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Spider-Man The Complete Ben Reilly Epic Vol 1 3


Appearing in "Of Wages and Wars"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #409.

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Synopsis for "Of Wages and Wars"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #409.

The Return of Kaine continues from Sensational Spider-Man #2...

Ben Reilly examines the remains of a skeleton in a Spider-Man costume that was found in the smokestack that Spider-Man seemingly disposed of his clone five years ago. This greatly complicates what is going on in his life. For five years, Ben thought he was a clone of Peter Parker. It was later revealed that he was the original Peter Parker all along and that his clone had taken over his life. The discovery of a third body throws all past claims into question.[Continuity 1] He thinks about how the real clone, took over his life as Peter Parker, married his old girlfriend Mary Jane, and are expecting their first child.[Continuity 2] The only friend he had during this period of time was Seward Trainer, who is no help to him now as he has been in a coma since his mind was trapped in cyberspace.[Continuity 3] Putting the bones away and changing into Spider-Man, Ben also recounts the return of Kaine and his recent battle with the Rhino. He doesn't know why the two were fighting but intends to put them behind bars.

Meanwhile, James Johnsmeyer has a conference call with other backers of the Great Game. The other backers are concerned about the involvement of Spider-Man and Kaine in the current wager They want to know if they should cancel the current wager or factor the new elements into the bet. James tells them not to be hasty and insists that they incorporate the two outsiders into their current game and begins asking for wagers. While at a warehouse on the Lower East Side, Kaine and Shannon Fitzpatrick -- the woman known as Muse -- have been laying low after Kaine's battle with the Rhino. She insists that Kaine use this opportunity to rest and heal, pointing out that Johnsmeyer is a man of many resources and won't like Kaine's lack of interest in participating in the game. When Kaine questions Shannon's trustworthiness, she reminds him that she put her own career into jeopardy in helping him out.[Continuity 4] Their discussion is interrupted when the Rhino comes bursting through the wall intent on eliminating Kaine. While at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson with his senior staff. After seeing Spider-Man stealing the mysterious corpse in a Spider-Man costume, he has jumped to the conclusion that the original Spider-Man was murdered by this new comer. While Ken Ellis is eager to roll with this narrative, Urich isn't sure they should jump to a conclusion, pointing out that Spider-Man has changed his costume in the past.[Continuity 5] Joe Robertson cautions Jonah about going with this angle until Urich and Ellis learn the facts. Jameson points out that the Daily Bugle reports facts, not the truth and that truth is in the eye of the beholder. Elsewhere in the city, Spider-Man continues his search for Kaine and the Rhino and comes up with nothing. He decides to change his strategy by hitching a ride on a nearby news helicopter figuring they'll take him to the villains faster when they show themselves.

Back on the Lower East Side, Kaine continues to battle with the Rhino, a battle that becomes more complicated when Joystick and Polestar joins the fray. Kaine quickly finds himself overwhelmed and begins losing the battle. That's when Muse tries to join the fight and use her powers to incapacitate the other members of the Great Game. Sadly, this fails when Joystike manages to ambush her. This distracts Kaine, allowing the Rhino to finally land a blow. That's when Spider-Man arrives on the scene to lend a hand, despite Kaine's insistence that he doesn't need help. While Spider-Man deals with Joystick and Polestar, Kaine tries to get to Muse only to be impeded by the Rhino. While at a hospital, a nurse checks on Seward Trainer who is still in a coma. He is visited by his daughter Carolyn. Unaware that Carolyn is also the new Doctor Octopus she decides to give Trainer some privacy with his daughter. Carolyn thanks the nurse, ominously telling her that she doesn't how much time her father has left. While back at the scene of the battle, the Rhino's confidence begins to waver when Kaine uses his rarely used wall-crawling ability to rip a large section of a building and uses it to club the Rhino into submission. Shannon has recovered by this point and tells him that he doesn't need to kill the Rhino as he has already won by scoring first blood in this game. Kaine is disgusted that they treat violence so frivolously, telling her that it is all he has known his entire life. Meanwhile, Spider-Man manages to stop Joystick by crushing the wrist bands that power her weapons. She congratulates the wall-crawler for finding this weakness as she flees, vowing he won't be lucky next time they meet. Before Spider-Man can go after her, he is ambushed by Polestar. However, Polestar is too busy complaining over how unfair the battle has become that Spider-Man is able to knock him out as well. However, once the members of the Great Game is down, he is angry that they prevented him from catching Kaine.

Later, while Kaine is off looking for refuge, Shannon contacts James Johnsmeyer. Kaine's suspicions prove to be valid as she is working with Johnsmeyer to ensure large profits before Kaine is destroyed. While back on the Lower East Side, Spider-Man waits until the authorities arrive to collect Rhino the Polestar. With the two villains in police custody, Spider-Man resumes his search for Kaine. He is certain that he'll track his old enemy down, as he managed to tag Muse with a spider-tracer during the battle.

... The Return of Kaine continues in Spider-Man #66.

Appearing in "And Now -- Spider-Carnage"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #410.

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Synopsis for "And Now -- Spider-Carnage"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #410.

This story continues from Sensational Spider-Man #3...

After examining the mysterious skeleton discovered in a Brooklyn Smokestack at Avengers Mansion, Spider-Man swings back into New York City with Peter Parker in tow. He thinks about how complicated his life has become, as after five years thinking he was as clone, Ben Reilly learned that he was the true Peter Parker.[Continuity 6] As they swing past a police officer, he orders Spider-Man to surrender, but they quickly get away.[Continuity 7] In the relative safety of the nearby alley, Peter decides that he wants Seward Trainer to examine the skeleton so they can try and solve the mysteries their lives have become. The wall-crawler wants to get the skeleton back to the police since they have been after him since he stole it from the morgue. However, Peter points out that a DNA test could trace the skeleton back to both of them anyway. Since the Daily Bugle offered Peter a big reward for photographic evidence proving that Spider-Man stole the skeleton, Ben suggests that Peter take photos now, pointing out that he needs the money with a baby on the way.[Continuity 8] Peter is hesitant but snaps the photos and walks the rest of the way to his hotel room. Ben can't help but feel sorry for Peter as his entire life has been turned upside down once again.

Meanwhile, at a parking garage on the other side of town, a young couple argue over driving home when they are interrupted by the mystery man now wearing the Carnage symbiote. Since the couple has been arguing over drinking and driving, Carnage demonstrates that there are deadlier things than that by assaulting them in cold blood. The following morning, as news about the Carnage copycat spreads, Ben Reilly spends his break at the Daily Grind trying to get ahold of Jessica Carradine. He wants to talk to her after learning that her father was the burglar that murdered his Uncle Ben years ago.[Continuity 9] Unable to reach her by phone, Ben goes back to work and overhears Buzz -- a regular at the Daily Grind -- telling Shirley Washington his theories about the Carnage copycat. He is convinced that this isn't a copycat, but Cletus Kasady, since there is no evidence proving that Kasady is still in custody. This convinced Ben to investigate this later by paying Ravencroft a visit as Spider-Man.

At the institute, Cletus Kasady is still locked in his cell and is under observation by John Jameson -- the head of security -- and two of his trusted men. Their investigation has shown that there is no way Kasady has been able to get out of his cell. Later that evening, John Jameson and his colleague, a guard named Dickerson leave for the night. When John offers Dickerson a ride, he gladly accepts it. By this time, Spider-Man arrives on the scene and his spider-sense warns him of danger coming from the car carrying John and Dickerson and decides to follow it.[Continuity 10] Spider-Man follows them back into the city and when John drops Dickerson off, the wall-crawler decides to follow him. Witnessing Dickerson entering a building, Spider-Man decides to peek in through a window and see what is inside. There he is shocked to discover an underground bar where the patrons are all dressed up as super-villains.[Error 1] As it turns out, Dickerson uses his position as at Ravencroft to steal the possessions belonging to the inmates in order to sell to patrons at the bar.

After Dickerson finishes his transactions he leaves the bar. The wall-crawler is about to follow him when suddenly Carnage comes crashing into the bar. As the two fight it out, Spider-Man notices that whoever this is, they are taller and bulkier than Cletus Kasady. Regardless, the symbiote he is wearing is the genuine article. Realizing that the web-slinger won't leave him alone, Carnage damages one of the support pillars of the bar causing the roof to collapse. By the time Spider-Man pulls himself free, the new Carnage has fled. Hearing people still trapped inside the collapsed building, the wall-crawler comes to their aid. One of the people inside is Detective Connor Trevane who explains that he was working undercover to bust Dickerson for selling super-villain memorabilia. Even though the wall-crawler is wanted for questioning, Connor owes the wall-crawler for saving his life now and that of his son some time back, and a short time earlier and lets him go so he can capture Carnage.[Continuity 11] Later that evening, Trevane and his officers arrest Dickerson. While Ben Reilly reports for work at the Daily Grind, where he learns of the news. He wishes he could concern himself with such affairs, but has more pressing concerns on his mind.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane head to the hospital where Seward Trainer is recovering.[Continuity 12] When Mary Jane asks why they are going to him, Peter explains that it was Seward's equipment that identified himself as a clone of the real Peter Parker and Ben as the original. However, the discovery of this skeleton has raised even more questions. As the Parkers enter the hospital, their movements are observed by a mysterious figure who calls up to Seward Trainer's hospital room and gives him very strict orders.[Continuity 13] When the Parkers get to the front reception, they are told that Seward won't be seeing any visitors for the rest of the day, which strikes them as strange as Trainer seemed fine when they called him earlier. While at the Daily Bugle, Jessica Carradine meets with Joe Robertson to sell her photos of Spider-Man to the newspaper. However, Joe finds them too pedestrian for the Bugle. J. Jonah Jameson enters the office after overhearing the wall-crawler's name. Jonah is still impressed with Jessica's photographic ability and tells her that he'd be interested in any photos that prove his opinion that the web-slinger is a public menace. As she blames Spider-Man for the death of her father, Jessica looks forward to the opportunity of doing so.

Meanwhile, at Ravencroft, Cletus Kasady begins washing his hands at midnight, as he has done every night since the copycat has been running amok in the city. John Jameson isn't interested in watching this again and decides to leave for the night, trusting the security of the institute to his skilled staff. Outside, Spider-Man watches as John enters his car and drives away. His spider-sense is buzzing like crazy convincing him that Jameson has something to do with this new Carnage. Sure enough, when John spots the wallcrawler, he changes into Carnage and rips free of his vehicle. When he attempts to harm innocent people in the streets the wall-crawler ambushed him from above. As the two battle it out, Jessica Carradine passes by wondering how she is going to get sensational photos of Spider-Man. That's when she spots the battle between the wall-crawler and Carnage. As they fight, John tries explains to Spider-Man that the symbiote is just using him as a temporary host until it can find one that is much stronger. As the web-slinger knocks John out, the symbiote leaps off Jameson and begins bonding with Spider-Man. Try as he might, Spider-Man tries to fight the symbiote off, but it is no use and it eventually merges with him becoming a horrific creature called Spider-Carnage!

... Web of Carnage continues in Spider-Man #67.

Appearing in "Remains of the Day"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #2.

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Synopsis for "Remains of the Day"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #2.

This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #231...

Running late for his day job, Spider-Man swings across the city to get to the Daily Grind on time. The wall-crawler arrives just in time to change back into Ben Reilly and report for his shift. When he enters the shop he is greeted by owner Shirley Washington and her son Devon. Also present is Jessica Carradine. She is glad to see Ben because he knows how to make her lattés. Remembering Ben's suggestion that she try to sell her photography to the Daily Bugle, she admits she followed his advice sooner because of the story in the morning edition of the paper. Ben has no idea what she is talking about, admitting that he doesn't have a television at home, and checks the headline. There he reads about the discovery of a skeleton in a Spider-Man costume that was recently found in the smokestack of an abandoned factory in Brooklyn and is horrified to read it.[Continuity 14] This causes Ben to think back to the time shortly after his battle five years ago between Spider-Man and his clone. After the clone was believed to be dead, the man who thought he was Peter Parker dumped the body of Ben Reilly into that same smokestack.[Continuity 15] That's when Jessica points out that Ben had zoned out for a moment and asks if he is okay. Reilly snaps back to reality and is about to prepare her drink when Shirley assigns him to run some errands instead. Ben then rushes out the door, almost bowling over Desiree Winthrop. That's when Jessica invites her to a surprise housewarming party she is throwing for Ben and asks if she will chip in to buy Reilly a television. Desiree agrees to participate, telling Jessica that she will be wearing a dress that no man can resist.

