Amazing Spider-Man #4

Event\Storyline: Original Sin Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Humberto Ramos Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 23, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 20
7.6Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

•  The radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers bit someone else, too!
•  Who is Silk and where has she been?
•  Don't miss this incredible new character who will be a major Spider-player for the whole year!

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Jul 23, 2014

    Slott has started the gears that will drive us into Spider-Verse this issue. He accomplishes to address all the known and hidden plot lines in one issue. Slott works magic with Silk and creates a character that we'll fall for rather she's good or evil. I'll go on record to say that this art team is the Marvel dream team. Together, there are no better visuals in a book. This issue continues to deliver and prove why Amazing Spider-Man is Marvel's #1 series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Jul 25, 2014

    Ramos' art is top notch. I'll never get sick of his work. Or the way he draws peter/Spider-Man. I really enjoy his character designs for Silk, her costume is pretty rad. I hope he sticks with Slott on this book for a while. I think he is doing some of the best work of his career on this Superior Spider-Man " Amazing Spider-Man run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jul 24, 2014

    This is a great comic and the best issue of Amazing Spider-Man in this volume so far. There is a level of excitement akin to the issues of Superior Spider-Man here, and I'm excited to see more of this new character and Peter interacting in the future. Give Amazing #4 a shot, I highly doubt you will be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Newell Turner Jul 25, 2014

    All in all, another solid issue of Amazing Spider-Man with minimal impact from the Original Sin event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Mark Brassington Jul 27, 2014

    Issue four is so far the strongest issue of the series which has made good use of their one issue tie in to push the series forward and it goes without out saying that Humberto Ramos' art is topnotch. I fully recommend this issue to you as it's easy enjoyable read both in terms of writing and visually and has introduced a fresh new character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Ben Silverio Jul 27, 2014

    As if you couldn't tell already, I really enjoyed this issue. I'm glad that comic creators are becoming more diverse with some of the biggest names in the superhero genre and I look forward to seeing more of it from here on out. Furthermore, I'm also excited to see how things progress with Spider-Man and Silk as things move from 'Original Sin' to 'Spider-Verse'. This has steadily been one of my favorite books whenever it's released and I can't wait to swing into the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Aug 4, 2014

    I'm really interested in seeing where this goes. It was one thing to expect a Spider-Man counterpart who would either rival or complement him. I didn't expect a mutual attraction, even with Parker's relationship with Mary Jane Watson currently on hiatus. That could become a permanent thing now, and that spices things up considerably. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - John Tuppen Jul 24, 2014

    Where all of the Original Sin tie-ins for the most part have been fun, a lot of them feel like they can be carried or dropped after the event is out of the way, few of them really feeling like essential reading. The events started by Dan Slott in Amazing Spider-Man #4 however cannot be painted with that same brush. There's no great drama to be had here, but it's a fun issue with a quick pace, and one that will likely worth something down the line when Silk inevitably becomes a permanent Marvel character in her own right. Whether that's as a hero, a villain, a sidekick, a lover, or a hater, only time will tell. This is a strong debut though and I look forward to getting to know her in the issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Herald - Jeff Ayers Jul 24, 2014

    This is not an issue to jump into the Amazing Spider-Man line with. If you haven't read any of the three previous books in this volume, or read any of the Original Sin line, or read or aware of the events the Peter/Doc Ock brain swap, this issue can be really confusing (Ed: Not to mention early 2000's AMS from J. Michael Straczynski & John Romita Jr ~ Deep Dive Dave). This isn't necessarily a knock against the events in this comic, but it is a viable concern to readers that might want to jump into this book. Amazing Spider-Man, in my opinion, has been really good ever since Peter came back, (and most of Superior was good too), so I would recommend finding issues 1-3 before delving into this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jul 22, 2014

