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The Amazing Spider-Man #30

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

• Spidey goes one last round with the new and improved Doc Ock.

• Can his newest ally help turn the tide?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Mcguiness offers such classic and characteristic art that gives Spider-man superhuman yet realistic flexibility. The facial expressions are mesmerizing.

  • 100

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    As Amazing Spider-Man #30 pulses with a fast and furious fight, it examines the link between outlook and actions and reflects on what we leave behind.

  • 90

    Disregard the number in this review’s title; one of the great joys of reading Amazing Spider-Man is seeing one of superhero comics’ longest-running sagas continued. The Amazing Spider-Man #30 is a testament to how legacies can empower these serials and carve out new stories building upon the past, and it does so in a very fun fashion. The conclusion featuring three of Spidey’s greatest foes (four if you count Ock’s old arms separately) makes it clear that they’ve all grown—nearly all reformed—and that makes for a better story. The heroes, including the likes of J. Jonah Jameson and Norman Osborn, express empathy and new perspectives that make them seem more relevant than the hundreth iteration of their more familiar stories. They also frame Doctor Octopus in a far more sympathetic light as his own path to reform was stolen from him, although it creates the opportunity for an outrageous showdown. The dueling arms between Spidey and Ock fill pages with bombastic action that Ed McGuinness delivers with outstanding style. The thoughtful sentiments and character growth are evident throughout the issue, but only take a down-to-earth tone in the final few pages (to excellent effect). Building upon now-classic stories ranging from Green Goblin’s earliest victories through Superior Spider-Man, it’s clear this vision of Amazing Spider-Man is creating a very bright future for the series and character, alike.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    The conclusion of Spidey’s battle with Doc Ock shows that a battle between two adversaries can be both fresh and innovative when using past stories to build upon and I have to say that this is a fun arc that really does a great job in paying homage to the 1970s era of ASM and the fact that Spidey, Ock, and Norman Osborn were the main players in the arc show how much all three of them have grown but there are factors that anyone would enjoy such as Spidey using Ock’s old arms and slugging it out with Ock in a battle that only Ed McGuinness can deliver (It would have been messy if John Romita Jr. handled the art chores); The fact that Zeb Wells used some classic stories to help make this arc enjoyable is a credit to his creativity (The last few pages featuring Peter and Norman having a great reasonable chat come off as dynamic yet heartwarming) while creating another memorable run for this title that will be remembered for years to come.

  • 83

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An entertaining and satisfying completion of this particular arc by Wells. The story has some great action and tension throughout with Peter succumbing to the influence of Otto’s arms. I like the moments with Norman as well and how he has grown as a character. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still waiting on his villain turn, but this change continues to be intriguing. I liked how the story seems to be setting up the Superior Spider-Man return and I’m intrigued with how they pull it off.

    The Art: McGuiness delivers big, beautifully detailed action and thrilling imagery throughout the issue. The art has great style and does a great job of matching the tension and tone of the story. I love the over emphasized emotions of the character expressions and how they play into the big action moments.

  • 70


    Amazing Spider-Man #30 is a good issue wrapping up Doc Ock’s appearance and overall runs its course as a visual stunner. The story never probes the characters too deeply and instead opts to show Norman the hero for what feels like the 10th time and lean into Doc Ock’s doofus nature.

  • 67

    Comic Watch

    The Amazing Spider-Man #30 is just another Spider-Man story, scrambling strong story setup and the potential for a small scale and psychology personal story for Peter Parker in exchange for goofs, gaffs, and unearned emotional resonance that held little to no other prior importance.

  • 60

    Spider Man Crawlspace

    This was a surprisingly good conclusion to this Spidey/Doc Ock/Norman story, with some unexpected hilarity with Spidey acting like SpOck.

    I would recommend anyone reading this issue to stop before the last 2 pages, and they would probably think “This was a really good issue.”

    But I asked Brad and he said “No – you have to review the ENTIRE book! You can’t pick and choose which pages to include! I still have your Crawlspace t-shirt here – I can make sure this never gets to you!” **** So I have to include all the pages when thinking about this issue, and those last 2 pages really hurts a lot of the good feelings I felt reading this issue.

  • 50

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Amazing Spider-Man #30 is filled with great art and big action, but Zeb Wells can’t figure out when to be jokey or when to be serious, leading to a tonal mess of a comic. Further, Norman’s tearful speech about Kamala Khan comes off as a heavy-handed retcon that feels more insulting than emotional.

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