FANDOM



Quote1 Come sit, my little one. Lull yourself into a false sense of security. Let your mind relax and your soul become vulnerable. Quote2
-- Calypso

Appearing in "Torment: Part 1"

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

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:




Synopsis for "Torment: Part 1"

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

High above the claustrophobic city streets swings the amazing Spider-Man. He happens upon a mugging taking place in the back alley. Lowing himself down to the street, Spider-Man orders the mugger to leave his victim alone. The thief turns isn't afraid of the wall-crawler and opens fire. However, the masked hero easily dodges the bullets until the gun is completely out of bullets. Spider-Man then crushes the weapon with his bare hand and leaves the crook webbed up for the authorities. Meanwhile, at a mansion, the sounds of beating drums can be heard. The woman beating the drums then calls out, ordering someone to rise. Elsewhere, the Lizard emerges from the brackish waters, more savage then ever before.

At that moment, at his Soho apartment, Peter Parker complains about muggers to his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 1] After his many battles against powerful super-villains, Peter wonders what thieves are thinking when they try to defy him.[Continuity 2] Hearing all this, Mary Jane quips that she finds it cute when Peter gets all philosophical. Elsewhere a rat scurries across a trash-strewn alley until it's caught by the Lizard. However, before the reptile can consume the rodent, he notices some men stealing televisions from a broken storefront window. Back at the Parker home, Mary Jane asks her husband if he's not getting a little high on himself. When Peter jokingly begins boasting how awesome he is, she begins to tickle him.

Meanwhile, the sound of the drums have driven the Lizard into a frenzy and he ambushes the thieves. Without a single shred of humanity or intelligence left, the Lizard slaughters most of the men. One of them however pulls a gun and shoots the Lizard repeatedly, apparently killing him. Back at the mansion, the woman's drums stop when the Lizard dies. However, she pricks her finger and bleeds into a chalice, causing the beat to begin again and the Lizard to rise again. Two of the thieves have attempted to flee into an alley, but unfortunately for them, the Lizard appears before them. With his gore-splattered hands, the reptile closes in for the kill. At dusk, Peter Parker is preparing to go out on patrol. After putting on his costume he tells Mary Jane that he'll be home before dinner and heads out, asking his wife to save the newspaper for him. The front page story in the Daily Bugle that day is about the senseless murder of three people. As Spider-Man swings across the city, he feels reinvigorated and wishes that his wife could experience the experience for herself, and figures maybe one day she will. His mind then turns to his current financial woes and wonders how Thor is able to perform feats of acrobatics with a cape.

As night falls, a man named Ralph Dill takes a shortcut through an alley to get home. Unfortunately for him, he happens upon the Lizard. Still, under the control of the mysterious woman, the creature slaughters him as well. As Spider-Man continues to swing across the city, he is completely unaware of the horror that is occurring in the alley below him.

Appearing in "Torment: Part 2"

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

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Races and Species:

Locations:

Items:

Synopsis for "Torment: Part 2"

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

After a long day of work, two wealthy New Yorkers named Morley and Stan are heading home for the day. Stan is going over the personals in the Bugle's classified ads section. While Stan has an interest in being a sugar daddy to some young woman, Morley doesn't think he could do such a thing. As they cut through an alley, they are unaware that the Lizard is stalking them above, commanded by the sounds by the distant beatings of a drum. Before they can react, the Lizard pounces on the two men and savagely slaughters them.

The next morning, Peter and his wife Mary Jane are having breakfast together. Mary Jane tries to talk to Peter about getting wall-paper for the bathroom, but Peter is too focused on the front page story in the Daily Bugle about the most recent murders in the city.[Continuity 3] Mary Jane tries to get him to focus by tickling him and promising some intimacy later. When she refers to Peter as a "monster" he suddenly makes a connection. Looking at the crime scene photos he sees the word letters "CNNR" painted in the victim's blood. He realizes that it that the killer was trying to spell Connors in blood and realizes that it is the Lizard. Without another word, Peter drops the newspaper and rushes to the bedroom to put on his Spider-Man costume and swing out into the city. Meanwhile, at a mansion elsewhere in the city, the woman who has been controlling the Lizard can sense that Spider-Man is out looking for Connors and begins preparing for the battle to begin. Having set up a bubbling cauldron, she tosses in a spider, some ashes, a lizard, and some of her own blood. Laughing madly, the woman continues to beat on her drums.

