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Review: Amazing Spider-Man #14

Amazing Spider-Man #14

It’s been a bit since I’ve read Amazing Spider-Man, but with “Dark Web” approaching, I thought it might be a good time to swing on board. “Dark Web” is the upcoming crossover event between the X-Men and Spider-Man (and a few others) that has them taking on the Goblin Queen and Chasm. Amazing Spider-Man #14 begins to get things rolling in an issue that focuses on Chasm and his motivation behind what’s to come.

Written by Zeb Wells, Amazing Spider-Man #14 is a series of short stories by different teams of artists telling the story of Ben Reilly, aka Chasm. When we last saw him, Ben was vowing revenge against the Beyond Corporation and Peter Parker wanting his memories and life back. In his plot, Ben has found a perfect partner in Madelyne Pryor who is also a clone and having some issues with that. Granted dominion over Limbo she was looking to forgive and forget, but Ben has other plans. The two together making an interesting duo, as both have gone through similar situations a connection I hadn’t really made until this issue. Wells does a good job of giving us motivation and the anger that Chasm feels. But, while the issue does a decent job of catching up readers, there’s still a little bit of backstory missing for those coming into this new. There’s a lot to pack in though and the issue does an admirable job of fitting in so much. You get the basic overview, not the small details, enough to catch up and know what’s going on.

Where I think the issue falls a little short is the use of so many artists to tell the story. While the arc of it all works and makes sense, the art styles themselves vary so much. None of the art is bad at all, it’s good, but the styles are so different it’s jarring. Why this route was taken isn’t clear but it’s something that stands out to me in a negative way. There’s also some styles that work better than others as well, making the difference stand out a bit more.

Amazing Spider-Man #14 is an interesting issue. It feels like something that might normally be a “zero” issue or one-shot leading into an event. “Dark Web” kicking off in a regular issue that doesn’t feature Spider-Man or anyone else other than the villains is interesting in a lot of ways. Overall, it’s a nice issue that delivers motivation but doesn’t quite have that punch that really excites. Still, it’s more than enough to keep me interested in the event to come.

Story: Zeb Wells Art: Michael Dowling, Kyle Hotz, Terry Dodson, Ryan Stegman
Color: Richard Isanove, Dan Brown, Rachel Dodson, Matt Hollingsworth
Ink: Tim Townsend, JP Mayer Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.35 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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The Flames of Dark Web Go Out while Spidey and Black Cat’s Relationship Heats Up on Amazing Spider-Man

 This past weekend at the Lucca Comics & Games festival, attendees got a special sneak peek at what’s on the horizon for Amazing Spider-Man! Fans finally got to see the epic cover of February’s Dark Web Finale #1, the startling conclusion to the X-Men/Spider-Man crossover that’s going to ignite the holiday season come December! It was also revealed that Amazing Spider-Man #19 and #20 will be a two-part guest arc by two Spidey superstars: Joe Kelly and Terry Dodson! Readers of Zeb Wells’ current run have seen that Peter Parker and Felicia Hardy’s love affair is in full swing and now two of Black Cat’s most defining creators return to take it to the next level!

The dawn rises after the demonic invasion of New York City, but what will that light reveal? Find out in Dark Web Finale #1 by Zeb Wells and artist Adam Kubert. The climactic double-sized issue will reveal Chasm’s final gambit and the new denizens of Hell he helped create and unleash on Spider-Man and the X-Men! Fans will witness how Limbo will changed the city’s landscape forever–literally! The latest cover by Kubert as well as an Amazing Spider-Man #18 variant cover by Ed McGuinness also provide a startling first look at the INSIDIOUS SIX, a twisted take on the Sinister Six that will plague Spidey throughout the event!

Dark Web is over, but the effects will shake Spider-Man for a long time. To recover, Peter Parker and Felicia Hardy escape from the city to an exclusive spa upstate in Amazing Spider-Man #19-20! Surely, trouble won’t follow our Web-Head and ruin his romantic getaway… Join guest creative team Joe Kelly and Terry Dodson for this special two-parter where Spidey and Black Cat take their next step and no one tries to kill them…yet.

