Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Sal Buscema

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The Spectacular Spider-Man #190 (1992)

“The Horns of a Dilemma!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Harry is getting psychological treatment by Dr. Kafka, but the police decide to take him to The Vault instead and just imprison him for his crimes. Harry hires Rhino to shake Peter up into thinking his secret’s gotten out. Peter makes a sneaky change into Spider-Man and knocks out Rhino and hangs him up.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #189 (1992)

“The Osborn Legacy” & “The Night the World Died”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

“The Osborn Legacy”

The gift Harry asks Aunt May to deliver to Peter is a Jack-in-the-Box with a Goblin head. There’s also a stuffed Spider-Man in Peter’s bed that explodes. He goes to check on Liz and the others upstairs, but they’re gone and only a note saying “Gotcha!” remains. Spider-Man goes out and finds Harry at his old house in New Jersey. Harry’s having dinner with his family and Molten Man (Liz’s brother). After failed attempts to convince Harry he needs help, Spider-Man fights him. He knocks him out, webs him up, and calls the police. As they load him into the truck, Goblin says he knows Spider-Man’s secret identity but won’t reveal it just yet. Then he laughs maniacally.

“The Night the World Died”

Aunt May has trouble sleeping as she remembers the night Ben died. She’s blamed Spider-Man for all the death in her life, but is coming to realize that he’s not to blame.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #188 (1992)

“Funeral Arrangements Part Three: Final Judgement”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man fights Vulture. Vulture takes him outside and up into the sky. Eventually, he pushes the limits of his power pack so far that it bursts into flames and they begin to fall. Spidey tosses the power pack and creates a web parachute to glide down and a web cushion to land on. Vulture is sent to jail. Aunt May runs into Harry, who asks her to deliver a package to Peter. Harry later bathes in the chemicals that gave his dad super strength and drove him to insanity.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #187 (1992)

“Funeral Arrangements Part Two: Desperate Measures”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

The Vulture just wants forgiveness from Aunt May for killing Nathan Lubensky. He’s legitimately sorry. But she has a cold heart and tells him to leave. She calls Peter and he comes over in a fury. Vulture comes back and tries again. The cops show up and Vulture flies away with Peter as a hostage. At Vulture’s hideout, Peter jumps out the window of the silo and comes back in as Spider-Man. Vulture is happy, because he wants to brutally murder him.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #186 (1992)

“Funeral Arrangements Part One: Settling Scores”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Vulture is going around settling scores because he has rapidly spreading cancer and wants to settle old debts before he dies. So he’s killing people who wronged him. He has some kind of score to settle with Aunt May, and shows up at her house.

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