The Amazing Spider-Man #39 Review: Streets Of Fire

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In The Amazing Spider-Man #39 from Marvel Comics, written by Zeb Wells with art by John Romita Jr., Gang War breaks out for real, yo.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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The Amazing Spider-Man #39 Review:

The gangs of New York are battling in the streets, so Spider-Man assembles a team to take them all down, as quickly as possible. But what he doesn’t know is that Madame Masque is making some big moves in the background…

Host Alex Zalben kicked things off by saying “this is one of my favorite issues of Spider-Man in a very long time.” The reason? “It’s very focused… It focuses on Peter Parker as Spider-Man,” instead of taking things into a mystical realm involving demons. “It’s just Spider-Man, doing Spider-Man stuff, trying to hold together a team… Plus you’ve got the John Romita Jr. art, and that’s a classic.”

Justin Tyler agreed, shouting out She-Hulk’s role in the issue here. He added, “They’re also doing a smart thing here by giving the villains a lot of great characterizations and finding ways for us to root for different villains at different times; making some of them scarier, really letting the ensemble shine here… I didn’t expect this event to be working and it’s I think it’s really working.

Zalben added that he also loves Madame Masque as a villain, and “The Beetle/Tombstone relationship is really interesting.”

So overall, a positive take, and an event that both hosts are enjoying.

The Amazing Spider-Man #39 Official Synopsis:

GANG WAR STARTS HERE! Super-crime is running rampant, and Spider-Man can’t solve just one problem at a time. So Spidey builds a team to take down ALL the super-criminals of NYC in 48 hours. Good luck, Spidey.

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