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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 #356 (1991)

“Round Robin: The Sidekick’s Revenge! Part Four: After Midnight!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Al Milgrom
Artist: Mark Bagley

After the procedure, Thunderball (Dr. Franklin) leaves to check on Nova. Nurse Church does her face trick on the other nurses and they agree to do some unauthorized additional procedures. Spidey and the gang figure out where Nova is and land. All but Punisher (who is hurt) go in and fight a bunch of Secret Empire goons. The heads of the Secret Empire ask Midnight to go fight them off, but he says only if they make him leader. He kills one of them and they agree. He fights Spidey and the gang, but Spidey damages one of his arms and Midnight flees. Him and the other heads fly off in a ship. When Spidey and the gang return to Moon Knight’s ship, they find out that Punisher’s gone and figure he must’ve hopped aboard the Secret Empire ship.

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.

The Amazing Spider-Man #353 (1991)

“Round Robin: The Sidekick’s Revenge! Part One: When Midnight Strikes!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Al Milgrom
Artist: Mark Bagley

Moon Knight’s old sidekick Midnight was made into a cyborg by the Secret Empire after he supposedly died. He breaks Thunderball out of jail but is stopped by Darkhawk. They fight for a while before Spider-Man shows up and helps out. Thunderball creates a distraction and Midnight knocks down Spidey and Darkhawk and gets away with Thunderball. He sends a flying platform down into a crowd of people as a distraction for the heroes. Also, The Punisher gets info about the Secret Empire out of some druggie and then kills him (in self defense).

Web of Spider-Man Annual #6 (1990)

Rating: 4/5

“Up From Slavery”

Writers: Gerry Conway & Stan Lee
Artists: Gil Kane & Sal Buscema & Mike Esposito & Alan Kupperberg

Psycho-Man tries to get Spider-Man’s Enigma energy, but can’t because Spidey lost it months ago. Spider-Man is put in a cage next to a bunch of other captives. They work together and break free. Spider-Man fights Psycho-Man and eventually shrinks Psycho-Man until he can’t see him anymore. Spider-Man grows back to normal size and goes home to MJ. The other captives shrink themselves so they can live in a universe that Psycho-Man shrank and captured.

“Salesday for a Shootout”

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artists: Ross Andru & Mike Esposito

Aunt May and MJ are shopping in a mall when terrorists break in and start shooting customers. Punisher arrives and shoots the terrorists. The lead terrorist opens her jacket to reveal a bomb. Aunt May fakes a heart attack as a distraction and Punisher takes the rest of the terrorists out.

“Eleven Angry Men…And One Angry Woman”

Writer: Peter David
Artists: June Brigman & Stan Drake

MJ is on a jury and the defendant’s story condemns Spider-Man as the criminal and all the jurors declare him not guilty except for MJ. It’s a hung jury, so the judge dismisses the case and the defendant settles for a plea bargain after he sees Spider-Man out the window.

“Star Child”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Steve Ditko

A yuppie couple draws a pentagram on their floor to summon demons that will make them rich. When the pentagram is broken and the demons get free and start terrorizing the town, the couple’s baby is endowed with the Uni-Power and stops the demons.

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