Spider-Man: Life Story #1

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Mark Bagley Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 20, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 67
8.1Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

In 1962, in AMAZING FANTASY #15, 15-year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became the Amazing Spider-Man! Fifty-seven years have passed in the real world since that event - so what would have happened if the same amount of time passed for Peter as well?
A special high-end limited series that's a part of the celebration of Marvel's 80th anniversary, SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY combines the talents of Chip Zdarsky (SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, MARVEL 2-IN-ONE) and Mark Bagley (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN) to tell the entire history of Spider-Man from beginning to end, set against the key events of the decades through more

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Mar 20, 2019

    If this is a taste of things to come, this could be the best Spider-Man mini-series in recent memory. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason Dincauze Mar 23, 2019

    Spider-Man - Life Story has the potential to be a classic for Marvel, and its not hard to imagine it being a contender for the Eisners and other comic awards this year. A lot will depend on the execution down the line, but with a book firing on all cylinders like this, that hardly seems like itll be a problem. Dont miss out on what may go down as a modern classic. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill Mar 22, 2019

    One of the most thematically rich Spidey stories, not to mention Marvel stories, in years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Mar 20, 2019

    Spider-man: Life Story is a wonderful premise and a solid start to the series. There are missed opportunities since the concept deserved a wider breadth. Marvel could have published a mini-series for each decade and still left fans with unanswered questions. Fortunately, any Spider-man fan with at least a passing awareness of the character will find something to enjoy, even if the book is over too soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Harlan Ivester Mar 20, 2019

    I realize that’s I’m probably jumping the gun here, but I think Spider-Man: Life Story is on track to be a modern(?) classic. This book asks all the right questions, handling the answers gracefully. The visuals are an appropriate update to the character’s origins, embracing the tone of the protagonist’s life and the given setting. Fans new and old will have much to look forward to. Everyone should check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Mar 20, 2019

    The concept of the series--Spider-Man and a Marvel Universe aging in real-time, with issues a decade apart--is fantastic, and Zdarsky, Bagley, Dell, DArmata, and Lanham are clearly the team to pull it off. This issue is a solid start, using familiar characters and beats (with one extremely tantalizing swerve on the last page) to set up what will hopefully be an exciting study of what makes Peter Parker tick. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 20, 2019

    Spider-Man: Life Story #1 puts a fresh, exciting spin on a familiar era for Peter Parker. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 26, 2019

    Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley truly created something special with Spider-Man: Life Story #1. Zdarsky truly created something special with this Spider-Man story that makes full use of the 1960s setting. If you are a Marvel fan this is one comic you should not miss out on. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Mar 30, 2019

    Marvel is hitting it out of the park with their stories, just lately. This one is certainly a mini series that you'll want to watch. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Mar 22, 2019

    Some might say the book is just a rehash of classic Spider-Man stories, and they wouldn't be wrong. However, the added twist, the change in perspective, is reason enough to justify its existence and to make you wish Marvel decided to do a similar thing for some of its other characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Patrick Cavanaugh Mar 20, 2019

    For Spider-Man: Life Story, writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Mark Bagley subject the wall-crawler to the biggest punishment of all: the all-too-human horrors of aging. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 19, 2019

    A good first issue that establishes the main conceit of the series while dropping readers into an unfamiliar world of 1966. This is a celebration of Spider-Man, but also the era in which he originated. Zdarsky and Bagley have got themselves the cleverest of ideas here, most likely to be copied with future heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 19, 2019

    Which is what makes the book's final two pages " which I'm not going to spoil here " feel all that much more jarring. For now, Spider-Man: Life Story feels a lot like the story we've already read and known and loved before " if anything, it's two other Marvel icons who wind up getting a much more exciting shakeup. That said, some books pay off their slow burn in time, a sort of calculated risk to get readers invested in the characters before the high concept " and there's no denying that Zdarsky and Bagley know how to get readers invested in the Webhead's adventures. Here's hoping that this book continues to distinguish itself further with time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - AJ Frost Mar 20, 2019

    Zdarsky's take on Spidey hits all the right notes and creates a lot of interesting potential for the future of the run. This should not be missed! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Mar 19, 2019

    SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY is a perfectly remastered and consolidated history lesson for both longtime fans and newcomers. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Mar 28, 2019

    We all know how it goes. We know it by heart. Putting the "real time" frame on it gives old events a new twist. Chip Zdarsky and artists Mark Bagley and John Dell deliver a solid book but it never quite reaches the wow factor it's hook inspires. The flow of the book is uneven at points but there's enough meat on the bone to bring me back for the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Branden Mar 21, 2019

    As a whole, Spider-Man: Life Story is a good initial effort for the mini series, however doesn't truly explore the time period to the fullest extent it maybe should have, instead focusing on just one singular event. The twists and turns do a good job keeping any Spider-Man fan on their toes though and I really am excited to see how these differences play out over the next issues going forward. Some good work, that has room for improvement, but still has me looking forward to next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopCultHQ - Adrian Care Mar 20, 2019

    Marvel's SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #1 is more than just a great nostalgia trip. This series looks to be an intelligent journey into the heart of its themes by way of some pure representations of fan-favorite characters. A loving display of what comics are capable of and where they've been that manages to feel like it's being read with a fresh set of eyes. There is action, thought-provoking writing, and everything you love about a conflicted Spider-Man. Bring on the 70s. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Mar 25, 2019

    I am not sure who this book is aimed at, if am being totally honest. With the differences between than and now Peter, is there any real resonance for the current Spider-Man reader; is the book too different from the past to service the older fan who has been there and seen that albeit done with more quality and back when it was original? Guess you will have to drop $4.99 to find out. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Mar 21, 2019

    Spider-Man Life Story #1 is a missed opportunity to do something really great. Instead, the issue is a subpar retelling of a pivotal moment in Peter Parkers character development " and Flash Thompsons too. Perhaps this issue will work as a part of a completed work than on its own, but as it stands this is just a straight misfire. Read Full Review

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