Spider-Man #1
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Spider-Man #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Sara Pichelli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 3, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 30
8.0Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Miles Morales has been doing the super hero thing for a while, now, but after SECRET WARS, he'll be a full-fledged member of the Marvel Universe. Swinging next to The Invincible Iron Man, The Mighty Thor and the All-New Captain America as a card-carrying member of the Avengers is an adventure, but it's not all fun and games for New York City's main Spider-MAN! What happened in the eight month gap? It all starts in SPIDER-MAN #1!

  • 10
    PopOptiq - Terrence Sage Feb 3, 2016

    When all is said and done, Bendis, Pichelli, and Ponsor have ushered in another fantastic entry in Miles Morales' stint as Spider-Man with Spider-Man #1. With a new universe to explore, joining the Avengers, and having the blessing of the label as THE Friendly Neighborhood Spidey, the future for both Miles and this title has never looked better. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Feb 4, 2016

    Spider-Man #1 is well worth the wait and only another entry into the “why it's awesome to be a Spider-Man fan right now” file. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 4, 2016

    Even though it doesn't star Peter Parker, I had so much fun that I can forgive - so I'll be sticking with this one! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Matthew Murphy Feb 7, 2016

    All in all, this is definitely a book to pick up for prior fans of the character as well as new readers. While I might complain about there being more questions than answers, this is just the thing for a new reader looking to get into the character. I'll be adding this to my pull list in the upcoming months, and you should, too. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Brian Jacob Feb 3, 2016

    Wow! Whether you're new to the character or have been with Miles since the beginning, Spider-Man #1 introduces an immediately likeable lead, supporting cast, and a scary interdimensional threat. Other than the fight resolution, this is pretty much a perfect debut story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Feb 5, 2016

    The issue is a great start to this new Spider-Man, and leaves off on a pretty great cliffhanger. I know there has been a lot controversy because Miles is half African-American, half Puerto Rican. To me, his race doesnt matter, and it shouldnt. Miles is a great character that deserves his own book, and now, low and behold, here it is. Take a swing on this new Spider book, you wont be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Chris Hassan Feb 3, 2016

    If you're not feeling Peter Parker's Tony Stark-style makeover, Spider-Man #1 is the spider-book you've been waiting for! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Feb 5, 2016

    Currently, of Marvel's main "spider-dude" roster of Amazing Spider-Man, Spidey, and now Spider-Man, Amazing is oddly the book that feels the least like a Spider-Man comic. (Spider-Man International? Parker Industries? Not a comic for me.) Despite the inevitable confusion over the titles amongst casual fans, and with Spidey featuring a not-in-continuity Peter, Miles' Spider-Man is now our main source of friendly neighborhood arachnid goings-on. Good thing Spider-Man feels exactly like a Spider-Man comic should: full of well-articulated angst, thrills, action and drama. As far as this issue goes, Miles is"and will be"fills those sizable, sticky-toed footie-shoes quite nicely. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Feb 5, 2016

    The combo of Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli continues to make this version of Spider-Man a joy to read, and hopefully this creative team will stay together at least as long as Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley did with the original Ultimate Spider-Man (which was over a hundred issues). This first issue did just about everything right, and as long as Marvel keeps this creative team together, it's safe to say that the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man is in good hands and has a long, bright future in the mainstream Marvel universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Feb 4, 2016

    Overall, this is a wonderful start of a great series. Miles is still the same old character we've known from before, and readers looking for classic Spider-Man fun can find it here. This is easily going to be my to go flagship Spider-Man title from now on. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Mar 9, 2016

    This is already one the most talked about titles in Marvel's line up, and some of the reasons for that are just silly. There is plenty to talk about here – and most of it is really, truly exciting. If you've ever read Spider-Man, pick this up. If you've ever enjoyed a Spidey cartoon, pick this up. If you've ever been excited for one of the movies, pick this up. This is an all new, all exciting Spider-Man, and it's done the right way. This could change a beloved title forever. If you care about that at all, don't miss it. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 3, 2016

    The comic feels like what's come before, but just in a different universe. That's good and bad in that it feels familiar and is just as fun, it's bad in that we don't know Miles' history/origin/etc. There's some questions to be resolved, and hopefully we get some of it. And hopefully the comic keeps it up, because it'll be fun as we find it all out. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Feb 4, 2016

    This is a solid first book for Miles as he sits at the big kids table for the first time at Marvel. I'm happy that this book is simply named Spider-Man #1, with no qualifiers or disclaimers. This is Spider-Man. Not Ultimate Super All New Different You Won't Believe It Kind of Sorta Spider-Man. He's the real deal, he's here and he's not going anywhere, anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 3, 2016

    Through its many relaunches and changes, one thing that has remained constant with Ultimate Spider-man is that it's a comic worth reading. That doesn't change now that the series has dropped the "Ultimate" moniker and shifted its setting to the Prime Marvel Universe. Miles and his supporting cast are as compelling as ever, and Pichelli and Ponsor ensure that Spider-Man ranks among Marvel's best-looking new comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Chris Sizemore Feb 5, 2016

    Overall I liked this first issue. It immediately established what this comic book is and where it will be going. It introduced us to Miles and what kind of problems he is dealing with, and It even set up a face off with a familiar neighborhood spider I can't wait to see. I give this issue a solid 4 out of 5. I think Blackheart was bested a little too easily for someone just starting out his super-hero career. I'm also a little confused as to whether or not Blackheart is going to be showing up again in this first arc. If this was just a one issue and done appearance I'd be a little disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Sammy Rendon Feb 10, 2016

