Comics : Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #2

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This review was first published on: 2004.

Background...

The Hobgoblin is back! But can Spider-Man unmask the true man behind the mask before Betty Brant is added to the deadly total?

In Detail...

Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #2
Feb 1997 : SM Title
Summary: Peter/MJ/Betty/Flash attempt to solve Hobgoblin mystery
Editor:  Glenn Greening, Tom Brevoort
Writer:  Roger Stern
Pencils:  Ron Frenz
Inker:  Jerome Moore, Scott Hanna
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 Reprinted In: Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives (TPB)
Articles: Betty Brant, Menken, Donald, Hobgoblin I (Kingsley), Hobgoblin IV (Macendale)

After viewing a video-tape of the murder of Jason Macendale by a man who claims to be the original Hobgoblin, a determined Betty Leeds convenes a meeting of her closest friends. Together Flash Thompson, Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker and Betty herself go over clues provided by the tape of the murder and an earlier brainstorming session Betty had with Spider-Man. Going over a list of potential blackmail victims, Betty is struck by how many powerful business men are on it, including Mary Jane's former boss Roderick Kingsley. M.J. sets up a meeting with Kingsley, which is aburptly interupted by his older brother, Daniel.

Meanwhile, the Hobgoblin strikes, torching first the Norchem plant, then one of Osborn Corporation's refineries. Betty decides to flush the Hobgoblin out. Going on the air, she announces that she has found some old notes belong to her late husband, and that she has decided to complete the investigation he was working on after his death. The interview produces the desired effect; the Hobgoblin attempts to snatch her away outside of the television studios, but is interrupted by Spider-Man. Grabbing hold of the Hobgoblin's glider, Spider-Man is shocked senseless by a powerful electrical burst. When he still won't let go, the Hobgoblin simply detaches the part of the glider that Spider-Man is clutching, and flies away as Spidey crashes into the river.

In General...

Let's leave the analysis until the final part, eh?

Overall Rating...

Two webs will have to do.