Peter Parker fans had high hopes for the past few months as Chip Zdarsky’s Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man neared its released date. Dan Slott’s The Amazing Spider-Man, even for those who enjoy his work, is like eating a ham sandwich every day for roughly 10 years. Therefore, you can’t blame a guy for grabbing peanut butter and jelly at the first opportunity.

But was it any good? The short answer: It’s complicated.

If you think Peter Parker should be a joke machine, then this book may be for you.

If you think Spider-Man must constantly have an ensemble cast around him in order to truly shine, then this book may be for you.

If you think Peter Parker would have a hard time trouble-shooting his own web-shooters, then this book may be for you.

There is more to say, but for that I invite you to check out my latest YouTube review. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. I’m interested in hearing your take.


  1. I so wanted to like this. I wanted to have a main continuity Spider-comic outsell Dan Slott and wanted to be a part of it. I also enjoyed the FCBD issue. But this was a struggle to get through.

    Another good job, Mr. Ernst. I enjoyed you pointing out the “tragically hip” style

    One last thing, I don’t know if you heard this or not, but Chip Zdarsky has gone on record as saying he doesn’t like Spider-Man. True.

    1. “One last thing, I don’t know if you heard this or not, but Chip Zdarsky has gone on record as saying he doesn’t like Spider-Man. True.”

      I’ll look for this interview, but if you have a link then please share. That will be very helpful for future reviews (I’ll obviously give you credit for pointing me in the right direction).

      And…thanks for the kind words! 🙂

  2. Thanks, but I prefer to work anonymously. It is a moot point however. It was a while ago, and I’m not sure exactly where it was. I did hear it mentioned on another review however, that one more positive, so I a kn ow I’m not crazy… or at least that gentleman an I have a bizarrely similar form of it. If that is the case, at least you were here at the beginning of a mental health phenomenon.

  3. I think this is not the best Spider-Man for me. But, it is still better than the one in ASM. There is some sense of grounding here. The jokes felt they were at every corner though. Bringing in another character to create conflict and drive the story is fine, but I would not mind the classic tales of J. Jonah, Aunt May and the rogue gallery of Spider-Man (they must be sad that they are neglected ;-;).

    For example, this bit of exchange I found about:
    After the whole fiasco with the clones, and the return of the Green Goblin, and the loss of his unborn child, Spidey is finally getting back to his roots. As he patrols the city, he stops to harass J. Jonah Jameson one more time. But when he sees Jameson alone at his desk, hours after his employees have gone, still working late into the night, Spidey decides not to play his usual pranks. Instead, he taps on the window, eliciting an angry tirade from Jonah. Spidey then calmly says, “Jonah, it’s late. Go home.”

    This really hits all the feels. T_T

    P.S. Love your blog. Your writing is fantastic!

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