“Go Down Swinging” just got a whole lot more aggressive with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799. With Peter out of the fight for a bit, he calls in all his super buddies to take down the Red Goblin and protect the people he cares about. Unfortunately, it’s very much an effort in vain, as the Red Goblin completely wipes the floor with the good guys.

This shouldn’t come as much of a spoiler. Just look at the cover for this issue. It seems a bit obvious what the outcome will be. But, this doesn’t make the action any less enjoyable to watch. In fact, this is probably the strongest issue of the “Go Down Swinging” arc thus far.

Writer Dan Slott throws in a handful of surprises into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 that help the issue’s story pop. And, as expected, the team of Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, and Marte Gracia deliver beautiful pages that capture every gruesome moment of the action.

Beware the Red Goblin in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798

The Red Goblin Strikes in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799

At the end of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798, Peter was taken out of commission. The Red Goblin gave him a choice: give up being Spider-Man, or let everyone he loves die. Of course, Peter goes with the former option, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to give up. He calls in all of his “amazing friends” to try to take down the Goblin.

All the action takes place at the New York Port Authority. The Red Goblin arrives here to confront the Osborn/Allen family. This leads to Spidey’s friends jumping in, trying to take down the Goblin. Unfortunately, just about every effort is fruitless.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 page 8. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

One might think the combo of the Human Torch and Clash would put everything to rest. Or, what about Miles Morales’ venom sting? That kicks ass all the time. Unfortunately for our heroes, the fusion of the goblin serum and the symbiote has created a perfect hybrid, free from all the old weaknesses. The one trump card against Goblin is Anti-Venom, but even he is taken down.

The Goblin seems very overpowered, but I think that’s the point. He’s supposed to be a villain that’s going to really put Spider-Man through the ringer. In the history of Spidey’s villains, none have ever really felt this terrifying or destructive. The Red Goblin is unnaturally sadistic and extreme, and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 does a great job of driving that point home.

By the time the battle is over, Spider-Man arrives on the scene to find his comrades have all fallen. Flash heals Pete’s leg to give him the push he’ll need to end this fight. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait another month for that, but at least we’ve got an idea of what to look forward to.

The Battle of the MCU Chris’ — Chris Hemsworth: “The Beacon Of Light”

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This battle of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 is a mixed bag. The introduction of the Goblin and the Osborn/Allen family is very tense. Goblin throws out a big twist, looks super intimidating while doing it, and it deliciously maniacal. Seriously, I can’t get enough of the Red Goblin.

It doesn’t take long after that for the fireworks to start going off. And boy, do they go off. This sequence is so explosive and fast-paced. It’s just great, crisp, Spider-themed action.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 page 13. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

However, I wonder if this fast pace holds the sequence back because it almost moves too quickly. I wanted to see the Goblin tangle more with Miles and Silk. I get that the Goblin is obnoxiously powerful, but there’s no way he should have been able to take those two down that quickly, given what we know about them. The same could be said for the Human Torch.

Anti-Venom puts up the best fight. But, because everyone else is dying, Flash has to sacrifice the fight to save them. This leads to him getting brutally pummeled by the Goblin. It’s not at all a pretty sight, but it’s appropriate for Flash to go down like this. Of course, with his big heart, he’s not going to let anyone die. Again, though, I really wanted more from this fight. Hopefully the next issue won’t fail to deliver an all-out war between Spider-Man and the Red Goblin.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799: What Beautiful Pages You Have

(That joke will make more sense once you’ve read the full issue.)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 features, hands down, some of the best pages from the artistic team thus far. I could gawk at the action sequence for days and not get tired of it. And this isn’t just good Spider-Man artwork: it’s good artwork, period.

Not a single page or panel is wasted in telling this story. Everything helps drive the story forward: every character emotion and movement, every bit of action, and every little detail. Again, the action sequence is to die for. There’s a two-page spread during it that is simply breathtaking.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 page 16. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Red Goblin absolutely shines in this issue. His appearance accompanies his attitude perfectly. Immonen has brought this maniac to life in the best possible way. I don’t know why he sometimes has smoke coming out of his mouth, but I don’t care. It looks insane and it totally fits the character. It makes him look eerie and ominous.

The very last page of this issue is easily one of the creepiest images I’ve ever seen. And that’s a good thing. So, if you weren’t going to pick up this issue for the story, then you should definitely pick it up for the art. It’s some of the team’s best.

Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley Swing Into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

The End is Near

In one month, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 hits shelves. I haven’t the foggiest idea of what’s going to happen. But what I do know is that Spidey is suiting up once again in the black suit. Crazy, right? I’m sure that’ll go swimmingly…

As it stands, though, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 is a fantastic penultimate issue to what has been a pretty fun arc. Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen really get to show off the Red Goblin in this issue, and you can honestly tell just how much fun they had with him. It’ll be sad to see him go (assuming he does).

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 has pushed the “Go Down Swinging” to a tipping point. Whatever comes next will undoubtedly rock Peter Parker’s world like never before.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 by Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, and Marte Gracia
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 is easily the best issue of the "Go Down Swinging" arc thus far. It's filled with some incredible action, and does a great job of highlighting the villain.
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