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Published July 22, 2023

SDCC 2023: Marvel Announces Its Next Major Crossover Event—Gang War

War erupts between the crime lords of the Marvel Universe! Learn all about ‘Gang War,’ a new crossover event spinning out of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ this November.

Each year, the Marvel: Next Big Thing panel is one of the most anticipated moments of San Diego Comic-Con as it’s where fans gather to learn about the most monumental sagas coming to the Marvel Universe. San Diego Comic-Con 2023 was no different as Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Nick Lowe were joined by Senior Editor Jordan D. White, Editor Sarah Brunstad, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2022) writer Zeb WellsGUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2023) writers Collin Kelly and Jackson LanzingX-MEN (2021) writer Gerry Duggan, and MS. MARVEL: THE NEW MUTANT co-writer Sabir Pirzada to deliver a wealth of thrilling announcements including the reveal of the next milestone Marvel Comics crossover epic: GANG WAR!

Cover to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN GANG WAR: FIRST STRIKE #1 by John Romita Jr.
Cover to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN GANG WAR: FIRST STRIKE #1 by John Romita Jr.

Spinning out of Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr.’s hit run of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, GANG WAR will see a war erupt between the gang lords of New York City, causing chaos throughout the Big Apple. Villains are fighting villains. Criminals are fighting criminals. Hobgoblin, Mr. Negative, the Owl, Shotgun, Diamondback, A.I.M., Hydra, and more battle with and against each other for NYC supremacy. For Peter Parker, “going on patrol” isn't enough... and he declares his own war on super-crime. It’s General Spidey at the helm, leading a group of heroes that includes fellow Spider-Man Miles Morales, She-Hulk, Daredevil, and Spider-Woman. Their goal: take down the super-gangs in under 48 hours. But what does Mayor Luke Cage and the city's strong anti-vigilante laws have to say about it? Will Jackpot gamble on getting involved? And is Shang-Chi a friend or foe? They better all figure it out before two classic villains make a game-changing return!

Big things are brewing, and the battles will spill over into the pages of both AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN (2022) as well as all-new limited series launching this November and December! Read on to learn about what awaits in the prelude issues, dubbed GANG WAR: FIRST STRIKE, and the opening installments of GANG WAR!

Check out a full event checklist now and stay tuned for more GANG WAR news in the months ahead! You can also take a first look at the crossover’s covers in the gallery below.

GANG WAR checklist artwork by Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho.
GANG WAR checklist artwork by Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #37
Written by ZEB WELLS
Art and Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
On Sale 11/8

GANG WAR: FIRST STRIKE! 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! GANG WAR IS COMING.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #38
Written by ZEB WELLS
Art and Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
On Sale 11/22

Can Spider-Man and Rek-Rap both survive the repulsive Repo?! The last issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN before GANG WAR!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN GANG WAR: FIRST STRIKE #1
Written by ZEB WELLS
Art by JOEY VASQUEZ
Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. 
On Sale 11/29

Special one-shot GANG WAR prelude! The super-crime landscape of New York has been on edge. This issue, they jump over that edge. What incites the war?! Who hired Shotgun and took out Tombstone? What, if anything, can Spider-Man do about it? Everything you need to know before GANG WAR officially kicks off.

LUKE CAGE: GANG WAR #1 (OF 4)
Written by RODNEY BARNES
Art by RAMON F. BACHS
Cover by CAANAN WHITE
On Sale 11/29

GANG WAR: FIRST STRIKE! In the wake of the Anti-Vigilante Act, Luke Cage has been trying to save the city from behind a desk. But a meeting with old friend Danny Rand reminds him of the good old days when problems could be punched in order to solve them. As New York descends into a GANG WAR, Luke must use every power he has to protect the innocent and save his city!

SPIDER-WOMAN #1 (OF 4)
Written by STEVE FOXE
Art by CAROLA BORELLI
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
On Sale 11/29

GANG WAR: FIRST STRIKE! The Web of Destiny restored Spider-Woman’s life, but even Captain Marvel and Madame Web can tell something’s changed. Now Spider-Man wants to recruit her for a new team because Viper has engineered a deadly union between Hydra and Diamondback that’s about to tear the city apart, bringing forth a new foe powerful enough to destroy the city while burning Spider-Woman’s world to the ground. Don’t miss out on this action-packed premiere that introduces a terrifying new force of evil in Spider-Woman’s world!

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #12
Written by CODY ZIGLAR
Art by PARTHA PRATIM
Cover by FEDERICO VICENTINI
On Sale 11/29

GANG WAR: FIRST STRIKE! Spider-Man is on the hunt to find a terrifying new foe before they sink their fangs into Miles’ best friends. Only the vampire hunter Blade and his daughter, Bloodline, may know the secret of the villain’s past—but are the vampire hunters keeping secrets of their own? And what is Hobgoblin secretly scheming while Spidey is completely overwhelmed? Last issue before GANG WAR!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39
Written by ZEB WELLS
Art and Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
On Sale 12/6

GANG WAR STARTS HERE! Super-crime is running rampant, and Spider-Man can’t solve just one problem at a time. So, Spidey builds a team to take down ALL the super-criminals of New York City in 48 hours. Good luck, Spidey.

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #13
Written by CODY ZIGLAR
Art and Cover by FEDERICO VICENTINI
On Sale 12/13

AMAZING TEAM-UP AS THE GANG WAR RAGES ON! New York is under siege as super villains and criminal gangs violently carve the city up like pie. Miles Morales’ job? Save all of Brooklyn from destruction! But there are too many fires for the Spider-Man to put out on their own. The most unlikely super-allies will rise on BOTH sides. And while Miles has his hands full fighting criminals and escaping Scorpion and the anti-super Cape Killers taskforce, Hobgoblin is making his big move!

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU: GANG WAR #1 (OF 3)
Written by GREG PAK
Art and Cover by TBA
Foil Variant Cover by BENJAMIN SU
On Sale 12/27

THE ART OF GANG WAR! GANG WAR has thrown the crime lords and super heroes of New York into a deadly conflict and as both, Shang-Chi must play each side against each other in a dangerous game of deception! When he became leader of his family’s Five Weapons Society, he promised to use it for good, but friends and foes alike have been unsure of his true intentions. The stakes of Gang War will force his hand as he vows to protect Chinatown and use the opportunity to eliminate the Five Weapon Society biggest rivals! He’ll use his world class fighting skills as well as deceit, calculation, and manipulation to navigate the battlefields as he learns the Art of War is all about the shades of gray!

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GANG WAR: FIRST STRIKE COVER GALLERY
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Cover to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #37 by Ed McGuinness.

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