Amazing Spider-Man #395
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #395
The two are apparently teaming-up to fight drug dealers. Nocturne keeps Puma's feral instincts in check.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man is moping around Aunt May's empty house and his old high school. He's still trying to convince himself that he's not Peter Parker; he's The Spider. Nocturne and Puma find Spider-Man at Midtown High. Nocturne has sensed Spider-Man's pain and wants to help him. Spider-Man doesn't trust Nocturne since she's hanging out with Puma, who he says is a murderer. Nocturne says that Thomas Fireheart's persona is buried too deeply into Puma, and the animal form is all that is left. But as they continue to talk, some of Fireheart's memories resurface, enough to remind him that he hates Spider-Man. So Puma attacks.
The metaphorical idea here is that Puma has buried his human self, just like Peter is trying to do (and Nocturne too). But it's hard to get invested in any of this. Peter's current attitude didn't develop organically. It's just obviously contrived to create a contrast with the fresh new Spider-clone. It should have been possible to do an exploration of Spider-Man's character - maybe using previous examples of when he went Over The Edge in some high profile stories like the Death of Jean DeWolff and those Todd McFarlane issues where he was torturing informants - to establish some sort of pattern of "proof" that this isn't the real Spider-Man (and thus making it all the more poignant when the situation is inevitably reversed and it turns out that these instances weren't proof of anything and that Peter Parker is just human after all). But instead Peter was just randomly transformed to meet the needs of the story. Which i guess is also true of Puma, so there were some parallels after all.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part one of Back From The Edge. Part two is in Spectacular Spider-Man #218.
Crossover: Back From The Edge
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showGayle Watson Byrnes, Mary Jane Watson, Nocturne (Angela Cairn), Puma, Spider-Man
One thing I don't understand about this period of Peter's life: if he's calling him The Spider, not coming home etc., then... where does he live? What does he eat? Does he even wash himself? Etc...
Posted by: Piotr W | April 10, 2018 7:31 PM
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