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Synopsis for "Inner Demons"

This story continues from Spider-Man #67....

After being possessed by Carnage symbiote, Ben Reilly fights to keep it under control. Despite his best efforts, he transforms into Spider-Carnage and goes prowling across the city. When he overhears some muggers trying to rob a couple, Spider-Carnage leaps down to stop them. He quickly stops the muggers, but when the Carnage symbiote's violent thoughts become too much, the wall-crawler begs them, and their would-be victims to flee. Finally, alone, Spider-Carnage regains control and tries to think of someone who can help him rid himself of the symbiote.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker continues to learn the truth about the Spider-Skeleton that was recently found, even though he is without his powers.[Continuity 1] He has been trying to track down Seward Trainer, who previously ran tests that claimed that Peter was a clone and Ben Reilly was the real Spider-Man and has tracked the scientist down to a company called Multivex.[Continuity 2] However, when Peter asks to see Trainer, the security tells Parker that he is busy. When Peter presses the issue, he is shown out by security, making him wonder why Seward is trying to avoid him. Peter's exit is observed by the mysterious man running Multivex. Satisfied that they have deflected Peter Parker, this mystery man orders Seward Trainer to get back to work.[Continuity 3] While at her apartment, Jessica Carradine is developing her photos of her recent encounter with Spider-Carnage in the hopes to find proof that Spider-Man is as much a killer as the Daily Bugle claims him to be. Unfortunately, the film was exposed during the encounter and are now useless. While at Ravencroft Institute, Doctor Ashley Kafka observes Cletus Kasady with John Jameson, the head of security. Since the notorious serial killer has been separated from the Carnage symbiote, Cletus Kasady has been in physical and mental decline and will die if he is not reunited soon. John Jameson points out that this is a difficult task since the symbiote managed to escape and bonded with Spider-Man. That's when John is alerted about Spider-Carnage's approach on the institute.

Jameson mobilizes a strike team to try and deal with, but Spider-Carnage fights through them in order to get to Cletus Kasady. Inside, Ben Reilly fights the creature's urge to kill as it makes its way to Kasady's cell. Spider-Carnage demands that Cletus teach him how to control the symbiote. However, Kasady refuses to do so, taking joy that the alien creature is twisting the wall-crawler's mind and slowly turning him into a killer. As Spider-Man tries to fight the symbiote in his mind, the creature decides to try and bond with Cletus again. Not wanting this to happen, the wall-crawler fights with all his effort to get it under control. By this time, John Jameson has arrived on the scene. Spider-Carnage begs John to contain him in a cell so they can keep Carnage under control. Inside a cell, Spider-Carnage is contained thanks to microwaves, however, the wall-crawler insists that it is not powerful enough. Despite his reservations, John cranks up the power causing the symbiote to finally separate from Spider-Man. Fearing for Spider-Man's safety, John rushes in to check on him. That's when the symbiote springs to life and escapes through the nearby sink. They then rush to the cell containing Cletus Kasady where it bonds with him again. Although they failed to stop the symbiote from bonding with its original host, they finally figured out how the Carnage symbiote was able to escape from the facility.

Although both John and Spider-Man think they could do more to stop the symbiote, they can admit that they came out on top.

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
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 Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Omega
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
Web of Carnage
Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
  1. A skeleton in a Spider-Man costume was recently discovered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231. Its origins are finally explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. Peter recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4, however they will eventually return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  2. Seward Trainer ran the test to confirm who was the real Spider-Man and who was a clone in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, Seward intentionally tampered with this test at the behest of the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  3. The identity of Seward's mysterious employer is revealed in 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

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

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