Amazing Spider-Man #88.BEY

Writer: Geoffrey Thorne Artist: Jan Bazaldua, Jim Towe Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 9, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 32
7.4Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

• Did you think BEYOND only had ONE hero on their payroll?
•  In this issue: The Slingers come out to play!
•  Watch as Hobie Brown ascends to new heights as THE HORNET!
Rated T+

  • 10 - Tim Adams Feb 9, 2022

    What makes this tie-in to Amazing Spider-Man's Beyond era so entertaining is it takes a supporting character in Hobie Brown, aka the former Prowler and new Hornet, and finds a way to naturally progress his character arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 9, 2022

    Bazaldua and Towe create some dynamic and visually interesting art in this issue. The art styles complement each other well and there are some great detailed moment throughout. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 7, 2022

    Amazing Spider-Man #88.BEY does well to draw you into Hornet's perspective while making the Slingers a target for the Beyond Corporation. As we near the end of this era it's plain to see tie-in stories like this are building towards a big finish. More importantly, Thorne will make you want more Hornet comics and ties the narrative into real-world issues worthy of hero intervention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Feb 7, 2022

    Amazing Spider-Man #88.BEY once again turns the spotlight on a member of Spider-Man's supporting cast, while also revisiting a storyline from his past. I only hope sales on this book are strong enough to warrant a Slingers miniseries, as I feel the creative crew could really work wonders with the concept. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 12, 2022

    My bias is going to really show with this review, but this was a super fun issue focusing on some very underused by awesome characters. Nice balance of character and action. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler Feb 9, 2022

    Amazing Spider-Man #88.BEY is a fun book if you're a fan of Hobie Brown, formerly The Prowler now The Hornet. However, if you want a story that directly ties into the main series, than you might have to look elsewhere. The dialogue and pacing are good, the artwork is solid and energetic at times, and the story is a fun ride for fans of Hobie Brown. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Feb 7, 2022

    Amazing Spider-Man #88.BEY is a weird detour in the "Beyond" saga that adds many extraneous elements but precious little that actually feels consequential to the overarching story. Skip this one unless you're a completist or an old-school Slingers fan. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Weird Science Jim Feb 12, 2022

    Amazing Spider-Man #88.BEY was not only inconsequential to the overall Beyond story but was just not a good read by itself. It felt like a backdoor pilot for a Slinger's book I can only pray never happens. I liked the art enough, but the character work and story were just plain bad. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PaulBR Feb 9, 2022


  • 8.0
    KittyNone Feb 10, 2022

    The plot's a bit thin and its purpose in the larger storyline unclear, but Thorne has an excellent handle on who Hobie is and why he's interesting and I'd gladly read more pairings of this character and writer

  • 8.0
    Federico Liguori Feb 10, 2022

    Hobie Brown gets kicked out of his company by Amazon basically and he gets mad. But I don't think all the managers in the world react by wearing a purple costume and sneaking into the corporation's headquarters. Fun issue anyway, it's good to see Beyond being a menace to other people besides Ben and Peter.

  • 7.5
    Rachit Mittal Feb 9, 2022

    It's focussed on Beyond's Shady Side.
    I really like Hobby. Seeing him again was great. Last time I read about him was Taylor's FNSM. He got FairGray under him. Next Time,I am reading him and getting to know it's not under him makes me sad little bit.

    Seeing Ricochet suit was great addition. I really liked it when Peter wore it but now Slingers wear them. Not a big fan of them.

    I am really waiting for Beyond Conclusion. We know it's shady(right from Issue 75-76) but conclude it.

    TLDR: It's a fun issue which doesn't really add much to Main Story but it just delves more into what we already know.

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  • 7.0

    This is just sort of boring. Everything here is competent. The characters are fine. I just don't care about this in and of itself. Its contribution to the larger Beyond narrative seems to be negligible as well. I don't need every issue I read to feed into a larger tapestry. If something is fun and enjoyable on its own, that's enough. This is... borderline not fun. I'll say it, a lot of these reviews are definitely the result of lowered expectations because this is a Slingers comic. And you can't convince me otherwise.

