Superior Spider-Man #23

Superior Spider-Man #23

Writer: Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage Artist: Humberto Ramos Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 4, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 6
7.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

DARKEST HOURS Part 2 of 4: "Complications"
•  As Otto Octavius takes another big step in his life as Peter Parker... could a big part of Flash Thompson's life be coming to a close? Will he be... VENOM NO MORE?!
•  More with MJ! More with Carlie! More with the Green Goblin! And, after half a century, one of the most cringe-worthy moments in ALL of Spidey-history! You do NOT want to miss this one!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Dec 4, 2013

    Part 2 of Darkest Hours delivers and is an extremely exciting start to a story line. Fans of Venom and Flash Thompson will really be on board here as this version of Spidey continues to battle it out with him. The writing and art are on a whole other level. This is a series, whether you agree with how this volume all starter, you should be reading. It keeps getting better and better. If that doesn't win you over, then how about the fact Miguel O'Hara is still in it? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Mark Brassington Dec 6, 2013

    Overall although this issue packs alot into it but Slott and Gage manage the characters and story with ease, you can also feel that the subplots with the Green Goblin and J. Jonah are leading to an even bigger story. The artwork by Ramos, Olazaba and Delgado is top quality. I'm personally enjoying Spider-Man's new suit and the attention to detail that Venom received in that final panel. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Dec 6, 2013

    The issue never feels bloated or segmented, however, as each plot point flows organically into the next. That synergistic storytelling makes Slott's "Spider-Man" consistently one of the most fun and rewarding books on the stand, and issue #23 continues the trend. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 4, 2013

    After the horrendous Spider-Man 2099 arc this series seems to be back on track. It's a fantastic serial that's been running a ton of storylines at once for ages. There's nothing quite like it out there which makes it that much more great, but of course, if you aren't following a serialized story you'll be lost without picking up at least a few back issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Dec 4, 2013

    If you dropped Spider-Man after issue ASM 700 or even into SSM's run then you are missing out on a terrific read. I'm a huge fan of Peter and hated what Slott did but it also made for a fantastic story and in the end isn't that what good comics should be all about? Superior Spider-Man has had it's ups and down's since it's launch but definitely many more ups and is simply a great story no matter how you feel about Ock-Spidey. Do yourself a favor and pick it up, you won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Dec 5, 2013

    As the build-up continues towards unveiling Green Goblins end-game and the success or failure of Otto to become a hero, the face-off between Flash and Otto continues to ramp up to a great finish. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 25, 2015

    My interest in Venom waned years and years ago so I admit it's hard to get too all enthused about the character here, no matter the form. The connection with Flash as Agent Venom just feels forced and dorky, so I'm kind of interesting to see how Superior Venom can play out. The issue beyond that has some good stuff in general, especially the time between Octavius and Anna Maria, but the more human side of the book got sidelined far quicker than it should in order to get to this point. It's like a broken record, but that's what continues to really sell the book for me, though I continue to enjoy seeing how Octavius proves he is a superior Spider-Man, but one that simply makes a different set of compromises and concessions to achieve his goals. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Dec 5, 2013

    However, my problem with this series has always been too many plotlines happening at the same time, and this issue is no exception. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 4, 2013

    As with the previous issue, Humberto Ramos brings all the usual problems to the series in terms of wonky, exaggerated anatomy. But no one can render the symbiote quite like Ramos, so the more action-oriented scenes certainly shine. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Dec 4, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man continues to be one of the most important eras in the history of the character. Issue #23 is just a dull bump in that road. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 7, 2013

    As much as I'm loving Slott's Superior Spider-Man and everything he's building, this issue is a little bloated with sub-plots. Rather than focusing on specific characters or story arcs for a greater story, Superior Spider-Man #23 touches on nearly every single plot Slott has been building, from J. Jonah Jameson to Carlie Cooper to MJ's new romance with a firefighter. Otto as Peter remains the most entertaining, but Slott needs to keep things a bit more simpler from now on. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 4, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man is a book that's been merely good at its worst and one of the best books on the shelves at its best. But this issue is a new low. It does remind us of some major players that will undoubtedly rear their heads soon but for now, it seems like we're spinning our wheels just getting to the next big reveal. Characters are doing things because the writers wants them to do things and not because that's how the scenes would play out naturally. It's a rare misstep for an otherwise, solid run for Slott and company. Thankfully, we don't have to wait long to see if the quality of this book can catch up to the pace. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Dec 6, 2013

    This is a very poor issue. Thats a shame, especially since this book sells no matter what and Marvel will never get the hint that a creative change is sorely needed. Things look like they could get better, but Ive been burned by those promises before. Its hard to recommend this title until we can get an arc that plays more to the writers strengths or a change in creators (this is the more preferable option). Read Full Review

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