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Uncanny Spider-Man #1 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.


On the darkest of days, he is the spark in the shadows! After the devastating events of the Hellfire Gala, Kurt Wagner is on the run – and having the time of his life?! Swashbuckling about NYC in disguise, the Uncanny Wallcrawler sets aside his mutant angst and dedicates himself to the hero’s life: saving civilians, hanging with fellow wallcrawlers, battling baddies, and hunting down the best pizza on the planet. But he can’t ignore the mutant plight forever…

Si Spurrier and Lee Garbett launch a joyful, sexy series that will shake Nightcrawler to his foundations – and have a hell of a good time doing it!

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37 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    First Comics News

    I’ll admit- this is a great premise to see Nightcrawler and his desire to be a care-free, swashbuckling adventurer while donning the mantle of Spider-Man and his lifestyle to be the hero he could be and it is a great way to address the anti-mutant hysteria that has Kurt Wagner making the decision of wearing a mask but with the first few pages of this issue, Si Spurrier seems to be having fun with this series as he keeps Nightcrawler’s charming personality intact while injecting some of Spidey’s humor that really makes this a compelling read but you’ll also be shocked at the new look for The Vulture (**NO SPOILERS**) and the return of a classic Spider-Man character only adds to the excitement that comes with a title such as this one and with Nightcrawler’s new solo series off to a great start, it’s only a matter of time before Kurt Wagner braces the motto of “With Great Power comes Great Responsibility”
  • 93

    Major Spoilers

    Uncanny Spider-Man #1 plays on my sensibilities. I want to know more about the characters and how they handle difficult situations. I also prefer street-level comics, and while Nightcrawler isn’t a street-level character, watching him exist on a smaller scale is fascinating. With all that in mind, this is my favorite comic of the Fall of X event so far.
  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Uncanny Spider-Man #1 is a wonderful piece of deception. It merges two of the most popular corners of the Marvel universe just by putting Nightcrawler in a costume and pretending he’s a web-slinger, and the concept is amazing. Even the characters within the book know it’s a mad, fruitless idea and the attempted camouflage is hilarious. Those visual attempts to present the teleporter as Spider-Man whilst still telling a largely Mutant-based story are brilliant and lead to so much comedy gold within the issue itself. Just that is enough to draw anyone in, even before the really investing sub-plots are introduced to give the new Spidey something to face.
  • 89

    Comic Watch

    Bolstered by fantastic art, this issue was the best of Spurrier's current run. Nightcrawler faithful, your draught may at last be coming to an end. (Fingers crossed.)
  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Spurrier creates an engaging and entertaining new story for Kurt and I like seeing him in a lighter tone of story. A story that plays into the lighter nature of the character after the existential angst of his time on Krakoa. The story has some fun moments and great action as well. I liked seeing the interaction with Spider-Man as well as how Peter’s villains and allies are going to play into Kurt’s new mission. The Art: Garbett delivers fantastic action and thrills with the art in this issue. The character design is fantastic and I love the look of the issue a lot.
  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Uncanny Spider-Man #1 is a fun read but there’s moments the characterization of Nightcrawler seems a bit odd and outdated. Still, it’s an interesting new take for the character and with what’s teased, a hell of a big deal for what’s to come for the entire X-Men line.
  • 80


    Uncanny Spider-Man #1 weaves a tangled web for Kurt Wagner, as he dons a new identity and continues to keep fighting the good fight. It's far from a gimmicky title, but another entry into a solid character study - and something worth reading, whether you're a Spidey fan, an X-Men fan or both.
  • 80

    Uncanny Spider-Man #1 walks a fine line between its shared premises as the debut establishes Nightcrawler as someone exceedingly well-suited to Spider-Man's lifestyle as beloved neighborhood hero and addresses the anti-mutant bigotry that has compelled him to hide behind a mask. Spurrier's version of Nightcrawler remains both charming and relatable with his own take on Spidey's trademark humor and reflections on the poor state of mutant affairs in the wake of Hellfire Gala 2023 that offer insight beyond summary. Artist Lee Garbett captures the high-velocity action of Nightcrawler's constant teleportation combined with a flashing blade and swinging tail wonderfully. There's a sense of chaos within the many "BAMF"s on the page that makes clear how disorienting and effective he can be when tackling a wide array of foes. The use of message boards and mundane interactions with citizens, thieves, and New York City's unhoused develop important understandings about Nightcrawler's new status quo and place readers in his new footies when casual hatred hits home. Uncanny Spider-Man #1 is an excellent debut for the rare Nightcrawler solo series – one that weds the character's intrinsic joy with the tragic optimism he must possess in a world filled by so many shadows.
  • 80


