Gold Goblin #1

Writer: Christopher Cantwell Artist: Lan Medina Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 16, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 29
7.2Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Norman Osborn's sins may have been cleansed, but his memories weren't and he's done plenty of horrific things to remember. Norman's worked hard to avoid all things "Goblin" and to stay on the straight and narrow. Consequences in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN pushed him to try super-heroing, and he liked it. But when the media dub him the Gold Goblin, he has to start wondering-can he ever get away from the Goblin inside?

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 16, 2022

    Gold Goblin is a compelling psychological narrative well worth exploring. As a reader tired of Norman Osborn, I was invigorated by this first issue with its unique direction for the character. It asks that if a person is removed from their sin, can they ever outgrow the acts themselves? Gold Goblin is a fascinating look into a complicated mind. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Lukke Sweet Nov 16, 2022

    Final ThoughtsA great tie-in to the main Amazing Spider-Man series, Gold Goblin gives readers a chance to see how Norman Osborn has changed since his “cleansing” at the hands of the Sin Eater. A good first issue that promises a character-driven story ready to dive into the guilt and sins of the Green Goblin as he searches for redemption under the new moniker, Gold Goblin! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Nov 17, 2022

    Gold Goblin #1 firmly establishes an inside look at Norman's sympathetic and fragile new status quo as a former villain trying to turn his life around. Norman's constant struggles with guilt and his need not to revert to his Goblin ways play out like an addict desperate to turn his life around after hitting rock bottom, so this could turn out to be a series worth watching. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Nov 22, 2022

    I suspect that it doesn't matter if the Goblin is Green, Red, or Gold, Norman Osborn will never be a normal person. His intent is genuine, but there are just too many pumpkin bombs under the bridge. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Nov 16, 2022

    Theres a lot to like about Gold Goblin #1, thanks in a large part to the expressive colors and innovative layouts throughout the issue. This story ultimately doesnt strike the right emotional chords, due to the large nature of superhero titles and the revolving door of status quos for Spider-Man characters, but it cant be denied the book has merits in all departments. As is the case with many first issues, the creative team may be able to sway with later issues and overcome the hurdles that haunt the character of Norman Osborn, both in the context of the story and his large publication history. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Nov 16, 2022

    Gold Goblin #1 is well crafted but lacks personality. The concept of having Norman Osborn go straight is interesting and has been treated well in other Spider-Man books. But the first issue needs to define what he is like now, otherwise, his old, villainous self will be wanted back. Read Full Review

  • 2.0 - Chase Magnett Nov 16, 2022

    Golden Goblin #1 takes the feat of Norman's redemption cycle in The Amazing Spider-Man and reduces it to all of the dullest, broadest cliches readers might have imagined, and they'll be well served in ignoring this spin-off series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Maluminary Mar 1, 2023

    Really fun and good design

  • 10
    Gio Nov 24, 2022

    I did not think I would enjoy this issue as much as I did! I have been underwhelmed lately with the Amazing Spider-man run that is going on right now. Nonetheless I wanted to give Gold Goblin a shot since it has a different creative team working on it.

    The writing is interesting, to the point, and strings you along the psychological ups and downs of Norman's new life as the Gold Goblin. Even with his past sins removed, his conscious is growing guilt, where his past evil deeds are whispering in his ear (literally). It' not only the writing that is a huge upgrade from the current Amazing Spider-man issues, it is the art as well! The art by Lan Medina hits it on the nail and enhances Christopher Cantwell's flow of writing. I know it more

  • 9.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Nov 20, 2022

    Finally being the sole defender of this comic when it was announced has paid off. This comic is a quintessential example of why you should never let meta-reading and cynicism overtake you as a comic book fan. It leads to you missing out.

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  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Nov 19, 2022

    Well dang.

    This was WAY better than it had any right to be.

    I was expecting a throwaway series to siphoned extra dollars out of the coming event, nothing more. I wasn't even sure o was gonna give this a go til I read Spideys 13th issue.

    This issue was better.

    The script is rock solid. Cantwell is great at writing built written figures, but for someone like Norman, just discovering guilt that he's ignored for decades and countless atrocities, they would've had to go a lot farther than simply showing him sulk. And they did, boy they did.

    The artwork is absolutely phenomenal. I dont know if I've encountered Medinas work but he just shot up on my list. Faces, figures, backgrounds, textures more

  • 8.5
    Screaming Enigma Mar 24, 2023

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect here, but this delivered with a great opening issue. Medina's art is better in some places than others here, but he does great where it counts. He does well in depicting Norman being haunted by his past. Speaking of which, Cantwell writes this very well, in which Norman is constantly haunted by his past sins, despite trying to move forward and be better man. While I am worried about how the Dark Web crossover will affect the next two issues, I really hope this miniseries maintains the quality of its first issue.

  • 8.5
    Hex Feb 23, 2023

    This was just cool. I wish it would stick but it's clear it won't. At least we will have it while it lasts.

  • 8.5
    Jeff Plaza Nov 17, 2022

    The characterization and continuity of Norman Osborn here was spot on!

  • 8.5
    Afre Nov 16, 2022

    I liked it.

  • 8.0
    Mout Dec 20, 2022


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  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Nov 16, 2022

    Better than I expected. I feel like it's a good look into how Norman is going to snap. Kind of feels necessary if your invested in that part of Spider-Man.

  • 7.5
    Federico Liguori Nov 18, 2022

    Half of this is great, half is meh. Seeing Norman snapping because he literally sees Gwen's ghost taunting him is something I never knew I needed.

  • 7.0
    CrazyforRAMU May 9, 2023

    It's a pretty meaty, dense start to an intense character study. The art is solid and the ideas are compelling. But the way the author structures it doesn't spark joy in me. Layering narrative over narrative over narrative takes away more than it adds, in my opinion.

  • 6.5
    thecimmerian Nov 20, 2022

    Christopher Cant(write)well strikes again.

  • 10
    Comicsfan1994 Jan 26, 2023

  • 10
    Lock Dec 27, 2022

  • 10
    Bruno Mael Nov 17, 2022

  • 9.5
    KittyNone Dec 17, 2022

  • 9.0
    motorik Nov 21, 2022

  • 8.5
    iPodwithnomusic Jun 14, 2023

  • 8.5
    Ventilator-x Dec 22, 2022

  • 8.0
    ComicWorm Mar 19, 2023

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Feb 24, 2023

  • 8.0
    Pardo Feb 23, 2023

  • 8.0
    K-23 Feb 20, 2023

  • 8.0
    ActionCity Dec 5, 2022

  • 8.0
    Radar Nov 24, 2022

  • 7.5
    ed1138 Jan 16, 2023

  • 7.0
    dreagan Mar 28, 2023

  • 6.0
    kotfr1tz Jan 25, 2023

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