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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.

The Amazing Spider-Man #365 (1992)

“Fathers and Sins” & “How I Created Spider-Man” & “I Remember Gwen” & “A Friend in Need”

Rating: 4/5

“Fathers and Sins”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

The Lizard is no longer under the curse of Kraven’s old girlfriend and comes up with a plan to reverse his Lizard personality permanently. The plan is successful. The mysterious couple from the past few issues visits Aunt May and she faints. She asks Peter to come over and when he does, she says they are Richard and Mary Parker. His parents.

“How I Created Spider-Man”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

A retelling of Spidey’s origin. J. Jonah Jameson dictates notes for a memoir. He guesses at Spider-Man’s high school days inaccurately. Speculates that he must’ve been a ladies man, a trouble maker, popular, felt like a god when he got his powers. And then Jameson says he fears he may have created Spider-Man after the first documented account of taking the law into his own hands and how Jameson launched a smear campaign against him.

“I Remember Gwen”

Writers: Stan Lee & Tom DeFalco
Artist: John Romita

MJ recounts Gwen and Peter’s relationship and how Gwen died.

“A Friend in Need”

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Tod Smith

Hobie Brown overhears suspicious talk at his construction site and comes back later as the Prowler and stops some people from sabotaging the building.

Spider-Man #5 (1990)

“Torment: Part 5”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Todd McFarlane
Artist: Todd McFarlane

Everybody’s still alive. The poison should’ve killed Spider-Man by now, but he persists. He eventually defeat Lizard with a chain and Kraven’s girlfriend leaves, defeated. Spider-Man leaves and goes back home to MJ.

Spider-Man #4 (1990)

“Torment: Part 4”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Todd McFarlane
Artist: Todd McFarlane

Spider-Man was hallucinating about seeing Kraven. It was actually Kraven’s old girlfriend, Calypso, standing before him. She takes him back to the house where she’s performing her evil deeds. Spider-Man eventually musters enough strength to break his binds and attack The Lizard. Some fire hits a ruptured gas line and the house explodes.

Spider-Man #3 (1990)

“Torment: Part 3”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Todd McFarlane
Artist: Todd McFarlane

Spider-Man fights the Lizard. Lizard bests him, but his commander tells him not to eat him, but throw him to the ground below. Spider-Man lies in a garbage heap before awakening and seeing Kraven with a hole in his head talking to him.

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