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The Amazing Spider-Man #78

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

Ben Reilly’s second real outing as Spider-Man pits him against MORBIUS, and it DOES NOT GO WELL! The full support of Beyond gets tested as Morbius puts the hurt on Spidey in a big way.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    Amazing Spider-Man #78 is a great follow-up to the last issue as Spider-Man takes on Morbius. Kelly Thompson continues to show how efficient she is with character writing and the foreboding nature of Beyond reveals a bit more of itself to the reader. All told, there’s a lot of moving parts that come together in a compelling Spidey story.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Amazing Spider-Man #78 completes another story in the Beyond Era by placing Ben Reilly on death’s door and spotlighting the Daughters of the Dragon. With another classic Spidey foe slated for the next issue, Spider-fans will definitely want to either jump back on or start reading this book.

  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I love the intricacy of the storytelling in this issue. There are several layers to the story and each one has some interesting moments to be found. I like seeing the clandestine elements involved and how Ben seems to be completely oblivious to them. While I wish there was more going on with Peter’s story, I appreciate the moment with Mary Jane and Felicia a lot. Misty and Colleen’s story is interesting as well and the cameo at the end of the issue makes me excited about comes next.

    The Art: Pichelle and Towe deliver some great art in the issue. The action is lively and exciting and the character moments look fantastic.

  • 85

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 81

    Comic Watch

    There was a 90% chance that I was going to like this new direction for Spider-Man, but if you would’ve told me that I’d like it this much, I never would’ve believed you. This issue keeps the train rolling with more top=flight storytelling and art. A new take on an old story.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Amazing Spider-Man #78 continues the Beyond storyline with some interesting setup for the next few issues. The fight between Ben Reilly and Morbius kicks off a new mystery around the Living Vampire, while showing off some more of the shady Beyond Corporation. It even sets up more things that will be going on in the Beyond storyline, as well as new match up between Ben and a familiar Spider-Man villain.

  • 80

    Sara Pichelli’s depiction of Morbius may be unmatched as she makes this awkward B-lister look lithe, powerful and often terrifying, even (or especially) as he’s been mutilated in combat. The Amazing Spider-Man #78 brings a little something to each of its many plots with Misty and Colleen continuing their investigation, Ben notching a win or two, Morbius setting himself up for more, and Peter’s loved ones uniting. However, it’s Pichelli that makes this one memorable. Both the small emotional moments as rivals connect and splash sequences filled with movement impress. Her range displays the fast-paced mix of stories that is ensuring this new era of Amazing Spider-Man takes off; it’s a delight to witness.

  • 70


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  • 60

    Comic Book Revolution

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