When Doctor Hope was sent to City Hospital, Brainstorm and several of the other Mad Dogs were transferred there as well, and Hope continued his experiments on them. Hope initiated a new process of experimentation, by which he thought to bring out the primitive, reptilian part of the brain, which he saw as having greater potential then the human mind. Brainstorm underwent this process and mutated dramatically[1].
Soon after, the new heads of the Mad Dog Ward came under fire from the investigation of reporter Maggie Lorca. The administrators forced Hope to send Brainstorm out to capture and silence Lorca by whatever means possible. Lorca was working with photographer Peter Parker, and so Spider-Man defended her from Brainstorm. Brainstorm's new mental powers enabled him to get the better of Spider-Man, and he left him trapped within rapidly hardening cement.[2]
Captain Zero, also a former inmate at Pleasant Valley, located Brainstorm and stopped him from killing Lorca. Zero managed to occupy him long enough for Spider-Man to free himself. After some struggle, Zero hurled soapy water in Brainstorm's eyes, distracting him and allowing Spidey to drop him with a double ear clap. Brainstorm recovered almost immediately, but he decided to take a rest on the city's tab and Bust out once he was ready.[3]

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