Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Juan Cabal, Marcelo Ferreira Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 9, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 32
8.0Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

+ Pull List

Spider-Man is the worst neighbor EVER! There are always crazy villains and property damage and drama and...and he CATCHES the villains. And he tries to fix the damage and he helps carry your groceries and actually that property damage keeps the rents down. You know what? Spider-Man is the best neighbor ever and this book will give you a closer look at Spider-Man's (and Peter Parker's) neighborhood than any book ever. Also, it wouldn't be a Spider-Man adventure without a threat that could destroy not only Spider-Man, but all his neighbors. Superstar writer TOM TAYLOR (X-MEN RED, ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, Injustice) and rising art star JUANN CABAL (AL more

  • 10 - Christian Hoffer Jan 9, 2019

    If you're a Spider-Man fan, you'll love this comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Harlan Ivester Jan 9, 2019

    There’s a lot of gears turning that make this a pretty great #1. As I said, plenty of aspects for all kinds of fans make this easy to recommend. Based on the plot alone, the issue probably wouldn’t be enough if not for the back-up, but the excellent voices are where the book really shines anyway. Except for some spots in the second half, the art solidifies the fun, adventurous attitude of the story. If you’re like me and the wait between Spencer’s issues is just a little too much, this will surely hold you over. Pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jan 9, 2019

    If youre looking for a solid read from a great creative team, give Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 a try. Im in for whatever this team has up next. Its nice to have a continuity-light Spider-Man comic with strong writing and good art. Im not sure how many adventures Spider-Man can have around his neighborhood, but Im sure Taylor can make the most of them. Maybe at some point, someone will even give the webslinger a churro. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Jan 10, 2019

    A top-notch introduction to a new series. Strong characterizations and art make this a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jan 15, 2019

    I've added Friendly to my pull list, not because Amazing Spider-Man doesn't provide me the thrills I demand in my Spidey tales"it does. But I have a feeling Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man is going to be the book that lets us get to know Peter Parker even more than we already do, somehow, by letting the guy be a person instead of an icon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 10, 2019

    The art in both stories works really well. The first story has a lighter, more positive tone and the art reflects that. The second story is more ominous is how it builds tension up to the final reveal, so the use of shadows throughout is perfect. Great job to both artists. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berkowitz Jan 9, 2019

    FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1 is laid back, almost to a fault. However, Tom Taylor still delivers a very enjoyable book from start to finish. I definitely recommend it to Spidey fans, since it's got some classic Peter Parker moments in it. Juann Cabal's beautiful art makes up for any slights I may have with the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 9, 2019

    Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 is that kind of book that you would recommend to readers who want superhero stories where the importance of the hero is what's behind the mask. Fixing damages, carrying your groceries, or just being a friendly neighbor matters. This creative team gets that, and I can't wait to see more of what this Spidey has to offer the people who surround him. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Brandon Masters Jan 11, 2019

    In short, this is a wonderful opening story for a new Spider-Man book. Continuity demands are light, and both the main story and backup story that can easily go places. Fans looking to pick up a new comic should check this one out if theyve liked Spidey in the past. Super-fans? Its a safe bet youve already gotten this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 9, 2019

    Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man #1 has plenty of appeal as it explores the quieter side of Peter Parker's life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 8, 2019

    Not all of Spidey’s adventures have to be sprawling epics or have world-ending stakes. And it is that understanding that makes Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 such a charming read. Tom Taylor, Juann Cabal, and Nolan Woodard zoom in on Peter’s new building and the (relatively) normal people living there to show how Peter keeps being a hero even when Thanos or the Green Goblin isn’t around. A welcome change of pace from the faster-paced, more theatrical main title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 11, 2019

    Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 is a great start to Tom Taylor's run on this series. Right away Taylor capturing what makes Spider-Man and Peter Parker compelling as characters. The world around them is properly developed with the back-up story providing an impactful note to leave fans wanting to come back for more. All of this is brought to life by Juann Cabal and Marcelo Ferreira artwork that fit the tone of their assigned stories. If you're a Spider-Man I recommend checking out Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Jan 11, 2019

