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Green Goblin battles Angel Face…and then must take on Salt & Pepper!

Ben Urich, die-hard journalist for the Daily Bugle, has agreed to help long-time friend Liz Osborn find out the secrets behind the appearance of a new Green Goblin. See, Liz is the wife of the late Harry Osborn, the second Goblin, and is bound and determined to stop whoever is donning her dead husband's image. The young guy along for the ride, Phil Urich, has a much different agenda. You see, HE'S the New Green Goblin!


The book begins with Phil walking around an old Osborn Industries warehouse with Liz Osborn and Ben Urich. Phil is sweating it, and eventually they find the exact place where homeboy first stumbled onto the Goblin equipment. Problem is, the place has been totally cleaned out! Of course, Ben and Liz don't know this, but Phil sure does. As they leave, an ominous MULTIVEX van is parked in the shadows.

The story then switches to the evil-doers of the issue. A trio of femme fatales, hacking their way to the top of the world via electronic crime. The purple-haired leader, Angel-Face, leads her two shapely mercenaries, Salt and Pepper (not the rap group), in threatening a high-executive with his life in exchange for passcodes and security clearances to his financial records. After a bit of drama, the corporate type surrenders his security clearance, and the girls pick his virtual pocket.

Meanwhile, the Goblin gig is almost blown when Phil's friend Freddie pops in, and mistaking the mask Phil's holding as a halloween costume, tries it on. Phil is freaked because he's sure the mask will fry poor Freddie's brain, but it doesn't. Freddie can't even see out of it, so he dumps the mask. Good thing too, because not very much later, the Green Goblin calls and asks to meet with Liz Osborn to try and sort out this whole mess. Liz doesn't make the rendezvous, however, because she's been kidnapped by our lovely Angel gang. Liz is the primary shareholder in Osborn Industries, and the girls see it as a golden opportunity to cash in on some cyber-dough. Just as the negotiations get ugly, the Goblin breaks up their little charade by smashing through the window.

What follows is a hail of pumpkin bombs, bullets, and screams. After GG bags the two side-chicks, he chases down Angel-Face who has kidnapped little Norman Osborn! Phil chases her down the hall, into an elevator shaft, and finally into the steam-room, where Angel-Face jumps the Goblin. She does pretty good, too, until GG lets loose with his patented maniacal laugh. This causes the girl to shoot a steam-pipe, letting loose a spray of hot steam right on to her lily-white flesh. Little Normie emerges from the shadow and asks Phil if he's the Green Goblin. When Phil replies in the affirmative, Normie shows his gratitude by calling him a liar and saying "you're not my daddy!". Liz, however, has a different attitude towards him, and she gives Gobby her blessings.



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Classic Green Goblin 0

The only problem with this issue is the same one as last; the villains. I don't know why, but for some reason people get caught up in cliches, and thinks they'd be good enemies. Salt & Pepper? Come on, there is more originality in the world, I know it! But don't get me wrong, the issue was enjoyable! I liked the Liz Osborn angle, electronic crime is the wave of the future, and the action was very good. Phil is finally getting the hang of stirring things up! I can't forget the Multivex hints,...

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