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Spider-Man The Complete Ben Reilly Epic Vol 1 5


Appearing in "Deadly is Delilah!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #414.

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Synopsis for "Deadly is Delilah!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #414.

The assassin-for-hire known as Delilah poses as a singer, putting on a song for mobster Don Vito Torrancio for his birthday. Circling behind the mobster, she stabs him through the neck with her microphone, killing him instantly. When the other members of his mob try to put her down, Delilah easily slaughters them. She meets with her employer who is waiting for her in the back of a limo outside. He congratulates her for a job well done by handing her a rose and a picture of her next target, Garon Lewis.

Meanwhile, Ben Reilly is in the hospital visiting Peter Parker who is clinging to life.[Continuity 1] While outside, Mary Jane asks Doctor Curt Connors about her husband's chances. He tells her that she owes it to her unborn child to keep calm, but tells her that he has not found a means of slowing Peter's downward spiral. After Connors leaves, Ben asks Mary Jane if she thinks its a good idea to divulge the fact that Peter is actually a clone. She doesn't think this would be a good idea since nobody knows how to cure clone degeneration if that is what is affecting her husband.[Continuity 2] As Ben Reilly leaves, Joe Robertson arrives to ask if there has been any change in Peter's condition. He also mentions that J. Jonah Jameson was supposed to stop by earlier, only to learn that the Daily Bugle publisher has not been in to see Peter.

Upon the roof of the hospital, Ben changes into Spider-Man, thinking how J. Jonah Jameson is likely trying to find some way to go cheap on Peter's insurance benefits. His thoughts about Peter's plight is quickly interrupted when he notices police arriving on the scene of a robbery. Going in to investigate, he overhears the officers remarking that the robbery looks like the work of the Ringer.[Continuity 3] Spider-Man adds the Ringer to his mental list of foes that Peter Parker battled as Spider-Man while Ben was in exile that have resurfaced recently.[Continuity 4] When Ben arrives at the Daily Grind he tries to help Shirley with a spill but she snaps at him. This catches Reilly off guard, but Buzz tells him that Shirley has been under a lot of pressure since her ex-husband has been poking his nose into her life again. That's when Desiree Winthrop and her friends come in for some coffee.[Continuity 5] He then asks her if she has seen Jessica Carradine, as he has been trying to get ahold of her but she had recently had her phone disconnected. Unfortunately, Desiree doesn't know what happened to her, as she dropped out of her classes and disappeared. Ben is disappointed as this is yet another troubled person he failed to help.[Continuity 6] That's when Shirley apologizes to Ben, explaining that she is upset that her ex-husband is trying to play a more active role in the life of her son, Devon. This is something she doesn't want, as she is certain that Garon is involved in illegal activities. Offering to help, Ben asks Shirley where Garon is going to be meeting with Devon.

A few hours later, Spider-Man arrives in Central Park in order to observe Garon and find out what sort of shady dealings he's involved with. Shirley is not the only one suspicious of the sudden reappearance of Garon Lewis, as Devon confronts his father about his motivations. Despite Devon's assertions that his father has reappeared in their lives to upset his mother, he insists that he only came to see if she needs financial help after she has gone into debt rebuilding her coffee shop.[Continuity 7] Suddenly, a woman pushing a baby carriage shoves it toward Garon and Devon. His spider-sense buzzing, Spider-Man leaps down and intercepts the buggy. Seeing that there is a bomb hidden inside, the wall-crawler shoves the carriage aside. Although he saves the Lewis' from the blast, the web-spinner is stunned by the blast. While Spider-Man recovers from the blast, Garon chases his would-be assassin into the sewers. After Devon tells Spider-Man what happened, the web-head follows after them. Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, Joe Robertson finds J. Jonah Jameson's office locked. Getting no response to his calls, Joe kicks the door open and finds that someone turned the office upside down.[Continuity 8]

Down in the sewers, Garon Lewis looks for his attacker when he is joined by Spider-Man. He tells the wall-crawler to beat it when they are suddenly confronted by Delilah. She manages to ambush the pair, but Spider-Man manages to pull Garon to safety. However, Devon has come looking for his father and is taken hostage by Delilah. She uses the boy as a bargaining chip to secure her escape. Garon agrees but demands to know who ordered this hit on him, Delilah states that she was hired by Hammerhead.[Continuity 9] Delilah then tosses Devon aside, prompting Spider-Man to come to the boy's rescue. With Delilah making a clean getaway, the web-slinger furious that Garon allowed Delilah to escape and demands to know why Hammerhead is gunning for him. That's when Lewis reveals that he is not a criminal, but a detective in the NYPD's organized crime task force. After shaming the wall-crawler for thinking he was a criminal, Garon realizes that his life is too dangerous to allow him to reconnect with his son and tells his son he'll see him around.

Later as Devon returns home, he is met by Ben Reilly who offers to be a friend to the young boy. Meanwhile, Delilah meets with her employer to report the success of her mission. This employer turns out to be the Rose, who is happy to hear that she tricked both Detective Lewis and Spider-Man that she was employed by Hammerhead. The Rose gloats over this victory as it will complicate his rival's attempt to take over the criminal underworld paving the way for his own bid for leadership.

Appearing in "Siege"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #415.

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Synopsis for "Siege"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #415.

The Onslaught Crisis continues from Generation X #19...

Taking a cab out of Manhattan with his wife Mary Jane, Peter Parker thought his life was complicated enough already, little knowing how much worse it can get.[Continuity 10] The 59th Street Bridge has just been blocked by a Sentinel robot. It tells all the motorists that the island of Manhattan is under martial law under orders of a being called Onslaught and that all mutants and enhanced humans are ordered to surrender immediately.[Continuity 11] Detecting Peter's spider-powers, the Sentinel attempts to eliminate him. However, Parker grabs his wife and leap out of the Sentinel's sensor range. From their safe vantage point, they spot a young child in the path of a panic mob that is at risk of being trampled. Quick thinking, Peter leaps down and saves the girl. After getting the girl back to her parents, Peter decides to take his wife and get to safety.

Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, Joe Robertson updates J. Jonah Jameson of what is going on the outside. When Jonah asks where the Fantastic Four are during this crisis, Robertson informs him that a group of heroes are having a summit atop the Four Freedoms Plaza.[Continuity 12] That's when the Bugle building begins to shake. Looking out the window the staff discovers a Sentinel attacking the outside of the building. As it cuts the power off to the building, Jonah realizes that the mutant-hunting robots are attempting to shut the newspaper down. While uptown at the Daily Grind, Ben Reilly ushers his co-workers and patrons down into the basement before looters attack the coffee shop. Abandoned by her friends, Ben convinces Desiree Winthrop to hide in the basement with Shirley Washington and the others. Ben refuses Shirley's suggestion that he gets undercover as well, telling her that someone needs to protect the store and he has elected himself to do it. After locking up the shop from the outside, Ben leaps up onto the rooftops and changes into Spider-Man, putting aside all of his personal issues aside to focus on defending the city.[Continuity 13] Down in the basement of the Daily Grind, Devon Lewis asks his mother if Ben will be okay. She has faith that he will be, recalling how this is very similar to a time she participated in emergency drills and how she assured herself no matter what the crisis guardians angels would look over her and ensure that she stayed safe.[Continuity 14]

At that same moment, Peter is leaping across the rooftops with his wife in his arms. He keeps Mary Jane calm about talking about the future of their unborn daughter, trying to keep his mind off the fact that his powers could fade at any moment.[Continuity 15] That's when his spider-sense goes off warning him of a Sentinel that has just locked onto his genetic signature. Putting Mary Jane down, Peter then tries to lure the Sentinel away. However, that's when the robot picks up the genetic anomalies in the unborn baby growing inside Mary Jane. However, it ignores her in order to deal with Peter. Just then, Peter's powers shut off, and he just barely manages to grab onto the side oa building. No longer detecting Peter's enhanced abilities, the Sentinel leaves to look for other superhumans who may pose as a threat against its master. While at the Daily Bugle, the backup generators have kicked in. Jonah then calls all the staff together for a meeting. He tells them that they can go home to be with their families, but he intends to stay behind and make sure the Daily Bugle is still printing and invites anyone who wants to help to stay. That's when one of the other staffers notices that someone is fighting the Sentinel standing outside the building. At first Jonah thinks it's Spider-Man, but is surprised to discover that it is the new Green Goblin. He tells those who are staying to get to work because they have a newspaper to get out.

Uptown, Spider-Man stops looters from attacking the various shops until he is detected by a Sentinel that begins to attack him. While back at the Daily Bugle, the remaining staff begins learning what they can about the mysterious being known as Onslaught.[Continuity 16] After checking on their respective families, both Jonah and Joe are proud to see how inspired the remaining staff are to report on this story. That's when Peter Parker and Mary Jane arrive to lend a hand. With Mary Jane safe, Peter tells them that he is going back out in the city to get photos for the Daily Bugle, and secretly see what he can do to help people even though his powers have not fully returned. Meanwhile, Spider-Man continues his battle with the Sentinel that has attacked him. The wall-crawler blinds the mutant-hunting robot with his impact webbing. After slicing the Sentinel's head open with a manhole cover, Spider-Man rips it apart. Although this took a lot out of him, Spider-Man is determined to take down any Sentinels that threaten the people of New York City.

... This story continues in Spider-Man #72. The Onslaught Crisis continues in Wolverine Vol 2 #105.

Appearing in "The Road Block"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #416.

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Synopsis for "The Road Block"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #416.

This story follows the aftermath of Onslaught Marvel Universe #1...

New York City is cleaning up after the final battle between Earth's mightiest heroes and the psychic entity known as Onslaught, a battle that cost the city of its greatest heroes.[Continuity 17] As the cleanup effort press on, a gang of crooks attempts to take advantage of the situation by robbing a delivery truck. This attempt is interrupted by Spider-Man, one of the few heroes that survived the Onslaught crisis. Surprisingly, the men in charge with loading the truck also begin opening fire on the wall-crawler. In the ensuing struggle, one of the crates fall down and shatters, revealing that it is a shipping of illegal firearms. As the wall-crawler wraps up both sides of the conflict the police arrive on the scene. The web-slinger is surprised once again when the first officer on the scene thanks him for his help and his told his contributions are needed after so many other heroes have recently died. As Spider-Man swings away, the severity of the situation finally strikes home leaving the web-slinger to wonder if New Yorkers will ever recover from this tragic loss.

Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson and Joe Robertson have a private meeting to discuss the Daily Bugle's financial troubles. Although he hates to do it, Jonah realizes that he has no choice but to start cutting jobs in order to keep the newspaper in business. While at his mansion, the Rose has learned about Spider-Man's interference in his gun-running operation. His bodyguard, Delilah, offers to recover them from police custody, however, he is engaging in more subtle means to bail out his men and recover the confiscated property. That's when they are interrupted by the sudden appearance of Scrier who tells the Rose that they are about to become business partners. By this time, Spider-Man is on his way home, but before he can sneak into his apartment his spider-sense begins to go off. Peaking in his window, he spots mobster Jimmy-6 lazing on the couch, making the wall-crawler regret allowing Jimmy to hide out at his place.[Continuity 18] As he leaps away, Ben Reilly realizes that this is much more complicated than when he and Peter Parker were trying to learn which one of them was really a clone.[Continuity 19]

At that moment, Peter Parker arrives at the Daily Bugle, still excited about the news that he and Mary Jane are going to have a daughter.[Continuity 20] He notices that everyone is upset about something. That's when Glory Grant tells Peter that the Daily Bugle is downsizing and people are being laid off. Just then, Jacob Conover storms out of Joe Robertson's office, furious over being laid off he vows to make the Bugle regret terminating him. Just as Peter wonders how things can get any worse, Joe Robertson invites Parker into his office to talk. Meanwhile, Scrier returns to his hideout where he meets with Gaunt. He believes that the Rose is Richard Fisk, the son of Wilson Fisk the former Kingpin of Crime.[Continuity 21] Although he doesn't know why Fisk has returned to his Rose identity, Gaunt reminds Scrier that the Rose's identity is unimportant as they are only using him as a patsy.[Continuity 22] Back at the Daily Bugle, Peter learns that he is being laid off. However, Joe explains it's not as bad as it sounds as he wills till be able to work freelance and Jonah managed to arrange a generous severance package for Peter including a year of health insurance to help with the cost of Mary Jane's pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is still on patrol when he comes across two children named Aleshia and Kadrill. The two children arguing over who is responsible for the death of Earth's heroes. Kadrill blames it on all mutants since Onslaught was a mutant.[Continuity 23] He takes the two children web-slinging in order to offer them a different perspective, telling them that they shouldn't spend their time trying to find blame for the death of Earth's heroes but to remember their heroism and the sacrifices they made to save the world. Back at Gaunt's hideout, Scrier muses how the ongoing struggle between the Fortunado family and other crime organizations bust please their mutual employer. Gaunt points out that their boss is involved in more personal matters at the moment.[Continuity 24] As they continue to talk about their plans, they are unaware that they are being observed by the woman known as Chakra. At that moment, Peter Parker is walking home wondering how he can break the bad news to his wife, Mary Jane.[Continuity 25] However, when he returns home he discovers that Glory Grant called and beat him to the punch. Mary Jane tells Peter that they will find a way to manage.[Continuity 26] Mary Jane then reveals that she has decided on a name for their daughter, calling her May, after Peter's recently deceased Aunt. Hearing this makes Peter remember one of his Aunt May's speeches about Parkers having the gumption and it brings him to tears.[Continuity 27] Peter is convinced that no matter what life throws at them, he and Mary Jane will face it together.

