Superior Spider-Man #5

Superior Spider-Man #5

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 6, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 7
8.2Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

"Death Sentence"
How many have to die before the Superior Spider-Man will kill a super villain?Spider-Man versus Massacre-- with hundreds of lives in the balance.

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Mar 7, 2013

    This issue presents the exact kind of conflict I was hoping for with this book. Otto Octavius is redefining what it means to be Spider-Man, doing things his way and his way alone. In effect, it makes the reader question what it means to not only be Spider-Man, but also what it means to be a hero. Should superheroes kill? It's kind of astounding that a major comic book publisher should address this issue" and with their flagship character, at that! While it's only a matter of time before things turn back to normal, it's fascinating to see Spider-Man in such a predicament. Ultimately, I have to side with Peter, but I'm hard-pressed to argue with Otto's methods. Heady stuff, indeed. Writer Dan Slott pulls it off effortlessly, once again, challenging readers' expectations of him and this title. Artist Giuseppe Camuncoli renders it all with glorious darkness and shadow, delivering just the right amount of pathos. This comic is pure gold. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Mar 10, 2013

    This gets a 5/5 just because it will be remembered for a while. As I mentioned before, there's a point in here that turns everything on its ear and will make everyone question exactly how far this new Spider-Man will go in the direction of a hero or simply just another vigilante. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Mar 7, 2013

    So, this little story has come to an end, and I really can't wait to see where we will be going next in the forthcoming issues. When this series first arrived it seemed like options going forward were limited, but now that has definitely reversed. I am loving the way Doc is developing as Spidey, and I am also very much enjoying Peter being there on his shoulder, which is surprising as I thought that this would ruin the whole "new" Spider-Man thing; which is has not done at all. If you want to read some great comic action then pick up #4 and #5 and I have a feeling you will be sticking with Superior for a while after. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 8, 2013

    We've now 5 issue into the run of Otto Octavius as the Superior Spider-Man, at this point I'm a break record for saying how good it is, but seriously it is! All you naysayers who were up in arms and raging out after issue 700 should really give this a shot if you haven't already. Some may not love it, but you'll have to admit it's not that bad, and it really works. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Mar 12, 2013

    It seems like whenever Massacre pops up, Spider-Man comics take an upturn in quality. And given that Superior Spider-Man has been excellent since it started, you know that with this issue (and the last) you are in for a treat. Slott, Camuncoli, and everyone else involved turn out a discussion-worthy issue that will make you think, make you cringe, and make you beg for the next issue already. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Smash - Sam Johnson Mar 10, 2013

    Five issues in and "Superior Spider-Man" has cemented itself at the top of my reading list. Writer Dan Slott is delivering on his promise of 'dark and creepy,' as opposed to 'grim 'n' gritty,' particularly in the conclusion to Superior's face-off with Massacre, and in the visit he pays to Miranda Pullman thereafter; but there is increasing evidence of a 'starting-to-warm' heart within Ock's cynical shell, as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Mar 6, 2013

    And that seems to be the theme Dan Slott is coming to, especially with that conclusion. Power can corrupt a good person, but how is it going to change a bad person in a good person's body? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - Robert O'Doherty Mar 18, 2013

    The Superior Spider-Man continues to impress me, and with Green Goblin lurching around the corner and Spider-Ocks power growing, its going to be an interesting few months. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Mar 6, 2013

    As far as this issue goes, it's dark and violent. Even if it doesn't show all the violence, it's definitely alluded to. This overall dark tone often shows the seedier side of people as you see with the head of Phizzy Cola being more concerned with how Burger Town looks than the news of a massacre. In a way, it's satisfying that Spidey confronts her, but pull away that layer of her getting what's coming to her, and you find that this Spidey is almost hellbent on bringing down anyone who does anything wrong without the extenuating circumstances of the situation. It's almost as if Spider-Man has taken on more of a Judge Dredd quality than that of a true hero who can see more than just one angle to the issue. It's a scary version of Spider-Man that is more like Batman " ready to scare the living daylights out of those who do wrong. I can't help to find that pretty interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Mar 7, 2013

    Depending on which side youre on you either hated or loved the ending of #1. It showed that for whatever reason Peter had the ability to stop Otto from hitting the final blow on Boomerang, but in this case its either he forgot that he could do it or he has mysteriously lost the power that he probably shouldnt have had to start with. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Mar 7, 2013

    This is a really nice issue that brings a lot of new elements to the table, while cementing others. Dan Slott is doing something special here and thanks to the rotating art team he has, Superior Spider-Man could become something quite memorable if he continues to bring issues like this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 6, 2013

    That said, where this book fails is the dismount. This is likely a stylistic choice on Slott's part, to not show exactly what Otto's choice was. We've already seen Peter stay Otto's hand once, but Slott actually robs us of some of the catharsis by making us wait. Considering the story as a whole, that might pay some nice dividends, but as far as a single issue goes, it definitely knocks the wind out of an otherwise Superior comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Mar 6, 2013

