Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Tom DeFalco

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The Amazing Spider-Man #283 (1986)

“With Foes Like These…”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Ron Frenz

Spider-Man runs into Titania and Crusher (aka The Absorbing Man) while he searches for Flash. He fights them for a while, but has to leave when Crusher picks up an airplane full of passengers and threatens to destroy it if Spidey doesn’t leave them alone.

The Amazing Spider-Man #282 (1986)

“The Fury of X-Factor!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Rick Leonardi

J. Jonah Jameson hires the group X-Factor to find and capture Spider-Man. X-Factor consists of Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Iceman, and Marvel Girl (aka Jean Grey). X-Factor finds Spider-Man as he’s trying to look for Flash. They fight, but in Spider-Man’s weakened state, he ends up passing out. X-Factor realizes he’s not a menace and for some reason, doesn’t think he’s a mutant, and let’s him go and gives Jameson back his money. Joe Robertson finds some possible evidence in pictures that Flash might not be the Hobgoblin.

The Amazing Spider-Man #281 (1986)

“When Warriors Clash–!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Ron Frenz

The Sinister Syndicate surround Spidey and Silver Sable and are about to pound the living snot out of them. Sandman shows up and starts beating up the Sinister Syndicate. Spidey and Sable get free and start battling as well. Jack O’Lantern breaks Flash out of jail, thinking he’s the Hobgoblin, but the real Hobgoblin comes to him, calls him a fool, and fights him. Eventually Jack escapes. Also, Flash Thompson escapes from where Jack tied him up and is now on the run from everybody. Spider-Man, Sable, and Sandman hold their own against the Sinister Syndicate and The SS runs away because they don’t want to fight Spider-Man anymore. But they’ll be back. During the fight, Rhino hit Spidey pretty hard and it left him in pretty bad shape.

The Amazing Spider-Man #280 (1986)

“Introducing the Sinister Syndicate!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Ron Frenz

Jack O’Lantern arranges a meet up with Silver Sable. She asks Spider-Man to go with her. They both know it’s a trap. He doesn’t show up, but instead sends Rhino, Hydro-Man, The Beetle, Boomerang, and Speed Demon to battle them. Spidey and Sable hide under a roller coaster to form a plan, but the Sinister Syndicate knocks down the whole dern thing and have them surrounded. Meanwhile, Jack O’Lantern tries to horn in on Hobgoblin’s job with Rose. Hobgoblin (unmasked, but face obscured) goes into the street and runs into Mary Jane. Apparently he’s somebody she knows. Also, Sandman is trying to live a peaceful life in the suburbs, but notices the falling roller coaster and decides to go investigate.

Web of Spider-Man #21 (1986)

“The Enemy Unknown!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Ron Frenz

Pete’s back in New York with a cold. He hears about somebody who impersonated Spider-Man and robbed a jewelry store and goes out looking for them. He eventually finds them and finds out that he tried to stop some bank robbers awhile ago and they took a hostage when Spider-Man showed up and they panicked and killed him. The hostage’s sons are pulling this elaborate stunt to try and discredit Spider-Man but then they realize it wasn’t his fault and everything ends up peachy. And then…Joy snaps Peter out of a daydream and apparently he’s on a boat to Ireland. Then as Pete and Joy drive toward Belfast, they see something shocking. But the reader doesn’t get to see.

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