Sinister War #1

Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Mark Bagley Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 14, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 63
7.3Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

DOCTOR OCTOPUS IS BACK! AND THE SINISTER WAR HAS BEGUN!
Ock's got a new Sinister Six and if you think he's thought big in the past, think again. What Ock DOESN'T know is that the VULTURE has a sextet of his own: THE SAVAGE SIX! It's an all-out WAR between two of the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe, and the only person they hate more than each other is SPIDER-MAN! Spidey's in deep trouble with the toughest battle that he's ever faced. Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley team up for this epic Spider-Man story guaranteed to shock readers everywhere!
Rated T+

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jul 14, 2021

    Sinister War #1begins Nick Spencer's final Spider-Man story, and it starts with plenty of action and jaw-dropping plot twists. Peter Parker is in for the fight of his life, and I can't wait to see how he gets out of this one. If you are a Spidey fan, you owe it to yourself to pick up this comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jul 16, 2021

    Sinister War #1 is a fun filled issue that is not as light as it seems. Nick Spencer likes to have you let your guard down and then hit you with something unexpected. The art work on this book is phenomenal. Bagley, Reber and company knock it out of the park and make this issue a breeze to look at. Sinister War is shaping up to be a classic Spider-Man story! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Jul 12, 2021

    Pretty much perfect summer reading. This reminds me of the summer Spider-Man events when I was a kid like Round Robin and others. And with this series rapids release schedule, you won't have to wait long between issues!! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 14, 2021

    Bagley has a wonderful eye for both the humanity of the characters and the nature of their world. His Spider-Man always looks great and the rest of the characters are dynamic and visually interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 15, 2021

    Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley do not disappoint in delivering an epic start to the Sinister War event. Everything about Sinister War #1 gives you the vibe that we are at the endgame of a big storyline. The concern for what will happen to Spider-Man and his supporting cast is at an all-time high. That all creates great excitement to learn how everything will turn out when all is said and done. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jul 15, 2021

    All in all, while I could certainly have opted for a gentler reintroduction into the world of Spider-Man, I'm still glad that I chose this particular moment to hop back onto the bandwagon. I'm also fairly relieved by the fact that, including the prelude issue, this “event” is only going to run for eight issue across two titles, which is far more palatable than some of Marvel and DC's other events in recent years. A fun, action packed start to what promises to be a hell of an event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Megan Peters Jul 14, 2021

    Spider-Man is back this week with an epic first issue in Amazing Spider-Man writer Nick Spencer's biggest showdown with Spidey's rogues gallery ever: Sinister War. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jul 12, 2021

    'Sinister War' already feels like a classic Spidey free-for-all in all the best ways. The action is big, the drama is high, and the quips are flying. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Jul 13, 2021

    Sinister War #1 launches with the promise of a super-villain brawl between the Sinister Six and the Savage Six, and that's exactly what you get. The art and colors show all the members of both super-villain teams in all their glory fighting each other while Spider-Man is caught in the middle. However, the comic doesn't sideline Spidey for the villain fights and manages to keep a cohesive story in what could've been a cluttered comic. Sometimes you'll wish there was of the villain teams fighting each other, but the comic leaves on the strong promise of more to come in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Manzo Jul 19, 2021

    A ton of action with well-known and new villains. It also leaves many questions for the reader, but that intrigue could be enough to check out #2. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Jul 19, 2021

    Light and entertaining, with the promise of much more to come. Nothing wrong with that. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David Weber Jul 15, 2021

    An intense story filled with colorful villains, with gorgeous art to back up the engaging tale. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 19, 2021

    Spencer's script is basically yelling at us for twenty pages, but there are interesting questions in the mix, and Bagley's art is amazing. But THIRTY-SIX villains? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 14, 2021

    Sinister War #1 is a breezy, well-paced read that marks the beginning of the end of a run that has been plodding along for 25-plus issues now. The ending of this all Im sure will make fans happy, and I wish we could just get there already. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Jul 16, 2021

    I'm not sure what Spencer is thinking after blowing 1/3 of his sinister ammunition, but Sinister War can only go up from here. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Jul 14, 2021

