Amazing Spider-Man #78

Writer: Kelly Thompson Artist: Sara Pichelli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 10, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 37
8.1Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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Ben Reilly’s second real outing as Spider-Man pits him against MORBIUS, and it DOES NOT GO WELL! The full support of Beyond gets tested as Morbius puts the hurt on Spidey in a big way.  

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 10, 2021

    Amazing Spider-Man #78 is a great follow-up to the last issue as Spider-Man takes on Morbius. Kelly Thompson continues to show how efficient she is with character writing and the foreboding nature of Beyond reveals a bit more of itself to the reader. All told, there's a lot of moving parts that come together in a compelling Spidey story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Nov 10, 2021

    Amazing Spider-Man #78completes another story in the Beyond Era by placing Ben Reilly on death's door and spotlighting the Daughters of the Dragon. With another classic Spidey foe slated for the next issue, Spider-fans will definitely want to either jump back on or start reading this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 10, 2021

    Pichelle and Towe deliver some great art in the issue. The action is lively and exciting and the character moments look fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Nov 10, 2021

    There was a 90% chance that I was going to like this new direction for Spider-Man, but if you would've told me that I'd like it this much, I never would've believed you. This issue keeps the train rolling with more top=flight storytelling and art. A new take on an old story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Nov 10, 2021

    Amazing Spider-Man #78 continues the Beyond storyline with some interesting setup for the next few issues. The fight between Ben Reilly and Morbius kicks off a new mystery around the Living Vampire, while showing off some more of the shady Beyond Corporation. It even sets up more things that will be going on in the Beyond storyline, as well as new match up between Ben and a familiar Spider-Man villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Nov 10, 2021

    Sara Pichelli's depiction of Morbius may be unmatched as she makes this awkward B-lister look lithe, powerful and often terrifying, even (or especially) as he's been mutilated in combat. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Nov 16, 2021

    Spider-Man's life is getting turned upside down. The creative team sets up the pieces for the story to come, with some absolutely incredible art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 13, 2021

    The new direction for The Amazing Spider-Man is fun so far, and this issue is a nice blend of Ben Reilly's unique character, his interesting supporting cast and some classic Morbius. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    King-Maker Psycamorean Nov 10, 2021

    This was weird. I think Kelly Thompson did a good job with the writing, but the way Morbius was dealt with, with the security system, was very odd. I don't know what Ben thought would happen if he lured a crazed monster man towards his apartment, with its security. I guess he thought since the Beyond Corporation are such good guys, there would be some containment thing for Morbius, or something. I think that's the implication, but it's kind of confusing. The scene with MJ, Felicia and Peter is great. Best part of the book, by far. I hope this isn't the case, but it might soon become apparent that Ben Reilly's adventures just aren't nearly as interesting to the readers as anything going on with Peter. Maybe I'm in the minority on that one, t more

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  • 8.5
    maelstron Nov 10, 2021

    More of a set up issue with slow pace, But it is very engaging

  • 7.5
    Afre Nov 10, 2021

    Now this was a bit odd one. It felt shorter than usual and Morbius felt especially wasted here. For a two-parter story it felt like it offered very little.

    But what it did offer was very good and I liked all of it. Even Pichelli's art felt better here. As much as it reminds me more of Abrams' terrible Spider-Man comic than Bendis' Miles comics.

    So it's good? With a question mark this time instead of definitive answer.

  • 7.5
    Stormwrath Nov 10, 2021

    A weaker issue, not bad, but not great

  • 5.5
    Merlyn Nov 10, 2021

    Please get Thompson off the book as fast as possible, she couldn't care less about Spider-Man and it's pretty visible. There's such a stark difference between Zeb's writing and hers. The only thing she did here that I liked is that Peter reacted to Black Cat even though MJ was at his side all this time, which makes it super weird.

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  • 8.5
    Hydro-Man Nov 10, 2021

    Very different from the last run but still all good. I’m enjoying it. No cringeworthy moments. Lol What a low bar to set but that’s modern-day comics for you.

  • 8.0
    The Batman Nov 10, 2021

    Another entertaining entry into the Spider-Man Beyond storyline with servicable writing, plotting and artwork. A surprise character appearance is surely to get readers' attention. Kelly Thompson's first stint on writing ASM has been good. I am curious to see how well newcomer Cody Ziglar does.

    The artwork could have been a lot better, both from Pichelli and whoever the second artist was.

  • 8.0
    ICC Nov 18, 2021

    An abrupt ending but some great parts

  • 7.5
    Loafy Trophy Nov 12, 2021

    Thompson and Pichelli do a solid job keeping the pace moving here. I think I said it in my last review, but the Beyond Corp stuff has been my favorite part of this run, even if any possibility of them not being evil is gone.

  • 7.5
    Kalaoui Nov 15, 2021

    It's a mixed bag of things working and others are just nonsensical. Thompson's dialogue in some parts sounds odd or off. Morbius was just weird all throughout with no payoff. Sara Pichelli's art wasn't bad because some scenes were fantastic and others are off. Her new style is odd to me but it has its good moments. Also she couldn't finish the whole issue so I assume her health issues aren't gone. I wish her the best!

  • 7.0
    Ollie44 Nov 11, 2021

    Ben Reilly doesn’t really grab my interest. However the Peter and MJ part was fantastic.

  • 7.0
    DDJamesB Nov 12, 2021

    There were parts with Morbius I liked. The black cat parts were OK but, some of the dialogue with Misty and Colleen was just bad.

  • 6.5
    Federico Liguori Nov 18, 2021

    Average. Not bad, just average.
    P.S. Peter reacts to Felicia and not to MJ? Shit, he's screwed once he wakes up.

  • 6.5
    Mout Nov 18, 2021

    I know the slow pace is due to how fast the issues are coming out, but it's killing me, I have a feeling this run won't age very weel

  • 6.0
    UxasIs Nov 15, 2021

    Ehh, kelly's issues have been a bit slow for me, hopefully this gets better

  • 4.0
    Super-Adaptoid Nov 14, 2021

    Yeah, I had hopes for this new direction but it’s not thrilling me at all. I love a lot of dialogue in a comic but most of the dialogue in this one is just plain bad and wasted. The art is horrible. Having Morbius show up is a plus but it can’t save the issue for me…especially since Michael is just all “Grrr…Arggh”.

  • 3.0
    Rachit Mittal Nov 10, 2021

    The way Morbius was treated, it sucks.
    The MJ, Felicia and Peter part was real good. Scene would have much better with use of word "Friends" instead of love interest. Close Friends visiting is good. Have Betty and Flash appear too. It shows care one had for their friends. Jonah, Robbie, His father, Aunt Anna should also be there.
    What's point of building a relation between Peter and them when you aren't using them when they should be used?
    Art sucks here. I loved Sara Pichelli artwork during USM but here it sucks.

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    Richard Tompson Nov 10, 2021

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    wesshamu Nov 24, 2021

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    Batmanchuria Nov 26, 2021

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    tonpas1989 Nov 10, 2021

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    sebastianorellana95 Nov 10, 2021

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    Swanktub Nov 11, 2021

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