As the Gauntlet rages on around him, the spotlight is on Peter Parker’s original archenemy-turned-best friend, Flash Thompson. Since losing his legs in service to his country, Flash Thompson’s not been deterred by his physical limitations. But even a hero can have his limits. Greg Weisman, one of the brains behind the smash TV hit Spectacular Spider-Man, teams with Luke Ross (CAPTAIN AMERICA) to bring a touching story of Flash Thompson coming to terms with his new life. Then, Fred Van Lente and Joe Quinones (WEDNESDAY COMICS) bring Spider-Man face-to-face with Morbius, The Living Vampire!

WRITER: Fred Van Lente & Greg Weisman
PENCILS: Joe Quinones & Luke Ross
COVER BY: Simone Bianchi

Price: $3.99
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  1. Luke Ross??! NOOOOOO!!

  2. Really enjoyed the Gauntlet run thus far.  Can’t wait for this next installment

  3. I don’t really understand Luke Ross hate – he’s not the world’s best artist, but he’s not bad in any way. Or at least I don’t think so.

    Although it is probably a big come down after Marcos Martin and Michael Lark.

  4. man i love a good morbius story


  5. yeah i am excited for this for a few reasons, morbius, flash, and some one from spectular spider-man writing a spidey book is cool by me

  6. @Cooper
    1) Yes, compared to the other artists utilized in this arc, he’s garbage.
    2) He’s been sucking it up on Captain America.
    3) I HATED his previous work in ASM. He was the artist on the clone saga arc and he was crap then, he did a small bit in that issue with the cupid Spider-Man on the cover and it made me want to vomit.

    I just totally took my rotten mood out on this guy and I’ll apologize later for it. 

  7. Greg Weisman! Creator/Showrunner of Gargoyles and the Spectacular Spider-Man? COUNT ME IN.

  8. The first pages of the preview let me know one thing. If this is in any way good I am too old for comics.

  9. YAWN!!  Sadly, I feel as if the time to drop this title is now almost here.

  10. PymSlap (@alaska_nebraska) says:

    I have been impressed with Van Lente’s writing on this title. I thought there was a lot of heart in the Sandman story. I’ll have to check out his work on The Incredible Hercules.

  11. I first got into Spider-man through the 90’s cartoon, so Morbius is a big pull for me. He’s not been used much recently. Though I remember a great Paul Jenkin’s issue of Spectacular he featured in, though he was a bit stylised by the artist.

  12. awful

  13. I keep thinking about picking up amazing spider-man on and off, but never do.  After reading these comments and ratings I think I will pass yet again.  The first and last story arc I read last was new ways to die.  I thought it was pretty good but couldn’t commit to stick with it on a weekly basis.  Have I been missing out or has it been steadily going down-hill since then?

  14. @jwaesch: It’s been fantastic.

  15. I trust your judgement.  I shall finally give it a shot again.

  16. dont get the "Awful" i mean to each his own, not trying to troll her for me it wasnt as good as it has been, the morbius story was meh, but i really enjoyed the flash story

    @jwaesh it really has been one of the best books out week after week 

  17. I loved the main story; the Flash story had the icky Luke Ross art, but in the end was very good (I think I have to reread it now that I know that Flash isn’t going to become a robo-legged villian of sorts, as I worried during my initial read through).

  18. Well this wasn’t as near as good as it has been, but I still enjoyed it overall.

    @jwaesch  This book has been fantastic for quite some time now, even one of the less-good issues like this one was is still better than a lot of other books out there in my opinion.

  19. Not the best issue, but still not the worst. The Morbius story was a bit rushed. But I liked the Flash story, I guess they needed to put the two together as one was all Spidey and one was all Peter, but honestly I think I would have given the book a higher rating it had just been the Flash story. I don’t mind if Peter doesn’t have a big fight even issue.

  20. The flash story was sooooo ridiculously heavy handed.

  21. i unfortunately didn’t care for either story

  22. Man…this was not good.  Or maybe it just felt that way after so many great issues. 

  23. @peter I wasn’t attempting to troll.  I just really disliked this story.

    @jawaesch Seriously you are missing out.  This is the first issue in well over a year that I’ve had any problem with.

  24. I found this issue a waste and didn’t enjoy either story.  My only hope is that this mystery doctor decides that Flash is going to volunteer whether he wants to or not.

  25. I gave this a 4 (low) out of five.  I felt like the Morbius story was kind of a throwaway. Simply a vehicle to help tie up some plot lines while starting others. Necessary, yes, but still not great. At points Spidey’s head looked misshapen too.

    The Flash story on the other hand, I really enjoyed.  It waas a nice retrospective on his and Petes life, and I love the possiblity of Flash being used by some nameless evil company in the future too. My one complaint was again about Pete’s look.  He didnt look like the Peter in the previous issues.  His hair was strangely long and at the party I couldnt tell him ffrom the other guests.  

    All in all another good issue.

  26. This issue just felt like filler to me, the morbius bit with the vampire bar was a bit too much like true blood, the art wasnt good in any of the issue, just about reached average…i hate having more than one story squeezed into a comic, its just one of my pet hates, hate back up stories, i just feel like they generally feel rushed or pointless…and to make it even worse Flash is running windows on his mac (this would never happen, even in a world with spider-men…)…saying that the flash story was decent filler i just think its suffering due to the fact that spider-man has been so good recently.

  27. I have to mention that there is no way that Peter Parker’s ringtone is ‘Single Ladies’.

  28. Boring filler,,,Bring on curt Conners

  29. @vada

    i know you weren’t i trolling i was saying I wasn’t trying to troll by disagreeing 

  30. Oh, my bad.

  31. @vada

    no harm no foul 🙂  

  32. Morbius story BAAAAAD.

    Flash Thomson story GOOOOOD.  In fact, I’ve loved every appearance (this is the 3rd?) of Flash since BND started. 

  33. This was fantastic.

  34. Just read this, this was sooooo good.  The best 1 shot of Spider-Man in so long, maybe in the entire new run.  Art was amazing, stories were so fun and well crafted.  Greg Weisman from "Spectacular Spider-Man TV show" is a better comics writer than most, even on this, his first try.

  35. @DarthDuck Maybe Pete has ringtones set to who is calling him. I can only assume then, as he was calling around to find somebody to help with Flash’s legs, that was Johhny Storm calling him back with Reed’s answer.

     Any guesses as to the mysterious HH? My Marvel name match (Harry Hamlisch?) comes up with nothing.

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