Eddie looks awfully familiar.

Meanwhile, She-Venom has hitched a ride on a subway train on the Williamsburg Bridge to ride into Brooklyn unaware that Spider-Man is still following her. Deciding to hang back and see where She-Venom is going, Spider-Man takes the downtime to finish repairing his costume. Back at the toll booth, the officers are alerted of the APB put on for She-Venom. This distracts them long enough for Eddie Brock to get out of the cab and steal a motorcycle in order to get away. By this time, She-Venom arrives at Eddie Brock's meeting place -- the Thrillworld Amusement Park. As she arrives her presence is noticed by a squad of DEA and ATF agents who are attempting to capture LD-50, a notorious drug dealer. The commanding officer is unhappy that someone is interfering in a two-year operation. When Spider-Man is spotting on the scene soon after, he wonders what is going on. At this same moment, Eddie Brock tries to evade the police and get to the meeting place. This is made more difficult as he begins to feel withdrawal from being separated from his symbiote for so long. News that Eddie Brock is being pursued by police on the Belt Parkway eventually gets back to Detectives Steen and Clark who order their men to mobilize. Back at Thrillworld, She-Venom breaks into the haunted house in order to get into the underground storage room. As Spider-Man follows after her, he remembers how Peter Parker told him about how Venom once used this place as a hideout.[Continuity 56]

While down below, LD-50 has just discovered that one of his men was a mole planted by the DEA. They have tied up the agent and begun beating him when they are interrupted by She-Venom. She tells them to let the officer go or suffer the consequences. As LD-50 has had past encounters with Rage and the Tetrarchs of Entropy, She-Venom doesn't scare him.[Continuity 57] When LD-50 and his gang begin opening fire on She-Venom, Spider-Man swoops in to try and pull her outs of harm's way. However, She-Venom pushes the wall-crawler away, telling him that she doesn't need his help. As the symbiote shields her from the flying bullets, she leaps at the gang members. Spider-Man is dismayed that he now has to save them drug dealers from She-Venom. While on the surface, the DEA and ATF spot an NYPD helicopter approaching the Belt Parkway. Unaware that these police officers are chasing Eddie Brock, they wonder what the NYPD is doing and how this may affect their operation. While down below, She-Venom is trouncing the drug dealers as Spider-Man tries to stop her from seriously hurting them. With the situation going south, LD-50 decides that it is time to flee the scene.

This is when Eddie Brock arrives at Thrillworld and frantically calls out for Anne. Spotted by one of LD-50's men, the gang member engulfs Brock with a flame thrower causing the motorcycle to explode. She-Venom witnesses as Eddie Brock emerges from the flaming wreckage calling out to her. Soon the blazing fire takes its toll and Eddie Brock collapses to the ground. Thinking that he is dead, She-Venom bellows Eddie's name. Watching this from the rooftop the DEA agents considering pulling the plug on their operation, but the ATF thinks that LD-50 has too much product stashed at this location to just give it all up.

Appearing in "...And Frightened Miss Muffet Away"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom: Along Came a Spider #4.

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Synopsis for "...And Frightened Miss Muffet Away"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom: Along Came a Spider #4.

After Eddie Brock was caught in an explosion, She-Venom cradles his horribly burned body and pleads for him not to die. However, Brock is still alive and he tells her to allow the symbiote to bond with him again as it will heal him, as it once was able to heal her.[Continuity 58] As the symbiote merges with Eddie Brock once more, his strength returns almost immediately. Venom then turns his attention to the members of LD-50's gang and begins lashing into them. As the battle rages, Spider-Man comes outside to stop further violence. While on a nearby rooftop, a joint DEA/ATF taskforce witnesses the battle. They debate about getting involved but decide against it as their primary concern is capturing LD-50.

Down below, Spider-Man lashes into Venom, however, the gang members are less than grateful for the save and begin shooting at both men. In the confusion, Anne Weying is taken hostage by LD-50's right-hand man, Roach, and flees into the sewers. He calls LD-50 to tell him that he has captured Venom's ex-wife, which delights the drug dealer. He soon returns to Thrillworld with reinforcements. That's when Venom notices that Anne is missing and begins going berserk. Seeing the symbiote savagely attacking his men, an increasingly stressed out LD-50 places a call to his psychologist to talk about his feelings in the middle of the battle. At that moment, Detectives Steen and Clark land their NYPD helicopter and rush onto the amusement park property in the hopes of finally capturing Venom. As Venom lashes into LD-50's men, Spider-Man continues to try and stop his rampage. It's then that Venom realizes that he is not fighting the real Spider-Man, but his "twin".[Continuity 59] While on a nearby rooftop the DEA and the ATF continue to argue about what to do about the situation.

