Characters Appearing: Daredevil, Mary Jane Watson, Owl, Philip Watson, Spider-Man, Vulture
Spectacular Spider-Man #219
Issue(s): Spectacular Spider-Man #219
I guess if you ever wanted an unrecognizable Daredevil to fight an unrecognizable Vulture, this issue is for you.
Spider-Man manages to recover enough to tag the Owl with a Spider-tracer as the Owl flees the scene.
Vulture gets away as well, and when he and the Owl meet up again, the Vulture tells the Owl that he's infected the Owl's old business partner, Paul Greyson. Greyson is a completely new character, but the Owl is upset by the idea that he's infected. The Vulture previously said that there was no cure for the virus, but he now says that he was lying and he gives the Owl the antidote, giving the Owl the choice of whether or not to let Greyson live. The Owl does decide to let Greyson die.
Spider-Man and Daredevil then arrive at the bird-men's HQ. Daredevil fights the Vulture while Spider-Man deals with the virus-carrying birds.
The Owl helps with the birds, and then gives the antidote to Spider-Man.
But it turns out the antidote was a fake.
Meanwhile, Mary Jane has been meeting with her sister, and now she goes to reconcile with her father.
With regards to Spider-Man, the idea here was apparently to trick readers into thinking that Marvel would kill off Spider-Man to make room for the (non-)clone. The fact that Spider-Man's death would come from a random encounter with a wildly out of character Vulture didn't make the situation seem less believable; it was the 90s, after all.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part four of Back From The Edge.
Crossover: Back From The Edge
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Am I the only one that thought Mary Jane's interactions with her father and her sister this storyline ignored continuity? MJ reconciled with her sister in Amazing Spider-Man 290-292 and in issues 346-347 she went to visit her nephews while Peter fought Venom. But this storyline acts like they're reconciling for the first time. Meanwhile, Philip's getting sent to jail by MJ in that Amazing storyline for stealing and selling rare manuscripts is ignored. I mean, it's possible for the stories to fit together but it seems like the writers never read Amazing 290-292 or 346-347.
Posted by: Michael | April 10, 2018 11:13 PM
Or possibly they did read them and decided to reuse stuff from them and hoped no one would notice.
Posted by: Baby | April 23, 2018 12:24 PM
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