As Spider-Man swings across the city, J. Jonah Jameson scolds Joe Robertson for not informing him about this "Spider-Skeleton" the moment the Daily Bugle became aware of it. Joe tries to explain the story came in at 3 am, but Jonah doesn't care. He is also unconcerned that Ben Urich was sent to investigate because he didn't view the body, something that Jameson insists on doing.[Continuity 16] While elsewhere in the city, Kaine and Muse are fleeing from the other members of the Great Game. Kaine is uninterested in participating to their deadly competition, even if he could stand to make a large sum of money. That's when the pair are ambushed by the Rhino who is looking forward to the payout he will get if he kills Kaine. Meanwhile, Spider-Man arrives at the city morgue, easily slipping past security to where the bodies are stored. Opening the refrigeration unit that contains the corpse, Spider-Man opens the body bag and is horrified to discover that the reports are true. At first, the wall-crawler doesn't know what to do and considers calling Peter Parker for help. He decides against it since he and his wife Mary Jane have moved to Portland and he thinks they deserve a happy life.[Continuity 17] Instead, Spider-Man is determined to learn the secret of this skeleton before things get too out of control. Unfortunately, things aren't going to go that way for the wall-crawler, as J. Jonah Jameson has managed to bribe his way into getting access to the morgue. He then catches Spider-Man in the act of leaving the morgue with the skeleton. Jonah suspects that there is something illegal going on and threatens the wall-crawler. However, Spider-Man merely webs up Jonah's eyes and flees out a nearby window with the body bag containing the mysterious corpse inside.

Meanwhile, at Ben Reilly's apartment, all his friends from the Daily Grind and surrounding Centennial University have gathered to throw him a surprise housewarming party, however, Ben has not shown up yet. Shirley Washington pulls Jessica Carridine aside and gets her to admit that she has a romantic interest in Ben Reilly. When Jessica admits this, Shirley tells her to follow her feelings so they can be happy together. At this exact moment, Spider-Man is on his way home when he happens upon the Rhino's battle with Kaine and Muse. Although Kaine doesn't want the wall-crawler's help, Spider-Man manages to shove Muse out of the way of falling debris when the Rhino rams into a nearby wall. However, the wall-crawler is buried under rubble and left for dead for his trouble as the three combatants free in the confusion. Pulling himself free, the wall-crawler recovers the body bag from the rubble. When he returns home, he finds Jessica Carridine in his apartment watching the television she bought him as a housewarming gift. Hiding the body bag and recovering street clothes he has stashed nearby, Ben Reilly returns to his apartment. There Jessica explains that she was throwing a surprise party but everyone had already left. That's when she notices the bruises on his face and asks what happened. Ben decides to tell her a partial truth, that he was caught injured during the clash between the Rhino and Kaine. Getting a closer look at his new television, Ben is flattered that Jessica would think to get him one. She then admits that she is falling for him. However, when Ben points out that they hardly know each other, she kisses him, then tells him that they can sort out the skeletons in their closet later. This is ironic as there is a literal skeleton hanging just out side the window to Ben Reilly's apartment.

... The Return of Kaine continues in Amazing Spider-Man #409.

Appearing in "Headlines"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #3.

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Synopsis for "Headlines"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #3.

Now

Arriving at Ravencroft Institute, Spider-Man is spotted by some police officers that try to arrest him. The wall-crawler has to deal with them until John Jameson, the head of security, orders them to stand down and for the wall-crawler to come inside before he trips the automated defense systems. However, it is too late, forcing the web-slinger to leap to safety. That's when Peter Parker pulls up in a car and tells the web-spinner to hop in and they escape. Ben is snippy with Peter for a moment as he is having a bad day, but then asks how Peter knew he would be at Ravencroft.[Continuity 18] Peter points out that he picked up some investigation skills during his time at the Daily Bugle, but also he heard reports of Spider-Man being sighted on his police scanner. Peter then asks Ben what else is going on that is bothering him. He tells Peter about how he has been dating a woman named Jessica Carradine recently. He shows Peter a photograph of Jessica that he found recently. It is of the woman when she was celebrating her seventh birthday. There is something about her father, whose face is obscured in shadows in the photo, that disturbs him. He also recently learned that Jessica is obsessed with Spider-Man, but not in a positive way. In fact, she has a hatred for the wall-crawler and Ben has no idea why. He then recounts what he saw earlier...

Then

... Jessica has brought Ben Reilly to her apartment for the first time and it took all of his efforts not to act too shocked when he saw that it was covered wall-to-wall with photos of Spider-Man. Ben points out that this looks a little extreme, suggesting that this may be an obsession she has. Jessica then reminds him that she is a photography student and that she has taken to photographing the wall-crawler so she can learn how to refine her photography skills. After some coaxing, Jessica gets upset that Ben would question her, as she has had a long history of people not believing her. She explains that growing up her mother died and her father was in and out of jail which caused her to be bounced around a number of foster homes. Her father, she explains, was later imprisoned for a crime that he insists he did not commit, that he was accused of robbing and murdering an old man. She then tells Ben that her father was murdered a few years later. Before she can provide any more details she catches the headline of the Daily Bugle that accuses Spider-Man of murder in light of his recent theft of a skeleton from the city morgue. This proves her believe that Spider-Man is evil. Ben tries to convince her not to jump to conclusions, but it does little to dissuade her opinion.[Continuity 19] Still, she insists that if her father was still alive he could prove that Spider-Man as evil, but before she can explain further the phone rings.

The call is from Peter Parker who suggests that they learn the truth about the mystery skeleton by having it thoroughly examined, Ben agrees and they make a plan to meet later. When Peter got off the phone and fills in his wife Mary Jane about his plans.[Continuity 20] While the last tests were done by Ben Reilly's friend Seward Trainer, Peter wants to run some tests with some real professionals this time around and get a conclusive answers not only to confirm who is the clone and who is the real Peter Parker, but to also learn the identity of the mystery skeleton.[Continuity 21]

By the time that Ben was off the phone, Jessica was in no mood to talk so he stopped by the Daily Grind to drop off his time card before meeting with Peter. The coffee shop is busy, and when Shirley Washington asks Reilly if he could help, he has to turn it down. That's when her son Devon, tells Ben that Jessica left her backpack the last time she was in. As Ben stores it in his locker to return when he sees her next a the childhood photo of Jessica slipped out. Looking at the photo for the first time he immediately felt something disturbing about Jessica's father. This just adds another mystery to a stack of them. Changing into Spider-Man, Ben web-slinging across the city thinking about the Jackal and his clones and how they turned his life upside down, and how this skeleton throws so much into question.[Continuity 22] On his way to meet with Peter, Spider-Man's spider-sense began going off warning him of danger. Swinging down to a nearby alley, he finds a man who was recently attacked. The man explains that he wasn't mugged, but attacked by a creature that matches the description of Carnage.

Fearing that Carnage may have escaped from Ravencroft Institute, the wall-crawler decided that this was a more pressing concern and web-slinged all the way out to Ravencroft to check on things. There he met with John Jameson, who shows the web-slinger that Cletus Kasady remains confined to his cell and that there is no evidence that he had broken out. That's when something triggered the outer security alarm prompting Spider-Man to go outside to look, which led to his confrontation with the police before Peter came to pick him up...

Now

... As Ben finishes his story they arrive at the Avenger's temporary headquarters on Long Island.[Continuity 23] There they meet with Giant-Man who agrees to examine the mystery skeleton for them. As Giant-Man runs a series of tests on the skeleton against a DNA sample provided by Spider-Man, Peter Parker notices that Giant Man has a photo-enhancer and decides to run Jessica Carradine's photo through it so they can get a better look at her father. By this point, Giant-Man has run all the results through both the Avengers and Fantastic Four's databases and conclude that the skeleton is an exact match for Spider-Man's body. With the final tests underway, Peter finishes enhancing the photo and instantly recognizes the man in the photo. He quickly shows it to Spider-Man who recognizes him as well. Jessica's father is the burglar who murdered his Uncle Ben years ago.[Continuity 24] That's when Giant-Man concludes his testing and informs Spider-Man and Peter Parker that the DNA test concludes that the remains belong to a clone of Spider-Man.

This story continues in Amazing Spider-Man #410...

Appearing in "Reluctant Lazarus"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #231.

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Synopsis for "Reluctant Lazarus"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #231.

Kaine wakes up and finds himself in a strange room tied to a chair. No sooner has he come around is he ambushed by five individuals all at once. Moving quickly, Kaine easily frees himself and takes down all of his attackers in a matter of moments. He is applauded by a woman named Shannon Fitzpatrick -- aka Muse -- who welcomes Kaine back to the land of the living.[Continuity 25]

Meanwhile, Spider-Man swings across the city, enjoying every minute of this for the first time since the Jackal stole his life five years earlier.[Continuity 26] The wall-crawler soon arrives outside the Daily Grind where he works in his alter-ego of Ben Reilly. Changing out of his costume, Ben enters the coffee shop and is shoved out of the way by Desiree Winthrop and her entourage of hangers-on as they rush to her favorite table to discuss fashion. Walking to the front counter, Ben overhears Buzz talking to Jessica Carridine, Shirley Washington and her son Devon. He is opinionating on the dangers ouf mass media, reminding them of the recent trouble caused by Mysterio's Mystery Vision.[Continuity 27] When Jessica asks Ben for his thoughts, he tells her that he has nothing against television, and if he had one, he'd watch more of it out of spite.

At that moment, at a mansion in Tahiti, James Johnsmeyer is having a teleconference with Mister Wallace, another bankroller of the Great Game to make bets on the current event, pitting their operatives against the assassin known as Kaine. Since Johnsmayer lost the wager that Kaine would die in the opening battle, he agrees to pay up his wager in the bet. Much to the horror of Johnsmeyer's current lover, she is taken away to be given to Wallace in payment. That's when he is contacted by Muse who provides James with an update on Kaine's condition and warns that once he has recuperated he will be making demands as to what is going on. He reminds Muse of the purpose of the Great Game, to pit super-powered combatants against each other for the entertainment of the obscenely wealthy.[Continuity 28] Muse was Johnsmeyer's operative until an injury took her out of action, hence his desire to recruit Kaine into the Great Game. James concludes his audience with Muse by telling her to make sure Kaine remains comfortable until he can arrive in New York. Later, Muse goes to check on Kaine who wakes up from screaming from one of his precognitive flashes. She uses her hypnotic powers to lull Kaine and explains how she and her allies recovered Kaine from the regeneration chamber that he was recovering in since his recent brush with death.[Continuity 29] She then takes him to see James Johnsmeyer so he can discuss business with Kaine.

Meanwhile, back at the Daily Grind, Ben Reilly notices Desiree Winthrop struggling with her physics homework. Demonstrating that he is knowledgeable on the subject, he offers to help her study. At first, Desiree is snotty with Reilly, until he realizes that Ben knows what he is talking about and gladly accepts his offer. By this time, Johnsmeyer has finished detailing the money that Kaine could make being an official participant in the Great Game. After considering the offer, Kaine turns it down and leaves, no longer wishing to be manipulated by anybody. On his way out, Kaine is confronted by Pierce and Mosh, but they are taken down by Muse who has decided to help Kaine make his escape, the only thing she asks is that Kaine takes her with him. While at that moment, a demolition crew is tearing down an old factory in Brooklyn. When the crew knocks down one of the smokestacks they are shocked to discover the remains of a human body inside. Upon closer examination, they notice that the skeleton is wearing the remains of a Spider-Man costume.[Continuity 30]

This story continues in Sensational Spider-Man #2...

Appearing in "A Show of Force"

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The Spectacular Spider-Man #232.

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Synopsis for "A Show of Force"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #232.

