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The Amazing Spider-Man #25

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Based on 10 critic ratings.

The past and the present collide in this oversized and monumental 25th issue!

Your heart isn’t ready for this one.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
47 pages
Amazon ASIN

10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Finally, after 24 installments, they revealed what Peter did, which, as always, was a sacrificial heroic act. Now Doctor Robin is going to return for MJ. It’s going to take a lot of webbing for her to put all the broken-hearted pieces together after this comic.

    Romita presents an amazing fight sequence, the dynamism, scale, handling of Peter’s poses and movements are incredibly precise, classic and fresh. Andrews, on the other hand, shows us with a more organic art that works a lot on facial expressions and accentuates the drama.

  • 90

    Following more than a year of anticipation surrounding the time jump and mysterious set up found in Amazing Spider-Man #1, the oversized anniversary issue of Amazing Spider-Man #25 finally reveals what happened to Mary Jane while trapped in an alternate dimension and how Peter Parker’s life fell to pieces. Writer Zeb Wells is accompanied by artists Kaare Andrews, who details Mary Jane’s life away from Earth, and John Romita Jr., who captures events back on Earth, in what proves to be a tragically satisfying climax. With only one chapter remaining in this pivotal story, Amazing Spider-Man #25 does an excellent job of reframing the story and making it clear why these characters can never go home again.

  • 80

    First Comics News

    This oversized issue of ASM FINALLY answers some of the questions ever since the first issue went on sale last year to some lukewarm fanfare but after reading the main story (We’re also treated to a backup feature) you’ll want to let out a huge sigh since the creative team desperately wants the readers to play the waiting game (Next issue’s the grand finale); Mary Jane’s relationship with Paul blossoms in an alternate reality (They’ve been there for four years) and the sequence feels like something out of “I Am Legend” than an actual Spider-Man story but things go into high gear when Spidey shows up to take down Rabin; Kaare Andrews handles art chores in the past and WOW!!…. he really brings a ton of energy to his artwork which leaves John Romita Jr. in the dust (Why can’t Andrews handle the art chores on ASM?!? It just baffles me); Overall, this turned out to be an entertaining issue despite the exaggerated hype because that alone will have anyone hanging their heads in shame but let’s pray that the next issue will give us a satisfying conclusion ……and I hope it’s well worth the wait (Looking at you, Zeb Wells!)

  • 70

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Amazing Spider-Man #25 tells Mary Jane’s side of the story after she was separated from Peter on an alternate Earth. Presented almost entirely as a montage-filled flashback, the bits of information we get only clarify what we already know. If you’re looking to be shocked and awed, you’ll have to wait until the next issue.

  • 65


    The MJ and Paul plotline is fine, but as soon as the kids show up, the story just jumps the shark.


    The art is an absolute mixed bag. The Andrews pages are generally good with strong layouts and a good sense of kinetic energy. There is more than one moment that’s excessively cheesecake, with shots that serve no purpose but to show off sexy MJ. Romita’s pages are better, with a strong emotional core. He’s able to show Peter’s broken heart and MJ’s reluctance to do the breaking easily in just a few panels.

    Menyz’s colors are good for most of the issue. Where it gets great is in the last few pages, where Peter completely breaks down. He fills the pages with shadow, so the light sources that are on the page are like a spotlight highlighting Peter’s sorrow. Caramagna is also able to using his skill to do the same, just using the spacing of the captions and balloons to put emphasis on the right moments.

    The back-up is fun. It’s mostly an insubstantial lark, but it’s enjoyable, especially after the main story. It does answer the question of how well Spider-Man can operate in a city that’s not as big as New York, and has a couple nice moments between Peter and Felicia Hardy.

    It’s not a bad issue, but it does have some major flaws. I just wish it could have stuck the landing.

  • 60

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    The heart of this issue was the MJ and Peter moments and then Peter grappling with how his life has so dramatically changed in a few days, but a few years for MJ. The time jumps in the story in the new dimension were confusing and would have been more clear if four months followed three months, etc. The back-up felt like filler or a stock story for a milestone issue that was planned to be over-sized. The art in this issue, on all stories, was its strength.

  • 55


    For months now, Marvel has promised that Amazing Spider-Man #25 and #26 would be “heartbreaking” and “shocking”. After reading the issue, out in comic shops today, I can safely say “heartbreaking” is a word many will use to describe it. In the extra-sized issue, writer Zeb Wells reveals what Mary Jane has been up to in another dimension as Spider-Man races to save her.


    Break out the tissues if you’re a fan of Mary Jane and Peter Parker being together, as Amazing Spider-Man #25 makes it abundantly clear they’re finished with each other, at least for now. This issue does the work to show how people can grow apart with distance and time between them, but it also handles certain elements in a clunky way. The villain is not very interesting and acts like a cliched villain who is evil simply because, making the story feel trite and boring. The adopted children are also half-baked. Still, if we’re going to embark on a new era for Spider-Man, this is a good place to start if you’re interested in something new and bold.

  • 54

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Wells decides to give the reader a look at MJ’s life in the parallel universe she trapped herself in when she sent Peter back and it was not only unimpressive, but actually insulting to fans of the characters. What the story would have us believe is that MJ, faced with the prospect of not returning home, decides to abandon her hope in Peter to save her and move on with her life by getting into a relationship based solely on trauma bonding with Paul (Side note, I cannot be the only one who rolled my eyes at the “Peter, Paul and Mary” thing.). It completely changes the nature of the character and her dynamic with Peter. With every trauma the pair have been through together, according to the logic of this arc, Peter and MJ should have been married with a dozen kids by now.

    A part of me understands what Wells is trying to do with this arc, but the execution of it feels shoddy at best. If the goal is to heap more trauma onto Peter Parker, he succeeded. If it was to make Mary Jane an unsympathetic character that fans don’t like, he succeeded in that as well. Unfortunately, there’s nothing else in this story that works and the irony of having a character who has faced countless traumas with one person to then suddenly trauma bond with another is both annoying and insulting.

    The Art: Andrews and Romita Jr deliver lively and impressive art in a story that otherwise would have been unreadable without it.

  • 54

    Comic Watch

    The Amazing Spider-Man #25 isn’t offensive because of its story decisions, but because of how plain and boring it is. The Spidey team has nothing to say with this story, leaving it as just a poorly paced history lesson to explain why the team wanted to circumvent the previous status quo to tell the same old stories we’ve been seeing for years.

  • 50

    Wakizashi's Reviews

    It’s been made very clear that the current editorial want Peter to remain single. I understand the backlash to this by a lot of Spidey fans. What I don’t undersand is why Amazing Spider-Man is the top-selling monthly comic book, if you can believe the “numbers.” It has knocked Batman off the top spot. Bizarre. So despite the ranting and raving by a LOT of Spidey fans, it seems that they are still buying the comic.

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