Amazing Spider-Man #1

Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Ryan Ottley Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 11, 2018 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 122
8.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is...Spider-Man?! But that's far from all you'll find here -  a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker's job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that's not enough, you'll see a new roommate, new love interests - and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to basics courtesy of Nick Spencer (SECRET EMPIRE, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN) and the Marvel debut of RYAN OTTLEY (Invincible)!
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  • 9.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Jul 11, 2018

    This is a big moment for Spidey fans and Marvel as a whole. Amazing Spider-Man #1 is exactly what was promised, and more. Spencer and Ottley (their names even sound great together) are crafting an all-new starting point for a new, exciting era of Spider-Man comics. The hype is real, this is the Spidey book we've been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jul 17, 2018

    A great story for fans new and old and a great point for fans turned away by the previous creative team to jump back into Marvel's greatest solo book. It feels like I never left. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 11, 2018

    It sounds cliche, but Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley really do take Spider-Man back to basics in the best possible way. The Ottley artowork is phenomenal, and the plot and characterization feel both fitting and natural. If this debut is a mission statement for what the new team is planning, I am firmly on board. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Techaeris - Jason Falter Jul 12, 2018

    Get in on the ground floor to what promises to be a fun ride through the Spiderverse! Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn A. Warner Jul 12, 2018

    Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley fill some pretty big shoes with their combined talents, not just Dan Slott and company's tremendous run, but the daunting task of taking on one of comic book's greatest and longest running titles. They expertly stake their claim with an exciting and engrossing first issue, the opening to what is sure to be an entertaining and thought-provoking run. I mean, this is the guy who made Cap an agent of Hydra and made it all make sense in the end, so I'm ready for a fun ride with lots of unsuspected twists and turns through unexplored areas as well as those more familiar, friendly neighborhoods. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Matt Attanasio Jul 12, 2018

    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 covers all the bases in the best ways possible. This issue has got me truly excited for what's to come from Nick Spencer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jul 11, 2018

    Spencer digs in deep to give the readers, old and new, the current situation about the current state that is Peter Parker/Spider-Man's life, with new events and a very brief recap of why he does what he does as Spider-Man and who he is as a human being. Good script and the usual humour that defines Spider-Man Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 11, 2018

    Spencer and Ottley have done a great job of showcasing what is special and great about both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. This is a fun and funny first issue that is a great jumping in point for a new reader. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 11, 2018

    If this issue truly is a sign of things to come from this creative team, then face it tiger - we've just hit the jackpot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Don Alsafi Jul 13, 2018

    If ever you've delighted in the adventures of Spider-Man before, know that Peter Parker is once again in very good hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Ryan Perry Jul 13, 2018

    The Amazing Spider-Man #1is largely the successful, bombastic debut Marvel would've wanted from this team. Spider-Man is back and if you weren't a fan of Dan Slott's extended tenure then this is your time to get back with the web-head. This book mostly captures Peter's voice well and excellently shows off his supporting cast and relationships. It sets up several interesting plot threads that will be exciting to explore in the future. Ryan Ottley makes it all beautiful the whole way. He will be one of the definitive Spider-Man artists one day. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 11, 2018

    Amazing Spider-Man #1 gives its hero a fresh start while also charting an exciting and unpredictable path forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Jul 19, 2018

    Perhaps the biggest "surprise" is the return of Mary Jane as a romantic interest. Too soon to call and something that will play huge in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 11, 2018

    A strong start, though it's heavy on the dialogue and can be quite slow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We Got This Covered - Tom Bacon Jul 11, 2018

    Nick Spencer courted controversy with his take on Captain America and with Amazing Spider-Man #1, now he's done it again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Reed Hinckley-Barnes Jul 13, 2018

    Despite some flaws in the script, Spencer and Ottley's "Amazing Spider-Man" #1 is an exciting start to a new era of Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - AJ Frost Jul 11, 2018

    This is the Peter readers know and love, and even though he's facing new existential crises, this looks like a step in a good direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Roger Palmer Jul 15, 2018

    A great reboot issue, with a big epic showdown with a quick fix, a great issue to jump in and try out. A easy recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Jul 12, 2018

    If anything, the book is so concerned with setting up the new (old?) status quo for our hero that it rushes through critical plot points. But in the end, this is an enjoyable and engaging first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Jul 16, 2018

     Amazing Spider-Man #1 provides a great jumping on point for new readers interested in the world of everyone's favorite web-head.  If you're more of a seasoned reader that has stuck with this book some of what you read might feel a bit retreadish but necessary in a way to set the stage for whats to come. Regardless of where you stand you have to like the old relationships rekindled here. I'm interested to see where this goes for awhile. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Jul 11, 2018

    While the comic doesn't quite pass the smell test as far as being one of those elusive "jumping on points", it's still an enjoyable if scattered comic. The art team though is worth your time, and it looks like it'll be a memorable one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 13, 2018

    Amazing Spider-Man #1 showed that Nick Spencer's run on this series has a lot of potential to shine. Spencer did a great job resetting Peter Parker's life in a way that does build a future that creates a lot of interesting story possibilities. That said, there are definitely some things that need to be improved on from the Spider-Man side of things. Thankfully Ryan Ottley is on board to draw Amazing Spider-Man because, as this issue showed, we are in store for some great looking Spider-Man comics. If you're a Spider-Man fan I suggest checking this out and at least sticking around for the first arc to see if Spencer's run is something for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopCultHQ - Christian Kern Jul 11, 2018

    I love this book"but"UGH! Volume 5! Another volume. I'm not a fan of this rebooting a series and starting the issue numbers over at 1. It becomes irksome. Especially for those of us who have collections that reach back deep in the annals of time. Agreed though, Marvel has never been the easiest when it comes to numbering series or having series change titles while keeping the same numerical count. The whole Marvel Fresh Start has left a bad taste in my mouth. Is this enough to kill my overall thoughts of the book? Not really, it reflects more on Marvel Editorial's arm than on the writer and artist of the book. This book is worth your coin and attention this week. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 14, 2018

    The first issue of the new era of Amazing Spider-Man is a big, jumbled comic full of old continuity and choppy status quo-building, but it's still a fun introduction to the new Amazing Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 11, 2018

    The comic sets up a lot and features a return to the more humorous Spencer but something doesn't click like his previous work. I can only conclude it's the art which doesn't gell. There's some good ideas though, and potential fun. But, when a first issue has you longing for the previous creative team, that's not a good sign. Spencer had a goal with this issue, strip everything that Peter still has and in that sense, it succeeds in setting up what's to come with a new direction. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Jul 11, 2018

    It's in the last moments of the issue that promises are made about the relationships, villains, and themes that will populate what is still to come. There's no reason to believe that Amazing Spider-Man won't achieve them all given some time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jul 11, 2018

    Ironically, the book is hitting stores not to long after the news of the death of Spider-Man's co-creator Steve Ditko had been announced. As I have said before, as kid, I didn't realize the genius of Ditko at the time, having it pointed out to me by my father. Spider-Man has had many a good run, with top notch creators taking up the webs. Have any been up to the magic of Ditko? That is a matter of opinion and it is unfair to lay that question on this newest of reiterations. Instead, enjoy the book for what it is, a chance to start again, to get back to basics and to rebuild on that which was once lost. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 15, 2018

    The only bright spot for Pete is a bit of super-heroing and getting back together with Mary Jane, which offers a fan-friendly moment but is undrecut by the uncertainty of not knowing how much of their history is still canon (or, to be honest, what ages either character is supposed to be at this point). For fans. Read Full Review

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