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The Spectacular Spider-Man #136 (1988)

“Sin-Eater Released, Part 3: Sin-ister”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Sal Buscema

Electro takes control of a New York power station and blacks out most of New York. Spidey’s guilt over crippling Stan has made it tough to fight Electro, but inspiring words from MJ and Stan help him go to the power station to face Electro. Stan loses his grip on sanity and Sin-Eater comes back to life. Spider-Man manages to defeat Electro via water and web trickery. Sin-Eater shows up outside and grabs a kid, saying he’ll kill him. When he throws the kid out of his way, the police unleash a fury of gunfire into him. Stan didn’t even load the gun. He just staged it to get himself killed so the Sin-Eater couldn’t live anymore.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #134 (1988)

“Sin-Eater Released, Part 1: Sin-cere”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Sal Buscema

Sin-Eater (aka Stan Carter) is released from the mental hospital where he was sent place of jail. Spider-Man hears of this and goes to pay him a visit to scare him to make sure he doesn’t kill anymore people. He finds just a frail, broken man with a stutter and discovers that he was the one who gave him a limp and a bad ear and a stutter. Shaken from this, Spider-Man is beaten by Electro, who finds a way (via static electricity) to eliminate Spidey’s ability to cling to walls.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #110 (1986)

“The Death of Jean DeWolff, Conclusion: All My Sins Remembered”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Rich Buckler

Turns out that just before Sin-Eater shot, Betty ducked under the desk where she was sitting. As Sin-Eater squabbles with her, Spider-Man comes in the window and beats the crap out of him. Daredevil then comes in and fights Spider-Man to stop him from killing Sin-Eater. Sin-Eater (or Stan Carter) goes to jail. Daredevil reveals to Spider-Man that he knows he’s also Peter Parker. And then reveals that he’s Matt Murdock. He tries to convince Peter that the system works and he should trust in the courts.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #109 (1985)

“The Death of Jean DeWolff, Part Three: He Who is Without Sin”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Rich Buckler

The Sin-Eater comes into the Daily Bugle looking for Jameson. Peter knocks him out and the police nab him. Spider-Man talks to him at the station. The guy’s crazy, says he hears voices and thinks he’s the Sin-Eater. Daredevil shows up and tells Spider-Man they have the wrong guy (he can tell by the heartbeat). They go to the guy’s apartment and discover in the next apartment all the Sin-Eater gear and a tape recorder. It is in fact the apartment of the police officer in charge of the investigation of the murder of Jean DeWolff. He’s the Sin-Eater. His next victim is Jameson, who’s in Florida. But Betty Leeds is staying at his house with his wife. The Sin-Eater shoots Betty just as she gets the warning call from Spider-Man.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #108 (1985)

“The Death of Jean DeWolff, Part Two: Sin of Pride”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Rich Buckler

Spider-Man attacks Sin-Eater outside the courthouse. One guy gets killed while Sin-Eater’s shooting at Spidey. Sin-Eater gets away, and Spidey finds out that it was him who killed Captain DeWolff. He goes to her apartment to look for clues but only finds pictures of Spider-Man. She had feelings for him, and he wishes she would’ve said something. Maybe they could’ve had something. Murdock is still upset about letting Sin-Eater shoot his friend and letting him go. Sin-Eater goes to a confessional and shoots the priest.

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