  • 7.0
    Merlyn Feb 9, 2022

    I expected to hate this given that Geoffrey Thorne is the guy who made me drop Green Lantern, one of my favorite DC franchises, but I didn't. It wasn't great but it was more than decent. I still liked Hobie as the Prowler more but this works too. The design is strikingly alike to Dragonfly and Dragonflyman though, I feel like that's a problem.

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  • 7.0
    Sollywoods Feb 9, 2022

    This wasn't bad but it also wasn't great. I'm a fan of the original Slingers, their big 12 issues from the 90's. It was good.

    I think you are a Hobie Brown fan you might like this more than if you are a Slingers fan. It's mostly about him and I just never really cared for the character. I also think the writer may not have known about the last guy to wear the hornet suit (from the last scarlet spider ongoing series). Also, where was Prodigy? That's the character that made me interested in the Slingers in the first place after reading about him in the Avengers Initiative run. (I love that entire series and if you've never read it, go check it out. Probably one of my most re-read series ever!) So Prodigy isn't here at all. Sad Sli more

  • 6.5
    CrazyforRAMU Jul 1, 2022

    This biographical update on Hobie Brown is sure to be highly satisfying to fans of the character.

    For those unfamiliar with or unenthusiastic about Hobie, though, this will likely seem indulgent and pointless. The storytelling is adequate throughout, but it seems like the creators never even considered the idea of accommodating non-fans. Or of making a stronger link to the event than, "This is why this set of characters might show up."

    (And fans of OG slingers Dusk and Ricochet are likely to be pissed off at their cameo-level parts in the issue.)

    I believe comics should always be trying to win new fans, not just service existing ones.

  • 6.5
    Hex Mar 28, 2022

    I was definitely entertained throughout the book. Heck, I'd even be interested to see more of Hobie in a solo series again. But the tie to the main book is pretty loose and I stop caring at that point. The art is pretty solid if not a little generic but I liked it.

  • 6.5
    DDJamesB Feb 15, 2022

    It's readable. It has some moments but, overall just pretty uneventful.

  • 6.0
    Kalaoui Feb 15, 2022

    This was OK and passable but felt completely out of place and just another way to get $5 from ASM readers. If I knew it had almost nothing to do with the main story I would have skipped it. The art was also passable and nothing to write home about. Waste of time at the end because these threads serve nothing for this story and the editor tells us so on the last page. Stupid.

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  • 6.0
    Afre Feb 10, 2022

    It's very mixed. On the one hand, it's okay. Passable story about Hobie and the Slingers.

    On the other hand, very odd placement for this. We haven't seen Slingers since David's Scarlet Spider run and Hobie was a more major player in Slott's Worldwide run.

    So that's like 3 years ago since we saw these characters in a Spider-Man story. I really don't understand why introduce these characters now or what purpose do they serve.

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  • 5.0
    UxasIs Feb 11, 2022

    Just a clusterfuck of exposition, this was also extremely boring and unnecessary

  • 2.0
    El Raro Feb 19, 2022

    *sigh* Just a few more issues until Wells takes over and this Beyond arc can be nothing but a bad, distant, expensive memory.

  • 10
    RocknRolla Feb 11, 2022

  • 9.0
    Venger Feb 13, 2022

  • 8.5
    Radar Feb 13, 2022

  • 7.5
    wesshamu Mar 11, 2022

  • 7.5
    iPodwithnomusic Mar 3, 2022

  • 7.5
    tonpas1989 Feb 12, 2022

  • 7.5
    Swanktub Feb 10, 2022

  • 7.5
    fearUhavemeisenough Feb 9, 2022

  • 7.0
    matmene Jan 30, 2023

  • 7.0
    Batmanchuria Apr 6, 2022

  • 7.0
    tmartinez Mar 27, 2022

  • 6.0
    jmprados Apr 11, 2022

  • 6.0

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    Julhin Feb 16, 2022

  • 5.5
    K-23 May 16, 2022

  • 5.0
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  • 4.5
    JCP Sep 6, 2022

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