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Synopsis for "Victims"Edit

The issue opens up to a flashback to the events of The Amazing Spider-Man #251, wherein Spider-Man discovers the Hobgoblin's mask floating at the bottom of the Hudson River. All off a sudden, though, he is grabbed from behind by a giant Hobgoblin, who reveals himself to be Ned Leeds. Leeds' skin then begins melting off his head, eventually melting clean off the skull. Leeds then unmasks Spider-Man, telling him that they are now even.

Peter Parker then wakes up, revealing it all to be a nightmare. Mary Jane awakens, too, and asks if he's alright. Peter responds that it was just a bad dream, but Mary Jane presses on, asking if it was more than just a bad dream. Peter then muses over all the events that have happened in the past few months (The death of their daughter and Ben Reilly, the layoffs going on at the Daily Bugle, Norman Osborn being revealed as alive, etc.). Peter then admits that he's been having the same nightmare for the past few weeks about the Hobgoblin.

Peter and M.J. then discuss Jason Macendale's ongoing trial. Peter states that he believed that the trial would bring him some closure but it doesn't. Mary Jane then points out that Peter dreams about Ned Leeds, and that Macendale wasn't the original Hobgoblin, to which Peter counters that it's not a fact most people are aware of, and that not even Macendale's defense attorney brought up at the trial. Peter then recalls that Macendale paid off the Foreigner to have Leeds killed, only to take on the Hobgoblin mantle himself immediately afterwards. As Mary Jane asks Peter if he's alright, Peter responds by stating his concern for Betty Leeds.

At Betty Leeds' apartment, she is having a nightmare about her late husband. In the dream, Ned blames her for all his problems and asks if she ever really loved him. Betty then awakens once again. As she sits in her bed, she thinks back to all the horrible memories of Ned's involvement with the Hobgoblin, all the while he was the Hobgoblin. Betty ponders the possibility of seeking out counseling, but decides against it when she realizes no one would believe her when she admits Ned was the Hobgoblin.

At a bar, Jacob Conover is having a drink while watching news coverage of Macandale's trial. He laments to himself over the loss of his job at the Bugle as a reporter, recalling that he was so close to a corporate expose on companies like Roxxon and Oscorp, but that Ned Leeds wanted to borrow his files, and that after he died, said files vanished. The bartender then recites an old saying from his mother; "Don't get mad, get even." To this, Conover states that he will get even.

  • Flash Thompson and Mr. Johnston appear in flashbacks.
  • This issue marks the return of Roderick Kingsley, the original Hobgoblin, to his identity, a role he hadn't played since Amazing Spider-Man #287.
  • Ned Leeds appears in dreams of both Betty Brant and Peter Parker, he also appears in photos and a flashback.
  • This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.[1]

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