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Synopsis for "The Last Temptation of Peter Parker"

Maximum Clonage continues from Maximum Clonage Alpha #1...

With reports that Spider-Man and an unknown assailant are atop the Empire State Building, a group of police officers rush up the stairs to take control of the situation. They are not the only ones interested in the wall-crawler and his guest as, across the way, the Punisher views the pair through the scope of a sniper rife. Spider-Man has come to the top of the Empire State Building with the Jackal. His life has been totally rocked by the revelation that he is really the clone of Peter Parker and is now being convinced to join the mad scientist.[Continuity 1] Recognizing the Jackal, the Punisher prepares to take his shot.[Continuity 2] That's when the wall-crawler's spider-sense warns him of danger, ruining the Punisher's aim on the Jackal. With the authorities storming the observation deck on the building, the Jackal suggests that they find someplace else to talk, prompting Spider-Man to web-sling away with the madman in his arms. Watching them go, the Punisher thinks about how recent events have made him change perspectives on his one man war against crime.[Continuity 3]

Meanwhile, in Forest Hills, Anna Watson is working on maintaining the home of her late friend May Parker. Mary Jane feels bad, but Anna insists that it is the least she can do after Peter and Mary Jane allowed her to stay her.[Continuity 4] She points out that the couple has been through a lot after May's death and Peter being put on trial for murder.[Continuity 5] However, this is not all that is bothering Peter, but Mary Jane can't tell her Aunt about the recent revelation that her husband is a clone and how this revelation will impact their marriage and their unborn child.[Continuity 6] She at least expresses her concerns for their marriage, but Anna reminds her niece that Peter loves her and that they have a wonderful life ahead of them, concluding that Mary Jane shouldn't let anything stand in the way of that.

Back in the city, Spider-Man swings above the streets with the Jackal in his grips. The madman is trying to convince the wall-crawler to go along with his plan to eliminate all human life and replace it with perfect clones. However, Spider-Man needs a moment to process it all and lands on the ground. There his spider-sense goes off and he manages to shove the Jackal out of the way as the Punisher opens fire on them. The Punisher orders Spider-Man to stand aside and begins opening fire again, not caring who gets caught in his hail of bullets. As the wall-crawler gets innocent people to safety, the Punisher prepares to shoot the hero as well. Seeing this, the Jackal jumps in the way taking the bullets meant for Spider-Man. As the web-slinger rushes to the Jackal's side, the Punisher demands that Spider-Man move out of the way so he can finish his job. Spider-Man easily overpowers the Punisher and disarms him. However, before he can deliver a beating to the mass murderer, the police arrive on the scene. Not wanting to deal with the Punisher, he tosses the vigilante toward the officers and swings away with the Jackal. However, the Punisher is far from helpless and manages to evade arrest thanks to some well-placed smoke grenades. While at that same moment, Kaine returns to the factory where Miles Warren originally created his Spider-Clones.[Continuity 7] There hs is suddenly struck by another vision of Mary Jane being stalked by a killer. This time he knows who is stalking the woman and cannot believe who it really is.[Continuity 8]

While at that moment, Spider-Man has brought the Jackal back to his current lab. In order to save the life of his alleged creator, Spider-Man places the Jackal into a cloning chamber to heal his wounds. While in the sewers beneath Manhattan, the authorities continue their pursuit of the Punisher. Figuring that he may have to make a stand, the Punisher stops fleeing in order to face his pursuers. However, that's when he notices some strange wires running along the roof of the sewer. When the officers arrive at the dead end, they find the Punisher standing over the water holding the severed electrical cable. He threatens to toss the live wires into the water and electrocute the officers if they don't let him go. With no other choice, the police officers retreat, allowing the Punisher to escape. Although the Jackal has managed to escape, the Punisher figures that his day of reckoning will come soon. While back at the Jackal's lab, Peter Parker waits outside the cloning chamber lamenting over his situation. Inside, the Jackal gloats that everything is going according to plan.

... Maximum Clonage continues in Amazing Spider-Man #404.

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
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
  1. Spider-Man was told he was a clone in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. This revelation is a lie perpetuated by the Green Goblin as seen in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  2. The Punisher was once tricked into going after Spider-Man back in Amazing Spider-Man #129.
  3. This is a reference to the events of Double Edge Omega #1 when the Punisher was forced to seemingly kill Nick Fury. However, unknown at this time, the Punisher actaully killed a Life Model Decoy and the real Fury is still alive and well, as revealed in Fury / Agent 13 #1-2.
  4. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  5. The woman everyone thought was Aunt May died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. This woman was an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #97. Peter was arrested for murder in Amazing Spider-Man #400 he was later cleared of all charges during the Trial of Peter Parker story arc.
    The Trial of Peter Parker
    Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
  6. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  7. This is the same factory where Spider-Man disposed of the body of his clone in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
  8. Kaine has been having these visions since Spider-Man #55. The identity of Mary Jane's potential killer is eventually revealed in The Spectacular Spider-Man #228.

Publication 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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