Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Reading Spider-Man for the good of the world.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26 (1992)

“The Hero Killers Part 1: Fortune and Steel” & “First Kill! Part One” & “The Wronged Man” & “Making the Grade” & “Evil’s Light Part One: Now Strikes the Lightmaster”

Rating: 4/5

“The Hero Killers Part 1: Fortune and Steel”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Scott McDaniel

Somebody’s kidnapping superheroes. Also, a company named Target Technologies is about to test a new town-obliterating weapon when Spider-Man, Night Thrasher, Nova, and Namorita show up to stop them. They go to the company’s headquarters and fight a bunch of Dreadnoughts, just to have a bunch of bigger, newer models to come in and fight them.

“First Kill! Part One”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

The story of Venom’s first kill. Right after the symbiote attached itself to Eddie Brock, he discovered its power and shared hatred for Spider-Man. His friend had a new invention that he was going to give to the world, but a greedy company broke into his apartment and roughed him up and stole it. Eddie is with his friend as he dies and the police bust in and tell Eddie to freeze. Eddie morphs into Venom.

“The Wronged Man”

Writer: Eric Fein
Artist: Scott Kolins

Solo kills some terrorists. He kills one guy who turned out to be working with others to frame another guy.

“Making the Grade”

Writers: Tom Brevoort & Mike Kanterovich
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Spidey fights The Looter and tells him he just doesn’t cut it when stacked against his other enemies.

“Evil’s Light Part One: Now Strikes the Lightmaster”

Writer: Eric Fein
Artist: Vince Evans

The Lightmaster kidnaps Dagger. Cloak vows to go after him.

Web of Spider-Man #92 (1992)

“Foreign Affairs”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Howard Mackie
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Betty breaks into the Foreigner’s building in a sleek combat outfit and several guns. Spider-Man follows her in and gets her out of the way while he fights Foreigner’s new super powered goons named Swift and Warfare. Eventually he defeats all of them and Foreigner comes on a screen and tells him it was a test and the battle results are fed into a computer and transmitted into future volunteers. Someday, Spider-Man will face Foreigner’s super powered assassins again. Also, Betty finds out that Ned was the original Hobgoblin.

Web of Spider-Man #91 (1992)

“Making Amends Meet”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Howard Mackie
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Spider-Man gets attacked by Killer Shrike but knocks him out and gift wraps him for the cops. Peter runs into Betty Leeds and she tells him she’s working undercover on a story for the Bugle. Some super creeps named Whisper and Pulse bust into the diner where they are and try to take Betty. Peter changes into Spider-Man and fights them. Spidey throws Whisper in the path of Pulse’s blast and Pulse says he’s dead and activates a bomb that blows up the restaurant so nobody get any info about the mission. Betty says she doesn’t want Spider-Man’s help and that she’ll go after Foreigner by herself.

Web of Spider-Man #90 (1992)

“Sleight of Mind!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Howard Mackie
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Mysterio captures Spider-Man in one of his illusions. Spider-Man has to fight old villains. The three goblins, Venom, Galactus. At one point, the symbiote even takes over Galactus. But eventually Spider-Man snaps out of the illusion and beats the crap out of Mysterio before handing him to the police.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #195 (1992)

“The Death of Vermin Part Two: Masquerade”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Dr. Kafka and Edward are dragged into some underground cavern. The gobliny things reveal themselves to be mutates that were products of Dr. Zemo. The same doctor who turned Edward into Vermin. They convince Vermin to lead them and they cause some destruction above ground and get Spider-Man’s attention and Vermin turns back into Edward and leads Spidey to Dr. Kafka. Edward has a major breakthrough, but Zemo shows up and ruins everything.

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