    Spurrier and Garbett have knocked it out of the park. The Fall of X story arc has already given us whiplash with all the plot twists and interwoven storylines and these guys have just added one more dynamic character to the mix. Nightcrawler is one of my favorite X-Men and I am loving this collab with him under the guise of Spider-Man. It is such a clever way to keep another mutant on Earth fighting for their race after the events of Hellfire Gala. I cannot wait to see what else Spurrier has in store for wall crawler and I am eager to see how all these story lines fall together to determine the fate of our heroes.
  • 70

    Geek'd Out

    As for Uncanny Spider-Man #1 itself, writer Si Spurrier does a commendable job of integrating Kurt to the wider Spider-Verse while also continuing his ongoing Nightcrawler/Krakoa narrative that started in Way of X. This comic is very much of a larger piece he began in that series, but still new reader friendly enough for people to jump aboard with. Even if you haven’t been following the Krakoa saga, “Nightcrawler cosplaying as Spider-Man” is a solid hook, and you’re given all the necessary context. With a few classic members of Spidey’s rogues gallery popping up in antagonistic roles, as well as re-establishing his relationship with Peter Parker amid his new life changes, it very much feels like a Spider-Man comic and may even win over some Spidey fans who aren’t following the X-Books. Lee Garbett’s art helps further the “Spidey” feel of the series, delivering art that wouldn’t be out of place on any currently existing Spider-Man title, but with the obvious Nightcrawler twist atop it.
  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    Uncanny Spider-Man #1 is a solid start to the new status quo for Nightcrawler during the Fall of X direction. Si Spurrier and Lee Garbett highlight how even in this situation Nightcrawler is a superhero at heart and wants to live a life protecting others. Balancing that out with the heavy emotional weight Nightcrawler is carrying after what Orchis did to mutants is something with a lot of potential to explore during this mini-series.

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About the Author: Simon Spurrier

Simon Spurrier (born 2 May 1981) is a British comics writer and novelist, who has previously worked as a cook, a bookseller, and an art director for the BBC.

Getting his start in comics with the British small press, he went on to write his own series for 2000 AD, like Lobster Random, Bec & Kawl, The Simping Detective and Harry Kipling, as well as a number of stories for the flagship character Judge Dredd. In recent years he has broken into the American comic book industry, writing mainly for Marvel Comics. He also wrote Marvel’s X-Force in 2014 and 2015, which starred the characters Cable, Psylocke, Marrow and Fantomex.

He started co-writing Star Wars: Doctor Aphra from Marvel Comics with Kieron Gillen in November 2017 on issues #14-19, taking over with issue #20 in May 2018.

Simon has also written a number of novels, initially on other people’s properties, but in 2006 he signed a two-book contract with Hodder Headline, the first of which was Contract (2007) and the second A Serpent Uncoiled (2011).


Simon Spurrier writes mainly for the British comic 2000 AD but has also written comic-strips for the anthology Warhammer Monthly, as well as contributing written articles, stories and reviews to the Judge Dredd Megazine. He is the creator of Lobster Random (with Carl Critchlow), The Simping Detective (with Frazer Irving), From Grace (also with Irving), Zancudo (a belated follow-up to Ant Wars) with Cam Kennedy and Bec & Kawl (with Steve Roberts).

Spurrier has done a number of work for hire books, writing one 2000 AD themed novel for Black Flame press, and three science fiction novels for the Black Library, as well as an upcoming book for Abaddon Books. In May 2006 he signed a two-book contract with Hodder Headline. The first novel, a “post-pulp” occult-crime-comedy, is titled Contract. A limited edition hardback was released in May 2007, and the mass-market paperback is published on 4 October 2007.

He has created Gutsville with Frazer Irving and Silver Surfer: In Thy Name.

His other projects include more work for Marvel like Ghost Rider Annual #2, the one-shot Wolverine: Dangerous Game, Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch, mini-series with Javier Saltares, Conqueror a newuniversal one-shot, Punisher War Journal Annual #1, and X-Men Legacy vol.2, starring the character Legion. He also wrote a short story for Dark Horse Presents called “In Fetu.”

[Latest Update: June 8, 2022]