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Synopsis for "Sudden Sacrifices"

Martha Connors wakes up to discover that her husband, Curt Connors, is not in bed with her. As she begins to wonder where he husband is, she hears a loud crash from outside. Outside, she sees Spider-Man battling the Lizard, with her son Billy caught in the middle. As the wall-crawler dodges the Lizard's attacks, he is surprised that his foe is more savage than ever before. He thinks back to the events that led to this battle, how Curt Connors had recently come to New York to examine Peter Parker when his health was failing.[Continuity 1] With the return of Connors, the Lizard wasn't too far behind. However, while the wall-crawler believed that it Connors as the Lizard. He followed Connors back to Florida where he discovered that the Lizard he fought in New York was a different creature and that Connors became the Lizard once more to kill the man-monster.[Continuity 2] Although Curt became the Lizard again to protect his son, Billy, this has made Curt a threat again.

With both Martha and Billy in danger, Spider-Man uses his webbing to snare the corpse of the creature and use it to trip up the Lizard. This angers the Lizard but focuses its attention on the wall-crawler. As the two brawls, the fight takes them out into the swamps. This works against the web-slinger as the Lizard uses its ability to communicate with other reptiles and summons a horde of snakes, alligators, and other creatures from the swamp. The Lizard explains that it will make reptiles the dominant race on Earth and then orders the reptiles to swarm Spider-Man. As the web-head struggles to get free, he is bitten by one of the snakes and starts feeling the effects of the reptile's venom. That's when Billy Connors rushes to the scene of the battle, begging his father not to kill Spider-Man. At first, the Lizard refuses to acknowledge the boy as his own son, but when a falling tree threatens the boy, Curt Connor's mind takes control of the Lizard's body and leaps in to save Billy. The Lizard is pinned under the tree across a nearby stream and the water is rising, at the risk of drowning the creature. Although he is slowed by the snake venom coursing through his system, Spider-Man tries to lift the tree off of the Lizard, but can't get a good grasp due to the mud.

Since it is the Lizard's arm that is keeping the creature trapped, Spider-Man tries to convince it to revert back to Curt Connors, as his human form would be able to wiggle free. However, the Lizard would rather drown then allow itself to become Connors again. When this fails, Spider-Man then tries to speak to Connor's mind, pointing out that Billy is in danger and that his death will free the reptiles from his control and that they will likely attack the boy. This gets through to Curt Connors who takes control and changes back to human form. This saves Billy's life, and Curt manages to pull free from under the tree. By this point, the venom in Spider-Man's system has caused the hero to pass out. After making sure his son is okay, Curt quickly administers the anti-venom that saves the wall-crawler's life. Taking the flight back home, Ben Reilly thinks about how Curt Connors is a selfless man who will do whatever he can for the benefit of humanity. While back in Florida, Curt Connors ponders a newspaper article warning of a grim future in the forecast. He begins looking out the window, the shadow the Lizard looming heavily on his shoulders.

Solicit Synopsis

Both SPECTACULAR and a classic foe get revamps as Spidey battles an army of reptiles and the resurrected, savage and now-intelligent Lizard!

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 #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
  1. Connors came to New York in Amazing Spider-Man #414.
  2. These events were chronicled in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237-238.

Chronology Notes

A flashback in this story affects the chronology of the following characters:

  1. Spider-Man:
    • Previous Page 5, Panel 3 Next - Spider-Man searches for the Lizard creature and finds no trace of it.
    • Previous Page 5, Panel 4 Next - Ben Reilly sees the news about the Lizard.
    • Previous Page 5, Panel 5 Next - Ben borrows money from the Parkers to get to Florida.
  2. Curt Connors:
    • Previous Page 4, Panel 4 Next - Curt Connors examines Peter Parker.
    • Previous Empty Page 6, Panel 1-5 Next - Fearing for his life, Curt realized that he has to become the Lizard again in order to protect his son.
  3. Billy Connors:
  4. Peter Parker:

Publication Notes

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

See Also

Footnotes

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



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