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Spider-Man The Complete Ben Reilly Epic Vol 1 4


Appearing in "Targets!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #411.

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Synopsis for "Targets!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #411.

This story continues from Sensational Spider-Man #4...

J. Jonah Jameson has called together his staff to celebrate the front page photo that allegedly proves that Spider-Man stole a skeleton from the morgue. Jameson has issued a $100,000 reward for anyone who can return the skeleton as Jonah intends to prove that it is the dead body of the original Spider-Man and that the current one is the killer.[Continuity 1] That's when Joe Robertson enters the room and tells Jonah that he got off the phone with the police commissioner. The commissioner is upset by Jonah's reward, feeling that it will hamper his investigation by drawing out every crackpot in the city. Jonah admits that he hopes the police find the skeleton first because then he wouldn't have to pay out the reward.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man swings across the city, his mind worried with thoughts about Jessica Carradine. Jessica was the daughter of the burglar who shot his Uncle Ben years ago, and she has bore a grudge against Spider-Man ever since his arrest and subsequent death. To make matter worse, Jessica had recently snapped a photo of Spider-Man with his mask up, compromising Ben's double identity.[Continuity 2] Returning his mind to the job at task, he recalls how his relationship with Peter Parker has been strained after Seward Trainer refused to meet with Peter to examine the Spider-Skeleton.[Continuity 3] When he arrives at Trainer's lab, he sees no sign of his old friend. The entire place is being packed up and moved, prompting Spider-Man to tag one of the crates with a spider-tracer in the hopes of tracking it to Seward's new home later. He still tries to find Seward and finds no trace and decides to head back home.

There, Ben begins changing out of his costume and try to keep his mind of Jessica while he gets ready for his shift at the Daily Grind. That's when he notices that it is very cold in his apartment. Going downstairs he asks his landlord, Tilde, why there is no heat in his apartment. She angrilly tells him that she doesn't provide heat to deadbeats who don't pay their rent. Ben is confused by this until Tilde tells him that his rent cheque bounced. He doesn't know why and tells her that he will straighten everything out soon and rushes out the door. While at the hotel room Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane have been staying, Peter is amazed by how much money Jonah paid him for photos of Spider-Man with the skeleton.[Continuity 4] Not only that, but Jameson paid for their hotel stay and their tickets to fly back to Portland.[Continuity 5] Mary Jane suggests that they head home on an earlier flight. However, Peter wants to stay and find Seward Trainer in roder to learn the identity of the Spider-Skeleton and find out once and for all who he really is. Mary Jane, however, doesn't care about anything other than the fact that Peter is her husband and the man she loves. She also reminds him that he can't play super-hero anymore now that he lost his powers and reminds him of his new responsibilities of being a father to their unborn child.[Continuity 6]

While at the Multivex corporation, the mystery man known as Gaunt has forced Seward Trainer into his employ. He demands that Trainer work to restore his broken body back to its former glory, something that Trainer figures he can accomplish. Going to the bank to find out what went wrong, Ben learns that the IRS has flagged his account and he won't have access to his money until they are satisfied with the results of their investigation. Reilly decides to swallow his pride and as his boss, Shirley Washington at the Daily Grind, for an advance on his pay. However, when he arrives at the coffee shop his spider-sense warns him about the two men who are talking to Shirley when he comes walking in. Going into the staff area in back to change into his work uniform, he notices that he has Jessica's shoulder bag in his locker. When he walks out of the back room, Ben asks what the two men wanted. Shirley and her son Devon explain that they were police officers who came to warn them that Ben has had violent altercations with past employers. He assures them that this is a big misunderstanding and begs them to believe him. At that same moment, Peter and Mary Jane have just finished some shopping. During their time out, Mary Jane has convinced Peter that they need to go back to their normal lives in Portland. However, the couple is unaware that they are being observed from the shadows by a cyborg who works for an organization calling itself Cell-12.

Back at the Daily Grind, Jessica Carradine arrives to collect her bag. In the backroom, she admits that they have a lot to talk about, but here is not the right place and time and promises to call him later. Simultaneously, Peter reiterates his commitment to moving forward when he and Mary Jane are wrapped up in an energy whip and pulled into a nearby alley. They find themselves confronted by the cyborgs calling themselves Cell-12: As massive and deformed Nardi, the snake like Andros, energy whip weilding Lasher, and their leader the cannon armed Bramer. Although they have come for Peter Parker, they refuse to let Mary Jane go since she will likely try and call the police. While Lasher detains Mary Jane, the rest of the group beat on Peter, who is defenseless without his spider-powers. They have come to deliver a warning from their employer who is not happy with Peter's attempts to contact Seward Trainer and investigate the Multivex Corporation. By this time, Spider-Man is out web-slinging, and comes to the rescue of a couple and their child who are being mugged in an alley.[Continuity 7] As he swings away the young boy calls the wall-crawler a hero, a sentiment that Ben Reilly doesn't agree with. When he returns to his apartment, he is shocked to discover that his apartment has been cleared out. Whoever was responsible left a message scrawled on the floor that reads "We know who you are!!", filling the wall-crawler with paranoia as he tries to figure out who is responsible.

Back in the alley, Nardi holds tightly to Peter Parker while Andros beats him senselessly. Mary Jane begs them to stop, but they don't until Bramer is satisfied that Parker has gotten the message from their employer. The group then drop Parker to the ground and leave in silence as Mary Jane runs to the aid of her unconscious husband. While back at his apartment, Spider-Man is upset that he has been left with nothing but his costume and the clothes on his back. That's when he realizes that if his attackers know who he really is, his friends at the Daily Grind could be in trouble. He quickly web-slings back to the coffee shop only to see that it is in flames.

... Blood Brothers continues in Spider-Man #68.

Appearing in "The Face of My Enemy!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #412.

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Synopsis for "The Face of My Enemy!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #412.

Blood Brothers continues from Sensational Spider-Man #5

Seeking to learn the connection between Seward Trainer and the Multivex Corporation, Spider-Man, Peter Parker, and the Molten Man have entered the facility only to be attacked by robots created by the mystery man known as Gaunt.[Continuity 8] As it turns out they have interrupted Seward Trainer's attempts to restore Gaunt to normal health, a job that he was forced into doing. As the Molten Man keeps the robots at bay, Spider-Man pulls Peter to safety as he no longer has his spider-powers.[Continuity 9] Trainer warns Gaunt that if he doesn't stop Molten Man his attempts to restore Gaunt to normal will be in jeopardy. Gaunt leaps down to battle the Molten Man. As they battle, the Molten Man discovers that Gaunt knows his real name, prompting demands to know the connection with Multivex and the Osborn Industries. Gaunt refuses to explain the connection, only telling Raxton that it would horrify him and his step-sister Liz Osborn.

Meanwhile, Liz Osborn is entertaining Mary Jane Watson, the wife of Peter Parker.[Continuity 10] Liz apologizes for how she treated Peter earlier, fearing that the Daily Bugle might be trying to smear Osborn Industries again. She explains that there has been talk about a connection between Oscorp and Multivex, an organization that has been involved in some unethical practices. Given the criminal pasts of her late husband and father-in-law, she sent her step-brother the Molten Man to investigate.[Continuity 11] Unaware that her husband and Ben Reilly are already working with Molten Man, Mary Jane wonders how she can pass along this information without causing Liz any more distress. She assures Liz that everything will be okay. As she says so, Normie Osborn ominously pops the head off of a Spider-Man action figure.

Back at the scene of the battle, Spider-Man has finally gotten Peter to safety. When Parker insists on following after Seward Trainer, Spider-Man slams him against a wall. He reminds Peter that he no longer has his powers and that he needs to stay safe for his wife and unborn child.[Continuity 12] At this same moment, Gaunt revels in the opportunity to unleash his full strength, knocking out the Molten Man in the process. As Spider-Man continues his search for Seward Trainer, he is surprised that the man he once considered a close friend has been harboring secret of his own.[Continuity 13] When he finds Seward and demands answers, Trainer tries to explain that he is being forced into helping Gaunt. Suddenly, the wall-crawler's spider-sense goes off and he shoves Seward out of the away just as Gaunt tosses the Molten Man at them. This causes the web-slinger to take the full brunt of the impact. This leaves Spider-Man disorientated and open for attack by Gaunt. As Gaunt beats on the wall-crawler, Spider-Man thinks he recognizes his attacker. Gaunt admits that he knows the wall-crawler, but doubts he will be recognized in his current form.[Continuity 14] Not far away, Peter Parker wanders the facility, hurt that Ben would order him to stay on the sidelines, although he doesn't disagree. That's when security tries to reach him over the intercom. They order Parker to stand down, revealing that they caught his wife on the property and have her prisoner. Mary Jane came to warn her husband about what she learned from Liz Osborn, and regrets coming here. While fearing for the safety of his wife and unborn child, Peter agrees to surrender.

Not far away, Spider-Man continues to lash into Gaunt, wondering which one of his past foes it could be. He has grown tired of his enemies coming back from the dead to haunt him. Running through the list of his recently deceased foes, he even wonders if Gaunt could be Harry Osborn.[Continuity 15] That's when Seward Trainer tells Gaunt that his Rebirth Procedure is complete and he can enter the chamber at any moment. That's when Gaunt sprays Spider-Man in the face with gas. As the wall-crawler struggles with consciousness, Gaunt merely introduces himself by his current moniker. He then says that he and his employer -- another old acquaintance of the wall-crawler -- wish to remain their true identities a secret for the time being. With Spider-Man, Molten Man, and the Parkers as his prisoner, Gaunt allows them to witness as he enters the Rebirth Chamber and restores his body back to full health. Mary Jane insists that Peter do something, and in response Parker starts attacking Spider-Man, calling him a failure. However, this is all a ruse to distract the guards long enough for the wall-crawler to break free from his bonds.

Freed from his bond, Spider-Man then frees the Molten Man and the ensuing clash with the guards appear to damage that regeneration chamber causing it to reach critical mass. With the entire facility about to explode, the Molten Man and Spider-Man get Peter and Mary Jane to safety. The wall-crawler begs Seward Trainer to get to safety, but he insists on staying behind to try and contain the explosion until the others can get to safety. When the Parkers are brought to safety, Spider-Man tries to go back in and rescue Seward. However, before he can get inside the building explodes, leaving the wall-crawler to believe that Trainer died in the blast. In the aftermath of the battle, the Parkers offer their condolences to the web-slinger over the loss of his friend. Thinking back to the battle, Spider-Man wonders if the explosion was caused by his battle or if Seward tried to sabotage the process that could have cured Gaunt.

However, Seward and Gaunt both survived and the next day the Daily Bugle reports that the explosion at Multivex was due to industrial sabotage. When Gaunt suggests that Seward had something to do with the blast, he denies it. That's when Gaunt's employer, his identity obscured by shadows, expresses his anger with both Seward and Gaunt. Their activities have almost exposed his long-term plans that he has been cultivating for years. Satisfied by manipulating both Peter Parker and Spider-Man from the shadows, this mystery man cannot allow the destruction of Multivex to go unpunished and vows to destroy his two greatest enemies.

... The Clone Saga continues in Spider-Man Unlimited #12.

Appearing in "Bug Story"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #413.

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Synopsis for "Bug Story"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #413.

