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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.

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.”

Web of Spider-Man #80 (1991)

“This Blood is My Blood”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Silvermane is draining Spider-Man’s blood and pumping it into himself. MJ sends Black Cat to look for Spidey. She shows up and they fight Silvermane until Spidey manages to blow up the computers and equipment. Silvermane goes down in the explosion. Later, the real Silvermane (still in cyborg form) reveals the other one who talked to Spider-Man was just another cyborg android meant to test his blood and that someday Silvermane will rise again.

The Amazing Spider-Man #343 (1991)

“War Garden”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Black Cat helps a powerless (literally!) Spider-Man find Scorpion via spider tracer. Scorpion is with La Tarantula, Knockout, Whiplash, Mindblast, Bloodlust and the scientist who took away Spider-Man’s powers. The scientist reveals himself to be Chameleon. Black Cat fights all of them while Spider-Man uses the machine to restore his powers. Black Cat is down for the count and Spidey finishes off all the bad guys. Chameleon gets away. Somehow, Spider-Man using the machine made Black Cat’s powers go away. And he destroyed the machine. She seems to be okay with it.

There’s a doctor who wants to “show the world’s death merchants what is means to deal with Cardiac”. He’s Cardiac.

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