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Web of Spider-Man #88 (1992)

“The Name of the Rose Part V: The King Makers”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Howard Mackie
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Kingpin has now fallen due to events in Daredevil. During an attack on Richard, Spider-Man gets away from his captors. The Rose and Richard part ways. Rose asks Spider-Man for help in bringing Richard down. Richard sends men after Aunt May and MJ. Spider-Man and Rose intervene. Richard shows up and kills Rose, who turns out to be Detective Blume. Somebody else puts on the Rose mask and says Richard will pay. Richard shaves his head and declares himself the new Kingpin. He is also now getting fat.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22 (1988)

“Drug War Rages”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Mark Bagley & Mike Esposito

Spider-Man takes down some drug dealers in a warehouse, but gets blamed for murder when a rival drug gang comes in after he leaves and slaughters the bunch. Daredevil and Spider-Man look for the perps, but get misdirected to a bunch of high tech creeps who have plans to make New York sleep. Speedball helps take them down.

There’s an additional story about just Speedball versus some creep who wants to kill his mom.

And another story about the High Evolutionary turning animals into humanoids.

The Amazing Spider-Man #288 (1987)

“Gang War, Part Five: Gang War Rages On!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Jim Owsley
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Kingpin plans to kill all of his lieutenants and get a new crew. He fires Jack O’Lantern. Ned Leeds visits Lance Bannon, who has a bunch of pictures of the Hobgoblin on his wall. Perhaps Lance is the Hobgoblin? Betty Leeds goes out for groceries and comes back to find Hobgoblin roughing up Flash (who’s staying at her place). She sees Hobgoblin unmasked and faints. Daredevil calls Spider-Man and wants to crash the Kingpin’s lieutenant killing party. Spidey’s still pissed at Daredevil. While beating up the Kingpin’s men, Spidey realizes that it was just another trick and Daredevil was using him again. Kingpin never planned to kill his lieutenants. It was just a deal with the police so the police could arrest a bunch of his higher ups. Spider-Man is sick and tired of it and goes ballistic in Kingpin’s office before leaving in a fury. Daredevil is more ashamed of himself than he’s ever been. Guest heroes in this issue include Falcon and Black Cat.

The Amazing Spider-Man #287 (1987)

“Gang War, Part Four: …And There Shall Come a Reckoning”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Jim Owsley
Artist: Erik Larsen

Daredevil wants Spider-Man to stop getting involved in the gang war because he’s just making a bigger mess of things. Spider-Man is angry at Daredevil for trying to stop him from saving lives. Daredevil tries to sneak Kingpin back into the city. Peter catches wind of this by way of Ned Leeds, who got a tip about it. Spider-Man stops the motorcade and fights Kingpin only to realize it was a decoy and it was just Daredevil dressed as Kingpin. Daredevil safely snuck Kingpin in a different way. He wants Kingpin back to establish some kind of order in New York’s criminal world again. Instead of this chaos that’s killing civilians in the cross fire. Hobgoblin shows up as Kingpin enters his office and says he’s cut ties with Rose and gets some information about Soviet Spy operatives during the cold war. The very same info that Ned Leeds was talking about to Joe Robertson a bit ago for his Pulitzer Prize story he’s working on. Kingpin knows who Rose is and intends to destroy him.

The Amazing Spider-Man #277 (1986)

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Ron Frenz

The Rules of the Game

Spider-Man gets a call from Matt Murdoch who has lost everything. He claims Kingpin found out his secret identity and has ruined his life. Spider-Man goes to talk to Kingpin, but the conversation proves worthless.

Cry of the Wendigo

Spider-Man wakes up in the middle of the night to a blizzard blowing in through the window. He goes out as Spider-Man to clear his head and saves a Canadian diplomat’s little girl after she gets kidnapped.

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