Years ago, the amazing Spider-Man returned from the Beyonder's Battleworld sporting a sleek new black costume - with a dark and sinister secret! The "costume" was alive, an alien symbiote that would go on to torment Peter Parker; create his greatest foe, Venom, and eventually unleash symbiotic madness on the Marvel Universe! But for now, turn back the clock to the time of Symbiote Spider-Man and experience another all-new tale set in the early days before Peter discovered the costume's true nature! Even his stylish new black duds won't protect him when Spider-Man finds himself entrenched in a battle with the Hobgoblin! But where did Hobby get these strange new powers? Peter David and Greg Land return for the next thrilling installment woven between the classic issues of the Alien Costume Saga!