Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Aaron Lopresti

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The Amazing Spider-Man #371 (1992)

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Part 4: One Clue Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” & “Strained Relations”

Rating: 4/5

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Pt. 3: Life Stings!”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

The Black Cat has some new gadgets that help her be more cat-like. Balance and agility enhancing implants, gloves that can sharpen to claws, and contacts that help her see in the dark. Her and Peter go to a mental hospital where Mendel Stromm’s assistant Max Young resides. They discover that he was broken out by Alistair Smythe. Spider-Man and Black Cat are attacked by a giant spider-slayer and destroy it. They figure Smythe’s behind it and set out to find him. Richard and Mary Parker get kidnapped by the FBI agent that was spying on Aunt May’s house.

“The Web”

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

MJ uses memories of her abusive father and speculations on what Peter’s parents coming into the picture might do to their relationship to help her acting in a movie.

The Amazing Spider-Man #370 (1992)

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Pt. 3: Life Stings!” & “The Web”

Rating: 4/5

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Pt. 3: Life Stings!”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

Spider-Man suspects Tinkerer is behind the robots that have been attacking him. When he goes to Tinkerer’s workshop, he finds Felicia, who asked Tinkerer to make her some equipment to help her become the Black Cat again. Then Scorpion shows up, having just retrieved a new suit from Tinkerer. Then an amoebic, robotic spider-slayer shows up. Eventually the spider-slayer is destroyed and Scorpion gets away. Spider-Man now suspects Mendel Stromm. Who’s dead.

“The Web”

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Aunt May visits Ben’s grave and reminisces about when her dad left her when she was a child, and when her and Ben were dating, and up to when Peter’s parents died and they had to raise him. She’s happy they’re back, but is afraid they’ll steal Peter from her.

The Amazing Spider-Man #368 (1992)

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Part One: On Razored Wings” & “Cashing In”

Rating: 4/5

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Part One: On Razored Wings”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

Spider-Man gets attacked by several advanced robots. They were apparently sent by some guy in a fancy, futuristic wheelchair. Also there’s an FBI agent watching his Aunt May’s house. Presumably because of his parents.

“Cashing In”

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Jameson tries to manipulate Peter into letting him run an exclusive story about his parents. Peter lashes out at him and says he has no decency. He nearly punches him until Joe Robertson steps in. After they leave his office, Jameson calls up his vulture of a reporter and tells her Parker said no so they’ll just have to work around him.”

Web of Spider-Man Annual #8 (1992)

“The Hero Killers, Part Three: The Dark at the End of the Tunnel” & “First Kill! Part Three” & “The Security Gauntlet” & “Down Memory Lane” & “Evil’s Light, Part Three: Charge of the Light Brigade”

Rating: 4/5

“The Hero Killers, Part Three: The Dark at the End of the Tunnel”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Scott McDaniel

“Spidey and the rest of the heroes escape their respective foes. Silhouette gets kidnapped. They all meet up again and then find the room where all the other heroes are being held prisoner. They get trapped in a bubble and Sphinx comes out and says he was behind it all. To be concluded in New Warriors Annual.

“First Kill! Part Three”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Eddie tells the symbiote that he won’t abandon it and they’ll get out of it together. It rejoins his body and they break through the floor. Venom sees the kid Pablo who betrayed him and the kid is truly remorseful because he didn’t know his father died. Venom lets him live. He then finds the man responsible for the murder and decides to murder him in the name of justice. Later, the symbiote asks to bond with Eddie permanently and he agrees. They call their new union Venom after the poison Spider-Man forced him to write after ruining his journalism career.

“The Security Gauntlet”

Writer: G. Alan Barnum
Artist: Tod Smith

The Black Cat tests a security system for a millionaire’s museum and fights Hydro-Man.

“Down Memory Lane”

Writer: Tom Brevoort
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Peter finds a box of old photos he took and reminisces about some of the people he’s teamed up with as Spider-Man.

“Evil’s Light, Part Three: Charge of the Light Brigade”

Writer: Eric Fein
Artist: Vince Evans

Dagger frees herself and damages Lightmaster’s suit. As he shrinks, Cloak takes Lightmaster inside his cloak and eventually releases him a shriveled man.”

The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12 (1992)

“The Hero Killers, Part 2: Down and Downer” & “First Kill! Part Two” & “Sons of the Tiger” & “Ten Most Embarrassing Moments” & “Evil’s Light Part 2: The Hunt Begins”

Rating: 4/5

“The Hero Killers, Part 2: Down and Downer”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Scott McDaniel

Spidey aren’t doing so well against the Dreadnoughts until Night Thrasher, Silhouette, and Firestar show up and help. Spidey realizes the Dreads are being controlled and finds the humans behind them and takes them out. Then the gang finds out where the Speedball and other kidnapped heroes are being held and go there. They fight some security systems, but they all get pulled underground, which is the company’s plan. Inside, they all face different villains in their different areas of the compound. Nova and Namorita are up against Discus, Speed Demon, and Beetle. Firestar is up against Hydro-Man and Constrictor. Night Thrasher is up against Boomerang and Backlash. And Spider-Man and Silhouette are up against Rhino, Bombshell, and Stiletto.

“First Kill! Part Two”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Venom knocks out the police officers and goes to find his neighbor friend’s son Pablo, who was kidnapped by the same people who stole his invention. Venom finds the place and takes out some guards before finding Pablo, who shoots at him. Another guard dumps some molten metal after him that cause the symbiote to leap off his body in terror.

“Sons of the Tiger”

Writer: Glenn Herdling
Artist: Tod Smith

The Prowler and his brother Abe help defend some homeless people against the White Dragon and his gang.

“Ten Most Embarrassing Moments”

Writers: Tom Brevoort & Mike Kanterovich
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Spider-Man recounts his most embarrassing moments. Not being able to cash a check as Spidey, wearing the Halloween costume for a suit, the Spider-Mobile, revealing his identity to his friends, growing four extra arms, washing his Spidey duds in a laundromat with a paper bag on his head, losing to Stiltman..twice, nobody believed he was Spidey when Doc Ock unmasked him in issue 12, and Aunt May knocking him out with a vase.

“Evil’s Light Part 2: The Hunt Begins”

Writer: Eric Fein
Artist: Vince Evans

Lightmaster siphons Dagger’s most of Dagger’s light. She makes an attempt to free herself but fails. Cloak finds them and shoots Lightmaster, but it only makes him stronger.

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