Swing from one crisis to the next—with some romance in between—when these thrilling issues of Amazing Spider-Man hit stands in February! 

Neil Gaiman, Mark Buckingham, and an All-Star Lineup Celebrate Miracleman’s return in Miracleman #0!

Forty years ago, Miracleman’s modern era began and changed the world of comics as we know it. Now, on the cusp of a new era of Miracleman, Marvel celebrates all things Kimota in Miracleman #0! In this giant-sized one-shot, comic book visionaries Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham make their long-awaited return to Miracleman’s saga with a special story that leads into Miracleman: The Silver Age #1! Also on sale in October, Miracleman: The Silver Age #1 will see Gaiman and Buckingham’s return to their unfinished Miracleman epic, recreating and completing the most anticipated story in comic book history!

Joining Gaiman and Buckingham in Miracleman #0 will be an incredible lineup of industry superstars, each putting their own unique spin on the captivating Miracleman mythology with thrilling new stories! Here’s what fans can look forward to:

  • Young Miracleman faces off against classic Miracleman villain Big Ben in an action-packed story written and drawn by Marvel superstar Ryan Stegman.
  • Mike Carey and Paul Davidson introduce a new Warpsmith and explore how dangerous Miracleman’s god-like abilities can be in a riveting outer space adventure!
  • Peach Momoko reveals the deadly price of Kimota’s power in a spellbinding—and terrifying—journey into the unknown!
  • Miracleman meets his maker in an explosive and thought-provoking story by Jason Aaron and Leinil Francis Yu.
  • Eisner Award-winning artist Ty Templeton examines Miracleman’s profound impact on the world around him in a series of comic strips!

And that’s not all! Miracleman #0 will also have an exclusive sneak peek at the new artwork Buckingham has completed for Miracleman: The Silver Age #1! Check out the covers now and interior artwork and revisit the brilliant world of Miracleman in Miracleman #0 on October 5! Featuring a main cover by Alan Davis and Alejandro Sánchez, and variant covers by Peach Momoko, Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson, and Skottie Young.

Preview: Amazing Fantasy #1000

Amazing Fantasy #1000

(W) Kurt Busiek, Various (A) Jim Cheung, Various (CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $7.99

The comic that brought you SPIDER-MAN hits issue #1000! We’re going big to celebrate in this, our thousandth issue of AMAZING FANTASY! An ALL-STAR roster of creators – Anthony Falcone, Dan Slott, Ho Che Anderson, Jonathan Hickman, Kurt Busiek, Michael Cho, Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Cheung, Marco Checchetto, Olivier Coipel, Ryan Stegman, Steve McNiven, Terry Dodson, Todd Nauck, and more – are coming together to celebrate Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s birthdays!

Amazing Fantasy #1000

Preview: Amazing Fantasy #1000

Amazing Fantasy #1000

(W) Kurt Busiek, Various (A) Jim Cheung, Various (CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $7.99

The comic that brought you SPIDER-MAN hits issue #1000! We’re going big to celebrate in this, our thousandth issue of AMAZING FANTASY! An ALL-STAR roster of creators – Anthony Falcone, Dan Slott, Ho Che Anderson, Jonathan Hickman, Kurt Busiek, Michael Cho, Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Cheung, Marco Checchetto, Olivier Coipel, Ryan Stegman, Steve McNiven, Terry Dodson, Todd Nauck, and more – are coming together to celebrate Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s birthdays!

Amazing Fantasy #1000

Creators Unite to Celebrate Spider-Man’s 60 Years in Amazing Fantasy #1000

Sixty years ago, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced the world to Spider-Man in the historic Amazing Fantasy #15! Over the course of six web-slinging decades, Peter Parker has inspired millions of fans and secured his spot as one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, a lineup of incredible creators from throughout the comics industry will come together next month in Amazing Fantasy #1000, an outstanding collection of stories that explore the past, present and future of Amazing Spider-Man storytelling and showcase why Spidey is one of the most beloved heroes in history.

