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Astonishing Spider-Man Vol 1 150

Appearing in "Sins Past (Part 5)"Edit


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Synopsis for "Sins Past (Part 5)"Edit


Spider-Man holds a press conference to send a message to Sarah and Gabe. He tells them to meet him where their mother died. Spider-Man waits and the twins eventually show up. He tries to reveal to them that he's not their father, Norman Osborn is. Gabe refuses to believe it. Turns out Norman has been taking care of them and feeding them false information for years now. Ironically, Gabe sees him as a father figure. Sarah, however, does believe Spider-Man. She tries to explain to Gabe how, at the DNA testing lab (prev. issue), Spider-Man didn't test his own DNA. He only tested Gwen's to make sure they were HER children. She argues that Spider-Man would only do that if it were impossible that they were his kids. She concluded that that could only mean Peter and Gwen never had sex. Gabe refuses to accept the truth and pounces on Spider-Man. Spider-Man is careful not to hurt him, but he gets beat up pretty bad. Gabe has Spider-Man pinned down when a police man's bullet narrowly misses Spider-Man's head. The police open fire, hitting Sarah in the stomach. She falls off the bridge they're standing on in a very familiar fashion (she looks exactly like Gwen Stacy). Spider-Man is determined not to lose her again and successfully saves her. He manages to get her to a hospital. Meanwhile, Gabe has escaped to the sewers where he finds Norman's secret lair. In the lair he finds his and hers Goblin costumes. Norman obviously meant for them to follow in his footsteps and Gabe now knows the truth.

Appearing in "Sins Past, Part Six"Edit


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Spider-Man and Mary Jane are in the hospital with Sarah. The doctor comes out and says there's nothing they can do, so Spider-Man insists on a blood transfusion. The doctor objects at first, but figures that the transfusion can't make the situation any worse and eventually agrees. Sarah makes a complete recovery with the help of Spider-Man's special blood.

Meanwhile, Gabe is in Osborn's safe house watching a recorded message that Norman left for him and his sister. Norman is encouraging Gabe to inject himself with the Goblin Formula, which he does. Gabe becomes stronger and faster, dons a Goblin costume and flies to the hospital.

Spider-Man wakes up in a recovery room with Mary Jane at his side. She tells him that they think she's a super hero groupie and no one is any the wiser that she's really his wife. She also reveals that the news has put out a bounty of 5 million dollars for a picture of Spider-Man with his mask off. When Spider-Man finds out that his location is public knowledge, he panics. Turns out his panic is for good reason as Gabe has seen the report too.

Gabe, now dressed as a Goblin, attacks Spider-Man in the hospital. He crashes through the window and takes Spider-Man out. Spider-Man manages to escape his grasp mid-air and crashes on to a roof where Sarah is waiting with a gun. She points it at Gabe and tells him to back off. Gabe, feeling betrayed, fires on her from his glider. She shoots back, hits his glider, and causes an explosion that takes him out of the fight. Sarah then disappears down a hallway, Spider-Man being too injured to stop her.

Gabe wakes up on the shore with no memory of who he is or how he got there.

Appearing in "Savage Genesis"Edit


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Serial killer Cletus Cassidy, now the symbiote-powered Carnage, arrives at the Agro-Lab at Empire State University in search of his next victim. He finds Chip, a classmate of Peter Parker. Chip starts to run away from Carnage, but Carnage picks up a sink and throws it at Chip making him not able to leave the room. Carnage heads over to Chip picks him up by the throat and extends his fingers, killing chip. Before his death he asked why he is going to be killed, only to have Carnage reply with "...'cause I can".

In the home of May Parker, we find Peter and Aunt May, just as Peter finishes fixing her heater.[Continuity 1] Aunt May's phone rings only to find out it is for Peter. Peter answers the phone and is told that a classmate of his, Chip, had been murdered. Spider-Man heads to the lab where Chip had been killed and hides in the air conditioning vents to find out information. He evesdrops in on a reporter questioning Professor Evert. She mentions the murderer had "living skin", also that his arm had grown a rope and he swung away. Leading Spider-Man to think the killer is Venom. Because of this development Peter Parker is late meeting his wife Mary Jane Watson-Parker in Central Park.[Continuity 2] Peter tells Mary that Chip had been killed and tells her he suspects that it is Venom who is the source of this. He recounts how he first got the Venom Symbiote on Battleworld during the Secret Wars.[Continuity 3] After learning that it was trying to permanently bond to him he later used the loud peals of cathedral bells to seemingly destroy it.[Continuity 4] The symbiote survived and bonded to someone with as much hatred for Spider-Man as it did...Eddie Brock. Bonding with the symbiote, Brock became Venom, one of Spider-Man's most powerful foes.[Continuity 5] Peter then recalls how he faked his own death at the hands of Venom during their last encounter, prompting Venom to remain on the Carribean Island where they fought.[Continuity 6] Mary Jane tells him he should leave it to the police, the Avengers, or the Fantastic Four. He can't do that, however, because he blames this on himself. He feels he is the only one who should stop these killings, reminding Mary Jane that she knew what she was getting into when they got married.

