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The Spectacular Spider-Man #156 (1989)

“The Search for Robbie Robertson”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artists: Sal Buscema & Mike Esposito

Spider-Man searches the Appalachians in Pennsylvania for Joe Robertson. Of course he comes across a small town of hicks with two mutants named Banjo and Bugeyes who try to kill him. After a while, they realize Spider-Man isn’t a threat and let him go look for his friend. Joe Robertson washes up on a bank of the Susquehanna River and an Amish man finds him. Tombstone is there also and asks the man to help his friend. Kristy continues to deny she has an eating disorder. The Black Cat spies on Mary Jane and her friends. She seems enamored by Flash Thompson.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #155 (1989)

“Crash Out!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Joe Robertson summons Spider-Man. Spidey meets him at his prison cell but it’s a trap and Tombstone punches him and Joe injects Spidey with some kind of virus (probably the same used by Chameleon earlier). Spider-Man’s weak and Tombstone beats the crap out of him and chains him up. They attempt a prison break. Friends of Tombstone’s come in helicopters and starts shooting up the place. Tombstone grabs Joe and jumps onto a helicopter. Spider-Man grabs on as it takes off. Joe finally gets the courage to stand up to Tombstone and puts him in a chokehold and jumps out of the helicopter with him. Spider-Man tells the pilot to take him down.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #153 (1989)

“Siege”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Bruiser, Joe Robertson’s protector friend in prison, helps him work out and become strong. Tombstone then fights Bruiser and kills him. The alarms go off and Tombstone leaves Joe, who weeps over Bruiser’s body.

Spider-Man is under gunfire by Hammerhead’s men. He sees Jonah Jameson, who tells him to come with him. He does. Jameson is actually Chameleon, but Spidey doesn’t realize that. Chameleon injects something into Spider-Man that makes him weak and woozy. Hammerhead comes in and beats him up for a bit. Spider-Man gains enough strength to knock Hammerhead out and travels to Kingpin’s building. It’s already under fire. The war with the Lobo brothers has already begun.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #152 (1989)

“A Wolf’s Tale…”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Eduardo doesn’t kill Gloria. He’s in love with her. Spider-Man is now working with the Arranger to try to end the gang war early. Joe Robertson’s new protector friend in prison defends him against an attack from Tombstone. Kristy (MJ’s cousin) overhears Peter and MJ talking about Peter helping Arranger and it being dangerous and she gets worried for him.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #151 (1989)

“Lock-Up”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Tombstone gives Joe Robertson a hard time in prison, but Joe makes a new protector friend. Chameleon (as Jameson) is still trying to ruin Spider-Man’s reputation through the Bugle by printing lies and misleading pictures and Spidey’s getting sick of it. Eduardo Lobos transforms into a werewolf in front of Gloria and tells her it had to end this way.

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