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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.

Web of Spider-Man #80 (1991)

“This Blood is My Blood”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Silvermane is draining Spider-Man’s blood and pumping it into himself. MJ sends Black Cat to look for Spidey. She shows up and they fight Silvermane until Spidey manages to blow up the computers and equipment. Silvermane goes down in the explosion. Later, the real Silvermane (still in cyborg form) reveals the other one who talked to Spider-Man was just another cyborg android meant to test his blood and that someday Silvermane will rise again.

Web of Spider-Man #79 (1991)

“First Blood”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Four androids attack Spider-Man. He rips three to shreds, but the fourth one is relentless and knocks him out and takes him back to Silvermane, who ordered them to kill him.

The Amazing Spider-Man #284 (1987)

“Gang War, Part One: …And Who Shall Stand Against Them…?”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Tom DeFalco & Jim Owsley
Artists: Ron Frenz & Brett Breeding

Due to his repeated failings in trying to kill Daredevil, Kingpin takes a vacation. With Kingpin no longer gripping New York’s criminal underworld, all the rival gang leaders Rose, Hammerhead, and Silvermane rise up and begin fighting one another for supreme control. While combing New York for Flash Thompson, Spider-Man stumbles upon a few of these fire fights but keeps reminding himself that it’s not his war and he needs to keep out of it. Eventually he says his mantra, “With great power comes great responsibility” and goes out again to put an end to the violence. Also, Peter runs into Ned Leeds at the Bugle and he triggers his spider sense. Also Ned is becoming more angry and violent. In Kinpin’s place, the Arranger sends Jack O’Lantern to kill Silvermane and nearly takes out Hammerhead with a bomb. In an epilogue, Flash shows up at Betty Leeds’ house. In a second epilogue, Hobgoblin runs into The Punisher, who shoots him with an uzi.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #096 (1984)

“The Final Answer!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Al Milgrom
Artist: Al Milgrom

Black Cat tells Spider-Man that Dagger is at Kingpin’s headquarters. Cloak grows weaker without his hunger for light being fed. Answer takes Dagger to Kingpin. Silvermane follows Dagger to get back his light. Spider-Man and Black Cat show up. Dagger is nearly dead, so Answer transfers all of his light to her (and in doing so kills himself). Dagger has an excess of light and gives Silvermane back his light and gives Cloak enough to stop his hunger. Kingpin’s wife dies.

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