Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business #1
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Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business #1

Writer: James Robinson, Mark Waid Artist: Werther Dell, Gabriele Dell Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 2, 2014 Cover Price: $24.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 10
8.0Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Someone has Spider-Man in their crosshairs, and the only person in the Marvel Universe who can save him is...Peter Parker's sister?! As the web-slinger meets family he never knew, will she end up becoming his greatest ally, or the one who damns him? And what does the Kingpin of Crime have to do with it? This all-new, original graphic novel - written by Eisner Award winner Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL) and acclaimed author James Robinson (Superman), and fully painted by the legendary Gabriele Dell'Otto (SECRET WAR) - comes to you in a high-end, oversized format. It's the web-slinger's darkest hour - and greatest triumph!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 2, 2014

    I didn't think I was going to like this story. I didn't think it would matter or be important. I was wrong. Clearly the creative team had a huge influence on my decision to buy this without having any idea what we would get. Waid, Robinson, and Dell'Otto take us away on an incredible adventure full of action, intrigue, mystery, and even espionage. It's definitely a different kind of Spider-Man story and that's part of what I enjoyed so much. I did roll my eyes over the idea of Peter Parker having a long-lost sister but Waid and Robinson showed me it could be a great thing. Does this fit into regular continuity? Could it fit in? I absolutely hope so. This is a highly enjoyable stand alone Spider-Man story unlike what you're used to. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Apr 4, 2014

    So, in conclusion, while it may be Dan Slott and Giueseppe Camuncoli who are bringing Peter back in “Superior Spider-Man”, I would say that Waid, Robinson, Dell'Otto and Dell'Edera already did that. This is simply an amazing Spider-Man story that really benefitted from the graphic novel format not only because it got to display the artwork in one go without breaks or delays, but allows the story to play out naturally over the course of the book with trying to split it into chapters. This is a Spider-Man story from people who love Spider-Man for people who love Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Apr 5, 2014

    It's great to see Parker back in the suit with his witty one-liners, and this is a story that had to be Peter's. It's an effective one-and-done storyline, but I'm sure that Dan Slott is already concocting a way to tie the events of this book into a future Spider tale. Family Business is essential reading for any Spidey fan and it shows that Marvel's decision to produce these original graphic novels was a wise one. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Dan Gvozden Apr 14, 2014

    Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business does what an original graphic novel should. It introduces a new concept that might not fit in normal continuity, beautiful artwork, and a bold story that is too genre specific and continuity heavy to fit into a movie while still offering the same scope and cinematic experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Apr 7, 2014

    This book has much more than a standard-issue Spider-Man story: Nazi gold, Kirby crackle, Kingpin wearing patterned, Hawaiian shirts, Spidey costumes both classic and black, a flashback appearance from the Parkers and other little nods throughout the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 7, 2014

    Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business should have a pretty broad appeal. It caters to casual readers who want a self-contained, accessible Spidey adventure. It appeals to those who crave a tale with Peter back in the saddle. And even those who crave a different sort of Spider-man adventure will find plenty to love here. It's a solid effort from all the creators. Unfortunately, it's not as long or well-paced a story as it could have been, and the lack of more permanent, obvious repercussions on Peter's life is disappointing. This OGN is definitely worth a look, but maybe not at the current $25 price tag. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Apr 2, 2014

    While an improvement from the first OGN, Family Business is still a messy book with no sense of direction. You could do worse than this, but there are a ton of better Spider-Man stories to start noobs off right. At this point, Marvel OGNs are looking pretty messy. Read Full Review

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