Cyberspace is still recovering from a virus that was unleashed upon it and has been slowly rebuilding itself. Along with the data recovery, the consciousness of Seward Trainer is also reformed. Having had enough of living in a virtual environment, Trainer decides to finally return to his body.[Continuity 31] At that same moment, doctors are busy disconnecting Seward's connection to the machines per the instructions of his daughter, Carolyn Trainer.

Meanwhile, Ben Reilly is lounging around his apartment when he gets a surprise visit from Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 32] Peter explains that they have returned to New York City at the rest of J. Jonah Jameson, who believes that Peter is the only person to photograph evidence that Spider-Man with the skeleton the wall-crawler stole from the city morgue.[Continuity 33] Peter is also finding out whose skeleton was found. After engaging in some more small talk, Ben pulls the skeleton out of his closet to show the Parkers.[Continuity 34] The Parkers are shocked to learn that Spider-Man's theft of the skeleton is true. However, Ben points out the implications this skeleton brings: It was found in the smokestack where Peter Parker attempted to dispose of Ben Reilly's body five years earlier. Since they learned that Ben was the real Spider-Man and Peter Parker was a clone, it leaves them wondering who this skeleton belongs to.[Continuity 35] Their discussion abruptly ends when someone comes knocking at Ben's apartment door. Reilly quickly realizes that he forgot that he has a date with Jessica Carradine and they all begin scrambling to cover the scene up. While the skeleton is easily stashed in Ben's closet, Peter and Mary Jane being there -- and the possibility of Jessica noticing that they are identical -- is a bigger problem. When Ben suggests that Peter take Mary Jane and crawl out the window to the roof, Peter reveals that he doesn't have his powers anymore.[Continuity 36] Mary Jane comes up with a solution: They'll just tell Jessica that Peter and Ben are cousins and the reason why they look so alike is that their fathers were twins. With no other ideas, they go with Mary Jane's idea which works well when Ben introduces Jessica to his "cousin" Peter and his wife Mary Jane. As they make small talk, Mary Jane notices that one of the bones from the skeleton fell out of the body bag and is on the floor. Quick thinking, Reilly kicks the bone under his couch while Peter creates a distraction.

After Peter takes Jessica out of the living room, Ben and Mary Jane scramble to recover the bone and hide it someplace. That's when the virtual image of Seward Trainer appears on Ben's television screen. He warns Ben that his daughter has disconnected him from the life support monitors at the hospital, preventing his mind from returning to his body. That's when Peter enters the room with Jessica again, leading to another scramble to make up excuses. With Trainer pretending to be a weather report, Mary Jane and Ben "remind" Peter that they need to see their "uncle" Seward Trainer in the hospital. With this excuse, Ben has a means of getting out of his date in order to help Seward. With Jessica out the door, Ben quickly changes into Spider-Man costume and turns down Peter's offer of help, reminding Parker that he doesn't have his spider-powers anymore. The wall-crawler arrives at the hospital just in time to stop Carlyn Trainer from signing the final paperwork that will have Seward's body turned over to her care. With her cover blown, Carlyn doffs her street clothes to become Doctor Octopus.[Continuity 37]

In order to ensure the safety of all the people inside the hospital, Spider-Man knocks Doctor Octopus outside. While the wall-crawler is distracted, Carolyn's minions try to flee with Seward's body. Outside, Spider-Man continues to battle with Doctor Octopus, he gets fed up of her selfish ambitions. He ultimately defeats Doctor Octopus by tricking her into ramming her mechanical arms through the passenger windows of a car. Grabbing the arms on the opposite side of the vehicle, he then yanks violently smashing the Doctor's head against the car, knocking her out. With police arriving on the scene, Spider-Man quickly catches up with Seward's captors and saves him. Hooked back into his machines, Seward is able to transfer his mind back into his body and is grateful to Ben for saving his life. After promising to come back and check on Seward later, Spider-Man changes back into Ben Reilly and pays a visit to Jessica Carradine's apartment to make up for canceling their date earlier. He arrives just as she is completing the development of her latest photos. When he enters her darkroom, Ben is shocked to discover that it is plastered with photos of Spider-Man.

This story continues in Sensational Spider-Man #3...

Appearing in "Inner Demons"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #233.

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Synopsis for "Inner Demons"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #233.

This story continues from Spider-Man #67....

After being possessed by Carnage symbiote, Ben Reilly fights to keep it under control. Despite his best efforts, he transforms into Spider-Carnage and goes prowling across the city. When he overhears some muggers trying to rob a couple, Spider-Carnage leaps down to stop them. He quickly stops the muggers, but when the Carnage symbiote's violent thoughts become too much, the wall-crawler begs them, and their would-be victims to flee. Finally, alone, Spider-Carnage regains control and tries to think of someone who can help him rid himself of the symbiote.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker continues to learn the truth about the Spider-Skeleton that was recently found, even though he is without his powers.[Continuity 38] He has been trying to track down Seward Trainer, who previously ran tests that claimed that Peter was a clone and Ben Reilly was the real Spider-Man and has tracked the scientist down to a company called Multivex.[Continuity 39] However, when Peter asks to see Trainer, the security tells Parker that he is busy. When Peter presses the issue, he is shown out by security, making him wonder why Seward is trying to avoid him. Peter's exit is observed by the mysterious man running Multivex. Satisfied that they have deflected Peter Parker, this mystery man orders Seward Trainer to get back to work.[Continuity 40] While at her apartment, Jessica Carradine is developing her photos of her recent encounter with Spider-Carnage in the hopes to find proof that Spider-Man is as much a killer as the Daily Bugle claims him to be. Unfortunately, the film was exposed during the encounter and are now useless. While at Ravencroft Institute, Doctor Ashley Kafka observes Cletus Kasady with John Jameson, the head of security. Since the notorious serial killer has been separated from the Carnage symbiote, Cletus Kasady has been in physical and mental decline and will die if he is not reunited soon. John Jameson points out that this is a difficult task since the symbiote managed to escape and bonded with Spider-Man. That's when John is alerted about Spider-Carnage's approach on the institute.

Jameson mobilizes a strike team to try and deal with, but Spider-Carnage fights through them in order to get to Cletus Kasady. Inside, Ben Reilly fights the creature's urge to kill as it makes its way to Kasady's cell. Spider-Carnage demands that Cletus teach him how to control the symbiote. However, Kasady refuses to do so, taking joy that the alien creature is twisting the wall-crawler's mind and slowly turning him into a killer. As Spider-Man tries to fight the symbiote in his mind, the creature decides to try and bond with Cletus again. Not wanting this to happen, the wall-crawler fights with all his effort to get it under control. By this time, John Jameson has arrived on the scene. Spider-Carnage begs John to contain him in a cell so they can keep Carnage under control. Inside a cell, Spider-Carnage is contained thanks to microwaves, however, the wall-crawler insists that it is not powerful enough. Despite his reservations, John cranks up the power causing the symbiote to finally separate from Spider-Man. Fearing for Spider-Man's safety, John rushes in to check on him. That's when the symbiote springs to life and escapes through the nearby sink. They then rush to the cell containing Cletus Kasady where it bonds with him again. Although they failed to stop the symbiote from bonding with its original host, they finally figured out how the Carnage symbiote was able to escape from the facility.

Although both John and Spider-Man think they could do more to stop the symbiote, they can admit that they came out on top.

Appearing in "End Game"

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Spider-Man #66.

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Synopsis for "End Game"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #66.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #409...

Spider-Man uses the spider-tracer he planted on Muse in order to track her and Kaine down after their recent clash with members of the Great Game. The wall-crawler insists on turning Kaine over to the police, who are now surrounding the alley they are in. However, Kaine has no intentions of being incarcerated and uses his wall-clinging abilities to bring one of the alley walls down, separating Spider-Man from his foes. While Kaine and Muse easily force their way out of one side of the alley, on the other, Spider-Man has to deal with officers who want to arrest him for stealing a skeleton out of the city morgue.[Continuity 41] Upon making their escape, a police officer tries to shoot Muse, but Kaine takes the bullet for her. Still, the couple getaway, and Kaine realizes that he is starting to develop feelings for Muse. This causes him to remember his last lover, Louise Kennedy. However, he also remembers how Lousie betrayed him and he killed her as a result.[Continuity 42] By this point, Kaine has decided that he is fed up of being manipulated by the Great Game and tells Muse to lead him to their headquarters so he and shut them down personally.

This headquarters happens to be the corporate headquarters owned by James Johnsmeyer, who at that moment is on a conference call with other bidders in the game. While at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson has called in Joe Robertson, Ben Urich, Angela Yin, and Ken Ellis. He wants to know what they have on the stolen skeleton story. When they all respond with silence, Jonah chews them out and sends them out of his office. He decides to call someone who can get to the bottom of this story. After he places the call, he begins making arrangements to have this person brought in to New York City. Meanwhile, Kaine attacks the Johnsmeyer building activating its rooftop defenses. Although he destroys the weapons, his gunshot wound starts bleeding again. As Muse is checking out his wound, she notices that his face is bleeding as well. She convinces him to take off his mask, something Kaine is reluctant to do so because of his cellular degeneration. However, she is not repulsed by his features and feels he has a strong face. That's when Kaine has one of his precognitive flash that shows Muse dead with the Mark of Kaine on her face. This horrifies and enrages Kaine who decides that this all needs to end and rips open the roof of the building to get at James Johnsmeyer. However, before he leaps into the building, Spider-Man stops him with a webbing net. However, this causes them to fall inside the building anyway. There Spider-Man, Muse, and Kaine are being observed by Johnsmeyer and his colleagues who are watching from massive television screens. It's here that Johnsmeyer reveals that Muse has been working from him and manipulating Kaine this whole time. However, Muse has genuinely grown to care for Kaine and renounces her allegiance to James.

Hearing this angers Kaine and he decides that muse has to die. However, as he approaches the woman, Spider-Man tries to stop him and is knocked aside. However, the wall-crawler convinces Kaine that killing Muse is exactly what Johnsmeyer and the others want. Vowing never to be manipulated again, Kaine decides to spares Muse and trashes the monitor screens. Even though the crisis is over, Spider-Man insists on turning Kaine over to the authorities. However, Kaine refuses to surrender to the wall-crawler. However, Muse blasts the wall-crawler stunning him long enough for her to blow a hole in the side of the building. She apologizes to Kaine for tricking him and admits that she fell in love with him, but it is too late to repair the damage she has done. She then leaps out of the building, prompting Spider-Man to save her with his webbing. This, of course, was all part of Muse's plan to distract Spider-Man long enough for Kaine to make his escape.

The next day, J. Jonah Jameson is informed that his 11 o'clock meeting has arrived and welcomes Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 43]

Appearing in "Who Am I?"

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Spider-Man #67.

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Synopsis for "Who Am I?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #67.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #410...

While trying to free John Jameson from the Carnage symbiote, Spider-Man soon finds himself possessed by the creature instead and is transformed into Spider-Carnage. Witnessing this transformation is Jessica Carradine, Ben Reilly's girlfriend, who tries to snap photos of this scene. Seeing her, Ben tries to control the symbiote's murderous impulses and free himself from its control. As he struggles to free himself, Jessica continues to snap photos ignoring the wall-crawler's warnings to get to safety. She insists on taking as many photos as possible as they prove that Spider-Man is just as much the killer her father claimed he was.[Continuity 44] Spider-Carnage then swats her camera away and tells Jessica to stay away before swinging away. The wall-crawler decides to go home and try to think of a way out of his current crisis.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker stands on a rooftop looking out on the city and thinks about how much his life has changed, and how it has affected his identity. Particularly the recent revelation that he was the clone of Peter Parker all along, the recent loss of his powers when he and Mary Jane moved out west.[2] His thoughts are interrupted when he is joined by his wife, Mary Jane who is concerned that her husband is standing so close to the edge of the roof.#[Continuity 45] Peter explains that he has had a lot of experience on rooftops, but has to be reminded again that he is a normal person now and that he has a family to think about, particularly their unborn child.[Continuity 46] She then tells Peter that Ben had just called and sounded upset and suggests that her husband go and check on him to see if Reilly is okay. Later, when Peter comes knocking at Ben's apartment, Ben struggles to fight off the symbiote's impulses to murder the man he has come to call a brother. It takes all of Ben's effort to will the symbiote to take on the form of his costume so he can answer the door.

