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Amazing Spider-Man: Gang War: First Strike #1

Event\Storyline: Gang War Writer: Zeb Wells Artist: Joey Vazquez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 29, 2023 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 19
7.4Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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The super-crime landscape of New York has been on edge. This issue, they jump over that edge. What incites the war?! Who hired Shotgun and took out Tombstone? What, if anything, can Spider-Man do about it? Everything you need to know before GANG WAR officially kicks off next month is HERE.
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  • 9.6
    The Comicbook Dispatch - dragoncache Dec 5, 2023

    Criminals learn that no one is essential, and heroes forget their friends have difficulties to overcome in Amazing Spider-Man: Gang War First Strike #1. This crucial chapter of the Gang War saga is about love, loyalty, and responsibility, with the odd double-cross thrown in for good measure. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 29, 2023

    Vasquez and Shaw deliver some visually thrilling art throughout the issue. There is a lot of action in the story and the imagery does a great job of bringing that action to life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicsOnline - Kevin Gaussoin Nov 29, 2023

    So now Spider-Man needs a team but hes hacked off all his friends, or has he? Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Nov 29, 2023

    The set up for this chaotic event is abundantly tantalizing and First Strike walks the line as both a catch-up for new readers and entertaining addition to the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Nov 29, 2023

    Amazing Spider-Man: Gang War First Strike #1 clicks off the safety. Whether as a newcomer or a longtime reader, it is clear from the start that the situation is on a knife edge, with criminals gaining confidence as the heroes lack it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Nov 29, 2023

    Amazing Spider-Man: Gang War First Strike #1 lights the fuse that ignites the forthcoming Gang War event with plenty of plot progression, surprises, and action. That said, the story is riddled with plot holes and shortcuts that undercut the quality of the story, so you get the impression the creators rushed to get to the war without thinking through how they got there. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 29, 2023

    I want to like "Gang War," but there's not enough here to get you excited unless you're a big fan of the various B-Tier gangsters that Spider-Man has grappled with over the years. The stakes never feel too high in a story that lacks Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 4.8
    Comic Watch - Tyler Davis Nov 30, 2023

    The Amazing Spider-Man Gang War: First Strike#1 is weightless. It falls into comic shops with the velocity of feather on the wind, it's lack of proper story and character set up reeking of an editorialized idea meant to nickel and dime stores, readers, and creatives out of their souls as yet another nostalgia play infests the publishing line. While there's a chance that the creatives on this event can salvage what's here, it seems thatGang Waris simply dead on arrival. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    derbycomics Dec 1, 2023

    I was hesitant about this event after the less-than-inspiring interludes that have been appearing in ASM, but this was an exceptional one-shot start and sets the stage for what has the potential for an epic and captivating event. I really enjoyed how the situation felt dire but also tangible. There’s definitely a “realness” to the stakes that gives this an intriguing grounding and I’m currently very invested.

  • 9.0
    Afre Nov 29, 2023

    Gang War? Hah! More like Bang War, because this was a banger for me.

    An excellent opening issue, I have been critical to Wells' work but this was worth the wait for me. I have been interested of Gang War for a while and if this issue is any indication, it will be amazing.

    The only part I didn't like was Miles being angry at Peter for being away 6 months. Not the writing itself, it's good, but the implication. Peter being moping away for 6 months hasn't really been a plot point in ~1,5 year so bringing it back once again showcases me the problem of this run that has been lack of planning and pacing issues. I didn't like the idea of Peter being away 6 months (felt a bit too long and kinda pointless in the long run) and s more

  • 8.5
    Screaming Enigma Dec 2, 2023

    A really good introduction for this event. I don’t know how I feel about the stuff with Miles, but I really enjoyed everything else. Hammerhead getting absolutely beaten with the bat was just great. I’m really looking forward to the rest of Gang War after reading this.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Dec 4, 2023

    I dunno. I kind of liked it more than I thought I would. It's not amazing, but it got me pretty excited for the gang War. It had some pretty good moments. A good start so far.

  • 7.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 21, 2024

    I'm... not really feeling this. It's competent, don't get me wrong. I just... don't care much.

  • 7.0
    Hex Dec 1, 2023

    My biggest issue is with the art. It was like... too clean? Very safe modern art. It's not bad art but I'd rather not see it in ASM again. The story is fine. Not much more. I'm back to being interested, it's a good setup issue but I definitely would have preferred this to the past 3 issues we got. Also not a big fan of the checklist. Gang War is going to be 26 issues spread over at 6 titles, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Miles, Daredevil, Deadly Hands and ASM with three of those being solely standalone tie-in series. I'm not an event hater but more than half of these won't matter, maybe all but ASM and we'll be lucky if Miles and Daredevil manage to still be good despite being unnecessary to the plot (not saying they are or aren't, just predicti more

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  • 6.0
    Mout Dec 9, 2023

    When will Spider-Man be exciting again? I don't know

  • 4.0
    ItsJess Nov 29, 2023

    Miles scolding Peter over a bunch of bullshit and sounding like a dumbass while doing so brings this mediocre tripe down to a 4.

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  • Bighaz Dec 11, 2023

    Not much of a Spiderman fan. But I actually enjoyed this book. Hopefully marvel doesn't ruin the rest of this

  • 9.5
    tls Dec 7, 2023

  • 9.5
    Comicsfan1994 Nov 29, 2023

  • 8.5
    comicfan00 Feb 8, 2024

  • 8.5
    BirdmanG07 Dec 4, 2023

  • 8.5
    Texas VII Nov 30, 2023

  • 8.0
    jmprados Jan 8, 2024

  • 7.5
    Pantheon36 Dec 3, 2023

  • 7.5
    Drasek83 Nov 29, 2023

  • 7.0
    ComicWorm Nov 29, 2023

  • 7.0
    Lock Nov 29, 2023

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