Web of Spider-Man #51
Issue(s): Web of Spider-Man #51
Gerry Conway continues what the next issue blurbs are now calling a Gang War story. So far it has been the Lobo Brothers vs. the Kingpin, but we've also had the Chameleon lurking around, and this issue he asks the Maggia for permission to throw his hat in the ring.
They tell him that they'll accept him if he'll team up with Hammerhead, so the Chameleon goes to Hammerhead's house to introduce himself.
Also of interest in this war is the Daily Bugle's file on the Kingpin. Chameleon hoped that by impersonating J. Jonah Jameson he'd be able to access it, but he moved too slow and Glory Grant has pulled it for Eduardo Lobo instead.
As for JJ himself, he's still tied up in his apartment.
"Jonah, i've been acting like a complete asshole to all your so-called friends, and no one has noticed a difference!"
Peter's spider-sense has been going off whenever he gets near the Chameleon-as-JJ, and it's similarly triggered by Eduardo Lobo...
...but should Peter investigate it? Naaaaah!
To be fair, i also try not to interrupt people when they are performing delicate brain surgery via tongue.
Another subplot in the Spidey books has been the arrival of Mary Jane's cousin, Kristy Watson. Nearly every time we see her she has been eating something while someone comments on how skinny she is, and we find out here that she's suffering from bulimia.
Peter's primary concern is shuffling her back to her parents, wherever they are.
And he does have enough problems in his own life, like the fact that Mary Jane is one minor inconvenience away from a psycho freakout (this is after going to see an apartment for rent that she didn't like).
In Spectacular Spider-Man #150, we saw the Kingpin possibly getting shaken out of his Daredevil obsession and calling in the Arranger to find out what's been going on with the Lobo attacks. In this issue, the Arranger thinks that Kingpin is still obsessed with Daredevil and not focused on the attacks. And then one of the Lobos attack him.
Luckily Spider-Man shows up.
The werewolf flees, killing the Arranger's driver...
...and then the Arranger begs Spider-Man to form an alliance to take out the Lobos, or else, he says, any civilians dying during the resulting gang war will be on his head. We don't see Spider-Man's response this issue and the Next Issue blurbs direct us to Amazing Spider-Man #315-316 (which don't deal with the Conway plots) before seeing this storyline continued in Spectacular Spider-Man.
Continued development of a variety of subplots, almost as if Conway had been taking lessons from Chris Claremont. The Chameleon's subplot converging into the Kingpin/Lobo storyline makes things tidier, but it's worth remembering that Chameleon recently resolved to go back to his original motivation of bringing down US institutions. I suppose he can do that by being the crimelord of New York, but it's not the most direct way for a guy with shape-shifting abilities, and that motivation could at least be acknowledged. Still fun stuff: a gang war where one of the "gangs" is really just a pair of werewolf brothers.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Spectacular Spider-Man #150 happened "last night". Amazing Spider-Man #316-317 takes place next, and those issues take place before Fantastic Four #326.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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FNORD - I just noticed you said in the Chronological Placement Considerations: "Spectacular Spider-Man #150 happened "last night". Amazing Spider-Man #315-316 takes place next." You already have an entry for Amazing Spider-Man #315. Did you mean #316-317?
Posted by: clyde | September 22, 2014 1:03 PM
To be fair to MJ, she just lost her condo because of a psycho stalker- it's understandable that she's lashing out.
Posted by: Michael | September 22, 2014 7:58 PM
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