The entire conversation has Ben on edge and he struggles to keep his emotions in check as Peter makes small talk. Peter then changes the subject to the mysterious skeleton that was recently discovered as it throws into question everything they were told.[Continuity 47] Peter tells Ben how he has been trying to get into contact with Seward Trainer, but Trainer has been avoiding him. When Peter suggests that they both go out and see Trainer, Ben refuses, explaining that he trusts Seward's work. Surprised by Ben's stand-offish behavior, Peter gets angry and decides to contact Trainer again on his own. With Peter gone, Ben collapses with exhaustion as the voice of the symbiote in his mind has grown louder. Unable to think, Ben changes back into Spider-Carnage and goes out web-slinging in an attempt to clear his mind. While at Ravencroft Institute, John Jameson has returned and tells Ashley Kafka about how the Carnage symbiote had escaped by bonding to him. Although he no doesn't remember what happened to it, he is determined to capture it. Checking on Cletus Kasady, the symbiote's former host, they discover that his health is slowly deteriorating and that he may die if the symbiote doesn't bond with him again.

Back in the city, Peter Parker walks the streets trying to convince himself he is being paranoid. However, with the discovery of this new skeleton, Seward's avoidance, and Ben's strange behavior, he can't help but think there is something suspicious going on. He is unaware that he is being stalked by Spider-Carnage, who is slowly giving into the symbiote's impulses to kill Peter. However, moments before he can strike, Ben Reilly regains control and leaps up to a building to try and fight off the urge. Meanwhile, unaware of his brush with death, Peter Parker arrives at the hospital where Seward Trainer has been staying.[Continuity 48] Unfortunately, Trainer had been discharged, and when Peter presses the administrators for more information, they refuse to provide more information due to doctor-patient confidentiality laws. However, when a security alert is made, the administrator is distracted long enough for Peter to look up the desired information on their computers. Seeing that Parker is still present, she tells him to get to safety as Carnage has been sighted outside the hospital. When Peter rushes up to the roof to see what's going on, he is shocked to discover that Ben has been possessed by the symbiote. Soon, a helicopter from Ravencroft arrives on the scene as John Jameson deploys his security forces to contain and capture the Carnage symbiote. By this point, the symbiote has taken full control of Spider-Man's body and easily incapacitates the soldiers. When Peter tries to stop Spider-Carnage from making the killing blow, he is knocked over the ledge of the building. Holding on for dear life, Peter is at the mercy of Spider-Carnage, but ultimately Ben reasserts control and helps Peter back up.

Peter then asks Ben why he didn't reveal that he was possessed by the symbiote when they were at his apartment earlier. Peter can even relate to his situation, but Ben's emotional state is so unbalanced that he refuses to listen and swings away.[Continuity 49] Despite the fact that he no longer has his powers, Peter Parker vows to free Ben from the influence of the symbiote no matter what.

... Web of Carnage concludes in The Spectacular Spider-Man #233.

Appearing in "Destiny's Web"

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Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1.

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Synopsis for "Destiny's Web"

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

Working away in a lab, Peter Parker does not miss being Spider-Man now that he is finally pursuing his true career passion, science. It has been three weeks since he took up his job for Giard LAbs in Portland. He fought hard for this job for a few reasons, the first to get himself as far away from New York City as possible. The other is the fact that Giard was the company responsible for the experiment that accidentally irradiated the spider that gave him his spider-powers.[Continuity 50] He hopes to use this opportunity to examine his radioactive blood to learn all he can about it. As he is looking through the various projects that the lab has been working on. One that has caught his eye is a synthetic skin development. He is interested in its application for necrotizing fasciitis and wonders what they are expecting to accomplish. That's when Peter's spider-sense begins going off, he wonders why it is going off. That's when he sees Doctor Monica Staphos asking Eric Schwinner to change his decision to pull treatment on block six. However, Schwinner tells her that he doesn't have much choice in the matter. He refuses to budge on this because her project, dubbed SSD, is not ready for usage and she is trying to ram it through the system, and the other being that she is arguing about it out in the open in front of the other employees. Frustrated, Monica storms off.

Eric apologizes to Peter for the display, but Peter is used to dealing with louder people when he was in the newspaper industry. He tells Schwinner that working for Giard is a dream come true. Eric notes that it is ironic that Peter was once at one of their public displays when he was a teenager and now he is working for the very same company. On his way home from work, Peter thinks about the fateful experiment that gave him the powers of Spider-Man, and how the murder of Uncle Ben led him to using his powers to fight crime. However, Peter reminds himself that that wasn't his experiences, but shared memories he has with Ben Reilly. He recounts how he recently discovered that he is nothing more than a clone of the real Peter Parker.[Continuity 51] Although he spent the last number of years, he decided to retire after learning that his wife Mary Jane was pregnant.[Continuity 52] As he drives home, Peter realizes how much he and Mary Jane have grown up.[Continuity 53]

When Peter gets home, he discovers that Mary Jane has burned dinner. She is upset because she wonders how she is going to be able to raise a child when she can't take care of them. She wonders if they are ready for parenthood, but Peter assures her that they will be fine, even though Mary Jane worries that they are too young to be parents.[Continuity 54] After ordering dinner, Peter and Mary Jane go to sleep for the night. However, Peter can't fall asleep and goes digging around in their unpacked boxes to find his Spider-Man costume. Peter wonders why Mary Jane insisted on him keeping the costume since he wouldn't be able to resist putting it on.

Back in New York City, Ken Ellis asks Ben Urich if he can go over his notes about the trial of Peter Parker so he can try and determine the connection between the Scarlet Spider and the original Spider-Man.[Continuity 55] Overhearing this, Joe Robertson tells Ken that there is a no story and he should leave Peter Parker alone. However, Ken insists on poking into it. Ben Urich hands Ken his notes and tells him that he can get Parker's new number from Betty Brant.

The next day in Portland, Monica Staphos is not willing to abandon her synthetic skin project just because Schwinner is concerned about the well being of their test subject, a convict named River Verys who is suffering from a terminal case of flesh-eating disease. That's when she is contacted by Calvin Falconer, the head of security. He tells her that Verys is causing problems, and she goes down to see what the situation is, knowing that Eric will be upset if River dies while in their care. She goes down to check on him and discovers that he has been on adrenal overdrive since being exposed to her SSD project. Although this is troubling, she tells Calvin to contact her if River is still in this state two hours from now. Going back upstairs she ignores Peter Parker when he tries to say hello to her. Once again, Peter's spider-sense begins buzzing once more and he wonders why she is setting it off. Deciding to look into her current work, he discovers that the files have restricted access. He then looks at her past experiments, learning that they all have to do with necrotizing fasciitis. In one test the patient died, and in the other, the patient was released when they couldn't be cured. Deciding to look into this further, Peter prints off the reports. Having found lab results on her current patient the day before, Peter prints them off and compares them to the tests carried out on himself and Ben Reilly by Seward Trainer, because something about it looked familiar. Sure enough, a karyotype in the patient's cell structure matches that of Peter Parker, leading Peter to determine that the patient has undergone some kind of radiation therapy. Figuring that this could gave him insight into his own genetic structure, Peter decides to locate this patient.

Peter goes down to block six and begins making small talk with the guard to learn more about this wing of the facility. Just as he learns that this is where they experiment on volunteers from the penal system, their conversation is interrupted when Bill Galannan -- Eric Schinner's business partner -- walks past with Calvin Falconer. Falconer has told Galannan about the situation with River Verys. Galannan is upset about the damage the death of River could cause to his company. Although Galannan claims that this is out of concern for the ethics of his family company, Calvin knows that Bill is more concerned about their corporate image. Furious, Bill goes looking for his partner in order to figure out what to do next. Hearing all of this, Peter convinces the guard that he was asked by Monica Staphos to check on the patient. This allows him to get a sample of Verys' tissue. Confirming that he is suffering from flesh-eating disease, he discovers that Monica's synthetic skin derivative is intended to create a self-replicating artificial replacement for the tissue lost by the disease. Taking a closer look, he also learns that the structure of this synthetic skin has been irradiated at the same wavelength as the spider that gave him his powers. He decides to add some of his own blood to the formula, and it jump starts the derivative with the power it needs to multiply faster than the virus. Although it appears that this is a potential cure for River Verys, Peter believes in patience and decides to leave his experiment overnight to see what happens.

As Peter leaves for the night, Monica is getting berated by Eric and Bill, who warn her that if she continues to operate unethically they will fire her. After they leave, she expresses her upset at Calvin for not warning her that Bill was coming to lay down the hammer on her. He admits he didn't do so because he was upset with her, but also he figured Parker would have told her since he was there. This revelation comes at great interest to her and she decides to look into Peter's interest in her project more closely. Meanwhile, Peter is at a Lamaze class with Mary Jane. While practicing their breathing exercises, the Parkers can't help but laugh at this situation. However, Mary Jane notices that Peter looks tired, which her husband brushes off as nothing, reminding her of what little sleep he got during his career as Spider-Man. After class, Peter tells her what's going on at work, and assures her that this will have nothing to do with Spider-Man, saying that this may help them understand what to expect from their unborn child. Meanwhile, Monic goes over Peter's files and finds his tests on her synthetic skin formula. Seeing that he has appeared to perfect the cure, she runs the untested formula down to block six and pressures River to accept this next treatment.

The injection causes River Verys to transform into a spider-like creature. With his newfound strength and webbing abilities, he kills the guards and breaks free from his cell. Monic flees the scene and gets to a phone where she puts in a panicked call to Peter Parker. Peter is woken up by the call and hears just enough about what happened before Verys kills Monica. As he rushes for the box containing his Spider-Man costume, Peter wakes up his wife who asks what happened. When Mary Jane hears about the situation, she tells Peter to call the police, but he refuses to do so. He tells her that it is his responsibility because it was his blood sample that caused the transformation. He then tries to use their unborn child as another motivator for stopping this creature, saying that they can understand more about the child's physiology with this. Mary Jane is very angry at Peter for lying to her and tells him not to use their baby as an excuse to go back on his promise. He apologizes to Mary Jane and after putting on his Spider-Man mask, he leaps out the window telling Mary Jane that he has no choice.

Appearing in "The Thin Line"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2.

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Synopsis for "The Thin Line"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2.

In the city of Portland, a man exits a bar after a few drinks and heads home thinking about his night. Along the way, he is nabbed by River Verys who has been transformed into the spider-like Tendril thanks to an impure cure for a flesh-eating virus that was a combination of a synthetic skin formula and a sample of Peter Parker's blood. This is the third victim since Verys escaped captivity at GARID labs. When this latest disappearance ends up on the front page of the Portland Gazette, it prompts an emergency meeting at GIARD. Attending are Bill Galannan and his partner Eric Schwinner, Calvin Falconer the head of security, and their recent hiree, Peter Parker.[Continuity 56] Thanks to their insider knowledge and Falconer's past experience as a SHIELD agent, they have been able to confirm that the serial killer loose in the city is indeed River Verys, their former patient. Calvin also has determined a pattern based on the victims that heh as killed so far. He suggests that they capture and contain River on their own since the authorities will just ask for GAIRD's assistance in curing him. This will stop the killer, as well as protect GAIRD from any fallout. Peter has been assigned to find out what the late Monic Staphos did to turn River into Tendril. Hearing all of this, Bill Galannan tells them that they have until 5:00 pm that evening to find Tendril before he goes to the authorities.

When Eric asks Peter what he has been able to learn about Monica's work, he tells his employer that he hasn't found anything yet. This is a lie, because it Monica had discovered his examination into her synthetic skin project which he had seemingly solved with a sample of his own blood. He had done so because he wanted to learn about his own mutation and how this might affect his unborn child, because the SSD and his own DNA had been altered by the same radiation.[Continuity 57] He thinks about how this situation has him thinking about becoming Spider-Man again, even though he decided to retire.[Continuity 58] When he returns home that evening, Peter changes into Spider-Man. This angers his wife, Mary Jane who is upset that Peter has gone back on his promise to retire so he can focus on their family.[Continuity 59] She demands to know why Peter can't just let the authorities handle it, leaving the wall-crawler speechless. Finally, he does come up with something for her. He tells her that examining Tendril will allow him to learn more about his physiology. Which will be a great benefit should, on their thirteenth birthday, their unborn child transform into a mutated spider creature. He asks her if she would be willing to turn her back on a situation like that. This time, Mary Jane is the one who is speechless, prompting Spider-Man to leap out the window to go looking for Tendril.

