Amazing Spider-Man #1

Writer: Zeb Wells Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 27, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 63
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Peter's on the outs with the FF. He's on the outs with the Avengers. He's on the outs with Aunt May! No one wants to see Spider-Man - except for Doctor Octopus. Ock's on Spider-Man's tail and the Master Planner has something truly terrible planned for when he gets his tentacles on Spidey. All that, and what does Tombstone have planned? Just in time for Spider-Man's 60th Anniversary, a new volume of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN begins, and 2022 is going to be the biggest year for Spider-Man EVER! Don't believe us? We brought John Romita Jr. back JUST FOR THIS!
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  • 9.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Apr 27, 2022

    The Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Zeb Wells is an amazing issue. New readers will find this to be a great issue to jump onboard as Wells' story doesn't require any prior knowledge to get up to speed. With a lot of questions being asked, some readers may want something more substantial to hold onto. The return of John Romita Jr. has excited fans since the announcement and the art does not disappoint. Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a near-perfect issue to start off a fresh storyline. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Apr 25, 2022

    A great way to start things off! Zeb Wells' exhilarating story is only made better by John Romita Jr's new, slightly softer style. Get in on the ground floor with this one, folks!! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 27, 2022

    Romita Jr brings a wonderful, classic style to the issue that brings me back to some of my favorite Spider-Man issues. The opening panels are dramatic and no one can capture the mood of the city and its characters like John Romita Jr. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller May 2, 2022

    Spider-Man works best when equal time is given to both Peter Parker and to Spider-Man, almost by treating them as two separate characters, and this issue nails that approach perfectly. This title looks like it will have legs. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Apr 27, 2022

    Zeb Wells, John Romita Jr., and the rest of the creative team have made Marvel Comics' flagship title an exemplar of excellent superhero comics once again. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Geek'd Out - Gregory Brothers Apr 27, 2022

    Given these unanswered questions, it is too soon to be all-in on Amazing Spider-Man #1. However, there are enough elements of a classic Spider-Man tale to interest readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo Apr 25, 2022

    This isn't the easiest entry point into THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, but there is a lot of Peter Parker heart. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Apr 26, 2022

    Bits and PiecesThe Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a decent start to the run by Zeb Wells. Peter starts in a bad place, and things only go downhill. Wells does a nice job of setting up the central conflict, but the lack of information about Peter's absence and the lack of clarity about the twist ending may cause some readers to feel more annoyed and frustrated than curious. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 27, 2022

    There's a lot to take in with Amazing Spider-Man #1. It shows a lot of potential with where the story's going and generally feels like a new and interesting direction for the first arc at least. Hopefully, things get a bit smoother going forward as it all plays out but as a start, it's just so-so. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 2, 2022

    The previous issue ended on TWO big cliffhangers, which this one just leap-frogs and launches into a well-drawn, but hard-to-parse new chapter. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - James Hepplewhite May 8, 2022

    Maybe writing one of these major properties is best compared to a cover song. Everyone already knows it, but the point is what a different artist adds or subtracts from the song. Romita Jr. is as safe a pair of hands as you can imagine, and Wells is well known to the Spider-Office already. Through that lens, 2022's Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a largely faithful cover executed well by a team of old hands. The tune's stuck in my head, and I never thought I'd say that about the Web-Head. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 30, 2022

    This new volume of Amazing Spider-Man is off to a solid start. A lot of groundwork was laid in this issue to establish a new tone and some new mysteries, while maintaining the same old Spidey. I think Marvel also takes some cheap shots to try and be controversial. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 25, 2022

    Amazing Spider-Man #1 is an interesting start, but it's too early to say if we're getting an all-time classic or a new pit-stop story arc that will soon be forgotten. That's because it's way too early to understand the big mystery and hook, which frustratingly leaves readers in the dark. That said, if you love classic Spider-Man, there's more than enough here to enjoy. From the visuals to Peter's attitude, we haven't seen this Spider-Man in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Apr 25, 2022

    Amazing Spider-Man #1is a shaky start to the web-slinger's 60th anniversary, as the story boasts solid art thanks to John Romita Jr. I hope that future issues, including the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man #900will be a more fitting celebration of Spidey's legacy, Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Apr 28, 2022

