Web of Spider-Man #45
Issue(s): Web of Spider-Man #45
One thing to note is that while Spidey is swinging through Vegas we see i think the first use of that warning system he built into his new web shooters since it was introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #297.
Spidey is actually on his way out of Vegas. His book publicist has booked him on Rattlesnake Airlines.
Meanwhile, the Vulture is in the desert, talking to his friends, the animals.
They're actually "mummified" thanks to a new process he's invented. But he's clearly gone nutty. He's taken the loaded dice that the casino owners in Atlantic City rejected, and tried to sell them in Las Vegas, with similar results. And some of the guys that rejected the dice are on Peter's plane, getting rowdy with the stewardess.
Vulture attacks the plane.
Peter helps the stewardess, Sara, open the parachute cabinet, and everybody jumps plane, landing in the desert where the Vulture is waiting. He leaves them to die in the desert, also threatening that he could come swooping in any time to kill them. In fact, he almost immediately swoops back, taking away the ringleader of the casino goons for mummification. The rest of the goons run off into the desert, leaving Peter behind with an unconscious stewardess. He changes into Spider-Man and starts carrying her. He arrives at the Vulture's cave and gets into a fight...
...while also dealing with a (non-mummified) mountain lion...
...and the fact that he's out of web fluid.
Spider-Man puts up a good fight...
...but winds up getting injected with the mummification serum and knocked out.
He wakes up to find that the stewardess is actually from the CID.
It should be pretty easy for Sara to determine Spider-Man's secret identity if she wanted to, but she's shown to be grateful to him so i imagine she's deliberately looking the other way.
This wasn't going to launch Adam Blaustein's writing career or anything, but i mean, it's a fill in. What do you want?
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place the same day as Web of Spider-Man #44 and Hulk #349.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I thought it was a very solid fill-in. Usually, I find them lacklustre but this one was pretty good.
Posted by: JSfan | August 2, 2014 8:44 AM
I agree. Especially since it actually took place after a current adventure & featured the Vulture. IMO, he's pretty high up on Spider-Man's rogues gallery.
Posted by: clyde | August 2, 2014 11:32 PM
This was a pretty poor appearance for the vulture. He's a dopey one and done villain here.
That Sara girl for sure knows Spidey's identity as they were the only passengers on the plane other than Rattlesnake's entourage.
Ahh, I see fnord already pointed that out.
Posted by: kveto | November 12, 2017 6:51 PM
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