Web of Spider-Man #33
Power Pack #33
Captain Hero, Doctor Hope and Brainstorm all reappear in Spider-Man 29-31.
This story has a major plot hole in it- why didn't the Kingpin have pictures taken of Spider-Man's face so he could find out his secret identity before sending him to the asylum?
Posted by: Michael | April 20, 2014 7:19 PM
Added those characters. Thanks.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 20, 2014 7:27 PM
What a huge letdown this must have been to fans following the Spider books at the time. You just come off of one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever and you get three issues worth of Ann Nocenti's hogwash with some truly terrible art. The pits.
Posted by: Robert | April 21, 2014 10:25 AM
I liked the story. It was no Kraven's Last Hunt, but these two stories are the only time I was interested in Amazing or Web during this period. Hey, if you're going to knock off something, you could do worse than Ken Kesey!
Outside of Peter David on Spectacular, I lost interest in Spider Man for a long time after the Black Costume Saga. Honestly, outside a few writers on the title, I haven,t much cared about Spider Man books since the mid-80s.
Posted by: ChrisKafka | April 21, 2014 4:27 PM
As a nine-year-old at the time, I thought these issues were a very good follow-up to Kraven's Last Hunt. The similarly downbeat tone certainly impressed me. The Sienkiewicz cover of PPSM blew my mind. These issues were exciting and terrifying, much like the Kraven's story but in a different way.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | April 21, 2014 11:30 PM
Even though the PPSM cover is the tamest of the three, the switch from a black background to white was really striking.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | April 21, 2014 11:32 PM
Is it just me or does the doctor look a bit like Richard O'Brien's character from Shock Treatment?
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | April 23, 2014 4:12 PM
What Chris said. I was also only 8 or so and these issues were creepy to me. I did like the concept of Spidey fighting with his top tied around his neck like a cape, and there is a cute exchange between Spidey and the Nurse at the end where she thinks "he really IS Spider-Man" that I remember liking. This project is making me relive my childhood and I love it.
Posted by: William Byron | April 27, 2014 2:38 PM
This was the follow-up to Kraven's Last Hunt? It's like they said, well, we tried a storyline with great writing and great art. Let's try one without either.
Or maybe this is just what happens when Jim Shooter is no longer around.
Posted by: Erik Beck | July 22, 2015 9:29 PM
Just read this today for the first time. I think it's a very fun, creepy story. Straightforward but never boring. And this is coming from someone who normally doesn't have much patience for Nocenti's prose.
Fnord, as far as the cheap tease you mention, doesn't Part 2's cliffhanger make it pretty clear the lobotomy is meant for Peter's friend patient Zero? (Peter was already labeled Patient 366 earlier in the story as the scans above show).
Posted by: gfsdf gfbd | March 16, 2016 5:19 PM
Looks like you're right, gfsdf gfbd. I think when i get caught up in an Ann Nocenti fever dream, i just start skimming. I've removed that line.
I'm glad other people like this story, and i can see why, but looking at it just now made me exhausted all over again.
Posted by: fnord12 | March 16, 2016 6:30 PM
A few years ago I wrote an in-depth piece about this storyline on my blog...
I thought it was a good, interesting, unusual story, and it led to me becoming a fan of Ann Nocenti's work. Of course your mileage may vary.
Posted by: Ben Herman | November 20, 2016 9:18 PM