Spider-Man wakes up to discover himself in an impossible situation: He's trapped in a giant glass jar being carried by a young child. As the boy tosses the jar onto his toy covered bed, the wall-crawler scrambles to try and figure out what's going on. Has he been shrunk down in size? Or is this an illusion like when Mysterio once pulled a similar stunt? He isn't sure who is responsible since Mysterio was recently arrested.[Continuity 16] As he tries to make sense of this situation, he adds it to the list of complications his life has experienced lately.[Continuity 17]

Meanwhile, at the Daily Grind, Shirley Washington wonders what is keeping Ben Reilly, as he is running late for his first shift since the Grind re-opened.[Continuity 18] Buzz, one of the regulars, figures that Ben is likely stuck in the subway. That's when Shirley's ex-husband Garon Lewis comes to see how her business is doing. She is unhappy that he has shown up and tells Garon that her life is none of his business. He tells her that it is when they affect the life of their son Devon. That's when Devon enters the shop and is delighted to see his father has come by for a visit. While back in the boy's room, Spider-Man breaks free from the glass jar he has been imprisoned in. Leaping onto the floor, his tries to figure out a way to contact the Fantastic Four or the Avengers to get him out of this mess when suddenly the toys come to life and start attacking him. While at the Daily Bugle, Peter Parker has accepted a staff job working at the Daily Bugle now that he has decided to stay in New York City.[Continuity 19] Jonah isn't passing up the opportunity to put Peter to work again and pairs him up with Ben Urich and his nephew Phil. Suddenly, Peter is struck with a headache and dismisses it as getting sick and hopes he doesn't pass it along to Mary Jane.

While back in the child's room, Spider-Man continues to fight for his life. His hunch about Mysterio being involved turns out to be correct, as the master illusionist is observing the battle from a secret control room. He is joined by Armada, who is not happy that Mysterio has employed his robots to bring these giant toys to life as he did not agree to put his creations in harm's way. Mysterio asks Armada to be patient, remembering how much work they put into converting a warehouse to look like a massive child's bedroom so shortly after Armada's robots broke them out of their jail cell. A plan that came to fruition when Armada's robots were able to ambush the wall-crawler and gas him before he could recognize what they were. However, can barely bring himself to sit back and watch as Spider-Man destroys his robots. With the web-spinner gaining the upper hand in battle, Mysterio decides to ramp things up by activating all the robots all at once. Still, despite the overwhelming odds, Spider-Man continues smashing the robots, further upsetting Armada. That's when the wall-crawler smashes open a robotic toy that resembles the Juggernaut causing one of Armada's robots to tumble out. Spotting the drone-like automatic, Spider-Man instantly recognizes it. Having had enough, Armada smashes out of the control room in order to battle Spider-Man directly.

Spider-Man manages to take advantage of this, leaping onto Armada and using his jet boots to redirect them up into the control booth. That's when Mysterio fills the room with mist. This doesn't phase Spider-Man who begins using his spider-sense to navigate the thick mist. He then makes contact with what he thinks is Mysterio, but it turns out to be a robotic decoy. By this point, Armada is starting to throw a fit over being manipulated by Mysterio. No longer a threat, Mysterio's sidekick is easily webbed up for the authorities and the wall-crawler departs. Meanwhile, at Aunt May's old house in Queens, Peter Parker begins unpacking dishes as he thinks about how quickly they returned to New York from Portland. Suddenly, he is struck by another powerful headache causing him to drop a dish on the ground. When Mary Jane comes to see what's wrong, Peter brushes it off as being clumsy. However, he realizes to himself that there is something seriously wrong with him and he needs to find out what it is.[Continuity 20]

Appearing in "Shooting Spider-Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #4.

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Synopsis for "Shooting Spider-Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #4.

Joe Robertson and J. Jonah Jameson have just been given a photo of Spider-Man with the skeleton stolen from the morgue. The picture was taken by their former freelancer Peter Parker, justifying their decision to fly him in from Portland.[Continuity 21] When Jonah tries to renege on the promised payment, Peter threatens to sell the photo to the Daily Globe instead unless Jonah agrees to pay the originally agreed amount, plus all of his expenses -- adding an additional three days of hotel stays to that equation. As expected, Jonah eventually relents, taking satisfaction that he will finally get Spider-Man once and for all. Realizing that their problems with Jameson have just gotten worse, Peter begins thinking about what he and Ben Reilly can do about the skeleton.

Meanwhile, Ben Reilly is working away at the Daily Grind. As he is delivering a drink to Desiree Winthrop -- a regular patron -- she invites him over to her place after his shift. When Ben confirms that all she wants to do is get help with her studies, he accepts the invitation. Heading back to the front counter, Shirley Washington pulls Ben aside and tells him that she was contacted by the Social Security Office who informed her that the social insurance number that Ben provided when he took the job is incorrect. Ben makes an excuse about filling out the form incorrectly and promises to straighten out the problem, however, he is secretly concerned because his credentials were all fabricated by his friend Seward Trainer.[Continuity 22] That's when Jessica Carradine enters the Daily Grind after Ben has been avoiding her and convinces him to go out for dinner with her after his shift. As they walk the streets together, Ben thinks about how he recently discovered that Jessica is the daughter of the man who killed his Uncle Ben.[Continuity 23] He doesn't know what to do about this situation, as he never suspected that Uncle Ben's killer had a daughter, let along the possibility that he would end up dating her. He then asks her to tell him more about her father, saying that it is important to their relationship. Jessica resists at first, questioning the relevance, but decides to tell him anyway.

She explains how she believes the Ben Parker misidentified her father and that his father was falsely accused of being a murderer.[Continuity 24] She then goes on to say that when her father finally got out of prison he tried to go straight, but the wall-crawler tracked him down. Although the coroners report states that her father died of a heart attack, she has convinced herself that Spider-Man strangled her father to death and the authorities lied about the cause of death in order to protect Spider-Man's reputation.[Continuity 25] She then tells Ben that only two people attended her father's funeral: Herself and the priest and she believes that if her father were alive today they would both be happy, blaming Spider-Man for everything that has happened to her family.

That's when police cars begin driving by with their sirens on, prompting Ben to cut their date short. He makes up a lame excuse of needing to find a phone to call Shirley and tell her that he will be running late for work, and this does nothing but convinces Jessica that Ben is living a double life. With no choice, Ben runs off to change into Spider-Man and see what the trouble is. Meanwhile, Jessica has her camera with her and decides to rush ahead to the scene of the disturbance in the hopes of getting photos of what is happening. She is shocked when Spider-Man shows up on the scene mere moments after she does. The situation turns out to be a bank robbery, and the wall-crawler begins taking down the ski-masked thieves until one of them grabs a hostage and threatens to shoot her if Spider-Man doesn't stand down. As the thief backs out with his hostage, Jessica goes up onto a nearby rooftop to take photos of the dramatic scene unfolding on the street below. Spider-Man slowly follows the crook outside and quick thinking uses his webbing to plug the barrel of the thieves' gun, while also creating a shield to protect his hostage from the shrapnel.

With the situation diffused, Spider-Man makes a quick exit and goes to a nearby rooftop to change out of his costume, little knowing that Jessica is tracking him with her camera. She manages to catch the wall-crawler as he is taking his mask off and snaps a photo. Instantly recognizing Spider-Man as Ben Reilly, Jessica is in utter shock. By this point, Ben's spider-sense kicks off warning him of danger and he puts his mask back on. Swinging to the opposite building he spots Jessica with her camera and fears the worst. The wall-crawler swings down and tries to explain himself, but Jessica is too angry to listen and storms away, leaving Spider-Man to wonder how to deal with this new development.

A short time later, Ben meets up with Peter Parker and the pair decide to bury the remains of the Spider-Clone in Queens cemetery. There he tells Peter about his recent discoveries regarding Jessica and her father, and Peter tells him that the burglar who killed Uncle Ben died of a heart attack when he faced him. This then turns into a discussion about their true natures. Even though Seward Trainer's tests concluded that Peter Parker was the clone and Ben Reilly is the original Spider-Man, the recent discovery of this skeleton throws it all into question and Peter insists they keep on searching for the ultimate truth of the matter.[Continuity 26] When Ben questions why Seward would decieve them, it angers Peter who decides that he will investigate things on his own if Ben won't support his concerns and storms off, much to the disappointment of Ben. Meanwhile, Jessica Caradine has developed the photo of Spider-Man unmasking. Now that she knows the true identity of the man she thinks killed her father, she thinks how perfect this opportunity would be for revenge.

Blood Brothers continues in Amazing Spider-Man #411....

Appearing in "Collisions with the Past"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #5.

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Synopsis for "Collisions with the Past"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #5.

Blood Brothers continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #234...

Swinging across the city, Spider-Man thinks about how his entire life has quickly turned into a mess. The Daily Grind, where he was employed as Ben Reilly was burned to the ground by an arsonist and his alter ego is a suspect, on top of this, his girlfriend Jessica Carradine discovered that he is secretly Spider-Man.[Continuity 27] When he happens upon a group of men attempting to mug a woman in an alley, he offloads his anger on them. Before the crooks can be seriously hurt, Spider-Man is stopped by their would-be victim, prompting the wall-crawler to recompose himself. As it turns out, the web-slinger was intentionally following the woman, as she is Trish Kowalski the financial controller at Multivex. He tells her that the company has been involved in some shady business and demands to know who is funding the corporation. After some convincing, she doesn't know much but she has always been concerned about Multivex's large security force as it is funded from a separate account owned by Osborn Industries. Hearing this shocks the wall-crawler and he leaves without another word.

He rendezvous with Peter Parker to tell him what he had learned, although he can't understand why Osborn Industries would be a threat to them. Peter points out that Ben has missed a lot in the five years that he hasn't been operating as Spider-Man and begins filling him in.[Continuity 28] Naturally, they both know that Osborn Industries was originally run by Norman Osborn, the original Green Goblin, and how Norman died shortly after he murdered Gwen Stacy years ago.[Continuity 29] Peter then explains that the company was taken over by Norman's son Harry, who also became the Green Goblin until the Goblin Formula in his veins proved highly toxic and he died.[Continuity 30] Since then, the company was handed down to Harry's widow, Liz, who then put her step-brother Mark Raxton -- aka the Molten Man -- as the CEO of the company. Spider-Man is shocked to discover that Osborn Industries has been handed over to one of their old foes, but Peter explains that Raxton had gone straight a while ago and has no reason to think his reformation is disingenuous.[Continuity 31] Although Liz Osborn has since moved out of Manhattan, Peter knows she comes into town on occasion to check in on business and decides to pay her a visit.

Meanwhile, at the Multivax facilities, the Molten Man has broken in and fights his way past the guards and automated defenses. He is conducting his own investigation into Multivex's dirty dealings and how it connects to Osborn Industries.[Continuity 32] Forcing himself into the main computer database, he hopes he finds those answers. By this time, Peter pays a visit to Liz Osborn and her son Normie at the hotel they are staying at.[Continuity 33] Peter tells her that he is researching a story for the Daily Bugle about Spider-Man. She tells him that the wall-crawler is no longer part of her life and she wants nothing to do with him. However, he presses on, saying that he is looking into the possibility that the company, or her step-brother, would want to go after the web-slinger. She reminds Peter that Mark has gone straight, but also admits that she hasn't seen Mark in months. Peter then meets up with Spider-Man on the roof of the hotel to tell the wall-crawler what he learned, however, he points out that Liz was lying about not seeing Raxton recently as she noticed that there was a man's jacket resting on a chair. More telling was the fact that it was a fireproofed jacket.[Continuity 34] Although this convinces Spider-Man that the Molten Man is behind this, Peter isn't fully convinced and suggests that they go and investigate Multivex.

