With the Human Torch entering Spider-Man's personal fight with the Lizard, things get complicated for the wall-crawler. He now has to contend with a deadly foe, and ensuring the one aiding him doesn't hurt Curt Conners.
After several epic battles, Peter phones Gwen, but can't get a date and heads home. Unable to get in without Harry seeing him, Peter takes a stroll through the city. Meanwhile, a window cleaner named Hobie Brown ponders about what direction his life is taking.
While on a trip to pick up Aunt May from the train station Peter sees an man escape police custody. Later he hears about the same man stealing a dangerous bacteria and must stop the villain before the agent is released.
Spider-Man agrees to appear on a late night talk show in order to Pay his bills. When it is announced, Electro approaches Jameson about attacking and defeating Spider-Man while on the show in exchange for publicity.
Namor is held captive by Krang and Dorcas, who head towards Atlantis. Meanwhile, Dorma and her band of Atlanteans flee towards their homeland but are cornered by several Orcas under Orka's command. Tiger Shark passes by and offers to save her, for a price.
Spider-Man searches New York in the middle of a snowstorm for a clue as to the Schemer's whereabouts. The Kingpin prepares for a showdown with the upstart crime lord, but Spider-Man has other plans as he reaches the Kingpin's house.
Spider-Man finds himself in the middle of an underworld battle as the Schemer and the Kingpin continue to battle for turf. In his personal life, Peter must also contend with George Stacy's suspicions about Parker's whereabouts whenever Spider-Man appears.
The Black Widow decides to reinvent herself with a new costum, but that isn't enough for her. Driven to prove that she can be the best spider character in town, she targets Spider-Man to prove her superiority.
Peter fears the radiation in his blood may be weakening and that he will lose his powers. Delirious he makes a rash decision to show up at Gwen's birthday party sporting his Spider-Man mask and outing his secret identity.
Namor visits his outposts to find an entire station deserted of life after a gas explosion caused by waste dropped in the sea by surfacemen. Namor begins taking measures to secure his domain, which could lead to war if not heeded.
The mechanical arms of Dr. Octopus are put on display. Octavious uses this to his advantage and gains control of his appendages, allowing his premature escape from incarceration, and allowing his criminal activities to resume.
Namor begins to think that the best way to earn allies in his uneasy cold war with humans lies beneath the seas. When he returns to Lemuria to seek an audience with Karthon, he is surprised to find an usurped throne.
When Iron Man is left for dead by Ramrod, he seeks out shelter in the Avengers mansion. When he stumbles onto Kevin O'Brian, he unveils his identity to Kevin in order to have his employee save his life.
The Avengers and Squadron Supreme discover a sinister plot of an embittered child genius to destroy the Earth. They travel to an island where they find the Dark Tower and attempt to enter, hoping to stop Brain-Child.
Namor, Silver Surfer, and Hulk occupy a small island in order to bring Atlantean scientists forth to examine a nuclear reactor. When the U.N. hears of the danger, they send out the Avengers to retake the island.
Tony Stark decides to not attend the UN scientific summit due to a splitting headache and inability to think straight. When the White Dragon loses the range needed to control Stark, he attacks Iron Man.
Namor abdicates his throne of Atlantis after the loss of his bride. He heads for the surface to start a new life, away from stinging memories. Deciding to occupy an island, his only desire is to be left alone. Will he find acceptance of isolation or war from the pale skinned side of his heritage?
Namor continues to seek his father, but is discovered by a police officer and brought into conflict against the Human Torch. Behind the scenes, Llyra and Tiger Shark attempt to bring out a fiend from the depths to draw Namor to them.
Diane Arliss and Johnny Storm have a long talk about the Sub-Mariner's past and his motives as they try to find a way to help him. Later, Namor is attacked again by Tiger Shark from a hovering ship, and the Torch intervenes.
With Diablo in control of Crystal's mind and an impending civil war in Central America the Fantastic Four have the deck stacked against them. Meanwhile, Lockjaw and the Thing battle through space and Ben stumbles upon an interesting dimension.
Iron Man's captor Mr. Kline revels his plan to destroy Stark. Although Marianne is Iron Man's only hope of escape she is unable to assist. Will Iron Man be able to save the woman he loves, or even save himself?
Following Kevin's death, the police try to take Iron Man into custody. Unwilling to surrender to the authorities, Iron Man takes off back to Stark Industries where he is revisited by old memories, and a plaguing question.
The Frightful Four regain their full fighting strength when they add an entranced Spider-Man to the team. The villains gain control of the Baxter Building and attempt to learn how to harness power from the Negative Zone, drawing Annihlus to the portal.
Thor and a small band of fellow gods turn their back on Odin after what they feel was an ill conceived plan with the potential for too many lives to be lost. Each attempt to fit into their newly acquired society, New York.