Amazing Mary Jane #1

Writer: Leah Williams Artist: Carlos E. Gomez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 23, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 27
6.9Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

One lucky lady just hit the jackpot with her own series - THE AMAZING MARY JANE #1 by writer Leah Williams and artist Carlos Gomez will bow this October, putting the spotlight on the love of Peter Parker's life! But if Spider-history has taught us anything, such a position is rarely a good one and usually spells trouble! In a story spinning from the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25, Mary Jane Watson just got her big shot - but at what cost? And can she really trust anyone as she pursues her Hollywood dreams?
Mary Jane is no stranger to drama, so you can be sure that THE AMAZING MARY JANE will be offering up action, glamor, grit, and even a more

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Edward Wendt Oct 24, 2019

    This is still a superhero book (Spider-Man shows up at one point) but it doesn't feel like one. That is in itself an achievement and this issue is one of the best to come out of Marvel in a while. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 22, 2019

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but came away from it grateful that Leah Williams and Carlos Gomez infused it with so much life and purpose. The Amazing Mary Jane has a strong identity and a crackerjack wit. It's a strong first issue on its own merits. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Ben Snyder Oct 22, 2019

    The Amazing Mary Jane #1 is a fun ride with one of the more endearing characters of the Spider-Canon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Oct 23, 2019

    Mary Jane is an actress. Mysterio is a filmmaker. They have a mutual acquaintance. It makes sense that they would work together...kind of surprising that it hadnt happened earlier actually. Its a delicious set-up for a slightly off-center superhero comic. Given the right momentum, Williams and Gomez could really turn Mary Jane into a major leading lady. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    GWW - Deron Generally Oct 23, 2019

    This was a fun first issue. I thought the premise was strange, but Williams writes it in a way that takes away the seriousness without making it campy. I found the story enjoyable and the pace of the plot to be fun and light. Carlos Gomez complements that tone with some impressive and beautifully detailed art. A fun issue that makes me want to read what's next. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Oct 24, 2019

    I don't know what I thought The Amazing Mary-Jane #1 would be, but it wasn't what I got. It's even better. The characterization of Mary Jane and Mysterio feels effortlessly compelling, and their dynamic is what makes the book work. On top of that, the Carlos Gomez art is entirely effective, though a little on the safe side. This series is, at least so far, not your traditional Marvel superhero fare. It may go that direction in the future, but if it continues to essentially be a weird indie book about an actress and a supervillain then I'll be perfectly happy. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Gabriel De Jesus Oct 27, 2019

    The Amazing Mary Jane #1 (Williams, Gomez, Lopez) is a fun opening look on an overdue story. Williams does a great job crafting dialogue that showcases different sides of MJ: confidence, compassion, humor, with the artwork providing solid support. The first issues show that with this creative team Mary Jane has the star power to headline her own comic; and leaves me interested in seeing more. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - acnbat Oct 23, 2019

    Despite a far-fetched story, this issue has pretty much what I want in a comic. Really good art, for the most part, and a FUN story. Throw in a few nice easter eggs that long-time fans will no doubt pick up on, and we've got a good start to this ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Oct 24, 2019

    As long as you can separate this comic from the regular Spider Man mythos its a fun, quirky, and well written book that has some interesting things to say about Hollywood and comic book movies. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Oct 23, 2019

    Carlos Gomezs art is expressive and playful, which is what youd want from a Mary Jane comic. Its also consistent with the aesthetic established by Ryan Ottley on Spencers Amazing Spider-Man, making a seamless transition between readers of the flagship title and this spinoff. I havent been following Amazing Spider-Man too closely, but based on what I know of that ongoing story (as well as Ottleys art) this title feels like part of a whole with that one, which is a credit to Williams and Gomez. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 26, 2019

    The solid writing and art, coupled with a unique and interesting premise, make for a good opening chapter to this offbeat comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Harlan Ivester Oct 23, 2019

    The Amazing Mary Jane #1 is solid start to her first solo outing. Williams writes a lovable and believable MJ that you can get behind, navigating appropriately absurd circumstances to give her plenty to speak her mind about. It’s funny and heart-warming, with art that strongly enhances the qualities that make it both of those. MJ fans can check this out and expect a pretty good time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Oct 29, 2019

    Amazing Mary Jane #1 may not be as, well, amazing as its title would imply, but it is a very entertaining reading experience. Yes, there are opportunities for meaningful discussion that it avoids in favor of a broader appeal, but the safe approach by Leah Williams and the Carloses might pay off in the long run. After all, a broader appeal means a wider reach, which can in turn lead to more opportunities. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 23, 2019

    Despite arriving at just the right time, The Amazing Mary Jane #1 doesn't exactly live up to its name. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Oct 23, 2019

    Amazing Mary Jane #1 is a solid start to the latest addition in the Spider-Man line of comic books. Leah Williams portrays Mary Jane Watson as a highly charismatic character with a strong fortitude that shows the great potential of this series. Williams just needs to be careful to not fall into several pitfalls that popped up due to certain story choices. Avoiding those pitfalls while focusing on the strengths will be key to Amazing Mary Jane's success. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer Dec 14, 2019

    Heres the second problem I have with this book: WHY DOES IT EXIST? Nobody was clamoring for a Mary Jane book. The new Spider-man movie is still a couple of years away at most and while the comedy is great, the main idea of trying to get this movie made just doesnt seem that interesting. It doesnt justify spending 4 dollars over and over again. It may be good for others, but I simply read too much every week to give this my money. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Oct 24, 2019

    The Amazing Mary Jane might feel like a disconnect from Nick Spencer's take on the character, but the moviemaking angle gives the series a unique enough spin to give the second issue a shot. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Oct 25, 2019

    The Amazing Mary Jane #1 spends more time establishing a fun scenario rather than actually utilizing that scenario to make a good story. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Oct 26, 2019

    In the end, your enjoyment of Amazing Mary Jane will come down to your ability to cope with terrible artwork to enjoy a well-written story. I wasn't up to the task, great though Williams' dialogue is. Hopefully she'll find a more capable partner on future projects. Read Full Review

  • 2.0 - Chase Magnett Oct 23, 2019

    A dull premise and inability to live up to its own promises leave The Amazing Mary Jane dead on arrival. Read Full Review

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