Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #1

I know what you’re thinking. Another Spider-Man relaunch? Just how complicated can a Spider-Man story get? He swings between buildings and delivers snappy one-liners while smacking the bejaysus out of costumed criminals. 

Before you get too cynical and wonder why the need for a new #1 issue, let me explain that this is more fundamental revisting of the Spider-Man story than anything I’ve seen in years. 

And it’s excellent

  

I won’t spoil it with too many details, but time has passed since the events of Secret Wars and now Peter Parker isn’t a penniless down-on-his-luck researcher and part-time crime-fighter. He’s more like a Tony Stark, if Tony Stark had a conscience. 

There are quite a few twists and turns in the first few pages alone and, along with a guest appearance from Mockingbird (presently kicking ass in Agents of SHIELD on TV right now), a certain Spider-vehicle makes a welcome return. 

This is the best #1 issue I’ve read in some time, though I have to say there are more than a few ‘catch up’ moments, where the writer has had to crow-bar in some characters to bring new readers up to date. It’s not too distracting, but the entire issue is just one “Boom!” scene after another. 

Excellent writing (as ever) by Dan Slott, a superb cover by the elegendary Alex Ross and some nice interior art by Giuseppe Camulcoli make for a great first issue. Based on Dan Slott’s work on Spirder-Man in recent years, I was definitely going to give this one a go. But it became a definite subscription in my Comixology account as soon as I’d finished reading it. 

Just before I started reading it over from the start. 

If you like Spider-Man and have enjoyed Dan Slott’s earlier writing, you’ll love this. It gets multiple thumbs up from me. 

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