By this time, Venom has returned his attention to the wall-crawler. As they fight it out, Venom demands to know why he is acting is posing as Spider-Man.[Continuity 60] Before Venom can get an answer, he is struck by LD-50's 4x4. However, Venom survives the impact and is about to attack LD-50 when one of his men manages to blast him off the hood of the truck with a rocket. That's when Spider-Man leaps in again to resume his battle with Venom. With the istuation rapidly deteriorating, LD-50 orders his men back into the House of Horror to collect up their guns and drugs and retreat.

Inside the building, Detective Clark ambushes Roach and sends him fleeing under a hail of bullets. Although Anne is now safe, Spider-Man and Venom come crashing through the nearby wall. He stops fighting Spider-Man in order to check on Anne. However, instead of a warm welcome, he was hoping for, Anne is frightened and horrified of Eddie Brock. This is due to the fact she was totally out of control while she was bonded with the symbiote. Seeing that Eddie is addicted to being Venom she tells him to stay away and runs off. As this is happening, Spider-Man and Detective Clark notice that a bullet punctured the tank on Roach's flame thrower and he has been leaking jellied gasoline all the way back down to LD-50's drug stash. While down below, LD-50 and his men discover that the DEA mole has managed to escape. Still, they begin packing up their gear to get out of there. Meanwhile, Jomo the DEA mole has reported back to the task force to inform them of a large number of drugs and illegal guns that LD and his gang have in their hidden stash. Meanwhile, Spider-Man, Detective Clark, and Venom all agree to work together to capture LD-50 and his gang. Venom suggests that they go after them under the cover of darkness and cuts the power to the building. With the basement plunged in darkness, Roach lights a match to provide some light. This ignites the gasoline that he has been leaking all over the place.

This causes the entire amusement park to go up in flames. While Spider-Man and Detective Clark escape, they lose track of Venom. Meanwhile, the DEA/ATF task force continue arguing with each other, this time over who will take responsibility for this mess. Meanwhile, Venom is furious that Anne is now afraid of him, blaming Spider-Man for what has happened. However, he decides to redirect his anger toward those who prey on the innocent.

