Amazing Spider-Man #56

Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Mark Bagley Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 6, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 43
6.6Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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•  You will never look at Norman or Harry Osborn the same again.
•  We know SPIDER-MAN won't.

Rated T+

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Jan 6, 2021

    Even though this is AN ending, it's not THE ending to this story. This issue is a standard of excellence in modern storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 6, 2021

    Bagley delivers some great art in this issue. Most of the story takes place in one location, but the Bagley still manages to bring drama and detail to the panels. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Jan 6, 2021

    Amazing Spider-Man #56 continues the forward momentum from "Last Remains," painting one of Spidey's deadliest enemies in a new light. Hopefully, Bagley stays on for the entirety of this arc and we get to see how Osborn's new lease on life affects his rivalry with Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David Weber Jan 6, 2021

    The Amazing Spider-Man #56 provides a gripping story, stunning art, coloring that influences tone, and lettering that allows the story to flow naturally. In all, it was a fantastic read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Megan Peters Jan 7, 2021

    The Amazing Spider-Man #56 unravels a clever strategy that only the likes of Norman Osborne and Mary Jane Watson could pull through. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Ben Morin Jan 7, 2021

    Regrettably, thisfollow-upto "Last Remains"' exciting setup comes off asflawed more than anything else. Itundermines the buildup of the preceding issues in favor of narrative contrivance. While the artistic talent behind the book continues to shine, particularly when it comes to emotionality, it cannot totally make up for the narrative choices. Overall, an unfortunately disappointingaddendumthat that hopefully is not indicative of future issues' quality. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - wolfcypher Jan 6, 2021

    The writing and the pacing of this story is now wearing on my patience, as Nick Spencer has shockingly gone back to his frustrating habit of drawing things out much longer than they should be. It's a shame that what was a really engaging story is now being halted with an issue more interested in teasing upcoming stories and bringing in more ancillary characters with nothing to do with what we've been following in Last Remains. If you add up both the main issues and the point issues of Last Remains, this is effectively Last Remains Chapter 12, and its still…going…on…with no new answers or revelations. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 8, 2021

    What started out as an exciting culmination of Nick Spencer's run on Amazing Spider-Man up to this point has disappointingly turned into major let down. After being given twelve issues, and still counting, to tell his big 'Last Remains' arc all Spencer could do is find the most boring way to stretch out the end of this story. The extra pages that were given to make Amazing Spider-Man #56 an oversized issue just added to the boredom Spencer creates in this "post-mortem" chapter. Luckily, we did get Mark Bagley's wonderful artwork to look at throughout Amazing Spider-Man #56. So, there is at least that one positive to take away from all this. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Jan 11, 2021

    "Amazing Spider-Man" #56 tries to do too much, narrating all of it and rarely trusts it's audience, squandering the interesting ideas it has in favor of cheap "gotcha" moments. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    COMICON - James Ferguson Jan 6, 2021

    I keep reading this hoping we'll get some sort of closure for the many plot threads hanging out there and it just never happens. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SenpaifenixJäger Jan 6, 2021

    Yes, there is definitely no closure but I love the drama involved, there is never really a winner, betrayal, pain, misunderstandings WHAT MAKES IT GREAT.

  • 10
    Psycamorean Jan 6, 2021

    Man, people remain mad about this. Part of me wishes I could join them in their righteous anger, but I... just don't mind what's happening here. For one, on a very emotional, how-do-I-feel level, I'm still enjoying these issues. I like the characters. Kindred's last words (for now) were just so sad and carried so much baggage. We get pay off to what happened in Last Remains, we really do. Kindred will be back and it's so fucking obvious that OMD is at play here. I think some of the frustration is that Marvel has cockteased this sort of thing before, so a lot of abused readers and fans just need someone to say it. Hints aren't enough. An entire issue dedicated to recreating it isn't enough. Kindred needs to be clear. Peter made a deal with t more

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  • 9.5
    C.V.R. The Bard Jan 6, 2021

    Yeah, I knew not to invest any thought into MJ being blown up.
    Looking at Norman Osborn's schizoid disorder is fascinating and unnerving in the same sentence. This issue is a case study. And Mark Bagley takes readers back to his USM run , reminding readers like myself why he is the greatest to ever draw the Web-Head.
    Looks like Post-Mortem is off to a good start.

  • 9.5
    Thorson-98 Jan 6, 2021

    Another excellent issue from Nick Spencer

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  • 8.5
    CrazyforRAMU Apr 18, 2021

    The "resolution" of the Kindred story, such as it is, unfolds in non-linear scenes arranged with skill. The prose and the art are above average, but it's the ideas that really fascinate. My repeated complaint about Nick Spencer's Spider-Man has been that it's too static and too safe (also too supporting-cast-focused, which remains a problem). The outcome of this big arc has addressed my complaint well, revitalizing Norman Osborn with a daring and compelling new status quo.

