Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

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Web of Spider-Man #86 (1992)

“The Name of the Rose Part 3: The Dark Within”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Howard Mackie
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Kingpin thinks Richard is weak and soft. Peter has been letting his anger get the best of him and nearly taking things too far when questioning criminals. Richard frees Hobgoblin from jail. Hobgoblin’s demon half believes he’s on a mission from God to kill sinners. After encountering Spider-Man, Hobgoblin’s demon half manages to tear itself apart from the human side (Jason Macendale). Spidey calls the demon form the Demogoblin. He punches Demogoblin but burns his hand. Demogoblin can materialize flaming pumpkin bombs (and presumably any number of things). Rose doesn’t like Richard’s actions and thinks involving Hobgoblin is a mistake.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #183 (1991)

“The Child Within, Part Six: Into the Dawn”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man subdues Vermin and they take him away in an ambulance back to the hospital. Then there’s an epic showdown between Spidey and the Green Goblin. Eventually, Spider-Man stands there and just tells Harry to kill him. Harry can’t do it. He still hates Spider-Man and blames him for the deaths of Gwen and his father. He vows to go far away and flies off.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #182 (1991)

“The Child Within, Part Five: Reckonings”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man, Vermin, and Harry all have to deal with their childhood traumas. Vermin was molested by his father. Peter’s parents died and he took the guilt on himself. Harry’s father didn’t love him and was a murderer. Vermin takes his mom and dad hostage, wanting to kill his dad, but he can’t pull the trigger. Spider-Man gets help from Dr. Kafka (now with mask on) and frees himself from the burden of guilt he’s put upon himself. In her office, they find out where Vermin is and Spider-Man swings off to him. They fight and eventually get onto the roof. Green Goblin shows up and knocks Vermin out, telling him Spider-Man is his.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #181 (1991)

“The Child Within, Part Four: Guilt”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Green Goblin hits Peter with hallucinogenic gas which causes him to think about all the guilt he has over everybody that has died because of Spider-Man. It leads him to realize that the root of it all is about the death of his parents and he goes crazy and tears up the place and swings out (without his mask on) and crashes into Dr. Kafka’s office. Vermin shows up back at his old home and tells his dad he’s going to kill him.

Spider-Man #17 (1991)

“No One Gets Outta Here Alive!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Ann Nocenti
Artist: Rick Leonardi

While trying to save some people, Spider-Man and a little girl he’s trying to save gets blasted with freon and they die. Spider-Man encounters Thanos and Death in the afterlife. Thanos discusses the futility of being a hero. Spider-Man fights to have the girl be returned to life. Death sends them both back.

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