Spider-Man: Life Story #2

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Mark Bagley Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 17, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 37
8.6Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

The GREEN GOBLIN is out of their lives, but NORMAN OSBORN isn't! Can PETER AND GWEN find happiness as the world of the 1970s dances on around them?
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  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 17, 2019

    Every Spidey fan will love this. The way Zdarsky and Bagley rewrite the Spider-Man story is so good it's obvious you have to read this if you call yourself a Spider-Man fan. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Apr 18, 2019

    This is the best Spider-Man mini-series to come out in the last ten years. This is a must-read for anyone who loves classic Spider-Man or alternate history tales. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Carlos Escobosa Apr 17, 2019

    SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #2 marks another successful entry of the Marvel miniseries. The writing and art are both amazing -- obvious pun intended. However, I do worry that references to Spider-Man history won't remain interesting in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Apr 17, 2019

    Spider-Man: Life Story #2 is a big leap in the right direction for the miniseries, thanks in large part to improved art and the 10 year time jump. While understandable from a story perspective, the creative team perhaps played it too safe with the 1960s college setting. With Peter Parker and his friends thrust fully into adulthood, Zdarsky and Bagley are free to divert from the traditional Spider-Man formula to great effect. Should the rest of the series play out like this one,Spider-Man: Life Storyhas the potential to be an all-time classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Apr 23, 2019

    The fascinating What-If? Narrative begun in the previous issue continues here. The script is tight, masterfully balancing the tightrope between profundity and silly fun, and the art is a beautiful fusion of the best parts of classical and contemporary form. Pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Branden Apr 21, 2019

    Overall, Spider-Man: Life Story has thus far been an exciting retelling of the Spider-Man mythos, providing new and old fans alike with something fresh. That ‘new-ness' doesn't neglect a long-term fans investment in the Spider-Man story though, as Zdarsky threads it with callouts and subtle differences, I find difficult to call anything but fun. Coupled with the art of Bagley, Hennessy, and D'Armata Spider-Man life story is off to a very excellent start. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 23, 2019

    Spider-Man: Life Story#2 was another excellent issue. Chip Zdarsky has taken this in a direction I did not expect and happy for it. Zdarsky did a fantastic job adapting several iconic Spider-Man stories and condensing it into one compelling issue. If you have not checked out Spider-Man: Life Story yet I highly recommend changing that. This is by far one of the best, if not the best, comic Marvel is publishing. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - David Craig Apr 19, 2019

    Chip Zdarsky's historical look at the life and times of Peter Parker deserves a spot on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Apr 17, 2019

    Overall, the art in this issue is well-done. Its a shame, then, that its in service of a story so persistent in its misery. Heres hoping that future issues of this series include the type of brightness and humor that audiences have come to love about the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 19, 2019

    I wish these stories would have a bit more time to breathe within an issue, but Zdarsky's new takes on these classic stories is still an engaging read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Patrick Cavanaugh Apr 17, 2019

    Life Story remains a fascinating and entertaining experiment in how to reimagine key components in a character's storied history, though the moments where it feels like it could really break new ground for the character, those familiar elements creep back in, stifling the book's unlimited potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 22, 2019

    While it's an easy marketing hook to show Spider-Man: Life Story exploring the wallcrawler's life crossing from the 1960s to the 1970s, Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley are actually taking a different approach for this limited series " one that might have more in common with Grant Morrison's comprehensive take on Batman from a decade ago. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dennis G. Morales Apr 18, 2019

    I've been saying this since the series was first announced: this comic is going to go down as one of, if not, the greatest Spider-Man story of ALL time. And it shows with this issue.

    This issue provides many revelations. Some new, some seen before but with a twist. And Zdarsky manages to blend all of that perfectly while aging these characters and connecting the super hero world with the real world.

    Bagley's art has never looked so good as this issue. The fight scene with Spider-Man and a villain, who I shall not name due to spoilers, is drawn, paneled, colored, and letter perfectly.

    Not only do we get great action scenes in this book, but there is also emotional moments in this issue, something that Zdarsky more

  • 10
    ohhaimark Apr 22, 2019


    -This miniseries is so stellar.

    -I love the writing in this comic. This is probably the pinnacle of Chip Zdarsky's writing career.

    -That opening hit me in the feels. It was effective and powerful.

    -The interplay between Richards and Peter was fantastic.

    -Can we talk about Mark Bagley? The dude is amazing. Nostalgic and a perfect fit for this series.

    -Harry and Norman's scenes were great.

    -This issue just did a really great job with Peter and Gwen's relationship.

    -Dang, Spidey's suit looks good here.

    -Mary Jane is an outstanding, complex character.

    -Harry Osborn Green Goblin was great. The design was fantastic.

  • 10
    Maker Apr 17, 2019


  • 10
    YourGreenMuse Apr 22, 2019

    I really love this series as a Spider-Man fan. But even as a general Marvel fan, this is such a fun concept. This is really great.

  • 9.0
    Spacey Medicine Apr 30, 2019

    it was okay if you like Spider-Men, I GUESS.

  • 10
    Ryan Aug 28, 2019

    Spider Man: Life Story 2 is absolutely heartbreaking, and Zdarsky’s brainchild continues to be nostalgic yet intriguing through it’s sophomore issue. The art is fabulous by Bagley, and he’s really at the top of his game right now. What a great idea to ditch the sliding time scale and have Peter age with the publishing date

  • 10
    Death's Head Sep 19, 2019

    The best Spider-Man story in years. Spetacular.

  • 9.5
    Michaelbn Apr 18, 2019

    All of these SJWs and MCU fans who don't know good ol' spidey's comics are whining "this is not how Spider-Man is" or "Captain America is all-American and mustn't fight against them" and etc. Chip's stories are the fewest of Marvel comics that worth reading right now.

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  • 9.5
    mrDovydas May 1, 2019

    This was just incredible. As Spidey is my favourite character ever, I am enjoying this even more. I honestly wish more characters would get a similar book to his one, as it's such a great concept.

  • 9.0
    DDJamesB Apr 19, 2019

    This was a solid read with nice twists to familiar stories. Its great and Bagley draws it perfectly.

  • 7.5
    CrazyforRAMU Oct 31, 2019

    The 70s swats Peter with a heartbreaking version of the original Clone Saga. The art and writing are very good, but the premise of the series is starting to rub me the wrong way. 30 pages of comic per decade is a mighty small serving for a life as busy as Peter Parker's, and trying to keep us updated on a new history of the Marvel Universe at the same time just packs the schedule even further. This pace is more suited to a historical survey in the "Grand Design" mode, not the intimate character study the creators want to do.

    Really, you know you're moving too fast when you've got Chip Zdarsky on Spider-Man and your pace leaves no room for humor.

  • 1.0
    NoName97 Apr 18, 2019

    How you all can rate this comics 10??? What wrong with you all? This is the worst comics that i have read in my entire life

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