Spider-Man: Back in Black is a five-part 2007 Marvel Comics Spider-Man storyline written by J. Michael Straczynski and illustrated by Ron Garney (penciler), Bill Reinhold (inker), Matt Milla (colorist) and VC's Cory Petit (letterer).
The story takes place immediately after Marvel Comic's Civil War event and what happened to Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson, and Aunt May after the event.
Peter Parker, Mary Jane, and Aunt May are outside when someone shoots May. Mary Jane tries to call 911, but they have no time, so Peter (without taking the time to change into his Spider-Man costume) transports May to the hospital via web-slinging.
Peter hides from the hospital staff but still hears that May has lost a lot of blood. Meanwhile, in prison, The Kingpin is given a message by a police officer, Charlie. He quotes Euripides, who wrote "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."
Mary Jane meets Peter in Times Square, and Peter tells her to do anything she can to keep Aunt May alive while Peter will try to find the assassin responible. Peter then visits the shooter's perch, restraining a police officer with a thick coat of webbing. Inside, he finds a sniper scope there. He leaves without freeing the police officer. He then breaks up an illegal weapons sale (still in the same "civilian" clothing since the shooting) and interrogates the criminals about the unusual sniper scope. When a gun-runner hesitates to answer Peter correctly, Peter breaks the mans hand in his grip. Mary Jane soon visits Aunt May in the hospital and a doctor tells her that May's not going to make it. Peter swears that he won't stop until he finds who is responsible, and puts on his black suit.
Peter begins hunting down more sniper scope sellers. While beating up the last one, Peter throws the dealer out of the window, but then catches him with a line of webbing to his foot. The dealer then tells Peter that the assassin who purchased the scope was named Jake Martino. Peter looks for Jake Martino via a police laptop and finds his address. He goes to Martino's apartment but Martino has already left. The apartment owner talks to him, and tells him two men were looking for Martino as well, and tells him that Martino has left for the subways.
Spider-Man confronts Jake, beats him brutally, breaks his arm and unmasks again followed by asking him questions him about who hired him. Just when Jake is about to tell the name, he is shot through the chest. Peter attaches one of his spider-tracers to the second assassin before he escapes. The Police arrive to help Martino and Spider-Man goes along with Martino's ambulance, which takes them to the same hospital where Aunt May is staying. Mary Jane meets Peter and tells him that May's not going to make it. Peter finds the second shooter, who appears to be calling someone. Peter webs up the mouth of the assassin and listens to who is on the phone. The caller is Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin.
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Peter then figures out that Martino was hired to kill him, not May. He asks the assassin about why they decided to kill Martino. The man said that he knew something Fisk didn't know, and that is the only information he knows. Charlie visits Wilson Fisk again and Fisk asks if Charlie could do something for him. Charlie agrees, as long as the request doesn't break any rules. The Kingpin replies that it is beyond the rules, and then destroys his table, which is stacked with millions of dollars in US Dollars, a king's ransom. He tells the police officer to share it with his fellow policemen, and Charlie releases Fisk. Fisk then asks Charlie to bring his traditional clothes. Peter ties the second shooter, Jim, in a sewer where he is attacked by rats. Peter threatens the shooter by talking about the food chain. Jim tells he will do anything and Peter tells him that he could let no one get close to his family. Peter then travels to the hospital and transfuses some of his blood to Aunt May to save her. He then slings away to go to the prison to confront Kingpin.
The Kingpin and Spider-Man face off and Fisk calls Peter a "chump" for believing in the greater good. Fisk's taunts enrages Peter to the point of nearly killing Fisk by beating him senseless. Peter tells him that Spider-Man is not going to kill him, but Peter Parker is. He continually tortures Fisk, until Fisk says that if he is going to kill him, he should do it now. Spider-Man says that he will not kill Fisk yet, but he will if May dies. He leaves the prison, and Fisk and all the inmates return to their cells. Peter visits Aunt May, and Mary Jane tells him that they have to let Aunt May get transferred to a less expensive hospital. Peter says his reason for placing May in that hospital is that it is the best, but agrees that they can no longer afford it.