    The uninspiredness of Sinister War unfortunately extends to its visuals. Im loath to critique the artistic sensibility of confirmed industry legend Mark Bagley, but his classic aesthetic is just not an exciting aspect of this series. I actually like his modern art a lot when its used cleverly (i.e. Spider-Man: Life Story, where his old school vibe serves a metatextual purpose), but it just doesnt work for me here. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 14, 2021

    Sinister War #1 had me excited going into the comic. The idea of rival villain groups battling it out sounds like it could be fun and entertaining. But, the story is more a continuation of what's been going on in Amazing Spider-Man. It's not a jumping-on-point, just a spin-off to pack everything in and check off storylines. It's definitely a pass for those who haven't been reading the series already. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Κυανό Jul 14, 2021

    I liked the entry that is being made, promising installment
    And speaking of idiots, we have one here on 58 that if he doesn't change his name again. This one has been erasing his qualifications and changing his nickname.
    Idiots is spreading faster than covid on this site.

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  • 9.5
    Assassin's Creed Jul 14, 2021


    Just amazing. I don't care what "critics" say, this book has great art, action, a bit of drama, just great.

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  • 10
    King-Maker Psycamorean Jul 17, 2021

    I don't understand some of the critic reviews here. Complaining that this is just more ASM, or that it comes directly off of ASM's story is like complaining that King in Black is just more Venom, or that War of the Realms was just more Thor. This issue gives you everything you need to know if you're just jumping in now. I highly recommend you don't, just like I'd recommend you go back and read Cates' Venom before reading King in Black, or Aaron's Thor before reading War of the Realms. As for this issue, a lot of exciting things happen. I really hope OMD is on its way out, and I'm super excited for whatever comes next. This feels like quintessential Spider-Man to me.

  • 9.5
    Afre Jul 14, 2021

    It's really good for a first part. But I do want some answers on the second part.

    And I don't know why one of those critics said that Bagley's art doesn't fit here. It's amazing.

  • 8.0
    Kalaoui Jul 14, 2021

    This is a good start and what ASM should have been getting into way back when before it went off the rails but nonetheless we are here and it's good but I will not hold my breath with all of these OMD teases. It is all about how we end it and not the journey because the journey was very rocky getting here. Bagley and company fit this book well and are made for classic Spidey.

  • 9.5
    Rachit Mittal Jul 14, 2021

    Amazing Issue. Art was amazing by Mark Bagley.
    Starting was superb. Clear Reference to terrible storyline One More Day.
    It looks like this has Mysterio redemption as a subplot too. 'Devil taking her due'. What does Mephisto wants now? Is it MJ soul? It looks to me like that only. Like by coming back together they had violated the deal and MJ soul in danger. But we will get to know more in SW-2?
    Excited for SW 2!!!!!

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  • 9.0
    Ben Reilly Jul 28, 2021

    Man, what a bombastic start to this story!

    Spidey's never had his hands this full in at least a long time. The bookend pages of this issue are going to get Spider-fans excited and nervous at the same time as we are finally going to be seeing a very controversial storyline being brought to the light in this series. Mark Bagley's artwork never ceases to impress me. Best Spider-Man artist in my opinion. Glad they brought him in this run.

    And here's hoping Nick Spencer sticks the landing to his run. A lot of readers, myself included, has devoted time and money to this series filled with multiple artists, one-shots outside the main title that concludes a storyline, HU and LR issues, and waiting for plot points of a run to more

  • 8.5
    Federico Liguori Jul 15, 2021

    The issue is very classic, but works great. Is this the end of One More Day? It looks so, as Mysterio clearly refers to "something about Peter and MJ that started all of this chaos"... So now it's up to Doctor Strange to defeat Mephisto and save Peter and MJ's memories, apparently. I'm still not convinced of Kindred's true identity, he may not be Harry after all (who is the guy jailed with Carlie Cooper?). The only things I didn't like are the MJ-Mysterio connection (it's ridiculous and it uses the old "Peter gets betrayed by ever person he loves") and Bagley's art in this single issue (it looks like he made it in a hour or so).