Notes

Continuity

  1. At the time of this story, Peter and Mary Jane left New York. Some facts:
  2. The facts of behind this "Spider-Man Mystery" are as follows:
    • As stated above, Peter Parker retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229. However, this hasn't stopped him from putting back the webs one "final" time while in Portland as detailed in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-4.
    • Ben Reilly remained active as the Scarlet Spider until the Cyberwar story arc forced him to abandon that identity.
    Cyberwar
    Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
  3. At the time of this story, the last time that the Torch and original Spider-Man worked together was in Spider-Man Unlimited #5.
  4. Spider-Man and the Human Torch would often meet atop the Statue of Liberty, a tradition they first started in Strange Tales Annual #2.
  5. The subject of the article was the band Hootie and the Blowfish. This should be considered a topical reference of Earth-616 as they are real-world musicians.
  6. Ben Reilly was told he was the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a massive deception on the part of the Green Goblin as part of a complex revenge scheme against the real Peter Parker. This scheme is detailed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  7. Desiree first met Ben Reilly in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  8. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 this is an accurate measurement of time between Amazing Spider-Man #149 and this story.
  9. The original Spider-Man worked with Silver Sable on many occasions. She first encountered the wall-crawler in Amazing Spider-Man #265 and hired him for the first time in Amazing Spider-Man #280.
  10. Mysterio stole the DIT chip in Sensational Spider-Man #0
  11. Trainer's mind has been trapped in cyberspace since Amazing Scarlet Spider #1.
  12. As his memories are based on Spider-Man's memories up til Amazing Spider-Man #149 Ben Reilly's not very up to date on Peter Parker's subsequent dealings with the Sandman. The former villain decided to go straight in Marvel Two-In-One #86. He later went into the employ of Silver Sable in Amazing Spider-Man #281.
  13. As stated in Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #4-5, Symkaria has considered Latveria an ally since World War II. Doctor Doom also maintains a respectful relationship with Silver Sable.
  14. Spider-Man specifically states that he saw Silver Sable on The Late Show with David Letterman. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Since David Letterman retired from the show in 2015. He also wonders if Sable was hired by Armada or his "mysterious employer". Spider-Man battled Armada in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  15. The original twin towers of the World Trade Center are depicted as part of the New York City skyline here. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. The original towers were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and have since been replaced by the Freedom Tower.
  16. Although they part as antagonists here, the Human Torch learns the "truth" about this new Spider-Man in Spider-Man Holiday Special #1995.
  17. Armada makes a number of pop-culture references that should be considered topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as they were considered current when this story was published in 1996.
  18. Spider-Man wonders if J. Jonah Jameson is going to go after Mother Theresa. This should be considered a topical reference of the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as she died in 1997.
  19. At the time of this story Ben Reilly thinks that he is the real Peter Parker who took photos for the Daily Bugle starting in Amazing Spider-Man #2. Ben was told he was the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a deception orchestrated by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Goblin Legacy #1. Ben has all of Peter Parker's memories up to Amazing Spider-Man #149.
  20. In actuality it was Peter Parker's first battle with Mysterio which happened in Amazing Spider-Man #13.
  21. At the time of this story, Ben Reilly was convinced that he was the real Peter Parker all along in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. After Peter Parker (convinced that he was a clone) retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229, Ben took on the mantle of Spider-Man in Sensational Spider-Man #0. However, this is all one massive deception created by the Green Goblin as will be revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  22. Ben muses about how disasterous his last batch of webbing, made on a budget out of common household items, clogged his web-shooters. This happened in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  23. Devon's distracted gaze is caused by Mysterio's new Mystery Vision television station as we'll learn in the Media Blizzard story arc.
    Media Blizzard
    Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
  24. These reporters are pretty close to the truth. The real Spider-Man, Peter Parker retired from web-slinging in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229. This is his clone, Ben Reilly, who took on the mantle of Spider-Man when his reputation as the Scarlet Spider was ruined in Web of Scarlet Spider #2.
  25. Poison met a Spider-Man, that being Peter Parker in Web of Spider-Man Annual #4.
  26. Spider-Man previously encountered El Toro Negro as the Scarlet Spider during the Cyberwar story arc.
    Cyberwar
    Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
  27. The narrative states here that Ben Reilly is the original Spider-Man and that the man who has been in the costume for the past five years was a clone. Ben was told this in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226, however this was a lie orchistrated by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  28. The facts:
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    • Five years is an accurate measurement of the passage of time between Amazing Spider-Man #149 and this story per the Sliding Timescale.
  29. At the time of this story, the Punisher has joined up the Geraci family in order to deal with organized crime from the inside. He started doing so in Punisher Vol 3 #1.
  30. The Punisher was arrested for the apparent murder of Nick Fury in Double Edge Omega #1. Castle was then put through a mock execution in Punisher Vol 3 #1 that led the world to believe he had died.
  31. The original twin towers of the World Trade Center are depicted as part of the New York City skyline here. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. The original towers were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and have since been replaced by the Freedom Tower.
  32. At the time of this story, the Punisher was a member of the Geraci crime family. This has been the status quo since Punisher Vol 3 #1.
  33. The mayor in this story is identified as Rudolph Giuliani who was mayor of New York from 1994 to 2001. His appearance here should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  34. In reality, the Scarlet Spider did not go bad at all. This was Joe Wade who was operating a virtual construct of the Spider created by Doctor Octopus in order to ruin the hero's reputation as seen in the Cyberwar story arc.
    Cyberwar
    Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
  35. At the time of this story, the real Scarlet Spider had just recently joined the New Warriors, as seen in New Warriors #62.
