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Synopsis for "Memories"

This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #217...

Ben Reilly goes to the spider exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, but cannot get his mind off the fact that he is a clone.[Continuity 1] He sees himself as a soulless creature and that he has more in common to the exhibits in the museum than he does with real people. He also struggles with all the memories in his mind, memories that don't belong to him, but Peter Parker. As he leaves the museum, he is upset by seeing anything that reminds him of Spider-Man, particularly a hooded sweatshirt with a spider-emblem on it in a shop window. He then sees a man trying to hold up a hot dog vendor and is about to get involved when some police officers bust the man. Although he has once more avoided a conflict, Ben Reilly still cannot shake the trusim that was told to Peter Parker many years ago, "with great power comes great responsibility."

While on the Upper West Side, Venom has returned to New York City after a prolongued absence.[Continuity 2] He has returned to the city after hearing about the recent siege on Ravencroft Institute by Judas Traveller.[Continuity 3] This has particularly bothered him because his "son" Carnage, has been incarcerated at Ravencroft and Venom has made the serial killer his responsibility.[Continuity 4] His attention is then turned to a police chase on the street below. Seeing the criminals opening fire on the officers, Venom swoops in and forces the drivers to crash into the nearby river. Although Venom stopped the chase, the officers on the scene try to open fire on him. The bullets do no harm to Venom who then swings away. As Venom swings across the city, he suddenly finds himself in front of the apartment building where Jean DeWolff was shot, the event that set into motion his transformation into Venom.[Continuity 5] It also brings memories of his recent clashes with Carnage and Shriek.[Continuity 6] When a police car spots him, Venom decides to leave to put his old ghosts to rest.

Meanwhile, at a Forest Hills hospital, Anna Watson visits with her old friend, May Parker, who has been in a coma since suffering a stroke.[Continuity 7] Her silent vigil is interrupted by the arrival of Betty Brant, whose arrival is a welcome surprise for Anna.[Continuity 8] Outside the window, Ben Reilly sits and waits for the two women leave so he can spend time with May. He is surprised by how much Betty Brant has changed since she and Peter dated. Unaware that she is being watched, Betty feels guilty for not spending more time with the Parkers, and how it took the deaths of both Nick Katzenberg and Lance Bannon to make her realize how short life is.[Continuity 9] She then sees something moving in the window, but Ben Reilly manages to leap out of view before Betty can identify what it was.

This causes Ben Reilly to think how things could have gone had Peter Parker's life went in a different direction. His thoughts of the past lead him to the ruins of the Acme Warehouse. This makes him think about the night that Peter Parker went after Uncle Ben's killer as Spider-Man. How Peter's failure to stop the burglar nights earlier led to his Uncle's murder.[Continuity 10] Meanwhile, Venom has returned to the church where he first found his alien symbiote. He thinks about how Cletus Kasady's symbiote is his responsibility to destroy. However, he is conflicted because killing the Carnage symbiote would be like killing a part of himself. Troubled by the memories the church stirs up, Venom quickly leaves, unaware of the fact that he has been spotted by a reporter looking to get an exclusive about Venom's return to New York.[Continuity 11] By this point, Ben Reilly has arrived at the Brooklyn Bridge where he relives the memories of the day Gwen Stacy was murdered by the Green Goblin.[Continuity 12] His thoughts of the tragedy are interrupted when his spider-sense detects someone on the parapet across from him. He spots a woman just as she leaps off the bridge. Not wanting history to repeat itself, Reilly puts on his web-shooters and swings down, rescuing the woman before she can hit the water. Ben then rushes the woman to a nearby hospital but leaves before the doctor can get a statement from him.

Later, Ben is up on a rooftop thinking about what he should do with his life next. That's when he overhears a radio report about Venom's return of New York City. Having heard about Venom in the news, he wonders why Spider-Man never took the maniac down and decides that he is going to do something about it. After a quick stop at the museum gift shop, Ben Reilly returns to his newly rented apartment where he puts together a new costume. It includes a full body suit and mask that are entirely red. Overtop of this, Ben wears the blue hoodie with the spider emblem that he saw in the shop window. Satisfied with his new costume, Ben leaps out determined to take Venom down once and for all.

...This story continues in Spider-Man Unlimited #7.

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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 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
The Exile Returns
Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
  1. Ben Reilly was a clone created by Miles Warren, as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #149. This exhibit is the same one that was visited by Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #1.
  2. Venom left New York City in Amazing Spider-Man #375 and moved to San Francisco in Venom Lethal Protector #1.
  3. This siege occurred during the Power and Responisibility story arc.
    Power and Responsibility
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
  4. Venom's symbiote gave birth to the one worn by Cletus Kasady as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #345.
  5. Jean DeWolff was murdered by a serial killer known as the Sin Eater. The manhunt for the killer occurred in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110. At the time, as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #300, Eddie Brock interviewed someone who he thought was the Sin Eater, but was later exposed as a fake when the real killer was captured by Spider-Man. Brock blamed Spider-Man. A chance encounter with Spider-Man's discarted symbiotic costume (which Spider-Man left for dead in Web of Spider-Man #1) led to Brock becoming Venom and began his quest to get revenge against Spider-Man. This lasted until Amazing Spider-Man #375, when the rivals made an uneasy peace agreement.
  6. Venom played a major role in stopping Carnage's massacre across New York City during the Maximum Carnage event.
    Maximum Carnage
    Spider-Man Unlimited # 1 Web of Spider-Man # 101 Amazing Spider-Man # 378 Spider-Man # 35 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 201 Web of Spider-Man # 102 Amazing Spider-Man # 379
    Spider-Man # 36 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 202 Web of Spider-Man # 103 Amazing Spider-Man # 380 Spider-Man # 37 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 203 Spider-Man Unlimited # 2

  7. Aunt May suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391. However, this is not the real May Parker. She was switched with an impostor by the Green Goblin sometime in Amazing Spider-Man #392. This truth is not revealed until Spider-Man #97.
  8. Mention is made of how May Parker thought that her nephew Peter and Betty would end up together. The pair began a romance from Amazing Spider-Man #7 until she started dating Ned Leeds in Amazing Spider-Man #18.
  9. Nick Katzenberg died of lung cancer, as revealed in The Spectacular Spider-Man #216. Lance Bannon was recently murdered by FACADE in Web of Spider-Man #114.
  10. Ben Parker was murdered by a burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  11. This reporter is later identified as Ken Ellis in Spider-Man #52.
  12. Gwen Stacy was murdered by the Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  13. Although this is the first time Ben Reilly appears in costume, he is not officially identified named the Scarlet Spider until Spider-Man #52.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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