Web of Spider-Man #7
Issue(s): Web of Spider-Man #7
This one's a dream sequence...
...wherein Spider-Man has to protect Nightmare from a manifestation of the Hulk who was apparently sent by Dr. Strange.
Nightmare is an ungrateful lout; after Spidey helps Nightmare, Nightmare attempts to repay the favor by trying to forcibly retain him as his disciple and defender. Luckily the Hulk manifestation shows up again to drag Nightmare away.
The MCP lists "Bambi" as one of the characters appearing at the end when Peter wakes up from his dream, but not Randi or Candy. The art has been very inconsistent for those three, but i'm assuming they're all meant to be standing there together. It's not really important (i mean, it's really not important), but i've decided to list them.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This isn't really supported by anything in the comics, but i've placed this so that it occurs right before Banner re-appears in the Hulk book. It's actually interesting; in Hulk #310 there's a lot of talk about how the mindless Hulk is beginning to develop his own personality, and then the next thing you know Banner is back. I'd like to pretend that Banner's psyche has actually been bouncing around the dream dimension chasing Nightmare and after he catches him and exacts vengeance on him, he returns to his own body. I'm not being too serious about this (i'm not listing Hulk/Banner as a Character Appearing here, for example) but it's a serendipitous story and it doesn't hurt anything so i'm going with it. Spider-Man's appearance here is context free but the MCP places it between Amazing #268-269.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The cowboy in the dream may be Caleb Hammer.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 1, 2012 2:46 PM
Editorial politics accounts for David's jumping around, I believe. Priest recognized his talent and used him at every opportunity, but other editors, including Shooter it seems, thought he belonged back in marketing. He only got the Hulk assignment eventually because everyone tonight the character had been written into a corner and nobody else wanted the job.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | January 13, 2013 1:52 AM
I always felt cheated when I bought dream issues (luckily a quick thumb through in the shop helped me avoid this one)
Posted by: kveto from prague | July 8, 2017 9:33 AM
Is the idea here that Doctor Strange actually sent the dream-Hulk after Nightmare, or just that Nightmare blames Strange's intervention with the Hulk for the dream-construct turning on him?
In either case, the story seems to be Peter David's way of giving Nightmare his comeuppance for turning the Hulk into a mindless, murderous beast.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | July 8, 2017 10:07 AM
I'm not a fan of dream sequences either, but this story has a few things going for it. For one, the terrific Buscema artwork. Second, while the story is a dream, the consequences are very real. Spidey is in danger, not just from the Hulk but from Nightmare. Third, the ending genuinely surprised me. I had been collecting Spider-Man comics for a few years at this point. Peter was a hero, through and through. Someone who had risked his own life, again and again, to prevent the loss of ANY life, even a villains'. And he does so here as well, saving Nightmare from the Hulk. But when Nightmare decides to renege on the deal, and the Hulk makes a grab at Nightmare, Peter turns away. This is the first time I can recall Peter turning his back and allowing a villain to be killed. I think this was another example of Peter David trying to inject some realism into Spidey's world (as he would do so again in the Sin Eater storyline).
Posted by: ira13 | July 8, 2017 2:15 PM
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