    While The Amazing Spider-Man #1 isn't garbage, there's a lack of pace and energy that just muddles the excitement you might have felt when you found out John Romita Jr. was back for another season. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley May 2, 2022

    Solid art doesn't make up for a story that relies too much on old tropes. Hopefully the series can improve quickly. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 6, 2022

    At least he's still got the suit and can do a little wall-crawling which leads into the other thread of the Rose making a play for Tombstone‘s territory. For some reason Tombstone blames Spider-Man, instead of the guy who blew up his home, and threatens to destroy his life (if he only knew). At least Peter is going to have somewhere to put his pent-up aggression. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin May 2, 2022

    Bold storytelling decisions produce middling results Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsfan1994 Apr 27, 2022

    Loved this issue. After seeing the reaction I have come to the conclusion a segment of Spidey fans are going to be mad no matter what.

  • 9.0
    KittyNone Apr 28, 2022

    Properly interesting start. I suppose if you don't like Peter being a perpetual loser it won't be your cup of tea (but then, neither will basically any ASM era except the early years of Slott's run) but I'm intrigued as to what happened in the gap, and certainly doomed losers are what Zeb Wells does better than anyone. JRJR is quite a few years out from his heyday, but he holds it together well enough here — it's nowhere near what his art once was, but neither is it the catastrophe his DC work was either. I'm excited to see where we're going with this one.

  • 8.5
    Kalaoui May 10, 2022

    Edit: I went back and read it a few more times and it was actually better then I remembered and Romita's art just grows on me for good or bad.
    Had high hopes for Zeb Wells and concern over Romita Jr. before reading and afterwards, not sure what to think. It wasn't great but it wasn't bad either. It actually read and looked better the second time going through. As if I'm reading a run from 14 years ago that I forgot about. This is the problem with ASM right now because they can't break Peter Parker and that's why Ben Reilly's life is a bigger mess that Peter's. They choose to keep feeding us nostalgia and while that's nice, I am ready for a bit of a shake up. I know I know, MJ's reveal at the end is a shake up but not what I had in mi more

  • 8.5
    Hex Apr 28, 2022

    For those who don't know me, I REALLY dislike JRJR's artwork. At least since he left ASM on his old run with JMS. I think he regressed really hard with age. So when I say that this is the best work I've seen him do in years, I mean it. That being said, I think it's more to the credit of his colorist and inker. He still suffers from a lot of the same issues I've always had with him. His style of shading only using parallel lines, not even cross hatching is lazy and doesn't convey depth, his faces are very samey and blocky. Peter isn't distinct enough from almost any other character most times for Romita Jr. What generally benefits him is that Peter is the focal point of the stories he draws for. Which is kind of a no brainer because yes this more

  • 8.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Apr 27, 2022

    I went into this issue with optimism, and a chip on my shoulder. Not for the creators on this book, or even the editor. Rather, I had a chip on my shoulder for the fans. That chip is still there, after reading this book. All that screaming and whining about how this would be the worst run ever, and what have we gotten with this issue? A solidly written piece of a story that sets things up. It is no different than literally any other Spider-Man #1 I've ever read, in terms of its function. And yet, people got so fucking mad about literally two pages in it.

    I love the pairing of Peter and MJ. I want them to be together. I am too old to get bent out of shape over a pair of pages purposefully designed to cause outrage and thus, bring more

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  • 8.0
    Blubber1976 May 17, 2022

    Strong narrative structure, convincing dialogue with a palpable sense of desperation and regret from the protagonist. Romita's pencils, with Hanna on finishes, have been better in previous incarnations of their tenure on the character but its perfectly serviceable. The 5.99 price tag is a bit hefty, especially when many books of a higher quality are still at the 3.99 price point.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB May 5, 2022

    I'll give it the benefit of a #1. It does have a lot of explaining to do with such a massive shift in the status quo.

  • 8.0
    Onomatopoeia Apr 29, 2022

    I thought the drama everyone was upset about was JRJR's art. I'm still not sure it isn't.

