The Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #1
Written by: Nick Spencer
Art by: Ryan Ottley, Humberto Ramos
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s about…
An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is…Spider-Man?! And if even that’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests – and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to basics courtesy of Nick Spencer (SECRET EMPIRE, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN) and the Marvel debut of RYAN OTTLEY (Invincible)!
What I thought about it…
I think it’s safe to say that a new Amazing Spider-Man #1 doesn’t mean as much as it once did. Considering this is the third or fourth time this decade that Marvel has relaunched the series, the idae of another #1 doesn’t seem that exciting. You add to that new writer Nick Spencer, who is coming off the highly unpopular Secret Empire event, and this book has a long road ahead of it.
However, to my surprise this Amazing Spider-Man #1 issue offers a clean slate for the wall-crawler, and also serves as an easy entry point for new readers. Even former readers who gave up on the Dan Slott run long ago will find this comic accessible.
Another nice thing about this issue is that it doesn’t shy away from past continuity, which was nice to see. Hopefully this will be played with more in upcoming issues. Continuity was one of the things that made me fall in love with the Marvel universe some thirty years ago.
Amazing Spider-Man #1 establishes a new status quo for the character, mainly by going “Back to Basics.” This issue is mostly about Peter finding his bearings again, which is a good idea after everything he’s been through the last several years. However,
If I have one criticism about Amazing #1, it would be that I feel like Nick Spencer went a little heavy-handed with the famous Parker bad luck in this issue. I understand why all of these things need to happen to Peter Parker, but I don’t think they all needed to happen in one book.
Art wise, Ryan Ottley did an awesome job with Spider-Man. His action scenes have great energy, and he draws Spidey in some killer poses. Ottley’s Peter Parker looks a little odd here and there, but over all I’m really happy with his work. His Spider-Man reminds me a lot of Steve Skroce’s version from the late 1990’s, and that’s not a bad thing.
Amazing Spider-Man #1 was a pleasant surprise. This is a book I bought because Ryan Ottley was doing the art. But I had very low expectations of what Nick Spencer could write. More so, Amazing #1 gives me hope that one of Marvel’s biggest blunders this century might finally be undone.
But when all is said and done, I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did, and I’ll definitely will return for issue #2.
Amazing Spider-Man #1 score: B+