Mephisto, Green Goblin, Amazing Spider-Man #72 – Were We All Wrong?

Bleeding Cool has doubled down on the theory that Kindred is the original Harry Osborne, the one who died before Mephisto changed everything in One More Day, which brought Harry Osborne back to life, as if he'd never been away. And that it was the original Harry who went to Hell and, somehow, courtesy of Mephisto, returned as the demonic entity Kindred, messing with Peter Parker's life and arranging all the events to turn against him and his friends and family, in some enormous act of vengeance. But today's Amazing Spider-Man #72 goes some what to confirming this – but also some moved away from it. We see an early meeting between Norman Osborne and… someone.

Mephisto, Green Goblin, Amazing Spider-Man #71 - Were We All Wrong?
Amazing Spider-Man #72

Cain and Abel of course. And a deal with the devil is in the offing.

Mephisto, Green Goblin, Amazing Spider-Man #71 - Were We All Wrong?
Amazing Spider-Man #72

That Mephisto was behind the success of Norman Osborne against his business rivals, as seen in previous storylines.

Mephisto, Green Goblin, Amazing Spider-Man #71 - Were We All Wrong?
Amazing Spider-Man #72

But also the suggestion that the devilry of Mephisto and the visage of the Green Goblin are linked. Everyone loves those pointy ears, don't they?

Amazing Spider-Man #71
Amazing Spider-Man #72

But also that the price for this success was the soul, not of Norman Osborne but of his son, Harry. Which explains Harry's direct trip to hell, even if he was a reformed man at that time, and maybe Mephistio's greater interest in him. But maybe there's more. Maybe there is more deceit in this. And maybe the Chameleon is hiding something more.

Amazing Spider-Man #71
Amazing Spider-Man #72

Would Kindred have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for those pesky kids? What is behind the mask behind the mask? And were we wrong the whole time?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #72 SINW
MARVEL COMICS
JUN210535
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Marcelo Ferreira, More (CA) Mark Bagley
• Over in Sinister War, Spider-Man is facing two Sinister Sixes.
•  But, then, what is he doing HERE?
•  Just want to say, trying not to spoil – you don't quite understand how intense and impossible this situation is for Peter Parker.
Rated T+In Shops: Aug 25, 2021 SRP: $3.99

Thanks to Iñigo Perez Martinez for pointing out the numbering issue.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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