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  • 8.0
    allenquanobi Apr 27, 2022

    Pretty good start, lots of ppl r gonna be mad at the ending, but it’s an ongoing. Give it a chance. And also, the most shocking thing: JRJR’s art in this wasn’t bad. Recent JRJR art has been so bad (I’m a fan of JRJR especially his old art in Spidey and Daredevil, so don’t assume I’m a hater), if you don’t believe me, look at his action comics. But here, it’s actually good. Hopefully he can keep it up

  • 8.0
    Julhin Apr 27, 2022

    A really fun start to what i hope it will be a great run, personally i think compared to some of the past relaunches this might be the weakest? but maybe is just because i really loved the #1 of the Spencer's run and the #1 from Worldwide.

    Although this is another back to basics story with many plot tropes that we definitely have seen before and a lot of people are tired of, i think Wells found a really interesting angle to build a story and i must say, I'm hooked. I don't know if it's because we have Digger here, or if is the fact that Peter and MJ are apart again or even if it's JrJr art, but for a moment it was like i was reading Amazing Spider-Man(1999) #30, the beginning of JMS and JrJr run, my favorite Spider-Man run of al more

  • 7.5
    Hydro-Man Apr 28, 2022

    I was really excited for this and subsequently let down. Way too much teasing and hinting going on for an oversized issue like this. You want to end it on a cliffhanger? Ok. But every page does not need to leave you with questions. "He let down NORMAN???" He's lying to Aunt May??? He stole from the Fantastic Four??? Everyone hates him??? Mary Jane has kids???"

    Whatever. I'm sticking around. First issue is a bit of a miss, though.

  • 7.5
    jbong Apr 27, 2022

    This is probably not your usual #1 that promises a ton of exciting new changes to the status quo (they literally brought in the go-to Spidey artist), but it wasn't a bad read by any measure. JRJR's art definitely isn't what it once was, but we've seen worse in the past 2 years lol. Peter/MJ stuff will always be able to reel me in, so uhhh yeah I guess I'll keep reading

  • 7.5
    ghostrobot Apr 27, 2022

    It's the start of a run, and it feels like traditional Spider-Man. I'm going to stick with it until 900 and if it hasn't hooked me, I'll see what other Spider books are around at the time.

  • 7.0
    Federico Liguori Apr 28, 2022

    Oh crap this is not easy.
    Let me get this straight: I love Romita Jr's art and Spider-Man being broke and always on the run. This story kinda took me back to late '90s Spidey, and that's a huge WOW. I'm also intrigued by this Soprano/Breaking Bad/Mafia storyline with Tombstone and The Rose (yeah, he came back during Spencer's run... remember?).
    But those plot twists with Aunt May and Mary Jane basically telling Peter to fuck off? MJ having kids (or that's what it looks like) with a random guy? It will probably lead nowhere and she'll break up with him or something like that, but I think we're all tired of Marvel ruining her character and keeping her from Peter. Also, the heck happened between Spider-Man Beyond and this? They look more

  • 7.0
    maljoss Apr 27, 2022

    It wasn't Amazing, but it was pretty good.

    Wells and Romita delivered a relatively solid "first issue" that established Peter's new status quo, set up the main conflict for the opening arc, seeded some subplots for future development, and ended on a cliff hanger.

    The script was fine. Wells captured the characters voices well, particularly Peter, May, and Tombstone. Expository dialogue was kept to a minimum, which is always appreciated. Show me, don't tell me. Peter's a bit edgy, but still within tolerance.

    The art is good. Romita is one of the best storytellers in comics, and his composition is nearly flawless. The guy was born to draw Spider-man. To people who feel like his art has declined, I say this: g more

  • 7.0
    daspidaboy Apr 27, 2022

    As a Spider-Man fanboy, this issue is just okay. It's not bad, its not good either. I am a bit surprised and miffed that Peter and MJ are taking a break, and I feel this series is going to be in for the long haul and is going to unravel mysteries, and I'm totally fine with being patient.

