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The Amazing Spider-Man #23

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

WHAT DID PETER DO?!

We opened this series with a question. The centerpiece of the answer is a flat-out fight.

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Kindle Edition
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23 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0BSVLS5B2

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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Fast-paced chapter full of chases and a fight not to lose time, this arc continues to be intense.

    Art
    Romita presents an amazing fight sequence, the dynamism, scale, handling of Peter’s poses and movements are incredibly precise, classic and fresh.The fight sequences are amazing, only the Peter vs. Cap one is amazing.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Peter Parker casually runs into issues with half of the Fantastic Four and Captain America. Theres a sense of desperation as Parker rushes to try to do what he needs to do. Wells and company put together a remarkably sharp issue that doesnt require a whole lot of familiarity with Spideys recent past. A general familiarity with the Marvel Universe is all thats absolutely necessary. Issue #23 is a perfect example of how a long-running series can keep going indefinitely: keep established readers entertained while steering clear of the kind of muddled plot that would be boring to new readers.

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    The hole that Peter Parker was just starting to crawl out of in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 continues to be dug in issue #23 as a dimensional difference in time has big consequences for Peter (and, implicitly, Mary Jane). The result in this issue is a mad race in which only Spider-Man understands the stakes or the hurry, and it sends him crashing through his own life with abandon. It’s a classic sort of Spider-Man tragedy as each choice Peter makes is clearly understood and righteous from his perspective but bound to deliver more heartache to his doorstep. John Romita Jr. paces the entire affair extraordinarily well, providing brief moments for guest appearances to land before pushing Peter forward with an energy that vibrates in these panels. Just as each issue of this long-awaited story has altered its form, The Amazing Spider-Man #23 promises a new spin on this strange saga as it nears its climax.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 80

    ComicsOnline

    This latest issue takes us back to the beginning…well…the beginning of the 2022 relaunch where Peter is found in the middle of an explosion. We finally get more context to this setting and the sacrifice made to get him there. In an effort to save Peter’s life and stop the evil mathematician Benjamin Rabin (a.k.a. Emissary) from merging with a Mayan God, MJ stayed behind in a dystopian version of New York. Spidey quickly realizes the gravity of the situation and seeks out help from friends and family. Due to the severity of the explosions and lack of context for Peter’s actions, the supporting cast are cautiously concerned about the Wall-Crawler. Racing against time to get back to MJ, Peter puts everything at risk and pushes away those he cares about most. When Parker luck hits hard, Peter turns to the one man he can never truly trust…Norman Osborn.

    I will admit, this current run been a mixed bag for me, as the end of the “Beyond” arc felt like it was return to a happier time for Peter and MJ. The fact that we finally got to a place of enjoyment for these two being together felt…amazing, but the progress was seemingly tossed away with the Amazing title relaunch. The other challenge that I have had is how stretched out this plot has been. Sure, we have had teases here and there, but the dramatic change to the status quo has felt pretty stretched in order to get to these recent issues.

    That being said, issues 22 & 23 have felt original and engaging, providing readers with surprising answers to the mysteries that have been plaguing our hero. We know that the big moments are yet to come, leading up to greater revelations in issue 25, but we can see the bigger picture coming together.

  • 70

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Amazing Spider-Man #23 is just okay. There aren’t any startling revelations or canon-breaking developments to get readers all in a tizzy. What you get is a frantic Peter Parker running around New York to find help, and that’s about it. (…) How’s the art? It’s fine. There’s not much to see other than Peter running around NYC in street clothes while trying to conceal a bruised face. If you’re a fan of Romita Jr’s art, you’ll get more of what you like. If you’re not a fan, this issue is relatively free of Romita Jr excentricities ala bobble-headed children and excessive cross-hatching.

  • 60

    AIPT

    Story-wise, Zeb Wells is clearly setting up the cliffhanger in this issue by showing Peter actively coming face to face with heroes who would usually help him, but all of them are asking him to take a second to check things out. To be honest, I don’t know who would be on Peter’s side with how it’s framed here. He’s erratic and downright violent with folks he should trust. It all leads to the team-up and helper we already knew would come to his aid, but at the cost of Peter seemingly going off the deep end instead of being slightly patient and using his smarts with heroes he usually trusts. Since we already knew Norman was the only guy who helped him, the cliffhanger is easy to guess.

    Art by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, and Marcio Menyz is pretty great throughout. From the framing of Peter falling down a hill battered as the sun rises to a simple yet concise fight with Cap, there’s something enjoyable about all the art. How Menyz casts light from Human Torch onto Thing, for instance, is one of many subtle notes in coloring mixed with Romita Jr.’s pencils that makes this book sing. Peter’s lumpy face can be a distraction, but beyond that, this is a well-drawn book if you enjoy Romita Jr.’s art.

    Peter Parker is freaking out, and this issue shows us to what lengths he’ll go to save Mary Jane as fast as possible. Is it the smartest method to save her? Probably not, which feels off for a character who is one of the smartest in Marvel Comics. The art looks great throughout, however, and it’s undeniable that the plot is at least moving forward.

  • 60

    Major Spoilers

    When we’ve been waiting for months for an explanation, the decision to have Amazing Spider-Man #23 dole out only a tiny bit of missing detail is a bothersome one, especially when a clearly traumatized Peter spends the whole issue in fight-or-flight mode making bad decisions, but good art and some interesting details bring things together .

  • 52

    Comic Watch

    There’s a method to decompressed storytelling in comics that often can and does work. Living in moments, allowing the plot to stretch across multiple issues while growing characters and minor plots considerably, is a welcome style of comic writing popularized in the early 2000s. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23 is the middle chapter in a saga of decompression that suffers from terrible plotting, poor visual storytelling, and a dash of rushed writing that forms a comic book of (arguably) embarrassing quality. (…) The art is fine. It’s John Romita Jr. doing his thing. He illustrates the hell out of Peter fighting Cap. Still, besides that, the issue is full of broken anatomy, ugly character work, and all-around messy illustrations that Marcio Menyz’s coloring couldn’t save.

    This issue is boring, poorly thought out, and beyond contrived. Even in Spidey’s worst publication periods, at least something exciting, whether it be grand reveals or true storytelling was at least happening. Maybe the stories were offensively bad at times, but at least they were stories. Here, you’re paying 3.99 for a bag of air that contains everything you already knew.

  • 30

    Spider Man Crawlspace

    John Romita Jr was a hit and a miss and I really like the action shots, but that’s it. This to me, feels like a filler issue and is (in my opinion) written poorly just to keep the story going. No character development or characters acting like they were designed to be..actually with the exception of Johnny Storm and Captain America, everything else seem just out of place. I honestly don’t think it’s going to get any better down the line either which brings me to my next topic…

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