By this point, Chakra has returned to her allies in the Host and reports to Judas Traveller about Scrier's alliance with Gaunt. Traveller suspected this duplicity and figures there are dark days ahead for both himself and Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Spider-Man returns Aleshia and Kadril to a nearby playground, having made his point to them. When Aleshia asks the wall-crawler how he keeps going, he thinks about his friend the Human Torch, and says that he does his best one day at a time, saying that his friends never leave him as long as he keeps them in his heart.

Appearing in "High Drama"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #7.

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Synopsis for "High Drama"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #7.

Spider-Man races to the hospital after hearing the news that Peter Parker has collapsed and might be dying.[Continuity 28] Upon arrival, Ben quickly changes into his civilian identity and rushes to Mary Jane's side. She tells Ben about how Peter has been having weird muscle spasms the past few days and then suddenly, he collapsed on the floor. The doctors are not sure what is wrong with her husband, but they have called in a specialist to examine him.[Continuity 29] Reilly tries to assure her that Peter will pull through, pointing out all the countless dangers that he faced as Spider-Man. However, Mary Jane reminds him that Peter doesn't have his spider-powers to save him this time.[Continuity 30] She then takes Ben in to see Peter who is awake for the time being. As they talk, Ben wonders if Peter is suffering from the cellular degeneration that affects all clones eventually.[Continuity 31] Soon an influx of visitors come in to give their well wishes to Peter. Watching from the sidelines a curtain, Ben watches as Peter is visited by Flash Thompson, Liz Osborn and her son Normie, followed by various staffers at the Daily Bugle.[Error 1] Ben can't help but see how many people care about Peter and Mary Jane and thinks how much the couple deserves so much love. When Peter falls asleep, the pair go back outside. That's where Ben overhears reporter Ken Ellis telling Angela Yin about a man threatening to jump off the top of the Rand Building. As Ben rushes off to stop this jumper as Spider-Man, Joe Robertson approaches Mary Jane. He tells her the Daily Bugle will do anything to help. However, Robertson is surprised that J. Jonah Jameson hasn't come by to visit Peter yet.[Continuity 32]

By this time, Ben has changed into Spider-Man and is swinging to the Rand Building. He spots the jumper hanging onto the communications tower on the roof for dear life. There he asks the man what he is doing. The jumper -- who is named George -- explains to the wall-crawler that he wants to end his life because he sees himself as a loser. As George explains his woes, a news helicopter that is trying to capture the tense situation is caught up in wind shear and crashes into another building. With a greater disaster before him, Spider-Man grabs George and swings him down into one of the offices below, telling the suicidal man that they can talk about his problems if he's still around later. The wall-crawler then gets to the crashed chopper and braces it with his webbing. He then begins leading the passengers off one-by-one. After he gets the first one down to the floor below, he orders George to cal 911. While back at the hospital, Mary Jane watches her husband sleep when he suddenly goes into convulsions, prompting Mary Jane to frantically call for help. As doctors rush into the room to stabilize Peter, Spider-Man continues to save the helicopter crash victims. When one of them stops breathing, George is the only one who knows how to perform CPR. Things get worse when the fire from the crashed chopper begins to compromise the structural integrity of the building. As the building begins to tilt, one of the crash victims tumbles out the window but is quickly saved by Spider-Man. He is not the only person saving these lives, as George successfully revives the injured pilot, and the doctors at the hospital manage to revive Peter Parker. While George is being congratulated for saving a life, Peter Parker remains in a coma, bringing Mary Jane to tears. After the authorities and emergency response crews arrive at the scene of the helicopter crash, George is cleared and allowed to leave. He is stopped by Spider-Man who wants to know if he still needs to talk. However, the entire experience made George realize that his life is worth something, as if he had committed suicide as he planned, the helicopter pilot would have died. He then thanks Spider-Man for teaching him that his life does have value.

Meanwhile, at the Renault Diamond Exchange, officers arrive on the scene of a robbery. After examining the crime scene, the officer in charge suspects that it might be the work of the Shocker and asks his men to investigate and see if he is still in custody.[Continuity 33] Back at the hospital, Mary Jane cries at her husband's bedside. She is interrupted by one of the doctors who tells her that the specialist they called in has arrived. Going out to meet the specialist, Mary Jane is surprised to discover that the specialist is Curt Connors.

Appearing in "The Usual Suspects"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #8.

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Synopsis for "The Usual Suspects"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #8.

As Spider-Man swings across the city, he ignores the people on the street commenting on his passage. That is because his mind is still focused on two things: His recent battle with the new Lizard as well as Peter Parker's health. Peter had been in the hospital recently due to some unknown ailment and has since snapped back from it, but the doctors don't know if he will have a relapse.[Continuity 34] He is also concerned by a recent crime spree that appears to have been committed by various criminals including the Ringer, Shocker, Stilt-Man and Trapster. Having found no clues to the motives behind these crimes, Spider-Man wonders if this is the work of the people's of interest or a frame job by someone else.[Continuity 35]

As Spider-Man puzzles this mystery, the real thief, plots from his hideout across the Hudson in New Jersey.[Continuity 36] It turns out that the mastermind behind all these robberies is Norton Fester -- aka the Looter -- who thinks this is his luckiest day since he first got his powers.[Continuity 37] The Looter took advantage of the recent attack on the Iron Rock facility to steal other supervillain's technology so he can commit crimes without tipping off the authorities to his true identity.[Continuity 38] Although he is not in his right mind, the Looter begins his next robbery which he hopes will finance the plans that he believes will allow him to unlock the mysteries of the universe. By this point, Spider-Man arrives at the hospital where Peter is recuperating and changes back into his civilian identity. There, Ben Reilly walks into a debate between Peter and his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 39] The couple are deciding if they should get a sonogram to find out if their child is a boy or a girl.[Continuity 40] However, Ben doesn't care one way or the other, saying that he will love his godchild no matter what gender they are. That's when he notices the edition of the Daily Bugle about the recent robberies and the police thinking that it was Stilt-Man who was responsible. However, Ben is convinced this is a frame-up job, pointing out how each individual criminal wouldn't stop at just one robbery. He and Peter begin checking past editions of the Daily Bugle and finally find a connection when they read about the "Shocker's" recent robbery of Rock and Klint Diamond Exchange. As Ben Reilly prepares to leave, Peter offers his help only to be scolded by Mary Jane. She reminds Peter that he is not going anywhere until the doctors say he is well enough to leave.

Changing back into Spider-Man, Reilly stakes out Koybayahsi Imports, the place he has deduced is the next likely place to be hit by their mystery thief. The wall-crawler's hunt proves is correct, however, he is confused when the suspect appears to be the Unicorn. The attack puts bystanders at risk, prompting Spider-Man coming to rescue them. However, that leaves him open to attack from the thief. When Spider-Man wakes up he discovers that the mastermind behind all of this is the Looter. Adding insult to injury, the Looter has bound the web-slinger with his own webbing as he has incorporated Spider-Man's web-shooters into his ever-growing arsenal.[Continuity 41] After telling Spider-Man that he has been tied up for about an hour, he then unveils his latest invention: the Meteorator 3000. He created this device with the various items he stolen so that he can probe not only the meteor that gave him his powers but its twin. Spider-Man points out that the Looter still hasn't recovered the second meteor, this causes the Looter to pause and re-think his plans. This creates a distraction long enough for Spider-Man to pull free of his webbing which has already started to dissolve.

Despite his additional weapons, the Looter is tricked into blowing up his own invention. Just as the wall-crawler defeats his foe, SHIELD agents come bursting into the facility to take the meteor into custody. As it turns out, the meteor did was an actual threat, which comes as a surprise to Spider-Man as he dismissed the Looter's claims as the ramblings of a madman. In the aftermath of the battle, Spider-Man tries to get everything straight in his mind. Unfortunately, he soon discovers he has more pressing matters to deal with as he witnesses a group of Sentinels heading toward Manhattan.[Continuity 42]

This story continues in Amazing Spider-Man #415...

Appearing in "Swarmed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #9.

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Synopsis for "Swarmed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #9.

At the Institute of Seismoharmonic Research, scientists are hard at work trying to prove that will allow them to identify the vibratory patterns that hold everything together. However one of the scientists warns that their work could be used to alter those patterns which could prove dangerous to all life on Earth. However, their ethical debate is interrupted when the outside of the lab is suddenly being covered in bees that appear to be trying to get inside the facility.

Meanwhile, across town, Spider-Man is swinging toward the Daily Grind where he works in his civilian identity of Ben Reilly. He has been forced to web-sling to work because the public transit system is still unreliable as the city continues to repair the damage caused by Onslaught's recent attack on the city.[Continuity 43] Quickly changing into his civilian identity, Ben enters the Daily Grind through the back door. On the job, Ben strikes up a conversation with Buzz, one of the regulars. Buzz turns his attention to the front page of the Daily Bugle which reports of a strange influx of bees in the city almost as though the insects are coming to the city. Their conversation with quickly interrupted by Desiree Winthrop. She forgoes her regular table for the front bar, but only to insist that Ben join her on a date after work to see a show on Broadway with her and quickly leaves before can say anything contrary.[Continuity 44]

Back at Institute of Seisharmonic Research, the lab is being filled with bees. When the lead scientist tries to stop the insects from getting close to their invention he gets stung. Suddenly, the bees begin taking on a human form, which introduces itself as Swarm. The creature explains that it was once a human that experimented on bees in South America. Although he mutated the bees, they consumed his body. In some strange twist of fate, his consciousness survived and from then on he has been in control of the hive that devoured his human body. In the past, Swarm has fought Earth's heroes and was seemingly slain.[Continuity 45] However, the recent psychic maelstrom created by Onslaught has increased the mental powers of the mutant bees and they have come to use the machines in the lab to revive their human host mind and become whole again.[Continuity 46] The hive entity then demands that the scientists help in obtaining its goals or they will all be killed.

In Forest Hills, Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane are walking to an appointment with Mary Jane's OBGYN.[Continuity 47] Along the way, they can't help but notice the damage caused by Onslaught's attack on Manhattan which is still being repaired. Peter is still pretty upset that many of the city's heroes were seemingly killed during the final battle.[Continuity 48] It's then that thery arrive at the doctor office where they get an ultrasound done so they can learn the gender of their unborn child. After an examination, the doctor informs the couple that they are going to have a baby girl. By this time, Ben Reilly is rushing back home to prepare for his date with Desiree Winthrop. As he heads for his bathroom his spider-sense begins going off. However, he continues on and walks in on mobster Jimmy-6 and a date who are taking a bubble bath together. He is surprised to see the gangster, who actually took up Ben's offer to stop by after Reilly saved his life recently.[Continuity 49] Deducing that Reilly needs the bathroom to get ready for a date, Jimmy and his date make a quick departure, leaving Ben to try and figure out what to do with this recent development. Although Ben arrives outside of the Daily Grind a little late, Desiree is still waiting for him outside. As they walk to the theater, Desiree tells Ben that although she appears to be materialistic and shallow, it is only a ruse she puts up to protect herself. She then confides that she really is interested in Ben and wants to get to know him better. Suddenly, Reilly's spider-sense begins going off.

That's when he notices a swarm of bees overhead and makes up an excuse to leave to make a phone call.[Continuity 50] As soon as Ben has changed into Spider-Man the swam of bees begin attacking people on the street. The wall-crawler begins coming to the aid of panicked New Yorkers. After getting everyone on the street to safety, Spider-Man follows their bees to the source. There he discovers the Institute of Seismoharmonic Research completely covered in bees. Suddenly, the swarm takes the shape of the Swarm's face, who tells Spider-Man it intends to use the technology within to make itself the master of the world and there is nothing Spider-Man can do to stop it.

Appearing in "Global Swarming"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #10.

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Synopsis for "Global Swarming"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #10.

During the intermission of a Broadway musical, Desiree Winthrop goes into the lobby to look for Ben Reilly, who excused himself from their date to make a phone call.[Continuity 51] She wonders where he could be until she looks out one of the windows and sees the streets are swarmed with bees that are attacking everything in sight. Not far away at the Institute of Seismoharmonic Research building has been taken over by the mutant bees controlled by the Swarm. The hive mind is attempting to use the devices within the facility to repair the damage to Swarm's psychic link to his bees and take over the world. Nearby, Spider-Man swings toward the building, he quickly makes note of the fact that Peter Parker must have fought this creature during the five years he Ben Reilly was gone. This is reinforced because of a genetic memory among the Swarm's bees that cause them to avoid him at all costs.[Continuity 52] This will make his job easier, the wall-crawler to give thanks to Peter Parker.

