New Warriors #67
Issue(s): New Warriors #67
There is a Spider-Man imposter running around. I mean, not a very good imposter, but i guess he's got the Warriors fooled (and to be fair, Ben has been switching costumes a lot).
I am glad to have this issue just to see Alex Power - calling himself Powerhouse - in action.
For what it's worth, Turbo is frustrated with wasting time fighting the "villain-of-the-week" (weird way to talk about a seeming teammate turned evil) instead of using her suit to go exploring like she originally meant to.
The imposter is really "Joe Wade", an FBI agent that was investigating Doctor Octopus in previous Scarlet Spider issues. He goes to fellow agent Stephanie Briggs for help.
Meanwhile, Ben Reilly has given up the Scarlet Spider identity and is now calling himself Spider-Man, so he is able to meet up with the New Warriors without them attacking him. Although he's not good at hiding the fact that he knows the team better than Spider-Man should.
There's also a subplot where Speedball is hanging out with Timeslip and his powers go out of control, somehow causing a refrigerator to age to the point of disintegration. But mostly this feels like what it is, part two of a Spider-Man storyline, dealing with Spider-Man plots. Even the Speedball plot is interrupted when the Spider imposter kidnaps Speedball's mom. I don't know if this is representative of this era where the New Warriors were folded into the Spider-Man editorial silo or if it's just a factor of being a crossover. And in any event it's decently executed and perfectly readable.
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Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 44,083. Single issue closest to filing date = 51,100.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part two of Nightmare in Scarlet, taking pace between Web of Scarlet Spider #3-4. Despite being a crossover with the "Scarlet Spider" issues, this takes place after Ben Reilly has taken on the Spider-Man identity/costume, and therefore it takes place after Amazing Spider-Man #407.
Crossover: Nightmare in Scarlet
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showFirestar, Gee, Joe Wade, Justice, Maddie Baldwin, Nelson Stone, Niels, Scarlet Spider, Shirley Washington Lewis, Speedball II, Stephanie Briggs, Timeslip, Turbo
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