Amazing Spider-Man #25 Review

  • Written by: Zeb Wells
  • Art by: Kaare Andres, John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna
  • Colors by: Marcio Menyz
  • Letters by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
  • Cover art by: John Romita Jr., Marcio Menyz
  • Cover price: $6.99
  • Release date: May 10, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #25 tells Mary Jane Watson’s side of the story after she found herself trapped on an alternate Earth with Paul and the Emissary of Wayep.


Is It Good?

Well, here we are, sports fans. The beginning of the end of a very long wait to find out what happened to Peter and MJ all the way back in issue #1. But before you work yourself up into a frenzy, just know that Amazing Spider-Man #25 isn’t the big wow comic you might have been led to believe. In fact, it’s effectively one long flashback that fills in the gaps, but the information Amazing Spider-Man #25 contains technically doesn’t change anything we don’t already know. Adjust your expectations accordingly.

When last we left Spider-Man and his amazing friends, Peter burned nearly every bridge in a frantic race to seek help to get back to MJ before the time dilation between our Earth and hers separates them by years. Now, we see what happened to MJ after pushing Peter through the portal, how Rabin reacted to Wayep’s death, where MJ’s “kids” came from, and clarity about how long they were gone before returning home.

As a bonus, we get the pseudo-origin story explaining how MJ got her powers from the Mary Jane & Black Cat series.

So, what does all that information mean? Again, technically nothing, because MJ’s story clarifies what happened to her after the split, but none of the revelations are particularly shocking, and none of the details change what we already know about the plot. Taken in context, this issue is almost anti-climactic.

However, if you’re a Peter/MJ relationship fan, Zeb Wells and Marvel Editorial make it very clear in this issue that the possibility of reconciliation will be nearly impossible without a retcon that wipes away the last year of ASM. If you’re not invested in seeing the couple reunited, this issue won’t matter that much.

In terms of writing execution, Zeb Wells does a solid job. The pacing is brisk, the dialog is on-point, and the little bits of action are gripping and further the story, as action should.

How’s the art? Well, that’s where the issue runs into trouble. The art is wildly inconsistent. Paul changes his appearance at least three times in this issue. Not just clothes but musculature, hairstyles, and height. Between this issue and the art mistakes in issue #21, Marvel editorial dropped the ball in proofing this series, which is the worst sin of all for a story that took this long to plan.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces

Amazing Spider-Man #25 tells Mary Jane’s side of the story after she was separated from Peter on an alternate Earth. Presented almost entirely as a montage-filled flashback, the bits of information we get only clarify what we already know. If you’re looking to be shocked and awed, you’ll have to wait until the next issue.

7/10

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