SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #799 by Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, Marte Gracia and Joe Caramagna, on sale now.
Spider-Man's first encounter with Norman Osborn's deadly new Red Goblin persona left the wall-crawler injured and admitting defeat. In order to spare his loved ones from the Red Goblin's wrath, Spider-Man agreed to not suit up ever again. However, that doesn't mean Peter Parker can't strategize against the Red Goblin in the shadows.
Peter calls in some favors from the superhero community to watch over the people closest to him, but even that doesn't guarantee their safety once the Red Goblin catches up with his estranged family.
The result of the big Osborn family reunion surprisingly brings one member back from the dead, while also featuring the most insane act ever committed by Norman Osborn.
Grandma's Back In Town
When Flash Thompson discovered Norman Osborn was stalking around New York City in Amazing Spider-Man #799, his first call was to Norman's ex-daughter-in-law, Liz Allan. At the time, Liz was enjoying a quiet day at home with her two sons Normie and Stanley and their nanny Emma, her brother Mark Raxton and ex-husband Harry Osborn, who is Norman's son.
However, once they learn about Norman's big return, Emma tranquilizes the adults and runs off with Stanley and Normie. When the trio comes to, Liz uses a chip implanted in Normie to follow their trail. While you might consider implanting a tracking chip in children as inhumane, Liz's defense is it's something any billionaire businesswoman like herself would do to protect her kids.
Naturally, everyone's first thought is Emma was working for Norman, and kidnapped the children to bring them to him. However, that's not the case at all. The truth is Emma is Emily Lyman-Osborn, Norman's deceased wife and Harry's mother. Just how Emily is back from the dead is a mystery for another time, as the Red Goblin, Harry and Liz catch up with her in the Port Authority.
What happens next will very likely change the lives of the Osborn family forever.