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The Best Sinister Six Storylines in Comics

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Spider-Man has always had one of the best rogues' galleries in all of comics, but he usually takes them on one or two at a time. His enemies figured out that wasn't working, which is why six of them teamed up to become the evil group known as the Sinister Six! These villains figured the best way to take out Spider-Man was to work together and while they never really managed to do that, they've come close on several occasions.

Over the years, the Sinister Six have appeared in a ton of stories, and because the team consists of a group of enemies who share a common foe, the roster has changed over the years. In fact, it's not always limited to six people, and in some alternate realities, there are far more willing participants who make up different versions of the Sinister Six.

Because there are so many amazing comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books, about these dastardly enemies, it can be hard to determine which is the best of the Sinister Six's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 20.

Check out the stories listed below, and if you see your favorite, vote it up to see which is the best Sinister Six story ever told!

  • Story Found In: Spider-Verse #2

    Team Roster: Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Scorpion, Mysterio, Shocker, and Vulture

    During the events of the 10-issue Spider-Verse series, the Sinister Six resides in the Battleworld domain of Arachnia. It consists of many of the team's regular members but under the employ of Mayor Norman Osborn.

    In the story, Osborn orders the Sinister Six to find Spider-Gwen, Spider-UK, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Girl, Spider-Man India, and Spider-Ham so they could be "brought to justice." Interestingly, those six Spider-folks were on a list Gwen found during an infiltration to Oscorp, which labeled them as the Sinister Six!

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    • Story Found In: Spider-Man Unlimited #9

      Team Roster: Beetle, Electro, Mysterio, Hobgoblin, Scorpia, Vulture, and Shocker

      Unlike previous teams, the one that was organized by the Hobgoblin featured an additional member to make them the Sinister Seven! He formed the team shortly after the crazed Spider-Clone, Kaine, began murdering Spidey's enemies. Fearful he might be the next villain targeted, he brought forth Beetle, Electro, Mysterio, Hobgoblin, Scorpia, Vulture, and Shocker in a bid to keep himself safe.

      Things didn't go well with the Vulture raising a stink about Kaine and Hobgoblin's leadership. He didn't feel Kaine was a threat, but a group of villains went out into the city to track him down. While they were gone, Kaine ambushed Gobby, and he nearly killed him. Spider-Man came onto the scene, took out a couple of Sinister foes, and saved Hobgoblin from certain death.

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      • Story Found In: Spider-Verse #1

        Team Roster: Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven, Mysterio, and Vulture

        During the Spider-Verse crossover event, a new version of the Sinister Six was shown to reside in Earth-803. That group was referred to as the Six Men of Sinestry, and they lived during the Industrial Age of New York City in 1895.

        Their villainous plot involved stealing the Mayor's plans, but after a battle with Lady Spider, they found themselves being overwhelmed and had to retreat. Regardless, they managed to finish their mission and would cause more chaos across the Spider-Verse in a story involving Spider-Man 2099.

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        • Story Found In: The Amazing Spider-Man #682-687, Spider-Man: Ends of Earth #1 & Avenging Spider-Man #8

          Team Roster: Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Chameleon, Rhino, and Mysterio

          A few years after their last outing, Doc Ock brought back some of his former teammates to reform the Sinister Six once more. This time, he swapped out a couple of guys to add Rhino and the Chameleon to the mix so that he could launch an ambitious world-dominating/ending plan.

          The idea was to speed up the Greenhouse Effect so the planet would fall into a heatwave. To make his plan work, he had to stage the members of the Sinister Six all over the world, and the heroes (Spider-Man and the Avengers) had to travel to the ends of the Earth to defeat them one by one.

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