What If?: Spider-Man #1

Writer: Gerry Conway Artist: Diego Olortegui Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 3, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 14
6.3Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

• What if Peter Parker wasn't the one bitten by the radioactive spider?
•  What if the person who got bit was someone who didn't live by the mantra of "with great power comes great responsibility"?
•  What if that person was an egotistical bully who was only interested in taking care of himself?
•  What if...FLASH THOMPSON became Spider-Man?
Rated T+

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Oct 3, 2018

    Diego Olortegui does a great job of depicting this. Unfortunately, the inks are a little thin at times and Chris O'Halloran's colors are oddly muted, washing out moments that should be depicted in bold, vibrant colors. Still, there is far more good than bad about this book. It is a must-read for all fans of old-school Spider-Man stories. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 3, 2018

    A good 'What If' that's very traditional to the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Oct 4, 2018

    What If? Flash Thompson Became Spider-Man #1 is a solid What If? issue. It fits just about everything you want into a What If/alternate universe one-shot story, with little changeups and twist and turns. I guess it falls into the same problem of every What If? story in that it is easily forgettable after reading it. Yes, it was good and a fun read, but like most What If? stories, you probably won't remember much about it after you set the book down. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Oct 4, 2018

    What If? Spider-Man #1 answers the question "What if Flash Thompson became Spider-Man?" with a great story, dark tone, and fantastic art. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Eric Goebelbecker Oct 8, 2018

    "What-If" #1 has an interesting take on the Spider-Man mythos, but the execution falls short. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Oct 3, 2018

    All in all, this issue is an okay entry into the What If? series of tales. Conway's overreliance on The Unseen made it that the actual story being told was often overshadowed throughout the issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Oct 3, 2018

    Despite having a great idea, this is a comic that never has the confidence to actually tell its own story, which means readers should give this one a big "keep it." Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    411Mania - RobF Oct 11, 2018

    I have fond memories of the What If series. There were some hits or misses. This, in my opinion, was a miss. The emphasis is on the wrong character whichmakes for an uneven story. I think Conway could have done better. Read Full Review

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