Truth About Kindred, Harry Osborn & Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #74

Today's Amazing Spider-Man #74 in the grand conclusion of Nick Spencer's three-year run on the series, described by some folks as fixing everything that was wrong with Spider-Man. I am not entirely sure that the final issue will do that, but deleting controversial aspects of Sin's Past, and making more sense of One More Day, while also putting Harry Osborn back in the box might just do a lot of that.

Truth About Kindred, Harry Osborn & Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #73
Amazing Spider-Man #74

As the Harry Osborn who appeared in Amazing Spider-Man from Brand New Day onwards was always a clone.

Truth About Kindred, Harry Osborn & Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #73
Amazing Spider-Man #74

That Kindred was always either Sarah or Gabriel Stacy, also super-powered chimera clones, created by the artificial intelligence version of the evil Harry Osborn using Goblin DNA. Never the actual children of Norman Osborn and Gwen Stacy, revealed as rewritten memories by Harry Osborn. And none of this was supernatural or demonic.

Truth About Kindred, Harry Osborn & Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #73
Amazing Spider-Man #74

Expect that is all was, courtesy of Mephisto, who made a deal with Norman Osborn for the soul of his son, Harry Osborn. Who has actually been in hell all this time., while Mephisto has been influencing the artificial version. And a clone is running around. Three Harry Osborns? I didn't know when I was well off.

Truth About Kindred, Harry Osborn & Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #73

And who is up for grabs, if Doctor Strange is willing to play along.

Truth About Kindred, Harry Osborn & Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #73

And it turns out he was playing with versions of Sarah and Gabriel as well.

Truth About Kindred, Harry Osborn & Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #73

What happens when clones die? What does this mean for the residents of Krakoa right now? But Mephisto has been playing the long game with Peter Parker.

Truth About Kindred, Harry Osborn & Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #73

Because Mephisto has been around for four billion years, and know what's coming. Another version of Inferno, and no, not the one happening in the Xbooks right now.

Truth About Kindred, Harry Osborn & Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #73

And the one person who can stop that world. With a little touch of Mephisto as an unreliable narrator… and One More Day finally explained. Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson may still no longer be married. But will this be enough?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #74
MARVEL COMICS
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(W) Nick Spencer (A) More (A/CA) Patrick Gleason
• It's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #875, and the whole ASM team is coming together to bring you a massive issue that is the culmination of three years of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!
•  It's all lead to this… "Hunted," "Sins Rising," "Last Remains," "King's Ransom," "Chameleon Conspiracy," "Sinister War"…and so much more all led to this climax and conclusion to Nick Spencer's landmark run on the best comic book in the world.
•  What will happen with Peter and MJ, Mysterio, J. Jonah Jameson, Norman Osborn, Aunt May and Kindred?! FIND OUT HERE! Rated T+In Shops: Sep 29, 2021 SRP: $9.99

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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