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Synopsis for "Above it All"

After the Kingpin of Crime fell it create a void in the New York City underworld.[Continuity 1] Intending to fill this void, the elderly mobster known as Don Fortunato has returned to the city to reclaim the role that was rightfully his many years ago.[Continuity 2] He has set up operations in a grocery store that is a front for his empire. He sits in silence pondering his next move with his loyal wolf, Angel, at his feet. Above him, his minions set up sophisticated defenses and weapons around the base, all cloaked from the naked eye using advanced technology.

Elsewhere in the city, Peter Parker is joining Ben Urich on an investigation for the Daily Bugle. Urich has just leaped across a rooftop and is now telling Peter to man up and make the leap himself. Although Peter has done this countless times before as Spider-Man, he is apprehensive about taking the risk now that he no longer has these powers.[Continuity 3] Peter takes the leap with his eyes closed and almost falls over the edge of the opposite building, but is grabbed by Urich. Ben tells Peter to step on it as they are trying to spy on a secret meeting of high-level crime bosses. At that same moment, Ben Reilly has finished his shift at the Daily Grind after saying goodbye to his boss, Shirley Washington. As he walks through the rain, Ben takes in the sights of New York City, loving every moment of it. That's when a heavyset man pushes past Ben, telling Reilly to get out of his way. This man sets off Ben's spider-sense and as he wonders what the danger could be, a drive-by shooting breaks out. Seeing that Ben is in the line of fire, the large man doubles back and pushes Reilly to the ground, saving his life. As the gunmen chase his savior down an alley, Ben decides that he can't just let them kill the man in the street. At that moment, in Hong Kong, at Stacy and Cheung International Investigation, Arthur Stacy catches up on the news stateside. With articles about Spider-Man, Arthur feels his past catching up to him. Picking up a photo of his family and that of his late brother George and his daughter Gwen, Arthur thinks about how he hasn't forgotten how Spider-Man irreparably changed their lives.[Continuity 4]

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

By this point, Spider-Man has finished wrapping up the assassins that have been after Jimmy-6, Jimmy makes a run for it. When Spider-Man tries to come to Jimmy's aid, the wall-crawler is told to bug off as he doesn't need help. Not willing to abandon this man, the wall-crawler swings away and changes back into Ben Reilly. He catches up with Jimmy-6 just in time to grab him as he falls down. Ben explains that he came back because he wanted to return the favor when Jimmy save his life. This time, Jimmy accepts the offer for help. At that moment, in Forest Hills, Peter Parker returns home as Mary Jane unpacking the kitchen.[Continuity 5] He is excited after his night out with Ben Urich, with this, their move back to New York, the loss of his powers, and a new baby on the way, he has never felt happier in his life.[Continuity 6] As Peter helps to unpack, suddenly his hand seizes up and he collapses to the floor. Seeing her husband go down, Mary Jane rushes to his side as Peter begins to convulse on the floor. Peter insists that he will be fine, but as he gets worse he tells Mary Jane that he loves her before blacking out. Mary Jane calls for an ambulance and then begins giving her husband CPR, pleading with him to pull through and not leave her and their baby alone.

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

Notes

Continuity Notes

Clone Saga Reading Order
Prelude
The Double
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Parker Legacy
Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
The Lost Years
Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3
Act One
Power and Responsibility
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Exile Returns
Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
Back From the Edge
Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
Web of Life
Web of Spider-Man #120 Spider-Man #54 Web of Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man #55
Web of Death
Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
Funeral for an Octopus
Spider-Man Unlimited #8 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #2 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3
Smoke and Mirrors
Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Players and Pawns
The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
Aftershocks
Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
Mark of Kaine
Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
Crossfire
Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
The Trial of Peter Parker
Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
Planet of the Symbiotes
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
Act Two
Maximum Clonage
Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1
Growing Pains
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
The Exiled
Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
Time Bomb
The Spectacular Spider-Man #228 Web of Spider-Man #129
The Greatest Responsibility
Amazing Spider-Man #406 Spider-Man #63 The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1
Act Three
Virtual Morality
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 Web of Scarlet Spider #1 Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 Scarlet Spider #1 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
Cyberwar
Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
Nightmare in Scarlet
Web of Scarlet Spider #3 New Warriors #67 Web of Scarlet Spider #4
The Sensational Spider-Man
Wizard Mini-Comic #3 Sensational Spider-Man #0 Amazing Spider-Man #407 Spider-Man #64 The Spectacular Spider-Man #230 Spider-Man Unlimited #11
The Final Adventure
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4
Act Four
Media Blizzard
Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
The Return of Kaine
The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
Web of Carnage
Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
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
Redemption
Spider-Man: Redemption #1 Spider-Man: Redemption #2 Spider-Man: Redemption #3 Spider-Man: Redemption #4
Peter Parker Returns
Sensational Spider-Man #7 Amazing Spider-Man #414 Spider-Man #71 The Spectacular Spider-Man #237
Loose Ends
Amazing Spider-Man #415 Spider-Man #72 Sensational Spider-Man #8 The Spectacular Spider-Man #238 Sensational Spider-Man #9 Amazing Spider-Man #416 Spider-Man #73 The Spectacular Spider-Man #239 Sensational Spider-Man #10 Amazing Spider-Man #417 Spider-Man #74
Revelations
The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: Revelations #1 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1
  1. The Kingpin lost his criminal empire following the events of Daredevil #300.
  2. Don Fortunato's previous criminal empire was explored in Amazing Spider-Man #-1.
  3. At the time of this story, Peter had just recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. These abilities will eventually return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  4. Arthur's brother, George, was killed during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus in Amazing Spider-Man #90. George's daughter Gwen was later murdered by the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  5. 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.
  6. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220. Peter and Mary Jane moved to Portland and Peter lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-5. They decided to move back to New York last issue.

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  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.[1]

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