    I was very pleased, disturbed, and fanboy angry with how this issue turned out. There's a lot to think about with where this book is going, just by the actions Spider-Man takes here. Sure, it goes against everything SM stands for, but it strangely works for me, even though the 14 year old fanboy inside of me wants to write Dan Slott an angry letter about how he's "ruining" the character, which he's not. Slott's run is controversial, but brilliant. He's created some extreme waves and memorable moments whether fans like it or not, and this issue is going to be a big point to remember.Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Mar 6, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man keeps chugging along, with a continued cleverness and new questions to ponder. Its really impressive how improved Dan Slotts writing is across the board. If solicitations are anything to go by, the next four issues look very intriguing, so anybody not reading Superior Spidey needs to catch up quickly before this satisfying series passes you by. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Mar 7, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #5 continues this compelling and devastating look at a world where Peter Parker is not himself. There are some spotty moments but the creative team crafts a compelling journey that's sure to please its core audience… even if it does anger them a bit. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 9, 2013

    The rest of the issue was fun too. That date with the science tutor was positively adorable, and I hope Slott has a lot more fun planned for that cute tutor. Seeing Doc Ock in a proper love story should be a lot of fun now that he's not trying to sleep with people who think he's Peter Parker. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Ben Silverio Mar 10, 2013

    Initially, I got the sense that these past two issues were a throwaway tale, but I can see now that they are a turning point for the character of the Superior Spider-Man. Based on that alone, I can appreciate issue #5, despite the fact that I wasn't terribly invested in the plot. Like I said in the introduction, character development is what really matters because if you don't care about the characters, then you really won't care what happened to them. Kudos to Dan Slott and the Spidey office yet again on a job well done. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 6, 2013

    Two other issues crop up this week. One is that the crowded script doesn't allow Slott enough time to focus on the B-plot of Otto bonding with a fellow chemistry student over dinner and studying. This material is fun, but it feels out of place in the context of the rest of the issue. Another, more serious problem comes at the end of the Spidey/Massacre showdown. Neither the script nor the art are very clear as to what happens in the final moments or to what lengths Otto goes to put down his foe. It would be one thing if Slott ended the issue with a vague cliffhanger, but the issue persists for several more pages of weird uncertainty. I just can't see any reason for the book to be so vague about what could be a huge plot point. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Mar 9, 2013

    This is a weird comic for me to rate. I love some parts of it and hate others. A resulting issue of my ambivalence is that I keep thinking about The Superior Spider-Man #5, and how it fits into a larger discussion of violence and media portrayals. Few comics can spark that sort of reflection. Dan Slott is evidencing proof that he is thinking deeply about these issues and the characterizations at the core of the story. If he weren't, I would rate this issue as exploitative trash. But it definitely is not that. The Superior Spider-Man #5 is thorny and complex and problematic, even as it takes the form of a typical capes and spandex super adventure. So" having to pick a number, I'll say that The Superior Spider-Man #5 rates a three and a half out of five stars. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Mar 12, 2013

    And this is one of those issues where you may as well just buckle up. Aside from introducing a really interesting supporting character with Anna Maria Marconi, we also get to see Spidey do the right thing but for the wrong reasons. We also see him do the wrong thing for the right reasons, and the whole thing wraps up with Spidey getting the better of somebody really awful in a really cool way. And even though it's kind of unnerving that he's using his powers like this, you can't help but get a sense of satisfaction on that last page. The last panel in particular would be right at home in an old EC horror or crime comic from the fifties. So, while it will certainly be a feel-good moment when Peter Parker is back in control, he doesn't exactly have to hurry back, either. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Mar 8, 2013

    When I started this issue, I figured I wouldn't like it. Massacre killing for money seemed weird, and so did Spidey's little chat with Uatu, and I can't say I cared much about Doc's little date with Anna Maria, although I do like her character already. The thing that saved this issue for me was the really strong ending. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Mar 7, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #7 is going to upset people. It's very hard to judge this book by the quality of its storytelling, and not the turning point it represents for Otto Octavius as Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hatmasta Mar 8, 2013

    I'm so keyed into what Slott is doing with this book. It's a darker, more caustic take on the web-slinger, and I'm loving it. Lots of great moments in this issue with a bit of a cliff-hanger ending. Also, Spidey-Ock truly is Superior, as we see Doc Ock succeed in situations that Peter wouldn't have performed as well in.

  • 9.0
    The Villain Jun 23, 2016

    Issue 5 doesn't go any further with the reveal that we see in the last addition but it is still a very cool issue. Otto Octavius proves his genius once again and his personality gives us a whole new twist on Spidey. There is an event that really blurs the line between a hero and a villain.

  • 9.5
    Stallonelythelonely Oct 14, 2013

  • 8.5
    Sploska Jan 22, 2016

  • 7.5
    Redeadhood Jun 7, 2014

  • 7.0
    DarioV Apr 17, 2015

  • 1.0
    jackhawksmoor May 22, 2013

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