As if the normal run-of-the-mill demons of Limbo weren’t enough… Spider-Man finds himself facing a small army of demonized versions of his rogues’ gallery!
Can he make it home to stop Chasm and the Goblin Queen?!
Comic WatchOh my goooodd Rek-Rap is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, I hope he never leaves even though I know he will. I laughed harder at this comic than I’ve laughed at a comic in years. He’s exactly what we need in these troubled times. (...) This is a great comic, everyone should read it.
But Why Tho?Amazing Spider-Man #18 is a comic that truly understands fun. This whole crossover has been terrific at keeping the tone light and constantly hilarious. It’s not this dark, melancholic atmosphere that weighs heavily on the reader whilst reading. It’s an energetic book that remembers micro-events like these happening years ago and beautifully replicates that feeling. Both the writing and the art are there to be enjoyed.
First Comics NewsBefore “Dark Web” reaches the finish line, this issue of ASM does its best to balance the weirdness that’s been presented in the last few issue such as Spidey, along with J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson, being stuck in hell. Yes, most of this issue puts the spotlight on Rek-Rap, a scrawny demon who got his own symbiote grafted onto him (Think Venom if he was a character from a Hanna-Barbera cartoon) and I’m sure Marvel is going to give Rek-Rap his own title or action figure (This could happen); Chasm gets a new name and title thanks in part to Hollow’s Eve (**NO SPOILERS**); This issue revels in the action but storywise, it feels like a real letdown with nothing the focused more on the “Treehouse of Horror” elements rather than the crossover (Although The X-Men show up sporadically in this issue); It’s only time before “Dark Web” actually gets to the finish line…..but in this case, I’m sure everyone is rooting for it to end and looks at it as another Spider-Man/X-Men crossover that’s just unwarranted.
AIPTIf it wasn't evident yet, Amazing Spider-Man #18 solidifies that this is bonkers, fun adventure times for Spidey and his amazing friends. That goes for demon-turned-Spider-Man Rek-Rap, the ridiculous Insidious Six, and even Chasm going Super Saiyan. Sure, Spider-Man is typically a more serious series, and it has been under Wells at times, but if you see what Dark Web has been from the start, you'll have the most fun.
ComicBook.comWhen the final cliffhanger to this event arrives, it has readers prepared for an epic showdown that captures the full range of what has made Wells' run on The Amazing Spider-Man so successful thus far. Readers ought to be terribly excited for more web-whanging in Dark Web: Finale.
Comics Nexus by Inside PulseThe strength of this issue, as has the previous ASM issues for Dark Web, has been the pencils of Ed McGuinness. However, its nice to see that at least one of the Dark Web tie-ins (the 3-part Dark Web: X-Men) was actually relevant to main story. Lots of action and emotion in this issue. I’m saddened by the trauma Ben Reilly is experiencing, but hoping Chasm will get onto a redemption story. Intrigued by the final two parts of the Dark Web event.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: An entertaining entry in a storyline that needs to be resolved quickly. Ignoring Ben Reilly’s temper tantrums, the story has some good moments with Peter and his new demon fan. There is enough humor to keep the story engaging, but ultimately I’m just waiting for it to end and hoping the next arc is more interesting. The Art: McGuiness delivers some beautiful art in the issue. There are some great dramatic poses, visually engaging action and a great scope to the world of the characters.
Comic CrusadersI get that comics have to have crossovers, and I understand why they can be popular, but at this point I would love to return to regular scheduling programming! There are still overhanging web threads that need resolving. Like a good meal, things take a while to simmer; if you leave it to long though, the meal is spoiled. I would hate for that to happen to what was a revitalised Spider-Man book.
Weird Science Marvel ComicsAmazing Spider-Man #18 is somehow worse than issue #17 because it tries to continue #17’s (poorly written) humor while attempting to mix it with hard-hitting, serious moments. Neither the drama nor the humor works, so by trying to do both, you wind up with neither, and the big reveal at the end lands with a mild thud.
Spider Man CrawlspaceThis whole arc is annoying me and even the great Rek-Rap can’t save it. That said, this is the best issue so far.