"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished": A man named Felipe is being tortured; someone is nailing him to a wall. Above his body, the phrase "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" is written in blood.

Quote1 I've been looking for you, Amy! And now I can thank you properly for all the wonderful things your love has given me! Quote2
The Reaver (Daniel Geller)

Spectre (Volume 3) #9 is an issue of the series Spectre (Volume 3) with a cover date of August, 1993.

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Synopsis for "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"

A man named Felipe is being tortured; someone is nailing him to a wall. Above his body, the phrase "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" is written in blood.

At police headquarters, the captain suspends Lt. Nate Kane for telling Amy Beitermann that all of the Reaver's victims were HIV-positive. Kane can't explain that it was actually the Spectre who told her, after ripping the information out of his heart. The captain instructs Kane to stay away from Amy and the Reaver investigation. Despite his orders, Kane takes a spare gun out of his locker and vows to protect Amy.

At her apartment, Amy is on the telephone. She turns down an interview on the Cat Grant show to discuss her revelation about the Reaver's victims. Jim Corrigan, who is with Amy in her apartment, turns into the Spectre when he senses that a murder has been committed. Jim doesn't want to leave, but the Spectre must do his job. He leaves, and Amy is alone.

The police are investigating the murder of Felipe Gustero, an activist who helped put away Rojo and his Scorpions. Corrigan shows up at the investigation and discusses the phrase "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" with the police captain. Corrigan says the phrase was last seen thirty years ago, it was used by a serial killer named Azmodus.

Corrigan disappears from the crime scene, changes into the Spectre, and follows Felipe's murderer, Dennis the junkie.[1] When the Spectre confronts Dennis, he cannot touch him. In a rage, the Spectre enters Dennis' soul, just as Azmodus wanted. The Spectre is trapped, and Dennis (controlled by Azmodus) vows to kill Amy.

Trapped inside the junkie's soul, the Spectre realizes that what is needed is not rage, but reason. He changes to Jim Corrigan and searches for what's left of Dennis's soul. Though the soul is guarded by Azmodus, which is pierced with hundreds of needles, Corrigan defeats Azmodus.

With Azmodus's hold temporarily broken, the Spectre leaves Dennis' body and physically attacks him by hurling objects at him. Dennis is bloody, but he points out that Azmodus is still controlling him, so if the Spectre were to kill him, he would be shedding innocent blood. The Spectre responds that he'll do whatever it takes to stop Azmodus, and he runs over Dennis with a motorcycle. Dennis realizes that Azmodus will never let go of him, so he begs the Spectre to kill him The Spectre grants his wish and Azmodus, now without a human host, mocks the Spectre and says there will soon be a reckoning.

Later, Corrigan tells Amy that Azmodus is still out there, and the man he stopped may not have been the killer that Madame Xanadu foresaw earlier.[2]

Elsewhere, the Reaver dresses up like a priest and kills an HIV-positive woman in a church. That evening, he sees a front-page story whose headline reads "Reaver Victims All Had AIDS." The story includes a picture of Amy Beitermann. He has finally found the woman he'd been searching for.


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