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The Amazing Spider-Man #37

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Based on 12 critic ratings.


Rek-Rap returns! Spider-Man’s fun-house reflection might just be the thing to help the wall-crawler out of the darkness he can’t seem to shake. Well, Rek-Rap MIGHT help if he weren’t targeted by the scariest new Spidey-Villain in decades!


Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    First Comics News

    Love him or hate him, Rek-Rap is by far one of the most intriguing yet odd factors to come out of this current ASM run so it was a blast to see him get some shine before things get chaotic due to the upcoming “Gang War” arc. I really enjoy the humor as well as the silver-age style flashback sequences that both Zeb Wells and Ed McGuinness added in order to make this story feel exciting and as usual, Rek-Rap’s tendency to annoy Peter Parker is another element that comes off as being wonderful even though its been shown to great effect since Rek-Rap hit the scene. As we get prepared for “Gang War” to begin (I feel that this upcoming storyline will NEVER hold a candle to the original arc from the late 80s, despite some minor flaws and the fact that the creative team at the time quit at the beginning of the arc) I may be the only one to say this. Still, I would love to see more Rek-Rap, craziness and all.

  • 86

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    As Gang War approaches, the crime bosses, the Repossessor, and even Peter Parker embrace cruelty to achieve their objectives in Amazing Spider-Man #37.

  • 82

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Wells crafts an entertaining story in this issue. The Rek-Rap storyline is silly fun with some interesting stakes for the characters and I enjoyed it. The prelude to the upcoming gang war arc is done really well and has some interesting moments that intrigued me. I look forward to seeing what happens next.

    The Art: McGuiness delivers some fantastic art throughout the issue. The visuals are fun and tap into the fun, lighter tone of the story.

  • 80

    Rek-Rap continues to deliver big laughs and a satisfying mystery amidst Peter Parker’s (and Norman Osborn’s) exasperation at the absurd entities of Limbo intruding in their lives. The humor evident in Amazing Spider-Man #36 remains, but Wells and McGuinness find new twists to keep this story fresh. This is best evidenced in the transition between the present adventure and Rek-Rap’s recall. Flashback sequences are staged with the style of a Silver Age story including an introduction by Rek-Rap and distinctions in inking and color that set these sequences apart. Both iterations of McGuinness’s style are enjoyable and the retro aesthetic plays to Rek-Rap’s twisted noir cliches wonderfully. There’s an abundance of sympathy for a being seemingly created to annoy Peter as Peter dismisses what’s clearly a greater problem until it’s too late, and the staging for a big reveal in Amazing Spider-Man #38 is evident. While “Gang War” looms, I’m happy to read as much Rek-Rap as there is to be found.

  • 80


    It’s hard to deny the silliness working so well with Spidey and Rek-Rap, but this issue spins its wheels a bit as we wait for the other shoe to drop. Amazing Spider-Man #37 is filled with over-the-top silliness, but suffers as it spends more time leaning into Rek-Rap’s lunacy.

  • 75


    This run still has its warts, but then it pulls out issues like this. I dig it and hope we get more of it.

  • 60

    Derby Comics

    Wells continues to ever-so-finely thread the needle with Rek-Rap’s over-the-top personality evident in this issue by the story-within-a-story approach to filling in missing details from Rek-Rap’s perspective. At times I found myself agreeing with Peter’s in-story desire to forego the silliness and cut to the chase, but Wells used just enough restraint to make it so the entire issue didn’t become a complete tongue-in-cheek entry. This continues to be a very hard pivot away from the prior story arc and the interlude (this time VERY clearly labeled an interlude compared to the previous issue) are not so subtly only being used to prep readers for the upcoming “Gang War” crossover event.

  • 55

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

  • 50

    Caped Joel

  • 45

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Amazing Spider-Man #37 sets up a mildly intriguing mystery but weighs the issue down in impressively corny humor, little action, and a prelude to the Gang War crossover that fails to generate an ounce of momentum or anticipation.

  • 30

    Spider Man Crawlspace

    I like Rek-Rap in small doses. He’s great for a one shot. With nothing really happening here and having him in the last issue, this feels like we are stretching out the story longer than it needs to be.

  • 20

    Wakizashi's Reviews

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