Comicbook / Spider-Man: Reign

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Spider-Man: Reign is a comicbook miniseries written and illustrated by Kaare Andrews. Taking place in the future, Reign finds New York turned into a fascist state closed off from the rest of the world. Peter Parker is a now a washed-up old man mourning the loss of his wife. That is until an old 'friend' appears at his door with a familiar package...

This miniseries contains examples of:

  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": The 'twist' that Mary Jane died as a result of exposure to Peter's irradiated... fluids is by far the most infamous aspect of the story.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of the Kingpin, who is kept alive via an intravenous drip for ten years and paraded out once a year in front of the mayor who eats a steak in front of him.
  • Becoming the Mask: Venom. He claims that Eddie Brock is still alive within him, but he clearly is no longer Brock or the symbiote: he is only Venom.
  • Bigger Bad/The Man Behind the Man: Venom serves as this to Mayor Waters.
  • Cerebus Callback: The comical Hypno-Hustler shows up, forcing the Reign agents to dance with his boom box... only for the batteries to die. He's shot immediately after.
  • City in a Bottle: New York is this thanks to the 'WEBB'. The intention is to protect New York from outside 'super terrorists' but it also prevents anyone from leaving.
  • Cradle of Loneliness: As the main pic shows.
  • Dead Guy Puppet: Doctor Octopus does this to himself. He programs his arms (still attached to his corpse) to rescue Spider-Man after he dies and get him to reignite the age of superpowered beings.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: Seen when Spider-Man foregoes the Darker and Edgier black costume in favor of the classic red and blues, all while singing a familiar tune.
  • Determinator: Spider-Man manages to plow through the members of the Sinner Six and still come back for more. He even survives an explosion.
  • Deus ex Machina: Referenced when Doctor Octopus arrives to rescue Spider-Man.
  • Disney Villain Death: Scorpion tells Spider-Man with his new tail, he can do anything. Spider-Man asks him if he can fly before kicking him out of a window.
  • False Utopia: New York is effectively crime free thanks to the impenetrable 'WEBB' system that surrounds the city. It is also a fascist state with armed soldiers terrorizing citizens.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Spider-Man plows through the Sinner Six quite easily.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Quite a bit.
    • J. Jonah Jameson, a constant thorn in Spider-Man's side, is the one who spurns him out of retirement and spreads word of his return.
    • Hypno-Hustler attempts to uses his abilities on the Reign officers to help Spider-Man. Reality Ensues.
    • Dr. Octopus programs his arms to rescue Spider-Man after he dies.
    • Sandman, after his daughter is killed by the Reign officers, gives Spider-Man the detonator to destroy the building and the symbiotes.
  • A God Am I: Big Bad Venom is likened to a Greek God, who requires sacrifice in order to be appeased.
  • Last Request: As Mary Jane is dying in her hospital bed, Peter is apologizing for being the cause of her illness and telling her how much he loves her, while trying ignoring police sirens and gunshots outside. Her last words have haunted him for years: "Peter, please... go...go..."
    • Years later, her ghost (or his hallucination thereof) finally reveals she wasn't chastising him, but was trying to say "Go get 'em tiger!" one last time. She was always proud of his choices and never blamed him.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Peter falls into a deep, long depression after accidentally causing the death of his wife Mary Jane.
  • The Lost Lenore/Post Humous Character: Mary Jane has died long before the story begins but is one of the most integral characters to the story nonetheless.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: The nameless little girl reveals herself to Sandman as his daughter by turning into cement.
  • Mushroom Samba: Kraven the Hunter (persumably the second) infects Spidey and himself with a noxious gas that brings their fears to life. Spider-Man, however, notes that he has been facing his fears the entire story, and as a result is so bored with them that he curbstomps Kraven.
  • The Nameless: The little girl who joins the rebellion is never given a name. She dies before Sandman can ask her.
  • Pastiche: A deliberate one for The Dark Knight Returns. See Shout-Out.
  • Poisonous Person: Peter is this as a result of the radiation in his blood. It ends up killing his wife.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Sandman dies after giving the detonator to Spider-Man.
    • Also with Doctor Octopus who saves Spider-Man after he dies.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Mayor Waters does this once things turn sour. He doesn't get far.
  • Shout-Out: The news anchor is named Miller Janson, a reference to the creators of The Dark Knight Returns.
  • The Snark Knight: When Peter gets back in his reds and blues, he also resumes quipping, though a lot of them are quite a bit darker and more mature than his usual stock. Case and point, when Mysterio causes him to see images of Mary Jane:
    Spider-Man: "Do NOT dress up like a dead man's wife. Not unless he pays you to."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Venom refers to himself as "The one responsibility (Spider-Man) shirked."
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Sandman's daughter is shot by the Reign in her cement form. He scoops up the pieces and tries to get her to reform. He initially thinks she succeeds and then...
    I look down at the hand I'm holding and it's no longer cement. None of the little bits are either.
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