Going to the Daily Bugle, Peter goes through the newspaper's computer archives to retrace the activities of Eddie Brock prior to their last battle. He discovers that Eddie's had a cellmate at Ryker's Island. This cellmate was Cletus Kasady, an unrepentant mass murder who was convicted with eleven life sentences.[Continuity 7] He also discovers that Cletus had just escaped from his cell, murdering one of the prison guards in the process.[Continuity 8] He starts doing a background check on Cletus and discovers that Kasady lived at St. Estes Home For Boys, an orphanage that was ravaged by a fire with the disciplinarian administrator's dead body found within it, her skull smashed in. Peter wonders if this was the first murder committed by Cletus, and what kind of monster he is dealing with now. Digging deeper, Peter travels the entire city in search of people who knew Cletus in order to get more information about him. Everyone has very little to say about Kasady, but it appears that he was always present during some tragic event or another. Peter's last stop is to a psychologist who cannot divulge information about his former client but warns Parker to avoid Kasady at all costs.

That evening, Spider-Man goes to the ruins of the St. Estes Home For Boy to search for clues. He hears someone talking to themselves there. At first, Spider-Man thinks its a child but discovers that it is Cletus himself. The deranged lunatic is stark naked sitting before a fire talking to a teddy bear he calls Binky. When the wall-crawler tries to get in closer, he reveals his presence to Kasady. Looking at the wall-crawler, Cletus suddenly transforms into Carnage, ripping the teddy bear to shreds with his bare hands. Carnage stretches his arm to punch Spider-Man reminding him of fights with Venom. Spider-Man shoots a web at Carnage's face, while Carnage wraps his symbiote around the web in his face and grabs hold of Spider-Man and throws him into the wall. Spider-Man throws a giant piece of wood at Carnage who catches it and breaks it in half. Carnage then solidifies an ax from his hand and throws it at Spider-Man who barely dodges it. After watching it turn to dust, Spider-Man looks to notice Carnage has disappeared. Carnage's symbiote makes tentacles seep through the wall and grab hold of Spider-Man and ripping him through the wall to the floor. As this is going on officers arrive on the scene soon arrive to check out noise complaints. They burst into the room and Carnage shoots projectiles at one from his fingertips hitting him.

Spider-Man grabs hold of his tentacles and throws him then goes to check on the injured officers. While the wall-crawler is distracted, Carnage throws an oven at the other cop, prompting Spider-Man to push the officer out of the way. However, the wall-crawler is struck over the head, staggering him long enough for Carnage to escape. Searching the ruins for Carnage, Spider-Man discovers a parting message from his foe, the words "Carnage Rules!" painted in blood on a wall. Examining the blood, the wall-crawler notices that it is still fresh and realizes, much to his disgust, that Kasady used his own blood to write this message.

The following morning, Peter tells Mary Jane about how he has already tried to get the assistance of Avengers or the Fantastic Four of this new enemy, but they all seem to be dealing with their own planet-threatening problems. While expressing his frustrations, Peter accidentally knocks over Mary Jane's purse to the floor and discovers a pack of cigarettes among the contents. Mary Jane admits that they are hers, and that she used to smoke when she was younger. She managed to quit years ago, but took up the habit again recently in order to deal with the stress of Peter being Spider-Man. Before she can fully explain herself, Peter shushes her so he can hear a news bulletin about Carnage killing an entire family, including three children. Horrified by this, Peter realizes that he has no choice now, he has to find Venom an enlist his aid in stopping Carnage once and for all.

Appearing in "Savage Alliance"Edit


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  • Robert Sutcliff (Only appearance; dies)[1]
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Synopsis for "Savage Alliance"Edit


With the mass-murderer known as Carnage on the loose in New York City, Spider-Man has enlisted the aid of the Human Torch to help locate Venom, who was last seen on a Caribbean Island after he was tricked into thinking he had killed Spider-Man.[Continuity 9] As they fly to the island in the Fantasti-Car, Spider-Man prepares the sonic gun developed by Mister Fantastic, one of the symbiote's weaknesses. When they arrive on the island, Spider-Man and the Torch begin looking for Venom. Spider-Man thinks he made a mistake of allowing Brock to remain free, thinking he should have brought him to the Vault. However, he admits that the reason why he didn't do so is that he is afraid of Venom. The Torch can sense how stressed out Spider-Man is over this whole situation. He soon finds Eddie Brock relaxing on the beach and alerts Spider-Man to his presence. When Spider-Man and Torch make their presence known, Brock cannot believe that it is the real Spider-Man. Spider-Man pulls up his mask to reveal that he is the real Spider-Man. Filled with rage, Brock changes into Spider-Man and lunges at the wall-crawler.