While at the burnt out remains of the Daily Grind, owner Shirley Washington meets with a representative of her insurance company to assess the damage done to her business. The situation has gathered a group of supporters including Jessica Carradine and Desiree Winthrop. The insurance broker informs Shirley that due to Ben Reilly's reputation and the police reports that arson was involved, they believe she is not at fault for the damages done and agree to accept her claim so she can rebuild her business. Hearing all of this, Desiree is convinced that Ben Reilly did it. Jessica can't believe it, but when Desiree presses her for answers, Carradine becomes upset and storms away.[Continuity 35] By this time, Peter and Spider-Man have arrived at Multivex. While Peter waits on the roof, the wall-crawler climbs down to look for the database. There he spots the Molten Man looking over the computers, confirming his belief that Raxton is behind all of this and attacks, despite Peter's protests to proceed with caution. When the web-spinner accuses the Molten Man of committing crimes, Mark doesn't know what the hero is talking about.

The pair soon come to blows, their battle draws the attention of Seward Trainer who is in the basement preparing a rejuvenation process for his mysterious master.[Continuity 36] Even though the battle is causing the computers to overheat, the cyborg orders Trainer to continue the process and ignore the battle above. As Spider-Man and Molten Man continue to battle it out, Peter lowers himself into the window and tries to stop them, but they are not willing to listen. Suddenly, the damage caused by the battle causes them to fall through the floor into the laboratory where Seward Trainer is working. Trainer's master then orders the security forces to eliminate the three intruders once and for all.

... This story continues in Amazing Spider-Man #412.

Appearing in "The Ultimate Responsibility"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #6.

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Synopsis for "The Ultimate Responsibility"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #6.

Jessica Carradine is visiting her father's grave for guidance and advice as she is dealing with conflicting emotions. She thinks about how their lives were ultimately changed by Spider-Man. She thinks about how her father went to prison for the murder of Ben Parker. However, she believes what her father told him, that Ben Parker had a gun and that it went off as they were struggling with each other. This didn't stop Spider-Man from arresting him, that they believed his lies about how her father was the one with the gun.[Continuity 37] After that moment, she was passed from foster home to foster home. She waited for her father to get out of prison, but when he did, she thinks Spider-Man killed him.[Continuity 38] She vowed to get revenge against Spider-Man, that was until she discovered that Spider-Man is really the man she has been dating, Ben Reilly.[Continuity 39] As she took a photo of Ben taking off his mask, she could easily ruin Spider-Man's career by taking to the authorities or the press. However, she can't bring herself to do it because she realizes that she has fallen in love with Ben.

Elsewhere in the city, Ben Reilly watches as the Daily Grind is being rebuilt after it was destroyed in a fire.[Continuity 40] This reminds him of his early career as Spider-Man where everyone close to him had died.[Continuity 41] He wishes this didn't happen to Shirley, but is relieved that nobody died. His thoughts are interrupted by the arrival of Desiree Winthrop, who tells Ben that she is relieved that he was cleared as a suspect in the arson committed on the Daily Grind.[Continuity 42] Ben thanks her for the kind words and tells her that he needs to get out of the rain. That's when she decides to invite Reilly out for lunch, an offer that he gladly accepts. As they eat lunch together, Ben becomes very clear that Desiree is romantically interested in him. He points out that she is lonely since she spends all her time with vapid individuals who are more interested in her good looks and wealth than they do about her as a person. Ben then concludes that she is interested in him because he didn't immediately fall for her and she knows that he is above judging her on her appearance or net worth.

At that moment, Jessica Carradine walks the streets wondering what to do about the photo that reveals Spider-Man's identity. On the one hand, she owes it to her father to get revenge, but on the other hand Ben has insisted that what she believes is not the truth and he has always been faithful to him. That's when she sees Ben Reilly sitting in a restarant with Desiree Winthrop. She immediately assumes the worst and decides to send the photo of Ben unmasking to the Daily Bugle. She prepares an envelope then begins to look for a mailbox. However, inside, Ben finishes his observations of Desiree's life when he spots a building on fire nearby and makes up an excuse to cut lunch short so he can change into Spider-Man. Jessica notices Spider-Man swinging past and decides to go and see what the hero is doing. Spider-Man arrives at the burning building and is informed by fire fighters that there are still people trapped on the upper floors of the building. The wall-crawler selflessly rushes in and finds a group of people trapped inside. In order to get them out, Spider-Man uses his webbing to fashion a slide for them to get down to the ground. Having breathed in a great deal of smoke, the wall-crawler is given an oxygen tank. That's when one of the people he saved tells Spider-Man that there are two children unaccounted for prompting the hero to go back inside. After searching through the raging inferno, he finds the trapped children and manages to get them out just as the upper floors of the building collapses.

After the children are handed off to their parents, paramedics begin going over Spider-Man. Having seen all of this, Jessica rushes up to thew all-crawler in all the confusion. She hands the damning photo to him and tells him that he has been wrong about him the whole time. She then runs off. Spider-Man tries to go after her, but the crowd is too thick to get past. Later, she pays her respects to the graves of May and Ben Parker as a way of apologizing for what her father did to their lives.[Continuity 43] Having reconciled this part of her life, Jessica Carradine walks away with a smile, because despite the horrible crime her father committed, something good did come of it: It helped create a hero like Spider-Man.

Appearing in "Leap of Faith"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #234.

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Synopsis for "Leap of Faith"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #234.

This story continues from Spider-Man #68....

Mary Jane is Ben Reilly's wounds following his battle with Cell-12 and the Hobgoblin. When Peter Parker asks what happened, Ben explains that he is a total failure as both Spider-Man and Ben Reilly.[Continuity 44] Peter refuses to believe it, but Ben goes through everything that has happened to him recently, starting with how Jessica Carradine managed to take a picture of Ben as he was taking off his Spider-Man mask, this was followed by someone emptying out his apartment and setting the Daily Grind on fire, he then learned that the fire was started by the Hobgoblin and Cell-12. Mary Jane recognizes the name as that was what the cyborgs who attacked Peter earlier had called themselves.[Continuity 45] When Peter points out that whoever was responsible knows their secret identities. Ben agrees but it wasn't Jessica Carradine as he initially suspected, revealing that this was all put into motion by Ben's old friend Seward Trainer.

Ben Reilly is not entirely correct, as at the offices of Multivex, Seward Trainer is protesting against his master's plans. This mysterious cyborg doesn't care about Trainer's feelings and has Hobgoblin restrain him, then reminds Seward that he is in no position to disobey him.[Continuity 46] He then asks Hobgoblin for a status report and is filled in on everything Hobgoblin has done to Spider-Man and Peter Parker. When he learns that Spider-Man didn't interfere with the beating of Peter Parker, the cyborg is very pleased. Back at the hotel where the Parkers are staying, Peter is sorry to hear how Seward Trainer is somehow involved in all of this. Still, Ben feels horrible for the way he accused Jessica for everything, particularly since she hates Spider-Man and blames him for the death of her father.[Continuity 47] Mary Jane tries to convince Ben that Jessica will forgive him, and Peter insists that they need to find Trainer and force him to explain himself. Still feeling utterly defeated, Ben tells the couple that he can't do it and swings off.

Ben web-slings over to Jessica's apartment and tells her that he is sorry for accusing him for the attacks on his civilian identity. He also tells her that he still has feelings for her regardless of what happened in the past. Jessica feels the same way, admitting that after getting to know him, she can put the past and her desire for revenge against Spider-Man behind her. However, the reconciliation suddenly turns sour when Ben asks her to burn the negatives that reveal his secret identity. This upsets Jessica, who thinks this is the only reason why Ben came to see her and orders him to get out of her apartment before she calls the police. While in Massapequa, Long Island, Liz Osborn goes over the Osborn Industries business expenses, a job she took on since the death of her husband, Harry Osborn, and putting her step-brother Mark Raxton in charge of the company.[Continuity 48] Finding some strange expenses being transferred to one of one of Oscorp's subsidiaries, Liz calls Mark and asks him what he knows about the Multivex Corporation.

By this point, Ben Reilly has returned to the hotel room where the Parkers are staying. Mary Jane tells him that Peter has left, explaining that he has gotten tired after being manipulated by the Jackal and losing his powers and decided to go to Multivex and get some answers.[Continuity 49] At that very moment, Peter uses some lock-picks borrowed from Felicia Hardy to break into the Multivex building. There he sneaks around the facility disguised as a scientist. However, he is soon caught by Cell-12 who are about to beat Parker again when Spider-Man interrupts them. When they try to use Peter as a hostage, the group of cyborgs is unprepared for the fact that Peter armed himself with web-shooters of his own. This allows Peter to break free and Spider-Man to deal with Cell-12. The pair then continues looking for Seward Trainer when they are suddenly confronted by the Hobgoblin. Spider-Man sends Peter to go look for Seward while he handles the cybernetic mercenary. Their battle takes them outside, where Spider-Man wrests the Hobgoblin off his Goblin Glider. Meanwhile, Peter chases Seward Trainer onto the roof of the Multivex building. There he is forced to let Trainer go and leap onto the Goblin Glider in order to steer it away from a massive fuel tank.

Although he has defeated the Hobgoblin, Spider-Man has to rescue Peter, who can barely control the Goblin Glider. By the time Peter is saved, both the Hobgoblin and Trainer have fled and the police are arriving on the scene. Fleeing into the nearby woods, both Ben and Peter are certain they did the right thing, but it still leaves them without the answers they have been seeking.

Blood Brothers continues in Sensational Spider-Man #5...

Appearing in "Into The Depths"

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Spider-Man #68.

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Synopsis for "Into The Depths"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #68.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #411....

Following a fire at the Daily Grind, Spider-Man goes to investigate the ruins as he believes that someone is out to get him. He thinks about how much simpler his life was when he was living on the road before it when he thought he was a clone, and before the revelation that he was the real Peter Parker all along.[Continuity 50] Now he has to wonder who is doing this to him, and if they are doing it to Ben Reilly or that they discovered that he is also Spider-Man. He observes an interview between the police and his employer Shirly Washington and is shocked when the officer tells her that his alter-ego has a history of acting out violently against his employers. The wall-crawler is upset when Shirley breaks down in tears, convincing him that she believes their story. He swings away feeling horrible as Shirley Washington was so charitable to him when they first met, even giving him a job at her coffee shop.[Continuity 51] Giving in to his anger, Spider-Man vows to track down whoever is responsible for causing this misery.

