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Quote1 Roses are red, spiders are two, one comes in scarlet, the other in blue! Quote2
-- Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly)

Appearing in "No More The Hero"

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Synopsis for "No More The Hero"

This story continues from Spider-Man #63...

Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider crash a chop shop in an attempt to learn more about the new Doctor Octopus that has recently surfaced.[Continuity 1] The crooks quickly fold, but they don't know anything about Doctor Octopus. When one of the thugs begs to be let go, telling Spider-Man that he has a wife and child at home. As he has a wife and child of his own, Spider-Man loses his temper and asks rhetorically asks him who would look after his family if he goes to jail.[Continuity 2] Meanwhile, Mary Jane is modeling more maternity clothing for a photo shoot. After it is finished, she suddenly faints, prompting the staff to call for an ambulance.

On his way home, Spider-Man thinks about how his life has changed since it was revealed that he is the clone and the Scarlet Spider is the original.[Continuity 3] The Scarlet Spider breaks up the silence by asking Peter if his lecture to the crook was more about himself than anyone. They go in through the skylight of Parker's home to discover that Mary Jane is not back yet. That's when the phone rings, it is the hospital telling them they have Mary Jane prompting both Peter and Ben to rush there as quickly as possible. It's there that the doctors tell Peter that Mary Jane has microscopic traces of radiation that are having an adverse effect on her pregnancy. They promise Peter to do whatever they can to help her. That's when Seward Trainer enters the room and offers his expertise to help. After examining Mary Jane, Seward tells Peter and Ben that this was one of the complications that he expected and had an antidote prepared for such a situation. He pulls out his cell phone so he can have it delivered, unaware that this call is being monitored by Doctor Octopus. She and her digitized assistant, the Master Programmer, she plans on stealing the antidote. THis is so she can blackmail Seward into giving her the decryption requests to access his stolen files so she can complete her attempts of merging reality with virtual reality.[Continuity 4]

Later, when a messenger heads for the hospital with the antidote, he is jumped by Doctor Octopus' minions. In the hospital, Peter watches over his wife and fears what will happen to her. He also can't believe that he struck her recently and vows to stop creating grief in her life.[Continuity 5] Outside, in the waiting room, Seward gets a call from his daughter who demands his decryption codes in exchange for the antidote. When he tells Peter what happened, Parker refuses to do nothing while his wife is in danger. After convincing Mary Jane that he has to go, Peter changes into Spider-Man and joins Seward and the Scarlet Spider to make the exchange. The two Spiders hide out while Seward waits for the drop off at the pier. When the minions of Doctor Octopus arrive, they figure out that the wall-crawlers will follow they find and destroy the spider-tracer planted on Seward. The feedback briefly stuns the two heroes. Quickly recovering, they notice the van Seward has been taken in hasn't moved from its spot. Checking inside, they find the vehicle empty. Realizing that their foe's hideout is underwater they dive in after him. While inside the secret underwater base, Doctor Octopus takes the opportunity to gloat before the Master Programmer reminds her of the task at hand.

As Seward begins decrypting his data, Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider crash into the lab and begin fighting off her minions. While they are busy, Octopus flees with Seward. Noticing that she is gone, the two Spiders split up to search for Seward and the antidote. Back at the hospital, Mary Jane waits for Peter to return home and wonders how many times she will have to endure Peter putting his life into jeopardy. Back in the Doctor Octopus' lair, Spider-Man finds the antidote but is ambushed by Doctor Octopus. While in another room, the Scarlet Spider finds Seward Trainer only to be ambushed by the Master Programmer's automated defense systems. As Spider-Man battles Doctor Octopus, she rants and raves about how her father abandoned him when she was younger. This strikes a chord with Spider-Man, making him think about his own impending fatherhood. Spider-Man then overpowers her and hurls her out of the facility, causing it the ceiling to collapse on him. The flooding hideout begins causing the computer systems to short out. With his existence at risk, the Master Programmer escapes into cyberspace. With the death traps to shut down allowing him to free Seward. In the other room, Spider-Man struggles to get out of the rubble he is buried under.[Continuity 6] With the room flooding, Spider-Man thinks about how Aunt May taught him everything he knows about responsibility and how he owes it to Mary Jane to free himself.

Unfortunately, all of his efforts, Spider-Man can't free himself and is at risk of drowning. However, he was rescued by the Scarlet Spider who helps lift the rubble off of him. They recover the antidote and rush it back to the hospital where it is used to cure Mary Jane. After being reunited with his wife, Peter tells her that he has made an important decision and goes out into the waiting room to talk to Ben. There he tells Ben that he recounts how he learned with great power comes great responsibility and has decided that his responsibilities have changed. Since he is an expecting father, he has decided that it is time to retire as Spider-Man and offers to give Ben his Spider-Man costume. Ben is flattered but tells Peter to keep the costume saying that he earned the right to keep it, even suggests that maybe he can make a baby blanket out of it. Peter walks away looking forward to living happily ever after with Mary Jane, satisfied that Ben Reilly will be a suitable replacement for Spider-Man.

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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
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
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1
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
The Greatest Responsibility
Amazing Spider-Man #406 Spider-Man #63 The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1
  1. This current Doctor Octopus surfaced in Amazing Spider-Man #405, she replaces her predecessor who was murdered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.
  2. 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.
  3. Peter and Ben were told this in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this was all a deception created by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  4. Doctor Octopus stole this data in Spider-Man #63.
  5. Peter struck Mary Jane in a fit of rage in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
  6. This scene is a homage to Amazing Spider-Man #33, when Spider-Man found himself in a similar situation after battling the original Doctor Octopus.

Publication Notes

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

Trivia

  • Ben's comment about Peter turning his Spider-Man costume is a joke about Superman's costume. In Superboy #78 stated that Superman's costume was made from the blankets found in the ship that brought him to Earth.
  • The cover of this issue is one of the 32 that appear in the comic collection from the 2000 video game Spider-Man.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. This issue is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:



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