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Spider-Boy #1

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

SECRETS OF SPIDER-BOY REVEALED!

Spinning out of the pages of DAN SLOTT and MARK BAGLEY’s monumental SPIDER-MAN run – here comes the spectacular SPIDER-BOY!

After the events of THE END OF THE SPIDER-VERSE, Spider-Boy’s secret history as Spider-Man’s sidekick was nearly forgotten forever. But now those mysteries will be revealed while they embark on exciting new adventures… TOGETHER!

Publication Date
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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0CGVZYWPQ

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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Intense first chapter of this hero that no one knows but has been in the Marvel Universe for years.

    It is an art that shows a lot of the superhuman flexibility characteristic of Spider-man, but at the same time manages the scales of other human-animals. The details are mesmerizing.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    Bailey Briggs aka Spider-Boy gets his series and right away, it’s an absolute delight that takes the riders back to the early days of Spider-Man and to his credit, Dan Slott has created a world for Bailey to flourish from his budding friendship with Christina to get some recognition for his heroics but his origin has a dark and frightening overtone that will get you even more invested in Bailey’s adventure. Slott does a great job of giving us more insight into Bailey’s interactions with Spider-Man which shows the latter accepting him. The villains, however, are somewhat silly but it does add charm and fun to this series. The backup story with art by Ty Templeton displays a goofy team-up with Squirrel Girl that’s just amazing and will also add to the excitement of reading this series. This series has a special quality that will keep the readers coming back for more. Highly recommend.

  • 90

    AIPT

    Spider-Boy is a ton of fun that’s quirky with a burst of visual storytelling that’ll please fans, young and old. There isn’t a goofier comic out right now, and that’s a compliment.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Madame Monstrosity’s links to the Scorpion and the Human Fly—as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #31—combined with Daily Bugle demonizing compare Marvel’s newest Spidey Hero with Spider-Man’s turbulent past. After Bailey proved he could tackle adult villains in Dan Slott’s Spider-Man #11, Peter Parker steps aside to let his new sidekick battle people from his past and make all-new friends in the all-ages Spider-Boy #1.

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    Spider-Boy gets the solo spotlight in his own series, though he’s not really alone. Writer Dan Slott kicks off the issue with a fun pun-filled team-up with Spider-Man, but the book really starts to hit its stride when Spider-Man takes a back seat to Bailey. Christina feels like someone Bailey can really confide in without the baggage that can sometimes come with his relationship with Peter, and that also leaves more room to explore Spider-Boy’s mysterious backstory, which is easily the most compelling element of the series. Seeing how Bailey got his powers and the heartbreaking reunion that plays out effectively tugs at the heartstrings, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The villains all have a flair for the absurd, but that’s also part of the charm, and artist Paco Medina and colorist Erick Arciniega lean into that fun absurdity in the artwork and character designs. The same goes for the entertaining second story “Balloonacy” by Ty Templeton and Dee Cunniffe, which gets extra points for bringing Squirrel Girl and Tippy-Toe into the mix. When Spider-Boy is the centra figure, this series captures something that’s hard to identify but feels quite special, and I’m incredibly intrigued to see where things go next.

  • 80

    Derby Comics

    I can only imagine what toxic Spider-Man social media is going to say about this issue, but for me it hit every note I was hoping for in Bailey Briggs’ debut solo series. Dan Slott’s script perfectly executes Bailey’s introduction by providing initial answers as to why nobody remembers him and how he got his powers. The script is chock full of campy humor that is so much fun. I don’t know how much of a shelf-life this character or the current story have to sustain over the long-haul, but if anyone has it in them to produce consistently entertaining Spiderverse stories, it’s Slott.

  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Spider-Boy #1 is a nice start to the series which requires little to no knowledge of the character. It delivers more than enough to stand out from the other Spider characters and series out there with an almost quaint low stakes focus.

  • 77

    Major Spoilers

    With two different, equally good artists in play and a story that keeps the humor balanced with the existential horror of being torn from reality, Spider-Boy #1 makes a good showing for its young hero, and even though it seems like the concept of a sidekick for Spider-Man absolutely shouldn’t work. Old-school Spider-fans who remember the days of Lee/Romita or Stern/Romita Jr. will likely find this book a breath of Bronze Age fresh air, albeit with a modern tone and pacing.

  • 67

    Comic Watch

    Spider-Boy #1 lacks enough oomph or voice to truly sparkle as a brand-new Marvel title, however, those in its target audience will surely find Slott’s mix of classical pulp-horror and young reader tropes charming enough to continue reading.

  • 65

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Spider-Boy #1 is a serviceable solo offering to get readers on board with the latest Spider-Man spinoff character. Slott’s main story suffers from an identity crisis because it’s a kids’ story written in an adult context, so it tries to please everyone without appealing fully to anyone. Ironically, the exorbitant cover price is justified by a backup story (also by Slott) that looks and feels like it could work for little kids.

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