Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

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The Spectacular Spider-Man #159 (1989)

“Acts of Vengeance: These Scattered Senses (or a Tale of the Brothers Grimm)”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

The Wizard frees the Brothers Grimm from jail and tells them of the vengeance plot. They agree to kill Spider-Man. Jonah tells Peter he’s creating a new magazine in retaliation for the hostile takeover of the Bugle and asks Peter to come join him. Peter says he’ll call him. Spider-Man’s spider sense is extremely sensitive now and buzzes even at a mouse crawling in the wall. He fights the Brothers Grimm at Madison Square Garden and they see how powerful he is, rethink their deal and run away. Spidey’s having trouble controlling his new powers.

The Amazing Spider-Man #327 (1989)

“Acts of Vengeance: Cunning Attractions!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Magneto decides to go after Spider-Man himself. Flash is training to become a boxer. Spider-Man decides to test his powers out and goes to an automobile wrecking yard by the bay. He blasts a stack of cars with an immense energy blast. He lifts a multi-ton barge as if it didn’t weigh anything. Magneto arrives and fights him. He attacks using a crane. Spider-Man unintentionally turns the crane into glass. Magneto throws some cars at Spidey, but he makes a giant bat out of webbing and knocks them out to the bay. Using his much more advanced hearing and sight, he discovers one of the cars hit a boat. He can’t web out there to save them, but discovers he can fly and carries the boat to safety.

Web of Spider-Man #59 (1989)

“Acts of Vengeance: With Great Power”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Spider-Man is afraid to use his new powers until he can understand them. Dr. Doom sends Titania after Spider-Man and wants to know more about his new powers. After a long fight, Spider-Man sends a blast of energy from his fist that knocks Titania out cold.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #158 (1989)

“Acts of Vengeance: The Paste and the Power (or a Very Sticky Situation)”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Trapster (a villain who shoots grease and cement-like paste) attacks Spider-Man, defeats him, and leaves him for dead. Spider-Man manages to get free of the paste after Trapster leaves. Turns out that a group of villains (Wizard, Magneto, Dr. Doom, and Kingpin) got together and are trying to kill each others enemies. During an experiment in the lab at school, something goes wrong with a machine and Peter gets hit with some kind of extra-dimensional energy. Weird things start happening. He grabs a power line and doesn’t get electrocuted and his senses are extremely heightened. He hears Trapster talking about him from miles away and goes to him and fights him. Spidey makes a giant hand out of his webbing and crushes a rocket then shoots energy out of his fingers and defeats Trapster.

The Amazing Spider-Man #326 (1989)

“Acts of Vengeance: Gravity Storm”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Colleen Doran

A man called Graviton who controls the effects of gravity is hired by Kingpin to kill Spider-Man. He lifts the Bugle building from its foundation and has a fight inside with Spider-Man while it floats. He defeats Spider-Man and leaves, thinking he’s dead. Spider-Man is just barely alive and goes back home to find that MJ has gotten a part on a soap opera that she tried out for.

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