Meanwhile, in Forest Hills, Peter and his wife Mary Jane are redecorating one of the rooms in Aunt May's old house in preparation for their unborn child.[Continuity 53] Peter is on the ceiling painting when his spider-powers suddenly wear off causing him to fall to the ground.[Continuity 54] After making sure her husband is okay, Peter and Mary Jane decide to take a break to have a little romance. Back in the city, Spider-Man decides to push his theory to the limit by leaping into the mass of bees. This gamble pays off as the insects move out of the way allowing the web-slinger to gain access to the facility. He instantly recognizes the Institute of Seismoharmonic Research, having read about their work in an issue of Scientific American. Inside the building, he finds scientists hard at work on their new Harmonics Generator. The lead scientist explains that Swarm is forcing them to use the device to repair his damaged vibrational field that was damaged recently.[Continuity 55] However, not only are they going to restore his power, but boost it so the Swarm will take control of every beehive on the planet. When Spider-Man asks what the Swarm threatened to do if they didn't comply, and is immediately answered when the Swarm commands a group of his bees to fly into one of the scientist's mouth to choke him. After getting his message across the Swarm dissipates again so the scientists can continue their work.

Pulling the scientists aside, the wall-crawler points out that bee's fly by cutting through air currents by vibrating their wings, if they can disrupt this process they could incapacitate the bees. The scientists come up with a means to do it, but in order for it to work they need to get some equipment up onto the roof of the building. To this end, they trick the Swarm into thinking that they need to lug the heavy equipment onto the roof in order to restore the Swarm. The hybrid being falls for the ruse and allows them to bring the equipment up onto the roof, telling them that they can get Spider-Man to do all the heavy lifting for them. The Swarm doesn't realize that he is being tricked until Spider-Man and one of the scientists have set up the device on the roof of the building. Just as Swarm is about to attack, Spider-Man activates the vibration machine which once more severs the Swarm's mental connection to his bees. The process causes ripple on the psychic plane causing pain to those who are psi-sensitive, including Phoenix of the X-Men. The process also knocks all the bees out, allowing Spider-Man to locate and isolate the queen bee, the source of Swarm's link with the hive.

With the danger over, the scientists explain what happened to the press and are hailed as heroes.[Error 2] The scientists point out that Spider-Man is the real hero as it was his idea that helped them defeat the Swarm. This is heard by J. Jonah Jameson who is watching the report on television, causing him to audibly scoff at the assertion. While everyone is wondering where Spider-Man went, Ben Reilly has changed back to his civilian identity and returned to the theater just as the play is ending and the patrons are filing out. There he runs into Desiree Winthrop and apologizes for running out on the their date. However, Desiree understands, thinking that Ben Reilly is still getting over his recent break-up with Jessica Carradine.[Continuity 56] She assures Ben that she just wants to be his friend and kisses him on the cheek, leaving Reilly befuddled. While at the offices of Osborn Industries, Liz Osborn gets off the phone with her lawyer Foggy Nelson. She is working on an investigation on the ties between Osborn Industries and Multivex.[Continuity 57] She calls in Donald Menkin, her assistant, and asks for all the personnel files of Multivex employees, particularly those of one Seward Trainer. Menkin complies, but as he exits the office he thinks about how her investigation could lead to her discovering something that is very hazardous to her health.

Appearing in "Puppets"

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Synopsis for "Puppets"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #235.

Spider-Man happens upon a gang indoctrinating a young man into their group by killing some of their rivals. Sickened by this sight, the wall-crawler quickly diffuses the situation with his webbing. He then gives a lecture that life in a gang will lead to death if the youths allow themselves to become puppets to petty thugs. As he finishes his speech he notices a strange light streaking across the sky above the city and decides to investigate. The light suddenly swoops down and picks up the wall-crawler and carries him to a nearby rooftop. The light takes on the human form, but when Spider-Man tries to attack it, he passes through the being harmlessly. This entity knows the wall-crawler and pleads for Spider-Man's help. He explains that he has been enslaved by Jonas Harrow in order to commit crimes for his employers. Before he can explain any further, this mystery man suddenly shrieks in pain as his keepers reassert control. He tells Spider-Man to meet him the following night at State University before disappearing. Returning to his apartment, Ben Reilly calls Peter Parker to learn who this person is. Parker explains that it is one of his old foes, and sometime ally, Will O' the Wisp. Peter is at the Daily Bugle, where the bullpen is alive with activity as reporters go about their business. Jacob Conover shows Billy Walters, a new employee, around the office, while Joe Robertson goes over the latest photos of the new Green Goblin.[Continuity 58] Peter concludes his education on the Wisp, aka Jackson Arvad, by telling Ben that he has the poor luck of being manipulated or blackmailed into doing the bidding of others.[Continuity 59] After hearing this, Ben decides to do what he can to help Arvad, particularly since there is nothing he can do since his apartment was robbed.[Continuity 60]

Meanwhile, at the Rye New York headquarters of Roxxon Oil, a group of businessmen meets with Jonas Harrow for an update on the job they hired him for. Harrow assures them that he will soon be able to steal the technological information they seek so they can build a synthetic army. Ready to begin the next phase with their plan. With that in mind, he sends Will o' the Wisp to carry out the next phase of their plan. It's midnight at State University when Spider-Man arrives to meet with Will o' the Wisp. He catches Will as he is pulling data from one of the computers. He tells Arvad to stop committing crimes, but Jackson explains that he is being forced to do so thanks to Jonas Harrow's manipulations. That if he deviates from Harrow's orders, he will have his atoms dissipated across all creation. He then tells Spider-Man that his next target is the prison known as Iron Rock on the following evening. That's when Will o' the Wisp is inflicted with more pain and is forced to teleport away. As he does so, Spider-Man notices that the last thing to dematerialize is Harrow's implant. The next day, Peter Parker is in J. Jonah Jameson's office answering a call from Doctor Eric Schinner, and tells him that he and his wife will not be returning to Portland.[Continuity 61] He thanks Schwinner for giving him a job at Giard, but he realized that he can't run away from his life in New York.[Continuity 62] After he gets off the phone, Peter is suddenly wracked with spasms again.[Continuity 63] The spasms pass as quickly as they came, and while Peter wonders what is happening to him, J. Jonah Jameson returns to his office and is furious to see Peter sitting in his chair.

The following evening, Spider-Man arrives at Iron Rock located on the coast of the New Jersey Palisades. It is a maximum security facility where some of the most dangerous information in the country is contained. He slips past the security and confronts Will o' the Wisp and tells him what he learned about Will's implant, and theorizes that if Arvad becomes intangible again, the wall-crawler can reach through and pull the implant out. Although this could theoretically work, Will has no time and presses into the facility and enters the containment unit that he seeks. Looking inside the containment unit Will o' the Wisp is shocked to see what is contained within. Back at Roxxon, Jonas Harrow is informed that their operative has succeeded in infiltrating Iron Rock. With that, Harrow sends orders to Wisp to free the creature contained there. Moments later, Will o' the Wisp emerges from the facility screaming in pain. He tries to tell Spider-Man what he has done, that he was forced to do it. That's when Harrow activates the kill switch to destroy Will o' the Wisp. This causes Arvad to become intangible, and Spider-Man takes the chance and plucks the implant from Jackson's head. Although Will o' the Wisp is going to live, the danger is far from over as moments later Dragon Man comes smashing through the wall.

Appearing in "Free Will"

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Synopsis for "Free Will"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #236.

After Peter Parker suddenly collapsed, his wife Mary Jane has him rushed to the hospital emergency room.[Continuity 64] As Peter is rushed into the emergency room, nurses ask Mary Jane if Peter has any pre-existing health conditions, however, she can't provide any answers as this was a sudden collapse. Doctors are frantically examining Peter's body, and discover that his heart rate is spiking all over the place and work as hard as they can to keep him stable. Out in the hallway, Mary Jane thinks about everything that has happened to them recently: Her pregnancy, Peter's retirement as Spider-Man and losing his spider-powers, and the recent discovery that he is a clone.[Continuity 65] She wonders if Peter is finally suffering from the degeneration that affects all of Jackal's clones eventually.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man has failed to stop Will o' the Wisp from freeing Dragon Man from Iron Rock. The Wisp was forced enslaved by Jonas Harrow and forced to free the android for Roxxon, who hoped to use the creature to make an army of synthetic soldiers. As Spider-Man tries to contain the creature, the wall-crawler is interrupted by an Iron Rock security forces come to try and contain the situation. Unfortunately, they only agitate Dragon Man further. The wall-crawler manages to usher the guards away and tries to calm down Dragon Man. This fails, thanks to one of the remaining guards who tries to shoot the creature in the back. This only angers the android creature more, but Spider-Man once again tries to calm the creature again. While back at the Roxxon facility, Jonas Harrow wonders what is taking Will o' the Wisp so long to return with Dragon Man. That's when one of his technicians inform him that not only has Wisp been freed from the implant that made him their slave, but Spider-Man is interfering with their plans. Back at Iron Rock, Will o' the Wisp wakes up and puts a quick end to the battle by using his powers to burn out the device he planted on Dragon Man to put him under Roxxon control, ending his threat. At the Roxxon facility, Jonas Harrow tries to explain his failure to the businessmen who hired him. As the security forces at Iron Rock try to regain control of the situation, they are unaware that someone has managed to sneak in and intends to take advantage of this situation.[Continuity 66]

Meanwhile, Will o' the Wisp thanks Spider-Man for freeing him from Harrow's control. The two then create a scheme to turn this around the mad scientist. At the Roxxon facility, the monitors come back on, and Harrow and his men are led to believe that Spider-Man has been defeated. While back at the hospital, Mary Jane tires to reach Ben Reilly to tell him what happened, but can't get ahold of him. That's when one of the doctors tells her that things aren't looking good and her husband's condition continues to deteriorate. By this time, Spider-Man and Will o' the Wisp use Dragon Man to sneak into the Roxxon facility and ambush them. There, they trash all of Harrow's equipment. However, this causes Dragon Man to go on another rampage. While the wall-crawler is calming Dragon Man down, Will o' the Wisp corners Jonas Harrow and is about to kill him. However, Spider-Man succeeds in calming Dragon Man and convinces Jackson that killing Harrow won't see justice done. Convinced to spare Harrow, Will o' the Wisp thanks Spider-Man for his help and leaves. In all the confusion, Dragon Man manages to escape as well. Spider-Man decides to let the android go, thinking that everyone deserves a second chance.

Appearing in "Little Deaths"

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Synopsis for "Little Deaths"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.

Peter Parker's health has been in deterioration for some time, with his vital signs crashing, Ben Reilly and Peter's wife Mary Jane stand by his bed and wait for the end to come.[Continuity 67] The doctors have done everything they could and now leave the pair to mourn the loss of Peter Parker.[Continuity 68] After Peter flat-lines, Mary Jane and Ben mourn his passing in silence. They then leave the room, when Mary Jane completely breaks down. Back inside, Peter Parker suddenly comes back to life, his body spasming all over. To his surprise, his hands cling to the side of his hospital bed, ripping the material off. In a panic, Peter leaps out of the bed and tosses it across the room with tremendous strength. Losing his balance, Peter trips over his own feet and crashes into the bank of life support machines. the racket causes Ben, Mary Jane, and some nurses to rush into the room. They are all shocked to discover that Peter Parker is alive and well.

Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, Joe Robertson and Glory Grant search the ruins of J. Jonah Jameson's office for any clues as to what happened to him. The only thing they are able to find is a file on the Rand Meachum Corporation.[Continuity 69] They are then interrupted by one of the interns who informs them that there is something wrong with one of their news feeds.[Continuity 70] When they go and check, they see the word "onslaught" written over and over across the screen.[Continuity 71] At that moment, Curt Connors is traveling through Manhattan. The overcrowded streets, pollution, and crime make him bitterly wonder the world is becoming and wonders what sort of world he will leave behind for his son, Billy. Seeing an interview of presidential candidate Graydon Creed, who is in another one of his anti-mutant tirades, makes him think that he needs to do something.[Continuity 72] Curt Connors is not the only one concerned about Graydon Creed's potential rise to power, as his concerns are mirrored by Spider-Man as he swings across the city. However, he tries to keep his mind on good things, like Peter being alive. He soon arrives on the scene of a crime that has apparently been committed by Stilt-Man. This is added to another series of robberies apparently committed by the Ringer, Shocker, and Trapster.[Continuity 73] That's when he hears reports of the Lizard on a rampage and goes to the waterfront where the creature has been sighted.

Thinking this is Curt Connors, Spider-Man tries to stop the Lizard, but it manages to escape.[Continuity 74] Knowing that Connors always has an agenda when he is the Lizard, the wall-crawler wonders what the creature is up to and suddenly remembers the Connors was brought in as a specialist for Peter and rushes to the hospital. At the hospital, Peter Parker is being examined by Curt Connors, who is surprised to discover that Parker is back in full health. That's when they hear a fight happening across the street. Looking out the window, Peter and Curt witness as Spider-Man battles the Lizard. This comes as a shock to Peter since Curt Connors has always been the Lizard. Curt is horrified that this creature has followed him and flees from the hospital. Meanwhile, Spider-Man is not doing so well against the Lizard. That's when he is saved by Peter, who has come to help, revealing that his spider-powers are back. However, when the Lizard swats Peter over the side of the building, his fingers fail to cling to the walls and he begins to slip. Spider-Man swings down and rescues him, allowing the Lizard to escape. Spider-Man isn't overly concerned as he knows he can track down Curt Connors later. That's when Peter reveals that whoever this creature is, it is not Curt Connors.

