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Spider-Man #8

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

“The End of the Spider-Verse” continues! Spider-Man has changed. His powers are super-charged, enabling him to be the best Spider-Man he can be… •…but can his all-too-human body take it? A classic Spider-Villain is back and doesn’t care if Spidey has his hands full.

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23 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    Dan Slott and Mark Bagley’s Spider-Man kicked things off with an epic Spider-Verse story, and now it’s slowing things down to look at Peter Parker’s powers. Oh, and he has a long-lost sidekick bouncing around too. In Spider-Man #8, Electro enters the story, and Peter messes with his powers. You know it’s all going to go sideways very quickly. This is Peter Parker, after all!


    Spider-Man #8 is an intriguing start that works well thanks to the excellent writing of Peter Parker, who feels like his classic self here. Throw in the mystery of Spider-Boy, Spider-Man’s new enhanced power, and a return of a classic villain, and you have a recipe for another iconic Spider-Man story from Dan Slott and Mark Bagley.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    With the Spider-Verse now in the rear-view mirror, Dan Slott and Mark Bagley launch a new arc that sees Spidey getting an upgrade to one of his most important powers (**NO SPOILERS**) while at the same time, Slott once again finds a new element of the Wall-Crawler to explore and always pays off even though this issue starts off like any other Spider-Man story. Peter Parker’s continuing employment with Norman Osborn’s company feels fresh under Slott as he does a great job of exploring it but never lets it overtake the plot. The return of Electro looks to add more tension to this arc which is good as Slott always manages to make the best out of his stories when it comes to using any of the classic Spider-Man villains due to his fandom coming into play but is that a good thing or a bad thing? Depends on if you’re a big fan of Slott’s writing or not. Spider-Boy also makes an appearance but I’m hoping we get more of his backstory and if so, I’m hoping it will be monumental. With all of the plot elements coming into play, it’s no wonder why this series has been selling out while once again being an enjoyable alternative to “Amazing Spider-Man”.

  • 89

    Comic Watch

    In general, the character-driven story here is leagues beyond not just the last arc but makes for one of the most well-rounded Spider-Man stories in the previous two years, at least. The new Peter/Norman relationship is at its best here, Slott playing on Peter’s failure and Norman’s battle against his past to build redemption for both characters. Spidey is heroic and human; each page of this issue is a damn good time.

    While simple and safe, the execution is so well done that its lack of originality isn’t something that drags the story down. Focusing on well-written characters with internal and external struggles is the magic mixture for creating entertaining, engaging, and emotionally relevant stories. Bagley’s art manages to elevate so much of this, his work back on its ‘A’ game now that he has more time to focus on individual details over mass displays of Spider-people. While Electro wasn’t focused on too much in this issue, his slow build into villainy has laid the groundwork for a classic Spider-Man story that hasn’t forgotten the good that could be done with the current status quo.

    Spider-Man #8 may have well been the true start to this secondary Spidey title. It’s full of classical Marvel heart and fun that keeps a human heart directly at its center. Its restraint in penning a simple story make it such a quality comic, characters and themes matter more than shock and nostalgia.

  • 85

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    An intriguing issue that puts Spider-Man in current continuity with companion series the Amazing Spider-Man. However, Spider-Man is changed and his haywire Spider-Sense may be shared or connected to Spider-Boy? Curious about this new Spider-Boy, Bailey, that no one remembers, but seems very real. Solid art too.

  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Slott crafts an interesting story that speaks to everything that is engaging about Spider-Man as a character and the tragic personal nature of his need for responsibility. The story has some great action and I enjoyed the fact that Peter’s need to save everyone leads him to make some desperate and dangerous choices. It’s going to be interesting to see where the story goes next.

    The Art: Bagley delivers some thrilling and beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The imagery is fun, bright and visually thrilling.

  • 80


    Slott takes a novel idea, involving Peter’s Spider-sense, and buries it in the worst elements of this run so far. Peter stretching his powers to protect others and tentatively trusting Norman Osborn to do it, that’s Spider-Man to a tee. But basing his motivation for trying it in an angry family member, which Peter is normally able to handle, and memories from an alternate timeline stretches incredulity just to force Peter to feel guilt again. It takes something novel and just makes it groan-worthy.

    Another struggle I have is with the newly introduced Spider-Boy. There’s a nugget of something interesting in the character, but right now he’s a cipher with poorly defined powers. He apparently shares some sort of psychic bond with Peter, but it’s unclear if that’s part of his normal powerset, or a side effect of the Parker/Osborn tampering with Peter’s Spider-sense. It means we still don’t have a reason to care, and I genuinely want to know more about him.

    The art is once again the highlight of the issue. There’s a few faces that are a little distorted in some strange ways, but otherwise, Bagley, Dell and Hennessy do a great job. The layouts are dynamic, the figures have a great sense of motion, and there’s a lot of detail to take in on every page. Delgado’s colors are bright but also makes the events of the page look real. His coloring in the opening building fire rescue drew me into the action just as much as the dynamic line art.

  • 80

    Spider-Man’s first arc has been uneven at times, but without the elements of a Spider-Verse event tethering it, the series is starting to reveal a more intriguing identity. “Maxed Out” part one hones in one particular aspect of the event to launch Peter’s next mission, and while it starts out as many other Spider-Man stories have, writer Dan Slott finds a new angle to explore. When coupled with Peter’s current status as a member of Osborne’s company, it feels fresh and yet unquestionably Spider-Man. Spider-Boy is already paying dividends as well, with the link to Peter giving natural opportunities to contrast the two and showcase who Spider-Boy is and what sets him apart. Artist Mark Bagley, colorist Edgar Delgado, inkers John Dell and Andrew Hennessy, and letterer Joe Caramagna are on their A-game throughout, bookending the issue in stellar fashion. The central premise of the issue, Spider-Boy’s inclusion, and the artwork all hooked me, and the future of this series look brighter than ever.

  • 65

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Spider-Man #8 gets the series back to basics, with a Spider-Man getting back to the business of saving the day until he feels his efforts aren’t enough. Peter’s experiment has interesting story implications, and the overall technical execution (writing and art) is an improvement, but Slott’s characterization of Spidey feels outdated, and Spider-Boy’s random appearances have outworn their welcome.

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