Dark Web Prelude!
We haven’t seen Chasm since ASM #894 and the FCBD issue, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy. Join us for this very special issue featuring Spidey’s most dangerous new villain as well as the Goblin Queen and a BRAND-NEW villain that you won’t believe.
The Super Powered FancastAn entertaining story that does a great job of showing the reader where Ben is mentally and the danger he poses both to himself and Peter.
First Comics NewsThis latest issue of ASM succeeds in setting up the upcoming “Dark Web” crossover with The X-Men while once again making Ben Reilly a compelling character and I’m hoping somewhere down the road Ben’s story will get a happy ending.
ComicBook.comThe Amazing Spider-Man #14 shifts away from Peter's ongoing trials and tribulations to focus on the series' prior volume's hero: Ben Reilly. Absent from the world since the climactic events of that volume, it details his missing time in four seasons from four distinctive artists and wisely makes each one a distinct vignette. The scenes build upon one another but are satisfying in their own fashion. These instances developing Ben's terrible mental state and new alliance with Madelyne Pryor serve primarily to lay the groundwork for the upcoming crossover event "Dark Web," but it grounds all of that action in character. (...) By the end of The Amazing Spider-Man #14, the villains of "Dark Web" are framed as anti-heroes and the event ahead looks exciting for readers with any interest in these creators or characters.
Comic WatchAmazing Spider-Man #14 is a promising start to Dark Web, breaking away from Spider-Man to showcase a year in the life of Chasm, Janine, and the Goblin Queen. The additional page count allows the creative teams to compress a year into four, visually distinct sections while building the emotion at the epicenter of this issue. It feels like Dark Web is the story Wells has really wanted to tell since taking over Spider-Man, and that shows on every page. Fans of Hellions and Beyond will want to pick this up, and for the most part, can skip the previous issues of Amazing.
Graphic PolicyAmazing Spider-Man #14 is an interesting issue. It feels like something that might normally be a “zero” issue or one-shot leading into an event. “Dark Web” kicking off in a regular issue that doesn’t feature Spider-Man or anyone else other than the villains is interesting in a lot of ways. Overall, it’s a nice issue that delivers motivation but doesn’t quite have that punch that really excites. Still, it’s more than enough to keep me interested in the event to come.
AIPTAmazing Spider-Man #14 has just enough detail to give readers a sense of what we're in store for with Dark Web, but it's mostly half-baked. The players are present, and how they get together is clear, but the motivations behind their actions and goals remain vague or secret. The creators have stated that it takes inspiration from the Inferno event and Mutant Massacre, which might be why this issue doesn't feel like a Spider-Man book. I'm optimistic about the upcoming event, but if you're looking for a deep look at the characters underneath the rage and revenge, you can skip it entirely.
Comics Nexus by Inside PulseA cohesive, intriguing and consequential story, but disjointed based on jarring styles of the various art times. Still curious for what happens next.
Weird Science Marvel ComicsAmazing Spider-Man #14 sets up the Dark Web event with a Spider-Man-free issue that focuses entirely on Ben Reilly. The plan Ben devises with Janine, and Madelyne is audacious, but this issue is just planning. Did this need to be an Amazing Spider-Man comic? No, it should have been a one-shot or zero-issue, but at least you get a taste of what’s in store for the Dark Web event.