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Appearing in "The Sixth Member"Edit

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Synopsis for "The Sixth Member"Edit

Part five opens up with the Sinister Six running excercises with their new weapons in an abandoned warehouse. Doctor Octupus wants to see what his partners are capable of with the new firepower, but the Vulture isn't buying it. He argues that they are all supposed to be partners in this and not the Doc's lackeys. Electro tries to calm him down, but Vulture is on to him immediately as an inside man for Doc Ock.

Meanwhile, Peter wakes up at home with Mary Jane. Apparently, his crash through the skylight didn't freak her out that much since he's in bed and out of costume. He explains all of what has happened so far, including the cybernetic arm cast, and wants to rest. That is, until he notices her doing something out of the ordinary.

The next six pages dance between the Sinister Six preparing for world domination and Peter and MJ catching up in their personal lives. The back and forth is rather effective.

Vulture is extremely untrusting of the other members despite attempts by Electro and Mysterio to calm him down. Doc Ock has already turned the Sandman into glass, Hobgoblin is an unstable religious fanatic, and Mysterio is waiting for the opportunity to unleash his full power. Regardless, the team is planning to hijack a satellite control center controlled by Hydra. Before leaving, however, Doc Ock smashes the team's liability, the glass statue that was the Sandman, into pieces.

Mary Jane is busy sewing Peter a new Spider-Man costume since the only one left, that he hasn't destroyed, is the black costume. They discuss his costume design and one another's taste in music in a very fun manner that points out the old-fashionedness of Peter compared to the cutting edge of Mary Jane. It brings along the fact that M.J. got the part she was going after in the new Arnold Schwarzenheimer movie. Peter can't stand the idea of her doing nude scenes that everyone will see, while M.J. sees it as just a stepping stone in her career. News of the Sinister Six arrival at the Hydra base and a new costume end the conversation. M.J. is upset about Peter's reaction, but won't push the issue because it's so close to his birthday and the odds he's up against with the Sinister Six.

In the meantime, Solo has recovered from his injuries and is prepared to go back after the Sinister Six. Also, Deathlok has been found by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents amongst the wreckage of Care Labs. He is unable to move because of Electro's blast in part four, but is conducting self-repair routines that will have him back online in less than an hour.

The Sinister Six have arrived at the Hydra base and are wiping through security with ease. Spider-Man arrives to find that the Hulk, Sleepwalker, and Ghost Rider are already outside and ready to rumble. Spidey makes a crack at Wolverine for missing the reunion of the 'New Fantastic Four' before the four heroes break into the Hydra facility.

More heroes don't mean results in this battle. Electro takes out Sleepwalker with a concentrated shot. Ghost Rider is continuously sidetracked by Hobgoblin, Doc Ock's random attacks, and robots brought back from another dimension. Hulk goes after Doc Ock immediately for a rematch, but is blown aside by a gigantic cannon fired by the Doctor. Spider-Man is avoiding numerous gunshots only to have his cyborg cast evaporated by one of Doc Ock's robots. His arm is okay, but the heroes are outmatched again.

There is a small rally by our heroes, but Sleepwalker is eliminated because his human host, Rick Sheridan, wakes up. Then, Hulk and Ghost Rider are quickly taken out of action by Gog, the Sinister Six's new recruit and a monster the size of Giant-Man potential, who crushes them both under one hand.

Spider-Man is left with the entire Sinister Six focused on him. This includes their new member, Gog, who has Hulk and Ghost Rider unconscious. Even against these odds he jokes, 'I'll tell you what... let's call it a draw.'

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