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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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Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #14

Amazing Spider-Man #14

(W) Zeb Wells (A) Michael Dowling, Kyle Hotz, Terry Dodson (CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 23, 2022
SRP: $4.99

“DARK WEB” PRELUDE!
We haven’t seen Chasm since ASM #894 and the FCBD issue, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy.
Join us for this very special issue featuring Spidey’s most dangerous new villain as well as the Goblin Queen and a BRAND-NEW villain that you won’t believe.

Amazing Spider-Man #14

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

Tom King and Elsa Charretier’s Love Everlasting comes to Image in August

From superstar, award-winning creators Tom King and Elsa Charretier, cast popular Romance genre tropes in an unsettling Horror light in their new series Love Everlasting. This ongoing series will launch in August from Image Comics.

In Love Everlasting, Joan Peterson discovers that she is trapped in an endless, terrifying cycle of “romance”—a problem to be solved, a man to marry—and every time she falls in love she’s torn from her world and thrust into another teary saga. Her bloody journey to freedom and revelation starts in this breathtaking, groundbreaking first issue.

The series will feature a number of eye-popping variant covers showcasing the talents of such artists as: Cliff Chiang, Alison Sampson, Sean Phillips, Amanda Conner, Terry Dodson, Tula Lotay, Stjepan Šejić, Jenny Frison, Clay Mann, Leslie Hung, Matias Bergara, Mitch Gerads, and more!

Love Everlasting #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 10:

  • Cover A by Charretier – Diamond Code JUN220024
  • Cover B by Clay Mann – Diamond Code JUN220025
  • Cover C by Charretier – Diamond Code JUN220026
  • Cover D by Tula Lotay – Diamond Code JUN220027
  • Cover E by Jenny Frison – Diamond Code JUN220028
  • Cover F (1:10 copy incentive) by Leslie Hung – Diamond Code JUN220029
  • Cover G (1:25 copy incentive) by Matias Bergara – Diamond Code JUN220030
  • Cover H (1:50 copy incentive) by Mitch Gerads – Diamond Code JUN220031
  • Cover I (1:100 copy incentive) by Mann – Diamond Code JUN220032

Industry Legends Celebrate 60 Years of Spider-Man with Amazing Fantasy #1000

This year marks 60 years of one of comic books’ greatest icons—Spider-Man! In addition to an exciting relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man, a stunning variant cover program, and more, Marvel will also celebrate this milestone anniversary with a special issue honoring the comic that started it all, Amazing Fantasy. Arriving in August, Amazing Fantasy #1000 will be a giant-sized one-shot brought together by some of the industry’s most acclaimed creators. The collection of stories will explores the past and future of Amazing Spider-Man storytelling in tales that leave a profound impact on the Spider-Man mythos and showcase why Spidey is one of the most beloved heroes in history!

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

  •  Visionary writer Neil Gaiman’s grand return to the Marvel Universe
  •  Emmy Award winning creator behind “Veep” and “Avenue 5” Armando Ianucci’s Marvel Comics debut
  • 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 introduce a new Spider-Man villain
  • Ho Che Anderson crafts a horror-fueled Spidey adventure that cuts to Peter Parker’s core
  • Plus stories by Rainbow Rowell, Kurt Busiek, Jonathan Hickman, and many more!
  • Also including art by Terry Dodson and more!
  • A main cover by John Romita Jr.!

Join the industry’s top talent in celebrating Spider-Man’s birthday when Amazing Fantasy #1000 arrives in August. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for variant cover reveals, creator announcements, and more! 

Amazing Fantasy #1000
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