Meanwhile, at a hotel, Peter Parker tries to convince his wife Mary Jane to leave the city.[Continuity 52] He is afraid she will get hurt after he was attacked on the street by the group calling themselves Cell-12. However, Mary Jane is certain that they are not coming back as they beat her husband only to send a message. Peter thought his life of danger was over after he lost his spider-powers, hoping that he and his wife, and their unborn child could live happily ever after in Portland.[Continuity 53] However, this dream turned into a nightmare after his recent attack. He felt so helpless when the members of Cell-12 were beating him, a feeling he hasn't had since high school when Flash Thompson used to bully him before he got his spider-powers. Although he doesn't care what happens to himself, Peter fears what could happen to Mary Jane and their child if he can't protect them. When Mary Jane suggests that they leave the city, Peter can't go as long as there are so many questions about his true identity that need to be answered. In response, Mary Jane insists on staying by his side until he is ready to go.[Continuity 54]

Elsewhere, Jessica Carradine returns to her apartment building, her mind full of conflicting thoughts. Looking at her photo of Spider-Man unmasking, she thinks about all the years that she blamed Spider-Man for the death of her father, only to discover that the wall-crawler is Ben Reilly, a man she is falling in love with.[Continuity 55] She could use the photo to destroy Spider-Man, but can't reconcile with her feelings. When she enters her apartment, she finds Ben Reilly waiting inside in his Spider-Man costume. He is tired of her dodging him and he insists that they talk about things right then and there. He tries to convince her that her father murdered his Uncle Ben, but she doesn't believe him. this leads to an argument, and Ben quickly loses his temper and leaves, telling her to stay out of his life. Still angry, Reilly goes to the hotel where the Parkers are staying to see Peter. He tells Peter and Mary Jane that he is going to prove that Seward Trainer didn't manipulate the results that proved he was the real Peter Parker. Even after seeing the beating Peter got for trying to get into contact with Seward Trainer. This isn't enough to convince him that Trainer is anything more than a friend and swings off to prove Peter wrong.

Soon, Spider-Man arrives at Seward Trainer's old lab. Although it is still deserted, someone has tacked a note to the only remaining crate that reads "you were warned". As he looks around the building for clues, the wall-crawler is unaware that he is being observed by members of Cell-12 who are waiting for the right moment to attack. After receiving the signal, Lasher is the first one to attack. After Spider-Man knocks him out, he is then attacked by Nardi and Andros, defeating them both one at a time. This leaves their commander, Bramer the only one left standing. However, as the web-head knocks out this last attacker, he is then ambushed by Cell-12's leader, the Hobgoblin, who has recently underwent cybernetic augmentation. As they battle, the Hobgoblin explains that he is the one responsible for the attacks on Peter Parker and Ben Reilly, but that his actions are the work of a much grander scheme.[Continuity 56] However, the Hobgoblin refuses to reveal who his real employer is and is about to kill the wall-crawler when he is ordered to stop by Seward Trainer. Trainer apologises to Spider-Man for this, telling the wall-crawler that this isn't what he wanted to have happen. Seward and the Hobgoblin depart, with Trainer warning the web-slinger to stop looking for him.

Recovering from his trouncing, Spider-Man feels more alone than ever before as everyone has either been driven away or set against him by others. With no other place to turn, Ben crawls back to the Parker's hotel room where he wakes them up from their sleep as he collapses to the floor.

... This story continues in The Spectacular Spider-Man #234.

Appearing in "It Begins With a Bang Not a Whimper!"

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Spider-Man #69.

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Synopsis for "It Begins With a Bang Not a Whimper!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #69.

The Hobgoblin has called a meeting with the other members of Cell-12 to express his disappointment in their recent failures. When they demand payment, he tells them that they cost him enough in cybernetics and medical bills and decides to cut his losses. The Hobgoblin departs, leaving a pumpkin bomb behind that destroys the entire factory, seemingly killing the entire team.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is on the Upper East Side of Manhattan shaking down stool pigeons in order to find out where the Hobgoblin is hiding out. He is playing rougher than usual as the Hobgoblin turned his life upside down recently.[Continuity 57] Eventually, he learns that the Hobgoblin can be found at the old Macray Warehouse on Avenue A and heads there to confront his foe. At that moment, Peter and his wife Mary Jane are out shopping together.[Continuity 58] As they shop, Mary Jane asks Peter what J. Jonah Jameson wants to talk about at the meeting they scheduled later that afternoon. As they leave the story, they are unaware that they are being observed by someone who notes how happy the Parkers look, and what he can do to change that.[Continuity 59] At that moment, Spider-Man pays a visit to Shirley Washington and her son Devon. He tells them that he is going after the person responsible for burning down the Daily Grind, and assures them that Ben Reilly is innocent of the crime. Shirley knew that Reilly couldn't have done something so horrible and prays that Spider-Man is successful.

Later that afternoon, Peter Parker and Mary Jane arrive at the Daily Bugle where they are warmly greeted by friends and colleagues that Peter has worked with over the years including Charlie Snow, Ann Macintosh, Betty Brant, Ben Urich, Ken Ellis, Angela Yin, and Glory Grant. Lastly, they meet with Joe Robertson who walks them the rest of the way to J. Jonah Jameson's office. Jonah tells Peter that there is an opening for a staff photographer. Jameson acts indifferent, suggesting that it was Joe's idea, and tells Parker to tell Joe if he wants the job or not. On their way out of the Bugle Building, Peter doesn't know if he should take the job or not. The pair are then flagged down by Spider-Man who has come to ask Peter for help. While at the Macray Warehouse, the Hobgoblin thinks about his current lot in life. He has no home, no friends, his ex-wife wants him dead, and his son is frightened of him, in fact, he has nothing.[Continuity 60] His rant is interrupted by his employer, the cyborg known as Gaunt who informs him that the Hobgoblin's services are no longer needed. This angers the Hobgoblin because he is looking for something bigger to be involved with something bigger but Gaunt will hear none of it. Grabbing the Hobgoblin by the throat, Gaunt reiterates that he is no longer needed and then warns him that Spider-Man is on the way. Gaunt tells the Hobgoblin that he can harm the wall-crawler as much as he wants, but Spider-Man is to be kept alive. Gaunt's final threat is that if Spider-Man is killed, the Hobgoblin's life will be in forfeit as well.

No sooner is Gaunt gone that Spider-Man comes crashing in through one of the windows. As the two battle it out, Spider-Man demands to know who hired the Hobgoblin to terrorize Peter Parker and Ben Reilly. Already in a bad mood, the Hobgoblin attacks Spider-Man and begins detailing how he was employed to burn down the Daily Grind and having Peter Parker beaten in the street, but won't go as far as to say who hired him. Ultimately, Spider-Man webs up the Hobgoblin and his entire confession is recorded by Ben Urich and Peter Parker who were on the scene to document the battle. The next day, Ben Reilly shows the front page of the Daily Bugle -- with the story that reveals the Hobgoblin's plot -- to Shirley and Devon at the newly re-opened Daily Grind. Shirley is glad to hear that the person who was really responsible for burning down her business was brought to just. That's when Peter and Mary Jane arrive at the Grind and he is introduced to Shirley, Devon, and Buzz -- the Grind's regular -- as Ben's "cousin" and his wife. Taking a booth together, Peter and Mary Jane surprise Ben by telling them that they are staying in New York as J. Jonah Jameson has offered them a job if it's okay with Ben. Before Reilly can speak, Peter suddenly squeezes his glass so hard it shatters in his hand. This raises concern from both Mary Jane and Ben, but Peter dismisses it as nothing but a faulty glass, then asks Ben for his answer again. Ben tells Peter to take the job and welcomes him back to New York.

Appearing in "Above it All"

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Spider-Man #70.

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Synopsis for "Above it All"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #70.

After the Kingpin of Crime fell it create a void in the New York City underworld.[Continuity 61] Intending to fill this void, the elderly mobster known as Don Fortunato has returned to the city to reclaim the role that was rightfully his many years ago.[Continuity 62] He has set up operations in a grocery store that is a front for his empire. He sits in silence pondering his next move with his loyal wolf, Angel, at his feet. Above him, his minions set up sophisticated defenses and weapons around the base, all cloaked from the naked eye using advanced technology.

Elsewhere in the city, Peter Parker is joining Ben Urich on an investigation for the Daily Bugle. Urich has just leaped across a rooftop and is now telling Peter to man up and make the leap himself. Although Peter has done this countless times before as Spider-Man, he is apprehensive about taking the risk now that he no longer has these powers.[Continuity 63] Peter takes the leap with his eyes closed and almost falls over the edge of the opposite building, but is grabbed by Urich. Ben tells Peter to step on it as they are trying to spy on a secret meeting of high-level crime bosses. At that same moment, Ben Reilly has finished his shift at the Daily Grind after saying goodbye to his boss, Shirley Washington. As he walks through the rain, Ben takes in the sights of New York City, loving every moment of it. That's when a heavyset man pushes past Ben, telling Reilly to get out of his way. This man sets off Ben's spider-sense and as he wonders what the danger could be, a drive-by shooting breaks out. Seeing that Ben is in the line of fire, the large man doubles back and pushes Reilly to the ground, saving his life. As the gunmen chase his savior down an alley, Ben decides that he can't just let them kill the man in the street. At that moment, in Hong Kong, at Stacy and Cheung International Investigation, Arthur Stacy catches up on the news stateside. With articles about Spider-Man, Arthur feels his past catching up to him. Picking up a photo of his family and that of his late brother George and his daughter Gwen, Arthur thinks about how he hasn't forgotten how Spider-Man irreparably changed their lives.[Continuity 64]

Back in New York City, Ben Urich and Peter Parker have broken into an old theater so they can spy on the mob meeting. This meeting is between Hammerhead and Don Fortunato's men. Hammerhead has come to tell Fortunato that after the Kingpin fell, he has taken over the underworld and for the Don to operate in Manhattan, he must be paid tribute. That's when Fortunato's men hand one of Hammerhead's men a briefcase that explodes the moment it is in his hands. Both Peter and Ben watch in horror things get bloody down below. Peter cannot let anyone gets killed and decides to distract the mobsters down below by "accidentally" setting off the flash on his camera. As Fortunato's men open fire at the balcony, Peter and Ben flee for their lives and Hammerhead escapes. While at the other side of town, the man who saved Ben Reilly's life -- Jimmy-6 -- is pinned down in a dead-end alley. There he is struck in the kneecap by enemy fire. That's when Spider-Man steps in and knocks out the assassins and lifts Jimmy to safety of the rooftops. Jimmy protests this intervention as more assassins come arrive on the roof to finish Jimmy off. At that same moment, Peter and Ben Urich manage to get away from their pursuers by hopping into a cab.

By this point, Spider-Man has finished wrapping up the assassins that have been after Jimmy-6, Jimmy makes a run for it. When Spider-Man tries to come to Jimmy's aid, the wall-crawler is told to bug off as he doesn't need help. Not willing to abandon this man, the wall-crawler swings away and changes back into Ben Reilly. He catches up with Jimmy-6 just in time to grab him as he falls down. Ben explains that he came back because he wanted to return the favor when Jimmy save his life. This time, Jimmy accepts the offer for help. At that moment, in Forest Hills, Peter Parker returns home as Mary Jane unpacking the kitchen.[Continuity 65] He is excited after his night out with Ben Urich, with this, their move back to New York, the loss of his powers, and a new baby on the way, he has never felt happier in his life.[Continuity 66] As Peter helps to unpack, suddenly his hand seizes up and he collapses to the floor. Seeing her husband go down, Mary Jane rushes to his side as Peter begins to convulse on the floor. Peter insists that he will be fine, but as he gets worse he tells Mary Jane that he loves her before blacking out. Mary Jane calls for an ambulance and then begins giving her husband CPR, pleading with him to pull through and not leave her and their baby alone.

This story continues in The Spectacular Spider-Man #236...

