Amazing Spider-Man #273
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #273
Meanwhile, Puma finishes his training in order to fulfill what he calls "some stupid, ancient prophecy" that says that he's supposed to kill the Beyonder.
And per his uncle's instructions, he heads to Peter Parker's apartment so that he can recruit Spider-Man to help him.
Luckily for Peter, Mary Jane already knows his secret identity, so Puma's untimely arrival wouldn't have further ruined his secret. But Mary Jane doesn't seem all that interested in staying anyway.
A subplot has Ned Leeds watching his wife Betty meet up with Flash Thompson.
The issue sets out to highlight the differences between Spider-Man and Puma. From superficial things, like the fact that Puma thinks he can just hire Spider-Man to accompany him...
...and the fact that Puma has expensive accessories...
...to the more fundamental difference that Peter doesn't think that anyone, even the Beyonder, should be killed. But he does agree to go along with Puma.
They first investigate the cult's office, but the Beyonder isn't there. Spider-Man then decides he can't be a party to muder, so they part ways and Puma tracks the Beyonder down. The Beyonder tells Puma that he knows that Puma would rather be working on a business deal in Japan, so he casually teleports him to Japan.
This display of power convinces Puma that the Beyonder really is the threat that his uncle said, and so he travels back to the US and shows up at Peter's apartment again.
All that and holy what the fuck are you wearing, Mary Jane?
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place after Secret Wars II #7. There's a confused bit of an overlap between this issue and Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #111, but that issue essentially follows this one.
Crossover: Secret Wars II
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (6): show
MJ's outfit is just a variant on a typical 1980s aerobics leotard.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 9, 2013 5:40 PM
As has been pointed out already, MJ's outfits are indeed typical of the 80's.
Posted by: Haywerth Clarke | November 17, 2013 10:44 PM
Some of the earliest Spidey comics I got into featured the Puma quite a lot, and since then I've always liked him as a character. He walks the tightrope in a lot of ways: between hero and villain, modernist and traditionalist, businessman and adventurer, Native-American and "mainstream American" (For lack of a better word)...
Posted by: Berend | March 9, 2014 9:34 AM
"All that and holy what the fuck are you wearing, Mary Jane?"
Okay, that just made me spit my drink out.
Posted by: Erik Beck | June 7, 2015 12:25 PM
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