Beyond: Mary Jane & Black Cat #1
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Beyond: Mary Jane & Black Cat #1

Writer: Saladin Ahmed Artist: C.F. Villa Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 26, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 33
8.9Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

• Black Cat has been kidnapped, and the only person who can save her is... MARY JANE WATSON?!
•  Mary Jane has never liked Felicia Hardy, and now she has to save her life?!
•  But remember, this is the Black Cat we're talking about. Things are never quite what they seem.

ONE-SHOT / RATED T+

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Tim Adams Jan 26, 2022

    Having two of the most important people in Spider-Man's life be the protagonists in a tie-in to Amazing Spider-Man's Beyond era works so well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 24, 2022

    Mary Jane/Black Cat: Beyond #1features an unorthodox team-up between the two most important ladies in Peter Parker's life, resulting in a fast-paced and funny tale. Between this story and the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man #87, which is slated to debut later this week, I'm glad MacKay has joined the Beyond Saga. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jan 28, 2022

    Tapping into the Spider-Man Beyond realm, this issue serves not only as a fun team-up between the title characters but puts a definitive statement in place about who and what Felicia Hardy/Black Cat is as a person and character. This is the perfect epilogue to properly close out what was truly among the best titles that Marvel Comics was publishing the past few years. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Jan 30, 2022

    Well worth your time and an example of how to work two side characters into their own story and have it turn out well. It reminded me of some of the War of the Bounty Hunters one-shot stories. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 22, 2022

    Being a huge fan of MacKay, Campbell and of course Felicia, with this creative team they would have to go some way to disappoint me. Safe to say that didn't happen. With Felicia's almost obsession with a certain red-head in her own, it's great to see the pair together. By continuing this theme, MacKay gets to build on Mary Jane and Felicia's relationship, although maybe not in the same way that Peter dreams. A fantastic book, that goes to show that dropping Black Cat from schedule is a huge mistake for Marvel. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Feb 2, 2022

    There was a time when Peter Parker could have been said to have been having a midlife crisis. It was back in the mid-1980s (back then, continuity could still be said to reach back to the character's origin in the early 1960s, which would have made him middle-aged at the time.) He just come back from another planet with an alien costume. Spider-Man he was hanging out with Black Cat. As Peter Parker, he was getting into severe emotional territory with Mary Jane. One woman represented one side of his wife. The other represented the other. Ultimately he got married to Mary Jane. MacKay Takes the traditional dynamic between the two of them and pears them beautifully in a really, really breezy action story that's got a little bit of emotional weight to it as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 24, 2022

    Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond #1 is a fun one-shot that anyone can pick up as long as you have an interest in Black Cat or Mary Jane. Both characters have a strong voice and feel true to their character and their history while delivering a fun done-in-one adventure. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Jan 24, 2022

    No matter what you're expecting from this book, this book is not what you're expecting. A very pleasant surprise that delivers both laughs and action, with an organic reason for this team-up. An essential part of the Beyond era. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Anna Bailey Jan 26, 2022

    Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond #1 is fun, refreshing, and cinematic. Even for those who dont follow along with Spidermans story, this issue is worth the read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 26, 2022

    Villa creates some great visuals throughout the issue. There are some fun, visually interesting moments throughout and the imagery perfectly matches the fun tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler Jan 27, 2022

    Mary Jane and Black Cat: Beyond #1 gives a cool team-up between the two leading ladies. The story provides a solid reason why they team up so it doesn't feel forced, and the adventure they have is actually fun. The comic keeps both MJ and Black Cat distinct heroines and delivers some sincere emotional development between the two. This comic works in the Beyond storyline and as a great standalone story featuring these two characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Feb 6, 2022

    While this bills itself as a "Beyond" book, with the exception of Peter's coma, this could have happened almost any time and been carried on the charm of its two leads. Their tension makes up for a more present antagonist, and Robbins does just enough to make his presence the proper motivation. It's also interesting that the solicitations for this book originally had it being written by Saladin Ahmed with a wildly different plot. Oh well. Regardless, this self-contained issue is a masterpiece of plotting and characterization that's fun for almost everybody " except Shocker and Parker Robbins. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 30, 2022

    If you are a fan of the Spider-Man franchise this is definitely a comic book I recommend checking out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Jan 31, 2022

    Fast paced and fun, this one-shot is definitely one to look into. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jan 29, 2022

    Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond #1 is all over the place and doesn't seem to know what it is trying to do. Read Full Review

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