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Quote1 That hurt. A lot. But whatever doesn't kill me... still hurts. A lot. Quote2
-- Spider-Man

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Synopsis for "True Lies"

This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #222...

Although the Jackal's lab was destroyed recently by Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider, the villain was still on the loose.[Continuity 1] The Scarlet Spider has managed to track down the Jackal who has come to the youth center where Peter Parker's longtime friend Flash Thompson works as a coach. However, when he attempted to stop the Jackal, he was knocked out by his creations, monstrous creatures called the Genetrix. While Thompson begs the Jackal to leave the children alone, the mad scientist tosses Flash at a basketball hoop. However, the Scarlet Spider returns just in time to save Flash from a deadly impact.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man has been approached by Kaine on the rooftop of a building. The mysterious assassin has given the wall-crawler the Jackal's files that will confirm if Peter Parker is really the clone, or if it truly Ben Reilly all along.[Continuity 2] Although Kaine insists that this file will clear up all the mysteries, the web-head refuses to take the documents at face value and demands straight answers from Kain himself. However, Kaine refuses to talk, telling Spider-Man that he is not ready to know the full truth. While back at the youth center, the Scarlet Spider battles the Genetrix. Thankfully, due to their unstable genetic structure, the creatures begin to degrade just like the clones created by Miles Warren. Seeing the tide of battle changes, the Jackal orders his assistant Jack to leap in, reminding the clone that he has nothing to lose. As Flash Thompson ushers the children to safety, he can't help but marvel at how selfless the Scarlet Spider is. When Jack enters the battle, the Genetrix try to attack him as well, but the Scarlet Spider saves his life.

As Jack is thinking the Scarlet Spider for saving his life, it causes a distraction that allows the Jackal to sneak up behind the wall-crawler and slash him from behind. Elsewhere, another man who looks like Peter Parker wanders the streets.[Continuity 3] No memories of his past, the man tries to make sense of who he is or where he came from. Exhausted, he decides to get some rest in an alley. Back on the rooftops, Kaine tries to leave, but Spider-Man refuses to let the killer go, leading to the pair trading blows. While at the youth center, the Jackal has the advantage against the Scarlet Spider. However, the masked hero manages to regain his resolve after Flash gets the last of the children out and he manages to overpower the Jackal.

At that moment, at a hospital in Forest Hills, Doctor Julia Caputo checks on her patient, May Parker who has been in a coma since suffering a stroke.[Continuity 4] Caputo is shocked when May suddenly awakens from her coma. By this time, the Jackal has been defeated and is turned over to the authorities. Spotting Jack trying to escape, the Scarlet Spider stops him. Jack hands the Spider some data he claims will reveal the truth about him and Spider-Man. In response, the Jackal snaps his fingers and Jack suddenly degrades into a pile of genetic goo. Jack's final words to the Scarlet Spider are how the future is in his hands. Meanwhile, Spider-Man discovers that Kaine is strong and faster than he is. After taking a beating from Kaine, Spider-Man is unable to stop him from escaping. While back at the hospital, Doctor Captuo checks May's vitals and discovers that she is still in a state of shock. Still, her waking up from the coma is nothing short of a miracle and she orders her nurses to get in touch with the Parkers.

Later, the Scarlet Spider goes to the smokestack where Spider-Man seemingly disposed of the alleged dead boy of his clone. Unfortunately, Ben's memories of the explosion at the baseball stadium and waking up in the smokestack, but he is tempted to go through the disc in his hand and learn the truth.[Continuity 5] However, the Scarlet Spider decides that he doesn't want to know the truth, satisfied with his life as Ben Reilly and tosses the data into the river nearby.

at that same moment, Detective Jacob Raven is waiting impatiently for a warrant to arrest the murderer who killed his partner is finalized.[Continuity 6] While the third Peter Parker is woken up by a group of muggers who are trying to roll him as he sleeps. His spider-sense kicking in, this Parker easily defeats his attackers with his enhanced agility and strength. Surprised by what he has done, this other Parker wonders who and what he is.

... This story continues in Amazing Spider-Man #400.

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
Players and Pawns
The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
  1. The lab was destroyed in Spider-Man #56.
  2. The truth of the clone has been clouded when Jackal threw the idea into question during the Smoke and Mirrors story arc.
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
    Initially, the Jackal thought that he had swapped the real Peter Parker with a clone, however, this scheme had been interfered with as part of a grander conspiracy created by the Green Goblin as detailed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  3. This Peter Parker emerged from a cloning chamber in The Spectacular Spider-Man #222. Although it is suggested that this man might be the real Peter Parker he is yet another clone as revealed in Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1.
  4. Although the real May Parker suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391, this woman is an impostor who took May's place sometime during Amazing Spider-Man #392. The truth is not revealed until Spider-Man #97.
  5. The original battle between Spider-Man and his clone was in Amazing Spider-Man #149. Spider-Man then disposed of his seemingly deceased clone in the smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151. This story incorrectly ascribes that event to Amazing Spider-Man #150. Although not mentioned by name here, the baseball stadium where the clone "died" was originally depicted as Shae Stadium. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as the stadium has since been torn down and replaced.
  6. Raven's partner was murdered by Kaine in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3. However, the evidence that Jacob has pointed to someone else, the identity of which is revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #400.

Publishing Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.[2]

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. This issue is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:



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