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A sniper’s bullet changes everything in Peter Parker’s life. Clad in his black costume, Spider-Man will stop at nothing to find the man who pulled the trigger and, even more important, the man who gave the kill order. This is Spider-Man at his darkest hour.

Spidey and Kingpin are squared off in the middle of a prison. Several escaped inmates are surrounding them and screaming for a fight. Kingpin tells him that he is a loser and a fool for listening to Tony Stark and revealing his secret identity. Spidey jumps at Kingpin and starts punching.

Spidey tells Kingpin about how his costume has stood for everything he said he would do and everything he said he would never do. He says he would never cross certain lines and destroy everything that the costume has stood for. He then claims he is not here to kill Kingpin. Spidey takes off his mask and the top of his costume. As Peter Parker, he then says he is there to kill Kingpin.

Peter continues to beat and bloody Kingpin. He tells him that he has no real power, and all he ever was was a fat man and a bad attitude. Kingpin is completely humiliated before all the inmates. Peter comments on how he could fill his lungs with webbing and suffocate him.

Kingpin tells Peter to just kill him and get it over with. Peter tells him that someday he will kill him, but not today. The beating he gave Kingpin will be far worse then his death. The inmates were witness to Peter beating down Kingpin. The man is very prideful and when everyone viewed him as unbeatable, he was humiliated. The beating is far worse than death for Kingpin.

Before leaving, Peter makes a final few comments. He tells Kingping that the moment Aunt May dies he will be back to kill him. Kingpin knows that he can not do anything to prevent it. Peter then tells all the inmates to tell everyone they know that Peter Parker's relatives are off limits and he will kill anyone who touches them slow and painfully. He then leaves and Kingpin crawls back to his cell.

The issue ends with Peter and Mary Jane back at Aunt May's hospital room. Pete says all they can do now is wait for the inevitable.



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Black is always cooler Pt. 4 0

   That's right, the fourth issue of the titanic arc Back in Black! Following up all the events of the previous three issues, this story promises on one thing, a good ol' fashioned brawl between webs and Fisk!     Previousely after discovering the Kingpin, currently behind bars, is responsible for the gunning down of his aunt, Peter decides he shall deliver justice upon Fisk. Realizing that Spider-man is on his way to end him, Fisk pays off gaurds to release him. After trying a blood transfusion...

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Oh Spidey, You Tease You! 0

SPOILERS AHEAD!After three issues of build up, Spidey's epic confrontation with the Kingpin has finally arrived! And what a confrontation it is! JMS writes a great sequence and Ron Garney draws it beautifully, but I can't help but feel a little bit cheated by the outcome. I mean, I knew Spidey wasn't actually going to kill the Kingpin, but the logic he uses in letting him live just didn't seem right to me. I mean, hasn't the Kingpin been beat up countless times before by Daredevil in front of ot...

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Spider-Man Vs Kingpin 0

When the Back in Black storyline started most of us just figured this is a gimmick to tie in with the Spider-Man 3 movie that was coming out, to think otherwise would have been foolish. The thing is... J. Michael Straczynski actually made it work. At no time while reading this issue did I think of the movie, in fact I was totally engrossed in the story. There's no similarities between the story being told here, and what was seen in the film (except for Spidey being in black). I should have known...

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