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The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #11 (1991)

Rating: 4/5

“The Vibranium Vendetta, Part 2: The Ghost and the Machine”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Marie Severin

Sunturion is about to blast everyone when Iron Man comes in and takes him out. Spider-Man hits Sunturion with a microwave beam that turns him back into Arthur Dearborn. Everybody leaves. Ultron-13 wants the Vibranium to make himself invincible and creates an army of androids to steal it. Iron Man, Spidey, and Black Panther reconvene at the Roxxon lab later. Spidey and Panther fight the android army and Ghost fights Ultron-13. Ghost loses. Iron Man stops Dearborn from getting away and downloads data from Roxxon’s computer. Ultron-13 agrees to help Kingpin get the secrets of the synthetic vibranium.

“Outlaw Justice Part Two”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Silver Sable, Prowler, and Rocket Racer show up at the kidnapper’s compound and defeat the guards. Then they run into Sandman who’s working for the kidnapper. But secretly, he’s trying to thwart the kidnapper to get back in the Avengers’ good graces.

“One Track Mind”

Writer: Gerry Conway & Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Ron Wilson

Spider-Man thwarts an attempted bank robbery involving the Rhino.

“With Babysitting Comes Great Responsibility”

Writer: Fred Hembeck
Artist: Fred Hembeck

A very young Petey Parker is put in charge of babysitting a baby. He takes him in a wagon to get a free banana split but has to rush home before his aunt and uncle and the baby’s parents get home.

The Amazing Spider-Man #348 (1991)

“Righteous Sand!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Peter is feeling lonely and gets a tip from Ben Urich that something might be going down at the trainyard and he should take some pictures. Peter changes into Spider-Man and heads over there. Sandman is now a reserve member of the Avengers and everybody knows who he is. Somebody tells him he saw some people in camouflage loading guns into a truck. Sandman goes to check it out, finds out it’s a plan to steal nuclear waste at the trainyard, and calls the Avengers to help take them down. Spider-Man and Sandman take out a lot of the guys before Thor, Captain America, Sersi, Quasar, She-Hulk, and Black Widow show up to finish the job. Captain America lightly reprimands Sandman because it’s not a global incident and that’s what the Avengers take care of now. Sandman thinks he’s being fired and storms off. Peter returns home and rediscovers that he’s not lonely as long as he’s got MJ. The Black Fox comes back to town for one last big score.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #170 (1990)

“The Final Calculation”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man and his team wait at the Avengers building. Spidey attacks Captain America and instructs the rest to do likewise. Eventually, Spider-Man turns into The Space Phantom and when the real Spider-Man returns from Limbo, he tries to call a truce. Puma finds the Space Phantom and the fighting stops. Space Phantom tells them what happened. Quasar locks him in an energy prison cell and they all go review the files on the building that the cloud came out of. Space Phantom’s master comes and sends him back to Limbo. Spidey and the Avengers find out that the building was once owned by a mystic who brought a locked chest back from the Amazon. And mysterious murders began popping up shortly after. Spidey and the Avengers fight the black cloud. Spider-Man says it might not be a single being and they come up with a plan to lock it back in the chest and throw it into space. Turns out it was a swarm of microscopic cannibal insects and the young god Calculus organized this whole thing to make sure the swarm didn’t fall into the hands of Kingpin.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #169 (1990)

“The Outlaw Trail”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man assembles Puma, Prowler, Rocket Racer, and Sandman to retrieve info about the building the black cloud came out of. Puma and Prowler find info in the office of Kingpin, Racer and Sandman find info in the Building Department office in City Hall. But as they’re leaving, Sandman attacks Racer for the file. Racer bolts and Sandman turns into The Space Phantom. Spider-Man finds the black cloud at the zoo, eating monkeys. The Avengers show up and save him from it. Spidey still thinks She-Hulk is lying and leaves. When he meets back up with his team, Racer and Sandman are squabbling about the attack. Sandman says he was never there. Spidey realizes that he’s probably telling the truth, and She-Hulk was probably telling the truth as well. Kristy (MJ’s cousin) sees MJ with Jason as he kisses her. MJ runs away.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #168 (1990)

“Sleeping Dog”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

She-Hulk asks for Spider-Man’s help. They go to a building Kingpin just bought and open some vault in the floor and She-Hulk tells Spider-Man to open the chest. When he does, a black cloud flies out and She-Hulk drops the vault door, trapping Spidey. He gets out and goes to the Avengers, but She-Hulk denies she left the compound and the other Avengers vouch for her. On his way home, a pigeon triggers Spider-Man’s spider sense but he swings on. The pigeon turns into an evil looking man who reveals to his master that he took the form of She-Hulk and unleashed the black cloud. Mary Jane is worried about her feelings toward Jason.

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