These drum beats begin to affect Spider-Man's spider-sense making it increasingly difficult to think straight. While he is distracted, he is knocked off the side of a building by a powerful blow. In order to break his fall, Spider-Man fires a web-line and swings through the window of a nearby office building. Soon the Lizard comes leaping in through the broken window. Before the wall-crawler can react, it slashes him across the chest. Struggling to get out from under the reptile, Spider-Man throws a nearby desk at his attacker, however, it does little to stun his foe. Still unable to think straight, Spider-Man begins to fear for his life and rushes to a nearby elevator in an attempt to get away. Unfortunately, the Lizard rips its way through the doors to the elevator car. With his life on the line, Spider-Man kicks the Lizard with all of his might. This sends the creature flying into a jagged piece of metal that pierces through his chest. Seeing that the Lizard is impaled, Spider-Man fears that he may have killed Curt Connors. His thoughts becoming even more disjointed, he fears what is happening to him. Meanwhile, Mary Jane is spending the evening at a nightclub to take her mind off her usual worries over her husband. As Mary Jane dances the night away, she also deflects the unwanted advances from some of the other patrons in the club.

Soon, the woman who has been controlling the Lizard continues her spell, knowing that it will poison Spider-Man's mind. The wall-crawler sits atop a water tower fearing that he may have killed Curt Connors. He thinks about how Connors has been his friend ever since the first time he accidentally transformed himself into the Lizard.[Continuity 4] However, the body of the Lizard has disappeared, leaving Spider-Man to wonder what is happening to his mind. As the drum beats continue, woman commands her thrall to rise again. Suddenly, The wall-crawler notices that it's not just rainwater falling on him, but also blood. Horrified, Spider-Man turns around, hardly able to believe that the Lizard is not only alive, but leaping at him for the kill.

Appearing in "Torment: Part 3"

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

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for "Torment: Part 3"

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

As the rain continues to pour across Manhattan, Spider-Man finds himself in a life-or-death battle with the Lizard, who has become a mindless killer thanks to some outside influence. This influence, a distant sound of drum beats, has been clouding Spider-Man's mind, making it harder for him to think. Despite this, Spider-Man continues to fight back against the monster that has already claimed the lives of six innocent people. From her mansion hideout, the woman responsible commands the Lizard to hold back, as she wants Spider-Man to suffer more before his end. Spider-Man continues to hold his own against the creature and suddenly notices that the Lizard hasn't said a word. Fighting off the creature, he asks Connors what has happened to him. He gets no answers, and soon the pounding in his head and the pain from the battle becomes too much for him and the wall-crawler blacks out. Elsewhere in the city, Mary Jane waits for a taxi cab to pick her up from the nightclub she was dancing at. She hopes that when she gets home her husband will be in so they can cuddle up.[Continuity 5]

By this time, the Lizard is standing over Spider-Man and is about to land a killing strike when his master orders him to stop. She reminds the Lizard that Spider-Man must be made to suffer before he dies. Upon her commands, the Lizard carries Spider-Man atop a building and tosses the wall-crawler into the trash-strewn alley below. At that moment, Mary Jane's cab arrives and as it drives her home she thinks about how busy Peter has been and hopes they can spend their entire weekend in bed together. While in the alley, Spider-Man rests after his brutal beating and begins to dream. He thinks back to the fateful day when he was bitten by the radioactive spider that gave him his powers. He recalls how he tried to get a career in show business. One day, he allowed a thief to run past him, thinking it wasn't his problem. He learned a harsh lesson when he returned home one day and discovered that his Uncle Ben had been murdered by a burglar. Tracking him down as Spider-Man, Peter discovered that his Uncle Ben's killer was the same thief he let run away earlier.[Continuity 6] While Spider-Man slumbers, the woman who controls the Lizard orders the monster to come back to her lair as she prepares a spell for the next part of her plan.