That's when the phone rings. It's a call from Ken Ellis, a reporter for the Daily Bugle. Ellis wants to talk to Peter about his recent trial, and the possible connection between himself, Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider.[Continuity 60] Mary Jane hangs up on Ellis, leaving him to wonder if she has nothing to say or something to hide. Recording notes, Ken still wonders what sort of connection there is to the Parkers and the Spiders. He notes that for years, Spider-Man has been swinging around Manhattan protecting the city.[Continuity 61] He then notes the recent appearances of the Scarlet Spider and his similarities in size and body tone as Spider-Man.[Continuity 62] He also notes how Spider-Man, the Scarlet Spider, and the mysterious killer known as Kaine were involved in Parker's trial, and that Kaine was revealed to be the real killer. Ellis decides that the only way he can get answers is to go digging into Peter Parker's past in order to find the connection.

Back in Portland, Spider-Man searches the city, realizing that he truly feels alive for the first time since he reitred as Spdier-Man. As he swings through the city, he thinks about how his life had been turned upside down recently when it was revealed that he is actually a clone of the real Peter Parker.[Continuity 63] Leaping across the city, as he gave his web-shooters to Ben Reilly, Spider-Man's spider-sense tips him off to an armored vehicle carrying security forces employed by GIARD. The wall-crawler decides to hitch a ride. Inside, Calvin Falconer reminds his men that when they find Tendril, they are to take the killer in alive, no matter what. When the van pulls up beneath the Steel Bridge, Spider-Man leaps off the vehicle. Seeking something to swing with, he finds a tool belt and fashions a curde grappling hook with a bent crowbar and steel cable. As everyone searches, Spider-Man follows from the shadows of the Steel Bridge, his spider-sense buzzing away. Eventually, the security force finds those kidnapped by Tendrill wrapped up in webbing, and still alive. However, what they thing is nothing more than cast off webbing turns out to be the very substence of Tendril. When the man-monster triest to ambush the guards, Spider-Man swings in to stop him.

As Spider-Man and Tendril fight, they swing out into the open where the fight is captured by a news crew flying over the scene in a helicopter. As the two plunge into the waters below, the arriving news crews try to get word from Falconer and his men, but they give no comment. When Peter returns home, he tells his wife that Tendril managed to escape once they hit the water by literally slipping through his fingers. Mary Jane is upset that Peter continues to go out as Spider-Man, and that she is tired about him putting his life at risk with a baby on the way. Peter explains that their baby will always have parents, and that he'll be fine. Mary Jane agrees the baby will have at least one parent, before leaving the room. This raises grave concerns with Peter, who wonders if he has pushed his wife too far this time. Back at GAIRD, Calvin Falconer is furious that the press had arrived during his hunt for Tendril. He knew that they were tipped off by Bill Galannan and demands to know how the scientist figured out that Tendril could be found at the Steel Bridge. Bill explains that River Verys' criminal record shows that he Verys was once arrested for armed robbery on that bridge. Bill tells Calvin that, had he done his job right, they could have spun the media presence to the benefit of GARID Labs. With the cat now out of the bag, Eric is arranging to talk to the Portland Police about this situation in the morning. Deciding to work backards to try and find a cure for Verys, Bill suggests that they find and locate the man known as Dryrot.

The following morning, Peter is working away on trying to find a cure for Tendril. When he checks in with Eric about how Monica's serum was synthesized. After swearing Parker to secretcy, Schwinner takes him down to the top secret Isotope Genome Accelerator. Much to Peter's surprise, it is a more complex version of the device that he first saw being demonstrated years earlier on the day he first got his spider-powers. While back in New York City, Ken Ellis looks over the front page of the Daily Bugle. It features a story about the new Spider-Man that has been seen in New York recently. Looking at the photo, Ken wonders if this is the original Spider-Man in a new costume, the Scarlet Spider, or some other individual.[Continuity 64] That's when Ben Urich enters the room and shows Ellis the national section of USA Today, which has a story about Spider-Man being sighted in Portland. Finding this very interetsing, Ken decides it is time to take a trip down to Oregon and get some answers from Peter Parker. Meanwhile, back in Portland, Peter tries to call Mary Jane and tell her about the Genome Accelerator, which he believes will solve all of their worries about their unborn child. However, there is no answer becuase Mary Jane has reached her limit. After writing Peter a note, Mary Jane then leaves their apartment before Peter gets home.

Appearing in "Skin Deep"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3.

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Synopsis for "Skin Deep"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3.

Spider-Man has spent the entire night searching for the killer known as Tendril in order to bring him to justice. As the sun begins to rise, the wall-crawler is exhausted and his mind continues to focus on the fact that his wife Mary Jane has left him.[Continuity 65] Although he thinks he is doing the right thing, he can understand why his wife left.[Continuity 66] He remembers seeing the letter waiting for him when he came home. He didn't even bother reading the whole thing before his anger prompted him to crumple it up and toss it away. After checking his voicemail messages, Peter realizes that he is running late for an appointment Calvin Falconer. The pair were going to go out and visit Paul Contoni, a previous patient of the late Doctor Monica Staphos, a man who may hold the key to curing Tendril of his condition. As Peter rushes to make his appointment, Tendril pays a visit to his mother's grave.[Continuity 67] He thinks about how she died of a drug overdose when he was only two years old, leaving him in the care of his father, an abusive drug addict. He thinks about what this has left him, and decides that what little he has -- anger, hatred, and pain -- is for him to give to the world. With that, the man who has once River Verys walks off to carry on his destiny.

Meanwhile, back in New York, Mary Jane has been staying at Aunt May's old house.[Continuity 68] When she is awoken by the alarm clock, she wonders why Peter hasn't called her and she wonders if he even read her note.[Continuity 69] While in Manhattan, Ken Ellis is getting ready for the day after a late night of watching all of Spider-Man's television appearances.[Continuity 70] He has been investigating the connections between Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Since Joe Robertson refuses to fly Ken out to Portland, he decides to question others who had past encounters with the wall-crawler, starting with his co-worker Betty Brant. Back in Portland, Peter Parker and Calvin Falconer -- GAIRD's head of security and a former SHIELD agent -- arrive at the home of Paul Contoni.

Contoni, who suffers from a horrifying skin disease tells both men to go away, even though he knows why they have come he has no interest in helping them catch Tendril. Falconer is about to go back into his jeep to get his tranquilizer gun but Peter stops him. Parker points out that after everything Contoni has endured, he has every right to privacy and to shut the outside world out of his life. Although Calvin thinks this whole trip was a waste, Peter has already decided to pay Paul a visit later, as Spider-Man. Back in Manhattan, Ken Ellis sits down with Betty Brant to talk about her past history with Spider-Man and Peter Parker. She relates to the time that her brother Bennett got in deep due to his gambling debts. Initially, she blamed Spider-Man for her brother's death but now realizes that it was really Doctor Octopus that was responsible.[Continuity 71] She doesn't recall Peter being there to take photos of Spider-Man that time, but she remembers how Parker always did reckless things in those days, like the time he impersonated Spider-Man to save her from Doctor Octopus.[Continuity 72] Betty then recalls how she and Peter used to date back then, and then talks about how Peter looked after his Aunt May because his uncle was murdered.[Continuity 73] Ellis finds this all interesting, noting to himself how the murder of Ben Parker happened between Spider-Man's last television appearance and the beginning of his career as a superhero. Meanwhile, Mary Jane is at a photo shoot for a new line of maternity clothing, but her mind is still on Peter. After the shoot, she tries to call her husband again but gets the voice mail. Unsure what to say, she hangs up without leaving a message, and worries about Peter even more than before. Later that day, Ken Ellis returns to the Daily Bugle and tries to convince Joe Robertson to let him go to Portland to follow his story. Robertson still refuses to sign off on the flight reminding Ellis that he still has the Havershaw story to investigate, especially if he wants to get the front page for that story. Ellis then storms out of Joe's apartment and bumps into Mary Jane. He's surprised to see her in Manhattan, but his questions are shrugged off.

It's evening in Portland when Peter Parker returns to Paul Contoni's home as Spider-Man. Swinging between the trees he becomes aware of some strange brown flakes and follows them to their source. With his spider-sense tingling, he is horrified to see what Contoni has become -- a creature of dead skin cells. What's even more surprising is the fact that he is brawling with a grizzly bear. Against his better judgment, the wall-crawler keeps between Contoni and the bear, separating the two combatants. Spider-Man tries to convince Paul to help him with Tendril, but the man-monster refuses and lashes out. At first, the web-head calms Paul down by appealing to the fact that they both were changed by accidents. He even suggests that his help can not only help cure Tendril but Paul as well. Spider-Man also explains that it could help him learn more about the baby he has on the way. When Spider-Man implies his concerns about his child turning into a monster, Paul becomes enraged again and attacks. His first blow sends Spider-Man crashing into Contoni's home. There he finds a family photo and realizes that his family left him when the cure for his necrotizing fascitis turned him into the creature he is now. Spider-Man reminds him that a cure would mean that Paul could get his family back. As Contoni begins to listen, Tendril stalks the streets of Portland, finding himself a fresh victim. Back in Queens, Mary Jane invites Ben Reilly over for coffee so the two can talk about Peter. She is surprised to see that Ben bleached his hair blonde. Ben explains that he needed to do something to change his look so people stopped mistaking him for Peter Parker.[Continuity 74] Their get-together is interrupted by a visit by Ken Ellis who shocks Mary Jane with a preview of the front page of tomorrow's Daily Bugle. The cover story reads "Spider-Man Identity Revealed!" showing a cross-sected picture of Peter Parker and Spider-Man.

Back at GAIRD, Paul is convinced to come in for tests which are being run by Peter Parker and Eric Schwinner. They believe that they might be able to cure Paul of his condition but they will need to capture Tendril in order to do so. The stakes are much higher for Peter Parker, who has just discovered that he has contracted necrotizing fasciitis and the potential cure will come at the cost of his spider-powers.

Appearing in "To End the Begin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4.

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Synopsis for "To End the Begin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4.

Ken Ellis has come to the Parker home in Queens threatening to reveal that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, providing a mock-up of the front page of tomorrow's edition of the Daily Bugle. Mary Jane, Peter's wife, is angered that this he would come to their home and make threats like this, knowing that this is nothing more than a mock-up used to try and scare her.[Continuity 75] She tells Ken to stop harassing her and her family, however, the reporter intends to get to learn the connection between Peter Parker, Spider-Man, the Scarlet Spider and the allegedly new Spider-Man that has been sighted in Manhattan.[Continuity 76] Mary Jane insists that there is no connection to be found and slams the door in Ken's face. That's when Ben Reilly leaps down from the ceiling, where he was hiding to avoid being spotted by Ellis. As they try and figure out what to do about this latest development, Ben suddenly begins to grin as an idea begins to form in his mind.