Appearing in "Yesterday"

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Synopsis for "Yesterday"

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

Kaine has broken into a funeral home in order to get in touch with the concept of death. As he looks at a body in one of the coffins, the deformed clone is interrupted by a group of police officers who order him to get back or they will shoot. Kaine dares them to do something, pulling off his mask to reveal his horribly scarred face. When the officers become afraid, Kaine attacks them. When one of the officers begs Kaine not to hurt him, the clone tells him that he doesn't know anything about pain. In order to prove his point, Kaine burns his own face with his Mark of Kane before fleeing from the facility. After years of trying to find a cure for his cellular degeneration, he has decided that the only cure he can find is in death. Thinking about Spider-Man, Kaine decides that he will not die alone.

At that moment, Spider-Man has come to the graves of Harry Osborn and his father Norman to pay his respects.[Continuity 67] Ben Reilly thinks about how he and Harry were friends for years and this was the first time he had a chance to mourn his death.[Continuity 68] As he swings away, Spider-Man thinks about how much the Jackal messed up his life by switching him with his clone, leading to five years in a self-appointed exile. Now that he has come back and begun redeeming himself, he realizes that the reason why he hadn't visited Harry's grave was that he didn't want to come to terms that his friend was dead and there was nothing he could do to stop it from happening. He stops at the home of Harry's widow, Liz Osborn and watches as she checks in on her son, Normie. The wall-crawler wishes that he could at least be there for Normie, and be the father figure he will need growing up, but because of his situation, Ben Reilly can't even do that.

Meanwhile, aboard a New York-bound train, a red-haired woman thinks about how she always put off this voyage. However, she has decided that she is going to stop running anymore because he has decided that she no longer wants to wear masks anymore and is looking forward to being reunited with Ben Reilly.

Later that evening, Ben Reilly wakes up from sleeping on his couch. When he goes to the fridge to get something to drink he is ambushed by Kaine. The purpose of Kaine's attack is to make the opening salvo in a war with Ben Reilly that he hopes will end in both of their death's. Ben tries to fight off his attacker, but Kaine quickly disappears as quickly as he appeared. Unaware of the purpose of Kaine's attack, it causes Ben to think about Kaine has always been a shadow that was constantly a part of his life. Outside of his clone-brother, the only other people who were constantly in his life were Seward Trainer, and his long-lost lover Janine. The thoughts of Janine motivate Ben to go to a nearby bar for a drink. However, since he doesn't drink alcohol, Ben only orders a club soda. This amuses the person who is sitting at the bar next to him. Much to Ben's surprise, it is Flash Thompson, the man who tormented Peter Parker when they were in high school. Intoxicated from a night of drinking, Flash decides to tell Ben all about his life. He recalls how great his life was in high school, Flash was popular, he got the girls, and he was a football star. Now he is twenty-five, sporting a beer belly, and barely makes a living working at a youth center.[Continuity 69] He has been trying to find a new job, but potential employers are either uninterested in hiring him or he is unskilled to do the work. This gets him thinking about Peter Parker, the kid he used to tease in high school. Unaware that Ben Reilly knows all about Peter Parker, he talks about how Parker lucked out, ending up getting married to a model when all Flash has left are dusty yearbooks and old football trophies.[Continuity 70] After paying the bartender to stop serving Flash, Ben gives him some advice: The past is dead, it is never as great as you remember, and he should stop wallowing and live in the here and now. It takes a few moments after Ben is gone before his words sink in. Straightening up, Flash decides that perhaps the stranger was right.

Changing back into Spider-Man and web-slinging home, Ben wonders if he what he said was for Flash's benefit or his. When he climbs into his apartment window he is shocked to discover Janine standing in the doorway. Elsewhere in the city, Kaine is still trying to come to terms with his feelings about himself and for Ben Reilly. With a rage welling up inside, Kaine goes into a bar and picks a fight with the patrons. Easily overpowering them, he demands that they get back up and keep on fighting. When nobody moves, Kaine storms back out into the rain, realizing that the only way he is get closure is if he ends things with Reilly. Back at Ben Reilly's apartment, he cannot believe that Janine Godbe is in his apartment because he thought she had died a year before. Even more confusing, she seems to know all about his double-identity because he has, apparently, been writing to her all this time and even sent her keys to his apartment. At first, Ben thinks this is some kind of trick, that Janine is another one of the Jackal's clones created to torment him. However, all of his doubts quickly dissolve when she kisses him on the lips.

The couple spends the next few days rekindling their romance and getting reacquainted. Ben insisting on her explaining what happened over a year ago in Santa Cruz when she is comfortable talking about it. One night as they are finished going out for dinner, Janine decides that it is the time to finally talk. However, before she can get into her story, Kaine appears and pulls her into a store through the shop-window. Enraged that Kaine is threatening the love of his life, Ben leaps in after her. He thinks about everything Janine had been through, murdering her father in self-defense, being on the run from the law, and now this.[Continuity 71] In the darkness of the ship, Ben is ambushed by Kaine, who informs Reilly that he wants him to feel the same pain he has for so many years. During their battle, Ben stumbles upon Janine's body laying on the ground. Before he can check if she is still alive, Kaine knocks him out. By this point, police have been alerted and are searching the building. This prompts Kaine to flee the scene. When the police find Ben Reilly, he is in tears cradling Janine's body in his arms.

Appearing in "War Games"

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Spider-Man: Redemption #2.

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Synopsis for "War Games"

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

Following his battle with Kaine, Ben Reilly is horrified to discover that his lover, Janine Godbe, is apparently dead. He is found inside a closed shop by a bunch of police officers who demand to know why he is trespassing. Furious that Kaine killed Janine, Ben lashes out at the police officers, easily overpowering them before giving into his grief. Realizing that he needs to get away before his double-identity is blown he goes to collect Janine's body. That's when he finally gets a good look and realizes that this is just a mannequin dressed like her. Pelling off its false face, Ben sees a message from Kaine scrawled on its blank face that reads "meet me at the womb" and quickly leaves. As the police officers recover from Reilly's attack, they find the mannequin and wonder what is going on.

Meanwhile, Kaine is in his hideout looking at his naked body in the mirror. He looks at how the cellular degeneration in his body has turned him into a twisted mockery of human life. For a brief moment, he can see the image of Ben Reilly in himself and he angrily punches the mirror. Putting on his costume, Kaine decides to go and check in on his prisoner, Janine Godbe. When she cowers in fear, he assures her that he will never hurt her, that she has always been bait for Ben Reilly. Kaine then tries to kiss her, but again, Janine recoils in disgust. At first, Kaine loses his temper but stop him self before he can harm Janine and leaves the room. By this time, Ben Reilly has changed into Spider-Man and has come to the lab where the Jackal created his clones. As he wanders around looking for Kaine, Ben thinks about how this was the place where his life was turned upside down.[Continuity 72] His thoughts are interrupted when Kaine turns on all the lights and confronts him. When Spider-Man asks where Janine is, Kaine assure the wall-crawler that she is safe, for now.

When Ben demands that Kaine let her go, Kaine refuses and pulls off Spider-Man's mask. Kaine then starts talking about the pain he experienced, not just from his cellular degeneration, but from the rejection he received from the Jackal, his creator. When Ben tries to tell Kaine that he understands, Kaine attacks him out of anger and beats Reilly into unconsciousness. While unconscious, Ben has a nightmare where Kaine injects him with a strange drug that makes his skin feel like it is burning. Ben wakes up screaming outside in the pouring rain and learns that Kaine has brought him to Aunt May's old house, the home where Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane now life.[Continuity 73] Since the Parkers are not home right now, Kaine takes Ben inside the home and takes him into the childhood bedroom of Peter Parker. There Kaine taunts Ben about how the Jackal took this whole life away from him, trying to get him to remember how much he had suffered. However, Kaine assures Reilly that the suffering will come to an end. As Kaine carries him back out of the house again, Ben blacks out once more.

When he wakes up, Reilly discovers that he is back in his apartment. Remembering that Janine was Kaine's prisoner, he finds her alive and well in the next room. After preparing some coffee for themselves, Ben explains to Janine that Kaine is trying to mess with them. Suddenly, his spider-sense begins going off again and he fears that Kaine has come back to terrorise them again. Ben grabs Janine and they attempt to flee the scene, but outside they find the police waiting for them outside. A detective among the officers informs Janine Godbe -- aka Elizabeth Tyne, aka Sarah Porter -- that she is under arrest. Ben tries to fight the police officers, but Janine tells him that it is time for her to stop running. Although Ben tries to explain that Janine's father was the real criminal, the officer explains that she will have a chance to explain herself down at the police station.[Continuity 74] That's when Ben and Janine are placed under arrest. From the shadows, Kaine watches as the couple are loaded into squad cars and driven away.

Appearing in "Chains"

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Spider-Man: Redemption #3.

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Synopsis for "Chains"

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

Elizabeth Tyne -- aka Janine Godby -- has finally run out of luck and her past has caught up with her and she has been arrested for the murder of her father.[Continuity 75] She is taken out of her cell so she can be put before a judge. Outside, there is a swarm of reporters hoping to get a word from Elizabeth as she is being loaded into a prisoner transport. The only thing she tells them is that her name is Janine Godby. This is because, after so many years on the run, Janine Godbe is who she became. Now, as her past is catching up with her, Janine Godbe is another person she has lost running away from it all, just like she also lost Ben Reilly. However, Ben is not as lost to her as she thinks, as a masked man follows the prisoner transport from the rooftops. Meanwhile, the drivers have noticed that the news crew is following their vehicle and decide to try and lose them down an alley. While this works to lose the news crews, it leaves them open to the masked man ambushing their vehicle. This man leaps through the windshield of the van, demanding to know where Elizabeth Tyne, the murderer, is. After incapacitating the drivers, this masked man then rips open the back of the transport, and after announcing that he is going to kill Elizabeth, grabs her and carries her away to the rooftops.

As it turns out, this vengeful man is actually Ben Reilly, who put on the whole show in order to free her from police custody. Despite his good intentions, Janine wasn't entirely sure it was Ben and is upset with him at first because she thought he might have been Kaine.[Continuity 76] However, she is relieved to know that it was Ben after all. Ben tells her that now that she is free he is willing to leave everything behind so the pair can start a new life somewhere else. As they begin to kiss, they are unaware that Kaine is watching them from another rooftop. He was the one who set them up for the police, all part of Kaine's plan to make Ben Reilly suffer as he has. Suddenly, Kaine's body is wracked with pain due to the cellular degeneration of his body. The pain is so intense that Kaine stumbles off the rooftop and falls into the alley below. This is followed with a new wave of anger and loathing toward Ben Reilly and everything he stands for. He is so furious he refuses to wear the costume that hides his hideously deformed body and begins ripping it off his body. That's when he notices a homeless man watching him. At first, Kaine confuses this person for Ben Reilly and is about to kill them with his Mark of Kaine. However, as the homeless man begs for his life, Kaine stops himself and runs away.

By this point, Ben and Janine have ducked into a diner where they begin planning their escape from New York. As Ben plans to sneak back to his apartment to get a stash of money he has saved up, Janine asks if he is sure if he willing to give up this new life he set up for himself. He tells her that the only reason he came back to New York -- his Aunt May -- is now gone and there is nothing keeping him here.[Continuity 77] Even though he discovered that he is really Peter Parker, that fact is irrelevant because he has lived as Ben Reilly for so long.[Continuity 78] However, before they go, Ben needs to know what happened when Janine disappeared a year ago while they were in Santra Cruz. Janine agrees that the time has finally come to tell him the truth. As she begins to tell her story, Kaine arrives outside the diner.

