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Spectacular Spider-Man #20: Review

Dec 2004
Paul Jenkins, Paco Medina

Story Name:

Changes, Part 4

Review & Comments

2 stars

Spectacular Spider-Man #20 Review by (May 11, 2011)
Review: Was that it? The whole absurd “Changes” story arc was just to give Spidey organic webbing so as not to confuse new readers who only knew the movie? Feh.

Comments: “The Spectacular Spider-Man Disassembled.” The origin of Spidey’s organic webbing, designed to bring the comic book into line with the 2002 movie. This story was named number 5 on’s list of “5 Absurd Ways Comic Books Have Resurrected Dead Superheroes.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Spectacular Spider-Man #20 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As the police, military, and superheroes scour New York City for any sign of the Queen, the hours are counting down until she detonates the bomb that will destroy all life in a 600-mile radius, excepting insects—and humans who carry the insect gene….

In her underground lair, the Queen explains her plans to Spider-Man, who has by now completely mutated into a giant spider. She holds prisoner Professor David Jaffe, the scientist responsible for the experiment that made her what she is. Jaffe tries to tell Spider-Man he is in danger: the serum that altered him should not have worked this quickly; Jaffe also has another bombshell: after mating with the Queen, Spidey is pregnant. A short time later, however, the Spider collapses to the floor and dies. The enraged Queen kills Jaffe with a shriek and orders her drones to prepare to detonate the bomb…. After she leaves the room, the spider-carcass splits open and a fully grown Peter Parker emerges, naked and with enhanced spider-senses. He also has the ability to shoot webbing directly out of his wrists. He dons his Spidey mask, found in a nearby locker, and confronts his enemy. She tries to destroy him with another one of her shattering shrieks but he withstands it. Peter then draws upon another new power: he reads the hive mind of her drones and discovers through them how to disarm the bomb. As he does so, the Queen bursts into flames and dies….

Later Spidey finds Captain America outside and reports on his actions (leaving out the embarrassing parts). As he swings off, he revels in his contact with the insect world, while marveling at the irony that spiders aren’t insects. He seeks out an upset Mary Jane and he explains that he has gone through a few changes….

Paco Medina
Juan Vlasco
Studio F
Humberto Ramos (Cover Penciler)
Wayne Faucher (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Scott Summers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Mary Jane Watson
Mary Jane Watson

(Mary Jane)
May Parker
May Parker

(Aunt May)

(Kurt Wagner)

(Peter Parker)

(Ororo Munroe)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

Plus: Queen (Adriana Soria).

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