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Quote1 No! We must redirect our anger----channel our restive energies toward the ruthless parasites who prey on the innocent! Quote2
-- Venom

Appearing in "...And Frightened Miss Muffet Away"

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Synopsis for "...And Frightened Miss Muffet Away"

After Eddie Brock was caught in an explosion, She-Venom cradles his horribly burned body and pleads for him not to die. However, Brock is still alive and he tells her to allow the symbiote to bond with him again as it will heal him, as it once was able to heal her.[Continuity 1] As the symbiote merges with Eddie Brock once more, his strength returns almost immediately. Venom then turns his attention to the members of LD-50's gang and begins lashing into them. As the battle rages, Spider-Man comes outside to stop further violence. While on a nearby rooftop, a joint DEA/ATF taskforce witnesses the battle. They debate about getting involved but decide against it as their primary concern is capturing LD-50.

Down below, Spider-Man lashes into Venom, however, the gang members are less than grateful for the save and begin shooting at both men. In the confusion, Anne Weying is taken hostage by LD-50's right-hand man, Roach, and flees into the sewers. He calls LD-50 to tell him that he has captured Venom's ex-wife, which delights the drug dealer. He soon returns to Thrillworld with reinforcements. That's when Venom notices that Anne is missing and begins going berserk. Seeing the symbiote savagely attacking his men, an increasingly stressed out LD-50 places a call to his psychologist to talk about his feelings in the middle of the battle. At that moment, Detectives Steen and Clark land their NYPD helicopter and rush onto the amusement park property in the hopes of finally capturing Venom. As Venom lashes into LD-50's men, Spider-Man continues to try and stop his rampage. It's then that Venom realizes that he is not fighting the real Spider-Man, but his "twin".[Continuity 2] While on a nearby rooftop the DEA and the ATF continue to argue about what to do about the situation.

By this time, Venom has returned his attention to the wall-crawler. As they fight it out, Venom demands to know why he is acting is posing as Spider-Man.[Continuity 3] Before Venom can get an answer, he is struck by LD-50's 4x4. However, Venom survives the impact and is about to attack LD-50 when one of his men manages to blast him off the hood of the truck with a rocket. That's when Spider-Man leaps in again to resume his battle with Venom. With the istuation rapidly deteriorating, LD-50 orders his men back into the House of Horror to collect up their guns and drugs and retreat.

Inside the building, Detective Clark ambushes Roach and sends him fleeing under a hail of bullets. Although Anne is now safe, Spider-Man and Venom come crashing through the nearby wall. He stops fighting Spider-Man in order to check on Anne. However, instead of a warm welcome, he was hoping for, Anne is frightened and horrified of Eddie Brock. This is due to the fact she was totally out of control while she was bonded with the symbiote. Seeing that Eddie is addicted to being Venom she tells him to stay away and runs off. As this is happening, Spider-Man and Detective Clark notice that a bullet punctured the tank on Roach's flame thrower and he has been leaking jellied gasoline all the way back down to LD-50's drug stash. While down below, LD-50 and his men discover that the DEA mole has managed to escape. Still, they begin packing up their gear to get out of there. Meanwhile, Jomo the DEA mole has reported back to the task force to inform them of a large number of drugs and illegal guns that LD and his gang have in their hidden stash. Meanwhile, Spider-Man, Detective Clark, and Venom all agree to work together to capture LD-50 and his gang. Venom suggests that they go after them under the cover of darkness and cuts the power to the building. With the basement plunged in darkness, Roach lights a match to provide some light. This ignites the gasoline that he has been leaking all over the place.

This causes the entire amusement park to go up in flames. While Spider-Man and Detective Clark escape, they lose track of Venom. Meanwhile, the DEA/ATF task force continue arguing with each other, this time over who will take responsibility for this mess. Meanwhile, Venom is furious that Anne is now afraid of him, blaming Spider-Man for what has happened. However, he decides to redirect his anger toward those who prey on the innocent.

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Synopsis for "Revelations"

Hybrid is face-to-face with Leon, the leader of the Easy X gang, who was decked out in a massive suit of armor created from Scott Washington's designs. This causes Hybrid's mind to think back to the tragic events that brought him to this situation. How he and his brother Derek earned the ire of the Easy X gang. How the gang then broke into their home and gunned them down. This killed Derek and left Scott crippled. However, he was later given a chance to avenge his brother's death when he bonded with the Hybrid symbiote. Now, he has the chance to finally get the revenge he so craves.

He is fighting side-by-side with Justice, the leader of the New Warriors, who fears that Hybrid might kill Leon and is determined to stop his friend before he crosses that line. Using his telekinetic powers, Justice easily repels the gang members, including two others who are wearing similar mech suits created by Leon. Realizing that they are fighting a losing battle, two of the Easy X gang members decides to flee. Recognizing one of them as one of the shooters who killed his brother, Hybrid goes after him. Instead, he catches another gang member who is covering his face with a ski-mask. When Hybrid pulls the mask off, he is shocked to discover that it is Derek's friend Dwight Simms. Revealing who he is, Scott demands to know how Dwight could join up with the gang responsible for killing Derek and crippling him. Relieved that Hybrid is Scott Washington, Dwight explains that after the shooting he feared for his safety and joined the Easy X gang to be safe from getting hurt by the gang. Scott points out that that is nightmare logic, as joining the gang will only turn Dwight into a murderer. Furious, he turns into Hybrid again. He uses the symbiote's tendrils to round up all the gang members into one large group. With them all together, Hybrid tries to talk some sense into them, pointing out that the gangster life will only lead to death and tells them to stop. However, the members of the Easy X are loyal to their gang and begin opening fire on Hybrid. Although the bullets can't hurt him, he is hurt by the fact that they haven't considered any of his words.

When Justice turns to go after them, Scott tells him not to bother as they didn't hear a single word he said. Hybrid has come to realize that there is no way to fight a place that turns young men into killers, and has utterly given up. However, his words did get through to one person -- Dwight Simms -- who tells Scott that you don't stop gang violence by fighting the streets but changing the minds of others. He remains optimistic that they can do it, even if they have to change one mind at a time. Later, Scott and Dwight pay their respects to Derek Washington's grave.[Continuity2 1] There Scott explains that he is not going to explain to people how he is able to walk again, not wanting to be poked at by scientists. The pair then agrees to work together, in the memory of Scott's brother, to use Hybrid's power to clean up the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant and make it a safer place to live.

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... And Frightened Miss Muffet Away

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
  1. Brock used the Venom symbiote to heal Anne of a serious gunshot wound in Venom Sinner Takes All #2.
  2. The Venom symbiote can sense the slight difference between Peter Parker and Ben Reilly. Venom has previously encountered Ben Reilly as the Scarlet Spider during the Exile Returns and Planet of the Symbiotes events.
    The Exile Returns
    Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
    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
  3. Some facts about Spider-Man's identity that are mentioned here:

Revelations:

  1. Derek Washington's tombstone states that he was born in 1982 and died in 1996. These dates should be considered topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Modern readers should interpret this to mean that Derek was fourteen years old when he died.

Publication Notes

  • "And Frightened Miss Muffet Away" is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.[1]

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  1. "And Frightened Miss Muffet Away" is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:



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