Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #577 (Story 1)

Story 'Old Huntin' Buddies'

The Punisher crashes a meeting where a briefcase-exchange is taking place. After wiping out some criminals and blowing up a mansion, he takes off with one of the people who were meeting there.

Elsewhere, Peter is trying out as a cabbie to make some extra cash. He's not doing too well – and he only really knows the city from above. Back on the street, who bumps into and recognises The Punisher. The Punisher obviously doesn't recognise him back. As Spidey, he follows him back to a warehouse where The Punisher has a video from a dealer selling a particular gamma-infused version of Mutant Growth Hormone. MGH gives users temporary powers.

Punisher isn't too happy about Spidey being there. He says the arms dealers should be coming to him. Spider-Man gets incapacitated by high-pitched noise. Frank Castle has earplugs, though, and strings Spidey up to get him out of his hair. He is thrown clear of the warehouse and into the nearby water as the action kicks off.

Spider-Man resurfaces. But Punisher is a bad position, about to be tortured by some of the goons. He has swallowed a tracer, though, and Spider-Man manages to track him out on to a boat. He helps to clear the goons, before finding the main dealer. Punisher shoots the dealer in the stomach, saying Spider-Man can either get him to a hospital and save him – or go after and try to apprehend the Punisher himself. Spidey opts to save the crook.

General Comments

Another one-shot issue where very little happens. I suspect the Spidey team have a bunch of these issues up their sleeves to stop them getting behind the three-a-month schedule. If true, however, wouldn't it be better to have quality over quantity? It just seems another $3 spent for not an awful lot of return.

There's nothing inherently wrong with the issue – but just nothing of any real substance, either. In short, Peter runs into Punisher, follows him, get beaten up by him, then saves him and the villain. It's been done before – and done better.

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