It’s the Superior Venom versus the Avengers in this oversized 25th issue! Who will win, and what are all those Goblins up to in the background?

Superior Spider-Man #25 coverSUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #25

Writer: Dan Slott & Christos Gage

Artist: Humberto Ramos

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Cover Price: $4.99

Previously in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: The Superior Spider-Man stole the Venom symbiote from Flash Thompson, and has now become the Superior Venom! Mary Jane sees that the symbiote has control of Peter, and does the only thing she can. Call the Avengers to take him down!

SO MANY PAGES, SO MANY CHARACTERS

Dan Slott during his tenure as the only Spider-Man writer over these last couple of years has become a master of a key Spider-Man storytelling technique, the subplot. Even though the main thrust of this issue is obviously Spider-Man’s battle royale with the Avengers, on every other page a Goblin shows up. The Green Goblin, the Hobgoblin, the Phil Urich Hobgoblin, Menace, and a brand new Goblin character all make an appearance. It adds a layer of detail to the story which under another writer might have crushed this celebratory issue. This is the foundation of the final Superior Spider-Man story being laid down right before our eyes in the pages of the current storyline.

Even with the extra pages, this story moves fast! Doc Ock Spider-Man proves to be a genuine threat to the Avengers. It was a genius idea to combine the Superior Spider-Man with the Venom symbiote. I’ve never really cared for the character of Venom, and I never truly classified him as a threat. I always saw him as the perfect personification of the hero’s opposite. Now I’ve changed my mind. Under the disciplined mind of Doc Ock, the Venom symbiote becomes a truly scary threat to the city of New York.

One cannot talk about this issue without mentioning the ending. All I will say is that the setup for the Amazing Spider-Man to return should have been obvious to us all, but I found myself cheering when it happened. Letting the real Spider-Man save the day was a very powerful moment. (No, I won’t tell you how he did it. Go read the issue!)

NEVER LET HUMBERTO RAMOS DRAW ANYTHING BUT SPIDER-MAN

Humberto Ramos has drawn a lot of Spider-Man over the years, and there’s a reason why. It’s some of the best art of his entire career. His quirky figures and fast paced panel work fit the creepy crawly sensibilities of Spider-Man a little too well. The coloring in this issue makes a lot of the action pop as the color red is over saturated, and draws your eye wherever it appears. Years from now, I have a feeling people will equate Ramos’s work in the same breath as Romita when talking about Spider-Man.

THE BOTTOM LINE: A GREAT WAY TO BEGIN THE END OF THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN

I’m going to miss the Superior Spider-Man. I haven’t enjoyed a Spider-Man book this much in years. The fact that Marvel made a semi-villainous Spider-Man book work is mind-blowing. Dan Slott is definitely crafting a seminal run on Spider-Man. Having the Superior Spider-Man fight the Avengers for his twenty-fifth issue was a great way to show the power of the character while creating an important touchstone in the return of an old hero. Plus this book is just so much fun to read.

Cheers to the superior, and welcome back to the amazing.

The Author

Jason Inman

Jason Inman

Born in the land of Superman and now living in Los Angeles, Jason is a simple man who one day dreams of writing a scene where Superman punches the moon. He's worked for many companies including Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Youtubers Rhett & Link. During his ever escaping free time, he produces content for his award winning Youtube channel while reading more comics than any one man should in a week.

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5 Comments

  1. JoeM
    January 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm — Reply

    I agree with you about the Goblin war detracting somewhat. That’s been a bit of an issue for a while. Whenever I get to the Goblin bits I have to try to remember who is who, and often just give it up as not worth it and just sort of scan for a bit. But that’s just a small annoyance, not anywhere near enough to make me not look forward to the next issue.

    • January 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm — Reply

      True. The Goblin Bits do look like we’re getting a setup to a bunch of Goblins fighting a bunch of spiders. So I am looking forward to that.

  2. Andy
    January 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm — Reply

    I actually don’t mind the goblin stuff at all. It’s been in almost every issue, so it’s basically a core dynamic of the book. I’m glad they are going to make this exciting and have all these stories be a part of the big finale. Seeing how well Dan Slott keeps his characters in line, I can’t wait to see what role Miguel O’Hara is going to play in the big Goblin Warfare Awesome Show Down 2014. Better to go out with a big finale then to teeter on for years without ever really ending, in my opinion.

  3. Mike
    January 17, 2014 at 7:27 am — Reply

    …but is norman osborn really the goblin king?….or it someone else? such a great story regardless

    • January 17, 2014 at 5:12 pm — Reply

      I have a feeling it’s someone else. Dan Slott likes to trick us a lot.

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