Uncanny Spider-Man #5 Review: “Absolutely Perfect”

Uncanny Spider-Man #5 review

Nightcrawler’s New York adventure comes to an end in Uncanny Spider-Man #5 from Marvel Comics, written by Si Spurrier with art by Lee Garbett and Simone Buonfantino.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Uncanny Spider-Man #5 Review:

Nightcrawler has been captured by Orchis. Or… Has he? The twisty, turny final issue of the limited series reveals Nightcrawler’s fate, his relationship with Silver Sable, and just what is up with that floaty Bamf that’s been following him around.

Host Alex Zalben called it a “real bummer” that this series is ending, but “the revelations throughout this issue, the twists and turns are absolutely perfect.” In particular, the reveal that the Bamf is — spoiler — an aspect of Legion, “does not disappoint at all… This is one of my favorite series of the year.”

Continuing on that note, Zalben added, “This is one of my favorite things that has come out of Fall of X… I had such a blast reading this series. The art was great. The writing was great. Si Spurrier… Can get very heavy and complicated with this stuff. This was so clear from the get go. Great title.”

Justin Tyler felt similarly, saying, “All of it was pinned into some real emotional developments for Nightcrawler… [This book] had real emotional resonance, which was great… This Silver Sable relationship here is fantastic love.”

Though Pete LePage was less over the moon about the issue, he did think “the ending is great, that really lands the ship in a fantastic way. And the Bamf stuff is really cool. So yeah, I was impressed with the ending.”

Uncanny Spider-Man #5 Official Synopsis:

IN THE CLAWS OF THE VULTURE! Mystique is missing, mutantkind is scattered and hunted and Nightcrawler must finally face the demons he’s been keeping in the shadows. But it looks like Orchis will be helping him bare his soul…as they rend the flesh from his bones! Does Kurt Wagner’s extraordinary journey end here?

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