Comic Book Review – Amazing Spider-Man: Daily Bugle #1

They Messed with Cats in this Comic Book

Cover for Amazing Spider-Man: Daily Bugle #1. Depicts Spider-Man webbing someone up.
Cover for Amazing Spider-Man: Daily Bugle #1. Comic book cover by Mark Bagley & Morry Hollowell.

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Credits:

  • Mat Johnson – Plot and Script
  • Mack Chater – Layouts pp. 1, 4-21, Finishes pp. 1, 4-8, 11-14, 21
  • Francesco Mobili – Layouts pp. 2-3, 9-10, 15-17, 19-20
  • Scott Hanna – Finishes p. 18
  • Dono Sánchez-Almara & Protobunker – Colors
  • VC’s Joe Caramagna – Lettering
  • Mark Bagley & Morry Hollowell – Cover Artists
  • Declan Shalvey, Logan Lubera, Chris Sotomayor, Ron Lim & Israel Silva – Variant Cover Artists
  • Anthony Gambino – Production Designer
  • Kathleen Wisnecki – Editor
  • Nick Lowe – Executive Editor
  • C.B. Cebulski – Editor-in-Chief

SPOILER-FREE ZONE

Amazing Spider-Man: Daily Bugle #1 is kind of a mixed bag. The story didn’t really grab me. The art is great, but there were some questionable decisions made in that department. I definitely couldn’t have done any better myself. I’m just not really compelled to read the next issue. Hopefully it gets better later on. Unfortunately I can’t recommend this one.

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You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.

In case you didn’t guess, yes this comic book is about the Daily Bugle. You get to see Spider-Man here and there, but the main characters are the people who work at the Bugle. Unsurprisingly they tackle the issue of digital media taking over the news sector. The thing about this is it was an issue to be dealt with over a decade ago. It’s just not believable that the Daily Bugle is just now, in 2020, dealing with the fallout of digital media dominance.

Peter Parker looks like Rob Liefeld. Let me say this again: Peter Parker looks like Rob Liefeld in this issue. I’m not saying Liefeld is an ugly dude, but his face is not the one I imagine when I think of Peter Parker. When I first saw him in the comic book, I had to guess, "Is that Peter Parker or someone else?" So Peter gets his old freelance job back as a photographer at the Bugle. This is in contrast with his old position as their Science Editor.

A whole lot of nothing happens and then it switches the story to a missing professor and his students. It then takes another turn and Spider-Man finds out a pond is being poisoned. Okay. Another twist is that supposedly Spider-Man’s webbing is littering the Meatpacking District. What’s odd about this is his webbing is designed to disintegrate over time. This webbing is staying intact.

Ben Urich goes to the missing professor’s apartment to get to the bottom of things. Apparently the professor had a lot of cats, because you can hear a ton of meowing come from the other end of his door. The super happens to show up at the same time. He can’t stand the thought of the cats being left alone, so he decides to check on them. As soon as he opens the door, BOOM! The apartment explodes. Bye-bye kitties! They never say why the cats had to die. I guess the creators of this book don’t like cats? Maybe we need to make a Netflix show about them!

As usual, I refuse to spoil the ending for you. Although I wouldn’t recommend this comic book, I still want to support the comic book industry. So if you really want to know what happens in the end, buy this comic book and see for yourself! Whenever I have to review a book that doesn’t impress me, I always do it with a heavy heart. I hope they turn this book around with future issues.

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