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Spider-Man #5

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

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Print Length
33 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An entertaining “What..If?” style story from Slott. I like the reimagining of Peter’s life and how he still found his way into the world of superheroes while also thriving personally. I really enjoy the positive build up throughout the story as well as the looming realization that Peter’s ideal world will have to end. It makes me excited to see where Slott takes the story next.

    The Art: Bagley delivers great art throughout the issue. The character designs are great and I love the visual world and style of the issue as well as the visual callbacks to classic Spidey stories.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    Peter Parker has been picked apart from every conceivable angle over the course of the past half-century or more. What Slott and Bagley are doing with this issue isn’t anything that hasn’t been done in one way or another. Slott and Bagley HAVE managed to find a pleasant echo of the original idea developed by Ditko under the supervision of Stan Lee all those years ago.

  • 80

    First Comics News

    Part five of “End of The Spider-Verse” gets the “Twilight Zone” meets “This Is Us” treatment for this issue as we get to see a Peter Parker who never got bit by that radioactive spider (Instead, Cindy Moon aka Silk gets the bit); In this alternate world, the burglar who would later kill Ben Parker breaks into the Parker house but Peter takes a bullet, he makes a recovery (but with this use of a crutch), now he’s popular with Flash Thompson as well as being the guy behind the chair for Silk. I have to say that this could have been an exciting story if something similar to this one hadn’t been done before and it has been done……several times in fact! Dan Slott had the chance to make this installment more powerful, but for the most part, it’s just basically filler material with Slott biding his time before fleshing out the conclusion. Yes, it’s great to see Silk living the life of the resident wall-crawler but with this chapter feeling so unoriginal in terms of reinventing Spidey’s history, let’s hope that Slott will give the following issues more impact and less filler.

  • 65


    Spider-Man #5 is a head-scratcher issue, never giving up details on what it all means, and instead requires you to pay attention to an alternate take on Peter Parker. Basically, a multiverse What If…? story. Read this one expecting some major ramifications and explanation, but go in with plenty of patience.

  • 65

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Spider-Man #5 takes an odd detour in the Spider-Verse-ending event to visit a pocket universe where Peter Parker’s life turned out very differently. The story makes for an intriguing “What if…?” but the detour kills the momentum of the main plot for a story that could have been covered in a couple of pages.

  • 50

    Spider-Man #5 is rather conflicting. On the one hand I found myself quite immersed in the life and times of this alternate Peter Parker and how it related back to the main story. On the other hand, that tether literally happens on the first and last pages. (…) I won’t call it filler because I did enjoy aspects of the issue, especially Peter and Silk’s relationship, and the artwork by Mark Bagley, Edgar Delgado, John Dell, and Joe Caramagna is perfect for the spin on this vintage adventure. As part five of an ongoing story though, the fact that there’s so little movement is disappointing.

  • 50


    This issue continues to make us ask the question why this series continues to exist. The story does nothing but waste time and cause the story to lose momentum. The art is great though.

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