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Web of Spider-Man Annual #8 (1992)

“The Hero Killers, Part Three: The Dark at the End of the Tunnel” & “First Kill! Part Three” & “The Security Gauntlet” & “Down Memory Lane” & “Evil’s Light, Part Three: Charge of the Light Brigade”

Rating: 4/5

“The Hero Killers, Part Three: The Dark at the End of the Tunnel”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Scott McDaniel

“Spidey and the rest of the heroes escape their respective foes. Silhouette gets kidnapped. They all meet up again and then find the room where all the other heroes are being held prisoner. They get trapped in a bubble and Sphinx comes out and says he was behind it all. To be concluded in New Warriors Annual.

“First Kill! Part Three”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Eddie tells the symbiote that he won’t abandon it and they’ll get out of it together. It rejoins his body and they break through the floor. Venom sees the kid Pablo who betrayed him and the kid is truly remorseful because he didn’t know his father died. Venom lets him live. He then finds the man responsible for the murder and decides to murder him in the name of justice. Later, the symbiote asks to bond with Eddie permanently and he agrees. They call their new union Venom after the poison Spider-Man forced him to write after ruining his journalism career.

“The Security Gauntlet”

Writer: G. Alan Barnum
Artist: Tod Smith

The Black Cat tests a security system for a millionaire’s museum and fights Hydro-Man.

“Down Memory Lane”

Writer: Tom Brevoort
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Peter finds a box of old photos he took and reminisces about some of the people he’s teamed up with as Spider-Man.

“Evil’s Light, Part Three: Charge of the Light Brigade”

Writer: Eric Fein
Artist: Vince Evans

Dagger frees herself and damages Lightmaster’s suit. As he shrinks, Cloak takes Lightmaster inside his cloak and eventually releases him a shriveled man.”

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.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26 (1992)

“The Hero Killers Part 1: Fortune and Steel” & “First Kill! Part One” & “The Wronged Man” & “Making the Grade” & “Evil’s Light Part One: Now Strikes the Lightmaster”

Rating: 4/5

“The Hero Killers Part 1: Fortune and Steel”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Scott McDaniel

Somebody’s kidnapping superheroes. Also, a company named Target Technologies is about to test a new town-obliterating weapon when Spider-Man, Night Thrasher, Nova, and Namorita show up to stop them. They go to the company’s headquarters and fight a bunch of Dreadnoughts, just to have a bunch of bigger, newer models to come in and fight them.

“First Kill! Part One”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

The story of Venom’s first kill. Right after the symbiote attached itself to Eddie Brock, he discovered its power and shared hatred for Spider-Man. His friend had a new invention that he was going to give to the world, but a greedy company broke into his apartment and roughed him up and stole it. Eddie is with his friend as he dies and the police bust in and tell Eddie to freeze. Eddie morphs into Venom.

“The Wronged Man”

Writer: Eric Fein
Artist: Scott Kolins

Solo kills some terrorists. He kills one guy who turned out to be working with others to frame another guy.

“Making the Grade”

Writers: Tom Brevoort & Mike Kanterovich
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Spidey fights The Looter and tells him he just doesn’t cut it when stacked against his other enemies.

“Evil’s Light Part One: Now Strikes the Lightmaster”

Writer: Eric Fein
Artist: Vince Evans

The Lightmaster kidnaps Dagger. Cloak vows to go after him.

The Amazing Spider-Man #357 (1992)

“Round Robin: The Sidekick’s Revenge! Part Five: A Bagel With Nova!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Al Milgrom
Artist: Mark Bagley

Spider-Man, Night Thrasher, and Moon Knight part ways and await contact from Nova. Punisher, in disguise on board the Secret Empire ship, frees Nova and they start fighting Midnight and the Empire goons. Nova contacts Night Thrasher, he contacts the others, and they all race to the Secret Empire headquarters in Queens. Darkhawk sees them and follows. They all show up to the party and there’s a big fight. Thunderball makes a new costume and joins in the fight. There’s a break in the fight and the nurse who helped Midnight before reveals herself to be a cyborg.

The Amazing Spider-Man #355 (1991)

“Round Robin: The Sidekick’s Revenge! Part Three: Total Eclipse of the Moon…Knight!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Al Milgrom
Artist: Mark Bagley

Spidey, Moon Knight, Night Thrasher, and Punisher catch up to Midnight at one of the branches of the Secret Empire. Not in time to rescue Nova. But a fight ensues with a large number of Secret Empire goons and the Seekers (Chain, Sonic, and Grasp). Spidey and the gang fail and the bad guys get away. Midnight brings Nova to the main HQ and they begin adding some enhancements to him. Secret Empire needs a new leader and Midnight secretly wants to take over. The operation on Midnight is painful and a nurse friend of his leaves. She tells a technician outside to plant something in his spinal column. He refuses at first but she does something (unknown to us) with her face and he fearfully agrees.

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