A Spider-Man novel written by JimButcher in 2006 which serves as a sequel to a story arc within The ''Amazing Spider-Man'' comic (The start of which beings in ''Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #30'' if your curious). As is Jim Butcher's style, many tropes from the DresdenFiles appear here as well.
The novel chronicles the life of Peter Parker/ SpiderMan as he attempts to defeat a trio of psychotic life-eating monsters who want him dead because he killed their brother by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome injecting himself with radioactive material]] and then beating him down until [[TheRenfield the monster's assistant]] empties a Glock into him. The now-dead monster (named Morlun) has two brothers named Thanis and Malos, and a sister named Mortia. All three of them want to beat Spider-Man and eat his totemic life-force ([[LaymansTerms the power he has from being associated with a spider]]). Spider-Man is joined by his old flame [[DatingCatwoman The Black Cat]] as well as Doctor Strange and [[spoiler: The Rhino]] (yes, really). Our hero [[spoiler: eventually defeats [[ThreeAmigos the psychotic family]] with magic rocks and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny plays basketball with a Tibetan monk]]]].
!!This book provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: The Black Cat and Mary Jane both fall into this catagory.
* TheAllegedCar: MJ's rusty Gremlin.
* BigDamnHeroes: Just when things are looking really bad, [[spoiler: Mary Jane]] comes in to save the dahy.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Also MJ's rusty Gremlin]].
* ContinuityNod: Quite a few to JMichaelStraczynski's run on ''SpiderMan'', notably Morlun and the whole "totemic hero" concept.
* DarkestHour: It's the title of the book, plus Spidey has three, near-invincible psychopaths trying to eat his power and kill his family. Darkest hour indeed.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Peter to Mortia.
* DynamicEntry: "Boot to the head!"
** Mary Jane [[spoiler: drives a Gremlin through a chain-link fence and beats up an ancient monster with a tire iron, all while quoting Macbeth]].
* EnemyMine: Rhino and Spider-Man become this against The Ancients.
* FatalFlaw: The Rhino acknowledges his. He has a temper, and he gets stupid.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Let's just say that Peter and MJ have a healthy sex-life and leave it at that.
* ObliviousMockery: [[spoiler:[[EnemyMine The Rhino]] has a hidden pocket on his suit that he uses to [[BoringButPractical carry his cellphone]]. He had it made because [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough "what kind of idiot designs suit with no pockets?"]]. Peter means to add pockets to his suit ''eventually...'']]
** [[spoiler: Rhino also mentions that he considered becoming a professional wrestler early on in his career, but stopped because he realized how "''stupid''" it would be to become a wrestling star [[CrowningMomentOfFunny just because he'd gained super strength]]. [[ContinuityNod Peter]] joins the Rhino in laughing over what a silly idea that would be.]]
** [[spoiler: [[RuleOfThree The Rhino]] also happens to complain about his first suit, which was bonded to his skin for some time before he got it off. He asks himself, "what kind of moron gets himself stuck into a costume he cannot even remove?". [[SchmuckBait Peter]] happens to notice his wife is ''vibrating'' from holding in her laughter.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: It is suggested that Rhino is a lot smarter than he lets on.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: When Spider-Man demands that the Black Cat explain why she's trying to stop him from taking on the Rhino, "in five words or less," she answers, "It. Is. A. Trap...Dummy." Possible ShoutOut to a similar line from an episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''; "Out. For. A. Walk...Bitch."