Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1
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Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Marco Rudy Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 2, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 5
8.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

• From the haunted heights of a mysterious castle to the dizzying depths of the deep seas, the Amazing Spider-Man has to take on not one, not six, not twelve - but ninety-nine of the Marvel Universe's deadliest villains to save the lives of countless innocents!
•  Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and Marco Rudy (Swamp Thing) bring you a defining hour in the life of the webbed wonder in a race against time and a battle against evil.

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Nicolo Parungo Oct 2, 2013

    Marvel Knights: Spider-Man is a resounding success. Truly living up to the legendary imprint's legacy of creativity while offering a home for readers new and old alike. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 2, 2013

    For those wanting to start or get back into reading Spider-Man but aren't sure how far back to go, this is a miniseries you can easily dive into. With the Marvel Knights imprint back, Matt Kindt is allowed to venture off and tell a Spider-Man story that doesn't have to rely on anything else going on in the Marvel Universe. That allows the story to stand on its own. Marco Rudy and Val Staples have a deeply vast and rich playground to cut loose on. Due to the nature of the story, there is plenty of room for them to shake things up and give us a story that doesn't have to play out in normal fashion. This isn't the regular kind of Spider-Man story we've seen for the past fifty years and that's a great thing. This is the time to check out something different in a glorious package. Current, past and future Spider-Man fans will enjoy this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Herotaku - Jamal Melancon Oct 2, 2013

    All in all, give this issue a chance. I know lots of people still may have beef with Dan Slott's Doc Ock and all the craziness going on there, so let Peter be crazy for a bit. This isn't some one-shot, old school and back to the basics Spider-Man story. It's looking to raise the bar on Marvel Knights future as a whole, and show off the skills of awesome creative teams. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - David Brooke Oct 3, 2013

    Pretty flipping amazing to say the least. The story isn't too complicated, but that's required considering the words would just ruin these beautiful pages. On top of that, the premise needs to be simple enough for the images to go hog wild. Just like you will be doing when you read this! Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Geeked Out Nation - 2ComicNerds Oct 3, 2013

    This issue has a unique feel and does a wonderful job making you feel uneasy just as Peter does in this issue. We would highly recommend this limited series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Spin Dash Oct 10, 2013

    For those who are waiting for Pete to return in Superior, you may have to wait longer, but until that time I highly recommend picking up Marvel Knights Spider-Man for a fun, trippy adventure that will have you wishing you had some of the pages to put framed on your wall. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Oct 15, 2013

    This story is titled 99 Problems and Peter is going to have to face & overcome all 99 or perish in the attempt. Are they real? In his mind? In a simulated environment? We can't be sure at this point, but buckle in and enjoy the ride as we are brought on a psychedelic tour of bad guys and amazing page designs with very interesting wordplay built into the designs/layout.This is certainly not your typical Spider-Man story, it seems built from the ground up to stand out from the rest of the Marvel comics on the racks. If this is to be the hallmark of the Marvel Knights relaunch, I'm looking forward to what we're going to see next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 2, 2013

    Yet for my money, Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #1 is a bombastic opener, and a great showcase for two talents who are just shy of cracking the big time. Matt Kindt shows that he can cram a lot into a script and still bring plenty of smart ideas to the table, while Marco Rudy proves once and for all that he's nothing less than superstar status. Sometimes a punch is just a punch - sometimes a superhero street fight is just a street fight. Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #1, however, is a brash symphony of violence - and it's one that provides a superior relaunch to one of Marvel's great imprints. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - King Nov 22, 2014

    This is a limited run, and I for one love Kindt’s depiction of Spider-Man’s thought process as he engages his enemies – it’s not too quippy nor corny, and helps to convey the present sense of danger and stress Spidey’s undergoing. Rudy’s art is also insanely mesmerizing and can admittedly be frantic at times, but all the more helps to emphasize not only the levels of stress/danger, but also the more underlying psychological aspects threatening Spidey as well. My hearts beating just writing the review, and I clearly plan on following this run through to the end – for better or worse. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 7, 2013

    The detail of Marco Rudy's artwork perfectly illustrates the madness Spider-Man is experiencing. Val Staples' coloring compliments the pencil and makes the reader feel that they are tripping on acid at times, which also conveys the gravity of the psychological peril Spider-Man is in, as his spider sense is ringing nonstop. The maze of twists and turns written by Kindt makes you wonder if this is real or just some horrible nightmare. The end of this tale reveals an insurmountable gauntlet of 99 problems for Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Oct 2, 2013

    Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #1 is an absolutely jarring beginning to what promises to be a more than worthwhile addition to your comic collection. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Oct 3, 2013

    The ‘Marvel Knights' banner promises us a mix of unique creative talent that will deliver us stories that are edgier and different from what we get in these characters' regular ongoings. In this case, “edgy” is an appropriate word – not for the maturity of the content – but the boldness of the storytelling. As great a job as I think Dan Slott has done with Spider-Man, you just aren't going to get this kind of story in a regular Spider-Man book. You won't get a 5-issue arc with this kind of commitment and detail given to a truly strange artistic cornucopia, anyway. Whether the story “matters” or not, with a creative team like Kindt, Rudy, and Staples doing work as expansive and weird as this, you won't want to miss it. After all, what “matters” more than great creative teams on great characters like Spider-Man? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Nov 7, 2013

    With the writer sitting back and letting his artist breath, Marvel Knights Spider-Man is wildly innovative. There is no risk that this comic book will not take in adapting 99 villains into one short story. Fans of the medium should indefinitely have on eye on this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Stephen Hardman Oct 3, 2013

    It's great to see the return of Marvel Knights and the publisher has chosen a great project to re-launch the much-loved imprint. Check out this book if you haven't already. It's a must-own comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Oct 3, 2013

    If you're sick and tired of the Spidey status quo, this is the mini-series for you. The story is crazy and isn't afraid to take chances, while the art is wild and some of the most beautiful comic book pages of the year. The abstract direction may not be for everybody, but anybody who loves something a little different should eat this right up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 3, 2013

    This comic book kicks off the latest round of Marvel Knights comic book stories. This isn't a simple read-and-release comic book quick to fall out of memory. "Marvel Knights: Spider-Man" #1 is an enjoyable, engaging read that will leave readers wondering as much, if not more, than Spider-Man himself. This comic absorbs readers into the story and delivers. Readers will be able to think about the story in this comic and not simply about the comic book itself. Of course, it helps a little bit to have Peter Parker back in the driver's seat of a Spider-Man title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Oct 8, 2013

    But like I said, the plot itself isn't the point here, which is another unconventional trait of Marvel Knights: Spider-Man. The psychedelic, mindtrip of a story allows for the incorporation of a wide array of obscure Marvel characters, and I rather enjoyed seeing so many float in and out of the story. Mind you, to get the full effect, the reader really has to have some familiarity with these characters. The script in particular assumes the reader knows who Jack O'Lantern and Arcade are, providing little in the way of exposition. Fortunately, the oddities and innovative approaches here make up for the few failings. Ultimately, this was an enjoyable reading experience, but I must admit I'm not all that hungry to learn what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Oct 4, 2013

    This comic will certainly be a change of pace for Spider-Man readers, regardless of how they feel about the current Superior version*. I don't know that my grade necessarily reflects a purchase recommendation, so much as it is acknowledging that you really do have to at least sample this at the store, because Ruby's art has to be seen to be" well, maybe not believed, but at least experienced. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Oct 4, 2013

    Kindt's story is a tad hard to follow, but Rudy's artwork is worth the price of admission. And then some. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Oct 2, 2013

    Matt Kindt is certainly the writer of the moment, popping up all over the place. Seems like he's writing books for nearly every major company, and he's writing them well. This issue isn't his best work, though. He never really finds Spidey's voice. None of that stops this issue from being good, but it doesn't exactly make it a "must buy" either. The story structure is interesting and I'm curious to see where it's going, but Spider-Man should really sound like Spider-Man. There are enough books out there where he sounds like somebody else (because he is!). Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Oscar Russell Oct 4, 2013

    At the end of the day, you will probably not read another book like this all year, other than the other 4 issues of this mini, and that is kindda cool and special. It's a book that anyone can pick up and read, as you really don't need to know anything more than who Spider-Man is, but that doesn't mean I would recommend it to someone as their first Spidey comic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Oct 5, 2013

    At the end of the read, we have to ask ourselves: is this book worth $3.99? Kindt's story is enjoyable and Rudy's artwork is sensational, but this isn't the type of Spider-Man story I think everyone will like. To be honest, it might be a more enjoyable idea to wait for the trade on this one. But if you love the art like this, then pick it up and enjoy. Read Full Review

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