Collects Spectacular Spider-Man (2003-2005 2nd Series) #21-22, 27 and Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999-2003) #39-41.
Paul Jenkins wraps up his five-year tenure as a Spider-Man writer and brings Spectacular Spider-Man to a close in a moving, self-contained tale that reunites him with artist Mark Buckingham. Plus, two spectacular standalone stories! First up: Ben Grimm's all-night poker games have become legendary among the super-hero set, and for the first time Spider-Man has been asked to join the table! But when the Kingpin unexpectedly deals himself in, the stakes are raised! Can the wall-crawler come out on top in this celebrity poker showdown? Then: Once he was the Mindworm, arch-nemesis of Spider-Man! But now he's a lonely, forlorn beggar, trapped in an infernal triangle of poverty, booze and dementia. How can Peter Parker help his one-time foe - and is Spidey himself responsible for his pitiable condition? And finally, from the pages of Peter Parker: Spider-Man, witness the return of Dr. Octopus in an intense three-part saga!