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Appearing in "Saturday in the Park with May"Edit
Synopsis for "Saturday in the Park with May"Edit
May Parker sits on a park bench, talking about her feelings about her nephew, Peter Parker, and his relationship with Mary Jane Watson-Parker and the fact that he is Spider-Man. She recaps how earlier on in the day Peter set off on his patrol and later on, in the streets, she overhears two boys pretending to be Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus and a stall vendor telling his friend about how he witnessed a fight between Spidey and a 'bug woman'.
As she gets to a street corner, rubble falls to the ground as a result of Spidey's fight with the Shaker. The scene then cuts to the fight with Spider-Man struggling to defeat the Shaker and then remembering how he read about the mining suit the Shaker was using had been stolen. Back to the fight, and Spidey is still struggling to defeat the Shaker. It is then revealed that the two have been fighting for two hours previous ever since the Shaker had robbed a bank. Shaker then causes a cave in on the roof the two are on and they both fall in.
May continues to state her feelings about how much she worries about Peter going out as Spider-Man but she does respect what he does for everyone in the city. After a moment of seeing May outsmarting an annoying customer in a phone shop and making him walk off in anger, the attention is back on Spidey's fight with Shaker as he manages to throw the villain in a swimming pool and, due to the vibrations the Shaker's suit constantly gives out, mini tidal waves constantly pound into the Shaker and make him surrender.Back to May on the park bench, and her newly bought mobile starts to ring which turns out to be Peter offering to take May out for dinner and a movie tonight with him and MJ. May accepts the invitation and turns to whoever she has been talking to saying she has to go but she will back next Saturday. It is then revealed that May has been talking to the grave stone of Richard, Mary and Ben Parker.
Appearing in "Catch You On the Flipside"Edit
- Fantastic Four
- Flash Thompson
- Gwen Stacy
- Mary Jane Watson
- Harry Osborn
- Captain George Stacy
- Nino Villanova
- Doc Ock (Mentioned)
- Sandman (Mentioned)
- Blastaar (Mentioned)
- Electro (Mentioned)
- The Lizard (Mentioned)
- Doombots (Mentioned)
- Daredevil (Mentioned)
- Black Panther (Mentioned)
- New York City
- Latveria (Mentioned)
- Wakanda (Mentioned)
- Zmbuku snakes
- Laxative coffee for Johnny
Synopsis for "Catch You On the Flipside"Edit
The Spider-Man is on the hunt for the Vulture and comes across him as he is trying to hold up a rooftop restaurant. However before Spider-Man can get to him, the Vulture crosses paths with the Human Torch. Amused to be facing one of his rival's foes, the Torch burns away the Vulture's wings leading to an easy capture.
Meanwhile at the Coffee Bean, Flash Thompson is trying to pick up Crystal, the Torch's girlfriend. However, Crystal turns him off by creating a rain cloud over his head as Mary Jane and Gwen Stacey laugh. The Torch shows up and is instantly put off by Flash being there. Thompson chastises the Torch, telling him that he couldn't defeat any of Spider-Man's foes. As the two argue, Gwen notices her father buying coffee. He asks her if she's seen her boyfriend Peter Parker. As if on cue, Parker arrives. When both Mary Jane and Gwen begin paying attention to Peter, Johnny notices and wonders how someone like Peter could win the hearts of two beautiful women. However, he soon returns his attention to Flash Thompson and continues their argument. George Stacy then tells Peter about how the police are investigating a Maggia front that is dealing a drug called ZMB. Needing to take photos for money, Peter tells Gwen not to worry and takes off. Johnny and Crystal also leave at the same time.
Peter is changing into his Spider-Man costume as they go by and overhears the Torch call him a loser. When Johnny flames on after seeing the Fantasti-Flare, Johnny flies off only to run into some of Spider-Man's webbing. Spider-Man confronts them and the pair have it out over who is the better of the two. They both agree to switch jobs for a day, with Spider-Man answering the Fantastic Four's call while the Torch looks into the ZMB trade. Soon Spider-Man is on his way to the Baxter Building where the Fantastic Four are fueling up an interdimensional craft. When he explains that the Torch sent him to go with the rest of the team, they reluctantly accept the Wall-Crawler as the timeline to visit this new dimension is limited. When they breach the dimensional barrier, Spider-Man begins to freak out, something the Fantastic Four laugh at since this is something they do all the time.
Back in New York City, the Torch tries to use his powers to intimidate some crooks into revealing the location of the ZMB operation, but he only frightens them off. Deciding to take a different approach, Johnny disguises himself as drug addict. However, some street dealers easily see through his pretence and is knocked out. While in the other dimension, the ships shield begin to fail. Although Sue's ability to put up force-fields partially protects them, Spider-Man tries to help by filling the cockpit with his webbing. This also covers up Reed's instruments preventing him from completing his scan. Reed is furious to learn that Spider-Man's webs will not dissolve until well after the phenomenon he is trying to record is over.
In New York, Johnny comes to and finds himself tied to a chair in the drug operation. When the crooks threaten to shoot him in the head, he tricks them into thinking Sue is in the room, allowing him to flame on. He forces them to reveal that Kraven the Hunter is behind the smuggling operation. The crooks are too frightened to reveal much more so Johnny brings them to the police station. There George Stacy and his men try interrogating them, but nothing works until Johnny pretends to be a crook who is lit on fire. This frightens the drug dealers into revealing Karven's location -- an abandoned zoo.The Torch goes to the zoo and is instantly ambushed by animals. Kraven then dumps a bunch of zmbuku snakes on him. When the snakes bite him, Johnny pretends to succumb to the snakes venom. When Karven reveals who he is supplying the drugs to, Johnny reveals that he has been faking it by boiling the venom from his blood, and that he was relaying the conversation to Captain Stacey. He then subdues Kraven and turns him over to the police. At that moment, the rest of the Fantastic Four return and order Spider-Man to leave. The following day at the Coffee Bean, Peter is angered by headlines about Johnny's capture of Kraven and that he is getting the keys to the city. When Johnny shows up later to brag about it, he accepts a cup of free coffee apparently left for him by Spider-Man. In reality, it's really a prank by Flash, who put laxative in the coffee.
Appearing in "Chance Encounter"Edit
- Chance (Nicholas Powell)
- Venom (Eddie Brock) (Appears in shadow only)
- Life Foundation (First appearance)
- Hal (Modeling Agency Photographer) (First appearance)
- Sandy (MJ's friend) (First appearance)
- Stephanie (Chance's date) (Only Appearance)
- Orin Concardi (Only appearance; dies)
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters
- The Black Costume (Not the Symbiote)
- Spider-Man's Belt Camera
- Venom Symbiote
Synopsis for "Chance Encounter"Edit
Chance murders government witness Orin Concardi for Roland Treece who recommends him to Life Foundation head Carlton Drake. From her Cloisters photo shoot, MJ leaves a phone message for Peter that they may get a condo at the exclusive Bedford Towers. At the Bugle. Peter makes a deal with Joy Mercado to shoot pictures and take notes of a foreign arms shipment at Pier 17. Back at their apartment, Peter greets Mary Jane as a scantily clad Chippendale dancer, except MJ has Sandy with her. Drake contacts Chance, hiring him to steal the Pier 17 shipment. When Chance attacks, Spider-Man engages him, forcing him to flee, though the munitions are successfully stolen. Spider-Man tags him with a spider-tracer. Back at the Life Foundation, Drake renders Chance unconscious. As Pete returns to MJ, a man in a South Bronx building vows revenge on Spider-Man as a black substance oozes over his hands.
This is a UK title that features reprints of American Spider-Man titles.
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