Appearing in "Suicidal Tendencies"

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Synopsis for "Suicidal Tendencies"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #238.

Four Days Ago

On a deserted stretch of road in New Jersey, an accountant is lost in thought about his job, when his car is suddenly attacked by the Lizard.

Today

Curt Connors has flown back home to Florida in order to get away from the Lizard creature that has been stalking him for some time. Although he is out of New York City, Florida is suffering from the pollution and human apathy he found so repellant in Manhattan. When he returns home, there is a note waiting for him from his wife, Martha, telling him that their son Billy will be home late after school. When Billy finally gets home, he doesn't stay long as he decides to go out and play with his friends, leaving Curt alone once more. Retiring to his lab, Connors begins thinking about his life totally changed. Years earlier he was medic in the military. During a conflict overseas his arm was injured by enemy fire.[Continuity 75] It wasn't long afterward that he was informed that his arm had become infected with gangrene and had to be amputated.[Continuity 76] After he had recovered, he returned home and happily reunited with his wife and son. He then began researching lizards in the hopes of learning how to duplicate their ability to regrow lost limbs and apply it to human beings, particularly so he could grow back his lost arm. His first human test backfired when Connors drank the formula, turning himself into the Lizard for the first time.[Continuity 77]

Three Nights Ago

In Fairfax, Virginia, a large family is woken by the sound of something in their backyard. When Sal, the man of the house, goes to check it out he tells his wife and children to go back to bed. When the Lizard walks out of the shadows, Sal and his family are horrified by the creature, prompting his wife to call 911 for help.[Continuity 78]

This Evening

Billy still hasn't returned home leaving Curt to worry about where his son can be. He sits down and begins watching television. As he watches a news story about Sentinels invading New York City, he thinks about how dangerous the world has become.[Continuity 79] He tries to keep himself under control, reminding himself that he is no longer taking his medication. This causes him to think back to a few months ago and what caused all of this additional stress...

Months Ago

Hiring on a lab assistant named Aldo, Curt Connors was attempting to flush out the unique fluids in his brain that triggered his transformation into the Lizard. Using lizards as test subjects, they failed to find a cure, as the serum caused horrible mutations in their test subjects. When Aldo suggested that their experiments weren't pure enough, Curt realizes that his anti-anxiety medication have been affecting the results of their tests and he needs to purge the drug from his system. Things turned tragic when Aldo ran an unauthorized test on a severed lizard tail with Curt's DNA causing it to grow into a humanoid lizard. The creature mortally wounded Aldo and escaped.

Earlier Today

In Georgia, there is news about horses that were slaughtered by something eye-witnesses were calling some kind of monstrous lizard. The media has been following the pattern of strange attacks as they travel south down the east coast of the United States. Watching the news is Ben Reilly, who makes the connection and realizes that this is the Lizard creature he recently fought and that it is heading to Florida, the home of Curt Connors. Reilly decides to head down to Florida to help Curt before someone gets hurt.

Later That Evening

When Billy Connors gets home, Curt is furious that the boy was out past his curfew. He becomes furious at the boy, but stops short of harming Billy. Connors is horrified by his anger and begins to fear what kind of monster he has become. Suddenly, the Lizard monster comes crashing through the window. Grabbing Billy, Curt then rushes the boy to the relative safety of his lab. When the Lizard creature tries to break in, it is attacked by Spider-Man who knocks it into the bushes. That's when Spider-Man hears the audible snap of the monster's neck. Suddenly, Curt Connors -- having become the Lizard again -- emerges from the bushes with the dead body of his attacker in its scaled clutches.

Appearing in "Sudden Sacrifices"

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Synopsis for "Sudden Sacrifices"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #239.

Martha Connors wakes up to discover that her husband, Curt Connors, is not in bed with her. As she begins to wonder where he husband is, she hears a loud crash from outside. Outside, she sees Spider-Man battling the Lizard, with her son Billy caught in the middle. As the wall-crawler dodges the Lizard's attacks, he is surprised that his foe is more savage than ever before. He thinks back to the events that led to this battle, how Curt Connors had recently come to New York to examine Peter Parker when his health was failing.[Continuity 80] With the return of Connors, the Lizard wasn't too far behind. However, while the wall-crawler believed that it Connors as the Lizard. He followed Connors back to Florida where he discovered that the Lizard he fought in New York was a different creature and that Connors became the Lizard once more to kill the man-monster.[Continuity 81] Although Curt became the Lizard again to protect his son, Billy, this has made Curt a threat again.

With both Martha and Billy in danger, Spider-Man uses his webbing to snare the corpse of the creature and use it to trip up the Lizard. This angers the Lizard but focuses its attention on the wall-crawler. As the two brawls, the fight takes them out into the swamps. This works against the web-slinger as the Lizard uses its ability to communicate with other reptiles and summons a horde of snakes, alligators, and other creatures from the swamp. The Lizard explains that it will make reptiles the dominant race on Earth and then orders the reptiles to swarm Spider-Man. As the web-head struggles to get free, he is bitten by one of the snakes and starts feeling the effects of the reptile's venom. That's when Billy Connors rushes to the scene of the battle, begging his father not to kill Spider-Man. At first, the Lizard refuses to acknowledge the boy as his own son, but when a falling tree threatens the boy, Curt Connor's mind takes control of the Lizard's body and leaps in to save Billy. The Lizard is pinned under the tree across a nearby stream and the water is rising, at the risk of drowning the creature. Although he is slowed by the snake venom coursing through his system, Spider-Man tries to lift the tree off of the Lizard, but can't get a good grasp due to the mud.

Since it is the Lizard's arm that is keeping the creature trapped, Spider-Man tries to convince it to revert back to Curt Connors, as his human form would be able to wiggle free. However, the Lizard would rather drown then allow itself to become Connors again. When this fails, Spider-Man then tries to speak to Connor's mind, pointing out that Billy is in danger and that his death will free the reptiles from his control and that they will likely attack the boy. This gets through to Curt Connors who takes control and changes back to human form. This saves Billy's life, and Curt manages to pull free from under the tree. By this point, the venom in Spider-Man's system has caused the hero to pass out. After making sure his son is okay, Curt quickly administers the anti-venom that saves the wall-crawler's life. Taking the flight back home, Ben Reilly thinks about how Curt Connors is a selfless man who will do whatever he can for the benefit of humanity. While back in Florida, Curt Connors ponders a newspaper article warning of a grim future in the forecast. He begins looking out the window, the shadow the Lizard looming heavily on his shoulders.

Appearing in "The Promise"

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Synopsis for "The Promise"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #71.

After some of his men failed to eliminate Hammerhead, Don Fortunato has decided to make an example of them. To show his other minions the price of failure, Fortunato has the two men dropped down a well, at the bottom is a pack of hungry wolves that devour the two men. Turning to the observers, he warns his men that any further failures will be treated the same way.

Meanwhile, at the New York University Medical Center, Peter Parker clings to life as his body is wracked with seizures due to an unknown illness. As his wife Mary Jane watches on, Curt Connors and his team of doctors manage to stabilize Peter for the time being.[Continuity 82] Mary Jane then pulls Connors aside and asks for the truth. Sadly, Curt doesn't think they will be able to cure Peter and he may not live through the night. Putting on a brave face, Mary Jane goes back into the room and spends time with her husband who is exhausted after his ordeal. He learns that Ben hasn't arrived yet and Mary Jane tells him to get some rest, promising to be by his side when he wakes up. At that moment, Ben Reilly is out as Spider-Man investigating a strange train robbery that appears to have been committed by the Trapster. This is yet another in a series of robberies, apparently committed by other criminals including the Ringer and the Shocker. This leaves the wall-crawler to wonder if all of these criminals are working together.[Continuity 83] Realizing that he is late to meet up with Peter and Mary Jane at the hospital, Spider-Man swings off to the hospital.

At that moment, an emergency room doctor ducks into a room to get some rest after a particularly busy night. Unfortunately, his rest is interrupted by Hammerhead who threatens the doctor with a gun and demands immediate medical attention after his encounter with Don Fortunato's men. By this point, Ben Reilly has arrived at Peter room to meet up with his "cousin" and Mary Jane. After sending Mary Jane off to get something to eat, Peter asks Ben to do him a favor.[Continuity 84] Ben tells Peter he will do whatever is asked of him. That's when Peter tells Ben that he is dying, and figures it is due to the cellular degeneration that affects all of the Jackal's clones.[Continuity 85] He asks Ben to look after Mary Jane and his baby after he dies. Ben promises to do just that and a relieved and exhausted Peter Parker slips back asleep.

Meanwhile, Hammerhead's wounds have been patched up and he begins thinking about his next move.[Continuity 86] Peeking out of the hospital room, Hammerhead spots Ben Urich talking on a nearby payphone. Remembering how Urich was present when Fortunato's minions attempt on his life and decide that he and the reporter need to have a talk. Back upstairs, Ben Reilly is leaving Peter's room when he runs into Mary Jane. When he tries to talk to her about what Peter told him, she stops him saying that she needs to believe Peter will pull through this, reminding Ben that they are fighters. Ben understands, hugs Mary Jane and then goes downstairs for coffee. At that moment, outside Ben Reilly's apartment, Jimmy-6 knocks at the door. With his life still in jeopardy, Jimmy needs a place to lay low and decided to take Ben Reilly up on his offer to crash at his place. Fearing that he is being observed, Jimmy uses a pocket knife to pick the lock to Ben's apartment and invites himself in. Back at the medical center, Ben Reilly bumps into Ben Urich. Their talk about Peter's condition is interrupted when suddenly Hammerhead reaches out from the room behind Urich and pulls him in, just as Reilly's spider-sense begins going off. Putting a gun in Urich's face, Hammerhead demands the reporter to tell him what he knows about Don Fortunato's hit on him.

That's when Spider-Man comes crashing into the room to stop him from harming Ben Urich. The wall-crawler is looking forward to talking to Hammerhead about his recent battle with an assassin named Delilah.[Continuity 87] Hammerhead doesn't know what the wall-crawler is talking about but is spoiling for a rematch. That's when the mobster rips open his shirt revealing an exoskeleton he recently started wearing again to boost his powers.[Continuity 88] As the two battle it out, Spider-Man seals off the hallway in webbing to prevent the mobster from grabbing any hostages. When the web-slinger rips off the power packs from Hammerhead's exoskeleton, stripping him of his enhanced strength. Unwilling to surrender, Hammerhead begins shooting his gun. Although Spider-Man dodges the bullets, they strike some nearby oxygen tanks causing an explosion. As Spider-Man recovers from the blast, Hammerhead manages to get away.

That's when he overhears a code blue being called to Peter Parker's room. Fearing the worst, Spider-Man rushes to Peter's room. With his vital signs fading, Peter reminds Ben of his promise. He then tells Mary Jane that he loves her. Peter then begins to black out as his heart monitor begins to flatline.

Appearing in "The World's Gone Mad!"

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Synopsis for "The World's Gone Mad!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #72.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #415...

Climbing across the rooftops of Manhattan, Peter Parker takes photos of the Sentinel invasion of the city.[Continuity 89] As he goes about this task, he thinks about how he used to be Spider-Man. That was until he lost his powers, even though they have recently been coming back sporadically.[Continuity 90] His life was going well until the world went mad due to Onslaught's invasion. He is glad that he was able to get Mary Jane to the relative safety of the Daily Bugle building before going out on the field. That's when his spider-sense kicks back in alerting him of danger behind him. Turning to look, Peter sees a pair of Sentinels chasing after the real Spider-Man. This is just another reminder to Peter that Ben Reilly was the real Peter Parker all along and he was just a clone who took over Reilly's life for five years.[Continuity 91] As a Sentinel blast's the wall-crawler's web-line, Peter thinks his "brother" is in trouble and climbs down to see what he can do to help.

Down on the streets, Spider-Man has webbed up one of the Sentinels and is about to toss compact car after two more. Throwing the vehicle at one of the Sentinel's destroys its face, but it allows the third to grab the web-slinger. Before the Sentinel can eliminate its target, Peter tosses rocks at its face to try and get its attention. That's when the Sentinel's sensors begin detecting Peter Parker's spider-powers. Before it can blast Peter with its free hand, Spider-Man manages to get his arms free and blasts the Sentinel's eyes with webbing. He then manages to break free from the Sentinel's grip and pull Peter to safety. As they swing away, the Sentinels blast Spider-Man from behind, the pain causes him to blackout. As they fall to the ground, Peter quickly uses Ben's web-shooters to spin a parachute that lands them safely inside a smokestack. There, Reilly recovers from the blast and feels a chill down his spine, remembering that the last time he was in one, Peter was disposing of his body when he thought Ben was dead.[Continuity 92] The two then manage to make some jokes in light of the situation.[Continuity 93] While they are joking, Spider-Man finds a vent at the bottom of the smokestack that leads into the sewers below.

