Appearing in "The Book of Ezekiel: Chapter Two"Edit
Synopsis for "The Book of Ezekiel: Chapter Two"Edit
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Appearing in "The Coffin"Edit
- Nikolai Kravinoff (Referenced)
- Kraven's minions
- Joe Face (Corpse)
- Anna Kravinoff (Referenced)
- Vladimir Lenin (Referenced)
- Harry Skitter (Only appearance)
- Ned Leeds (Referenced)
- Aunt May (Referenced)
- Mary Jane Watson-Parker (Referenced)
- Uncle Ben (Referenced)
- Captain Stacy (Referenced)
- Gwen Stacy (Referenced)
- Doctor Octopus (Referenced)
- Vulture (Referenced)
Synopsis for "The Coffin"Edit
In his room, Kraven the Hunter prepares for a battle of pride and honor. Training in the nude against his various trophy animals, he then storms out of his room. Outside, his assistants are digging a grave in the pouring rain. He grimly thinks about how the world has no room for Russian aristocrats of old. Putting on a robe and pouring himself a drink, Kraven comes to terms with the fact that he will die soon. Entering the main hall of his mansion, Kraven has set up a mock funeral, complete with a coffin at the end of the hall. Approaching it, he is determined to complete one last hunt before the end finally comes to claim him. From within the coffin, Kraven pulls out a Spider-Man costume and begins to cry.
Elsewhere in the city, a number of criminals are holding a funeral in a dive bar for Joe Face, a known street-snitch. They are taking collections since Joe didn't have much or any family to look after his affairs Hearing about it, Spider-Man comes to pay his respect. However, his arrival frightens the assembly of crooks. Spider-Man webs the door shut, telling them that he didn't come for trouble, but to say goodbye.[Continuity 1] One of the crooks still decides to take the opportunity to try and shoot the wall-crawler. However, Spider-Man warns him to not even try. The masked hero then pulls out a wad of money and places it in the donation plate, telling them that it is for a decent coffin and a plot to bury him in. Heading home, Spider-Man wonders what could have drawn him to the funeral. He suspects that it is a fear of his own mortality, especially after so many of those near and dear to him have already died.[Continuity 2] Exhausted, Spider-Man comes into his apartment from the pouring rain, strips off his soaking wet costume and goes to bed. Accepting the fact that, he too, will one day die he watches as a spider descends from the ceiling. He briefly considers plucking it off its web but lets it climb back up to and turns off the life.
Meanwhile, Kraven the Hunter is continuing to prepare for his final battle. Sitting nude in a room that begins filling with thousands of spiders, the villain allows himself to be buried in the arachnids. Suddenly, he begins frantically killing and eating the spiders, he decides that tonight will be the night he goes on his hunt. As Kraven continues to consume the spiders, Peter wakes up from a nightmare where he was alone in the darkness with things crawling all over him. Seeing a spider on his hand, Peter instinctively crushing it against the wall. Unable to sleep and with a pounding headache, Peter goes out into the night to web-sling. At that same time, Kraven the Hunter is on the prowl, searching for his longtime enemy. Meanwhile, Spider-Man can't shake the feeling that someone is following him. However, he tries to pass this off as the upset that he has been feeling since Ned Leeds died. Still, he can't shake the feeling, and his worries prove right when he narrowly avoids a drugged dart shot at him by Kraven. He's not so lucky with the second one. When the drugs in the dart begin to incapacitate him, the wall-crawler begins to hallucinate the ghost of Joe Face. At first, Spider-Man thinks it is this angry spirit that has hurt him, but he manages to regain his lucidity and confirms that it is Kraven the Hunter.
