Episode 152: The Gauntlet


This week, Vince and I tackle the Gauntlet, a very trying period in Mr. Peter Parker’s life. During these issues, Parker had to deal with his most iconic foes, including his most fearsome: Anti-May (you think I’m joking, but I’m not… May was straight-up scary as hell in some of these issues).

It was also during this time that Parker finally got the stones to ask Detective Carlie out; dealt with his in-costume, sexy-time romance with Black Cat; and fended off Norah’s advances. It was also during the Shed story-arc that the Lizard killed Dr. Connors’ son. Iconic moments in Spider-Man’s history, all well worth reading.

Well, except for the Electro and Vulture story-arcs… you can skip those, to be honest.



Amazing Spider-Man: The Gauntlet (2009)

What We’re Reading

Vince: Ultimate Spider-Man, Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Justice League 3000
Roger: Flashpoint animated movie

New Releases


All-New X-Men #20
Avengers Assemble #22
Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men #2
Daredevil #34
Deadpool #21
Fantastic Four #15
FF #15
Indestructible Hulk #17
Scarlet Spider #25
Superior Spider-Man #24
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #8
Thor: God of Thunder #16
Thunderbolts Annual 2013 #1
Uncanny Avengers #15
Uncanny X-Force #15
Young Avengers #14


Animal Man #26
Forever Evil: Rogue’s Rebellion #3
Harley Quinn #1
Red Hood and the Outlaws #26
Supergirl #26
Wonder Woman #26


Ghostbusters #11 (IDW)
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #7 (IDW)
Locke & Key: Alpha #2 (IDW)
Samurai Jack #3 (IDW)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #29 (IDW)
Transformers: Robots in Disguise #24 (IDW)
Black Science #2 (Image)
East of West #8 (Image)
Pretty Deadly #3 (Image)
Saga #17 (Image)
Umbral #2 (Image)
Eternal Warrior #4 (Valiant)

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  1. Justin December 19, 2013, 4:05 am

    Amazing Spider-Man #625 is actually THE issue that got me reading Marvel comics again. I was more of a DC guy at the time, and picked up this issue solely on the strength of that cover, with Rhino treating through it. I thought “Oh, hey, Spidey is fun. Rhino is a good villain. This should be a fun read!”

    For me, that issue served well enough as a stand-alone issue, because it wasn’t until Grim Hunt was over that I finally went back and read all of the Gauntlet issues. #625 broke my heart, not when Oksana dies, but when Nora and Spider-Man are there as the two Rhinos face off. If I remember right, it’s from Nora’s point-of-view, where she is describing what happens. I was blown away, and started picking up regular ASM issues when I could afford them.

    The other two stories were also fantastic, but damn, that Rhino issue.

    • Justin December 19, 2013, 4:07 am

      That should say “tearing”, not “treating”. Whoops!

    • CBI December 31, 2013, 1:13 am

      Yeah, the Rhino story-arc was absolutely fantastic. So much love for what they did with Rhino there.


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