Down there, Ben reminds Peter that this is strictly a Spider-Man situation and that he doesn't need to worry about Peter's safety during this crisis. That's when Spider-Man begins to grey out, prompting Peter to come to his aid. Suddenly, the Sentinels begin digging their way into the tunnel, having tracked Peter and Spider-Man with their sensors. Ben convinces Peter to get to safety and get back to his wife.[Continuity 94] Peter relents, and is given Ben's web-shooters before he leaves. As Parker runs down the tunnel, Ben tells his "brother" to go and be a father to his unborn child.[Continuity 95] By this point, the Sentinels have managed to rip their way into the tunnel. As one of them reaches in to kill Spider-Man, the wall-crawler sits back gaining his strength. When the Sentinel's hand gets close enough, Spider-Man uses a severed pipe to slice through the robot's hand off its wrist. He then throws the pipe at his attack, impaling it through the robot's head.

This doesn't stop a second Sentinel from grabbing Spider-Man and blasting him with its hand blaster. However, before the wall-crawler can be killed, Peter comes back and wraps the webbing around the Sentinel's neck. Feeling his spider-powers fading again, Peter quickly uses his waning strength to rip off the robot's head and uses it to smash the other robots. Peter admits that while he wasn't the real Spider-Man, he was good at it when he held the mantle. Ben agrees and the two agree to work together. Hearing that the Avengers and the X-Men are gearing up make a final strike against Onslaught, the pair decide to see what they can do to lend a hand.[Continuity 96]

Appearing in "Webs of Time"

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Synopsis for "Webs of Time"

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

Prologue

Guards at the Mexican Temple of Tirod stop an oncoming jeep thinking that it is a load of tourists who can't read the signs warning that this site is off limits. However, it turns out to be a pair of locals named Rosita and her brother Rufino. They insist that they have been to the temple plenty of times and should be allowed passage. Despite the fact that Rosita tries her best to seduce their way in, the guards turn them around. As it turns out, the pair were actually working as a distraction for two American explorers named Teddy and Cheryl who don't buy the local superstitions about the site and have come to explore the site for the thrill. When they hear something moving in the darkness they go to investigate, but Teddy thinks its nothing more than harmless insects. However, they run into something deadly and their screams are heard by the guards who rush into the temple to see what is going on. There they find impossibly old bodies strung up on webs. What is more fantastic is one of the guards notes that Cheryl's camera is a current model, yet looks just as ancient as the mummified corpses that have been strung up. That's when something comes out of the shadow and attacks them as well.

Chapter One: Time Waits for No One

The Black Widow and the Scarlet Witch arrive at Avengers Mansion just as Jarvis is receiving documents from Stark Industries that were requested by Tony Stark. When Wanda asks why the data wasn't transmitted electronically, Jarvis explains that Tony requested the information be sent physically as it would be delivered by an operative code-named "Dark Condiment".[Continuity 97] Hearing this name explains everything for the two women who find this both amusing and interesting. While in the training room, Iron Man and undergoing a training session with Hawkeye. The session is being monitored by Giant-Man and the Wasp who are using an old battle between Hawkeye and the original Iron Man to train the youth to be the equal of his future self.[Continuity 98] From the observation booth, the Wasp asks why they aren't having Tony wear the exact same armor as in the recording to train young Tony. Hank points out that Stark needs the specific armor he is wearing in order to live and says the purpose is to learn all of Iron Man's old fighting techniques with this new armor.[Continuity 99]

Things turn when Hawkeye uses an arrow with a concussive mechanism that affects Iron Man's armor, threatening to short it out. As the others rush to his aid, Iron Man insists that he can help himself and manages to discharge the energy overload. However, in the process of doing so, Iron Man buries Hawkeye under a ton of debris. Fearing the worst, Iron Man searches the rubble for Hawkeye with Giant-Man and the Wasp. When they find no trace of their teammate, Iron Man fears the worst until Hawkeye emerges from an escape hatch. He explains that Tony's older self-created these hatches in their training room five years ago and tells young Tony that he is going to need to learn to control his temper if he is ever going to measure up to his future self.[Continuity 100] That's when Jarivs interrupts them to inform Iron Man that the documents he requested have arrived.

Meanwhile, in Jamaica Bay, someone wearing an original Spider-Man costume comes to the rescue of people caught in the middle of a drive-by shooting. This wall-crawler webs up the shooters car and then quickly rounds up the gang members and takes them away of the scene. Eyewitnesses cheer on Spider-Man, however, they soon notice that the shooters car has suddenly aged by hundreds of years for some strange reason.

Back at Avengers Mansion, Tony meets with "Dark Condiment" turns out to be Pepper Potts, who is delivered all the files that will get Tony up to speed on what his future self was able to accomplish. It soon becomes clear that Tony has arranged for this delivery so he can flirt with Pepper Potts, whom he was instantly smitten with. Pepper doesn't like where this is going, and gets offended when Tony suggests that his future self was a jerk for letting her throw her life away by marrying Happy Hogan.[Continuity 101] Stark doesn't seem to realize how inappropriate his advances are to a married woman, but this increasingly uncomfortable scene is interrupted by Jarvis who comes to tell Pepper that her husband is waiting for her in the parking garage. Tony finally gets a clue and tries to apologize, but Pepper is still upset with him. After she has gone, Tony dismisses Jarvis and begins chastising himself for being so stupid.

The next day in Brooklyn, Henry Gyrich is brought to a crime scene where the bodies of the drive-by shooters have been discovered. To the horror of officers on the scene, these bodies have been strung up on webs and their bodies have been aged some 90 years. However, Gyrich is the only one to recognize the identities of the shooters.

At that moment, Thor is answering an Avengers distress call that is being transmitted on a wavelength that hasn't been used in years. He arrives at the scene just as Giant-Man is thrown out of a nearby warehouse. Pym warns Thor that it is a trap, and the thunder god is soon attacked by someone who appears to be Spider-Man.[Continuity 102] Thor is having trouble trying to catch the wall-crawler, who attempts to web up Giant-Man. However, the webbing is severed when Captain America arrives and tosses his shield through it, saving Giant-Man. As the battle continues, Henry Gyrich has come to Avengers Mansion to brief the team on the strange murders and his theory that they are connected to Spider-Man. Since Spider-Man is a considered a member of the Avengers, Gyrich orders the team to clean-up the situation before the government does.[Continuity 103] As the Avengers argue over logistics with Gyrich, Ben Reilly catches a news report about "Spider-Man's" actions in Jamaica Bay and worries that this is another clone created by the Jackal.[Continuity 104] Quickly changing into Spider-Man, Ben swings across the city and pays a visit to one of the eye-witnesses. Unfortunately, she is too frightened of the wall-crawler to provide any important information, but the wall-crawler catches a news report about his impostor's battle with the Avengers on the woman's television.

Back at Avengers Mansion, the teams meeting with Gyrich is interrupted by a distress call from the Wasp who alerts them that she, Captain America, Thor, and Giant-Man are in serious trouble before the transmission is cut off. By this point, Spider-Man has arrived on the scene and finds the Avengers webbed up in the warehouse. He also manages to get the drop on his impostor, who believes himself to be the real Spider-Man and that Ben Reilly is the impostor. When Spider-Man tries to web up the impostor's hands, he is surprised when the webbing rapidly ages and crumbles to dust. Suddenly, the phony Spider-Man says that it is the time for something called the "joining" and web-slings into a nearby portal. Not willing to let his impostor get away without learning what this is all about, Spider-Man manages to snare the fake with a web-line and is pulled through the portal in the process.

Chapter Two: Having the Time of My Life

Spider-Man finds himself being pulled through a strange plane of existence where he can see the faces of everyone he knew as both Peter Parker and Ben Reilly flash before his eyes. Spotting his impostor, Spider-Man tries to resume the chase but soon finds himself reliving the day the Green Goblin murdered Gwen Stacy.[Continuity 105] The web-head is caught off guard when Gwen's lifeless body suddenly changes into the burglar who murdered his Uncle Ben.[Continuity 106] Confused, Spider-Man watches as the burglar breaks free and flees with Uncle Ben chasing him. The scene changes yet again, and Spider-Man finds himself being attacked by Thor, Giant-Man, the Wasp, and Captain America. However, they are wearing older costumes then each of these Avengers currently wears. That's when Spider-Man recognizes where he is, the Temple of Tirod, where he and the Avengers once fought Kang the Conqueror and his Spider-Man robot years earlier.[Continuity 107] Looking at one of the computer monitors, Spider-Man sees Iron Man approaching the scene. However, before he can respond he is struck from behind by his impostor's webbing. This causes the wall-crawler to hallucinate that he is a young child again at his Aunt May's dinner table. However, this table is in the middle of a cemetery and he is soon confronted by the zombified corpse of his Aunt May and the ghosts of his parents, who all welcome him back to the family.[Continuity 108]

Spider-Man is snapped out of this hallucination by the rapid blows of Quicksilver, who thinks that Spider-Man is responsible for what happened to his fellow Avengers. Disorientated, Spider-Man manages to fight off the speedster's attack. The wall-crawler finds himself back in the warehouse, but before he can explain himself he is incapacitated by the Vision's intangible hand.

Chapter Three: Killing Time

At Columbia University, young Tony Stark struggles to stay awake during a lecture when the class when he suddenly feels a heart attack coming on as something interferes with the device that is keeping his heart beating. That's when the Spider-Man impostor comes crashing in and webs up everyone in the classroom and they begin rapidly aging. Apparently, this impostor has been absorbing temporal energies from people in order to create a temporal meltdown. Calling Tony his master, this fake Spider-Man grabs the youth and teleports away. By this time, the Avengers return to headquarters with Spider-Man, however they have already figured out that this is not the wall-crawler that has been attacking people. When Gyrich reveals that he knows this as well, it angers the Black Widow who punches the government agent across the face. This is because the government has arranged to have the Temple of Tirod secured so scientists can examine the strange webbing. The scientists examine the strange energy distortions the webbing is giving when suddenly, the webbing begins to expand and envelop them.

Back at Avengers Mansion, Spider-Man is recovering from the beating he took and is trying to make sense of all the images he saw when Quicksilver was beating on him. One was Captain America during the time the Star-Spangled Avenger was still trapped in suspended animation in the Arctic.[Continuity 109] In the next, he was Janet van Dyne at some point 10 years in the past. Although not frozen in ice, Janet was unable to move as though she was aware she was trapped in a single moment of time. The next was Thor during the period he was in exile before his return in the modern age.[Continuity 110] The last vision was of Hank Pym while he was still in utero, also stuck in a single moment of time. He realizes that these Avengers are all trapped in a pocket of time and that he narrowly avoided the same fate. At that moment, the Avengers are being briefed by Henry Gyrich, and they finally put together the fact that the rogue Spider-Man is actually a robot duplicate that Kang used to attack the Avengers years earlier. Wanda points out that the robot never had powers to drain the chronal energies from people, and Gyrich explains that the recent Timeslide event somehow affected the Spider-Man robot, connecting the robot's original web with the time machines that Kang left in the temple.[Continuity 111] That's when they are joined by Spider-Man who fills them in on the fate of the other Avengers. They are then informed by Quicksilver that the Spider-Man robot had just kidnapped Iron Man, and how it thinks it is his master. Furious, at being kept in the dark, the Avengers demand answers from Gyrich.

Quicksilver quickly runs to Mexico and enters the temple where Iron Man is being held by the Spider-Man robot -- now calling itself the Timespinner. With all the energies it has stolen, the Timespinner is now able to extend the field that allows him to absorb the chronal energies around him causing everything and everyone around the temple to start rapidly aging. When the Avengers and Spider-Man arrive in a Quinjet they are stricken by the same effects. The only people left standing are the Vision (due to his artificial body), Crystal (who, as an Inhuman is longer lived than normal humans), and Spider-Man (who theorizes that the Timespinner refuses to acknowledge his existence). Inside the temple, Quicksilver is also unaffected by the Timespinner's powers due to his unique metabolism. There he overhears the Timespinner telling Iron Man that he is intending of reducing the coming centuries to dust for his "master" to rule over, thinking that Iron Man is Kang. However, these explanations elicit no response from Iron Man. Young Tony has been aged to an adult and as he thinks over the Timespinner's offer, Quicksilver blows his cover to try and convince Tony not to go through with the robot's plans. At the suggestion that he is going crazy as his older self did, Tony gets upset and blasts Quicksilver with his repulsor rays. That's when Crystal arrives and orders Iron Man to step away from her husband.[Continuity 112] While the Timespinner is busy battling Crystal, Iron Man decides not to go with the robot's ploy and begins destroying the machines. When the Webspinner tries to stop him, Spider-Man distracts the robot long enough for the Vision to phase his hand through the robot's head causing it to explode in a brilliant flash of light.

Epilogue

With the destruction of the Timespinner, all the damage done by the robot is set right. Teddy and Cheryl are exploring the temple again as though nothing happened. This time, instead of finding the Webspinner, they come across a harmless spider-web. While in New York, all of the affected Avengers are happy to be free of the time trap, all except for the Wasp who still mourns the loss of her humanity.[Continuity 113] While in the Avenger's garage, Spider-Man and Tony Stark talk about the whole experience. Tony recalls how being aged to a full grown adult caused all the memories of his battle with his older self to come flooding back. However, he quickly realized that he had to break the cycle and make sure he doesn't become like his older self and that's why he turned against the Timespinner. As Hawkeye reminds Tony that he has another training session, Tony concludes by saying that he needs to learn from his past and his future to make a better present and that the Avengers will help him accomplish that.