As Mary Jane returns home, she is upset when the taxi speeds off, splashing her with a puddle. At this point, Spider-Man has finally awoken. His head is pounding even more than ever before. As he pulls himself up off the ground, he is horrified to see the image of Kraven the Hunter, part of his face completely gone and with the Lizard at his feet.[Continuity 7] The specter of Kraven tells the wall-crawler that the evening has just begun.

Appearing in "Torment: Part 4"

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

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Kraven the Hunter (Only in flashback)
  • Mambo Ezili (Shadow only) (Dies in flashback)

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for "Torment: Part 4"

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

His mind reeling still reeling from the strange poison running through his system, Spider-Man tries to make sense of how Kraven the Hunter can be standing right before him, even with part of his head missing.[Continuity 8] At Kraven's feet is the Lizard, somehow under his control. The shock of seeing Kraven floods the wall-crawler's mind with memories of the time that Kraven had buried him alive.[Continuity 9] As he relives the moment, Spider-Man struggles to pick himself out of the trash. As Spider-Man blacks out again, "Kraven the Hunter" suddenly changes into her true form. It is an exotic woman wearing a similar outfit, the woman who has been controlling the Lizard. She is delighted that everything is going according to plan and orders the Lizard to pick up the battered hero and take him with them. How long will the Lizard remain under this woman's control? Not even she knows for sure.

Meanwhile, Mary Jane enters her Soho apartment only to discover that her husband hasn't come home from web-slinging yet.[Continuity 10] Since it is still early in the evening, Mary Jane decides to go back out to do some more dancing. Later, Spider-Man wakes up in a mansion before the woman who has been orchestrating these events. When he asks where Kraven is, she tells him that Kraven is still very much dead, because he was weak. Spider-Man whispers at the Lizard, in the vain hopes that he can get through to the mind of Curt Connors inside the Lizard's mind. However, this attempt fails and the Lizard snaps at the web-slinger's face. The woman manages to pull the beast back. She then begins preparing a new spell to complete her revenge plan. As Mary Jane dances on into the night, Spider-Man asks the strange woman who she is, and why he is attacking him. She thinks back to her past, growing up on an island in the Carribean where magic was the rule of the land. As a young woman, she met and fell in love with Kraven the Hunter. However, when he eventually left the island, she lusted after him. She then became focused on mastering the art of voodoo. The first victim she ever sacrificed was her own sister. As she completes her ritual, she intends to take another soul, that of Spider-Man.

As she rants about Karven and his weakness, Spider-Man decides he has heard enough and breaks free from his bonds. The Lizard then leaps at the wall-crawler, and as the two struggle, they knock over one of the woman's candles. She tells them to stop fighting, but it is too late as a gas line is broken. Just moments before the gas is ignited, Spider-Man tries to call out the name of his wife just as the entire mansion explodes into flame.

Appearing in "Torment: Part 5"

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

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Races and Species:

Locations:

Items:

Synopsis for "Torment: Part 5"

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

The police are alerted to an explosion in the Upper East Side of the city and rush to the scene. In the ruins of the mansion, Spider-Man braces the falling debris in order to prevent himself from being buried alive. His mind reeling from the blast, he wonders if the Lizard and the woman who has Connor's in her thrall are still alive, and more importantly, why has she attacked him? His strength ebbing thanks to the strain of holding up the debris and the heat from the flames, Spider-Man struggles to keep himself alive, his only thoughts are making it home alive to see his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 11] At that very moment, Mary Jane is returning home in a taxi cab hoping her husband has finally come home. As the cab makes its way through the city, the driver has to swerve away to avoid some speeding fire trucks. Back in the ruins, Spider-Man thinks about how a ruptured gas main during his battle with the Lizard caused the blast. He struggles to hold on to the simple fact that she doesn't know who the woman who attacked him was or the reason why. With the debris braced, the wall-crawler makes the slow crawl out of the wreckage.

