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The Amazing Spider-Man #49

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.


Vampires are running rampant through New York City and while the Avengers are caught in the middle, someone has to take care of the citizens of the Big Apple.

That person? Yep, Spider-Man.

But if only it were that simple.

Things never are and this issue leads directly into Spider-Man’s larger role in BLOOD HUNT!

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26 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Dark episode full of action and terror. John Romita Jr. achieves that gloomy, gloomy tone of this situation and incorporates it into the unique body language he gives to Spider-man with his art. It is a privilege to read comics illustrated by this legend who always evolves in using you.
  • 92

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Spider-Man revels in an angst-free dustup until a killer convinces him to save the gangland lieutenant of his best friend’s ex from a life hiding in the shadows in The Amazing Spider-Man #49.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    This issue is part of the first wave of Blood Hunt tie-ins. Most of them try to stick to the theme of said crossover while doing their best to tell their own story. Still, this issue of ASM is their lone exception as most of it features NYC overrun with vampires but at the same time, gives the readers some good character development (particularly when it comes to The White Rabbit, who is no longer looked at as a joke); Issues such as this one shows Spidey at his best even when most of the plot leans heavily on the darker aspects so rather than putting all the focus on the event, we get a Spider-Man adventure that keeps the thrills and enthusiasm thriving on every page. Suppose you want to read a stellar tie-in to a summer event that gives us all the best components. In that case, this is an issue worth checking out, and it’s surreal that it took a few bloodthirsty vampires to jumpstart the excitement for ASM so let’s hope the rest of the tie-in can follow this example.

  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Wells delivers some entertaining drama in this issue. Making the story more personal to Peter makes the plot more interesting and I continue to enjoy the strange relationship Spider-Man has with White Rabbit and Kareem. The dynamic with the three of them continues to be engaging. I like seeing Peter go back into scientist mode as he encounters the vampires and how his perspective changes after speaking to one.

    Romita Jr delivers some great action in the issue. Beyond the vampire fights, the fight in the enclosed space with White Rabbit was beautifully executed.

  • 80

    Readers of superhero comics are typically wary of event tie-ins interrupting their favorite series, and that poor reputation is merited. However, The Amazing Spider-Man #49 proves to be an exception to those expectations featuring John Romita Jr. ‘s outstanding depiction of New York City in the midst of a vampire takeover in a story that builds upon some of the series best supporting characters and key conflicts. The issue focuses on a singular incident within Spider-Man‘s experience of Blood Hunt, allowing it to largely stand alone. Even if the vampire takeover hasn’t been resolved by issue’s end, readers have already finished a satisfactory Spidey adventure (minus the final page setup for the The Amazing Spider-Man: Blood Hunt miniseries). Rather than worrying about the event, The Amazing Spider-Man #49 emphasizes Spider-Man‘s distinct response to mass tragedy. It showcases Peter at his best, especially when the issue is at its darkest. There’s a sense of empathy present that will (hopefully) infect the best of what’s to come in Blood Hunt this summer, and it makes for a poignant moment that reads like the very best of The Amazing Spider-Man. This issue delivers a top-notch example of how to utilize an event tie-in to support the best elements of an ongoing series, and regular readers ought to be glad that vampires paid The Amazing Spider-Man a visit this month.

  • 75

    Comic Watch

    Romita’s art is an excellent choice for the story, depicting both action and emotion with a deft hand that sells the intimate moment between hero and civilian. There’s a simplicity of the artwork that elevates the work, reminding readers about the edge that made Romita such a relevant name in street-level comics. Hanna’s inks and Menyz’s coloring underline that plainly stated art direction, living in muted palettes and restrained lines. Working in perfect alchemy, the artwork matches grounded character work with the more horror-twinged fantastical elements. It’s a great installment that proves there is something interesting lurking in between the pages of the larger The Amazing Spider-Man story.

  • 70

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    The Amazing Spider-Man #49 ties into the Blood Hunt event with a mildly entertaining side adventure. The art is decent enough, and Spidey learns a valuable lesson about treating vampires like people, too. However, the story contributes nothing to the Blood Hunt plot, so non-ASM regulars can skip it.

  • 60


    The Amazing Spider-Man #49 gives readers a taste of what Spider-Man deals with when killing vampires or narrowly escaping are his only options. An interesting bit about the civilian victims getting turned is a highlight, but it’s mostly a quick setup without much payoff.

  • 50

    Spider Man Crawlspace

    It’s good enough for a one-shot interruption of the main title. Does it do it’s job to make me interested in reading more? No. But to be fair, it would take a lot to make me want to pick up a large scale event title. Leaving me with the Lizard was certainly not the way to do it.

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