Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

J.M. DeMatteis

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The Spectacular Spider-Man #194 (1992)

“The Death of Vermin Part One: October Moon”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Dr. Kafka is making some great progress with destroying the Vermin personality within Edward Whelan. It’s almost gone completely, but Vermin knows it’s dying and is angry. A bunch of gobliny ghouls come in the middle of the night and kidnap him and Dr. Kafka.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #193 (1992)

“Eye of the Puma Part Three: Over the Edge”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Puma is going to assassinate a senator to show his power to the world and Spider-Man tries to stop him. Puma also wants to prove his superiority over Spider-Man, but Black Crow helps him realize that to win the fight needs to stop fighting. Puma pummels him but realizes it won’t bring satisfaction if Spider-Man’s not fighting back. Then the police come and Puma charges off the roof, but the police send a barrage of gunfire. Puma, shot, falls over the edge. When Spider-Man looks, there’s no body on the ground or any sign of him anywhere.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #192 (1992)

“Eye of the Puma Part Two: The Summit”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Black Crow asks Thomas Fireheart whether he is the master of the Puma persona, or whether he is a slave to it. Fireheart says he never asked for the power and was just given it by his ancestors and then forced to protect them. He chooses to use it to be a hired assassin. So in effect, he is letting the Puma control him. Black Crow shows Spider-Man that all the deaths and struggles in his life are part of the big web of life. The bad things are just playing their part. They are then back in the city. Puma in a rage leaps into the city and Spider-Man follows after because Black Crow says there’s an innocent life at stake.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #191 (1992)

“Eye of the Puma Part One: The Valley”

Rating: 2/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Puma and Spider-Man have strange visions of each other and are led to some desert. Jesse Black Crow is involved and having visions as well.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #190 (1992)

“The Horns of a Dilemma!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Harry is getting psychological treatment by Dr. Kafka, but the police decide to take him to The Vault instead and just imprison him for his crimes. Harry hires Rhino to shake Peter up into thinking his secret’s gotten out. Peter makes a sneaky change into Spider-Man and knocks out Rhino and hangs him up.

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