Elsewhere in the ruins, Spider-Man's attacker has also survived the blast as well. From the beats of her drum, she calls to the Lizard who digs himself out of the rubble as well. She marvels at how unstoppable her slave is. She then returns her attention to destroying Spider-Man. Back in the cab, Mary Jane's mind drifts off as she struggles to stay away. She is suddenly jolted awake when the taxi has to swerve to avoid some police cars. MJ briefly panics, worrying about her husband, but reminds herself to remain calm. In the flaming wreck of the mansion, the mystery woman focuses her mind, hoping that her voodoo powers to reach out and sense for Spider-Man. She soon becomes aware that Spider-Man is watching from above and orders the Lizard to attack him. Having had enough, the wall-crawler gives into his rage. Leaping into battle with the Lizard, he demands to know why this woman is attacking him. However, as the Lizard overpowers the heroes, the woman only stands and watches in silence as her thrall prepares to make the killing strike. At that same moment, Mary Jane sits silently in her cab, thinking about the two close calls she had on the way home. Thinking about how she almost died twice in the same night, she wonders how her husband can live with that risk every single time he puts on his mask.

At the scene of the battle, the mystery woman wonders why the poisons in Spider-Man's body hasn't killed him yet and decides to speed things up. Increasing the rhythm of her spell, the woman causes Spider-Man even greater pain. Still demanding answers, Spider-Man struggles to get to his feet and dodges yet another lunge from the Lizard. The masked hero weakly calls out to his wife, assuring Mary Jane that he is coming. When the Lizard leaps at him again, Spider-Man throws a bundle of chains at the creature. The man-monster is caught up in the chains and gets caught in the debris, choked seemingly to death. As she watches the Lizard's blood drip to the debris on the floor, Spider-Man tells her that she is next. The woman tells Spider-Man he is going to die and with a hand gesture she causes another explosion that sends Spider-Man sprawling. Realizing that she can no longer win this battle, the mystery woman departs as Spider-Man recovers from the blast. When fire crews arrived on the scene, Spider-Man makes his departure. As the firemen search the scene they find no bodies, not even that of the Lizard. Soon, Spider-Man returns home. Seeing the state of her husband, she rushes to his side. He will heal and live to fight another day. However, he is not the only one, as the Lizard's hand rises out of the murky water just outside of the city.

Notes

Continuity Notes

  1. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage was erased from history by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  2. The various villains that Spider-Man has faced he boasts that he even fought Thanos once. That happened in Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2. Other villains included Doctor Doom, the Hulk, the Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, the Rhino, Red Skull, and Venom. Spider-Man first fought these foes in Amazing Spider-Man #5, 14, 238, 41, Annual #5, and 301 respectively.
  3. The date on the newspaper states it is the year 1990. However, this should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Likewise, should the headline about Wayne Gretzky retiring from hockey should be considered topical.
  4. Curt Connors was first cursed to become the Lizard in Amazing Spider-Man #6.
  5. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. They should be considered a common-law couple here.
  6. These events all occurred in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  7. At the time of this story, Kraven the Hunter is dead here after committing suicide in Amazing Spider-Man #294.
  8. At the time of this story, Kraven was dead, after committing suicide in Amazing Spider-Man #294.
  9. Spider-Man was buried alive by Kraven in Web of Spider-Man #31. He broke free of his tomb in the following issue.
  10. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  11. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be referred to as husband and wife.

Trivia

  • Also shipped with an alternate black background cover.

See Also

Footnotes

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



Like this? Let us know!

 

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.