Here’s what fans can expect from this landmark issue:

  • Visionary writer Neil Gaiman’s and artist Steve McNiven tell a touching tale about how Spidey inspired a young fan
  • Emmy Award-winning creator behind Veep and Avenue 5 Armando Iannucci makes his Marvel Comics debut alongside Ryan Stegman in a story about a strange Spidey conspiracy!
  • Spider-Man mastermind Dan Slott and superstar artist Jim Cheung team up to explore the enduring love between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson in a story set in the far future
  • Acclaimed artist Michael Cho and novelist Anthony Falcone craft a powerful story that explores the very root of Peter Parker’s heroism
  • Ho Che Anderson and Giuseppe Camuncoli deliver thrills and chills in a horror-fueled Spidey adventure that cuts to Peter Parker’s core
  • Kurt Busiek, Terry Dodson, and Rachel Dodson introduce a new Spidey villainess—the WITCH-QUEEN!
  • Rainbow Rowell and Olivier Coipel spotlight the average day of Peter Parker’s hectic job as a Daily Bugle photographer
  • Jonathan Hickman and Marco Checchetto take readers on an inter-dimensional journey across the Spider-Verse and beyond!

Check out brand-new interior artwork and don’t miss this profound chapter in the Spider-Man mythos when Amazing Fantasy #1000 arrives on August 31!

Miracleman joins Marvel’s heroes in Variant Covers

This year, Marvel will honor the 40th anniversary of Miracleman’s modern era with a transformative year for the iconic super hero. In addition to announcements for upcoming new collections of his groundbreaking stories, fans witnessed a monumental development in last year’s Timeless #1: the herald of Miracleman’s grand return! In anticipation of his upcoming era, a new collection of variant covers will show Miracleman fighting alongside some of Marvel’s greatest heroes for the very first time. Crafted by some of the industry’s finest artists including Peach Momoko, Pepe Larraz, John Cassaday, Mark Bagley, Terry Dodson, Jim Cheung, Mark Buckingham, and Salvador Larocca, this breathtaking artwork serves as an exciting tease of Miracleman’s eagerly anticipated upcoming new adventures!

The Miracleman Variant Covers will be showcased on Marvel’s hottest ongoing series starting in September and continuing throughout the rest of the year. Check out the first batch of covers below and stay tuned for more exciting announcements about Miracleman in the coming months!

  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY #4 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by MARK BAGLEY
  • MOON KNIGHT #15 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by DECLAN SHALVEY
  • WOLVERINE #25 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by JOHN CASSADAY
  • X-FORCE #32 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by PEACH MOMOKO
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: SYMBOL OF TRUTH #5 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by SALVADOR LARROCA
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #42 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by BRIAN STELFREEZE
  • SHANG-CHI AND THE TEN RINGS #3 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by PEPE LARRAZ
  • X-MEN #15 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by TERRY DODSON & RACHEL DODSON
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by PATRICK GLEASON
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
  • AVENGERS #61 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by HUMBERTO RAMOS
  • BLACK PANTHER #10 TBD
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #42 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by JAMIE McKELVIE
  • CARNAGE #7 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
  • DAREDEVIL #4 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by MARCO CHECCHETTO
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #48 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by MARK BUCKINGHAM
  • GENIS-VELL: CAPTAIN MARVEL #4 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by JIM CHEUNG
  • HULK #11 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by MAHMUD ASRAR
  • IMMORTAL X-MEN #7 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by SARA PICHELLI
  • IRON MAN #24 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by KUBERT
  • SHE-HULK #7 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL
  • STRANGE #7 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by ALAN DAVIS
  • THOR #29 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by KAARE ANDREWS
  • VENOM #12 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by RYAN STEGMAN
  • GHOST RIDER #8 MIRACLEMAN VARIANT COVER by BRYAN HITCH

Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson’s Adventureman Continues!