    "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man" #1 brings readers a Spidey for the people, by the people. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 9, 2019

    Despite its flaws, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1is everything I expected and most of what I hoped for. It is a good Spider-Man comic, if not a great one, but the potential is there for it to become something special. Long-time Spider-Fans will find it enjoyable, if nothing else. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Jan 8, 2019

    A perfect compliment to Spencer & Ottley's ASM. This is a book that every die-hard Spidey fan will appreciate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - AJ Frost Jan 9, 2019

    I really was caught up in this book, and despite its flaws, I think it displays Spider-Man at his best. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Jim Werner Jan 9, 2019

    This is a good, just not amazing (or spectacular) start to a new Spider-Man book. Tom Taylor gets everyone up to speed on Peter/Spider-Mans life and sets up a mystery that has me intrigued. I recommend this to old and new Spidey fans, I just think the best is yet to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jan 14, 2019

    I'm not sure where the over-arching narrative is headed but the charming and endearing writing of Peter by Taylor has me on-board for my first Spider-Man title in over a decade. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman's Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jan 9, 2019

    In a quiet and polished debut, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 does just enough to justify an addition to the Spidey line. A major development for a long-time character also happens in the backup story. It remains to be seen if this title will feel worthwhile moving forward, but Tom Taylor has done great things with lesser concepts, so for now Im sticking with it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 14, 2019

    This book doesn't provide the kind of madcap vibe I had hoped it. Sure, there are a couple of surprises to contend with, but everything seems so nice; it is almost like a Pleasantville version of Spider-Man. Still, Taylor has shown that he can write with the best of 'em, so a little faith is deserved in this not Amazing and not Spectacular Spider- Man book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    411Mania - RobF Jan 17, 2019

    I'll ask the question: Did we need another Spider-Man title? Answer? In my opinion, no we did not. If you are a fan of a kinder, gentler, less complicatedSpider-Man then this is the title for you. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - Forrest Hollingsworth Jan 8, 2019

    A strikingly beautiful and sometimes sincere issue that shines on the small scale, this new status quo for Spidey fails to establish a bigger picture that sets all the pieces in place before it starts playing around with them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    YourGreenMuse Jan 9, 2019

    This was a really great first issue. From the first two pages, it's certain that Tom Taylor understands Spider-Man and Peter Parker. The bulk of this issue is Peter Parker just helping his neighbors and it works well as long as you like Peter Parker. The actual plot involving this neighbor of his and her connections to a supervillain isn't established until about halfway through the issue, and on that front, not a ton happens. But we get introduced to the supporting cast and they all seem okay so far. I'm sure they'll be developed more. We also get more mileage out of Peter being roommates with Boomerang and it's great. The back up story is what will be talked about, though. It's a short story about Peter and MJ having breakfast and then Au more

  • 1.5
    ohhaimark Jan 11, 2019


    -Okay, I wish the backup story could've been the whole issue. It really, really hit me in the feels. This was one of those rare times the backup was better than the main story.

    THE BAD:

    -Really didn't like the art. It felt stiff and lifeless.

    -This series didn't feel like anything special to me. It doesn't give me any reason not to save the money and just buy the main ongoing Spidey series.

    -The humor in this issue just felt really off. Like I was supposed to laugh, but never did, because nothing was really that funny.

    -I believe it was Joss Whedon who said, "It's no fun to watch a movie about someone who already knows it's a wonderful life." This was the same th more

    + LikeComments (7)
  • 8.5
    MKW69 Jan 9, 2019

    I loved most of it, but extra story has potential to either elevate or Doom this book.

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Jan 9, 2019

    Exactly what I've expected from this book - a more street-level story, compared to the main book. And Tom Taylor perfectly manages to capture this whole setting. Spidey definitely reads like himself, and the background characters are not too bad either. Cabal's artwork is great as well, it really suits the tone of the book. The backup story will probably be the main story of this book moving forward, and while it's not new, I am very sure it will be interesting to see where it goes from here. Overall, a very good start. Can't remember the last time all Spider-books were this good.

  • 10
    Simon DelMonte Jan 9, 2019

    I hate the cancer trope. It's always maudlin and manipulative. Why are we seeing it again?

