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- Norah goes undercover to interview a bunch of Neo-Nazi bikers who have embraced Norman Osborn. She blows her cover rather easily, forcing Spidey and Black Cat to save her.

- Felicia reveals that she and Spidey are officially "hero and sidekick" as the 'Cat tries gain credibility to join the Avengers. It's also "strictly professional."

- Peter stops by his new hotel suite at the Waldorf Astoria.

- Carly drops in, complains about their jobs preventing them from having any time together, and then has to leave to do forensics on the crime scene Peter just left.

- Carly's idea of a fun date is Netflix.

- Roderick Kingsley stops by a Goblin Lair to load up on ammo and finds Phil Urich there, trying to steal more Goblin Tech to impress Norah.

- Phil goes psycho and uses his Goblin Laugh to stun Kingsley and then behead him with a giant sword.

- Phil tries to talk to Norah but finds himself tongue-tied.

- Peter's first day of work sees him meet two more of the "Big Seven" including a 10-year old boy super genius named after The Watcher and a busty, bohemian, blonde girl.

- The final member of the "Big Seven" has total anonymity.

- Phil Urich attacks as the newest Hobgoblin, and uses his Goblin Laugh to immobilize Peter and prepare to behead him with his big sword. To be continuted....


- Carly's cameo was worthless and did nothing to develop her personality. At least Debra Whitman was "mentally unstable."

- Felicia as Peter's sidekick is a good way to keep her in the title as a back-up girlfriend in case fan backlash against Carly is too much.

- Norah remains the best thing in the title. Very fun character.

- Phil's turn to the darkside and revelation as the newest Hobgoblin is very lame and very out of character for Phil. I buy him as less of a major threat than Mr. Negative or even The Spot.

- All in all a definite step-back after the strong start two weeks ago. Recommendation to avoid.

I'm really quite torn over how this issue turned out. On the one hand, it was great...packed with new and classic supporting cast, some entertaining spidey action, and a completely unexpected, out of nowhere twist that I can safely assume most did not see coming. The scene where Phil killed the Hobgoblin felt like reading a dream. I went back and read it three more times before continuing with the book...I just kept expecting it to turn out to be a dream sequence or something. It worked for pure shock, because I didn't see it coming at all, but I hate the fact that Kingsley was just beginning his comeback and was so unceremoniously (and convincingly) killed off. I'm certainly going to keep reading, as I love the tone of the book, the references to past continuity, and the million subplots. It really feels like I'm getting my money's worth with this comic, and it's still twice a month. But Kingsley's death definitely leaves me a bit wary.


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