The fan favorite fantasy epic Adventureman by Matt Fraction artist Terry Dodson with Rachel Dodson will embark on an all new story arc this month with the release of issue #5 from Image Comics.

In Adventureman #5, as New York City teeters on the brink of a strange armageddon, Claire tries the Adventureman mantle on for size just in time to face the monstrous evil that vanquished her predecessor—only he didn’t have a family like hers.

Everyone knows the story of Adventureman. The greatest pulp hero of all time’s story ended in a heartbreaking cliffhanger with our hero facing his very execution…now, learn the startling truth about how, 80 years after his seeming demise, single mother Claire and her Adventurefan son Tommy light the spark of RESURRECTION! Can these inheritors of the Adventureman legacy rise up to face down the evil that bested the original? 

Adventureman #5 (Diamond Code JUL210036) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 29. 

Adventureman #5

Marvel Celebrates 80 Years of Captain America with Variant Covers

This year, Marvel is honoring the 80th anniversary of Captain America with a new collection of extraordinary variant covers! Gracing the covers of your favorite ongoing series throughout July will be reimagined versions of iconic heroes including Black Widow, Miles Morales, and Spider-Man. These star-spangled homages have been designed and crafted by some of the industry’s greatest artistic talents: John Cassaday, Steve McNiven, Iban Coello, Pepe Larraz, Leinil Francis Yu, Mark Brooks, Nick Bradshaw, and Terry and Rachel Dodson.

See all eight Captain America 80th Anniversary Variant Covers now and collect them all starting on July 14th!

  • IRON MAN #10 CAPTAIN AMERICA 80TH VARIANT COVER by JOHN CASSADAY & DAVE STEWART
  • SPIDER-WOMAN #13 CAPTAIN AMERICA 80TH VARIANT COVER by STEVE MCNIVEN & FRANK D’ARMATA
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #28 CAPTAIN AMERICA 80TH VARIANT COVER by IBAN COELLO & ALEJANDRO SÀNCHEZ
  • MOON KNIGHT #1 CAPTAIN AMERICA 80TH VARIANT COVER by PEPE LARRAZ & MARTE GRACIA
  • BLACK CAT #8 CAPTAIN AMERICA 80TH VARIANT COVER by LEINIL FRANCIS YU & SUNNY GHO
  • BLACK WIDOW #9 CAPTAIN AMERICA 80TH VARIANT COVER by MARK BROOKS
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #34 CAPTAIN AMERICA 80TH VARIANT COVER by NICK BRADSHAW & RACHELLE ROSENBERG
  • THE MIGHTY VALKYRIES #4 CAPTAIN AMERICA 80TH VARIANT COVER by TERRY DODSON & RACHEL DODSON

Omega-Level Mutants Join Together on New Planet-Size X-Men Covers

Fifty years ago, Giant-Size X-Men changed our world. This June, Planet-Size X-Men changes our universe.

This June, the Hellfire Trading Company invites readers everywhere to the inaugural Hellfire Gala to announce the first team of Krakoan X-Men to the world and reveal the startling plans that mutantkind has in store for the Marvel Universe. This highly anticipated comics event will unfold in issues of your favorite ongoing X-Men series as well as Planet-Size X-Men, a special double-sized one-shot from two of mutantkind’s most masterful creators: writer Gerry Duggan and artist Pepe Larraz. On sale June 16th, Planet-Size X-Men will be a pivotal chapter in the X-Men mythos with an epic story that has been built up since the very beginning of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men era. Omega-level mutants will take center stage and new omega-level mutants will be introduced as Magneto puts the pieces in place for an ambitious plan that will truly change everything…

Check out some never-before-seen variant covers by artists Olivier Coipel, Terry Dodson, and Rachel Dodson as well as a first look at interior artwork. And be there for the issue that will go down in X-Men history when Planet-Size X-Men #1 hits stands on June 16th.

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