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Synopsis for "The Final Verdict"Edit

This story continues from Spider-Man #60...

Peter Parker's murder trial has just been crashed by Kaine, who knows that Ben Reilly took Peter's place and has come to kill him.[Continuity 1] Ben wonders how he can stop Kaine without revealing his powers and compromising Peter Parker's double identity. This worry is taken out of his hands when Spider-Man arrives to stop Kaine. Still, when Ben tries to slip away and change into the Scarlet Spider, he is stopped by Mary Jane. She knows the look in his eyes and tells him not to blow her husbands chance at freedom.[Continuity 2] That's when the courtroom guards enter the room and try to restrain Kaine. However, he easily fights them off as he is much stronger then they are. Spider-Man manages to bowl Kaine over with a single punch. This puts him into the gun sights of Detective Jacob Raven. Raven tells Kaine to surrender or he'll shoot. Surrounded and outgunned he surrenders. However, Kaine is unphased by this, vowing to break out of custody later. Ben and Mary Jane then congratulate Spider-man for helping catch Kaine.

Peter Parker is cleared of all charges, and when they news reach the Daily Bugle the staff celebrates. Everyone except for J. Jonah Jameson, who tells everyone to get back to work. However, when Jameson is alone in his office it allows himself to celebrate Parker's exoneration. The news also reaches the secret lab of the Jackal. Watching this is the man who thinks that he is the real Peter Parker.[Continuity 3] This Parker is itching to get revenge against both Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider. The Jackal assures him that the time will come soon as he is almost finished making alterations to his Carrion Virus. While at the police station, Kaine confesses to all them murders he committed.[Continuity 4] Watching this on the other side of the one-sided glass. Finally hearing Kaine admit to killing his parents in Salt Lake City three years previous.[Continuity 5] While at the same time, Seward Trainer has finished going over the data he got from examining Peter and Mary Jane's unborn baby.[Continuity 6] He is concerned about how this data is going to impact the lives of Peter Parker and Ben Reilly.

Meanwhile, Ben Reilly -- still posing as Peter Parker -- returns to the Parker brownstone with Mary Jane. They are joined inside by Peter, who came in through the skylight as Spider-Man. With Jacob Raven off Ben's trail, Ben can finally start a new life. However, Ben isn't sure what to do next, as this is the first time he has not been on the run. That's when they get a call from Seward Trainer asking Ben and the Parkers to come to his lab right away. At that very moment, Kaine is being led away by the authorities. Suddenly, he has another precognitive flash of Mary Jane getting murdered, and wonders who the killer might be.[Continuity 7] There, Peter feels uneasy that Ben has been so open with his secret identity to someone he hardly knows. Seward is surprised to see how much they resemble each other. He tells the Parkers that his tests on their baby are done and that their baby is going to be healthy. He then explains that the strange readers were due to a genetic shift, pointing out that he discovered that the man they always thought was Peter Parker was a clone and that Ben Reilly is the original.[Continuity 8]

Peter becomes angry, refusing to believe this, accusing Ben of trying to steal his life, pointing out that Seward is in league with him. However, Seward insists that his tests are accurate, offering Peter and Ben to use his equipment to verify his finding. After hours of work, Ben and Peter come to the same conclusion that Seward Trainer did. Upon this discovery, Ben apologizes to Peter for this revelation. However, Peter refuses to believe it and attacks Ben, accusing him of trying to steal his life. Ben is also upset, pointing out that Peter stole his and lived it for the past five years. Ultimately, Peter overpowers Ben and begins choking him with a pipe. Mary Jane pushes past Seward Trainer and tries to get her husband to stop, telling him that he might kill Ben. Without thinking, Peter knocks his wife aside, sending her crashing into a wall. Realizing what he has done, Peter storms out the door. At that moment, the Jackal has perfected his new version of the Carrion Virus and is ready to get started. He then gives his Peter Parker a newly designed costume, telling him that once he has replaced the world with clones he will be the one and only Spider-Man.

... The Clone Saga continues in Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1.

Continuity Notes

Clone Saga Reading Order
Prelude
The Double
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Parker Legacy
Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
The Lost Years
Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3
Act One
Power and Responsibility
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Exile Returns
Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
Back From the Edge
Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
Web of Life
Web of Spider-Man #120 Spider-Man #54 Web of Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man #55
Web of Death
Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
Funeral for an Octopus
Spider-Man Unlimited #8 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #2 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3
Smoke and Mirrors
Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Players and Pawns
The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
Aftershocks
Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
Mark of Kaine
Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
Crossfire
Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
The Trial of Peter Parker
Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
Planet of the Symbiotes
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
Act Two
Maximum Clonage
Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Alpha Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Omega
The Exiled
Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
Time Bomb
The Spectacular Spider-Man #228 Web of Spider-Man #129
The Greatest Responsibility
Amazing Spider-Man #406 Spider-Man #63 The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1
Act Three
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1
Virtual Morality
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 Web of Scarlet Spider #1 Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 Scarlet Spider #1 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
Cyberwar
Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
Nightmare in Scarlet
Web of Scarlet Spider #3 New Warriors #67 Web of Scarlet Spider #4
The Sensational Spider-Man
Wizard Mini-Comic #3 Sensational Spider-Man #0 Amazing Spider-Man #407 Spider-Man #64 The Spectacular Spider-Man #230 Spider-Man Unlimited #11
The Final Adventure
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4
Act Four
Media Blizzard
Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
The Return of Kane
The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
Web of Carnage
Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
Blood Brothers
Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
Redemption
Spider-Man: Redemption #1 Spider-Man: Redemption #2 Spider-Man: Redemption #3 Spider-Man: Redemption #4
Peter Parker Returns
Sensational Spider-Man #7 Amazing Spider-Man #414 Spider-Man #71 The Spectacular Spider-Man #237
Loose Ends
Amazing Spider-Man #415 Spider-Man #72 Sensational Spider-Man #8 The Spectacular Spider-Man #238 Sensational Spider-Man #9 Amazing Spider-Man #416 Spider-Man #73 The Spectacular Spider-Man #239 Sensational Spider-Man #10 Amazing Spider-Man #417 Spider-Man #74
Revelations
The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Peter Parker: Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1
The Trial of Peter Parker
Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
  1. Peter Parker were arrested for murder in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, the real killer was Kaine as revealed in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3. Ben swapped places with Peter in The Spectacular Spider-Man #224.
  2. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  3. This Parker is confirmed to be a clone in Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1.
  4. He states that he also killed Doctor Octopus, which happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.
  5. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, this time measurement should be considered a factual reference.
  6. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  7. Kaine first started being haunted by this vision since Spider-Man #55.
  8. This is a deception orchestrated by the Green Goblin, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.

Chronology Notes

Events in this story occur behind the scenes that affect the chronology of the following characters:

Spider-Man:

  • Previous Page 1-11 Next - Spider-Man brings Kaine to court and clears Peter Parker of murder charges.
  • Previous Page 12-22 Next - Seward Trainer runs tests to determine who is the real clone.

Ben Reilly:

  • Previous Page 1-11 Next - Spider-Man brings Kaine to court and clears Peter Parker of murder charges.
  • Previous Page 12-22 Next - Seward Trainer runs tests to determine who is the real clone.

Mary Jane Watson-Parker:

  • Previous Page 1-11 Next - Mary Jane is present when Spider-Man brings Kaine to court and clears Peter Parker of murder charges.
  • Previous Page 12-22 Next - Mary Jane is present when Seward Trainer runs tests to determine who is the real clone.


Publication Notes

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