Meanwhile, in Portland, Peter Parker is out as Spider-Man searching for the serial killer named Tendril. He is seeking the killer out in order to cure him of his condition, a synthetic skin derivative that was tainted by his own DNA. The clock is ticking because Peter has contracted necrotizing fasciitis and curing Tendril will also produce a cure for himself, although it will cost him his spider-powers in the process. With a tracking device, the wall-crawler is closing in on Tendril. As he goes, he tries to keep his mind off the fact that Mary Jane has left him because he decided to become Spider-Man again after he promised to retire.[Continuity 77] He tracks the killer down to a room at the Hotel Governor and interrupts Tendril before he can claim his next victims. Unfortunately, Spider-Man is forced to stay behind and free Tendril's victims when the killer flees. Just as he frees the victims, the authorities arrive on the scene, in order to avoid being delayed further, Spider-Man flees the scene. Back in Manhattan, Mary Jane pays a visit to Joe Robertson at the Bugle to complain about Ken Ellis harassing her and her husband for his story.[Continuity 78]

In Portland, Spider-Man picks up Tendril's signal again and follows him onto the roof of the Governor. There they are joined by Dryrot who has come to help capture Tendril so he can also benefit from the cure that could come from them. While Tendril and Dryrot are occupied with each other, Spider-Man prepares an Isotopic Genome Accelerator that he created at GAIRD to deal with Tendril. Sneaking up behind Tendril, Spider-Man manages to jolt the killer with the accelerator but the three of them are caught in the discharge of energy. Recovering from the blast, Spider-Man notices that both Tendril and Dryrot have been mostly reverted back to human form. Suddenly, his spider-sense goes off, prompting the wall-crawler to depart as the authorities arrive on the rooftop. The next morning, Ben Reilly pays a visit to J. Jonah Jameson as Spider-Man and torments the publisher by webbing him to his chair and insulting the day's edition of the Daily Bugle before departing. After this recent insult, Joe Robertson tells Jonah about Ken Ellis' story about the wall-crawler. Furious at Spider-Man, Jonah orders Joe to have the story killed. When Joe goes to tell Ken Ellis the news, Ken is unphased and threatens to take the story to the Daily Globe. Joe decides to call the city editor at the Globe, Barry Fink, and tell him about it. Ellis then talks to Fink, he learns that Barry will also pass on the story since Joe Robertson isn't interested in it. Learning that Joe is good friends with editors at New York's other publications. Realizing that he's not going to win, Ellis decides to give up on the Spider-Man story and refocus his attention on the Havershaw murder. Joe then goes to a nearby diner and tells Mary Jane the good news, and asks her what she is planning on doing next.

While in Portland, both Tendril and Dryrot have been brought back to GAIR for the final experiment that will hopefully cure them of their conditions. The process is supervised by Eric Schwinner and Peter Parker. When they activate the device, Tendril tries to resist the process and break free. With the machines overheating, Peter realizes that the only way to complete the process is including his own DNA in the process. To that end, Peter exits the control room and puts himself in physical contact with the device. His body surges with pain he hasn't felt since the radioactive spider first bit him. The addition of Parker's DNA completes the process and the process to restore Tendril and Dryrot back to human form. In the aftermath of the process, Peter examines himself and learns that he has been cured of his infection, but his spider-powers have also been stripped away.[Continuity 79] Forced into retirement, Peter Parker returns home and packs up his Spider-Man costume and wonders if it was all worth it in the end. That's when Mary Jane returns home, much to Peter's surprise as he thought she left for good. She then shows him the note she left for him, the note that Peter didn't bother reading in its entirety. As it turns out, the letter told Peter that she wasn't leaving him for good, but only going back to New York for a photo shoot and that she would be back in a few days.

With his spider-powers gone, Peter is able to focus on his career, his wife, and his upcoming daughter. He also finds new ways to help those in need, by volunteering at a homeless shelter and living up to his motto, with great power comes responsibility. The greatest adventure for Peter Parker now is the excitement of being able to find out who he is all over again.

Appearing in "Ambush"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Team-Up #2.

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Synopsis for "Ambush"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Team-Up #2.

The Silver Surfer is flying across space when he is suddenly attacked by a strange ship that resembles a World War I biplane. Damaging the craft, he follows it back to its mothership, Big Casino. Entering the ship, the Silver Surfer demands to know why he was being attacked. The situation is diffused by the commander on the ship, a man named Floyd Donahue, who apologies for his flyboy's unwarranted attack. The Surfer is surprised to find that the ship is decked out to look like a 20th-century casino on Earth and asks why. He learns that Floyd and all the other people aboard the ship are Skrulls from the planet Kral IV, a society of Skrulls who are obsessed with prohibition-era Earth.[Continuity 80] As this is explained to him, the Surfer looks out a window and is concerned by a stellar alignment and decides that he needs to leave. After accepting Floyd's apology the former herald of Galactus departs, much to the relief of Donahue.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Spider-Man is stopping a mugging, reveling in the return to being Spider-Man after thinking he was a clone for the past five years.[Continuity 81] After he saves the muggers victim, Alice Zreibac, Detective Lou Snider arrives on the scene. When the wall-crawler doesn't recognize Snider, he makes up an excuse as this police officer has had previous interactions with Peter Parker when he was Spider-Man.[Continuity 82] As he swings away, Spider-Man is once again reminded of all the things that he missed while he was on the road for the past five years thinking he was a clone.[Continuity 83] He thinks about how he is back to square one, living in New York free and single, while Peter Parker retired from Spider-Man to move to Portland with his wife, Mary Jane, and raise a family.[Continuity 84] As he swings away without a care in the world, Spider-Man is unaware that he is being tracked by the Mad Thinker. The villain has reversed engineered one of Spider-Man's spider-tracers in order to track the hero. However, the Man Thinker is also being observed by another being who intends to get revenge, a revenge that has been years in the making. That's when this third observer detects something approaching Earth and is pleased to discover that it is the Silver Surfer.

Emerging from a cosmic rift, the Silver Surfer thinks about his recent encounter with the Outriders and how they chose him to be their new messiah.[Continuity 85] As the Surfer approaches Earth, he is unaware that he is being observed, who intends to repay the "kindness" the Silver Surfer granted him years earlier. While in Manhattan, Spider-Man is suddenly attacked by painful jolts from his spider-sense that appear to be coming from the pigeons that are flying around him. He is unaware that these are robots created by the Mad Thinker that use devices that trigger his spider-sense. After he webs up the mechanical pigeons, the web-slinger is ambushed by the Mad Thinker's androids who knock him out with a sonic blast. When Spider-Man wakes up he finds himself restrained in the Thinker's lab. The mad genius explains that he intends to experiment on the web-slinger in order to learn how his spider-sense works. Before he can unmasked Spider-Man, the Thinker is attacked by one of his androids. This android seemingly slays the Thinker, but it turns out that this is one of his android simulacrums that the Thinker operates remotely. The destruction of this simulacrum causes feedback that puts the real Mad Thinker, who is currently incarcerated, into a catatonic state. As this rogue android takes on its true form, it explains that it needs Spider-Man for his own goals.

Later, the Silver Surfer arrives in Yosemite Valley, California, where he is ambushed by the Spider-Man where he is ambushed by Spider-Man who is being controlled by the being that took down the Mad Thinker. Although the wall-crawler has the element of surprise, Spider-Man is no match for the Silver Surfer's superior powers. Subdued, Spider-Man tries to explain to the Surfer that he had no choice. That's when they are ambushed by more of the Mad Thinker's androids. Although the Surfer destroys these androids, they manage to knock him out. That's when Spider-Man's controller tells the wall-crawler that he is no longer needed. However, Spider-Man refuses to be manipulated and hitches a ride when the Silver Surfer is teleported away. The pair find themselves aboard a spaceship, and they are soon brought face-to-face with their captor, the living computer known as Quasimodo. The Surfer doesn't understand why Quasimodo is coming after him, after he used his powers to give the computer a humanoid form.[Continuity 86] However, Quasimodo has long since lost his physical form and his computerized mind has long since been trapped aboard the massive spaceship called Sanctuary II, the former home Thanos, the Mad Titan.[Continuity 87] His mind began regaining sentience during the Avengers battle with Nebula aboard the ship. With his mortality in jeopardy, Quasimodo used the ship's holographic systems to make it appear that Sanctuary II was destroyed.[Continuity 88] In reality, he moved the ship back to its native system until he fully recovered.

Fully aware once more, Quasimodo then reveals his plans to transfer his mind into the Silver Surfer's body, regaining his freedom. Spider-Man refuses to let this happen and he delays the mind transfer process long enough for the Silver Surfer to wake up and free himself from Quasimodo's hold. The pair then begin wrecking all of Quasimodo's monitors in the hopes of ending his threat. However, they do not accomplish much, and Quasimodo confronts them on a massive screen and is prepared to destroy them. That's when Spider-Man notices the screen is suddenly shrinking. When Quasimodo notices this himself, he realizes that -- to his horror -- that this is being caused by Thanos who has come to reclaim his ship. The Mad Titan shrinks the screen down to a size that can fit in his hand and crushes the device. This expells Quasimodo's consciousness from the ship, sending it out into the void again. Reveling in the fact that he saved both of their lives, Thanos reminds Spider-Man and the Silver Surfer that they owe him and that he always repays his debts. He then teleports the pair back to Earth. They discover that they are in a cemetery in the Pacific Northwest. The Surfer explains that he has come to pay his respects to Alvin Harper. Harper was one of the few humans who befriended the Surfer during his long exile on Earth and even tried to help the Surfer get past the barrier that Galactus put around the Earth.[Continuity 89] The Surfer learned a lot about humanity when the humble scientist sacrificed his life to help stop the Stranger from destroying the Earth.[Continuity 90]

Spider-Man discovers he can relate to the Silver Surfer, who lost all emotions when he was made to be the servant of Galactus.[Continuity 91] He then suggests that the pair go to a nearby tavern and have a toast in the memory of Alvin Harper.

Appearing in "The Skull Jackets"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #11.

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Synopsis for "The Skull Jackets"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #11.

Spider-Man is reading the latest edition of the Daily Bugle which features a cover story about the murder of Andrea Havershaw, a woman from his past. He thinks back to when he was an assistant to Seward Trainer in Vermont years ago when he was on the road.[Continuity 92] In those days, he made extra money tutoring students from the local college. One of these kids was Jason Havershaw, Andrea's son. He got along well with the Havershaws, as Andrea reminded Ben of his Aunt May, and Jason -- who lost his father in a plane crash when he was young -- reminded him so much of himself. Deciding that Andrea Havershaw deserves justice, the wall-crawler decides to bite the bullet and go to the only person he can get a lead from -- Ken Ellis, a reporter at the Daily Bugle. While at the 44th Precinct, Detective Marcella Cellanos leaves for lunch, telling the desk sergeant to contact her if the Havershaw lawyer calls. She then goes to a restaurant downtown to meet with Ken Ellis. She owes him a favor after he helped her crack a case and get promoted to detective. As such, she is providing him with information on the Havershaw case, even though she doesn't like it. Still, she hands him over photos from that security took on the night of the murder that reveals a potential suspect: Felicia Hardy, aka the Black Cat. However, this is only circumstantial evidence, particularly since the Black Cat had reformed and started her own detective agency.[Continuity 93] Moreover, the investigation so far has discovered that Andrea Havershaw was actually employing Hardy and her agency at the time of her murder. After this exchange of information, Cellanos ends their meeting and goes back to work. Ducking into the washroom, Ken suddenly feels strange and wonders what happened to him.

Later that afternoon, Detective Cellanos and her partner, Sean Murphy are tailing Paul Proust -- one of Felicia's employees -- to Brighton Beach. They find it suspicious that Proust is going into a bar that is run by the Russian mob.[Continuity 94] Inside, Proust buys a drink, drawing the attention of some hired muscle who look as if to tell him he doesn't belong there. Getting the message, Paul leaves with the two detectives following after him. While at Cat's Eye headquarters, Felicia Hardy has gotten in touch with Loop, her resident hacker. He has managed to get into the NYPD database to see what the police have on the Havershaw murder. Things aren't looking good for Felicia because the murder weapon has been identified as metallic claws. Felicia, meanwhile, keeps on rubbing her neck. When Loop brings this up, Hardy dismisses it as a bee sting -- even though it's not in season. That's when Paul enters the room with similar pain. When Paul admits that he also started feeling this pain since Saturday morning, Felicia thinks there might be more to these mysterious injuries than a simple unseasonal bee sting.[Continuity 95]

Meanwhile, Spider-Man has arrived outside the church where Andrea's wake is being held. He has decided to say goodbye and ducks into an alley to change into Ben Reilly. Inside, Ben becomes paranoid. Although he has bleached his hair, he is still nervous that someone from New York might recognize him as Peter Parker.[Continuity 96] However, he is relieved when J. Jonah Jameson shoves past him without even acknowledging him. Satisfied, Ben finds a free seat among the mourners. Soon, Jason Havershaw takes the podium and delivers a heartfelt eulogy for his mother. THe whole time, Ben can't help but focus on J. Jonah Jameson and Joe Robertson, who are sitting not far ahead of him. Hearing Jonah's usual grumbling makes Ben realize how much he misses his old life as Peter Parker. He wishes he could just tell everyone, but he knows he can't because he has to be Ben Reilly now because of circumstances, for Peter's sake. After the service is over, Ben gives Jason his condolences. Jason almost doesn't recognize Ben with his new hairstyle. The pair catch up for a bit before Jason has to head to the cemetery and as he goes, Ben is left wondering why this situation is setting off his spider-sense.

