Superior Spider-Man #18

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Ryan Stegman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 23
8.1Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

• Superior Spider-Man vs. Spider-Man 2099. Who will be the most superior Spider in the Multi-verse?
•  Plus: secrets uncovered in time!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 18, 2013

    With each issue Dan Slott continues to make SUPERIOR Spider-Man an interesting read. Like others, I would love to see the return of Peter, but there's no denying the opportunity we have in these stories for new and different sorts of stories. This issue is a perfect example in illustrating how different and free from conflict the story would be if it were Peter under the mask. The idea of bringing in Spider-Man 2099 almost feels like a gimmick but it works wonderfully here. With Ryan Stegman's art and Edgar Delgado's colors, it's a visual feast to go along with the fun and exciting issue. Seeing traces of past events play into the bigger picture is always cool. Month after month, Slott and Stegman show us this is a comic not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Sep 20, 2013

    This series just keeps getting better and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. (Cliffhanger anyone?) Things appear to be getting worse before they get better and it's going to be a fun ride seeing how and when things catch up to Spidey-Ock. This is a MUST read for anyone in to superhero comics or anyone that enjoys smart storytelling that can blend action sequences, heavy emotional events, and sprinkle in a bit of fun into the mix! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 18, 2013

    The always-good Ryan Stegman nails the artwork. Superior #18 is a big issue; a slam-bang action issue that’s also brimming with plot movements. Stegman controls the art with the same mastery that Slott does the text. No wasted lines, no filler panels. Stegman also keeps a bigger perspective on the action through panel placement. His usual solid lines and gift of communicating movement are in tow as well. I am a hardcore Humberto Ramos fan, but Stegman is awesome, too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Sep 19, 2013

    This is consistently one of Marvel’s top-selling books, and it is deserved. The real Peter Parker will be back eventually, but this isn’t a bad way to spend our time until that happens. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 20, 2015

    The dynamic between Octavius and Miguel is a lot of fun since Miguel realizes that Peter's not quite the nice guy he thought he was and acts accordingly while Octavius is frustrated by not knowing what Miguel is all about, especially since Miguel knows that it's Parker underneath. For someone who likes to be a few steps ahead, it just makes him all the more intense and prone to mistakes. Which we see that he's made a few of already and is trying to correct when it comes to Horizon Labs. This issue continues to have a lot of moving pieces and it handles it well overall with the balance of characters and stories, though I'll admit I wish we had a little more quiet time before it all began. But I continue to be excited to see what the Stone family may have in store and how, by the end of this arc, I'll better understand the events of the Spider-Man 2099 series I started reading last year. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 18, 2013

    Ryan Stegman is delivering what is easily his strongest work so far on the series. Something about having two Spider-Men on the page together brings out the vibrant detail and energy in his pencils. Livesay's inks aren't always consistent in fleshing out the pencils, as background characters like Liz Allen are noticeably less refined. But the Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 have rarely looked more sleek and dynamic. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Sep 20, 2013

    Having Spider-Man 2099 around has proven to be a great idea and made for an intriguing and fun story that fits well into Slott's overall narrative. More importantly, it helps to highlight the point that Otto is in way over his head, despite his continuing insistence that he is “superior” to Parker. Indeed, THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN is proving to be a great book, month in and month out thanks to Slott's exploration of Otto's arrogance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Colin Saynt Sep 19, 2013

    Overall the issue was good, not great, but good. I definitely can't wait for the things to come with everything building up, like the Goblins, the investigation of Spider-Man, and his close friends finally putting two and two together about Peter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Sep 18, 2013

    This issue is even more of a marked improvement than issue 17 was. The solicits for future issues are looking pretty great too. Superior Spider-Man is really cranking things up. If the quality of the writing can stay more consistent on this level, we are in for one heck of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Sep 25, 2013

    Necessary Evil has one more issue to go, and despite my worries, I'm sure it'll be just as fast-paced and packed to the brim as this one was. Slott continues to prove why he should be the one writer allowed to dictate Spider-Man's life, and with help from his artistic collaborators, he continues to churn out issue after issue of rock solid superhero action all with that Superior twist. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Sep 20, 2013

    Solid issue, but definitely could be better. It's great to see Spider-Man 2099 again, but it would be better to see that this story doesn't drag on with his presence too long. It was a good effort to have both cross paths though it could have been handled a lot better than it has been up to this point. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Breau Roth Sep 20, 2013

    The art by Ryan Stegman is great as always although there wasn't anything fantastic this issue that ill remember looking at.The supporting characters since Superior kicked off 18 issues ago have me deeply invested in the superior world – a feat Mr Slott hasn't been able to accomplish in the last few100 issues for me but from Grady to a more independent Liz Allen and little Normie – Im loving everything about this book, plus to cap it all off, we finally get a new letters page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 18, 2013

    The art by Ryan Stegman is a pleasure throughout, however. Even when there are incredibly dialogue-heavy scenes, things look crisp and interesting. The shot below in particular is just awesome, with a great perspective of the street below. I haven't been a fan of his when he goes darker, but everything is outside and brightened up nicely here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 29, 2013

    No complaints about the artwork and coloring. Ryan Stegman illustrations are always top notch and Edgar Delgado's color treatment brings a lot of energy to the pages. Overall, you should buy this issue not only for its historical significance but because it is a good story even if there weren't enough meat and potatoes on the plate. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Sep 18, 2013

    All in all, what Superior Spider-Man really suffers from, and Superior Spider-Man #18 really shows, is that there is a compelling case to be made for Otto Octavius as Peter Parker's true heir, but in proving it, Dan Slott is building a scenario where Otto will never get to live out that role without some serious plot noodling. Otto Octavius is being set up for a fall, and some of those threads need to start tying off sooner rather than later, lest Superior Spider-Man fall under its own weight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 25, 2013

    uperior Spider-Man #18 is an okay issue, with some fun elements in play, even as the art team suffers from trying too hard to draw like another art team, while the protagonist himself is played as an utterly reprehensible arrogant bastard. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Sep 19, 2013

    We may have some lovely art by Stegman along with the colorization by Delgado, but the lack of clear direction and focus on a central theme makes the story a bit of a mess here. Some of the developments are interesting, yet it feels like it could have been centered a bit more. Read Full Review

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