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The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1

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Based on 10 critic ratings.


HALLOWS’ EVE’s big play to break Chasm out of jail!

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PLUS, find out what the HELLFIRE GALA means to the Spider-World THIS year!


Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 89

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 gives readers a peek inside New York City’s exclusive Limbo Embassy, an invitation to Anna Watson’s B-Earth Day party, and a haunting look at Ravencroft Institute. While Spider-Man seems more incidental than central, the stories explore the edges of his world and hint at possible future events.

  • 83

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: While I’m not the biggest fan of either Hallow’s Eve or the storyline that spawned her, Schultz does a great job with this story by making it and her entertaining. The character is dealing with some issues and her desperation to break out Ben leads to some engaging drama. I like having Peter in the middle of the fray and how he still tries to help her. The issue has some great pacing and dialogue as well as a fun, action packed plot that I really enjoyed.

    The Art: Shaw delivers some fun and bright visuals throughout the issue. The art and its style are perfect for these characters and the tone of the story.

  • 80


    Amazing Spider-Man Annual 2023 hits all the right notes as the leading players intersect. Hallows’ Eve is getting the perfect voice to tell Spider-Man she is tired of him dragging her down and preventing her happiness. The Fall of X hits Spidey’s world harshly, and MJ is dealing with her run of bad events. Spider-Man’s world just can’t escape that Parker Luck.

  • 78


    Not every annual is a must-read. By injecting the larger universe into Spidey’s world, two engaging stories pushed from “one-shot side story” into an engaging part of the entire tapestry.

  • 70

    First Comics News

  • 55

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (2023) repeats last year’s annual by turning in a jokey, silly story about nothing when Hallows’ Eve tries to break Ben Reilly out of NYC’s demon embassy prison. The slapstick tone and cartoonish art are fine in isolation but strangely out of place for the main title. The backup serves as a potentially interesting epilogue to this year’s Hellfire Gala, but it gets the details of the Gala wrong.

  • 54

    Comic Watch

    The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 features solid enough characterization, but fails to have any sort of impact both in its narrative, art, or any form of character work. It serves its purpose as filler entertainment, but it has nothing going for it outside of that aside from the development of more weird and uninteresting plot lines for Mary Jane.

  • 50

    Spider Man Crawlspace

    These stories were both pretty meh – not bad, but not great. The second story gets the higher grade because the ridiculousness of Aunt Anna going on a rage-filled rampage made me laugh.

    I separated this issue into the two stories because I thought it would difficult to grade an issue with two separate stories. But because of the way the two grades went, it was actually easy.

  • 50


    The 2023 Amazing Spider-Man Annual can be easily skipped by most Spider-Man fans. Those seeking a continuation of the stories of Hallows’ Eve and Fall of X will enjoy it, but there is very little Spider-Man to be seen. A larger problem is the overall uneven level of quality between the two stories.

  • 40

    Even as a big fan of Hallows’ Eve and their recent miniseries, this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man Annual largely falls flat with a story that changes essentially nothing. Janine Godbe’s attempt to rescue Ben Reilly begins on a baffling note when Spider-Man is lured into invading Limbo – a concept that only draws attention to Godbe’s efforts and makes the relatively new anti-hero appear absolutely witless. While it provides an excuse for Spider-Man to be in the issue’s A-story, Spider-Man’s presence adds very little beyond his standard array of quips and the most villainous figure in a setting dressed like Hell. Nothing changes by the story’s end and leaves readers wondering why exactly they needed to read this installment. The backup story ties into the events of X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2023 in a conflagration that is initially humorous, before a strangely unbalanced battle between Spider-Man and MJ’s Aunt Anna grows into another depressing affair tied to the X-line. This annual touches on interesting elements running through Marvel Comics today, but doesn’t contribute anything substantial to them in terms of style or story.

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