    This was a great debut issue introducing our new Spider-Man, Miles Morales. A fun issue for all ages and spectacular art. I am hoping for some more distinction between Miles and Peter in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 4, 2016

    While Miles hasn't been in the 616 universe long, his title is already setting itself apart from the globe-trotting adventures of Peter Parker with a more street-level, classic Spider-Man yarn. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Feb 4, 2016

    This isnt just another Spider-Man title. This is THE Spider-man title. Peter Parker will always be great, but as long as Bendis is in creative control of Miles, this will continue to be the best Spider-Man title on the market. No matter what universe Miles lives in, hes the king. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Feb 3, 2016

    "Spider-Man" #1 is an excellent start to a new series, a worthy introduction to a Spidey readers might not be as familiar with and a wonderful continuation for those who are. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 3, 2016

    Spider-Man #1 is a solid introduction of Miles Morales into the "main" Marvel Universe. Bendis, Pichelli and Ponsor are a great team and Miles is still a great character. If you are unfamiliar with Spider-Man, now is the time, for the era of Miles has taken a step onto a larger stage. Bring on #2, let's do this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Feb 3, 2016

    Overall, Spider-Man #1 is a comfortable return to a great series that fans should feel happy returning to. Miles playground has expanded tenfold with the Marvel Universe to run around in, so the skys the limit in terms of new stories. As long as the characters still maintain their charm, and Pichelli keeps spinning gold between the panels, Miles future is in safe hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Feb 3, 2016

    Spider-Man #1 is a really solid start to a new series, which plays a bit better to brand new readers rather than Miles Morales fans who have been around since the start. This feels a lot more like an introductory issue to the character since this issue does retread a lot of what the previous two Miles Morales volumes set up. However, the art on this issue is wonderful and worth the price of admission alone. Hopefully, the future issues will give fans, both new and old, a little something more to chew on because there's a lot of potential for a great series here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 6, 2016

    I'm glad to see that everything I previously enjoyed about Miles Morales and his adventures is still around"and wow, it's been a long time since I read a simple, ordinary Miles Morales comic. He's been forced through so many crossovers that one wondered if he'd ever get a normal comic again. Well here we are, and the first issue is fine. It's enjoyable, and Bendis' writing is as good as ever. But there's no real Wow Factor in this issue, not really. It's a nice blend of superheroics and real life stuff, but I guess Bendis just has to build up to some really good drama and character stuff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Feb 3, 2016

    Spider-Man #1 is a solid start for the new ongoing to feature Miles Morales, with there being plenty to leave readers returning for more. There would also be some thrilling developments as despite this feeling like a familiar narrative, it does more than enough to introduce Miles to the All-New All-Different Marvel. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Feb 4, 2016

    Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli follow the necessary formula to make Miles Morales feel like Spider-Man, but the finished product feels incomplete. It lacks the kinds of flaws that would make that formula volatile. There's never a sense in Spider-Man #1 that Miles Morales is ready to make a deal with Mephisto. Miles is still a long way from Peter Parker in terms of iconic status and movie appearances, but with this issue, at least, he takes another important step. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Feb 8, 2016

    Miles Morales is a unique superhero, even if Spider-Man #1 doesn't really give any insight into what could make him a great one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 3, 2016

    In some ways, this version of Spider-Man feels like a promise unfulfilled, especially with a creative team that we know is capable of so much more. Right now, this feels like decent work, and is as good an entree as any for people who are unfamiliar with Miles Morales as a character or a concept. It's not offensive - it's not even bad. But for anyone who has more than a passing familiarity with Bendis's work, you're going to see a lot of similarities to a lot of older comic books. Miles Morales has gotten a big promotion since the end of Secret Wars, and here's hoping this creative team soon takes the steps to earn it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Feb 9, 2016

    I'd consider myself a new reader being introduced to Miles Morales and although the storyline didn't thrill me, it did enough for me to get to know the character and want to come back for more. I wasn't a fan towards the end of the Ultimate Universe, so it's more of an appeal to me now that Miles Morales is in the Prime Marvel Universe. Although I didn't feel as though there was too much different between a young Peter Parker and a young Miles Morales, the subtle differences that Bendis has presented will keep me around for at least a few more issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Heather Hurt Feb 3, 2016

    Spider-Man #1 brings us an All-New, All-Different look at fan-favorite Miles Morales. The story is easy to pick up for new readers and keeps to the themes for the original fans. The issue itself is very introductory, but gives us a glimpse into what could be an exciting adventure. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Feb 5, 2016

    Yes, the snappy dialogue and colloquial nature of the character remains intact, but Spider-Man #1 feels less like a continuation of Miles' story and more like Bendis giggling over the young Spider-Man carrying Captain America's shield while standing over 'dead' Avengers for reasons unknown. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Feb 4, 2016

    Miles Morales is a great character. I love him, I love his world. But it is at this point where I feel like the character is being held hostage. "Hey," it seems to say, "You want to support this great and important character? Well you got to pay $4-8 dollars a month to support some really boring stories!" And I can't do it until something changes. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Feb 3, 2016

    Spider-Man #1 was such an unimpressive debut issue. Bendis appears to have given little effort or attention to this issue. It is shocking at how lackadaisical Bendis was with this issue. Spider-Man #1 is a shallow read that feels more like a throw-away filler issue that writers slot in between major story arcs. If you are a die-hard Miles Morales fan then you will enjoy this issue. If you are a die-hard Brian Bendis fan then you will also enjoy this issue. For everyone else? Pass on Spider-Man #1. There is absolutely nothing here worth the high $4.00 price tag. Read Full Review

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