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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42 by Zeb Wells, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio Menyz and Joe Caramagna (Credit: Marvel entertainment)

Welcome to an all-new edition of Parlay Points, the comic book review blog to the ODPH Podcast!

For this entry, the battle for New York City is at a breaking point. With everyone staking their claim, the criminal underworld power play has now spilled into he streets. With innocent lives at risk, Spider-Man leads a charge of NYC’s heroes to stop the bloodshed.

Business is never supposed to be personal but with the families of Tombstone and the Kingpin involved, the battle just went to a whole other level.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42 by Zeb Wells, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio Menyz and Joe Caramagna (Marvel) deals with the fallout of Wilson Fisk’s entrance into the war. Let’s see who’s still standing after last issue’s cliffhanger.



Once Wilson Fisk arrived on the scene, The momentum the unlikely alliance of Spider-Man, She-Hulk & Tombstone had slowly started fading. Fisk’s son, The Rose made a power play against The Beetle, Tombstone’s daughter. During their confrontation, Fisk made it known he had won this round. This alluding to Beetle being taken off the board.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42 by Zeb Wells, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio Menyz and Joe Caramagna (Credit: Marvel entertainment – Cover: Terry Dodson)

As the confusion mounts, readers see that Fisk’s plan wasn’t to kill the Beetle. It was to remove The Rose from the fight. With his outlook on these kinds of wars, Fisk knows what levels are needed to win and he has no intention of his family to venture further with this current situation.

Kingpin and his forces leave the scene, but no without dropping a key piece of information to Tombstone. He tells him the war isn’t for New York City. Fisk claims it was an attack on the Maggia by Madame Masque. Who says there is no honor amongst thieves?


Claiming victory, the Beetle makes plans to advance further. However, there is another party interested in talking about her moves: Madame Masque.

What spirals from this moment puts an action in place that will be a defining moment in the conflict. As the final images are witnessed, the tension can’t get any higher leading into next issue.

Wells sets up a nice bait and switch with Fisk’s actions in this chapter. Knowing the ramifications of a conflict like this, Fisk isn’t willing to lose his son. The change of heart is one that may catch readers off-guard. It’s also one to watch as Fisk could be waiting in the wings to dismiss whoever is left standing in the end.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42 by Zeb Wells, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio Menyz and Joe Caramagna (Credit: Marvel entertainment – Cover: Marcos Martín)

The conversation between Masque and Beetle gives a greater insight to both. Their histories have forged their present. Both show an unwillingness to back down. Being so close to victory, readers can sense how desperate both will go to win.

The final act brings everything to a fever pitch with a dramatic set-up for the next round. With the war soon ending, expect major fireworks next time.

Romita, Hanna and Menyz balnace out the drama with small dashes of humor in key moments. The subtle talk with Kingpin and Typhoid Mary adds to the new outlook Kingpin has.

The reaction of Spider-man is priceless and honest. This leads into Fisk’s parting words impacting Tombstone with great uncertainty. The body language in these panels speak volumes.

The conversation between Beetle and Masque reflects the emotional tolls of their past. The facial expressions leave no doubt in the reader’s eyes of the intensity of their drives to win the fight. This all leads into a stunning two page spread to drop a big exclamation point on events heading into the next chapter.


The drive to emerge from a father’s shadow leads this chapter into a showdown for the ages. Wells takes readers into the battle with an emotionally driven tale. Romita and the creative team bring out the determination and unbreakable will for victory that will push the war into a dangerous direction.

Hit me up at ODPHpod social media and let me know your thoughts on Amazing Spider-Man #42. Thanks for reading Parlay points on Nerd Initiative!

Ken M.
Ken M.https://odphpodcast.com/
Executive Producer/Host of the ODPH (Ocho Duro Parlay Hour) Podcast. Ken is also Nerd Initiative's Comics Editor-In-Chief/Brand Advisor and host of "Turn A Page". Ken is also a freelance Pro Wrestling Blogger and an all around fan of Sports, Movies Tv, Comics and Pro Wrestling

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