Spider-Man leaps toward his enemy and tries to fight off the effects of the drugs in his system. However, they are too potent and Kraven manages to disorientate him and catch the wall-crawler in a net. With his prey incapacitated, Kraven unslings a rifle that he has slung over his shoulder. Kraven tells Spider-Man that his honor needs to be restored and takes aim. Seeing this, the masked hero tries to talk sense into Kraven, reminding him that they have always battled hand-to-hand. Kraven pulls the trigger and Spider-Man's last thought is the realization that his old foe has completely lost his mind. Soon, Spider-Man is placed in the coffin at the Kraven estate. There is a moment of silence before Kraven's aids lower the coffin into the hole dug in the ground. Kraven takes a shovel and after tossing the first clump of dirt down into the hole he stops. First, he expresses sadness, then grins with insane delight before handing the shovel over to his aids to finish the job of burying Spider-Man's body.This story is continued in Amazing Spider-Man #293...
Appearing in "Crawling"Edit
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Referenced)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Referenced)
- Anna Kravinoff (Referenced)
- Hitler (Referenced)
- Vladimir Lenin (Referenced)
- Nikolai Kravinoff (Referenced)
Synopsis for "Crawling"Edit
This story continues from Web of Spider-Man #31..
Karven the Hunter has succeeded in burying Spider-Man alive and stolen his identity. Standing before Spider-Man's grave, Kraven pulls off his mask and laughs maniacally in the pounding storm. Elsewhere, a woman tries to run for cover from the rain down an empty Manhattan street. She is frightened when a rat scurries past her causing her to slip and fall to the ground. As the woman tries to recover, a manhole cover opens up behind her and a hair covered hand reaches out from the sewers and pulls the woman in. Trapped in the sewers among the rats, the woman is approached by the rat-man known as Vermin, who intends to eat the woman. Meanwhile, Mary Jane Watson waits at the apartment she shares with her husband waiting for him to come home from his rounds as Spider-Man.[Continuity 3] Mary Jane can't help but worry that her husband might be dead when she spots a rat scurrying across the apartment. Revolted by the site of the vermin, Mary Jane beats it to death with a boot. Seeing the smashed corpse of the rodent disgusts Mary Jane who turns away from the grotesque site.
Meanwhile, Kraven the Hunter travels across the city in a Spider-Man costume back to his mansion. In the grips of madness, he intends to try and literally become his seemingly dead foe. Entering a room with a massive display of spiders, Kraven strips off the upper part of his costume and laps at a bowl of hallucinogens on the floor. Suddenly gripped with pain, Kraven angrily smashes the display glass, filling the room with spiders. Beginning to hallucinate, Kraven tries to keep his fear in check as the mass of spiders forms into a massive gestalt. While back in the sewers, Vermin and the sewer rats have finished devouring his victim. After his meal, the Vermin comes across a page from a newspaper. Seeing a photo of Spider-Man frightens Vermin, who recalls his last encounter with Spider-Man and Captain America.[Continuity 4] Vermin is conflicted between his fear of the masked hero and the idea that he isn't afraid of anyone. The Vermin tries to prove this by trying to go up to the surface. However, when a spider crawls past the manhole cover, the Vermin is frightened and returns to the safety of the sewers. Hearing footsteps above, the Vermin fears that it is Spider-Man coming after him and beats one of his own rats to death in order to keep quiet and avoid detection.
However, this is not Spider-Man, but his wife Mary Jane who is out walking in the rain trying to find some sign of her husband. Her search is interrupted by two men who catcall at her. When she tells them to get stuffed they become angry. At that moment, Kraven the Hunter tries to maintain his sense of identity as he fights the mass of spiders but he is soon swarmed by them all. Simultaneously, the Vermin senses some calling out to him and thinks it is Spider-Man and grows angry. While on the surface, Mary Jane tries to get away from the two men who were gawking at her. When they catch up to her, they are suddenly Spider-Man apparently appears. However, as Mary Jane watches as the costumed man brutally beats the two men without a single word, she realizes that this is not her husband. When she begs Kraven to stop, he does and then leaps away. Not far away, Vermin emerges from the sewers to hunt for Spider-Man, but he is not sure where to begin looking. His mind suddenly turns to food once he discovers that he is hungry once again, and begins searching for something -- or someone --to eat.
This story continues in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131...
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