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Quote1 Paul...you may not have a wife...but I do. And she hates it when I'm late on dinner-and-a-movie-night. Quote2
-- Peter Parker

Appearing in "Amends"

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Synopsis for "Amends"

Coming upon Stilt-Man committed a robbery, Spider-Man swoops in to apprehend him when Big Wheel suddenly arrives to help fight him. But Stilt-Man knocks over Big Wheel, distracting Spider-Man and enabling him to escape. Spider-Man asks what he is doing, and Big Wheel says he has joined Villains Anonymous and is trying to make amends for his criminal past by helping Spider-Man fight crime.

Fearing it would cause psychological damage to reject him, Spider-Man allows him to go patrolling with him, and after nabbing a couple small-time crooks, they come upon the Shocker, who proves much more dangerous and causes Big Wheel to lose control of his machine. Spider-Man is able to drop Big Wheel on top of Shocker, effectively stopping them both.

Big Wheel is once again despondent after this new failure, but Spider-Man, seeing how much some passersby enjoyed the damage Big Wheel caused by crushing cars, has the idea of entering Big Wheel in a monster truck show at Madison Square Garden. This gives Jackson Wheele a renewed sense of purpose and later he speaks with other criminals about reforming. Although Stilt Man and Shocker mock him, the Hypno-Hustler is inspired to follow in his footsteps. Later, seeing Hypno-Hustler back in costume trying to help fight crime, Spider-Man facepalms.

Appearing in "Private Conversation"

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Synopsis for "Private Conversation"

Teaching class one day Peter realizes his star science pupil, Paul Sidonsky is absent. Afterwards he learns Paul’s parents were just killed by a burgler, and Peter is shocked and distressed by the parallel with his own life. He remembers one occasion when Paul grew very curious about the composition of Spider-Man’s webbing. He decides to visit the orphaned Paul a week later to show him he can still achieve his dreams even after such a tragedy. He webslings away with Paul in tow and takes him to a room where several of the Avengers and Fantastic Four are assembled, all of whom have lost one or both parents. They each share their own experiences and encourage the boy in their own respective ways not to succumb to despair. Before returns the boy to his apartment and leaves a strand of webbing for him to study. Then he leaves feeling positive about being able to do good on a small scale as well as a large scale with the Avengers, and resolves to thank Jarvis for the idea.

Solicit Synopsis

  • In two short stories, Spider-Man is pitted against two powerful forces!
  • Cristos N. Gage (Deadshot) and THE FANTASTIC FOUR’s Mike McKone creates a hilarious story featuring the return of BIG WHEEL!
  • And Tom Beland serves up a touching story forcing Spider-Man to face his most terrible foe—HIS PAST!

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