Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

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The Spectacular Spider-Man #193 (1992)

“Eye of the Puma Part Three: Over the Edge”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Puma is going to assassinate a senator to show his power to the world and Spider-Man tries to stop him. Puma also wants to prove his superiority over Spider-Man, but Black Crow helps him realize that to win the fight needs to stop fighting. Puma pummels him but realizes it won’t bring satisfaction if Spider-Man’s not fighting back. Then the police come and Puma charges off the roof, but the police send a barrage of gunfire. Puma, shot, falls over the edge. When Spider-Man looks, there’s no body on the ground or any sign of him anywhere.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #192 (1992)

“Eye of the Puma Part Two: The Summit”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Black Crow asks Thomas Fireheart whether he is the master of the Puma persona, or whether he is a slave to it. Fireheart says he never asked for the power and was just given it by his ancestors and then forced to protect them. He chooses to use it to be a hired assassin. So in effect, he is letting the Puma control him. Black Crow shows Spider-Man that all the deaths and struggles in his life are part of the big web of life. The bad things are just playing their part. They are then back in the city. Puma in a rage leaps into the city and Spider-Man follows after because Black Crow says there’s an innocent life at stake.

Spider-Man #26 (1992)

“With Great Responsibility–!” & “These Great Powers!”

Rating: 3/5

“With Great Responsibility–!”

Writers: Tom DeFalco & Ron Frenz
Artist: Mark Bagley

Some thug brothers have stolen a weapon that they plan on using to rob banks and jewelry stores. Spider-Man stumbles upon them and stops them.

“These Great Powers!”

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Mark Bagley

Peter explains all his powers to MJ.

Spider-Man #25 (1992)

“Why Me?”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Chris Marrinan

Spider-Man gets a note from Captain Britain and goes to London to meet him. There he runs into Excalibur, Nightcrawler, Phoenix, Shadowcat, Kylun, and Cerise and they fight D’Spayre and Nightmare and Juggernaut. Spider-Man gains the Phoenix power after Phoenix dies and destroy D’Spayre and Nightmare. Everybody but Cap and Spidey were androids. Then they fight Rhino, Doctor Octopus, The Vulture, Green Goblin, Vermin, Lizard, Scorpion, Tarantula, and Silvermane. Afterward they realize it was all an elaborate virtual reality program put on by Arcade.

The Amazing Spider-Man #367 (1992)

“Skullduggery”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Jerry Bingham

Spider-Man closes in on one of Red Skull’s compounds and notices Solo following him. They go inside together and meet Taskmaster, who presents three goons he trained to be just like their superhero counterpart. A Captain America impersonator named Death-Shield, a Hawkeye impersonator named The Jagged Bow, and a Spider-Man impersonator named The Blood Spider. Spidey and Solo defeat them and Taskmaster gets away. Spider-Man gets info about what Red Skull’s big plan is. It’s an assassination. Spidey and Solo show up at the place where the assassination is supposed to happen and prevent it. Spidey then finds one of Red Skull’s computers confirms the story his parents told him is true and they could be his real parents.

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