Credits: Howard Mackie (writer), Alex Saviuk (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Rick Parker (letterer), Bob Sharen (colorist)
The Plot: The Parkers return home and discover the dead body, and Peter’s exposed costume. Later, they’re attacked by the Triad Brothers. As Spider-Man, Peter chases them away. Nick Katzenberg witnesses the fight and harasses Peter and MJ when it’s over. MJ responds by punching Nick out. After Aunt May and MJ head to a friend’s mountain home for safety, Spider-Man tracks down the Triads. When he slightly cuts one of them, he realizes he’s gone too far and leaves. Soon, Deathwatch appears, expressing his disappointment to the Triads.
The Subplots: The Kingpin is aware of the Rose’s return and is keeping tabs on Richard Fisk. Richard meets with the Rose, and after discovering that Spider-Man is “protecting” Peter Parker, declares he must die. Meanwhile, the Hobgoblin receives a rose in prison.
Web of Continuity: Deathwatch is a villain from Howard Mackie’s Ghost Rider run. He’s apparently working as an emissary between the Triads and the Rose.
*See _________ For Details: Hobgoblin has been shifting back and forth between his human and demon forms ever since Ghost Rider #17.
I Love the (Early) ‘90s: As Peter and MJ try to catch a cab: “Likely we’ll get a taxi in the rain -- NOT!”
Review: And here is the first indication this story might not deserve six issues. Last issue already established that Peter Parker's life is in jeopardy, along with Richard Fisk’s plot against his father, so Spider-Man’s battle with the Triads and the conspiracy scenes with Richard and the Rose aren’t adding anything to the story. Mackie does get some material out of Peter and MJ’s reaction to the underworld invading their life, and the Hobgoblin is brought closer into the main story, but there’s nothing else going on. I might be more charitable towards this issue if the Triads weren’t terrible villains. Three Chinese (?) brothers with berets, elaborate ponytails, glowing swords, and poor English skills…they’re really just asking to be killed off during a crossover tie-in, aren’t they?