Superior Spider-Man #16

Superior Spider-Man #16

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Humberto Ramos Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 21, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 9
7.4Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

"Run, Goblin, Run!" Part 2 of 2
How has the Hobgoblin evaded the Superior Spider-Man for so long? And does that hold the key to the Superior Spider-Man's greatest success -- or greatest failure? It's the end of the line for Hobgoblin, and possibly an end for a big chapter in the history of Spider-Man.

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Aug 22, 2013

    Spider-Man 2099 is up next. It has been a while since we’ve seen Miguel O’Hara. Last I remember he took ahold of Mjolnir and headed to space or something. This looks like a pre-Mjolnir Miguel, though, so I’m curious as to what point in the future he’s coming from. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Skott Jimenez Aug 23, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #16 is another in a long line of hits for a series that people claim to hate but can't help but show it love. This issue has gotten a lot of attention and for good reason: everything is coming together and one nice packaged webbed up for your enjoyment! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Aug 22, 2013

    Aside from this a great way by Dan Slott to show how Otto really does prove himself to be the Superior Spider-Man. Not because he says he is, but because he proves it every time he steps into a fight prepared. Maybe the army and robots could be excessive, but who would not want that kind of power to back you up? If you are a Spidey fan, do not turn your back for the fact that he doesn't do things the same way as Pete, enjoy the fact that he is something new, and maybe someone the world deserves more at the time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Aug 23, 2013

    This is good stuff. I have every confience that it will continue to be good stuff to the point of being great stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 21, 2013

    Once again we have a great read, but a pretty terrible one if you haven't been following along. That's because Dan Slott has been slowly adding new aspects and building this new world for Spidey to explore. When Robbie tells Spidey he's created a pressure cooker I instantly realized that's what this series is, and that's a fantastic thing. Each issue has something to love, but it's all building and building to the point where it's practically painful to watch at times. In a good way. Another enjoyable issue…when will I ever stop saying that? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 21, 2013

    Get ready for Superior Spider-Man vs Hobgoblin round 2. Otto Octavius is determined to do things in what he views as an efficient end to crime. The action escalates and Phil Urich, as Hobgoblin, is going to have some fancy footwork to do in order to make it out of this one. Dan Slott continues this wacky (and sometimes deadly) adventure with a different sort of Spider-Man. That means we never know what to expect as there's no telling what SUPERIOR Spider-Man will do. Humberto Ramos pours fun and excitement into the art making the action feel even bigger and more spectacular. There is more to the story than this conclusion. Slott definitely has me hooked for the long haul. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Aug 23, 2013

    There's no question that "Superior Spider-Man" is a classic era of storytelling in the making, and it's particularly impressive for forging entirely new ground, rather than homaging or re-imagining previous Spidey stories. Readers have never seen the character written like this before, and while Dan Slott has always been one of the best Spider-Man writers around, there's a real sense that this is his opus. Quite simply, a must-read title for any superhero fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 24, 2013

    Phil stole the issue, and for a fanboy like me, that's great news. This issue was all about Phil Urich's fall from grace, and Slott handles it spectacularly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Aug 25, 2013

    Another arc comes to a close, and the pieces continue to fall into place and the chess pieces continue to move around the board. The fact that Slott is obviously playing the long game with so many plot threads in this series shows the faith that Marvel have in this new direction for Spider-Man, and as I've said numerous times in the past 16 issues, Superior Spider-Man is never disappointing or a poor read. This issue continues the trend, and the next arc, Necessary Evil, looks set to do even better. Bring on 2099! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 18, 2015

    This issue has a lot of things going on and I love some of the reverse dynamics here from what Peter himself always feared over the years played out with Octavius driving it with Phil. The office space material is fantastic as there's a lot of moving parts and most people, including Norah, get some good time to bring it all out in the open. I also really liked seeing how Octavius, whose costume continues to get darker and darker, orchestrates events on the outside with his hired hands massaging the situation and adding a very different kind of vigilante feel about it. It's a solid book that helps to continue to build what the Green Goblin is doing while also touching upon several other points that have been nudging along nicely. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 21, 2013

    Still, there's no shortage of dramatic meat in this series, and who knows what the introduction of another Spider-Man next month will add to the equation? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 21, 2013

    Karma has always been a part of the Spider-Man mythos, and given just how badly Otto Octavius has dealt with Phil Urich, I wouldn't be surprised if the Superior Spider-Man's sins aren't about to catch up with him. Still, this issue falls victim to too much going on at once, with the plot superseding the characterization - something that could have really made this comic memorable, especially considering that Peter Parker and Phil Urich were two sides of the same coin. Still, it takes a lot to juggle that many subplots, as Dan Slott succeeds where many more writers would have totally failed. Ultimately, Superior Spider-Man #16 isn't a bad book, even if it also isn't one of the unfriendly neighborhood web-slinger's strongest outings. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Ben Silverio Aug 24, 2013

    Finally, I like how Slott has been bringing all these Goblins together. Throughout the history of Spider-Man, there have seemingly been tons of Goblin wannabes. With the original Green Goblin assembling a crew for quite some time now, it almost looks like he has the power to take on Spidey and his new army. I've been waiting for this clash to take place, but it's been a bit of a slow burn. This is something that I really want to see, so hopefully it doesn't disappoint when it does happen. Then again, no matter what anyone out there says, Dan Slott hasn't made any disappointing decisions when it comes to 'Superior Spider-Man' thus far. I believe in him and look forward to what he has in store for our friendly neighborhood web-slinger. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Aug 22, 2013

    A visually satisfying issue that advances the plot, hints at more things coming and provide some good moments here and there, yet does not do much in terms of actual satisfactory plot development. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Aug 22, 2013

    Cracks in Ock-Spidey's plans start showing as he battles at the Bugle in an issue that doesn't give any of its many storylines room to breathe. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Aug 22, 2013

    It's safe to say, then, that my interest in this title is at a point where it could go either way. Sure, there are still things to like here, but it's the nagging sense that the story is being artificially dragged out rather than being organic that does the most damage. And yes, that may be merely as assumption, but with Spider-Man no longer being quite who he was, there is a definite sense at this point that something is missing and its affecting my enjoyment ofThe Superior Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 2.9
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Aug 21, 2013

    Overall, Superior Spider-Man feels like a broken record. What makes Spider-Man such an interesting character is that many people can relate to him. His life is tough, which people really feel for. Seeing this version of Spider-Man being all powerful and never running into any real trouble kind of takes away from what makes the character great. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Villain Jul 7, 2016

    I really didn't care for the first Run Goblin Run issue but I found this one to be near perfect. The situation is very tense, there are a few subplots that work alongside the main story. Superior Spider-Man is still the main characters but supporting characters are used heavily but effectively. The Green Goblin continues to loom over everything and it is just about time for a fight between the two.

  • 8.0
    EvilPenguin543 Aug 26, 2013

    Not the strongest issue in the series, but definitely not the worst. Part 2 of "Run, Goblin, Run" sees Phil Urich's (aka the Hobgoblin) life come crashing down. Spidey has revealed Phil's identity, so Phil makes a final stand. The art is fit for a comic like this, but the writing fell a little flat. The ending wasn't very satisfying, and felt more like setup for future plot lines than a true ending.

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Aug 22, 2013

  • 8.0
    Nomadic Avenger Aug 22, 2013

  • 8.0
    Stallonelythelonely Oct 14, 2013

  • 8.0
    PurplePenguin Nov 3, 2015

  • 7.5
    DarioV Apr 18, 2015

  • 7.5
    Sploska Jan 22, 2016

  • 7.0
    Redeadhood Jun 7, 2014

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