Appearing in "The Sting of Conscience!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #13.

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Synopsis for "The Sting of Conscience!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #13.

The Scorpion has taken J. Jonah Jameson prisoner, and when the newspaper publisher calls the villain by his real name, the lunatic loses his temper insisting that MacDonald Gargan is dead and that there is only the Scorpion left. The Scorpion explains that he has new poison in his stinger. A single sting will cause agony, a second will cause paralysis and death within 24 hours, a third sting will kill instantly. Suddenly afraid for his life, Jonah tries to bargain with the Scorpion, however, no amount of money can top what his current employers are giving him for this job. When Jameson calls him Gargan again, the Scorpion stings him for the first time, warning him that there will be more if he continues to call him by his former name.

At that moment, at the Daily Bugle, the newsroom is swarming with rumors about who captured J. Jonah Jameson and why. When a photographer tries to gain access to Jonah's office to take photos, he is stopped by Joe Robertson, who informs his staff that nobody is going into Jonah's office until Jonah is back safe and sound. Ben Urich offers the theory that Jonah has been kidnapped in order to scare the Bugle from continuing their investigation into Rand/Meachum, although Joe can't believe this unless they have evidence. That's when they are informed that Jonah's wife, Marla Madison, as well as the authorities and both are on the way. Urich questions if the police are going to be able to do anything, Joe points out that they have nowhere else to go.

Meanwhile, in Time Square, Luke Cage returns to the Gem Theater, where his career as a "Hero for Hire" all began.[Continuity 114] Going up to the Gem's office he discovers a surprise party has been put together for him by his friends D.W. Griffith, Colleen Wing, Misty Knight, and Toby -- a homeless man who frequently helped Luke on cases over the years. As he catches up, he learns that D.W. is struggling to keep the Gem open. When Colleen offers him the position in Knightwing Restorations now that Misty is working for Nelson, Murdock, and Sharpe.[Continuity 115] However, Luke turns down the offer, intending to be his own man and using his powers to help those in need. That's when a fateful call comes in offering Luke Cage a job.

Soon, Luke Cage is at a press conference at the Daily Bugle, confirming that he has been hired by the newspaper to find their missing publisher. It's in the middle of this press conference that Ben Urich gets a call back from the police lab who have determined that the Scorpion has kidnapped J. Jonah Jameson.[Continuity 116] When Ken Ellis questions Luke Cage's ability to stop the Scorpion, Cage takes offense to this. In front of the live television cameras, Cage reiterates that he is as strong as Spider-Man and as mean as the Hulk and has what it takes to take down the Scorpion. This live broadcast is caught by Ben Reilly at the Daily Grind, who thinks Cage is crazy for taking the Scorpion on alone and rushes out to see what he can do to help. Quickly changing into Spider-Man, Ben goes to the Daily Bugle to look for clues in Jonah's office that the police may have missed. There he is caught by Jonah's wife Marla Madison, who, instead of blaming Spider-Man for her husband's kidnapping asks for his help.[Continuity 117] She gives him a piece of evidence that she did not give to the police, a warning sent to her husband telling him to end investigations into Rand/Meachum. As he takes the note, the wall-crawler's spider-sense begins going off warning him of the arrival of the Scorpion, who has returned to the scene of the crime. The villain has come because he warned Marla not to go to the press about Jonah's kidnapping. While Spider-Man is busy fending off his foe, Marla rushes off to try and get some help. In the middle of the struggle, Spider-Man is tagged by the Scorpion's stinger, causing him a great deal of pain. When Gargan tries to strike Marla, the wall-crawler leaps in the way, getting stung a second time. That's when the Scorpion explains how his new toxin works and how Spider-Man will die within a day if he doesn't get the antidote. However, Gargan isn't going to give the wall-crawler the chance and prepares to go in for the third, lethal sting. With his remaining strength, Spider-Man grabs Marla and swings to safety on the street below. With NYPD's Code: Blue arriving on the scene, the Scorpion wisely flees the scene.

That evening, at the Mason Building, Luke Cage visits Misty Knight at the offices of Nelson, Murdock, and Sharpe. He has come because he has heard that Rand/Meachum might be involved in Jameson's kidnapping and needs Misty's help to get in touch with his old friend, Danny Rand. Misty can't help him there, saying that Danny hasn't been uncommunicative recently and she doesn't know why. Still, this doesn't dissuade Luke, who decides to make a personal visit to their mutual friend. He then goes to the Rand/Meachum Building where he forces his way into Danny's office. There he witnesses the Contemplator floating over Danny, but the being quickly vanishes.[Continuity 118] When Cage asks Danny what's going on, Rand explains that he hasn't been well of late and that the specter of something evil looms over him. Luke doesn't buy it, but Danny points out that while Luke has spent his time in Chicago working for a sleazy tabloid, he hasn't used his money or influence to do any good for the world either.[Continuity 119] Although Danny is willing to give up on his heroic past, but Luke won't hear anything of it. When he tells Danny about potential corruption in the company, Danny wouldn't know anything about it, deferring Cage to Jason Quartermaster -- the man who deals with Rand/Meachum's day-to-day operations. Before leaving to question Quartermaster, Luke tells Danny that he's got to choose to be a hero, that nobody can make that decision but him. Thinking to himself, Danny can't help but think that Luke is right, but after so many years of leaving the land of K'un-Lun, he feels lost.[Continuity 120] While downstairs, Luke Cage questions Quartermaster, who scoffs at the idea his company is involved in illegal activities. Still, Luke is not convinced and is not convinced and warns Quartermaster that he will keep a close watch. After Luke leaves, Jason contacts the Scorpion and tells him to deal with Luke Cage.

When Luke returns to the Gem Theater he finds the Scorpion waiting for him inside the office. The villain offers him a briefcase full of money in order to stop his investigation. When Cage refuses the money, the Scorpion lays into him, easily overpowering the hero for hire. However, Spider-Man soon comes crashing in to lend Cage an assist. Unfortunately, the venom in Spider-Man has greatly weakened him and the Scorpion easily overpowers the wall-crawler. Even though he has defeated both Spider-Man and Luke Cage, the increasingly unhinged Scorpion flees the scene anyway. After comparing notes, Spider-Man informs Luke that he is not going to stop until he finds Jonah and gets him to safety, even though he has 12 hours left to find an antidote. However, he has deduced that the Scorpion would need access to a gigantic lab to create the toxins he uses. Luke knows just the place to start searching, but they are interrupted by the arrival of Code: Blue, who arrives on the scene too late to do anything. Later, Spider-Man goes back to the Daily Bugle to look through their morgue files in the hopes of finding some clue as to where the Scorpion is hiding Jameson. However, he is shocked to discover that all of the files on his foe have been removed. The wall-crawler is about to give up when he thinks about how he let down his Uncle Ben years earlier and made his Aunt May a widow, something he doesn't want Marla Madison to experience.[Continuity 121] He is found by Marla Madison, who questions why the wall-crawler is still looking for her husband instead of trying to find a cure for himself. However, Spider-Man refuses to give up, which reminds Marla of her husband. When Marla remarks that the Scorpion was ranting about how J. Jonah Jameson murdered Mac Gargan, Spider-Man finally realizes where his foe has been keeping Jonah this whole time and leaves.

Meanwhile, Luke Cage breaks into the Rand/Meachum Building to search for a cure for Scorpion's toxin. He finds Jason Quartermaster waiting for him. Armed with a solvent cannon that sprays a highly corrosive chemical. This keeps Luke on the defensive until Misty Knight interrupts the battle. This distracts Quartermaster long enough for Luke to strike the mad scientist across the face with the chain that serves as Luke's belt. This causes Jason to lose his balance and fall into a vat of chemicals below them. With the facility about to go up, Luke tells Misty to help him find the antidote that will save Spider-Man's life. At that same moment, on Roosevelt Island, the Scorpion continues to hold Jameson prisoner. He has chosen this site because it is where Jameson and Farley Sitwell conducted their experiment that turned him into the Scorpion. Still seeing that day as the day his alter-ego died, the Scorpion reflects on his past life. How he became a private eye in the hopes of doing some good in the world, but only found himself wading through the underbelly of society. Falling into despair, Gargan gave up on life until the day that Jameson approached him for a job. Before he can eliminate Jameson once and for all, Spider-Man comes crashing into the room. However, despite his best efforts, the poison in his system is still doing its work and the wall-crawler begins to falter again.[Continuity 122] However, before the Scorpion can eliminate the wall-crawler, he is stopped by the sudden arrival of Luke Cage, Misty Knight, and Iron Fist. While the Scorpion is distracted, Misty tosses Spider-Man the antidote he needs to survive.

While Spider-Man is recovering, Luke Cage and Iron Fist tackle the Scorpion, but even their combined might and the power of the Iron Fist, aren't enough to take the villain down. Still, he is weakened by the barrage that when Spider-Man joins the fight, he easily overpowers the Scorpion. Suddenly, the Scorpion drops dead, making Spider-Man believe that he accidentally killed Gargan. However, he quickly realizes that the Scorpion injected himself with his own toxins rather than allow himself to be captured. Meanwhile, J. Jonah Jameson is given the antidote by Misty Knight, however, he is none too happy to have been rescued by Spider-Man. Still, Jameson refuses to believe that Spider-Man wasn't involved in his kidnapping. Annoyed that Jonah still can't admit that Spider-Man saved his life, he leaves him in the care of Luke Cage, telling him to enjoy the fee that the Bugle will get charged for hiring Cage to help find him. In the aftermath of the battle, Luke suggests that he and Iron Fist work together again, however, he politely declines. He tells Luke and Misty that he has lost his way and must get back on the correct path.[Continuity 123] Eventually, Code: Blue arrives on the scene, late once more. When they recover the Scorpion's body and put it on transport, they discover that the villain is still alive. Before the officers can contain him, the Scorpion manages to break free. That's when a truck pulls up and men order the Scorpion to get in as their mutual employer seeks to make improvements to his suit so he won't be defeated by Spider-Man again.

Back in Manhattan, Lue Cage has decided to restart his business, finding it more fitting to work out of his old office at the Gem instead of a stuff office like Misty Knight. While at the Daily Grind, Ben is briefly upset when he watches a news report by J. Jonah Jameson, blaming Spider-Man for the kidnapping, saying that a glove that Spider-Man left behind in his office is proof of his claims.

Appearing in "Heart & Soul!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1996.

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Synopsis for "Heart & Soul!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1996.

While riding the subway, Ben Reilly is on the scene when a group of thieves try to mug the other passengers. Slipping away, he changes into Spider-Man and quickly webs up the crooks. Seeing a man shielding the body of a woman he loves, the wall-crawler takes a moment to watch and figures that he is the real hero of the situation. Deciding to web-sling the rest of the way home he thinks about how Peter Parker ended up married to Mary Jane Watson.[Continuity 124] He finds it amusing that he thinks of his clone as Peter Parker, since he is the original, but decided to keep his adopted name of Ben Reilly after using the name for over five years.[Continuity 125] He thinks about how his relationships haven't lasted very long thinking of the various women who have been in his life. This causes him to think back to when times were difference and his mind drifts back to the days when Peter Parker attended Empire State University and was dating Gwen Stacy...

Then[Continuity 126]

... On that particular day, Peter arrived at school with Gwen Stacy and their arrival is witnessed by Mary Jane and Harry Osborn. When Harry points out that they should go steady like Peter and Gwen, Mary Jane brushes it off, pointing out that the son of a millionaire like Harry and a party girl like her could never settle down. As Mary Jane leaves, Harry thinks about how serious he was about settling down, and figures that women would only want to settle with someone dependable like Peter.[Continuity 127] After class, Peter and Gwen are walking home from class when Peter asks if they should tell her father that they are dating, as he is ready to take that next step. When they arrive at the Stacy home, they discover that George Stacy is being visited by Joe Robertson at the Daily Bugle. The couple decide to bring up the subject of their dating later. That's when George bumps a bunch of papers off his desk, prompting Peter to leap down to pick them up. That's when he notices that the paperwork is all photos and newspaper clippings of Spider-Man and he finally begins to wonder what the retired police captain and the city editor at the Daily Bugle would be doing researching Spider-Man. He then leaves the Stacy home for his afternoon classes, promising to meet Gwen at the Coffee Bean later that evening.

While at the offices of Osborn Chemical, Harry Osborn visits his father, Norman. Norman decides to cancel going out for lunch as he has a powerful migraine and a pile of paperwork. When Harry suggests they call a doctor, Norman loses his temper and tells his son that he doesn't need one. When Harry tries to confide in his father about his girl troubles, Norman becomes angry again. He tells the boy to stop being so weak and reminds him of the great legacy that will someday be his, and tells him to toughen up.[Continuity 128] Back at the Stacy home, George and Joe continue to work on uncovering Spider-Man's secret identity. Their only clue is his connection to Peter Parker, a connection George first made when he noticed that Spider-Man was involved in catching the murderer of Ben Parker.[Continuity 129] When Joe leaves to return to work at the Daily Bugle, George decides that he needs to talk to Peter Parker. To this end, he has decides to invite himself along with Gwen when she meets up with Parker later at the Coffee Bean. Since she and Peter want to tell him about their romance, Gwen is delighted to have him along. While back at the office of Norman Osborn, his secretary tells him that he has a phone call from Miles Warren to discuss his funding grant.[Continuity 130] Osborn tells his secretary that he doesn't want to be disturbed as he is still angry at how weak willed his son is. After a sudden moment of inspiration he picks up the phone as he just figured out a plan to force his son to toughen up.

