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The Spectacular Spider-Man #170 (1990)

“The Final Calculation”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man and his team wait at the Avengers building. Spidey attacks Captain America and instructs the rest to do likewise. Eventually, Spider-Man turns into The Space Phantom and when the real Spider-Man returns from Limbo, he tries to call a truce. Puma finds the Space Phantom and the fighting stops. Space Phantom tells them what happened. Quasar locks him in an energy prison cell and they all go review the files on the building that the cloud came out of. Space Phantom’s master comes and sends him back to Limbo. Spidey and the Avengers find out that the building was once owned by a mystic who brought a locked chest back from the Amazon. And mysterious murders began popping up shortly after. Spidey and the Avengers fight the black cloud. Spider-Man says it might not be a single being and they come up with a plan to lock it back in the chest and throw it into space. Turns out it was a swarm of microscopic cannibal insects and the young god Calculus organized this whole thing to make sure the swarm didn’t fall into the hands of Kingpin.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #169 (1990)

“The Outlaw Trail”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man assembles Puma, Prowler, Rocket Racer, and Sandman to retrieve info about the building the black cloud came out of. Puma and Prowler find info in the office of Kingpin, Racer and Sandman find info in the Building Department office in City Hall. But as they’re leaving, Sandman attacks Racer for the file. Racer bolts and Sandman turns into The Space Phantom. Spider-Man finds the black cloud at the zoo, eating monkeys. The Avengers show up and save him from it. Spidey still thinks She-Hulk is lying and leaves. When he meets back up with his team, Racer and Sandman are squabbling about the attack. Sandman says he was never there. Spidey realizes that he’s probably telling the truth, and She-Hulk was probably telling the truth as well. Kristy (MJ’s cousin) sees MJ with Jason as he kisses her. MJ runs away.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #167 (1990)

“A Misty Kind of Memory”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

The captain of the boat Peter’s in is Malcolm Knight’s brother, Leo. Leo found Peter in his Spider-Man suit, but keeps the info from him to protect his brother. Mary Jane’s old friend Jason kisses her and she backs away. She liked it, and is confused. Kingpin asks Puma to get rid of Chameleon and Hammerhead. Malcolm and Fogg’s sister are in love with each other. Leo is also in love with Fogg’s sister. He decides to betray Malcolm and tell Peter who he is. Fogg breaks into Leo’s house and tries to kill him. Knight comes to his house and fights Spider-Man. When Knight finds out what Fogg did to his brother, he fights him. Spider-Man knocks them out with a power line. Leo is still alive.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #166 (1990)

“The Deadly Lads From Liverpool”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Peter gets Fireheart (Puma) to send him to London via the Bugle. Chameleon makes a presentation for all the crime bosses about how bad the economy of crime is right now. MJ befriends a man she met on the set the first day she worked on the soap opera. In London, Spider-Man meets with the Inspector MacDougal at Scotland Yard. The MacDougal tells him about the history of Knight and Fogg. Malcolm Knight and Thomas Fogg were bad kids, beating up others. They were adopted by a drunk. They grew up working with mobsters. Became contract killers. Killed a brilliant physicist and accidentally activated whatever he was working on. It turned them into what they imagined themselves to be. Fogg, a slippery ghost of mist, and Knight, a medieval man of armor. Spidey goes to Liverpool and runs into their drunk father. They come along and battle Spidey. Knight throws him into the water. Peter wakes up on a boat with a foggy memory.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #161 (1990)

“Pardoned!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Joe Robertson is pardoned by the president and released from jail. Spider-Man asks Reed Richards for help in finding a cure for the genetic virus that created Carrion out of an ESU student. Hobgoblin, now with demon powers and a face more horrifying than his mask ever was, is hired by Hammerhead to kill Joe Robertson for causing disgrace to Tombstone. During a celebration, Puma (as Thomas Fireheart) promotes Joe to president and publisher of the Bugle. Hobgoblin attacks the party. Fireheart changes into Puma and attacks him back. Spider-Man comes along and gets involved. Hobgoblin can now fly and materialize a new glider is his gets away from him. Tombstone saves Spidey and Puma from a distance with a sniper rifle because nobody kills his pal Joe but him. Hobgoblin leaves, blinded and with notes about Carrion that Spider-Man had.

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