After a few unsuccessful run-ins with Spider-Man
, Manslaughter Marsdale was ambushed by an unknown assailant and put in a coma. Attributing his revival to a man calling himself Zodiac
, he became a fiercely loyal ally; ignorant that it was actually Zodiac who rendered him comatose to steal his powers. Marsdale did whatever he was told, enabling Zodiac to steal the Zodiac Key
, and enacted his revenge against Bobby Chance; a middleweight fighter who once sided with Spider-Man against Marsdale.