Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #113
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #113
Peter gets pressured by Kate Cushing into using his access to get Joy Mercado an interview with Popchik, so he arrives soon after the thugs take over Aunt May's house. And after first telling Peter that this is too personal for him to get involved, Mary Jane tells him to go take care of it when she sees that she's not going to stop him.
Peter keeps the mood relatively light for a story about thugs with guns threatening old people...
...and Spider-Man is able to take out the thugs with little danger to Aunt May's boarders.
But when all the thugs are neutralized, May's fiance Nathan Lubenski opens the shades, knowing that the leader will get shot by the police.
Pretty dark. Vigilantism has been a repeat topic for Peter David on Spider-Man, and he doesn't seem to have a specific, obvious message on the subject. We're not told that what Popchik or Lubenski did is right or wrong; we're just left feeling uncomfortable about it.
Also in this issue, the Black Cat steals some jewels from criminals, with the intention of giving the proceeds to children. She also gets some information on someone called the Foreigner. This is the first mention of the Foreigner.
In last issue's re-debut of the Black Cat, someone mistakenly called her the Black Widow. This issue it's Silver Sable. Funny.
This issue continues the subplot where a teacher suspects that one of his students is being abused, but also shows that the kid, Alex, may have picked up super-powers after interfering with his abusive father's experiment.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: At the beginning of this issue, Spider-Man is beating up a random thug (who knows nothing) to get information about the Hobgoblin. That seems to indicate that it should take place before the "Hobgoblin" is demasked and revealed to be Flash Thompson, but it's possible that Spider-Man is trying to prove that Flash actually isn't the Hobgoblin; it's clear from the story here that Peter is just lashing out and doesn't really know why he's beating up random street thugs.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (5): show
The teacher clearly sees the father raising a closed fist to the kid, and doesn't recognize it as a red flag? Weird...
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 27, 2013 11:40 PM
Not that it changes your point, but just because my entry didn't say it: that was actually the guy's lawyer, not a teacher.
Posted by: fnord12 | November 28, 2013 12:00 AM
That Silver Sable gag got a chukle out of me :P
Posted by: Berend | March 9, 2014 4:04 PM
Peter David is being ahead of his time at this point. After pre-empting Se7en a decade early in The Death of Jean DeWolf, now he introduces Keyser Soze.
Posted by: Benway | November 8, 2016 10:00 PM
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