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: 43
8.6Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

CAN PETER AND GWEN FIND HAPPINESS IN THE 1970s?
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?
Rated T

  • 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

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