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Spider-Boy #5

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.

A MONSTEROUS REMATCH! Bailey Briggs lost his family when Madame Monstrosity made him into Spider-Boy now she’s taken his best friend! Bailey swore he would save Helifino when next they met, but will he even get the chance?!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
25 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    Dan Slott once again just creates a fun, yet revealing read here that is classic Marvel Comics.

    I’m hooked for issue #6 and the series to see what happens between the Madame, Bailey, Christina, Peter and anyone else in the mix!

    Someone who doesn’t get quite enough credit for her fun contributions is editor Ellie Pye.

    Her little flashback comments and commentary only add to the Spider-Boy fun and signing her praises is a must as the writers and artists usually get all the credit!

  • 80

    The adventures of Marvel’s most unexpected gem continue in Spider-Boy #5, though a subtitle to this series could easily be “the sad state of mentors and parents.” Part of what makes Bailey so easy to root for is the adversity he continues to experience and overcome, which is a Spider-Man family trait after all. Another common trait lately however is how terrible Peter seems to be at being any sort of mentor, though honestly right now he seems to be struggling with much more than that. He doubles down on that in Spider-Boy #5, and then a few pages later you have Christina’s parents passing the buck of Bailey’s care and safety as well. Seriously adults, get it together! Alright, soap box over, and this does inspire even more empathy for Bailey’s current situation. Writer Dan Slott balances those internal conflicts with the more eccentric elements of Madame Monstrosity and her Humanimals, and these characters simply leap off the page courtesy of the wonderful work of artists Paco Medina and Julian Shaw and colorists Erick Arciniega and Edgar Delgado. While the creature designs are fantastical, the stakes feel genuinely intense, especially with those final pages, though the dive into the villain’s backstory wasn’t quite as impactful as I was hoping for. That’s a small nitpick though, and doesn’t keep Spider-Boy from continuing its run as one of my Marvel favorites month in and month out.

  • 75

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Spider-Boy #5 goes a long way toward furthering Bailey’s conflict with Madam Monstrosity, giving the young hero some emotional depth, and using the backup to enhance the main story. But for a boneheaded creative decision in the plot, this is an otherwise solid issue in both writing and art.

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