Hammerhead and Tombstone are once again competing for control over New York crime, and Tombstone disses Hammerhead’s penis.
Nice. And with a codename like “Hammerhead” you kinda have to expect some dick jokes at your expense.
Some artists are great at epic space battles, and some are great at drawing mob bosses fighting. Sal Buscema is perfect for these kinds of stories. He’s got a straightforward sense of panel arrangement and a style that focuses on exaggerated facial expressions and tight physical movement—perfect for close quarter fighting.Inevitably, the rest of the crime bosses are not good with a psycho like Tombstone, so they tell him he can have a seat at the table only if he does the impossible: Kill Spider-Man.
Meanwhile, Black Cat also wants to take down Tombstone to avenge his having hurt her boyfriend, Flash Thompson. At one point, Spider-Man borrows her mask
Anyway, we’ve seen similar three-way battles with Cat, Spidey, and Tombstone before. Of course, it ends up with Tombstone fighting all the guys on the council, Cat getting beaten up, Spidey rescuing her, etc. This isn’t really new, but it’s pretty good.
I will say that I don’t know why this arc is called the “Death of Tombstone.:
Harry Osborn is believed dead and his video will is pretty intense. But the mystery box in question ends up being a practical joke.
Meanwhile, on the letters page….
We learn about a new “group editor” system.
There is a direct correlation between this new system and the decline in quality of Marvel books.
The story ends with Black Cat laying a trip on Spidey and claiming to be his friend.
With everything she’s done–the lies and betrayals, etc., it’s more than a little reasonable for Spider-Man to be cautious about her.