Spider-Man #1

Writer: J. J. Abrams, Henry Abrams Artist: Sara Pichelli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 18, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 62
6.6Critic Rating
6.3User Rating

The most shocking and incredible comic of 2019 is here as J.J. ABRAMS (STAR WARS, STAR TREK, SUPER 8) and his son HENRY ABRAMS are joined by superstar artist SARA PICHELLI (MILES MORALES, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) team up for SPIDER-MAN! What do they have planned for Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson?! Who is Cadaverous?! The Modern Master of Mystery Makes His Marvel this September!
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  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Alec Thorn Sep 18, 2019

    One of the most shocking, harrowing, and gut-punching beginnings to any Spidey story I've ever read. Without a doubt, it's gonna be one for the ages. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - acnbat Sep 18, 2019

    Abrams proves he can hang in the "primetime" of the comic world! An absolutely fantastic first issue that will have Spidey fans a buzz for sure! I highly recommend this book!! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Legion - Josh Davenport Sep 18, 2019

    J.J. Abrams and his son Henry Abrams have teamed up to deliver to the world a very personal Spider-Man story Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 23, 2019

    But the art by Sara Pichelli is tremendous and there's a lot of story still to be unpacked - so I have to recommend this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 18, 2019

    I figured the comic would be entertaining but this goes beyond that. This may be the surprise of the week. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Sep 21, 2019

    Devastating, beautiful, and surprising all at once, J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams, and Sara Pichelli'sSpider-Man miniseries is off to an amazing start. Don't wait 'til it's been spoiled for you to see what all the fuss is about! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 18, 2019

    Spider-Man #1 lives up to the hype thanks to its superstar creative team and a surprising plot twist. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manuel Gomez Sep 17, 2019

    'Spider-Man' #1 is a good book and is well worth a read. When you add the beautiful art it becomes a must buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Oct 21, 2019

    Personally, I didn't enjoy how the Abrams duo has characterized Peter Parker. My idealized version of Peter wouldn't do what Peter does in this story, but this is really a story about Peter & MJ's son Ben, so they had to get Peter out of the way, so it is what it is. After reading the 1st 2 issues, I think I can safely skip the rest of the series at full price. I suspect the balance of these issues are going to be in dollar bins within a year or so. I also suspect when this is collected the trade paperback will sell decently well to people curious to see a Spidey story by JJ Abrams, essentially the same demographic that went out and bought lots of issue #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 18, 2019

    This book has all the trappings of a contemplative, dark, and relatable tale. It has everything in a Spidey story from the action, dire stakes, and most importantly it's empathic.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 17, 2019

    This might not be the story that revolutionizes Spidey stories forever, but it's solid enough that it'll certainly keep new readers invested - and that might be victory enough for a series as high-profile as this. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Sep 19, 2019

    I liked this issue, I can see why I have seen a mixed response to it in places, however I try to be open to new tellings and approaches to a hero. While this is not the Peter I know and love there is plenty of time for him to return and it's not like the shock of the death in the issue wouldn't impact any one of us in his shoes. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Sep 19, 2019

    Overall: Spider-Man #1 was an enjoyable read. The Abrams kick this new title off with an intense issue full of emotion. The strength of this issue is clearly the character work and dialogue. I believe that the Abrams have the ingredients for what could be a special story. If you are a Spider-Man fan then I would certainly recommend giving Spider-Man #1 a try. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Sep 19, 2019

    It's an OK start to the miniseries and I'll check to see if the second issue can rebound things a little. Otherwise, this is a misfire from a pretty promising team. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Sep 26, 2019

    The most promising aspect about Spider-Man #1 in addition to its art is its potential to explore a world fresh from the continuity of the Marvel Universe, it can go in any sort of direction and anything could happen next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 25, 2019

    Sara Pichelli does a great job on the art, but the story is both very familiar and remarkably basic. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Sep 19, 2019

    Man" #1 is a different take on Peter Parker's life that doesn't capitalize what makes the property great. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Sep 23, 2019

    (And, completely appropo of nothing, Ilove the use of the '90s animated series logo on the cover!) Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Harlan Ivester Sep 18, 2019

    I can’t really recommend this book to most people. If you’re a diehard Abrams fan, you’re going to buy it anyways. Anyone else will be left underwhelmed by dishonest marketing, a so far uninteresting hero and villain, and art that usually doesn’t go all the way to make you believe what the book is trying to tell you. I can only recommend this book if you’re up for a passing-the-torch story, but even then, it’s kind of unoriginal. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 21, 2019

    This first issue is perfectly mediocre, treading ground that other comics already have several times over. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Beat - AJ Frost Sep 18, 2019

