Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

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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.

The Amazing Spider-Man #364 (1992)

“The Pain of Fast Air”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

The Shocker tries to steal a device that will triple his shocking power. Spider-Man stops him. Also those mysterious folks sound ominous talking about their plans of visiting Peter. They also might be his parents.

The Amazing Spider-Man #363 (1992)

“Carnage, The Conclusion: Savage Grace!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

Carnage throws Jameson around the office then decides he wants a larger audience to send his message of anarchy. Spider-Man and Venom show up at the office and then head off on Carnage’s trail. They figure out he’s going to a heavy metal concert. Carnage kills a few people along the way. Spidey and Venom get to the concert and fight Carnage. The fight leads to the subway and Carnage kills a few more innocent civilians. The fight leads back to the stadium above and Spidey blasts a frequency through the P.A. system that causes the Carnage symbiote to leave Kasady’s body and die. Mister Fantastic and Human Torch bust in and capture Venom in a mobile restraint chamber to haul him off to jail. Some mysterious couple is about to board a plane to New York and say that their lives and Peter Parker’s will be changed forever when they get there.

The Amazing Spider-Man #362 (1992)

“Carnage Part Two: Savage Alliance!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

Spider-Man goes to the island that Venom’s on with the Human Torch. They convince Venom to help find Carnage. Venom wants to protect innocent people. Eddie says that the symbiote that made Carnage is the offspring of the Venom symbiote, created when he left the jail cell. Venom can sense Carnage and they find and fight him. Carnage is stronger than Venom and Spider-Man combined. Carnage throws a baby out a window and Venom and Spider-Man go save it. Carnage leaves. Venom can no longer sense Carnage, because he’s figured out how to block him. Carnage’s next target is J. Jonah Jameson. He breaks into his office at the Daily Bugle.

The Amazing Spider-Man #361 (1992)

“Carnage Part One: Savage Genesis!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

Carnage has been going around town committing brutal murders and leaving his name written in blood. From early reports, Peter thinks it’s Venom, but after research, discovers that it is probably Eddie’s serial killer cell mate Cletus Kasady. Spider-Man goes to the ruins of the orphanage where Cletus grew up and finds him there. They fight, and Carnage has some new tricks that Venom never had. He can throw pieces of himself in the form of solid objects. After some cops show up, Spider-Man protects them and Carnage manages to escape. Peter decides the only way to stop Carnage is to get the help of Venom.

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