    Art here isnt as good as I thought, I miss John Romita Jr's art back when J Michael Stracinzkyi art 20 years ago. So like I said, I am totally fine with being patient with this series and it's kind of funny that this series might be undoing Nick Spencer's work (even though its been less than a year, god time flies).

    Still, as a Spider-Man fanboy, really is weird and strange that I'm more excited for Batman content than my favorite fict more

  • 7.0
    Afre Apr 27, 2022

    Well. That was a start.

    Let's start with the art. JRJR is one of my favourite artists. The second Spidey comic I read was with his art and I've been a fan of him since. It wasn't as strong here as it was back then, but good enough for me.

    And the story? Well... It's complicated.

    I saw another reviewer saying "if you don't like it, don't read it and buy it". And it makes sense. Why bother reading something you know you will dislike? And I get that. Although It's hard for me, I've been a fan of Spidey for over 20 years and reading his comics as soon I learned how to read. So it would take a lot for me to just stop buying and reading his comics. And this is not so bad that I would stop now.

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  • 6.5
    Batmanaholic Apr 28, 2022

    This is a tough book to review.

    I like parts fo it but not others, I don't mind the Mary Jane thing at the end, because it's only been 6 months. If they are anything but step kids it will take this issue to a 3-4/10 in retrospect tho. Unless they are Mephisto demons or something g or from an alternate timeline and Peter really screwed everything up. Who knows.

    John Romita Jr was born to draw Spider-Man. I absolutely love his Spider-Man comics, which is kinda funny because I did not like the art in 1 single comic he drew for dc. I really didn't enjoy any of them. Maybe superman year one, but his Batman is aweful, but other then when randomly Spider-Man's legs are way to small. His Spider-Man is just awesome.

  • 6.5
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Apr 27, 2022

    I thought it might be a starting point to start following Spider-Man. but it didn't make me excited.

  • 6.0
    pakistanireviewer Apr 30, 2022

    I Just read it for John's amazing art. And here he's also doing great! The colors are bright and colorful which suits a Spider-man comic. The end was a shock and a disappointment for many. Not for me because I have very little experience in Spidey comics. So MJ dumping is new for me and a good twist.

  • 6.0
    Prodigalson16 Apr 28, 2022

    Wasn't a fan of the art but I liked the moment with Johnny Storm.

  • 6.0
    Jeff Plaza Apr 27, 2022

    I "second opinion " everything AFRE said. This was...just okay. I do wanna stress that this is issue NUMBER 1! Issue number 1s are supposed to be exciting! Engaging! And get you hyped for what's to come. This is issue didnt do anything near that and felt like just a new arc. Theirs been 5 #1 amazing/superior issues and I feel this is the most underwhelming.


    I enjoy Peter owning the mobster villians like Tombstone with what seems to be a gang war brewing. I dont like the making Peter life worse switcheroo that Marvel is intent to commit to now, which seems like a vindictive act against fans of the Nick Spencer run/ Spidey-marriage. However, I do like that Wells is addressing the forgotten Nick Spencer plotpoints like Gog, Th more

  • 6.0
    thecomiccookebook Apr 27, 2022

    I’m very conflicted on this issue. On one hand, I enjoy the teaser and mystery that is setup on the first page but I don’t like the setup for another separate mystery on the final pages. This just feels like another case of a Spidey run that will be decompressed for another 50-100 issues or so until it’s resolved and forgotten about. JRJR’s art is just as controversial as the story. He has always been an artist I have mixed feelings about and this time around isn’t jiving with me. Overall, not a recommend and I won’t be continuing this run. I don’t feel the need to read something where I can already see the writing on the wall and it’ll be dragged out for the next couple years. I’ll stick to my Diet Pepsi.

  • 5.5
    samizrozami Apr 27, 2022

    Please dont

  • 5.0
    Marginalhero Apr 29, 2022

    If this is your thing, fine, you are welcome to like it. I didn’t like it. I don’t like Peter being written so I likeable. I’ve read Spider-Man for years, and this isn’t the first time a writer tried this. I recall during the clone saga, Peter smacked MJ, and that was stupid writing then. That doesn’t happen here, or anything like it, just thinking of an example of Peter being written unlikable. At least back then, the agenda was to get readers to be more sympathetic to Ben as the real Spider-Man. It was bad writing. I don’t think this was clone saga levels of bad writing which is why for what it is, I can see some people enjoying this. I just hate seeing characters be petty with each other. I don’t want to read that.
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  • 5.0
    Sollywoods Apr 28, 2022

    I did not like this comic. A 5 was generous.

