Characters Appearing: Dakota North, Mary Jane Watson, Ricky North, Spider-Man
Web of Spider-Man #37
Issue(s): Web of Spider-Man #37
North has been hired by a consortium of fashion agencies because models have been getting killed by a serial killer.
Of course Peter's wife MJ is also a model. So he goes to a convention center hosting a fashion show. He's surprised by the high security at the convention center and gets chased off the roof while changing out of costume, leading to this scene.
That model, Elyse, has a "harmless" groupie.
Harvey is not the slasher, but he does get the idea of hiring someone to pretend to be the slasher so that he can show up to rescue Elyse.
But that plan is interrupted when Peter and MJ show up at Elyse's apartment before Harvey. Peter gives chase, and runs into Dakota North.
It also turns out that they guy Harvey hired seems to really be the slasher.
Peter gets apprehended for creeping around while the real slasher attacks Elyse. Peter shrugs off the cops, jeopardizing his secret ID. Dakota North also shows up, but both are too late. MJ and Elyse have run off with the slasher on their heels. So Spidey and North team-up.
Dakota does one of her patented motorcycle stunts.
But it turns out that the guy Harvey hired isn't really the slasher after all; it's Elyse.
Dakota knew it all along.
It's not the greatest story in the world, but Priest does a decent job of setting up red herrings, with both Harvey and the actor he hired plausibly feeling like they might be the slasher at various points in the story. And it does a good job of showing Dakota North being effective in a story that also includes the super-powered Spidey.
We see Peter's continued uncomfortableness with the fact that his wife makes more money than him.
This issue is also the final appearance of Dakota's younger brother Ricky.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Black costume Spider-Man appearances need to take place prior to Fall of the Mutants due to Amazing Spider-Man #298-300, so this is pushed back in publication time.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
She paid it. I feel you, Pete. Whenever my supermodel wife pays my bills I die a little inside, too.
Posted by: Robert | May 24, 2014 6:13 PM
It's inventory; this story was first announced in late 1986.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 25, 2014 9:32 PM
Marvel Team-Up #187: Spider-Man and Dakota North -- Together!
Posted by: Tony Lewis | May 22, 2017 10:10 AM
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