    Wonderful story mostly revolving around Silk's origin. Her being involved in Spider-Man's origin is a nice setup. We catch up briefly with Black Cat, one of the antagonists in this opening arc. Could Silk and Spider-Man form a new partnership, taking the place of the one Spider-Man had with Black Cat? Or could she turn out to be a new foe? We have to keep reading to find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 23, 2014

    I liked this comic, even if it was almost all about setting up what is to come. The dynamic between Spider-Man and Silk is fresh and new and something to keep your eyes on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Jul 24, 2014

    Tie-in aside, this is another fine issue of the relaunched Amazing Spider-Man. Most people are probably already reading this, but if youre not, maybe you should give Slott and Ramos one more try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 17, 2014

    The Verdict Amazing Spider-Man sets the stage for the next mega Spidey Crossover, and will most likely keep the kids happy with the teen romance. Spider-Verse is coming, but honestly, I'm more excited about the return of Jessica Drew to her own ongoing book than the debut of a new Spider-Girl-Like character. Jessica Drew. Now there's a complicated, and hot, (Spider) Woman who really packs the pheromones. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 23, 2014

    By the end, I found myself very eager to see more of the Peter/Cindy connection and how it'll play into Black Cat's ongoing vendetta. As for why Electro is relevant to this storyline? Who knows? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 28, 2014

    There's a lot stuffed into this issue, and even though it's marked as an Original Sin crossover issue, the OS material takes up about four pages in the early stages of the book, with the bulk of our story leaping into getting Cindy Moon out of her jail cell and into Spider-Man's arms. I enjoy the depth that Slott gives to Cindy and her story, but both the rapidity of her introduction and lingering questions about how long she's been locked in Ezekiel's basement make for odd pacing, and the ending is shocking in bad ways as well as good. All in all, Amazing Spider-Man #4 is a pretty good issue overall, as it introduces a character who might be very important in the long run, but does so in a Cliff's Notes manner, and even the fact that I don't care for the art team doesn't torpedo my enjoyment. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jul 25, 2014

    All right, all right. Despite the character being kind of of a let down, I'm still looking forward to see what this new character is all about, and what kind of story she's going to bring to the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 26, 2014

    It's forced crossover time! Slott and Marvel are using Original Sin to introduce a new wrinkle to Spider-Man's origin story, and it goes off without a hitch " if you ignore all of the Original Sin stuff. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Dan Gvozden Aug 3, 2014

    Amazing Spider-Man #4 is strong for a mandatory tie-in but fails to shock or awe with its reveal that feels more like a retread than anything truly revelatory. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Jul 24, 2014

    Amazing Spider-Man #4 brings in a new character, which I'm very happy about, but the execution is quite sloppy. None the less, I trust Slott enough to create an interesting character with Silk. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 28, 2014

    This issue kind of comes out of left field. Hopefully, the end of Original Sin will get it back on track. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - Spencer Maxwell Jul 25, 2014

    Humberto Ramos is what saves this book from being a mess. His work is very suitable for a Spider-Man comic in it's bright and stylized visuals. The sense of exaggeration in the character's faces and their actions makes the book more fun and lighthearted. But he also presents the antagonist as foreboding through this long shadows and the regalityof his environment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jul 24, 2014

    I have hopes that Slott and the rest of the team can turn it around, because normally I like his work a lot, particularly with Spidey. I think he just needs to tighten the focus and let some plot strands dangle for an issue here and there, and the book will read much better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Jul 27, 2014

    The Bottom Line: The Original Sin event does not necessary hijack Spider-Man's ongoing series, but it does seem to cause a swerve. Slott & Ramos are as good as ever, but there is a bit of narrative heavy-handedness to make things fit. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Jul 28, 2014

    As left, Dan Slott and Humerto Ramos' "Amazing Spider-Man" #4 has a whole lot of wasted potential with a character that simply does not live up to her hype. Although the issue certainly has its strong points, its much talked-about reveal of Silk strikes a sour note through its poor execution. Hopefully, there isn't anywhere to go but up from here! Read Full Review

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