  • 10
    AsgersWeb Jan 9, 2019

    This and PPSSM #310 are the two best Spidey comics since JMS's run. Such a nice issue. Spider-Man is what he should be a Friendly Neighborhood hero. That scene on the bus is so great. Also the thing with Aunt May, can't wait to see what happens next

  • 10
    Synthozoid Jan 10, 2019

    Great script, great artwork. I thoroughly enjoyed this issue.

  • 9.0
    Super-Adaptoid Jan 10, 2019

    Strangely enough, I kinda liked this. I only picked it up on a whim because I have not been fond of Spencer’s ASM at all but I did enjoy Chip’s PPTSSM while it lasted. The first story in this issue was pretty darn good - I enjoyed the characters and liked how Pete’s life was at the forefront. The backup story was...well, as many have already said, this has been done before so we will see where it goes. But I liked this well enough to give a couple more issues a try and added it to my pull list immediately after reading it.

  • 8.5
    Kalaoui Jan 11, 2019

    Great star. Wasn't sure about another Spidey book but this actually worked well!.

  • 7.5
    thecomiccookebook Jan 9, 2019

    I thought this was a good start to another Spider-Man book that sets the tone for Tom Taylor to focus on local crimes rather than any big, end-of-the-world scenarios. That said, the story line itself doesn't feel all that interesting. Taylor nails the pathos of Spider-Man but not the story. Juann Cabal has art that I'm conflicted about for it feels very similar to Mikel Janin. The backup story hooked me in but I'm expect there to be no consequence when all is said and done. Overall, pretty good but some noticeable problems.

  • 7.5
    waltgator93 Jan 9, 2019

    For a first issue it was pretty good! Tom Taylor shows is that he knows what’s going on in the other Spider-Man book unfortunately not fully convinced that he has Peter Parker down, well more like Spider-Man. I know that Tom can write some funny dialogue still have to see it in this book. While the funny dialogue that he did write some were more of an “eye roll” moment. Some of the funny dialogue landed and had a good chuckle. He does a good job at showing us the good heart in peter. Slightly confused on why Peteris carryingup his neighbors grocery’s though. Also confuse on the cliffhanger but hey cliffhangers can be confusing. The art amazing job by Juan.

  • 7.5
    Br'er Lapin Jan 20, 2019

    Solid, but not quite the game changing debut I was expecting from Tom Taylor.

  • 5.0
    SloboSOY Jan 14, 2019

    Yes it's fun but nothing really original. The save is even hard to believe. All the rest have a deja vu taste.
    I kind of expect something more. And Comon they put MJ/Peter Back just yet & Bam May have another health issue ... Sure !

    Cover - More a IDW kid comics cover, or a Ultimate one. Not in link. 1/2
    Writing - Both story aren't bad but I think there is something missing. 2/3
    Arts - Both have good & less good part. There too it's lacking of something. 2/3
    Feeling - Not what I wanted to read. 0/2

  • 10
    Breno Mailon Jan 9, 2019

  • 10
    Radar Jan 9, 2019

  • 10
    DrTracy Jan 10, 2019

  • 10
    CesarCastanha Jan 11, 2019

  • 10
    Jason The Dude Jan 12, 2019

  • 10
    Grifter Jan 12, 2019

  • 9.0
    MistMiracle Jan 9, 2019

  • 9.0
    huzz Jan 10, 2019

  • 9.0
    Kaan Ayhan Şenol Jan 11, 2019

  • 9.0
    ÜberGinger Jan 11, 2019

  • 9.0
    EDiakota Jan 13, 2019

  • 8.5
    Jonny1998 Jan 11, 2019

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 Jan 9, 2019

  • 8.0
    Sigmund Floppychest Jan 9, 2019

  • 8.0
    Khan/Murdock Jan 9, 2019

  • 8.0
    Watchtower022 Jan 9, 2019

  • 8.0
    Yippeekiyay Jan 10, 2019

  • 7.5
    mrbrans Jan 9, 2019

  • 1.0
    Snuff Jan 9, 2019

Reviews for the Week of...