Amazing Spider-Man #18

Writer: Zeb Wells Artist: Ed McGuinness Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 25, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 19
7.7Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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As if the normal run-of-the-mill demons of Limbo weren't enough? Spider-Man finds himself facing a small army of demonized versions of his rogues' gallery! Can he make it home to stop Chasm and the Goblin Queen?!

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jan 27, 2023

    This is a great comic, everyone should read it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jan 25, 2023

    Amazing Spider-Man #18 is a comic that truly understands fun. This whole crossover has been terrific at keeping the tone light and constantly hilarious. Its not this dark, melancholic atmosphere that weighs heavily on the reader whilst reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 25, 2023

    If it wasn't evident yet, Amazing Spider-Man #18 solidifies that this is bonkers, fun adventure times for Spidey and his amazing friends. That goes for demon-turned-Spider-Man Rek-Rap, the ridiculous Insidious Six, and even Chasm going Super Saiyan. Sure, Spider-Man is typically a more serious series, and it has been under Wells at times, but if you see what Dark Web has been from the start, you'll have the most fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jan 25, 2023

    Perhaps the single most impressive feat in this issue is how seamlessly it weaves the tones of over-the-top comedy and continuity-laden pathos into a single narrative that lands both its laughs and sighs. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 25, 2023

    McGuiness delivers some beautiful art in the issue. There are some great dramatic poses, visually engaging action and a great scope to the world of the characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 25, 2023

    I get that comics have to have crossovers, and I understand why they can be popular, but at this point I would love to return to regular scheduling programming! There are still overhanging web threads that need resolving. Like a good meal, things take a while to simmer; if you leave it to long though, the meal is spoiled. I would hate for that to happen to what was a revitalised Spider-Man book. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Jan 26, 2023

    Amazing Spider-Man #18 is somehow worse than issue #17 because it tries to continue #17's (poorly written) humor while attempting to mix it with hard-hitting, serious moments. Neither the drama nor the humor works, so by trying to do both, you wind up with neither, and the big reveal at the end lands with a mild thud. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 25, 2023

    This issue is good, but the plot points were easily predicted and it feels like there isn't enough here for Zeb Wells to insist on stretching the event out for as long as it has been. Which is weird, since the event is really short anyway. I really didn't like the Rek-Rap thing from the previous issue, but it was more fun here.

  • 7.5
    KittyNone Jan 26, 2023

    Rek-Rap is a delight and so was JJJ convincing the demons that he's one of them just by being himself, but it's hard to miss that this crossover is kind of all over the place, shapeless, uneven and weirdly paced

  • 6.5
    DDJamesB Jan 25, 2023

    Ehh. I can't say it was absolutely terrible. Rek-Rap was annoying, but I have to say I was kind of rooting for him. Other than that, it's just a passable read and nothing more.

  • 6.0
    Jeff Plaza Jan 29, 2023

    Everything I like about this issue I like except with all the Ben Reily stuff. His character has been so twisted and changed without reason that He's unrecognizable. His turn to the Jackel made more sense than this bs.

  • 6.0
    daspidaboy Jan 25, 2023

    what a weird issue. I'll leave it at that. Art is fine, but I wished we got more character arc for Madelyn Prior. The fact that one of the most important plot points in one of the key characters happens in a tie-in issue and not hte main event kinda sucks. But it is whatever. It's fine. Action and character is fine. Ben Reilly is more crazier right now, but it is what it is.

  • 5.0
    Federico Liguori Jan 26, 2023

    I honestly don't care anymore. I will keep reading ASM because it's always been my favourite series, but this is just... Nothing. I'm not even mad as I was with ASM 900 or other terrible books. This story is just meh. Ben Reilly is ruined forever, you can't go back after this Chasm phase. Peter is the usual supposedly smart guy who gets constantly kicked in the face. Maddie just did a U-turn to quickly end this story arc. It has its funny moments, but we really are at rock bottom.

  • 5.0
    Afre Jan 26, 2023

    It's a very perplexing issue. It's... certainly something.

    If we put the atrocius and horribly written direction for Ben aside, it's passable. It's a demonic invasion that doesn't take itself too seriously, with great art from McGuinness.

    So as it's own, it's okay. If we ignore the "wtf is this bs" they did with Ben. (King Chasm...?)

    But as an event, it's very messy. Pacing for it was off, it felt like not a lot happened in the main book of the event. And the tone was all over the place. This feels like a parody version of the opening issue of Dark Web. Or that the writer changed the direction heavily after that.

    Tie-ins too take this much more seriously. And because of the tonal inconsistencies, more

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