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The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12 (1992)

“The Hero Killers, Part 2: Down and Downer” & “First Kill! Part Two” & “Sons of the Tiger” & “Ten Most Embarrassing Moments” & “Evil’s Light Part 2: The Hunt Begins”

Rating: 4/5

“The Hero Killers, Part 2: Down and Downer”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Scott McDaniel

Spidey aren’t doing so well against the Dreadnoughts until Night Thrasher, Silhouette, and Firestar show up and help. Spidey realizes the Dreads are being controlled and finds the humans behind them and takes them out. Then the gang finds out where the Speedball and other kidnapped heroes are being held and go there. They fight some security systems, but they all get pulled underground, which is the company’s plan. Inside, they all face different villains in their different areas of the compound. Nova and Namorita are up against Discus, Speed Demon, and Beetle. Firestar is up against Hydro-Man and Constrictor. Night Thrasher is up against Boomerang and Backlash. And Spider-Man and Silhouette are up against Rhino, Bombshell, and Stiletto.

“First Kill! Part Two”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Venom knocks out the police officers and goes to find his neighbor friend’s son Pablo, who was kidnapped by the same people who stole his invention. Venom finds the place and takes out some guards before finding Pablo, who shoots at him. Another guard dumps some molten metal after him that cause the symbiote to leap off his body in terror.

“Sons of the Tiger”

Writer: Glenn Herdling
Artist: Tod Smith

The Prowler and his brother Abe help defend some homeless people against the White Dragon and his gang.

“Ten Most Embarrassing Moments”

Writers: Tom Brevoort & Mike Kanterovich
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Spider-Man recounts his most embarrassing moments. Not being able to cash a check as Spidey, wearing the Halloween costume for a suit, the Spider-Mobile, revealing his identity to his friends, growing four extra arms, washing his Spidey duds in a laundromat with a paper bag on his head, losing to Stiltman..twice, nobody believed he was Spidey when Doc Ock unmasked him in issue 12, and Aunt May knocking him out with a vase.

“Evil’s Light Part 2: The Hunt Begins”

Writer: Eric Fein
Artist: Vince Evans

Lightmaster siphons Dagger’s most of Dagger’s light. She makes an attempt to free herself but fails. Cloak finds them and shoots Lightmaster, but it only makes him stronger.

Spider-Man #25 (1992)

“Why Me?”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Chris Marrinan

Spider-Man gets a note from Captain Britain and goes to London to meet him. There he runs into Excalibur, Nightcrawler, Phoenix, Shadowcat, Kylun, and Cerise and they fight D’Spayre and Nightmare and Juggernaut. Spider-Man gains the Phoenix power after Phoenix dies and destroy D’Spayre and Nightmare. Everybody but Cap and Spidey were androids. Then they fight Rhino, Doctor Octopus, The Vulture, Green Goblin, Vermin, Lizard, Scorpion, Tarantula, and Silvermane. Afterward they realize it was all an elaborate virtual reality program put on by Arcade.

Spider-Man #23 (1992)

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part Six, Confrontation”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Erik Larsen

Gog knocks out Ghost Rider and Hulk. Then the Fantastic Four show up. Then Nova and Solo show up. Then Deathlok shows up. Then Hulk and Ghost Rider wake up and they all get to fighting the bad guys. There’s lots of epic battling and eventually Sandman comes back as pieces of broken glass and nearly kills Doc Ock. Vulture and Hobgoblin get away. Sandman is turned back into his sandy self. MJ talks to the producers and decides not to take the part in the movie because they only wanted her for her body and not her acting abilities.

Spider-Man #22 (1992)

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part Five, The Sixth Member”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Erik Larsen

The Sinister Six test out the weapons they acquired in the other dimension. Then Dr. Octopus shatters Sandman (who he turned into a glass statue earlier) and they head off to take over a place called Hydra that has access to a bunch of weapons orbiting Earth. MJ got the part in the Arnold Schwarzenheimer movie with nude scenes and Peter’s angry about it, and MJ’s angry that he’s angry about it. Spider-Man then goes to Hydra to stop the Sinister Six and gathers Ghost Rider, The Hulk, and Sleepwalker on the way. They have a long fight and eventually Sleepwalker disappears because his alter ego is woken up. Ock then gets tired of the drawn out battle and releases the sixth member of their team: Gog.

Spider-Man #21 (1992)

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part Four, Dealing Arms”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Erik Larsen

As he’s about to shoot Spider-Man (who he thinks is Dr. Octopus thanks to Mysterio), Solo starts taking fire from behind. Turns out to be Cyborg X (who Spider-Man and Ghost Rider were fighting in the first issue) and he takes the injured and unconscious Spider-Man to a government care facility where they patch up his suit and give him a robotic cast on his arm. Spidey leaves and runs into Deathlok, who wants to help him in exchange for going to the place where Spidey got patched up. They go to the Sinister Six hideout and find a portal to another dimension. They go through and Deathlok estimates 143,000 alien life forms have died. They leave and the building blows up. They go back to the lab where Spidey was patched up but just find a big pile of rubble, a bunch of dead and injured scientists, and the Sinister Six. The Sinister Six leaves in an airship and Spidey tags it with a tracer. Spidey returns home and collapses on the floor. MJ freaks out.

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