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One bullet changed everything for Peter Parker. The black-clad Spider-Man has battered his way to the man who gave the kill order -- Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. the Kingpin. At his darkest hour, will Peter cross the line he swore he’d never cross? You won’t believe your eyes, True Believer.

Things really suck for Peter Parker.

Peter is at Aunt May's bed in the hospital. The nurse in the room takes some of Aunt May's blood and is going to get an analysis. Pete obtains the blood work and is upset. Aunt May has built up an immunity to Peter's spider-blood and the transfusion he gave her is not going to help. A priest arrives and asks Peter and Mary Jane is they have funeral plans and if they know what May's last wishes are.

At the police station, a cop named Delint is assigned to Aunt May's police file. He is to investigate the supposed "drive-by" shooting case.

Back at the hospital, Peter is mad that the priest is suggesting that they prepare for Aunt May's death. MJ asks about what religious service May would want; what she believed in. Peter says that she believed in him and that it cost her her life. He asks how can he live with that.

Outside the room, Delint (the officer) is talking to the nurse about May. The nurse tells him she thinks her niece brought her here under an old last name. She suggests it was the niece's husband who shot May and the niece is trying to cover it up. She also mentions that there was a spike in a radioactive toxin in May's blood. She hints that the niece probably snuck her husband in to try and finish May off by poisoning.

The cop enters the room and tells MJ to come with him to the police station. Peter appears and tells the cop to let her go, then punches the cop. He suddenly realizes he is becoming a criminal just like everyone he has ever fought.

Peter steals an ambulance and a pair of scrubs to impersonate a doctor. MJ grabs some transfer papers from the nurse' station while everyone is distracted. Peter puts Aunt May on a gurney and covers her up like a corpse to more her out of the hospital and into the amublance. They go to another hospital with Peter posing as a doctor. He presents the papers they forged and they admit May, even though the hospital is full all ready.

MJ asks Peter what is going to happen and when this is all going to end. He doesn't know, but he says he can't stop fighting for May or MJ. He tells her that he will drop the ambulance off far enough away that they won't be able track them. They can then figure out what to do next.

Peter leaves the hospital thinking about all the felonies he just committed. Everything was done by Peter Parker, not Spider-man. His fingerprints will be all over everything. He has become everything he set out to fight. A criminal.

Peter thinks to himself about how he is trapped in a nightmare and feels so lost.

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Character Driven Story 0

The Back in Black storyline finally comes to a close. Some people didn't like the idea because it was obviously trying to tie in to the Spider-Man 3 movie, while others where disappointed that the black costume was just a costume, and not the alien symbiote. After a few issues the black costume was no longer a factor for the story. Although it did fit the "darker" Peter Parker as he was driven to the breaking point, it was hardly the focal point of the arc. Issue #542 seemed to have a logical co...

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Peter Parker: Criminal 0

The last chapter of the Back in Black storyline does not disappoint, although it could be considered a seperate story all on its own. Basically, it shows us where Peter is in his life right now, what he's been reduced to, and the sheer hopelessness of his situation. It's an emotional roller coaster ride for both Peter and MJ, and it is expressed beautifully by Ron Garney's artwork, which makes it all the more disappointing that this was his last issue. Anyone who is currently unfamiliar with the...

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