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The Amazing Spider-Man #36

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

Spider-Man has never gone this dark. Now the consequences are unraveled.

Will New York ever look at him the same way again?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 94

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Heroes and villains vie for power, while an aspiring hero seeks identity and purpose in Amazing Spider-Man #36.

  • 90

    There’s a lot to love about the newest run on Amazing Spider-Man, but Rek-Rap certainly rates as a top three takeaway. The absurd mirror of Peter Parker formed in Limbo during “Dark Web” was a highlight of the event – a good-natured Mad-style Spidey parody with the comedic timing of the best Bizarro comics. Centering him in the series still had the obvious potential to pay diminishing returns, but The Amazing Spider-Man #36 anchors Rek-Rap’s truly ludicrous nature in harsh and certain stakes and allows Peter to functionally “save the cat.” It’s a great framework that allows readers to root for Rek-Rap whose humor is specifically applied to avoid overstaying its welcome. Ed McGuinness’ style plays into Limbo’s cartoonish and terrifying creations and writer Zeb Wells’ plays off their hulking forms with a self-aware sense of humor. It’s terrific fun to watch these monstrosities in action and mundane mimickry. It’s a delight to see Rek-Rap back in action in The Amazing Spider-Man #36 in a story that feels significant to the series’ ongoing concerns and plays off its creative teams’ best qualities to tremendous effect.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Wells crafts a fun and often funny story in this issue. I like the twists and turns the story takes as well as the dynamic between Peter and Rek-Rap. There are a lot of fun elements of the story as well as some great teases for other conflicts to come including the return of the Maggia and Peter’s friendship with Randy. The story also addresses the current hero situation in the city with a satisfactory explanation.

    The Art: I love Ed McGuiness’ art a lot and this issue doesn’t disappoint one bit. The visuals are dynamic and beautifully detailed. The art has a wonderful sense of style and detail that beautifully showcases the characters and the action.

  • 85


    I had a ton of fun with Amazing Spider-Man #36. There’s a nice Halloween vibe, from the villains to the night setting to the plentiful monsters. This is super fun, visually stunning, and a nice ode to weirdos.

  • 70

    Derby Comics

    Zeb Wells takes a sharp turn from the previous arc that ended in the last issue, following up on the events from “Dark Web” without any transition. It was a hard pivot that took some easing into, but became a fun and enjoyable ride once it was apparent what was happening. Well’s reintroduces Rek-Rap without making him a complete caricature right off-the bat. I do miss Patrick Gleason’s moody artwork, but Ed McGuinness’s cartoonish style is the perfect fit for this type of story.

  • 70

    Comic Watch

    It’s more of the same from this run at a technical level, and no matter how fun and well-written Rek-Rap is, can’t distract from the fact that this series is spiraling down a drain of disjointed and unsubstantiated storytelling that can’t focus on a theme, tie up an arc, or tell a story that feels natural.

  • 60

    Un Cómic Más

    Complex and overwhelming beginning of a new story arc.

    The art is classic, with the Spider-Man look of the 90s but with certain refreshes.

  • 60

    Wakizashi's Reviews

  • 55

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Amazing Spider-Man #36 forgets everything that happened in the last arc and kicks off a silly, jokey team-up adventure with Spider-Man and Rek-Rap to stop a big threat only Rek-Rap can find. The humor only works in one or two spots, the lack of follow-up (especially for Norman) is bizarre, and the brief scene between Silvermane and Hammerhead to set up the coming Gang War event leads you to believe Gang War is going to turn out as well as Dark Web.

  • 40

    Caped Joel

  • 40

    Spider Man Crawlspace

    I was really tempted to give this a D, but it’s not outright awful like the Dark Web issues were. It’s just … there. I don’t care about Rek-Rap, Limbo, demons – this is not what I want in my Spider-Man stories. Plus I need to give myself some room to go down if this story gets worse (please prove me wrong, Zells!).

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