Later that day, J. Jonah Jameson and Joe Robertson return to the Daily Bugle to check on things. They are joined by Ken Ellis who tells them that he is still working on a lead in he Havershaw murder, but he has nothing that is worth publishing at this moment. Robertson tells Ken to get back to work on it. When Ken returns to his desk he gets a phone call from Spider-Man who asks him to meet. He is surprised the wall-crawler has reached out to contact him, especially after he had been investigating the disappearance of the Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man starting to wear a new costume.[Continuity 97] When the web-head arrives on the scene, Ken Ellis shares with him the lead that he is going to try and make the front page of the next edition of the Daily Bugle: The revelation that the Black Cat is the prime suspect in the murder investigation. During this encounter, Ellis makes mention to not remembering his encounter with Detective Cellanos and the pain in his neck. Deciding that he needs to pay the Black Cat a visit, Spider-Man realizes that this is going to be an uncomfortable encounter since the Cat used to have a relationship with Peter Parker and even knew his double-identity. Although she isn't aware that he has taken over as Spider-Man, Ben figures she'll figure it out pretty quickly.[Continuity 98] Swinging to the offices of Cat's Eye Investigations, Spider-Man listens outside the window as Paul Proust and Loop discuss their ongoing investigation into the murder of Andrea Havershaw. He overhears that Jason, apparently, was indebted to a Russian mobster named Valeri Kasatanov. Kasatanov used to be a part of Russian intelligence and dealt with a number of black ops in the Middle East and elsewhere before entering organized crime.[Continuity 99] That's when the Black Cat comes up behind Spider-Man, setting off his spider-sense. When he instinctively dodges out of the way, the Cat knows why and asks the wall-crawler why he would consider her a threat.

Spider-Man explains that it is because she is suspected of murder and tries to convince her to turn herself in to the police. The Black Cat points out that Spider-Man must know that she's not guilty of murder, reminding him how he has always been hounded by the police for crimes he did not commit all through his career. She is almost insulted that the wall-crawler would think that she would allow herself to be captured on tape if she was responsible for a murder. However, more to the point, she points out that Peter would know that the Black Cat never kills. The fact that Felicia knows that he is not Peter Parker comes as a surprise to Ben. She then points out that if anyone's trust should be up to debate, it should be Ben Reilly's as she isn't convinced that he has earned the right to wear the webs. She then reminds him that when Peter Parker was Spider-Man, they had a unique bond of trust. She now hopes that Ben can extend that same courtesy now. This whole time, Ben is struggling with how attractive he finds Felicia and tries to keep his mind on the task. Getting to the point, the Black Cat explains that she was hired by Andrea Havershaw to investigate her son who has been stealing money from her. The investigation uncovered that Jason owed Valeri Kasatanov a great deal of money in gambling debts, enough to commit murder. Noticing that Felicia seems to be nursing pain in her neck. Remembering what Ellis told him earlier, Spider-Man asks Felicia if she has had a lapse in memory recently that was followed by the pain in her neck. When Spider-Man suggests that this might be the work of the Chameleon, the Black Cat reminds him that the Chameleon is imprisoned at Ravencroft.[Continuity 100] However, the two agree to work together to get to the bottom of this mystery.

At the Havershaw home, Jason is quietly celebrating the windfall he has made following his mother's death. This is interrupted by the arrival of Ben Reilly, who asks to talk. Jason would invite Ben in, but there are still traces of his mother's murder and suggests that they go for a walk. It's here that Ben offers his help in trying to learn who murdered his mother. Jason appreciates the offer but points out that there is not much Reilly can do that the police are already doing and leaves in a cab. Jason then pays a visit to Valeri Kasatanov, to tell him that if the mobster gives him more time, not only will he be able to pay back the debt he owes, he will be able to make him even more money than he ever imagined. Leaving the mob hideout, Jason is unaware that he has been followed by Spider-Man who wonders what Jason's ties to the mob are, he also wonders if Jason is capable of murdering his mother. When Jason takes a taxi cab back home, Spider-Man decides to follow him. However, the man who everyone thinks is Jason Havershaw is actually an impostor. When he returns to the Havershaw residency, he goes to the room where he has the real Jason Havershaw locked up. As it turns out, Jason is a drug addict that this man has been impersonating Jason in order to get access to the family fortune. Changing back to his original shape, this man turns out to be an armored individual calling himself Skull-Jacket.

At dawn, Spider-Man meets with the Black Cat on the roof of the Chrysler Building to exchange information on the Havershaw case. When telling her about Jason's connection to the Russian mobs, he believes that he murdered his mother in order to inherit her fortune. On top of this, even though the cops have a powerful motive, they are still considering the Black Cat as a suspect. This upsets Felicia, who up until this point was flirty with Spider-Man just to get a rise out of him. When she thinks she is still not above suspicion, she tosses Spider-Man a copy of Cat's Eye Investigation's files on the murder and abruptly leaves. Looking at the files, Spider-Man discovers that Cat's Eye has been tailing Jason and has photographed him purchasing drugs from the Russian mob. He turns this over to the police who sends Detectives Cellanos and Murphy to the Havershaw home. While they are invited in, Spider-Man watches from a distance, also unaware that the Black Cat is also watching from close by. Inside, Detective Murphy keeps "Jason" busy while Cellano slips away and searches the house. Finding the real Jason Havershaw, Cellano orders Murphy to arrest the man in the kitchen. With his cover blown, Skull-Jacket drops his holographic disguise and shoots Murphy with a dart that knocks him out and takes out the other officer that came with them. When Cellanos tries to shoot Skull-Jacket he sends her fleeing with a barrage of bullets. He then removes the dart from Detective Murphy's neck which allows him to project a hologram that makes him resemble Murphy. Hearing the shots, Spider-Man comes crashing in, fearing that Jason may have been shot. At first, Spider-Man falls for Skull-Jacket's illusion, but his spider-sense soon tips him off to the deception.

Force to drop his disguise, Skull-Jacket gets upset when the wall-crawler compares him to the Chameleon. As it turns out, Skull-Jacket is the product of Russian science that continued to perfect and implement technologies to replace the Chameleon after he defected.[Continuity 101] This gives Spider-Man the edge to take down Skull-Jacket and find the real Jason Havershaw. Still, despite the victory, Spider-Man blames himself for what happened to Jason, thinking he could have done more to prevent him from getting into this situation. That's when the Black Cat joins him and points out that he had managed to shut down a Russian mob and a major extortion racket. Despite Skull-Jacket's attempts to confuse everyone investigating this crime, it could not account for Spider-Man's strong sense of responsibility to uncover the truth. As they swing away to some nearby buildings, the wall-crawler realizes that this is the first time that Felicia has called him Spider-Man the whole time they have been working on this case. The Cat explains that this is the first time she feels that he earned the right to the name. Removing his mask, she kisses Ben Reilly on the lips and swings away.

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Continuity

  1. These skeletal remains further complicate the Clone Saga. The true facts are as follows:
    • The Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man to battle the wall-crawler in Amazing Spider-Man #149. Per the Sliding Timescale those events happened roughly five years prior to this story. The battle ended with the clone seemingly being destroyed.
    • This is where things get complicated: The Jackal attempted to swap Spider-Man with his clone, but this was undone by the Scriers under the order of the Green Goblin, as seen in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
    • The real Peter Parker, believing his clone to be dead, disposed of it in a smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
    • In reality, Ben Reilly was put in a death-like state as explained in the Osborn Journal. His escape from the smokestack was detailed in the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    • After this, the Jackal dumped another clone body in the smoke stack to further complicate matters, as seen in the Osborn Journal.
  2. Some facts about the relationship between Peter Parker and Mary Jane:
  3. Seward Trainer's mind was trapped in Cyberspace in Amazing Scarlet Spider #1.
  4. Muse assisted Kaine in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231.
  5. Ben Urich is referring to when Spider-Man started wearing his black-and-white costume in Amazing Spider-Man #252. He wore a variation of this costume from then and Amazing Spider-Man #300.
  6. There is a lot of unpack in this opening narrative. The facts are as follows:
    • The Jackal created a clone of Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #149, which was seemingly killed and disposed of in a Brooklyn smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
    • This clone survived and left New York to start a new life as Ben Reilly, as seen in the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    • The Jackal, believed that he swapped Peter Parker and his clone, making him believe that the clone disposed of Peter Parker in the smokestack. Then when the clone woke up and left it's "grave" he tossed in the body of a failed Spider-Clone. In reality, the Green Goblin did a switch around to make sure the real Peter Parker disposed of his clone. This very convoluted scheme is detailed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
    • In The Spectacular Spider-Man #226, Ben was told he was the real Peter Parker and that Peter was the clone. This was yet another manipulation created by the Goblin, as detailed -- again -- in the Osborn Journal.
    • The skeleton of the failed clone was recently found in the smokestack in Sensational Spider-Man #2 and examined at the Avengers headquarters in the following issue of that series.
    • As an aside, the narrative refers to the Avengers headquarters as being a temporary location in Long Island. This story happens during the events of The Crossing event. As seen in Avengers: Timeslide #1, Avengers headquarters was destroyed, forcing the team to set up a temporary headquarters elsewhere.
  7. Peter makes passing mention of the fact that he no longer has his spider-powers. He lost his powers -- seemingly for good -- in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. However, they will start coming back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  8. Mary Jane revealed she was pregnant with Peter's child in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  9. Ben learned this shocking revelation in Sensational Spider-Man #3. Uncle Ben was murdered by the burglar back in Amazing Fantasy #15. Ben's narrative also makes mention of the fact that the burglar later died battling Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #200.
  10. Spider-Man mentions how John used to be an astronaut and how he has rescued the Colonel many times in the past. In fact, it was the real Peter Parker who saved John's life in those occasions, the first of which occurred back in Amazing Spider-Man #1.
  11. Actually, it was Peter Parker who saved the life of Trevane's son during the Maximum Carnage massacre. Although this rescue is never depicted, Trevane mentioned it for the first time in Spider-Man #44.
    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

