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Flashback: Review of Amazing Spider-Man 228 (May 1982) June 30, 2008

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In Flashback, LOTRKing reviews a random back issue (in most instances, one he hasn’t read before) and attempts to make sense of both the story and its place in Marvel history.

It’s two for two, as this week’s featured flashback was also a fairly enjoyable issue. What we get this time around is a classic Spidey story infused with a good old-fashioned murder mystery (not a “whodunit” type, but still it had a similar feel). It starts with Spider-Man being mysteriously drawn to an old mansion, in which lives a reclusive old man. Finally indulging his curiousity, Peter looks in and sees the man alone, eating his supper. Confused as to what has drawn him there, Peter leaves and soon runs into a street fight that he decides to break up. However, an unexplainable rage quickly comes over him, and he severely beats the fighters. Soon realizing what he has done, Peter makes a hasty exit.

The next day, Peter learns that the old man he had seen last night had been bitten to death by a horde of spiders, and naturally, JJJ is quick to blame Spider-Man. Once Peter learns about this, he decides to investigate, realizing that his own strange actions from the previous night might be related. From here, Peter becomes a “Spider-Sleuth,” and we are presented with several hints and mysterious scenes of our own, before we finally get some real answers. (I semi-figured out the mystery myself, but I was still kept guessing until the cause was revealed.)

We finally learn that an unemployment scientist/inventor had created devices to first lure spiders to a certain location (namely the victim), and then become enraged (causing the attack), and had sold them to various shady characters. As Spider-Man attempts to capture the inventor, he uses a device to nullify his Spider-Sense, and seemingly lures Spider-Man into an “explosive trap.” I’ll admit, even I was amazed that Peter survived until he revealed his own trick. This second “mini-mystery” was a great way to end it. Of course, Spidey eventually captures the inventor and turns him into the police, thus ending an entertaining, standalone issue. While this isn’t by any means one of the best Spider-Man issues out there, it was a lot of fun, and anyone who enjoys Spider-Man and murder mysteries may as well take a look at this if they ever get the chance.

Next week: Avengers 51