  36. At the time of this story, Justice had recently taken leadership of the New Warriors in New Warriors #60.
  37. This is not the real Speedball, but an impostor, as revealed in in New Warriors #70, taking Robbie Baldwin's place circa New Warriors #50.
  38. Joe Wade was transformed into a holographic duplicate of the Scarlet Spider during the Cyberwar story arc.
    Cyberwar
    Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
  39. Ben Reilly's Scarlet Spider identity was ruined by Joe Wade's rampage during the Cyberwar story arc. This prompted Ben to abandon the Scarlet Spider identity and become the new Spider-Man as seen in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  40. Spider-Man lets slip that he knows Firestar's first name, which he learned the Scarlet Spider during his time as a member of the New Warriors from New Warriors #62-66. Since becoming Spider-Man in Sensational Spider-Man #0, Reilly has been trying to convince the public that he has been the same Spider-Man that has been active in New York for years.
  41. Ben Reilly was believed to be dead after the events of Amazing Spider-Man #149. Having survived, he went on the road that took him away from New York, as detailed in the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    He eventually returned to New York back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #215.
  42. Aunt May is believed to have died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, this woman was an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  43. Ben Reilly attempted to commit suicide five years ago as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #400. His statement about "thinking he was a clone" is due to the fact that he was told he was the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a deception created by the Green Goblin, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  44. The wall-crawler mentions having a "hang up about women on bridges". He is referring to the Gwen Stacy who was murdered by the Green Goblin atop the Brooklyn Bridge in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  45. The original Spider-Man first fought Scorcher in Untold Tales of Spider-Man #1. Ben Reilly has these memories thanks to memory implants given to him by the Jackal when he was created, as seen in the Double story arc.
    The Double
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
  46. The Scorcher boasts that he has gotten a lot better since the last time they fought. Chronologically speaking, the Scorcher last fought Spider-Man in Untold Tales of Spider-Man #14. References to that battle are omitted in this story because Untold Tales of Spider-Man #14 was published after this story.
  47. Eddie Brock's relationship with Anne Weying was detailed in Amazing Spider-Man #375. The symbiote invasion took place during the Planet of the Symbiotes story arc.
    Planet of the Symbiotes
    Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
  48. Venom had relocated to San Francisco in Venom Lethal Protector #1. However, Venom ultimately left California in Web of Spider-Man #118. The criminal charges against him in Chicago during the events of Venom Separation Anxiety #1-5.
  49. In order to save Anne's life, Eddie had her bond with his symbiote during the events of Venom Sinner Takes All #1-5.
  50. Between the "Seinfeld" cast and Ben Reilly's exposition, there is a lot going on here:
  51. Spider-Man refers to Peter Parker as his "clone". At the time of this story, Ben Reilly was led to believe that he is the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a grand deception organized by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  52. Venom says he knows all of Spider-Man's tricks here. He is unaware that the real Peter Parker retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 and that Ben Reilly took on the mantle in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  53. Venom notices that Spider-Man is fighting differently, as though they have never fought before. Spider-Man thinks to himself that this is not accurate. This is because Ben Reilly has fought Venom on two different occasions during the Exile Returns and Planet of the Symbiotes story arcs.
    The Exile Returns
    Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
    Planet of the Symbiotes
    Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
  54. As explained in Amazing Spider-Man #300, Eddie Brock was a newspaper reporter for the Daily Globe who was making it big with his exclusive interviews with the man he thought was the Sin-Eater. However, his career was ruined when Spider-Man caught the real Sin-Eater in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110. This led to Eddie coming upon the Venom symbiote (left to die by Peter Parker in Web of Spider-Man #1). Venom became determined to destroy Spider-Man until the two made an uneasy truce in Amazing Spider-Man #375.
  55. Actually, it was Peter Parker who used to mend his Spider-Man costume in Aunt May's attic. The reason why Ben Reilly knows this is because, as a clone of Peter Parker, he has all of Peter's memories up to Amazing Spider-Man #149.
  56. Venom used this Thrillworld as a hideout in Amazing Spider-Man #374-375. Spider-Man also makes a few other vague references here:
    • He refers to Peter Parker as his clone. At the time of this story, Ben Reilly has been led to believe that he is the original Spider-Man and that Peter Parker was a clone. This was due to a genetic test that was taken in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. In reality, this is all a grand deception created by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
    • He also mentioned how Venom had kidnapped Peter Parker's "parents". Venom kidnapped two individuals claiming to be Richard and Mary Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #374-375. It was later revealed that this couple were impostors in Amazing Spider-Man #388. The real Richard and Mary Parker died decades earlier while on a government mission, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5.
  57. LD-50's clashes with the Rage were documented in Avengers #326-331.
  58. Brock used the Venom symbiote to heal Anne of a serious gunshot wound in Venom Sinner Takes All #2.
  59. The Venom symbiote can sense the slight difference between Peter Parker and Ben Reilly. Venom has previously encountered Ben Reilly as the Scarlet Spider during the Exile Returns and Planet of the Symbiotes events.
    The Exile Returns
    Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
    Planet of the Symbiotes
    Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
  60. Some facts about Spider-Man's identity that are mentioned here:

Chronology


Error

  1. Spider-Man is alerted of danger on the surface due to his spider-sense. However, as explained in Web of Spider-Man #1, the Venom symbiote is invisible to Spider-Man's spider-sense. As a clone of Peter Parker, Ben Reilly's spider-sense shouldn't sense the symbiote either.
  2. Spider-Man is depicted as being able to sense She-Venom with his spider-sense. However, this should be impossible. As revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #300, the Venom symbiote doesn't set off Spider-Man's spider-sense after it had spent time bonded to Peter Parker. As Ben Reilly is a clone of Peter Parker, his spider-sense shouldn't be able to detect the symbiote either.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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