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Spider-Punk: Arms Race #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.



This ain’t no victory lap though – as HOBIE BROWN and team try to rebuild society,

JUSTIN HAMMER & DOCTOR OTTO OCTAVIUS have other plans… like introducing the world to the SPIDER-SLAYING SENTINELS!

Cody Ziglar (MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN) & Justin Mason (SPIDER-MAN 2099: DARK GENESIS) reunite to bring the Brooklyn boy back with the whole crew you know and love!

Grab your boots, your instruments, your amps and LET’S GO!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
32 pages
Amazon ASIN

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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Fans packed around a stage screaming for more from their favorite band who is rocking hard is exactly the feeling Spider-Punk: Arms Race #1 captures and wraps up into comic book pages. A sequel series that is just as powerful, fun, engaging, witty, and gorgeously quirky as it’s predecessor and then some.

  • 95


    Basically, this book is bringing you everything you loved about the first volume, now with even more of a community-minded focus. The DIY spirit of punk rock is alive and well in this new miniseries, with Hobie already revealing new facets of his personality to us. As this first issue reminds us, heroes aren’t just for punching — but they look cool as hell when they are. This first issue has me so excited to see how the story will develop. The scene in Earth-138 continues to grow in exciting ways, and this is just the first leg of the tour!

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    Issue #1 is often the most important issue as it is what captures and brings us into the world we will be playing in. The team succeeds in sucking us in immediately and really takes me back to my teenage days. The story is full of adventure, the colors and art appease our eyes, and overall it’s a really fun issue.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    Spider-Punk returns in a new series that once again celebrates the punk rock elements of the character while unveiling a new threat for him. Norman Osborn is dead, but will the chaos he’s created be too much for Spider-Punk and the gang to handle? Cody Ziglar’s script does well when it comes to adding such innovative factors while being charming in its own unique way; Ziglar’s gift for bringing Hobie Brown to life puts him in line with the version we saw in “Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse” which I think is magnificent but while some of the beats in this issue feel flat, this is a remarkable issue that brings up back to the amazing and non-conformist world of Spider-Punk that will leave you wanting more and at the same time loving every minute of the character’s return.

  • 80

    The newest volume of Spider-Punk kicks off with a dense, but impossibly clever first issue. While a handful of moments seem to resonate better for those who read the previous ongoing series, there is still so much charm and inventive worldbuilding on display in Cody Ziglar’s script that makes an impact. The art from Justin Mason carries that tone through with ease, even as some of the more nondescript sequences fall a little flat. If you’re finding yourself wanting more Hobie Brown following last year’s Across the Spider-Verse movie, this is a pretty good place to start.

  • 80


    While Cody Ziglar’s youthful dialogue can lean a bit forced, the narration and immediately apparent individuality in character personalities are a treat. Justin Mason’s art features plenty of fluid movement in action sequences. The large and splashy panels on some pages really work to grab a reader’s attention. With gritty coloring from Morry Hollowell, this post-disaster world is fully recognized. Travis Lanham also throws in some talented lettering.

  • 78

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Spider-Punk: Arms Race #1 is a fun comic that could just use more Spider-Punk. Cody Ziglar’s infectious enthusiasm is present on every page, but his writing is bogged down by forgettable super-team fights without any memorable character moments. The visuals from Justin Mason and Morry Hollowell are brilliantly animated and nail the garage-punk tone Earth-138 demands.

  • 73

    Major Spoilers

    Whether you only know Hobie from Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, or you’ve been in Hobie’s corner since he debuted in 2014, Spider-Punk: Arms Race #1 will serve as a good launching point for new adventures on Earth-138. Here’s hoping that people still remember the movie and are willing to give Punk a chance.

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