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The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26 (1992)

“The Hero Killers Part 1: Fortune and Steel” & “First Kill! Part One” & “The Wronged Man” & “Making the Grade” & “Evil’s Light Part One: Now Strikes the Lightmaster”

Rating: 4/5

“The Hero Killers Part 1: Fortune and Steel”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Scott McDaniel

Somebody’s kidnapping superheroes. Also, a company named Target Technologies is about to test a new town-obliterating weapon when Spider-Man, Night Thrasher, Nova, and Namorita show up to stop them. They go to the company’s headquarters and fight a bunch of Dreadnoughts, just to have a bunch of bigger, newer models to come in and fight them.

“First Kill! Part One”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

The story of Venom’s first kill. Right after the symbiote attached itself to Eddie Brock, he discovered its power and shared hatred for Spider-Man. His friend had a new invention that he was going to give to the world, but a greedy company broke into his apartment and roughed him up and stole it. Eddie is with his friend as he dies and the police bust in and tell Eddie to freeze. Eddie morphs into Venom.

“The Wronged Man”

Writer: Eric Fein
Artist: Scott Kolins

Solo kills some terrorists. He kills one guy who turned out to be working with others to frame another guy.

“Making the Grade”

Writers: Tom Brevoort & Mike Kanterovich
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Spidey fights The Looter and tells him he just doesn’t cut it when stacked against his other enemies.

“Evil’s Light Part One: Now Strikes the Lightmaster”

Writer: Eric Fein
Artist: Vince Evans

The Lightmaster kidnaps Dagger. Cloak vows to go after him.

Spider-Man #23 (1992)

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part Six, Confrontation”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Erik Larsen

Gog knocks out Ghost Rider and Hulk. Then the Fantastic Four show up. Then Nova and Solo show up. Then Deathlok shows up. Then Hulk and Ghost Rider wake up and they all get to fighting the bad guys. There’s lots of epic battling and eventually Sandman comes back as pieces of broken glass and nearly kills Doc Ock. Vulture and Hobgoblin get away. Sandman is turned back into his sandy self. MJ talks to the producers and decides not to take the part in the movie because they only wanted her for her body and not her acting abilities.

Spider-Man #21 (1992)

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part Four, Dealing Arms”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Erik Larsen

As he’s about to shoot Spider-Man (who he thinks is Dr. Octopus thanks to Mysterio), Solo starts taking fire from behind. Turns out to be Cyborg X (who Spider-Man and Ghost Rider were fighting in the first issue) and he takes the injured and unconscious Spider-Man to a government care facility where they patch up his suit and give him a robotic cast on his arm. Spidey leaves and runs into Deathlok, who wants to help him in exchange for going to the place where Spidey got patched up. They go to the Sinister Six hideout and find a portal to another dimension. They go through and Deathlok estimates 143,000 alien life forms have died. They leave and the building blows up. They go back to the lab where Spidey was patched up but just find a big pile of rubble, a bunch of dead and injured scientists, and the Sinister Six. The Sinister Six leaves in an airship and Spidey tags it with a tracer. Spidey returns home and collapses on the floor. MJ freaks out.

Spider-Man #20 (1992)

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part Three, Showdown” & “Diabolique, Part 2”

Rating: 4/5

“Revenge of the Sinister Six: Part Three, Showdown”

Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Erik Larsen

Nova finds Spider-Man and wakes him up, but has to leave for an emergency. Some cyborg doesn’t like that the government is trying to build a cyborg army. Solo wants to kill the Sinister Six. Spider-Man creates web cannons for his wrists. Solo follows Spidey to the Sinister Six whereabouts. They fight the Sinister Six, but it is all an illusion by Mysterio. The real Sinister Six is safe in another room while Solo thinks he’s killed everybody and is about to put the final bullet in a writhing Doctor Octopus when he’s really about to shoot Spider-Man.

“Diabolique, Part 2”

Writer: Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Scott McDaniel

The statue turns into Diablo who fights Spider-Man using alchemy. Eventually, Spider-Man thinks he got away and leaves. Diablo just made himself invisible, but the cask he was after has now turned to dust in the time he had to wait.

The Amazing Spider-Man #367 (1992)

“Skullduggery”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Jerry Bingham

Spider-Man closes in on one of Red Skull’s compounds and notices Solo following him. They go inside together and meet Taskmaster, who presents three goons he trained to be just like their superhero counterpart. A Captain America impersonator named Death-Shield, a Hawkeye impersonator named The Jagged Bow, and a Spider-Man impersonator named The Blood Spider. Spidey and Solo defeat them and Taskmaster gets away. Spider-Man gets info about what Red Skull’s big plan is. It’s an assassination. Spidey and Solo show up at the place where the assassination is supposed to happen and prevent it. Spidey then finds one of Red Skull’s computers confirms the story his parents told him is true and they could be his real parents.

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