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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 #172 (1991)

“Savage Showdown”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man fights Puma. They eventually realize there’s no honor in dying if you leave behind loved ones who depend on you. They stop fighting. Puma and Spider-Man resolve their conflict. They are no longer enemies, but also not friends. Mary Jane thwarts the advances of the guy who’s been trying to get her to cheat on Peter with him.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #171 (1990)

“Ordeal”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Puma and Spider-Man agree to settle the debt of honor thing once and for all. Puma invites Spider-Man to New Mexico to settle it. He says it can only end with one of them dying. They go through some rituals first of drinking stuff and overcoming inner demons and whatnot, then they are about to fight when the issue ends.

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