Spider-Man blasts Venom with the sonic gun, injuring the symbiote. However, this does little to slow Venom's momentum, and he hits the wall-crawler with enough force to break the sonic gun in half. The Human Torch breaks up the fight when he places a ring of fire around Venom. Although this is another symbiote weakness, this doesn't stop Venom from sending a tendril into the sand and whip up enough to snuff out the Torch's flames. He then grabs the Torch by the throat and attempts to drown him in the ocean. With all of his defenses against Venom destroyed, Spider-Man tries to figure out his next move as Venom closes in on him. Meanwhile, back in New York City, Carnage has targeted the office of Robert Sutcliff, accepting the challenge from the desk guard that Sutcliff's office is impenetrable and begins murdering his way to the top of the building. Back on the island, Johnny Storm uses the last of his strength to unleash a nova flame, burning himself free. Wanting to give the Torch time to recover, Spider-Man flees with Venom in tow. The wall-crawler goes to the abandoned mining village where he fought Venom previously. Venom manages to ambush the wall-crawler thanks to the fact that his symbiote negates the hero's spider-sense and Venom can camouflage himself. Before Venom can crush Spider-Man under some mining equipment, the Torch arrives with the Fantasti-Car and blasts Venom with the onboard sonic blaster. With Venom weakened, Spider-Man quickly explains that they came seeking him to help stop Cletus Kasady who has a symbiote of his own and is murdering innocent people. This appeals to Venom's warped code to defend the innocent and as his symbiote recovers, he asks Spider-Man to tell him more.

Back in the city, Carnage has made his way into Sutcliff's office. When the businessman tries to shoot the killer, the bullets have no effect. Fleeing for his life, Robert tries to block Carnage's place with a bulletproof shield, but the symbiote is able to slice through it with ease. By the time Carnage catches up to Sutcliff, the businessman attempts to flee in a helicopter. With nobody qualified to fly the aircraft, Robert's life comes to an abrupt end when Carnage pushes the helicopter off the edge of the building. Satisfied with this latest kill, Carnage swings off looking for his next victim. While in the Carribean, Venom has finished hearing out Spider-Man. He tells the wall-crawler and the Torch that the symbiote reproduces asexually once a generation. However, the symbiotes have little regard for their offspring. He has since learned that his symbiote gave birth when it broke him out of Ryker's Island while he shared a cell with Cletus Kasady.[Continuity 10] After hearing the web-spinner's story, he suspects that the symbiote's offspring developed unique abilities due to its gestation on Earth. As Venom has sworn himself to protecting the innocent, he agrees to help stop Carnage, in exchange for being allowed to go free after.[Continuity 11]

Back in Manhattan, Carnage returns to the scene of one of his as yet undiscovered murders to revel in news reports about his killing spree. After seeing a report about a police officer being awarded a medal, Kasady begins becomes furious, destroying the television. He vows to show the world just how heroic this police officer is, but first, he intends to make himself a sandwich. By this time, Spider-Man, The Human Torch, and Venom are just arriving in New York City to begin their search for Carnage. Eddie Brock compliments Johnny Storm and tells him he did an article about the Fantastic Four when he worked for The Daily Globe. Johnny, however, questions why Spider-Man insists that they work with someone who is clearly mentally unhinged. As Spider-Man explains that he has no choice, Johnny has to leave because he is getting an emergency signal from the Fantastic Four. Spider-Man and Venom disembark from the Fantasti-Car so they can begin their search for Carnage on their own. Venom reveals that he is able to track Carnage due to the fact that his symbiote can sens its own kind. They eventually find Cletus Kasady still fixing himself a snack at one of his crime scenes. Quickly turning into Carnage, he engages in battle with his two opponents. However, as it turns out, Carnage is more powerful than the combined powers of both Spider-Man and Venom.

The battle causes enough noise that a woman in the apartment below underneath them starts complaining by banging a broom on the ceiling of her home. Hearing this, Carnage breaks the floor, kills the mother and grabs her baby. He throws it out the window making both Spider-Man and Venom jump after it. Venom got the baby with his web and they bring it back to the apartment and find out Carnage has escaped. Searching the scene, Spider-Man finds the front page of the Daily Bugle. The headline features another one of J. Jonah Jameson's anti-crime editorials. Seeing how a hole had been punched through the photo of Jameson, Spider-Man fears that the publisher may be Carnage's next target. Spider-Man's hunch proves correct as Jonah returns to his office and discovers Carnage waiting to kill him.

This is a UK title that features reprints of American Spider-Man titles.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

 


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