Later, at a seedy bar, Joey Ears listens to the conversations among the patrons to see if there is anything worth selling to his various clients. There he overhears a trio of men who have just been hired to frighten Harry Osborn. Hearing the Osborn name prompts Joey to rush out and let one ofh is clients know the news. Joey pays a visit to the hideout of Kraven the Hunter to tell him about the news regarding the Osborns. This is of great interest to Kraven who once had dealings with Norman Osborn to broker a deal between him and the Green Goblin.[Continuity 131] At that moment, Peter Parker has just haggled with J. Jonah Jameson on the payment for photos of Spider-Man.[Continuity 132] On his way out of the office, Peter is stopped by Joe Robertson who tells Peter that he and George Stacy have some theories on the true identity of Spider-Man and figures that George will want to talk to the boy about them.

As Peter heads for the Coffee Bean, he worries that George may have figured out his secret. When he arrives he notices Harry Osborn sitting by himself while Mary Jane dances with everyone else. Although Harry tells him there is nothing wrong, Peter knows that he is upset that Mary Jane doesn't take their relationship seriously. That's when Gwen pulls Peter aside adn reveals that her father has come out with them. To make matters worse, Peter's spider-sense goes off warning him of the three shady looking men in the back of the Coffee Bean. Peter quickly makes an excuse about calling his Aunt May and slips outside to change into Spider-Man. On the rooftops, he spots Kraven the Hunter running by and wonders what his foe is doing in the area as well. As Spider-Man tries to ambush Kraven, the three hoods inside pull out their guns and hold everyone hostage. One of the crooks, a man named Phil Dietz takes particular interest in George Stacy as the retired officer busted him once. As his fellow goons try to calm Phil down, Gwen begins to wonder where Peter is. That's when Spider-Man and Kraven the Hunter come crashing in through the window. with the gunmen distracted, George clubs one of the gunmen, causing him to drop his gun. When Mary Jane tells Harry to pick it up, the young Osborn is frozen in panic. When Phil tries to shoot George, Spider-Man leaps in the way. When Stacy tells the wall-crawler that he is handy to have around, words he said to Peter Parker earlier that day, he finally makes the connection between Spider-Man and Peter Parker.[Continuity 133] By this point, Kraven finds Harry but is disgusted by the young man's fear. That's when the last gunman tries to take a shot at Kraven, however he easily dispatches him. Having had enough indignities for one day, Kraven then flees the scene.

With the police arriving on the scene, George suggests that Spider-Man take off so he doesn't have to answer any embarrassing questions. Spider-Man takes this as his cue to leave, but he is left to wonder if Stacy has learned the truth about his double identity. Meanwhile, Kraven the Hunter confronts Norman Osborn in his office. Norman is more than happy to give Kraven the money he is owed and offers him a position in the vast criminal empire that he is going to create. Kraven refuses this offer and turns down the money as he finds no honor in his schemes and leaves. While back at the Coffee Bean, Harry goes to see if Mary Jane is okay and she gives him the cold shoulder for acting like a coward. Peter Parker returns, much to the delight of Gwen. Seeing that Peter and Gwen are obviously more than friends and that they are happy together, George decides to keep the fact that he has figured out Spider-Man's true identity a secret until the day he dies...

Now

... Ben thinks about how George did keep Peter's identity a secret until he died. He also thinks about how Gwen was killed by the Green Goblin not long after then.[Continuity 134] He thinks about how a little bit of himself died that day, and decides that perhaps now its time for a change and swings off.

