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A sniper’s bullet changes everything in Peter Parker’s life. Clad in his black costume, Spider-Man will stop at nothing to find the man who pulled the trigger and, even more important, the man who gave the kill order. This is Spider-Man at his darkest hour.

Spidey and Kingpin are squared off in the middle of a prison. Several escaped inmates are surrounding them and screaming for a fight. Kingpin tells him that he is a loser and a fool for listening to Tony Stark and revealing his secret identity. Spidey jumps at Kingpin and starts punching.

Spidey tells Kingpin about how his costume has stood for everything he said he would do and everything he said he would never do. He says he would never cross certain lines and destroy everything that the costume has stood for. He then claims he is not here to kill Kingpin. Spidey takes off his mask and the top of his costume. As Peter Parker, he then says he is there to kill Kingpin.

Peter continues to beat and bloody Kingpin. He tells him that he has no real power, and all he ever was was a fat man and a bad attitude. Kingpin is completely humiliated before all the inmates. Peter comments on how he could fill his lungs with webbing and suffocate him.

Kingpin tells Peter to just kill him and get it over with. Peter tells him that someday he will kill him, but not today. The beating he gave Kingpin will be far worse then his death. The inmates were witness to Peter beating down Kingpin. The man is very prideful and when everyone viewed him as unbeatable, he was humiliated. The beating is far worse than death for Kingpin.

Before leaving, Peter makes a final few comments. He tells Kingping that the moment Aunt May dies he will be back to kill him. Kingpin knows that he can not do anything to prevent it. Peter then tells all the inmates to tell everyone they know that Peter Parker's relatives are off limits and he will kill anyone who touches them slow and painfully. He then leaves and Kingpin crawls back to his cell.

The issue ends with Peter and Mary Jane back at Aunt May's hospital room. Pete says all they can do now is wait for the inevitable.

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