Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Scott Hanna
Colorist: Marcio Menyz
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Release Date: April 27, 2022
Reviewer: Lukke Sweet
Peter Parker is back! Marvel has been teasing The Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Zeb Wells for months with the question, “What Did Peter Do?” This issue doesn’t provide many answers, but it does a great job of setting up the roadmap to Spider-Man’s 900th issue!
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Spider-Man has a deep pool of amazing characters to pull from and Wells brings back familiar favorites alongside more obscure characters that even long-time fans may need to Google. With each scene, Wells is planting seeds that have the potential to grow into memorable stories.
This issue shows just how isolated Peter is and how much things have changed since the end of the Beyond Saga last month. Wells has crafted a dynamic world where all of the characters have changed in the time gap, with major changes that have happened or are on the horizon for Spider-Man’s supporting cast.
John Romita Jr. is back at the drawing board for The Amazing Spider-Man #1. A veteran of Spider-Man books, Romita was the artist on many key runs and co-creator of some pillar characters, such as the Hobgoblin. It’s easy to see why Romita Jr.’s art is loved by so many readers, especially with how he captures Spider-Man in the mid-issue splash page.
Along with Scott Hanna and Marcio Menyz, the artists have created an incredibly cohesive book where each scene feels distinct but true to the overall tone of the issue. Additionally, I want to call out Joe Caramagna’s lettering. He’s been the letterer for roughly 300 issues of Spider-Man. The lettering in Spider-Man has always been one of my favorites and it’s due to Caramagna’s incredible work.
The Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Zeb Wells is an amazing issue. New readers will find this to be a great issue to jump onboard as Wells’ story doesn’t require any prior knowledge to get up to speed. With a lot of questions being asked, some readers may want something more substantial to hold onto. The return of John Romita Jr. has excited fans since the announcement and the art does not disappoint. Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a near-perfect issue to start off a fresh storyline.