Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #93
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #93
Since them being apart goes against the Kingpin's plans, the Answer sets up a fake hostage scenario where Spidey rescues the Cat and they reconcile.
The Black Cat is aware of the deception and is doing so under the Kingpin's orders.
The Answer also uses the distraction to steal a body from the police morgue. We'll find out whose it is next issue.
There's a cool scene where Spider-Man, flustered from his argument with the Black Cat (and possibly affected by the Cat's bad luck power), accidentally shoots his web shooters as if they were on the bottom of his wrist, like his old costume, and he takes a fall.
When the Answer wants to listen in better to Spidey and the Black Cat's conversation, he just "simply increase[es] the acuity of my hearing". Who is this guy, Apocalypse? If he can have any power he wants, why work as the Kingpin's lacky?
The subplot with Flash Thompson having trouble with Sha Shan continues. I know Peter's got the busiest life in the Marvel Universe, but he's not a good friend for not following up with Flash after their previous conversation got cut short. Sha Shan tries to call Peter this issue but he's not home.
This was a really good issue due to the unusual fact that the Kingpin and Answer manipulate Spider-Man without him knowing it, and that's the whole story. There's no follow-up where he catches on to their scheme and wins the day. A unique kind of story. And Milgrom's scripting seems like it's getting better as well.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAnswer, Black Cat, Flash Thompson, Kingpin, Mamie Muggins, Sha Shan, Silvermane, Spider-Man, Venom Symbiote
The Marvel Appendix does a good job of explaining the Answer's powers (based on a flashback in the Lethal Foes of Spider-Man series):
Posted by: Michael | July 25, 2011 11:04 PM
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