Appearing in "Maximum Clonage - (Conclusion!) The End of the Beginning!"Edit
- Jacks (Only appearance; dies)
- Rachel (Appears on a Computer Screen, TV or Hologram Only) (reporter)
Synopsis for "Maximum Clonage - (Conclusion!) The End of the Beginning!"Edit
Spider-Man follows the Jackal's order to retrieve the original Gwen Stacy clone while MJ persuades Kaine to help Ben against the Spider-Clones (SM #61, '95), all of which start to decompose. Spidey brings Gwen to MJ. Spidercide betrays the Jackal, allying himself with Scrier and apparently killing Kaine (PPSSM #227, '95).
As Ben fends off the decomposing clones, the Jackal goes to the Daily Bugle to set off a bomb carrying the Carrion virus. At the Parkers' brownstone, Gwen convinces Peter to take her to the Jackal. Accompanied by 4 Jack clones, the Jackal arms his bomb on the Bugle's roof but Spidercide attacks him. At the Jackal's lab, Spidey and Gwen learn of the bomb scheme.
At the Bugle, Ben tackles Spidercide who manages to grab the Jackal. When Jackal dissolves a wall with his gun, both fall out. Ben saves the Jackal but Spidercide hits the pavement. Soon after, Spidey and Gwen arrive. Gwen strikes the Jackal, blaming him for the death of her husband, a Miles Warren clone (WoSM #125, '95). The two Spiders web Jackal up, then defuse the bomb and remove the virus vial together. The Jackal gets free of the webbing but Gwen confronts him with his own gun. When she is distracted by MJ's arrival, the Jackal pushes her aside, knocking her off the roof.
Not willing to have her die again, Jackal tries to save her and falls to his apparent death while Ben rescues Gwen. The commotion rearms the virus-less bomb. Ben uses his webbing to sling it into the air where it explodes harmlessly. As the police remove the apparently dead Spidercide in a stasis chamber, Gwen slips away. Back at home, Peter and MJ reconcile.Later, Peter visits Ben and offers him the name and costume of Spider-Man. Ben thinks they need more time and thought to decide which of them should wear the webs.
Appearing in "The Measure of a Man!"Edit
- D'Spayre (First appearance)
- Amos Jardine (First appearance)
- Bruno (First appearance)
- Dakimh the Enchanter
- Nina (Only Appearance)
- Curt Connors (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "The Measure of a Man!"Edit
When Peter Parker takes Mary Jane out on a date to a local circus, the two find that the Man-Thing is one of the exhibits on display in the circus. When Parker tries to use his press credentials to inquire about the bog-monster, the owner of the circus kicks him and Mary Jane out. Feeling sorry for the Man-Thing, Peter returns as Spider-Man and breaks Man-Thing free with the help of the circus' security guard, who is a big Spider-Man fan.
With the help of Curt Connors' pilot Nina, Spider-Man arranges to travel back to Florida to return the Man-Thing to his swamp. Along the way the plane experiences an explosion and crashes. Only the quick thinking of Spider-Man saves them from permanent damage. Leaving Nina and her co-pilot behind to get help, he follows the Man-Thing, hoping the revitalized bog monster will bring him to civilization.
Instead, Spider-Man finds a strange cabin where Dakimh and Jennifer Kale have been tied up. This is really a disguised spire erected by the demon named D'Spayre, who hopes to plunge the universe into a state of deep despair. When the Man-Thing cannot help but burst in flames due to its fear of D'Spayre, Peter tries to fight off the demon, but succumbs to its attacks, which cause him to become a sobbing coward.
Eventually Spider-Man gets over his fear, and in a fit of rage beats D'Spayre into unconsciousness until he is stopped by Kale and Dakimh. The two mystics destroy D'Spayre's tower, and return to their mystical realm with D'Spayre. With the memories fleeting in his mind, Spider-Man wonders if the whole experience was only a dream or if it really happened.
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