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The Amazing Spider-Man #370 (1992)

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Pt. 3: Life Stings!” & “The Web”

Rating: 4/5

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Pt. 3: Life Stings!”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

Spider-Man suspects Tinkerer is behind the robots that have been attacking him. When he goes to Tinkerer’s workshop, he finds Felicia, who asked Tinkerer to make her some equipment to help her become the Black Cat again. Then Scorpion shows up, having just retrieved a new suit from Tinkerer. Then an amoebic, robotic spider-slayer shows up. Eventually the spider-slayer is destroyed and Scorpion gets away. Spider-Man now suspects Mendel Stromm. Who’s dead.

“The Web”

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Aunt May visits Ben’s grave and reminisces about when her dad left her when she was a child, and when her and Ben were dating, and up to when Peter’s parents died and they had to raise him. She’s happy they’re back, but is afraid they’ll steal Peter from her.

Spider-Man #25 (1992)

“Why Me?”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Chris Marrinan

Spider-Man gets a note from Captain Britain and goes to London to meet him. There he runs into Excalibur, Nightcrawler, Phoenix, Shadowcat, Kylun, and Cerise and they fight D’Spayre and Nightmare and Juggernaut. Spider-Man gains the Phoenix power after Phoenix dies and destroy D’Spayre and Nightmare. Everybody but Cap and Spidey were androids. Then they fight Rhino, Doctor Octopus, The Vulture, Green Goblin, Vermin, Lizard, Scorpion, Tarantula, and Silvermane. Afterward they realize it was all an elaborate virtual reality program put on by Arcade.

The Amazing Spider-Man #343 (1991)

“War Garden”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Black Cat helps a powerless (literally!) Spider-Man find Scorpion via spider tracer. Scorpion is with La Tarantula, Knockout, Whiplash, Mindblast, Bloodlust and the scientist who took away Spider-Man’s powers. The scientist reveals himself to be Chameleon. Black Cat fights all of them while Spider-Man uses the machine to restore his powers. Black Cat is down for the count and Spidey finishes off all the bad guys. Chameleon gets away. Somehow, Spider-Man using the machine made Black Cat’s powers go away. And he destroyed the machine. She seems to be okay with it.

There’s a doctor who wants to “show the world’s death merchants what is means to deal with Cardiac”. He’s Cardiac.

The Amazing Spider-Man #342 (1990)

“The Jonah Trade!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Scorpion kidnaps Jameson and says he’ll trade him for Spider-Man. Peter calls Felicia and she brings his Spider-Man suit and they fight Scorpion together. Black Cat shorts Scorpion’s tail out and he runs away. Spider-Man finds out it’s the scientist who’s behind all of it.

The Amazing Spider-Man #341 (1990)

“With(out) Great Power…”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Spider-Man has his powers zapped away. The scientist bought the machine from Tinkerer, only intending to keep Spider-Man suspended and helpless long enough to be dealt with. The loss of his powers are just a beneficial side effect. La Tarantula wants revenge against Spider-Man and holds a priest hostage until he arrives. Spidey shows up and clumsily fights La Tarantula without his powers. Flash runs in to help Spidey out. Felicia runs in to help Flash out. She actually cares about him now. The scientist decides next he will send Scorpion after the powerless Spider-Man.

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