Then

Ben Reilly and Janine Gadby had started a new life for themselves in Santa Cruz, taking on the alias of George and Mary Bailey. Things were good, the couple had an apartment that they lived in together. One night, as Ben was running late for his job selling septic systems by phone, Janine managed to convince Ben to be later still by seducing him.

Later that evening, after Ben had left for work, Janine's peaceful sleep was interrupted when Kaine broke into her bedroom. Ordering her to get dressed, Kaine forced her to accompany him to San Francisco. There atop the Golden Gate Bridge, he then told her about the fate of the last woman who was foolish to love Ben Reilly, a woman named Gwen Stacy, who fell from a bridge just like this.[Continuity 79] Kaine then goes on to say that he cannot stand to see Ben happy and will do whatever it takes to see it end. He then told Janine that he sees no reason to actually kill her and threatens to call the police on her if she remains with Ben Reilly. He gives her an alternative, leaves Ben and never look back, telling her that he will be better off without her.

Now

Janine then tearfully explains that she went along with Kaine's demands. In order to make sure that Ben wouldn't just follow after her, Janine wrote a convincing suicide note to leave Ben to think Janine killed herself. This comes as a shock to Ben, creating so much hurt. Ben tells her how lost he was after she left, how pointless his life was until he later began working with Seward Trainer.[Continuity 80] Despite this shocking revelation, Ben decides that it is all in the past and decides to move forward. As they get up to leave the diner, Kaine bursts up through the floor. Furious, Ben then attacks Kain and begins beating him senselessly. However, before Ben can seriously harm Kaine, Janine gets him to stop, pointing out that this is what Kaine wants, to force Ben to stoop to his level. Still, Kaine refuses to lose and since he is laying on a stove with the gas on he causes a spark that ignites the fuel causing the diner to erupt in a massive fireball.

Appearing in "Burning Bright"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: Redemption #4.

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Synopsis for "Burning Bright"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: Redemption #4.

During what he hoped was his final battle, Kaine cornered Ben Reilly and his lover, Janine Godby, in a diner and triggered an explosion. The searing heat and flames remind Kaine of his painful first moments of life after being created by the Jackal as he carries out the innocent patrons of the diner. He gets everyone outside except for Ben and Janine and finds that they are still alive. Although Ben was knocked out in the blast, Janine managed to pull him into the tunnel that Kaine dug under the diner. Kaine explains that he never wanted to cause Janine any harm, it is now too late to do anything but join Kaine and Ben Reilly in the flames. Kain believes that neither he nor Ben deserve life and that they need to be die in this blazing inferno. Janine tries to convince Kaine that Ben is a good man who deserves to live. However, Ben has come around at this point, who calls out Kaine for dragging an innocent life into their war with one another. Although he may deserve to die in the flames along with Kaine, Ben insists that Janine has suffered enough and pleads to Kaine to let her go.

Kain thinks about this for a long moment, and pulls them both out of the flames, taking them up onto a nearby rooftop. After caressing Janine's face, Kaine tells the pair of them to go and love each other and find whatever happiness they can get. However, Kaine insists that Ben kill him as he has nothing left to live for. Unfortunately for Kaine, Ben refuses to take a life and insists that Kaine face justice for all of his crimes. This angers Kaine who attacks Reilly as police arrive on the scene. One of the officers recognizes Kaine from the Peter Parker trial and orders his officers to get up on that roof and arrest him.[Continuity 81] They interrupt the battle between Ben and Kaine. Seeking to commit suicide by cop in order to end it all, Kaine charges at the officers. Although they open fire on him, none of the shots are fatal. Kaine then grabs one of the officers and leaps to another building. Surrounded by a SWAT team, Kaine threatens to kill his hostage.

By this time, Ben has recovered from Kaine's attack, but regrets that there wasn't more than he can do. Janine is afraid that the police might recognize her and suggests that they run while they are busy with Kaine. However, Ben's sense of responsibility prevents him from just sitting back and letting Kaine get taken out by a sniper. Using his shirt to cover his face, Ben then leaps to the other building and forces Kaine away from his hostage and pulls him out of the sniper's crosshairs. When they get into a nearby alley, Kaine pleads to Ben, telling him to let him die. However, Ben can feel nothing but pity for the imperfect clone and reaches out a hand. Surprisingly, Kaine takes it, accepting the fact that Ben wants to help. That's when Janine catches up with them and tells Ben that she has decided to stop running. She doesn't want Ben to give up on this new life he has created for himself. Since Ben and Kaine have confronted their own past, she has decided that she must do the same herself. As she and Ben kiss, Janine's words resonate with Kaine, who slips away and turns himself over to the police. Also turning herself over to the police, Janine soon finds herself being transported to the court house the following morning. This is the repeat of her previous arrest, as there is a throng of reporters wanting to get the story.

When one of the reporters asks Janine -- aka Elizabeth Tyne -- why she turned herself in. She explains that she had helped from above. As she is led away by the police, Spider-Man watches silently from a nearby rooftop. From there, Ben Reilly vows that he will always love Janine and watch over her as both himself and Spider-Man.[Continuity 82]

Appearing in "The Wizards Fantastic"

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

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Synopsis for "The Wizards Fantastic"

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

Swinging across the city, Spider-Man arrives at the Four Freedoms Plaza on a very special evening.[Continuity 83] Breaking into the building, the wall-crawler easily slips past the security systems in order to gain access to Johnny Storm's bedroom. There, the web-slinger plants a bomb on the roof that, when it explodes, throws a net of webbing into the Human Torch's face. As it turns out, it is the Torch's birthday and Spider-Man is maintaining an annual tradition of playing a prank on his old rival.[Continuity 84] The Torch instantly realizes that he has been pranked by the wall-crawler and is furious. As Spider-Man tries to flee through the ventilation system, he is caught by the Thing who drags the web-slinger into the living room where the rest of the Fantastic Four demands to know what he is doing in their headquarters. As Spider-Man tries to explain himself, Mister Fantastic realizes that the alarm is still going off and there is another intruder in the building.[Continuity 85]

The Fantastic Four and Spider-Man rush back to the Human Torch's room where they discover a strange portal has opened. When the Thing gets too close a tentacle comes out and pulls him in. Reed stretches his arm in after the Thing. However, when he thinks he got a hold of Ben he instead pulls out a diminutive man in a robe. This stranger introduces himself Shiwa ven Garmchee the most powerful wizard in the realm of Perrinois. When they have no idea what Shiwa is talking about, he tells them about his realm. He explains that he was looking through the Pool of Diamonno when he saw a vision of a vast starscape and amazing ships and decided that he wanted to visit this amazing site. As he cast a spell to an open a portal to this realm he believed angels were singing to him, although he was confused as to why they were singing "Happy Birthday". That's when Johnny realizes that Shiwa heard the recording that Spider-Man included in his birthday prank. Reed also theorizes that the only way the Ven Garmchee managed to open a portal in the middle of their headquarters was because Spider-Man had deactivated their security systems while breaking in. That's when Shiwan notices Johnny's television which has the star field that he saw through the Pool. As it turns out, the diminutive wizard was drawn to their world by one of Johnny's video games. It's then that the Invisible Woman reminds them that they still don't know what happened to Ben.

At that moment, the Thing makes a less than graceful landing in a bathing pool in the realm of Perrinois. At first, Ben is delighted to be surrounded by a large group of beautiful women, but he is soon attacked by sword carrying guards. However, their weapons are no match for the Thing's rocky hide and with their weapons broken the guards flee in abject fear. Walking outside, Ben realizes that he is in some primitive land.[Continuity 86] Deciding he needs to keep a low profile, Ben uses a concentrated capsule of cosmic rays created by Reed Richards to temporarily restore himself to human form. Grabbing a robe, Ben heads outside where he runs into some guards looking for the "monster" that was sighted. He sends the guards in a wild goose chase and then begins trying to think of a way to get home. While back on Earth, the rest of the Fantastic Four have gotten into costume and are planning their next move. Spider-Man, Mister Fantastic, and the Invisible Woman go into the port. The Torch is upset that he isn't tagging along, but Spider-Man points out that the fireproofing in his webbing will prevent Johnny from flaming on, Sue also points out that they need someone to keep an eye on Shiwa while they are gone.

Meanwhile, in Perrinois, Ben figures that the rest of the team will be here to rescue him soon and decides to keep an eye out for them on higher ground. Spotting a castle, he decides to go inside where he is attacked by guards who recognize him. Despite the fact that he has been stripped of his powers, Ben still has the skill to defeat them in hand-to-hand combat. Getting to the top of the tower, he is confronted by another dwarf calling himself Rasheed ven Garmchee, who also claims to be the most powerful wizard of this realm. He refuses to let Ben get past him and go through the door to the top of the tower. This threat doesn't even phase Ben who tries to push his way past the wizard. However, Rasheed uses his magic to transform into a demonic creature called a Bordok. This also does little to frighten Grimm, who uses another cosmic ray capsule to transform back into the Thing. Unable to match the Thing's strength, Rasheed reverts back to human form and uses his magic to summon the Flying Wizards of Alganom. That's when Reed, Sue, and Spider-Man arrive and join the battle.[Continuity 87] 7

As the three members of the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man deal with the dragon riding wizards, Rasheed spots the portal and his mortal enemy, Shiwa, on the other side. As the evil wizard tosses mystical bolts across the dimensional void, Johnny tries to get Shiwa to do something about this attack, but the wizard is too engrossed with the Torch's video game to notice. The heroes in Perrinois manage to knock out Rasheed. In order to force Shiwa to return to his home and close the portal, Spider-Man offers Johnny's video game console in exchange. Shiwa agrees and begins sealing the portal. Reed, Ben, Sue, and Spider-Man just barely manage to make it to through the portal before it closes. In the aftermath of the battle, the Fantastic Four have Spider-Man present Johnny his birthday cake while wearing a tuxedo for punishment for causing the whole disaster. While back in Perrionis, Shiwa realizes that the video game console is useless to him without electricity, much to his chagrin.

Appearing in "Who Did Spider-Man Murder?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #12.

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Synopsis for "Who Did Spider-Man Murder?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #12.

After publishing a photo of Spider-Man in the possession of a skeleton stolen from the morgue, J. Jonah Jameson has offered a large reward for anyone who can capture Spider-Man. Jameson has come to believe that Spider-Man is an impostor who killed the original wall-crawler and taken his place.[Continuity 88] Seeing the massive billboards advertising the reward plastered all over the city doesn't sit well with Spider-Man. His concerns are valid as he is soon ambushed by the Beetle, who seeks to capture Spider-Man and claim the reward for himself. Despite this ambush, Spider-Man manages to web up the Beetle and toss him into an electronic billboard, shorting out his armor. Although police are arriving on the scene, the wall-crawler doesn't hold much hope that they will keep him contained after he got out so soon after his last capture.[Continuity 89] Suddenly, Spider-Man's spider-sense goes off, allowing him to narrowly avoid a blast from the Shocker. With too many innocent people around, Spider-Man decides to leave the scene since the Shocker can't fly after him. Still, this doesn't get the wall-crawler away from danger as he is ambushed, yet again, by Jack O'Lantern, Scorpia, and Boomerang, all are looking to capture Spider-Man and collect the reward.