  • 10
    Jeff Plaza Jul 15, 2021

    Bear summer comic event in a long time!

  • 9.5
    E-Motion Jul 15, 2021

    from what you can see, what if The amazing came back after some numbers well below its quality. A very tense start, there is so much at stake, not only by Spiderman's fight of but perhaps the very soul of MJ could be at stake.

  • 9.5

    It's off to a pretty good start. Especially when compared to King's ransom and the Chameleon conspiracy stories. An action fan wouldn't be able to ask for more. And they couldn't ask for a bigger assortment of villains either. Sinister Six stories usually are pretty good, but this is the Sinister Six plus many more.
    But this issue alone proves Spencer hasn't lost his touch after all, which I was hoping it would prove. I have a feeling this may be the greatest Spidey adventure of '21. It's certainly the best since The Sin Eater's return. In fact it's so good it makes me a bit sadder that Spencer is about to leave the series.

  • 9.0
    Fracadactyl Jul 14, 2021

    Everything has been building up to this moment and tensions are high as can be. People Spider-Man cares about are at high risk. And as someone who saw the preview for the post-Spencer run, it's all going to end in tragedy. I can't help but feel like something is going to blow up... and maybe just maybe confront that tumor that turned some fans away from Spider-Man.

  • 9.0
    daspidaboy Jul 14, 2021

    oh my goodnesss..... what is this?

    An actual GOOD Spider-Man story after the bloated Last Remains, and forgettable King's Ransom and terrible Chameleon Conspiracy? Now we're talking, and it feels good to be a fan of Spider-Man.

    Great art, characterization, and dialogue for this story. Man after 7 months finally Spider-Man becomes interesting again.

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  • 9.0
    fenixalasnegras Jul 14, 2021

    I appreciate that the story did not get bogged down in inconsistencies, the scene between Mephisto and Dr Strange I don't know why a scene from The Devil's Advocate brought to mind.
    It seems that Peter cannot have a moment of rest with Mary Jane. It won't make me very happy if they try to separate them again.

    I confess, this is making me anxious.

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  • 9.0
    eowyn Jul 14, 2021

    It left me wanting to read the next issue.

  • 9.0
    Nickweiser Jul 15, 2021

    This hits the ground running!

  • 9.0
    cincyfan Jul 30, 2021

    Great first issue! Lots of things being set in motion

  • 8.5
    Mother of dragons Jul 18, 2021

    I think the fans have spoken. Good start

  • 8.0
    Jmowarp Jul 15, 2021

    Thought this was a terrific start to an event I’m much looking forward to. Can’t wait for what’s next.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Jul 18, 2021

    It was good. Its has me ready for this last hoorah from Spencer. Im really hoping he can pull off this Kindred story.

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Jul 18, 2021

    " What's a vicious cycle if you never break it ? "
    - KINDRED

  • 7.5
    PalancasLocas Jul 14, 2021

    This comic did not disappoint me, there is a growing improvement in the last numbers where I drop it.

  • 7.5
    Lions Jul 18, 2021

    I do not understand why the low rating of two critics, but as a reader I liked this issue, perhaps the entry of so many villains was a bit ridiculous. But the way the crumbs are being placed, the between frames I feel like this is going strong.

  • 7.5
    CrazyforRAMU Nov 30, 2021

    Sinister War kicks off with a surprisingly tight connection to the Amazing Mary Jane miniseries. Mark Bagley contributes solid (albeit not spectacular) villain-on-villain combat art with a suitably enormous roster. Spidey risks getting sidelined yet again; fortunately, this issue ends with him in the clutches of his obsessive anti-bro Kindred. That ensures plenty of torment for Peter as the story continues to unfold, and it's told with enough storytelling skill to get me interested in the unfolding.

  • 7.0
    things as they are Jul 15, 2021

    An agile start, without great depth, is as if the elements were placed to start. I hope the next issue gives us some content.

  • 2.0

    I can't imagine how much Stockholm Syndrome one must be suffering through to keep reading Spencer's run instead of Spider's Shadow.

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