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Jan 12, 2021

    " I--i loved you both so much...why did you do this to me ?"

  • 8.5
    Super-Adaptoid Jan 6, 2021

    Continued the story nicely and actually didn’t see some of what happened coming. Looking forward to more answers but I’m enjoying the ride.

  • 8.0

    Another splendid cover. You'd think for a moment it really was the team-up of 2 of Marvel's ultimate bad guy businessmen. Norman does pretty well acting as his old self, who will without a doubt return sooner or later. But that's a story for another time.
    My only disappointment is we never learned the story behind what turned harry into Kindred. Then again, Spencer is probably saving that for another day. I never read The "Brand new day" and stuff like that, so I don't know much about it. I really haven't read Spider-Man books this long without having to stop in over 15 years in fact. I don't know much about Harry's resurrection, but I have a feeling it has a lot to do with his becoming Kindred.
    Still, it was another good issue th more

  • 8.0

    The Amazing Spider-Man
    Volume: 5, Issue: 56, LGY: 857
    “Last Remains: Post Mortem” Part I

    Publisher: @marvel
    Writer: Nick Spencer
    Artist: @officialmarkbagleyart
    Inker: Andrew Hennessy & John Dell
    Colorist: @delgaduck & @rachelle_cheri
    Cover: Mark Bagley, John Dell & Edgar Delgado
    Letterer: @joecaramagna

    Once again donning the identity of the Green Goblin, Norman Osborn crashes Kindred’s emotional dinner party and all hell breaks loose. Osborn has shockingly joined forces with mayor of New York, Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin, in order to capture his son Harry, aka Kindred. Now that he’s been captured, we learn that the two both have different motives and plans as to wha more

  • 8.0
    Kalaoui Jan 6, 2021

    Again as a chapter in the Last Remains story, it's good with an 8 rating and worth the price of admission and even has classic Bagley art to give it an awesome look to boot but the problem is this story got us nowhere near the payoff following the teasing that happened for 10+ issues and going back to 50+ total issues. This is not necessarily Spencer's fault as I would expect the editors/CB/Quesada to have a heavy input in the ASM book especially with OMD. Furthermore it appears ASM is now a weekly book so you gotta stretch those stories to death.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Jan 6, 2021

    I enjoyed it. It definitely was a twist of what we kind of expected but it opened up a lot more questions and theres still mysteries that linger. Why is Harry kindred? what was his endgame? How long will Norman be good? Theres just so much to ask.

  • 7.0
    Sollywoods Jan 6, 2021

    This was hard to rate. It's by no means a bad comic and the art is great.

    It's been said by other reviewers and I will reiterate. Nothing happens. I mean, yes stuff happens, but not what was teased and what led on readers. Then main overall progression from LR was the identity of Kindred. The rest was all tease. Are we going to wait for issue 100 or something to get it all out?

    Pacing man. It's brutal.

  • 7.0
    Federico Liguori Jan 6, 2021

    Don't get me wrong: the writing and the art are always very good because Spencer and Bagley are the best you could wish for now. The problem with this whole "Last Remains" is simply the hype, as most readers were expecting something else. There was NO revelation and NO answers to what Kindred is really trying to do. It's always a "we'll see what's next".

  • 6.0
    Watchtower022 Jan 7, 2021

    This was fairly boring

  • 6.0
    Afre Jan 6, 2021

    I liked Last Remains. Until we got no answers to anything.

    This issue work very well. It serves as an excellent epilogue to Last Remains, art is wonderful and writing and the twists are very good.

    But. BUT. WE GET NO ANSWERS TO WHY LAST REMAINS EVEN HAPPENED. Kindred remains as a big question mark and from the looks of things, that won't change any time soon. And that is the biggest insult of this event.

    It is starting really hard to care about anything in this run, if the main villain's motivations and backstory aren't told to us readers. And it is really hard to start caring about them after this event.

    Why is this reminding me of King's Batman run...

  • 5.5
    MainManDan Jan 6, 2021

    Tired of the cock teases Nick Spencer. Just tired

  • 4.5
    jbong Jan 7, 2021

    WTF is this? How is this not just a continuation of Last Remains? Last Remains didn't actually end too? A generic DCEU movie has better pacing than this POS.

    Getting Nick Spencer to write but getting Bendis levels of pacing is like voting for Obama and getting Romneycare.

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