Notes

Continuity

  1. The narrative here covers a lot of things that are going on these are:
    • The on going, and very complicated Clone Saga:
      • 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 current situation with Peter Parker's life:
  2. The Jackal revealed that his clones all suffer from eventual degeneration in Spider-Man #56. Since Peter is not really a clone, this is not the situation.
  3. One of the officers believes that the Ringer is dead. The general public believes the Ringer to have died during the Scourge's massacre at the Bar With No Name in Captain America #319-320. however, he survived and became the cyborg known as Strikeback as seen in The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #3.
  4. Spider-Man recounts his recent battle with the Shocker, Wil O' the Wisp, and Dragon Man whom he fought in Spider-Man Unlimited #12, and The Spectacular Spider-Man #235-236 respectively. He also wonders when the Grizzly will turn up again. While Ben Reilly never fought the Grizzly in the past, he has all of Peter Parker's memories leading up to Amazing Spider-Man #149, he would have memories of Spider-Man's battle against the Grizzly in Amazing Spider-Man #139-140.
  5. Ben apologizes for ducking out on her the other day. That was in Sensational Spider-Man #6.
  6. Ben's relationship with Jessica Carradine is very complicated. In Sensational Spider-Man #3, Ben learned that Jessica is the daughter of the burglar who murdered his Uncle Ben years earlier in Amazing Fantasy #15. She also blamed Spider-Man for her father's death, the burglar actually died of a heart attack as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #200. To make matters even more complicated, she discovered that Ben was Spider-Man in Sensational Spider-Man #4. She hasn't been seen since Sensational Spider-Man #6, and is never seen again.
  7. The Daily Grind was torched during the Blood Brother 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
    It had just recently re-opened last issue.
  8. At the time of this story, Jonah was kidnapped by the Scorpion as revealed in Spider-Man Unlimited #13.
  9. This is a lie, but it reminds Spider-Man that Hammerhead has been trying to take over the criminal underworld in Spider-Man #70. He is trying to fill a void after the Kingpin had recently suffered a fall from grace in Daredevil #300.
  10. The opening narrative of this story mentions a lot of what is going on in the Spider-Books at the time of this story. These elements are:
    • The increasingly complicated Clone Saga
      • 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.
    • The truth is far, far more complicated than all of this. As revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1, this was all part of an elaborate manipulation created by the Green Goblin.
    • The current situation with Peter Parker's life:
  11. Onslaught took over Manhattan by seizing control of an army of Sentinels in X-Men Vol 2 #55.
  12. Joe is referring to a meeting between the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers which occurred in X-Men Vol 2 #55.
  13. Ben makes mention of the fact that he had been in exile for five years before he returned to New York City. Per the Sliding Timesacle of Earth-616 this is roughly the amount of time that has passed between Amazing Spider-Man #149 and now.
  14. Shirley specifically states that she was involved in emergency drills during the Cold War. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  15. Although Peter's powers have been coming back they have been erratic and prone to suddenly shut off as seen in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  16. One of the staffers mentions a battle at the Four Freedoms Plaza. This is in reference to Onslaughts attack on the building in Fantastic Four #416.
  17. Everyone believes that the Avengers and the Fantastic Four sacrificed their lives to stop Onslaught in Onslaught Marve Universe #1. However, they survived and live on in a pocket universe as seen in the Heroes Reborn event. They are discovered alive and returned home during the events of Heroes Reborn: The Return #1-4.
  18. Jimmy-6 has been hiding out at Ben Reilly's place after an attempt on his life in Spider-Man #70.
  19. At the time of this story, Ben Reilly believes he is the original Spider-Man and Peter Parker is a clone. This was told to them in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. In reality, this is all part of a grand deception created by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  20. Mary Jane announces that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 and they were told that they were having a daughter in Sensational Spider-Man #9.
  21. Criminals have been attempting to take control of New York's criminal underworld since the Kingpin was ousted in Daredevil #300. Scrier makes mention of the Richard Fisk's past identities: The Schemer (Amazing Spider-Man #82-85), The Rose (Amazing Spider-Man #253) and Blood Rose (Web of Spider-Man #84.
  22. Scrier's theory that the Rose is Richard Fisk is incorrect, the true identity of the new Rose is revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #436.
  23. Kadrill mentions how Graydon Creed is running for President. He announced his run for the presidency in Uncanny X-Men #337.
  24. The identity of Gaunt and Scrier's mystery employer is revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #418.
  25. 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.
  26. Mary Jane says that it is the nineties this, of course, is a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  27. At the time of this story, everyone believed that Aunt May had died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. This was actually an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #97. May's words here are taken from a speech she gave to Peter in Amazing Spider-Man #18.
  28. Peter collapsed and was rushed to the hospital in Spider-Man #70.
  29. 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.
  30. At the time of this story, Peter had just retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 and then lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. However, his powers will begin coming back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  31. Also at the time of this story, Peter Parker has been led to believe he is a clone and Ben Reilly is the original Spider-Man. That happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. It is also part of a complex lie created by the Green Goblin as seen in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  32. The reason why Jameson hasn't come by is that, at the time of this story, he had recently been kidnapped by the Scorpion as seen in Spider-Man Unlimited #13.
  33. At the time of this story, the Shocker had just recently been arrested following the events of Spider-Man Unlimited #12. The true identity of the thief here is revealed next issue.
  34. Peter collapsed in Spider-Man #70. However, Peter snapped out of his condition and helped Ben battle the Lizard in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  35. This string of robberies were depicted last issue as well as Amazing Spider-Man #414 (the "Shocker" robbery), The Spectacular Spider-Man #237 (the "Stilt-Man" robbery), and Spider-Man #71 (the "Trapster" robbery).
  36. This hideout is the former Aerie hideout of the Owl, first seen in Daredevil #3.
  37. The Looter recounts his origins as they happened in Amazing Spider-Man #36.
  38. Iron Rock's security as compromised when it was attacked by Dragon Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #236.
  39. 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.
  40. Mary Jane revealed that she is pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  41. The Looter briefly mentions how he was recently in the employ of Doctor Octopus. That happened during the Virtual Morality story arc.
    Virtual Morality
    Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 Web of Scarlet Spider #1 Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 Scarlet Spider #1 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
  42. These Sentinels were summoned by the psychic entity known as Onslaught as seen in X-Men Vol 2 #55 as part of the Onslaught Crisis
  43. This story happens shortly after the Onslaught crisis. Spider-Man's own involvement in this event was documented in Amazing Spider-Man #415 and Spider-Man #72.
  44. The theater show listed on the tickets is Rent, which in 1996 was a popular musical on Broadway. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as the production ended its Broadway run in 2008.
  45. The Swarm's recollection shows the Swarm battling Iceman, the Angel, and Spider-Man all at once. However, this is not an accurate representation of events, as these are two different battles. It fought Iceman and Angel as well as the rest of the Champions in Champions #14-15. The battle with Spider-Man took place in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #36-37.
  46. The Swarm's telepathic control was severed in The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #4. The psychic maelstrom in question was unleashed by Onslaught in X-Men Vol 2 #56.
  47. 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 was revealed to be pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  48. The Avengers and the Fantastic Four seemingly sacrificed their lives to destroy Onslaught, as seen in Onslaught Marvel Universe #1. However, they survived and now exist in a pocket dimension as seen in the Heroes Reborn event. They will ultimately be returned to their home reality in Heroes Reborn: The Return #1-4.
  49. Jimmy-6's lives was saved by Ben Reilly in Spider-Man #70.
  50. Ben specifically states that his beeper has gone off. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as pagers are generally considered an obsolete technology.
  51. The narrative specifically states that they went to go see Rent, which in 1996 was a popular musical on Broadway at the time. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timesacle of Earth-616 as the production ended its Broadway run in 2008.
  52. The original Spider-Man battled the Swarm in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #36-37.
  53. Some facts here:
    • Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
    • Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  54. * Peter recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4, but they started returning to The Spectacular Spider-Man #237, although they cut out at random moments since.
    • Mary Jane makes a joke about how they should have gotten Peter's fall on video and sent it to Bob Sagat. At the time of this story, Bob Sagat was the host of "America's Funniest Home Videos". This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as Bob Sagat stopped being the host of the show in 1997.
  55. This was caused by Onslaught's psychic pulse in X-Men Vol 2 #56.
  56. Ben dated Jessica Carradine from Sensational Spider-Man #2-6.
  57. The connection between Osborn and Multivex was uncovered 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
    The full story is uncovered in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journals #1.
  58. This "new" Green Goblin is secretly Phil Urich. At the time of this story, he just recently became the Goblin in Green Goblin #1.
  59. Ben Reilly only has Peter Parker's memories up to Amazing Spider-Man #149, which predates the first time Peter Parker fought Will o' the Wisp for the first time in Amazing Spider-Man #167.
  60. All of Ben Reilly's personal possessions were stolen in Amazing Spider-Man #411 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
  61. 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.
  62. Peter and Mary Jane initially went to Portland to start a new life, as seen in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-4.
  63. Peter first experienced these spasms in Spider-Man #69.
  64. 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.
  65. There is a lot to unpack here, the issues mentioned here are:
  66. This mysterious figure is revealed to be the Looter in Sensational Spider-Man #8.
  67. 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.
  68. Peter's health has been in flux after he lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. Peter has been suffering spasms since Spider-Man #69, which later led to his hospitalization last issue.
  69. Unknown to all, Jonah has been kidnapped by the Scorpion, as revealed in Spider-Man Unlimited #13.
  70. The device is specifically referred to as a teletype. This should be considered a topical reference as these machines are generally considered obsolete.
  71. This is the same message that was discovered on the computers in a Sentinel processing plant in X-Men Vol 2 #46. This is a teaser of the upcoming Onslaught event that kicks off in Onslaught X-Men #1.
  72. At the time of this story, Graydon Creed is attempting to become President of the United States on an anti-mutant platform in X-Men Vol 2 #45.
  73. This string of robberies were depicted in Amazing Spider-Man #414 (the "Shocker" robbery), and Spider-Man #71 (the "Trapster" robbery). The real crook is actually the Looter as revealed in Sensational Spider-Man #8.
  74. Curt Connors first became the Lizard in Amazing Spider-Man #6. However, this is not Curt Connors, but a lizard that has been mutated into human form as explained next issue.
  75. This story depicts the conflict in question as being somewhere in Southeast Asia and that his arm was injured by enemy bullets. These facts contradict other stories such as Amazing Spider-Man #6 and Web of Spider-Man Vol 2 #6. The location and how Connor's arm was injured should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, as they are always depicted conflict that happened in the recent past relative to the date the story is published. Likewise are the cause of injury as modern warfare has evolved.
  76. This contradicts Web of Spider-Man Vol 2 #6, which depicts Connors waking up from a coma after his injury and was unaware that his arm was amputated until that moment. However, each version of events is recollected from two different people whose memory of events could be embellished or be of questionable credibility.
  77. Connors first became the Lizard in Amazing Spider-Man #6.
  78. "Sal" is actually Sal Buscema who was a long-running artist for Spectacular Spider-Man artist, this being his last issue. His appearance here should be considered a factual reference, as Marvel Comics creators are exempt from the topical reference rules of Earth-616. All creators exist in the modern age in their relative prime.
  79. This portion of the story takes place during the events of X-Men Vol 2 #55 when Onslaught took control of Sentinels to lock down Manhattan.
  80. Connors came to New York in Amazing Spider-Man #414.
  81. These events were chronicled in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237-238.
  82. 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.
  83. The "Ringer" and "Shocker" robberies were committed in Sensational Spider-Man #7 and Amazing Spider-Man #414 respectively. However, all three of these robberies were committed by the Looter, as revealed in Sensational Spider-Man #8.
  84. Mary Jane's pregnancy is mentioned here. She has been pregnant since The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  85. At the time of this story, Peter Parker was led to believe that he was a clone and that Ben Reilly was the original Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. This is a deception created by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. Peter mentions howh e retired as Spider-Man, that happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.
  86. Hammerhead mentions the recent fall of the Kingpin, that happened in Daredevil #300.
  87. Delilah claimed she was hired by Hammerhead in Amazing Spider-Man #414, when in reality she is in the employ of the Rose.
  88. Hammerhead states that this is the same exoskeleton that was given to him by the Tinkerer in Fantastic Four #233.
  89. Onslaught unleashed the Sentinels on Manhattan in X-Men Vol 2 #55.
  90. Peter was stripped of his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4, but they recently started coming back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  91. Peter Parker was told that he was the clone of Spider-Man and that Ben Reilly is the original in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. This, however, is all a grand manipulation created by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. The "five years" is roughly the length of time between Amazing Spider-Man #149 and this story per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  92. Ben, the real Spider-Clone, was seemingly killed during a battle with Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149. Peter then dumped Ben's body in a smokestack in the hopes it would cremate the body in Amazing Spider-Man #151. The clone survived and went into exile shortly thereafter as seen during the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    .
  93. Ben also cracks a joke about how the simulacrums of Peter Parker's parents that recently surfaced to torment Peter. Richard and Mary Parker actually died about 20 years prior, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5. However, impostors surfaced in Amazing Spider-Man #365, they were exposed as simulacrums in Amazing Spider-Man #388.
  94. 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.
  95. Peter and Mary Jane have been expecting a child since Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  96. Although they intend to help, Spider-Man and Peter Parker were not present during the final battle with Onslaught which took place in Onslaught Marvel Universe #1.
  97. Wanda specifically asks why Stark Industries didn't "modem them in" as in to send them via a dial-up internet connection. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as this is considered an obsolete technology.
  98. The battle that they are playing back during this training session is the first time Hawkeye and Iron Man fought each other in Tales of Suspense #57. This Tony Stark is a younger version of Stark who replaced his older self in the present as explained during the Crossing events.
    The Crossing
    Avengers #390 Avengers: The Crossing #1 Iron Man #320 Force Works #16 Avengers #391 Iron Man #321 Avengers #392
    Force Works #17 Iron Man #322 Force Works #18 War Machine #21 Iron Man #323 Avengers #393 Force Works #19
    War Machine #22 Iron Man #324 Force Works #20 War Machine #23 Avengers #394 Avengers: Timeslide #1 Iron Man #325
    Avengers #395 Age of Innocence the Rebirth of Iron Man #1
  99. Young Tony has been on life support since his older self ripped out his heart in Iron Man #325.
  100. The Avengers here speak as though young Tony will grow up to be their Tony Stark. However, this is not the case. As specified in Marvel Legacy: The 1990s Handbook #1, the Avengers trip into the past to recruit young Tony Stark actually created a divergent reality which has since been classified as Earth-96020. The Tony Stark of Earth-616 died in Avengers #395. However, Avengers Annual Vol 3 #1999 explains that the Tony Stark of Earth-616 was resurrected by Franklin Richards at the end of Onslaught the Marvel Universe #1 and he will resurface again in Iron Man Vol 2 #1.
  101. Although the Tony Stark of Earth-616 was smitten by Pepper Potts for years, but she ultimately married Happy Hogan in Iron Man #82.
  102. Spider-Man comments that Thor is no longer speaking with "thees" and "thous". Thor's powers were affected during the Worldengine event that took place from Thor #491-494. A side-effect of this condition also affected his Shakespearian dialect. Thor will resume his typical method of speech and his full power in Avengers Vol 2 #9 after he is revived during the Heroes Reborn event.
  103. At the time of this story Spider-Man had reserve status membership in the Avengers since Avengers #329.
  104. The Jackal has been creating clones of Spider-Man since Amazing Spider-Man #149. The first was Ben Reilly, who at the time of this story thinks he is really the original Peter Parker. He was tricked into believing this in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226, however, this was all a lie as exposed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  105. The Goblin murdered Gwen in Amazing Spider-Man #121. Although Ben Reilly is a clone, he has all of Peter Parker's memories up to Amazing Spider-Man #149.
  106. Peter Parker's Uncle Ben was murdered by a burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  107. Spider-Man and the Avengers were attacked by Kang back in Avengers #11. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, that battle happened roughly nine years prior to this story.
  108. Peter Parker's parents have been dead for a little over twenty years after this story, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5. At the time of this story, everyone thinks May Parker died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. In reality, this woman was an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  109. In 1945, Captain America ended up frozen in ice and was put into a state of suspended animation until he was revived in the modern age, as detailed in Avengers #4.
  110. As explained in Thor #159, prior to the modern age of heroes Thor was exiled for his arrogance, trapped in the mortal form of Donald Blake and only became free when Blake recovered Thor's hammer in Journey into Mystery #83.
  111. This is another reference to the Crossing event. Gyrich and the Avengers state that they battled Kang during that event. However, it is later revealed in Avengers: Forever #8 the whole Crossing event was orchestrated by Immortus who was creating various crisis to prevent the Avengers from becoming an intergalactic army.
  112. This story takes place during a period where Quicksilver and Crystal are married. The couple were wed in were married in Fantastic Four #150.
  113. The Wasp was transformed into an insect-like form during the Crossing as seen in Avengers #394. She will eventually be restored back to human form in Avengers Vol 2 #1.
  114. Luke began operating as a hero for hire out of the Gem Theater in Hero for Hire #2. He operated there until he became a fugitive of the law again in Power Man and Iron Fist #125 forcing him to relocate to Chicago and start a new identity in Marvel Comics Presents #82. He later returned to New York in Cage #20.
  115. At the time of this story, Misty Knight had recently started working for Nelson, Murdock, and Sharpe in Daredevil #353.
  116. Urich mentions how Jameson bankrolled the process that turned Mac Gargan into the Scorpion. That happened back in Amazing Spider-Man #20.
  117. Ben Reilly is surprised to learn that J. Jonah Jameson got married during his five-year self-imposed exile. Jonah and Marla married in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #18.
  118. The Contemplator has been a guiding influence for Iron Fist between Marvel Comics Presents #125-136 and will continue to do so in Iron Fist Vol 2 #1-2.
  119. Cage started working with the Chicago Spectator during his time in Chicago, as seen in Cage #1.
  120. Danny Rand left K'un-Lun in Marvel Premiere #15. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, it has been roughly five years between that story and this one. He also mentions when he began working with Luke in Heroes for Hire in Power Man and Iron Fist #50.
  121. Peter Parker's Uncle Ben was killed by a burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15. Although he is a clone of Peter, Ben Reilly knows and has feelings about this because he shares all the same memories with Peter Parker up until Amazing Spider-Man #149.
  122. The Scorpion mentions his last battle with Spider-Man. This was actually with Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #216.
  123. This journey that Iron Fist needs to go on is detailed in Iron Fist Vol 2 #1-2.
  124. 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.
  125. At the time of this story, Ben Reilly was convinced into thinking he was the real Spider-Man while Peter Parker was the clone. That was in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this was all part of an complex revenge scheme by the Green Goblin as seen in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. The mentioned of being on the road for five years is an accurate measurement of time between Amazing Spider-Man #149 and this story per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  126. This flashback occurs between Amazing Spider-Man #87 and 88. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 this flashback takes place roughly six years prior to this story. As stated above, Ben Reilly is really the clone. He has all of Peter's memories up to Amazing Spider-Man #149, hence why he has memories of these events.
  127. Mary Jane's reluctance to settle down has nothing to do with who she is dating, but because of her troubled family life as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #259.
  128. Norman's mood swings are due the fact that he stress causes his persona at the Green Goblin to push to the surface since being stricken with partial amnesia in Amazing Spider-Man #40.
  129. Peter Parker's Uncle Ben was murdered and captured by Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15. George first made this connection when Spider-Man petitioned George to deputise him in Untold Tales of Spider-Man #1. At the time of this story, Peter had the staff at the Daily Bugle convinced that he has a special deal with Spider-Man and cut the money he made taking photos of the wall-crawler. Peter has maintained this deception since Amazing Spider-Man #46.
  130. The connection between Miles Warren and Norman Osborn is explored in more detail in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  131. Unaware that Norman Osborn and the Green Goblin were the same person, Kraven dealt with Osborn as a middle man for a job to attack Spider-Man, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #47.
  132. On his way out, Peter overhears Ned Leeds expressing interest in writing an article about the Green Goblin. This is alluding to the fact that Ned was later unmasked by the Hobgoblin in Amazing Spider-Man #289. However, it is later revealed that Ned was a hypnotized pawn of the real Hobgoblin -- Roderick Kingsley -- in Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #1-3.
  133. George keeps his knowledge of Spider-Man's true identity until his death in Amazing Spider-Man #90.
  134. Gwen was murdered by the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.

Chronology

  1. Green Goblin:
  2. Joe Robertson:
  3. J. Jonah Jameson:
  4. Spider-Man:
    • Page 1-15 - Spider-Man clashes with Will O' the Wisp.
    • Page 16-32 - Spider-Man tries to stop Will o' the Wisp and Dragon Man from attacking Iron Rock.
  5. Peter Parker:
    • Page 1-15 - Peter provides information about Will O' the Wisp to Ben Reilly.
    • Page 16-32 - Peter suffers a searing pain.
  6. Spider-Man:
    • Page 1-17 - Ben Reilly decides to go to Florida to save Curt Connors from the Lizard.
    • Page 18-22 - Spider-Man battles the Lizard.
  7. Curt Connors:
  8. The Lizard:
  9. Billy Connors:
    • Flashback - Billy is present when his father returns home with military service.
    • Page 1-20 - Billy is scolded by his father.
    • Page 21-22 - Billy is threatened by the Lizard.

Error

  1. Ben can't believe that Peter Parker is friends with Flash Thompson, who bullied Parker in high school. This is based on the premise that Ben Reilly is the original Peter Parker instead of a clone. This is a continuity error based on the fact that Ben shares all of Peter's memories leading up to Amazing Spider-Man #149. While Flash Thompson was Peter's high school bully (first depicted in Amazing Fantasy #15) he and Peter pretty much ended their animosity toward each other by Amazing Spider-Man #138.
  2. One of the reporters is Trish Tibly. A coloring error depicts her as African-American here.

Flashback

  1. Spider-Man:
  2. Curt Connors:
    • Page 4, Panel 4 - Curt Connors examines Peter Parker.
    • Page 6, Panel 1-5 - Fearing for his life, Curt realized that he has to become the Lizard again in order to protect his son.
  3. Billy Connors:
  4. Peter Parker:
  5. * Mac Gargan

See Also

Footnotes

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



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