Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Rich Buckler

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The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10 (1990)

Rating: 4/5

“Into the Microverse”

Writers: Gerry Conway & Stan Lee
Artist: Rich Buckler

Spider-Man returns home, small as a bee, and explains to MJ what happened. She takes him to Harry’s lab where they try something, but Spider-Man just keeps getting smaller. He eventually becomes smaller than the smallest nuclei and lands on a microscopic world where they try to capture him. He continues getting smaller and lands in some kind of spaceship where he’s captured by Psycho-Man.

“Pale Reflection”

Writer: Glenn Herdling
Artist: Todd McFarlane

The Prowler is hired by Silver Sable. She puts him through some tests to prepare him for future tasks.

“The Choice”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artists: Ross Andru & Alan Kupperberg

Wizard and Trapster try to recruit Sandman. Sandman refuses and then later meets up with them and shoots them with Trapster’s gun and calls the police.

“What I Did On My Summer Vacation”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Rocket Racer is now a bounty hunter and goes after some rednecks in Ohio who’re stealing and selling weapons. With the help of the local sheriff, he catches them.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #122 (1987)

“Father’s Night Out”

Rating: 2/5

Writer: Peter David
Artists: Rich Buckler & Malcolm Davis

Peter finds a baby in an alley. The father, Brendan Doyle, comes around all mad, asking for him. Peter knocks him out and takes the baby to the hospital as Spider-Man. Brendan comes to the hospital in his Mauler suit to get his kid back. Spider-Man then fights him all throughout the hospital and Mauler ends up realizing he probably shouldn’t have the kid and sets him down and flies off.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #119 (1986)

“Catfight!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Rich Buckler

Sabretooth breaks out of the hospital with his face stitched up from when he tried to pull Spider-Man’s webbing off his face but it took the flesh with it. He’s out for Spider-Man’s blood. Just as he tracks Spidey’s scent to his apartment building, Black Cat jumps in to fight him. Black Cat holds her own, rips open Sabretooth’s wounds and eventually starts smashing his face into the sidewalk repeatedly. Turns out her reason for saving Spidey was a plot with Foreigner to regain Spidey’s trust only to destroy him.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #116 (1986)

“102 Uses For a Dead Cat”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Rich Buckler

Black Cat miraculously beats up the goons and escapes with the contents of the safe (which include Peter’s golden notebook). Sabretooth wants to work for Foreigner. It was Foreigner’s safe that Black Cat robbed, so Sabretooth volunteers to go kill her. Spider-Man visits Black Cat to let her know that Dr. Strange’s spell may have taken away her bad luck powers. She doesn’t handle this news well. Sabretooth attacks her and Spider-Man intervenes. During his fight, Spider-Man shoots webbing onto Sabretooth’s face. Sabretooth rips it off but it takes his face with it and Spider-Man takes him to the hospital. Also, another story that’s been going on for a few months about a kid who’s being abused by his father. His teacher files a lawsuit. The family moves to a different school district. The kid messes with one of his dad’s machines and his hand gets zapped by something. It makes his hand glow and he loses control of it at one point and accidentally vaporizes his dad.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #111 (1986)

“…And Then the Gods Cried.”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Jim Owsley
Artist: Rich Buckler

Beyonder tells Puma and Spider-Man what his intentions are on Earth. When he discovered Earth, he also found out about desire. This made him feel incomplete and he came to Earth to find a way to be complete again. He helped people find their role in life. Puma’s role in life is to kill the Beyonder, so Beyonder decides he must die at the hands of Puma to become complete. When Puma confronts him in a nightclub, Beyonder gives him the power to kill him. When Puma goes to strike, he doubts himself and his role and becomes normal again, causing only a minor wound. Beyonder then says they’ve both failed and teleports elsewhere.

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