    It's a special take on Spider-Man " the one that really doesn't have anything new or interesting to say. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Sep 18, 2019

    This is a terrible story with good artwork that completely assassinates the character of Peter Parker in the name of shock value, to sell a story that couldn't be promoted on its own merits. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Sep 20, 2019

    Sara Pichelli's artwork is the strongest aspect of this issue, and does a great job at displaying the Abramses' cinematic style of storytelling, but even this Spider-Man superstar artist isn't enough to forgive all the negative comic book tropes this series relies on to tell its story. Read Full Review

  • 3.7
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Sep 18, 2019

    I tried to approach it with an open mind and not judge it before actually reading it, hoping to find at least a decent story. Unfortunately, there is none to be found. Yeah, money and fame can buy you a chance to write and easily publish a story. But it can't make you a good writer. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 25, 2019

    With Miles, Peter, Gwen, Ben, Kaine, and countless other web-heroes swinging around New York does Marvel really need another Spider-Man? No, and even if it did I doubt this is the one fans would ask for. Pass. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Sep 18, 2019

    Spider-Man #1 is an inauspicious start to what might be the biggest Spider-Man comic of 2019. Fans of Spider-Man, Abrams, or Pichelli may hope to find something to love here. Unfortunately, the poor storytelling, bland characterizations, and less-than-memorable visuals combine to make Spider-Man #1 hard to recommend. Read Full Review

  • 10
    TotyGamer Apr 19, 2020

    I haven't read it yet, but someone gave a "1" who also didn't read it and because he was mad he didn't get a spider-man 4 movie. Here to compensate the score :)

  • 10
    Alan Oct 17, 2019

    I think the people hate this run only because they thought that it was gonna be Spiderman 4.

    I really liked the first issue in the sense that the writers really made a different story on Spiderman. Some people don't like that and I can see why. People like the classic spiderman story where unble ben dies blah blah. But I think its refreshing to have a new story line; something completely different.

    For me to give a 10 to a comic book, I would have to be on my toes reading the whole issue. I would also want to keep on turning the page and see what happens next. I would also be debating if I really want to turn the page or keep on staring at the beautiful art. This comic book ticked all those boxes of mine and I'd give i more

  • 10
    Doku Sep 18, 2019

    One of the best individual issues of spider-man that I've read in quite some time. JJ and Henry Abrams are a great father/son writing team and Sara Pichelli's pencils are sublime. A new mysterious villain...check. Real stakes and a story that isn't a retread of the past...check. Top notch artwork...check. This one has it all. I urge everyone to check out this book.

  • 9.5
    Ken b Sep 21, 2019

    I don't even read many Marvel comics but this seemed interesting so I picked it up and read it. I love that he's taking a whole new approach to this, although I feel it's mislabeled since it's not even about "Spider-man". I loved this book can't wait for the next one.

  • 9.0
    maxquisling Sep 19, 2019

    Great art, clean start and most importantly it was fun. Solid first issue. Will be back for issue 2.

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Sep 18, 2019

    It was good you guys. What on Earth is with the hate this book is getting? Its an original story, its something different gor Spidey, and it gives us a promising new character. I just dont get the negativity surrounding this book, because it isnt perfect but its by no means a bad issue.

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  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Sep 27, 2019

    For what it is, its a good read with great art and lots of potential.

  • 8.0
    Kalaoui Sep 18, 2019

    It's not bad. I'm curious enough to continue reading. Pichelli's art doesn't hurt either. Yeah the marketing was weird but what does that have to do with the final product? Anyway do you I guess.

  • 8.0
    Talon1load Sep 18, 2019

    I enjoyed this first issue. Ben is a new and interesting character who has different life experiences than his dad who is broken from his time as Spiderman. I look forward to seeing where Ben goes from here.

  • 8.0
    hasanturkoglu Sep 18, 2019

    "This is a good story; it talks about people, family, love, loneliness and much more...then it just so happens that all of this takes place in the world of Spider-Man. Spider-Man is a vehicle to tell stories about people and their struggles...and that is amazing." says Sara Pichelli.

    Absolutely I agree and Sara Pichelli is definitely a good choice as a penciler for the series. I think the value of this series will be realized years later, even if it has a good ending. Like Miles Morales, Ben Parker will be loved after many years, but I still don't want Ben Parker involved in the 616 universe. The character can have his own comic book series in his own universe, I'm ok with that, but that's the comic book industry...

    An more

  • 8.0
    Anotherfan Sep 18, 2019

    Really apreciate the story and the art. What's the problem with this issue ?

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  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Oct 17, 2019

    I did quite enjoyed it, although there are many flaws that could ruin it in the long run. But we'll see.