  12. Some facts about this scene:
    • 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.
    • Seward Trainer has been in a coma after his mind was trapped in cyberspace in Amazing Scarlet Spider #1. At the time of this story, Seward recently woke up from his coma in The Spectacular Spider-Man #232.
  13. The identity of this mystery man is revealed next issue. His connection to Seward Trainer is also explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  14. The skeleton was discovered when the factory was torn down in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231.
  15. Peter Parker battled his clone to the supposed death in Amazing Spider-Man #149 and then dumped its body in Amazing Spider-Man #151. At the time of this story, Ben Reilly was led to believe that he was the real Spider-Man and that Peter Parker was a clone in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. This whole situation is due to the manipulations of both the Jackal and the Green Goblin as explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  16. Ben Urich's visit to the city morgue was seen in Green Goblin #6.
  17. Some facts about Peter and Mary Jane at the time of this story:
    • 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.
    • Peter and Mary Jane moved to Portland in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1.
  18. Peter mentions how he lost his powers, that happened in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. This will remain the status quo for Peter until The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  19. Ben mentions that Spider-Man used to be a member of the Avengers. Peter Parker, as Spider-Man, joined the Avengers on reserve status in Avengers #329.
  20. 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.
  21. Seward Trainer had recently tested Peter and Ben in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. Those test results identified Peter as the clone and Ben as the original Spider-Man. However, Seward doctored the tests as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  22. The mystery of the clone saga are as follows:
    • The Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149, it seemingly died during that battle and Spider-Man disposed of the body in a smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
    • As stated above, Peter was tricked into thinking he was the clone and Ben was the original Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
    • In reality, the pair are part of two schemes orchestrated by both the Jackal and the Green Goblin. The Jackal tried to swap Spider-Man with the clone, but the Goblin's minions tampered with the equipment to ensure the clone was disposed of. Unaware of this, the Jackal dumped a failed Spider-Clone in the smokestack to further confuse things after Ben Reilly awoke and went on his five-year exile. This is all explained at length in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  23. At the time of this story Avengers Headquarters was recently destroyed in Avengers: Timeslide #1.
  24. Ben Parker was murdered by the Burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15. Despite Jessica's assertions that her father was murdered, he actually died of a heart attack in Amazing Spider-Man #200 when he discovered that Spider-Man was the nephew of the man he murdered.
  25. Kaine was mortally wounded in The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 and his body was placed in a clone regeneration tank. More recently, his body went missing during the events of Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1.
  26. At the time of this story, Ben Reilly was led to believe that Peter Parker was a clone and that he was the real Spider-Man the whole time in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. The five years is an accurate measurement of the Sliding Timescale from Amazing Spider-Man #149 to this story. However, Ben Reilly is not the original Peter Parker and is being manipulated by the Green Goblin into thinking that he is, as explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  27. Mysterio attempted to enthrall all of New York City with his hypnotic television station as seen in the Media Blizzard story arc.
    Media Blizzard
    Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
  28. Johnsmeyer's recollection includes a recollection of Joystick's battle with El Toro Negro. This battle occurred 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
  29. Among the recollections is a front page story of the Daily Bugle that identifies Kaine as the guilty of murder during the Trial of Peter Parker story arc.
    The Trial of Peter Parker
    Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
  30. This is the same smokestack that Peter Parker disposed of the body of Ben Reilly in Amazing Spider-Man #151. The origins of this skeleton is revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  31. Seward Trainer's mind became trapped in cyberspace in Amazing Scarlet Spider #1, cyberspace was damaged by a virus in the following issue.
  32. 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.
  33. A skeleton in a Spider-Man costume was discovered in an condemned smokestack last issue. Learning of it, Ben stole the skeleton as Spider-Man in Sensational Spider-Man #2. Peter and Mary Jane had recently moved to Portland in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1. They were convinced to return to New York by J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man #66.
  34. Of the items discussed are Mary Jane's pregnancy, which was first announced in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 and Ben bleaching his hair which he did in an effort to not look so much like Peter Parker in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  35. This is yet another wrinkle in the increasingly complicated Clone Saga:
    • The Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man, and the pair apparently battled to the death in Amazing Spider-Man #149. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 this happened roughly five years prior to this story.
    • Thinking the clone to be dead, Peter Parker disposed of the clone's body in Amazing Spider-Man #151. The clone survived, however, and went into a self-imposed exile as seen in the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
  36. At the time of this story, Peter had recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. However, his powers still eventually return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  37. Doctor Octopus mentions her recent brush with death in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2. This story erroneously attributes the story to Spectacular Spider-Man #2.
  38. A skeleton in a Spider-Man costume was recently discovered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231. Its origins are finally explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. Peter recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4, however they will eventually return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  39. Seward Trainer ran the test to confirm who was the real Spider-Man and who was a clone in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, Seward intentionally tampered with this test at the behest of the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  40. The identity of Seward's mysterious employer is revealed in the Blood Brothers story arc.
    Blood Brothers
    Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
  41. This skeleton, wearing a Spider-Man costume, was found in a smokestack in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231. Spider-Man stole it from the morgue in Sensational Spider-Man #2. The origins of this skeleton are explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  42. Kaine's relationship with Louise Kennedy was chronicled in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3.
  43. 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.
  44. As revealed in Sensational Spider-Man #3, Jessica's father is the same man who murdered Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in Amazing Fantasy #15. Jessica blames the wall-crawler for her father's death. However, the burglar suffered actually died of a heart attack in Amazing Spider-Man #200.
  45. 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.
  46. Mary Jane announced that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  47. A skeleton wearing a Spider-Man costume was discovered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231. Spider-Man later stole this skeleton in Spectacular Spider-Man #3.
  48. Trainer had been in a hospital since Amazing Scarlet Spider #1.
  49. Peter can relate because at one time he too was bonded to a symbiote in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8. He eventually freed himself from this symbiosis in Amazing Spider-Man #258.
  50. This experiment took place in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  51. He mentions how the Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man, that happened in Amazing Spider-Man #149. Peter was told that he was the clone and Ben Reilly the original Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this was a deception that was orchestrated by the Green Goblin, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  52. 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. Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220. Peter agreed to retire as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.
  53. Peter recalls how Mary Jane used to work at the Gloom Room A-Go-Go. Mary Jane worked there in Amazing Spider-Man #59.
  54. Civil War #2 states that Peter was 15 when he got his spider-powers. While Marvel Graphic Novel #46 states that Mary Jane is roughly a year younger than Peter. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, this would make Mary Jane and Peter are roughly 23 and 24 respectively.
  55. Peter Parker was accused of murder in Amazing Spider-Man #400 until he was cleared of all charges in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. Ken also refers to the Scarlet Spider as his "friend" because he was the first reporter to cover him in the Daily Bugle as seen in 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
  56. Peter mentions how Eric Schwinner was the man who ran the experiment that irradiated the spider that ultimately bit him, giving him his spider-powers. That happened back in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  57. Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  58. Peter retired from being Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.
  59. 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.
  60. Peter Parker was arrested in Amazing Spider-Man #400 for a murder committed by Kaine in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3. Peter was cleared of all charges thanks to the help of his alter-ego and the Scarlet Spider as seen in the Trial of Peter Parker story arc.
    The Trial of Peter Parker
    Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
  61. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, Spider-Man has been active in New York for roughly 9 years at the time of this story.
  62. The Scarlet Spider is a clone of Peter Parker, first created by the Jackal in Amazing Spider-Man #149. After seemingly being killed in that story, Reilly resurfaced in Peter's life in Web of Spider-Man #117. Ben developed his own costumed identity in Web of Spider-Man #118. Ellis takes credit for naming him the Scarlet Spider, which he did in Spider-Man #52.
  63. Peter was told that he was a clone and Ben Reilly was the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is all a deception orchistrated by the Green Goblin, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  64. After his Scarlet Spider identity was deemed a menace in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2, Ben Reilly decided to drop it and become Spider-Man himself as seen in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  65. Peter mentions how he and Mary Jane recently moved to Portland to start their family. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226 and Peter retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.
  66. 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.
  67. According to the headstone, Janet Verys was born in 1952 and died in 1973. These dates should be considered topical references. Instead of specific dates, readers should interpret this to mean that Janet Verys was born forty-four years prior to this story and that she died twenty-three years prior to this story at the age of twenty-one.
  68. The narrative of the story refers to the home as belonging to the "late May Parker". At the time of this story, everyone believed Aunt May to have died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, this was an impostor as explained in Spider-Man #97.
  69. There is a wedding photo of Peter and Mary Jane seen on the nightstand here. The couple were married in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21. Since reality was altered in Amazing Spider-Man #545 in such a way that Peter and Mary Jane did not get married, one could assume this picture either changed or no longer exists following the change in the timeline.
  70. The image on Ken's television is of one of Spider-Man's earliest televised appearances from Amazing Fantasy #15.
  71. Bennett Brant seemingly died in Amazing Spider-Man #11. However, he survived and will resurface years later in Venom Vol 2 #1. How he survived is explained in Venom Vol 2 #21.
  72. Peter "impersonated" Spider-Man to save Betty in Amazing Spider-Man #12. The reality of the situation was that Peter's lost his powers at the time because he was fighting off a flu bug, allowing Doctor Octopus to unmask him. Since Peter did not display any spider-powers at the time, everyone thought he was impersonating Spider-Man.
  73. Betty and Peter dated from Amazing Spider-Man #8 to 18. Peter's Uncle Ben was murdered in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  74. Ben bleached his hair in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  75. 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.
  76. What Ken Ellis doesn't know is this:
  77. Peter retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.
  78. In addition to everything else Mary Jane mentions, she also talks about Peter's recent trial. Peter was arrested for murder in Amazing Spider-Man #400. This murder was actually committed by Kaine years earlier, as seen in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3. Peter was cleared of all charges as seen in the Trial of Peter Parker story arc.
    The Trial of Peter Parker
    Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
  79. Although Peter loses his powers here, they begin to return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  80. The story behind the Kralian Skrulls obsession with 1930s America is explained in Fantastic Four #91-93.
  81. The Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149. For years Ben Reilly thought he was the clone until he was recently told otherwise in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is all a massive deception created by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  82. Lou Snider has had a working relationship with Spider-Man since their first encounter in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #47. Although Ben Reilly has a lot of Peter Parker's memories, this is only up to Amazing Spider-Man #149, prior to Snider's first meeting with the Peter Parker Spider-Man.
  83. Five years is a rough measurement of time between Amazing Spider-Man #149 and this story per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  84. Some facts about Peter Parker and Mary Jane's relationship at the time of this story:
  85. This is a brief recounting of the events of Silver Surfer Vol 3 #111-114.
  86. The Silver Surfer gave Quasimodo a humanoid form in Fantastic Four Annual #5.
  87. Quasimodo's mind was expelled from his body by the Vision in Avengers #253.
  88. Sanctuary II was seemingly destroyed in Avengers #260.
  89. The Silver Surfer was trapped on Earth for a time after betraying Galactus in Fantastic Four #50. He remained trapped until the Fantastic Four assisted him in breaching the barrier in Silver Surfer Vol 3 #1.
  90. Alvin Harper died in Silver Surfer #5.
  91. The Surfer's emotions and memories were restrained by Galactus when he was made a herald, this was all explained in Silver Surfer #1.
  92. Ben Reilly's time in Vermont was chronicled in the Exiled story arc.
    The Exiled
    Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
  93. Felicia started the Cat's Eye Detective Agency in Felicia Hardy: The Black Cat #4.
  94. Murphy tells Cellanos to "get with the nineties". This statement should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  95. Paul compares how he feels to Tonya Harding's "singing gig". At the time of this story, former figure skater Tonya Harding attempted a singing career after her skating career ended in scandal. This reference should be considered topical as well.
  96. Ben Reilly is actually a clone of Peter Parker created in Amazing Spider-Man #149. However, around the time of this story, he had been convinced he was the original Peter Paker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. In reality, this was all part of a massive manipulation created by the Green Goblin as explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. Further to this situation, the real Peter Parker has relocated to Portland with Mary Jane in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1. In order to prevent people from confusing him for Peter Parker, Ben began bleaching his hair in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  97. Ken had been following the Scarlet Spider's career since Web of Spider-Man #118, even giving the hero his trademark name in Spider-Man Unlimited #7. Recently, the Scarlet Spider was forced to give up his identity in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2. Since Peter Parker retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229, Ben Reilly took up the identity instead. Ellis began briefly investigated the disappearance of the Scarlet Spider and the appearance of this new Spider-Man in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-4.
  98. Peter Parker and Felicia Hardy dated from Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #75-100. During this period, Peter revealed his secret identity to her in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #87. Although Felicia Hardy knows about Ben Reilly and his relationship to Peter Parker, she isn't aware that he became Spider-Man. She learned all of this during the Trial of Peter Parker story arc.
    The Trial of Peter Parker
    Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
  99. Valeri Kasatanov is stated as being a former member of the KGB "before the fall of the Soviet Union" and was involved in Soviet operations in many regions, particularly in Afganistan and East Germany, two regions that the Soviets were involved in prior to the end of the Cold War. All of these references should be considered topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  100. The Chameleon has been incarcerated since he was defeated at the hands of Peter Parker during the Pursuit story arc.
    Pursuit
    Spider-Man #45 The Spectacular Spider-Man #211 Web of Spider-Man #112 Amazing Spider-Man #389
  101. When the Chameleon first battled Spider-Man back in Amazing Spider-Man #1, he was an operative of the Russian government.

Chronology


Error

  1. One of the portraits hanging in the bar is of the popular Batman foe known as the Joker. However, his face is colored incorrectly as he is depicted with a normal Caucasian skin tone and blond hair. The Joker has pale white skin, bright red lips, and green hair. Although this coloring error may have been intentional to avoid any potential legal issues with depicting such an iconic character that is owned by DC Comics.

Flashback

  1. * Quasimodo
  2. Ben Reilly

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Peter Parker was told he was a clone in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. This is later revealed to be a lie created by the Green Goblin as seen in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. Peter and Mary Jane's move to Portland, and the subsequent loss of Peter's powers were chronicled in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-4. His powers will eventually return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.



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