What Would Spidey Do?!
Plot: Kurt Busiek
Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Bob McLeod
Colors: Steve Mattsson
Originally published: September 1997
Whew, that issue was a fuggin rollercoaster.
Flash Thompson goes after the fake Spider-Man that’s been terrorizing the neighborhood. It turns out to be Jason (no surprise there) and he’s getting really unhinged. He has a gun and I was sure he was going to kill himself. But he didn’t, because Flash acted cool instead of rash for a change.
In the A-plot, Batwing has come back to town and is trying to get Spider-Man to kill him. It turns out he’s sad because Curt Connor’s magic serum didn’t turn him back into a boy. And also his mom is really religious and hates him. Batwing puts himself into a situation where the cops are about to kill him, and I thought it was gonna go down like that, but it didn’t. His mom decided she loved him, and then he turned into a boy.
So, nobody died, even though I thought they were going to. It was really good, but part of me thinks it would have been way cooler (and obviously sadder) if they both did die. That would probably fuck up Peter even more and definitely fuck up Flash Thompson.
BTW, this is the second last issue. That’s addressed at the end of the book; it turns out it ended because a) sales were sucky, b) Busiek was leaving. Damn you Busiek and comics-buyers of 1997!