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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.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #167 (1990)

“A Misty Kind of Memory”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

The captain of the boat Peter’s in is Malcolm Knight’s brother, Leo. Leo found Peter in his Spider-Man suit, but keeps the info from him to protect his brother. Mary Jane’s old friend Jason kisses her and she backs away. She liked it, and is confused. Kingpin asks Puma to get rid of Chameleon and Hammerhead. Malcolm and Fogg’s sister are in love with each other. Leo is also in love with Fogg’s sister. He decides to betray Malcolm and tell Peter who he is. Fogg breaks into Leo’s house and tries to kill him. Knight comes to his house and fights Spider-Man. When Knight finds out what Fogg did to his brother, he fights him. Spider-Man knocks them out with a power line. Leo is still alive.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #166 (1990)

“The Deadly Lads From Liverpool”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Peter gets Fireheart (Puma) to send him to London via the Bugle. Chameleon makes a presentation for all the crime bosses about how bad the economy of crime is right now. MJ befriends a man she met on the set the first day she worked on the soap opera. In London, Spider-Man meets with the Inspector MacDougal at Scotland Yard. The MacDougal tells him about the history of Knight and Fogg. Malcolm Knight and Thomas Fogg were bad kids, beating up others. They were adopted by a drunk. They grew up working with mobsters. Became contract killers. Killed a brilliant physicist and accidentally activated whatever he was working on. It turned them into what they imagined themselves to be. Fogg, a slippery ghost of mist, and Knight, a medieval man of armor. Spidey goes to Liverpool and runs into their drunk father. They come along and battle Spidey. Knight throws him into the water. Peter wakes up on a boat with a foggy memory.

Web of Spider-Man #65 (1990)

“The Last Act of Vengeance”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Alex Saviuk

As Spider-Man floats ever upward, some airplanes pass by him and he latches onto one. When it lands, the gravity effects have worn off and he swings back into the city. When the Acts of Vengeance crew gets to Chameleon’s lair to collect their money, they find it destroyed and only a note suggesting Kingpin and him schemed together to con them. They go to collect from Kingpin and it turns out he doesn’t know anything about it. Spider-Man comes by and takes them all down. Graviton floating the Daily Bugle and setting it down destroyed it almost entirely. MJ, while babysitting little Norman Osborn, finds a closet with the Green Goblin suit and gizmos and grows concerned about Harry.

Web of Spider-Man #64 (1990)

“Once More, With Feeling”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Katzenberg shows the photos of Peter to Jameson and Robertson. Peter explains that it’s the only photo he ever faked, but Robertson says his photos are no good there anymore. Chameleon gathers all the people from Acts of Vengeance who failed to kill Spider-Man and hires them to kill Spider-Man. There’s a huge fight and Spidey is mostly being beaten to a pulp, but just when he gets an edge, Graviton reduces his mass to zero and he floats up toward space.

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