Comics : Web of Spider-Man #66

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This story is part of an Arc: "Friends And Enemies"
     Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

This story is part of a Lookback Series: World Wide Web of Spidey

This review was first published on: 2005.

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"Friends And Enemies"
Web of Spider-Man #66
Jul 1990 : SM Title
Summary: Team-Up With Green Goblin & Molten Man
Arc: Part 1 of "Friends And Enemies"
Editor:  Jim Salicrup
Writer:  Gerry Conway
Pencils:  Alex Saviuk
Inker:  Keith Williams, Mike Manley
Cover Art:  Alex Saviuk
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 Reprinted In: Complete Spider-Man (UK) #5
Articles: Betty Brant, Green Goblin II (Harry Osborn), Jameson, J. Jonah, Elizabeth (Allan) Osborn, Mary Jane Watson-Parker, Molten Man, Robertson, Joe "Robbie", Tombstone

At the offices of Jonah's news digest, Robbie is going mad because JJJ used Pete's photo on the cover (see issue 65 for details). Robbie storms off with Pete in hot pursuit, while Mary Jane is left on the floor. Betty Leeds is there, looking quite different. She is Jonah's secretary again and goes out for lunch with MJ.

At the Osborn Chemical Plant, Molten Man is leaving after his shift. A car pulls up and he is told to get inside. Tombstone is there and blackmails MM into stealing a shipment from the factory for him and Hammerhead. As MM gets back out of the car, there's a Green Goblin silhouette in the sky.

Pete and Robbie argue some more, then go their separate ways. Robbie is cornered by someone he was once in prison with who offers to take care of Tombstone - for a price.

Spidey swings back towards his apartment where Molten Man is waiting on the roof for him. MM says this is where he came across Spidey last so he came back looking for him. He tells Spider-Man all about Tombstone's threat.

Back in the flat, MJ tells Pete that she saw the Goblin costume in Harry's. They confront Liz, who accuses MJ of lying. The costume has gone from where Mary Jane saw it the night before.

At the factory that evening, Tombstone and his goons show up. Spidey is waiting for them. Robbie Robertson is there and watching from a distance - apparently the guy from earlier told him this is where he'd find Tombstone. The Green Goblin (presumably Harry) shows up and tosses a few pumpkin bombs at Tombstone's men. Tombstone has sneaked into the factory to steal what he came for and Robbie follows him. Tombstone says that was the plan all along and lunges for Robbie, who shoots him!

Tombstone stumbles back into a room and the heavy metal door slams shut as green gas fills the chamber. Outside and Spidey, Goblin and Molten Man are victorious. They go inside where they find Robbie who tells them about Tombstone being trapped in the chamber. Goblin says that's where a new formula (Diox-3) is being tested. They go inside but there's a big hole in the back wall and Tombstone has disappeared.

In General...

A nice start to the three-parter. It is good to have some supporting cast in the title without having them act out-of-character. Conway is certainly building something here and it will be interesting to see where it goes.

Overall Rating...

Good start