Amazing Spider-Man #73

Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Federico Vicentini Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 8, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 40
6.3Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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• We can't tell you a single thing that happens here without spoiling just about every issue that comes out between the time you're reading this and when ASM #73 comes out.
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  • 7.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 8, 2021

    All of the artists deliver some great visual moments filled with detail and vibrancy. A great looking issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Sep 8, 2021

    Amazing Spider-Man #73 prepares Spidey fans for the big fight between Spider-Man and Kindred and drops another big revelation for readers. Like past issues in Sinister War, the comic focuses on exploring the length of Kindred's machinations. However, there is another huge retcon in this comic that longtime Spider-Man fans will undoubtedly notice, and it's a good retcon for a change. It's not One More Day, but it's still a much needed retcon for Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Megan Peters Sep 8, 2021

    The Amazing Spider-Man pulls ahead with issue #73 this week, and its convoluted reveal introduces a twist to Kindred's long tale. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 8, 2021

    Amazing Spider-Man#73 isn't a bad issue...as long asyou can stomach the retconning and the ongoing teases of Kindred. It continues to play the usual story beats we've seen since Kindred's story first kicked into gear, making portions of this feel rote, but the flashback reveals are meaty and connect with very important moments in the Osborn backstory. Sadly though, this continues to read like it's not Spider-Man's story at all, but a means to fix the kinks in Green Goblin's past. Read Full Review

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

    While I am thankful for Nick Spencer officially undoing the damage done by the worst Spider-Man story of all time the overall Sinister War event continues to disappoint. The developments in Amazing Spider-Man #73 make a convoluted story even more so right as we reach the end. It all leaves you wondering if we needed such a big build up around Kindred's character given what this issue revealed. Hopefully Spencer can deliver a satisfying conclusion to his Amazing Spider-Man run and Kindred story in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Sollywoods Sep 8, 2021

    This gets an automatic pass for retconning past sins. I enjoy the heavy attention to continuity. Not enough writers write as though they've not even read a Wikipedia article on the character (I'm referring to you Loeb and Bendis). I like Spencer is trying to weave everything together. The problem, and why I just can't rate it any higher, was that even for someone like myself, who has read all of the stories referred to, had to reread this jumble of a story to try to make sense of it. From a story telling perspective, this issue and entire arc has been poor. My enjoyment of explaining away past sins may be clouding some judgment here but that fact that I come out of this comic with enjoyment of any sort means it's a good comic. I read this s more

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  • 7.0
    Merlyn Sep 8, 2021

    So this is a weird one. A lot happens here but I feel like this is a issue that only massive, massive Spider-Man fans, the kind of people who have read all issues, can totally grasp all the implications here. I like that he didn't pull back on Harry being Kindred, though.

    My biggest issue is another one, though. Spencer's run has been very wordy and while some people complained about this, I actually enjoyed that, it was very reminiscent of old comics but in a pretty modern way, it wasn't dated. So when he writes an issue like this, with so many lore and history I feel like he could've used that sort of storytelling to clue in people who haven't read all the issues of Spider-Man starting with Amazing Fantasy #15. It just feels ve more

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  • 10
    Psycamorean Sep 8, 2021

    At its core, this issue is retconning away the worst of Sins Past and all the related storylines. That's great. I'm very glad about that. I really don't know what to expect from the final issue of this run. The two week wait will be hard, assuming the spoilers don't come out ahead of time. I'm kind of dreading explaining this issue to my friends when they read it and only get like half of it. So... Kindred's body is the result of an evolution of cloning tech, a campaign led by an AI Harry Osborn, to fuck with Peter and Norman, spinning out of his original Pursuit plan with Chameleon. Kindred is the original Harry Osborn's soul, that has escaped Hell, which he was sent to due to Norman's deal with Mephisto, who has possessed the body of Sara more

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  • 10
    Ben Reilly Sep 8, 2021

    Nick Spencer is BASED for retconning Sins Past in one single issue. Maybe these 90+ issues were worth it after all. I'm gonna catch up on the rest of this storyline and stick around for the finale. Congrats Spencer you gave me a reason to come back.

    We smoking that Sins Past pack today, boys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WQNPw46cyA

    EDIT: I'm not changing my score for this review, but I do want to point out that new readers are probably gonna have a hard time understanding everything, especially if Nick Spencer was your gateway Spider-Man writer.

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  • 10
    Rachit Mittal Sep 8, 2021

    This is confusing because so much to grasp. It was good that I made a chart for Spencer run because during last remain I understood that it is going to be confusing which it did. So making a chart helped me to enjoy the issue much better and not been confused while first time reading.

