Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Ann Nocenti

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Spider-Man #29 (1992)

“Return to the Mad Dog Ward, Part One: Hope and Other Liars”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Ann Nocenti
Artist: Chris Marrinan

Dr. Hope from the Mad Dog Ward is still doing experiments on people to make them into mindless assassins. Spider-Man runs into some of them robbing an armored car. He’s also feeling stressed about all the lying he has to do to protect his identity.

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.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #133 (1987)

“Mad Dog Ward, Part 3: I Am Spider”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Ann Nocenti
Artist: Cyndy Martin

Peter and one of the nurses come up with a plan to take the Mad Dog Ward down. She switches the drugs with a vitamin cocktail so the patients will be able to wake up and fight back. A big riot starts and Peter goes and saves a new friend from being lobotomized. Then he fights Brainstorm. It’s not a difficult fight. Then the husband who sent his wife there comes back and saves her. Them and Peter drive away with the head doctor at gun point as the police arrive at the hospital. Peter goes back as a photographer with Ben Urich to get a story. But Kingpin’s cleverly made a story about how he didn’t know what was going on and was outraged and launched a full investigation.

The Amazing Spider-Man #295 (1987)

“Mad Dog Ward, Part 2: Mad Dogs”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Ann Nocenti
Artist: Cyndy Martin

Spider-Man is taken into the mental hospital as a patient. He wakes up to find that he’s heavily drugged. None of the caretakers think he’s really Spider-Man, because of all the other insane people who think they’re superheroes. Peter struggles to overcome the drugs and leads a revolt against some new straight jackets that just leads to everybody getting a double dose of the drugs. Everything’s real shady at the Mad Dog ward. They’re trying to turn people into assassins by convincing them they’re dreaming then telling them to release their anger in their dreams. One test subject is called Brainstorm.

Web of Spider-Man #33 (1987)

“Mad Dog Ward, Part 1: what’s the matter with mommy?”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Ann Nocenti
Artist: Cyndy Martin

Some lady is crazy and hears voices and doesn’t like how her husband earns his money. He works for the Kingpin in some capacity. She tries to leave with the children but he comes home in time and sends her to the Mad Dog ward of a mental hospital. It’s a very shady ward, where the Kingpin sends people. Her kids want her back and sneak out to get her. On the roof of the building, their father finds them. The son has a gun and yells at his dad for locking mommy up. A bunch of guards storm the roof, but Spider-Man comes and cleans their clocks. One guard is left and he tosses the daughter over the roof. Spider-Man dives after her and saves her, but catches a bullet or two on the way down.

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