  • 7.0
    cincyfan Nov 9, 2019

    shocking from the start

  • 7.0
    Afre Sep 18, 2019

    Ar t isn't for me, but it is not bad. Writing is eh. For a first issue, it has me interested, but I am not sold yet completely.

    But it has surprises in it as well. It is something different than what I expected.

  • 6.0
    CrazyforRAMU Apr 4, 2020

    For something so hyped, there's a shocking lack of storytelling polish when you open the comic. Sara Pichelli is a superstar, and there are some powerful bones visible in the artwork. But most pages look unfinished, like a couple hours of tightening and polishing work were skipped. The script, too, has a second-draft feel. The story's straight and the pacing is worked out well, but the detail and distinctiveness that would make you really care about the characters and events are missing.

    What you get is a generic AU story told generically. Not a tragic disappointment in itself, but miles away from the "important blockbuster" the editors and marketers promised you.

  • 6.0

    This legit feels like a Spider-man movie script. One that never got made. It has that same unambitious and not straying too far from what the public knows about Spider-man feel, while making it penetrable for casual fans.

    The writing isn't terrible (I don't like JJ Abrams so consider this me being fair), the art is incredible, but it feels empty. There is something not fully developed here. I didn't like it, but I am not writing it off completely yet.

  • 5.5
    allenquanobi Sep 18, 2019

    An alright, if not predictable plot as it goes along. This could very well be a pitch by Abrams for a spider man movie he wants to do. The art is fine, which is surprising for Pichelli, who I usually love. The big downside for me is the coloring, since Pichellis art is usually supplemented by Justin Ponsor's colors but unfortunately he passed, much too soon. It results in art that feels a little anime/manga like. Not sure if I'll continue this read or not.

    Edit: also I don't like Peter in this at all. I get that this is an alternate reality, but the way he goes about with his life and his responsibilities? Yes they're setting up that he will either sacrifice himself by the end or do the right thing, but it's so cliché and more

  • 5.0
    FeliciaParker Sep 18, 2019

    Marvel shouldn't have pretended that the series was starring Peter.

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  • 4.0
    Thorson-98 Sep 19, 2019

    Pretty boring

  • 3.5
    Spacey Medicine Sep 28, 2019

    Well, the art was nice.

  • 3.0
    Nightmare of Solomon Sep 18, 2019

    I guess I'm too cynical to enjoy a comic where Peter loses an arm and MJ gets killed...

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  • 2.5
    M1sf1r3 Nov 19, 2019

    So J.J. Abrams is writing a Spider-Man story with his son. Should be interesting.

    The Good:

    The art is good. Not great but good.

    The Bad:
    Dialogue is very weak. Reminds me of Bendis-Speak and you don't want to be reminding me of that.

    Oh, great. Fridging is back. WHY IS FRIDGING BACK?!

    Got some classic teen angst as well... Great.

    Wow, almost everything is completely unlikable, especially Ben.

    Wow, that was something. Welp, guess my rating has to go so low due to character assassination.

  • 1.0
    ohhaimark Sep 21, 2019


    -The art was good. The colors were a bit flat, but it depicted the characters well.

    THE BAD:

    -Wow. This was bad. Really bad.

    -That beginning was really rushed, and the death had no weight to it whatsoever.

    -This is just poor writing. The dialogue is simplistic to the point where it's boring, and it relies too heavily on emotions that aren't there.

    -I do not give a crap about Ben.

    -This is so cliche. Everything. Ben and his relationship with Peter, Ben finding out he has powers. This is just other, better stories, blended together into one hot mess.

    -Oh god, don't even get me started on Faye.

    -Cadaverous is a boring villain tha more

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  • 1.0
    Psycamorean Sep 18, 2019

    Ugh, I was not expecting good things from this and yet somehow I'm still offended. It's treading very familiar ground without doing anything particularly new. Peter and MJ having a spider-kid is not new and it's been done better than this is doing so far. Add in some uninspired dialogue and story cliches to that over-done idea, and you get this. The solicitation even hypes up its shock value. But there's nothing particularly shocking here aside from the fact that Nick Lowe tried to make this happen for a decade or something. It's just so tiring to read this. Cadaverous is an uninspired, weak villain who's barely in the issue. There's no mystery here. It's boring, bland and pointless. Oh and it's not 616 Spidey so you don't have to read it t more

  • 1.0
    Dadinho Sep 18, 2019

    i didn't even read it, I just created an account and came here dislike it because of the marketing that made me hope we would have a Spider man 4 movie.

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  • 1.0
    SnakeWilson Sep 18, 2019

    did not like this, not only because some story decisions are bad, but also because the marketing for this made me think marvel would make spider man 4 in comic form
    and i will never forgive them for that..

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