    Sins Past gone. It's victory.
    If he retcons OMD too, then he is going to hailed for writing Spidey even though I would hail him even today but if he does that too then it's just fricking awesome.
    This makes Sarah and Gabriel interesting than before.
    And Spencer really tried to make sense in everything while making a retcon. This thing I liked. I thought most of writer don't even care for previous work before them much but he clearly d more

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  • 9.0
    Federico Liguori Sep 8, 2021

    I didn't think this day would ever come... SINS PAST IS OVER. GONE. ADIOS. Nick Spencer destroyed one of the most disgusting things ever written with ONE SINGLE ISSUE. Not only that, his retcon makes even more sense than that garbage original one (ok, not everything works but... yeah). The twins are now interesting characters without that shadow of Gwen's infidelity (Spencer even takes a shot at JMS) and we'll see what happens in the final issue, considering Mephisto will play a big role. IF (and I'm saying IF) Spencer manages to address OMD after retconning Sins Past, he'll be my idol for eternity.

  • 6.5
    Afre Sep 8, 2021

    I'm so confused right now. I am also very confused even thinking how Spencer will wrap up everything in the next issue. Because there is so much to wrap up now. Final confrontation with Kindred and there are currently so many players there, Strange's hijacks with Mephisto, some kind of ending to this, what happens to the 35 villains who are in the graveyard unconscious, what happens after this to JJJ, Norman, Aunt May, MJ and Peter's engagement, Kindred's full backstory, what is the deal with two Harrys, what happens to Gog, hey Chameleon blackmailed Nora and possibly T&M, Ned being back alive, Kingpin's son being back alive, etc...

    And to add to this list, possibly OMD being retconned, mentioned, who even knows anymore. But yea more

  • 7.0
    daspidaboy Sep 8, 2021

    So this is probably going to be controversial, and I feel so bad for not liking this issue as much as other experienced reviewers like The Dark Knight Detective. I just want to say this is my opinion.

    First, I like how this issue retcons Sins Past. I dont mind how complicated this is, like how Harry created a Gwen Clone or clones of Gwen's children. I dont mind that.

    My problem was that there was absolutely NO build-up to this. I would have totally loved seeing how there was build-up to this issue. But there was no hint of Sarah Stacy and her bro. If there was hints that Nick Spencer was planning to retcon Sins Past AND deal with One More Day. But we had no build-up for this monumental incident. I also found all of Spi more

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  • 7.0
    Kalaoui Sep 9, 2021

    Confusion here, confusion there and confusion everywhere. It gives 2 answers and leaves 4 unanswered. It came out of nowhere and although I'm happy Sins Past is addressed and "fixed" by Spencer, I can't get my head around Kindred's final form and his relation to Mephisto. I get AI Harrry's work with Chamelion/Mysterio but the link to Mephisto and having demonic abilities to kill and revive whoever is not explained? Maybe next issue. As usual, the art is a mess but what else is new here. I am not as excited by this issue as some as it can't even begin to fix the mess I had to endure this past year with ASM. 875 better deliver but alas I don't have much hope here.

  • 2.0

    Imagine taking 80 issues to retcon a single story no one considered canon anyway.

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  • 10
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Sep 8, 2021

    Isso botou um sorriso no meu rosto.

  • 10
    Jeff Plaza Sep 8, 2021

    The art in this issue was a huge step up. I admit I'm bias as a massive spidey lore fan, but dang does Spencer know how to please fans like me. Spencer's bold kove to retcon the sins past story and connect it to Kindred seems abrupt at first but the more you think about it , the more it feels like natural plot than what actually happend in Sins Past.



    I think the best part of the issue is that it does raise the stakes to the finale unlike the sinister war issues. My hope Spencer is able to tie all his loose ends in the next 80 page issue we re getting. It will sad to see a writer with so much lore detail leave.

  • 8.0
    eowyn Sep 11, 2021

    to much information

  • 7.5
    Batman Sep 18, 2021

    I'm happy that Sins Past is retconned but did it need to be this convoluted? I can't imagine a new reader who started reading Spider-Man with this run read this issue and NOT be confused. I'm a veteran Spider-Man reader and even I was shaking my head at the choices made in this issue. Oh well, at least Sins Past is gone and I guess that's what counts the most.

    Although I've only reviewed the Sinister War stuff, I've been reading this run since the start. And let me tell ya, I can't wait for this run to be over with. I've grown exhausted from it and I don't know if I should blame the writer, the editors, or both.

    I hope Beyond is better. The solicits look dope.

  • 6.5
    DDJamesB Sep 12, 2021

    I mean I think I understood what happened but i just started reading newer comics like 6 years ago so besides early ASM I dont know what its referring to and it just seemed too jumbled for me to make total sense of it.

  • 6.0
    UxasIs Sep 12, 2021

    Very disappointing

  • 2.5
    Dc Fan of Sorts Sep 8, 2021

    Too confusing and disjointed for its own good

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