Through sheer luck, Spider-Man manages to get away from his foes and retreat back to his apartment. There, he laments that his apartment is now devoid of any furniture for him to rest upon.[Continuity 90] Even here, Ben can't get away from the reward on his head, as there are editions of the Daily Bugle in his apartment. It causes him to think about the whole mess his life has become due to clones. He thinks back to how, five years ago, the Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man to try and destroy the wallcrawler. It was believed that the clone had died in that battle and Peter Parker had disposed of it.[Continuity 91] However, this clone survived and spent five years creating a new life as Ben Reilly. However, circumstances led Ben Reilly to return to New York and confront Peter Parker.[Continuity 92] However, while Ben Reilly thought he was the clone, a recent genetic test revealed that he was the real Peter Parker all along and that Peter Parker was the clone.[Continuity 93] However, this recent revelation has all been thrown into question upon the discovery of the Spider-Man skeleton that was found in the smokestack that Peter Parker attempted to dispose of Ben Reilly's body years earlier. Ben stole the skeleton in the hopes of learning the truth about it, but Peter also needed money to help support his wife and unborn child.[Continuity 94] Ben allowed Peter to take a photo of him with the skeleton so he could collect a bonus from J. Jonah Jameson at the Daily Bugle. However, this has backfired spectacularly due to Jameson's bounty on Spider-Man's head. To make matters worse, Jameson also plans on recovering the skeleton and allowing it to be examined by Doctor Shyam Holkar, a forensic scientist who uses a technique to reconstruct the face of decomposed bodies. Looking at the newspaper one more time, Ben notices that Peter Parker is given the photo credit and realizes that he is another lead on the skeleton and that others might go after him as well. He fears for Peter's safety, especially now that he no longer has any spider-powers.[Continuity 95]

At that moment, Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane are relaxing in the hotel room they have been staying in since they came back to New York. They are interrupted by a phone call from J. Jonah Jameson who has another photo assignment. When Peter arrives at the Bugle a short time later, J. Jonah Jameson is busy defending his reward to Sergeant Mason of the NYPD who is unhappy about the money because it is bringing out all the crazies. Jameson insists that he just wants to find the truth and promises that if he gets possession of the skeleton it will be turned after the Daily Bugle has Holkar finishes his examination and promises the reward money will come from him, and not the police.[Continuity 96] After taking some pictures of Jonah's meeting with Mason, he joins Jameson and Mason down to the lecture hall where Shyam Holkar intends to run his experiment before a public audience. There, officer Mason tries to discredit Holkar's work however the scientist decides to demonstrate his machine and how it works. Peter finds himself in a compromising position when he is selected as a test subject for a machine. The scan is able to make an x-ray of Peter's skeleton which allows Holkar's computers to reconstruct his face perfectly. Peter fears that if they find the skeleton and scan it through the machine, they might make a connection between it and Peter Parker, and by proxy, Ben Reilly and Spider-Man.

By this time, Spider-Man has arrived at the Parker's hotel room only to learn from Mary Jane that Peter isn't there. When Spider-Man says he is a question about the skeleton he recently found, Mary Jane knows that Ben his hiding something from her and after he leaves, she hopes that she and Peter can get out of this city soon. Spider-Man's departure from the hotel doesn't go unnoticed as he is spotted by the Shocker who radios in the sighting to his allies. Meanwhile, Peter Parker is walking back to the hotel worrying about how accurate Holkar's process is, unaware that he has been spotted by the bounty hunter known as the Pro. The Pro grabs Peter and forces him into a nearby alley and demands to know where the skeleton is. Peter tries to convince him the Pro that he doesn't know where it is, but the Pro doesn't buy it for a moment. After beating Peter into submission, he slaps an explosive device around Peter's neck. Without his powers, Peter fears that he has no other choice but show the Pro where the bones are being kept. That's when Spider-Man happens by on his way to the Daily Bugle to look for Peter. Spotting Parker down on the streets below he also recognizes the Pro and realizes that Peter is in deep trouble.[Continuity 97] He correctly deduces that the collar around Peter's neck is rigged with explosives and begins following after them, unaware that the Beetle is following not far behind.

Peter has the Pro drive out to a graveyard on Staten Island where he digs up the skeleton. Examining the remains, the Pro confirms that it is the real thing and loads it in his car. Before, leaving the Pro is true to his word and releases Peter from the explosive collar around his neck. With Peter no longer in danger, Spider-Man ambushes the Pro's car and wrecks it. Although the Pro is stopped, when Spider-Man attempts to recover the skeleton he is ambushed by the Shocker, Beetle, Scorpia, Boomerang and Jack O'Lantern. This leads to a pitched battle as all involved parties try to claim the bones for their own ends. Ultimately, Spider-Man manages to web up all of the super-villains, but the Pro manages to get the drop on him and demands that the web-slinger hand over the bones. However, before this exchange can happen, Peter Parker sneaks up behind the Pro and hits him over the head with a shovel, knocking him out. By this point, the police have arrived on the scene and they soon surround Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Also present is J. Jonah Jameson who has been looking forward to this moment since he offered a reward for the Spider-Man's capture. Peter convinces the wall-crawler to turn over the bones to the authorities. Although Peter doesn't say why the look he gives the wall-crawler is enough to convince Spider-Man to do as he is told. Once the bones have been handed over to Detective Mason and swings away.

Spider-Man follows Jameson and his entourage as they rush back to the public gathering where the identity of the skeleton will be revealed. Peter hopes that Ben will trust him to let things play out. When the skeleton is scanned the reconstructive software creates an exact likeness of Peter Parker. This comes as a shock to everyone gathered, but not for the reason Peter feared. Instead of making a connection between Peter and Spider-Man, the public thinks that Holkar is a crackpot and his machine is not accurate. Peter's gamble ends up paying off much to the relief of both him and Ben Reilly. Later that evening, Peter, Mary Jane, and Ben have dinner together where they all have a good laugh about how J. Jonah Jameson made a laughing stock of himself once again. What makes this even more hilarious to Peter is the fact that Holkar's machine was actually 100% accurate, yet nobody could believe its results.

Notes

Continuity

  1. Jonah's theory here is incorrect, but he's not the only one who has been taken for a ride during the Clone Saga. Here are the facts as they pertain to this story:
    • Originally, the Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149. That battle ended with Spider-Man seemingly killing his clone and he later disposed of the body in a smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
    • The supposed clone survived and left New York on a five-year self-imposed exile as seen during the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    • The alleged clone returned in Web of Spider-Man #117, calling himself Ben Reilly. This turned Spider-Man's life upside down.
    • After running some tests, it was revealed that Ben Reilly was the real Spider-Man and that the man calling himself Peter Parker all these years was actually the clone. That happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
    • Things recently became even more confusing when a skeleton in a Spider-Man costume was recovered from the smokestack in Sensational Spider-Man #2.
    • The truth is far, far more complicated than all of this. As revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1, the Jackal intended to swap Peter and Ben so that it was Peter who was disposed of in the smokestack. However, the Green Goblin got involved, tricking the Jackal into thinking he succeeded in this switch. In reality, the real clone was dumped into the smokestack. Later, when Ben Reilly revived and left his would-be tomb, the Jackal then dumped the body of a failed clone into the smokestack in order to further confuse his enemies.
    • The photo of the Spider-Skeleton and Spider-Man on the newspaper was taken by Peter Parker last issue.
  2. Some facts about Jessica Carradine here:
  3. Seward first refused to see Parker last issue.
  4. 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.
  5. After retiring from his role as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229, Peter and Mary Jane moved to Portland, as seen in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1.
  6. Peter lost his spider-powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4, however they will start coming back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237. Mary Jane announced that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  7. Spider-Man mentions how New York has recently reinstated the death penalty here. At the time of this story the death penalty was reinstated in 1995 in the state of New York. However, this should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timesacle of Earth-616 as the death penalty was abolished in 2004.
  8. The narrative goes over the rather complicated Clone Saga up to this point. To clarify:
    • Originally, the Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149. That battle ended with Spider-Man seemingly killing his clone and he later disposed of the body in a smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
    • The supposed clone survived and left New York on a five-year self-imposed exile as seen during the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    • The alleged clone returned in Web of Spider-Man #117, calling himself Ben Reilly. This turned Spider-Man's life upside down.
    • After running some tests, it was revealed that Ben Reilly was the real Spider-Man and that the man calling himself Peter Parker all these years was actually the clone. That happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
    • Things recently became even more confusing when a skeleton in a Spider-Man costume was recovered from the smokestack in Sensational Spider-Man #2.
    • The truth is far, far more complicated than all of this. As revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1, the Jackal intended to swap Peter and Ben so that it was Peter who was disposed of in the smokestack. However, the Green Goblin got involved, tricking the Jackal into thinking he succeeded in this switch. In reality, the real clone was dumped into the smokestack. Later, when Ben Reilly revived and left his would-be tomb, the Jackal then dumped the body of a failed clone into the smokestack in order to further confuse his enemies.
    • The photo of the Spider-Skeleton and Spider-Man on the newspaper was taken by Peter Parker last issue.
  9. Peter lost his spider-powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. His powers will slowly begin to return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  10. 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.
  11. At the time of this story, everyone believes that both Norman and Harry Osborn are dead. When, in fact, both deaths were faked:
  12. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  13. Although he doesn't know it at this time, Ben's longtime friend has been forced into the service of Norman Osborn as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  14. Unknown at this time, Gaunt is really the roboticist known as Mendel Stromm. At the time of this story, Stromm was believed to have died after being fatally shot in Amazing Spider-Man #37. How Stromm survived and came to become Gaunt is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  15. Spider-Man's thoughts here run through a list of various foes who, at the time of this story, were dead. Aside from the aforementioned Norman and Harry Osborn these individuals are:
  16. Mysterio pulled a similar stunt like this in on the real Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #66-67. At the time of this story, this Spider-Man had just captured Mysterio during the Media Blizzard story arc.
    Media Blizzard
    Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
  17. The narrative goes over the rather complicated Clone Saga up to this point. To clarify:
    • Originally, the Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149. That battle ended with Spider-Man seemingly killing his clone and he later disposed of the body in a smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
    • The supposed clone survived and left New York on a five-year self-imposed exile as seen during the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    • The alleged clone returned in Web of Spider-Man #117, calling himself Ben Reilly. This turned Spider-Man's life upside down.
    • After running some tests, it was revealed that Ben Reilly was the real Spider-Man and that the man calling himself Peter Parker all these years was actually the clone. That happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
    • Things recently became even more confusing when a skeleton in a Spider-Man costume was recovered from the smokestack in Sensational Spider-Man #2.
    • The truth is far, far more complicated than all of this. As revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1, the Jackal intended to swap Peter and Ben so that it was Peter who was disposed of in the smokestack. However, the Green Goblin got involved, tricking the Jackal into thinking he succeeded in this switch. In reality, the real clone was dumped into the smokestack. Later, when Ben Reilly revived and left his would-be tomb, the Jackal then dumped the body of a failed clone into the smokestack in order to further confuse his enemies.
    • The photo of the Spider-Skeleton and Spider-Man on the newspaper was taken by Peter Parker last issue.

