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The Amazing Spider-Man #26

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Generally unfavorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

Now fully in the present, the Emissary has returned and his power is so far beyond Spider-Man’s abilities. The heroes may figure out a way to win, but the cost of victory will be so immense that you may hope they don’t…

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  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    What follows will be a new stage for Peter and the Marvel Universe with the loss of one of his most beloved and noble heroines.

    Romita presents an amazing fight sequence, the dynamism, scale, handling of Peter’s poses and movements are incredibly precise, classic and fresh. The death scene is very detailed.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    Well, we finally get to see the “most important death since Gwen Stacy” and I have to say…….it wasn’t all that impactful! I feel Marvel will do just about ANYTHING to make this a key issue and the person who’s no longer around was barely in this title (**NO SPOILERS**- Yes I know most people have already figured out who died but for the sake of all that’s holy, I’ll refrain from spoiling it); I’m sure Zeb Wells wanted to go the more gut-wrenching route and choose someone for Spidey’s supporting cast but I’m guessing that current SM editor Nick Lowe would have easily had a giant conniption at the thought of either Mary Jane, Aunt May or even J. Jonah Jameson gets sacrificed. While the ending hits hard, the conclusion felt rushed as if Wells needed to clear everything off the table to get to the real tragedy at hand which is an absolute shame seeing as how the story itself had so much potential but faltered at the end. This could have been a milestone event but the outcome not being so engaging hurt this issue and this will be talked about for years to come, but for all the wrong reasons. Too bad!

  • 75

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Wells crafts a story that lays out exactly how I thought it would given the stakes and the characters, but it feels off. Kamala’s relationship with Peter and the other heroes in this issue are nowhere near as close to the ones she has with Miles or other heroes she’s teamed up with so the “shocking” moment in the issue doesn’t have the kind of emotional weight I think Wells is going for. Everything else was relatively predictable, but the action was good.

    The Art: John Romita Jr delivers some beautifully detailed and dramatic art that perfectly captures the dark tone of the story.

  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    There are going to be those who complain that Kamala deserved to die in her own series. It’s worth noting that…well in advance of the release of this issue, it was well-known that she was going to die. The Amazing Spider-Man #26 may be a Spider-Man comic, and he may be in it A LOT, but he and his life and his concerns DO fade out into the background of his own title for at least one month. THAT doesn’t happen very often to a major character like Spider-Man. Kamala DOES deserve better, but Amazing Spider-Man #26 might as well be a Ms. Marvel comic.

  • 60

    Graphic Policy

    Spoiled for a week now, readers finally have a chance to see how things play out in Amazing Spider-Man #26 and none of it comes across well. Written by Zeb Wells, the sacrifice and death of a hero feels hollow for multiple reasons and when a little thought is put into it, makes little sense. The result is a comic that feels like it thinks its epic but comes off as rather shallow.


    I stated when this latest volume began that I’m not a fan of John Romita Jr.‘s style. With ink by Scott Hanna, color by Marco Menyz and Erick Arciniega and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the art style especially falls short with this type of story. The blocky faces just lack an emotional aspect to them that’s needed to really drive home this sort of moment.

    Overall, Amazing Spider-Man #26 might have had something had it not been spoiled but even then, the end comes off as cheap and short lived. We know Kamala will be back, it’s just a question as to when and how.

  • 55


    Possibly one of the most divisive issues of Spider-Man in years, Amazing Spider-Man #26 isn’t a bad issue if read in a vacuum. Still, given the lingering problems in the story arc and valid reasons to be upset with a hero’s death, it’s hard to love it unconditionally. I liked parts, but others fell flat. The biggest win of Amazing Spider-Man #26 is that this year-long story arc in the making is finally over, and maybe we can move on to a brighter and hopefully more prosperous Spider-Man future.

  • 50

    The Amazing Spider-Man #26 mostly arrives as a relief that this kayfabe spectacle of death can be addressed elsewhere and mysteries drug out for more than a year can be resolved. Wells and Romita remain an excellent partnership and fit for Spider-Man, but when the needs of the publisher undermine the style and tone that made early issues of the current volume so good, it’s difficult to continue applauding such odd outcomes.

  • 50

    Comic Crusaders

    Fifty years ago, the comic book world was shocked by the needless, some would say, death of Gwen Stacey which shepherded out the Silver Age and started the Bronze Age. Now, with the pointless death of Kamala Khan, a new age is born; the Age of Cynicism. An age long feared, where that which was lauded as being a great, new and a true diverse voice is silenced, albeit temporarily. Let the cynicism roll!

  • 50

    Wakizashi's Reviews

    While not as terrible as some readers are saying, Amazing Spider-Man #26 is a drawn-out disappointment posing as a must-buy comic book. The big death feels completely unearned. Why is this character’s death being compared with the original Gwen Stacy’s shocking demise back in issue #121? It really does feel shoe-horned into this stretched-out story arc. Where was the set up, apart from a few very brief random scenes? I’m talking literally a few panels in the previous twenty-five issues where this character appears. Where was the story development to make this moment mean something? Why is this particular character suddenly so important to Peter? She wasn’t before. I reckon they were originally going to have Mary Jane die in this issue but changed their minds at the last minute. It’s a very strange conclusion to this story arc.

  • 40

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Amazing Spider-Man #26 is an embarrassing failure for the ASM creative team, Marvel editorial, and everyone that had a hand in the “What Did Peter Do?” arc. It would be different if Wells swung for the fences to push for new, bold directions, but instead, we get a basic fight with an inconsequential death and a lot of annoyances that don’t get unresolved. Loyal Marvel readers deserve better. A lot better.

  • 39

    Multiversity Comics

    Kamala’s death sends this score into the pits, even as the rest is well-constructed, action-packed, and a good resolution to an intriguing arc.

  • 30

    Multiversity Comics

    There are ways to handle character death and climaxes in a plot. This decidedly not “amazing story is one to avoid, with the colors and perhaps lettering being the closest we could have to something of a saving grace.

  • 24

    Comic Watch

    Please do not buy this comic, even out of morbid curiosity. It’s a slapdash cash grab deliberately designed to evoke an emotional response from outraged fans – all at the sacrificial altar of one of Marvel’s most fun, lively, likeable characters to come along in a long, long time.

    Who just so happens to be a person of color.

  • 20

    Spider Man Crawlspace

    The elements were there. I could see a good story in here and you guys know that I do my hardest to judge an issue solely on the issue’s merit. But I cannot detach myself from the hype that was used to build this issue’s worth up and the subsequent failure of that hype and the spoilers.

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