    Why don't I like it?
    The art was okay. It's JRJR so it's par for him. Don't hate it but it's not elevating anything.

    Maybe I'm still a bit soured about what the last issue did to Ben. But Ben's not here.

    I didn't like this because that was not Peter Parker. That was a jerk. There are characters who can be jerks and enjoyable. There's been some great deadpool stories. I loved Duggan's run and reread that from time to time. Punisher has some great stories despite not being a good person.

    But I've always like Peter Parker because he's a good person. He tries to do what's right despite personal consequences. It's not always the best choices but he more

  • 5.0
    Halodystroyer44 Apr 27, 2022

    JRJR needs to retire

  • 3.5
    nonvtec95 Apr 29, 2022

    Was not impressed. Another depressing story of Peter's life in shambles. The time skip made it so confusing. Feels more like another universe instead of where we just were in the 616 Spider-Man story. I hope they can turn this around and make it make more sense. I don't want to suffer through more issues like I had to with Dan Slott's Superior Spider-Man story.

  • 3.0
    Jeroen DarkSkywise Apr 29, 2022

    No. Absolutely no.

    I'm not a JrJr fan, but this is the first time his "art" (I use the term loosely) was SO distractingly awful (or is it "awfully distracting"?) that I had to force myself to read the text balloons - and I still kept skipping bits.

    I'll try again tomorrow. Well, maybe.

  • 2.5
    biankha Apr 29, 2022

    That was genuinely one of the worst Spider-Man comics I've ever read, and cemented for me the fact that 616 Peter hasn't really been good since, like, One More Day (with a few exceptions). The cover is ugly, the art in this issue is pretty ugly, the plot is weird, and how the hell did MJ manage to get pregnant, have twins, and age them up to like 3 years old within 6 months? What in God's name is Zeb Welles doing? Anyway, I hope this run gets better but I somehow doubt it.

  • 2.5
    DiegoLDUganda Apr 27, 2022

    Big meh

  • 2.5
    M Siddiqi Apr 26, 2022

    Dude the same shit, Peter is on the outs from everyone, do something else

  • 2.0
    Rachit Mittal Apr 28, 2022

    I wasn't planning to read it but God this is terrible.

    Bland Art. Forced Drama down to throat. Blatant Misunderstanding of Parker Luck. Digger, Tombstone thing is too bland. Not interested in whatever useless drama Wells had for MJ and Peter.

    May was super cringe in 2nd page of her scene. I first page everything was fine then she stood up and putting her hand above chest. That looked so cringe and crap.

    Art is just so fucking terrible. Bland.

  • 1.0
    PeteRick May 17, 2022

    Well, it's so bad that it's actually funny, never had any expectations whatsoever, dumb plot, moronic dialog, so i can see why the creative team went for it, i'd actually be surprised if a well developed issue came out of this trash, and they wonder why manga sells more than this pile of horse shit!

  • 1.0
    Ebonyc Apr 28, 2022

    Dogshit

  • Dave Apr 27, 2022

    After awhile of reading spiderman you begin to wonder why doesn’t Peter just kill himself. His life seems joyless

  • Asger Apr 27, 2022

    "An enraged fan is an engaged fan" seems to be the stupid hook they are going with for this new run. Peter acts as if Ock is back in his body, he's an unlikeable little shithead in the book. I don't know what Marvel's obsession with ruining Spider-Man since 2008 has been but the only thing that can salvage the character is to undo One More Day and rewrite the timeline.

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  • Daredevil Apr 24, 2022

    Let's see how many people get triggered over the ending to the *first* issue of this *ongoing* series.

    If you don't like this issue, then vote with your wallet and stop buying and reading it. Otherwise, I'll see your complaining ass in the next issue! And the next issue! And the next issue! And the next issue! And etc.!

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