    The narrative also mentions some fact about the life of Peter Parker:

    • 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.
    • It also mentions that Mary Jane is pregnant, she announced that she was expecting a child in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  18. The Daily Grind was recently set on fire during 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
  19. After retiring as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 he and Mary Jane had moved to Portland to try and start a new life in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1. However, they were drawn back to New York in Spider-Man #66.
  20. At the time of this story, Peter recently lost his spider-powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. These headaches are the result of complications of that process that finally come to a fore in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  21. When Peter retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 he and Mary Jane moved to Portland as seen in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1. Spider-Man stole the skeleton from the morgue in Sensational Spider-Man #2. Peter took the photo, at the wall-crawler's insistence, during the Web of Carnage story arc.
    Web of Carnage
    Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
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  22. When Ben was under the employ of Jason Tso, a mobster and nightclub owner, Seward Trainer used his hacking skills to create all the necessary documentation for Ben in order to prevent any suspicions about his identity. This was done in Web of Scarlet Spider #2.
  23. Peter Parker's Uncle Ben was murdered by the Burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  24. Jessica is mistaken, as detailed in Amazing Spider-Man #400, it was May Parker who identified the shooter as she witnessed Ben getting shot. Ben bled out before the authorities could arrive.
  25. This is another misconception by Jessica. In reality, her father was in league with Mysterio at the time he faced Spider-Man again. Seeing that the wall-crawler was the nephew of Ben Parker caused him to have a heart attack and die. That happened in Amazing Spider-Man #200.
  26. Peter and Ben were tested by Seward Trainer in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. Peter's suspicions about the validity of those tests are proven valid as seen in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journals #1.
  27. The Daily Grind was burned down in Amazing Spider-Man #411. Jessica Carradine discovered Ben's double identity in last issue.
  28. At the time of this story, Peter Parker was led to believe he was a clone and Ben Reilly was the real Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. This, of course, is a lie and part of a long-running manipulation by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  29. At the time of this story, everyone believes that Norman Osborn is dead following a battle against Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #122, he murdered Gwen Stacy in the previous issue. However, he survived as explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #412.
  30. At the time of this story, everyone thinks that Harry Osborn is dead following the events of The Spectacular Spider-Man #200. However, unknown to everyone at the time, Harry survived as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #581. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #545.
  31. The Molten Man gave up his life of crime in Web of Spider-Man #62.
  32. The Molten Man recounts his origins as they were told in Amazing Spider-Man #28.
  33. Peter makes a joke about how basketball player Shaquille O'Neal was on his way up to visit Liz. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  34. Specifically, Peter states that the jacket was asbestos lined. This should also be considered a topical reference as asbestos use was banned in 1989 due to the health risks.
  35. Jessica Carradine is upset because she has conflicting feelings about Ben Reilly after discovering he was Spider-Man. This is because, in Sensational Spider-Man #3, she revealed that she blames Spider-Man for the death of her father. Her father was the burglar who murdered Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in Amazing Fantasy #15. This burglar later died of a heart attack after another encounter with Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #200.
  36. The relationship between Seward Trainer and Gaunt is detailed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  37. This, of course, is a distortion of the truth. Ben Parker never had a gun, and the Burglar killed him in cold blood, as seen in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  38. As she explained in Sensational Spider-Man #3, she believes that Spider-Man strangled her father to death. The truth is, he died of a heart attack upon learning that Peter Parker was Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #200.
  39. Jessica discovered Ben Reilly's secret identity in Sensational Spider-Man #4.
  40. The Daily Grind was burned down by an arsonist in Amazing Spider-Man #412.
  41. The people who died due to their relations to Spider-Man were Captain George Stacy (Amazing Spider-Man #90) and his daughter Gwen (Amazing Spider-Man #121). Ben is talking as though he is the real Peter Parker. This is because he was led into believing this in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, he is a clone of Spider-Man as clarified in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. the reason Ben remembers this and has all the same emotional attachments is that he shares all of the real Peter Parker's memories up to Amazing Spider-Man #149.
  42. Ben captured the real arsonist as Spider-Man in Spider-Man #69.
  43. At the time of this story, everyone believes that Aunt May is dead. A woman posing as May Parker died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. She is revealed as an impostor in Spider-Man #97.
  44. 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.
  45. These events occurred in Sensational Spider-Man #4, Amazing Spider-Man #411 and Spider-Man #68 respectively.
  46. The relationship between Seward and his mysterious employer is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  47. Jessica's father is the burglar who murdered Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in Amazing Fantasy #15. The Burglar later died of a heart attack in Amazing Spider-Man #200. Jessica thinks that Spider-Man framed her father and later murdered him as revealed in Sensational Spider-Man #3.
  48. At the time of this story, everyone thinks that Harry Osborn is dead following the events of The Spectacular Spider-Man #200. However, unknown to everyone at the time, Harry survived as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #581. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #545.
  49. At the time of this story, Peter had recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. However, they begin coming back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  50. Ben Reilly was told he was the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a grand manipulation created by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  51. Ben started working at the Daily Grind in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  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.
  53. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220. Peter and Mary Jane moved to Portland and Peter subsequently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-4. His powers will return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  54. Peter is specifically referring to the mysterious skeleton in a Spider-Man costume that was found in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231.
  55. As revealed in Sensational Spider-Man #3, Jessica's father is the burglar who murdered Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in Amazing Fantasy #15. Although the burglar later died of a heart attack in Amazing Spider-Man #200, Jessica believes that Spider-Man murdered her. Jessica recently took a photo of Ben Reilly changing out of his costume in Sensational Spider-Man #4.
  56. Ben acts like he doesn't know who the Hobgoblin is. This is because he only has Peter Parker's memories up to Amazing Spider-Man #149. The real Spider-Man first fought this Hobgoblin in Amazing Spider-Man #289.
  57. The Hobgoblin caused damage to his alter-ego and nearly killed the wall-crawler in battle as seen during 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
  58. 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.
  59. The identity of this person is never revealed. However, they are likely someone spying on the Parkers on behalf of Norman Osborn who is manipulating both Peter Parker and Ben Reilly, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  60. Jay Macendale became frightened of his father when the Hobgoblin came to reclaim the boy in Spider-Man #49.
  61. The Kingpin lost his criminal empire following the events of Daredevil #300.
  62. Don Fortunato's previous criminal empire was explored in Amazing Spider-Man #-1.
  63. At the time of this story, Peter had just recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. These abilities will eventually return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  64. Arthur's brother, George, was killed during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus in Amazing Spider-Man #90. George's daughter Gwen was later murdered by the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  65. 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.
  66. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220. Peter and Mary Jane moved to Portland and Peter lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-5. They decided to move back to New York last issue.
  67. At the time of this story, everyone believes that both Norman and Harry Osborn are dead. Norman seemingly perished following a battle against Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #122. His survival is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #412. Harry Osborn appeared to die in The Spectacular Spider-Man #200. However, unknown to everyone at the time, Harry survived as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #581. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #545.
  68. At the time of this story, Ben Reilly thinks that he is the original Peter Parker after a genetic test that was taken in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a lie orchestrated by Norman Osborn as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  69. According to Civil War #3, Peter Parker was 15 when he first got his spider-powers in Amazing Fantasy #15. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, that was roughly 9 years prior to this story. Assuming that Flash was roughly the same age as Peter Parker at that time, the fact that Flash is 25 in this story would be about accurate.
  70. 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.
  71. Janine's father molested her for years until she killed him in self-defense. Wanted for murder, she was on the run from the law when she first met Ben Reilly. This was all detailed in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3.
  72. Ben refers to himself as the real Peter Parker here when in reality he is the clone that was created by the Jackal in Amazing Spider-Man #149. At the time of this story, Ben was led to believe he was the real Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a lie created by the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  73. 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.
  74. Janine's father molested her for years until she killed him in self-defence. Accused of murder, Janine has been on the run from the law ever since. This was all detailed in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3.
  75. Elizabeth's father molested her for years until she killed him in self-defense. Accused of murder, Elizabeth was on the run for years under the alias Janine Godbe. This was all chronicled in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3.
  76. Ben states that he wore clothes from his Salt Lake City days to tip her off. He is referring to the time they spent together in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3.
  77. At the time of this story, May Parker is believed to have died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. In reality, this was an impostor posing as May as revealed in Spider-Man #97. Part of the reason why Ben returned to New York -- circa Web of Spider-Man #117 -- was when May was believed to be in frail health following a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391.
  78. Ben was convinced that he was the real Peter Parker after a genetic test in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a lie orchestrated by the Green Goblin as explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  79. Gwen Stacy was the first true love of Peter Parker. She was murdered by the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  80. How Ben ended up meeting and working for Seward Trainer was detailed in the Exiled story arc.
    The Exiled
    Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
  81. Years earlier, Kaine murdered a woman, as seen in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3. Years later, Peter Parker was arrested for this murder in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, Kaine was eventually forced to confess to the murder during the Trial of Peter Parker story arc, clearing Peter Parker's name.
    The Trial of Peter Parker
    Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
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  82. Ben never gets to live up to this promise as he is later killed in Spider-Man #75. Janine's fate is yet to be revealed.
  83. The original twin towers of the World Trade Center are depicted as part of the New York City skyline here. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. The original towers were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and have since been replaced by the Freedom Tower.
  84. Per Before the Fantastic Four: The Storms #1, was fifteen years old. That story takes place one year prior to Fantastic Four #1. As such, Johnny was 16 when he first became the Human Torch. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 this would make Johnny roughly 23 or 24 years old at the time of this story.
  85. Spider-Man makes a comment about how Reed Richards has a beard here. Reed grew the beard during a period he was believed to be dead from Fantastic Four #381-407.
  86. Ben states that it is the yaer 1996. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  87. Sue wishes she still had her forcefield powers. This story refers readers to "recent issues of Fantastic Four". At the time of this story, Sue was tapping into hyperspace to boost her invisibility powers since Fantastic Four #400. However, because of the danger of harnessing such power, Reed has suggested that she refrain from using these abilities following their battle with Hyperstrom in Fantastic Four #406-410. However, she hasn't actually lost these powers as this story suggests.
  88. This skeleton was discovered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231. Spider-Man later stole the skeleton from the morgue in Sensational Spider-Man #2. Ben allowed Peter Parker to take photos of him with the skeleton in Amazing Spider-Man #410. It is later revealed that this skeleton is actually a failed clone, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  89. The Beetle was recently captured after a failed attempt to destroy Kaine in Spider-Man Unlimited #9.
  90. All of Ben's belongings were stolen in Amazing Spider-Man #411.
  91. The Jackal created the Spider-Man clone in Amazing Spider-Man #149. It seemingly died in that same story and Peter Parker disposed of it in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
  92. Peter and Ben were reunited in Web of Spider-Man #117.
  93. This revelation was made in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, it is later turned out to be a lie in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  94. Some facts about Peter Parker and Mary Jane's relationship in 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.
    • Mary Jane is also pregnant in this story, having announced she was expecting a child in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  95. Peter lost his powers in Spider-Man: The final Adventure #4. However, they will ultimately return to him in The Spectacular Spider-Man #238.
  96. Detective Mason questions the legitimacy of facial reconstruction. At the time this story was published, this technique in forensics was still relatively new. However, the technology used in reconstructions have improved since this story was published and any questioning of it as a valuable crime-fighting technique should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Modern readers could assume that instead of the science itself, Detective Mason is doubting the technology he is utilizing to conduct his experiments.
  97. Spider-Man recalls his last encounter with the Pro which happened in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2.

Chronology


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Flashback

  1. Jessica Carradine:
  2. Ben Reilly
  3. Janine Godby
  4. Kaine
  5. Spider-Man:
  6. Peter Parker:
  7. J. Jonah Jameson:

See Also

Footnotes

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



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