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Spider-Man #20 (1992)

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part Three, Showdown” & “Diabolique, Part 2”

Rating: 4/5

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part Three, Showdown”

Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Erik Larsen

Nova finds Spider-Man and wakes him up, but has to leave for an emergency. Some cyborg doesn’t like that the government is trying to build a cyborg army. Solo wants to kill the Sinister Six. Spider-Man creates web cannons for his wrists. Solo follows Spidey to the Sinister Six whereabouts. They fight the Sinister Six, but it is all an illusion by Mysterio. The real Sinister Six is safe in another room while Solo thinks he’s killed everybody and is about to put the final bullet in a writhing Doctor Octopus when he’s really about to shoot Spider-Man.

“Diabolique, Part 2”

Writer: Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Scott McDaniel

The statue turns into Diablo who fights Spider-Man using alchemy. Eventually, Spider-Man thinks he got away and leaves. Diablo just made himself invisible, but the cask he was after has now turned to dust in the time he had to wait.

Spider-Man #19 (1992)

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part Two, Slugfest” & “Diabolique”

Rating: 4/5

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part Two, Slugfest”

Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Erik Larsen

Vulture, Mysterio, Hobgoblin, Electro, and Sandman start fighting Dr. Octopus. Ock turns Sandman into glass, then Spider-Man gets involved. The Hulk comes in and joins the fight as well. Doc Ock beats the crap out of Hulk and Spidey and throws them out of the building. The rest of the Sinister Six agree to temporarily join Ock as the police are coming. It was his plan all along and Electro was in on it. Ock plans to steal an arsenal of weapons from another dimension.

“Diabolique”

Writer: Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Scott McDaniel

Peter goes to a museum to take pictures for the Bugle. His spider-sense goes off and he comes back at night to investigate. The new exhibit is coming alive, and all the statues around it come alive and start fighting Spidey. He fends them off and then prepares to battle Diabolique.

Spider-Man #18 (1992)

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part One”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Erik Larsen

Ghost Rider and Spider-Man fight some delusional guy in a robotic suit who murdered some people. The family that Sandman stayed with for a while is harmed and he suspects Dr. Octopus. Vulture, Mysterio, Electro, and Hobgoblin ask Sandman to join them in getting revenge on Doc Ock for betraying them last time. He agrees, but doesn’t trust them (and doesn’t participate in criminal activities anymore) and tells Spidey about their meeting at Doc Ock’s hideout. Ock has reacquired his adamantium arms and plans to do some damage with them. Meanwhile, MJ tells Peter the director of the new Arnold Schwarzenheimer movie wants her to play a hooker (nude scenes required). Peter has a problem with that, MJ gets angry at him.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #175 (1991)

“Spouse Trap”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man breaks loose and stops the tremor machine. He goes up to the Bugle and frees MJ from Ock. Ock comes back later and kidnaps Jonah’s wife Marla and demands the money again or he’ll kill her. Spider-Man finds Ock and fights him. Marla escapes and sends the Wild Pack to help Spider-Man. Ock runs off cursing Spider-Man.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #174 (1991)

“Dedication (or, “Jonah Goes to Pieces”)”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Gerry Conway & David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Sal Buscema

Jonah unveils the new Daily Bugle. Dr. Octopus breaks in, holds MJ hostage and tells Jonah he wants $20 million or he’ll reduce the building to rubble. Spider-Man is trapped in Ock’s underground lair under a pile of rubble after a fight.

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