Superior Spider-Man #19

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Ryan Stegman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 16, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 21
8.2Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Necessary Evil CONCLUDES!
•  The moment that changes world of Spider-Man-- and the Marvel Universe for years to come.
•  Which Spider-Man is responsible for such a thing? Spider-Man 2099 or the Superior Spider-Man?
•  Major developments for both Spider-Man's cast... and for the future.

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Oct 21, 2013

    This was a grand finale that promised us a change in status quo and delivered. Slott has a great handle on this issue and the series all together. Stegman, Livesay, and Delgado are turning in awesome pages each time. This issue will answer questions and open new ones that set up future stories.I can't wait! This issue is a must have! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 16, 2013

    Issue after issue, Dan Slott adds not only to the canon of Spider-Man, but the very fabric of comic history. A run doesn’t get more important than this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 16, 2013

    Dan Slott knows how to set up a good story. Threads can be traced back and he doesn't hold back when it comes to creating situations where serious repercussions will have to be dealt with. We have big action with top notch art. This type of bombastic storytelling is what is making SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN so much fun. We know things will eventually explode but it's the juggling of the grenade that keeps us on our toes. Ryan Stegman's art grabs Slott's script by the throat and he squeezes out every last bit of action and suspense in order to create a comic that delivers the goods. With the changes here and what's being set up, I am so excited to see where this is all going to next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 21, 2013

    I think this book is proof positive that people should calm down, relax and repeat the words "In Dan Slott we trust." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 22, 2013

    Dan Slott has been telling people that Superior Spider-Man #19 would be a game-changer, and he wasn't joking - there are so many plot points that he's seeded in just this one issue that he may very well have revitalized this series with one shot. With tons of progression for the entire Spider-Man cast, this issue is one you definitely shouldn't miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Colin Saynt Oct 17, 2013

    This issue really shows us that Otto isn't the hotshot he thinks he is and that he's on the verge of breaking down and that everything is about to blow up in his face as a result of the actions he's taken and will take. It really shows us that he is not someone you're supposed to like even if the comic is well written and captivating. As a small spoiler we see that Miguel is here to stay in the present for the time being and thus ends the comic, for now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Ryan Utterback Oct 18, 2013

    Writer Dan Slott really stepped up his game in this issue. He is always promising huge things in SSM and did not disappoint in this issue. As always, Ryan Stegman's art was spot-on and added a great visual style to Slott's surprisingly dense substance. I give this issue a 9/10, it's definitely a book that any fans of Spidey will want to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Oct 22, 2013

    Necessary Evil explodes to a conclusion (literally) in this issue, and whilst it may be the end of an arc, it's definitely only the beginning of so many stories to come. As usual, Slott builds on everything that has gone before whilst moving pieces into place for more fun to come, and not a single word balloon or panel feels superfluous or pointless. Another home run from Slott and the team " I'd like to carry the sporting metaphor through to say that he's pitching a perfect game or something, but my sporting metaphors are definitely not my strong suit, so let's just say that once again Superior Spider-Man is superb and we really shouldn't expect anything less. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Oct 16, 2013

    What can I say, though, about Ryan Stegman's art that I haven't said before? By all that is holy, he can drawn one hell of a Spider-Man book. Everything here is up to his usual exceptionally high standards, and while the issue is somewhat light on action compared to previous installments, it allows Stegman's character work to really shine through, aided by the fantastic visual of the world falling apart as a result of the time meddling. But what really is striking is the sequence where Otto tries to recall Parker's memories, and Stegman treats us to panels that include classic versions of Spider-Man moments with Otto in Parker's place, complete with a look right out of the past. Juxtaposed with the present-styled art, and I'd note that these were some of the coolest Spider-Man pages I've seen in a long time. Honestly, THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN just wouldn't be the same without Stegman's art, as he has truly come to define the character and his world. Read Full Review

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

    This is consistently a Top 10 book for Marvel. It’s probably my favorite title from the House of Ideas at the moment. I’m looking forward to what’s next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 16, 2013

    Ryan Stegman helps close out this arc in grand style. His dynamic, textured art suits the world and characters of 2099 so well it's almost a shame he isn't drawing a new Spider-Man 2099 ongoing. But his art shines best in this issue when he renders Otto's frantic mental gymnastics. We see numerous homages to classic Spider-Man storylines and artists like Steve Ditko and John Romita Sr., all with Otto replacing Peter and all with a bit of Stegman's energetic flair thrown in for good measure. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 21, 2015

    Temporal events never go well when they're under control, never mind out of control, and there are some game changers here with what's going on. Miguel being stranded will launch him into his own series down the line a bit and Octavius is now more fully on his own without being tied to Horizon or Alchemax. But there are new dangers lurking out there as we get a slight taste again of what the Green Goblin is up to, and rising sentiment as to why Spider-Man hasn't dealt with it yet, and the complications of some of the relationships that he's involved in as well. All the stresses and complications are piling up on top of each other and it looks like it's going to have quite the big hit down the line. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Oct 17, 2013

    Delivering a great conclusion and its promises, this issue of Superior Spider-Man is a good showcase of the series strength thanks to a playfulness with the lore, but also thanks to the work of Ryan Stegman and Edgar Delgado. A strong issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Oct 17, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #19 is a very good comic book that earns the opportunity to win you over. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 16, 2013

    I never expected the subplot with Miguel O'Hara to hook me quite as much as it did, given my shallow experience with the character. There is no denying that Slott has done a great job blazing new trails for Spider-Man's world and given the developments of "Superior Spider-Man" #19, I'm more enthused to read this title than I have been in quite some time. Stegman drew this story with machined precision and the conclusion of "Necessary Evil" leaves ramifications certain to affect the Marvel Universe to come, especially as that universe is still reeling from the time-shaking effects of "Age of Ultron." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Oct 16, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man has undoubtedly been one of the most polarizing and controversial stories Marvel has ever told, taking Spider-Man and divesting him from his heart, taking away almost everything that readers have taken for granted and proving that while Doc Ock may be a superior Spider-Man, Peter Parker will always be the greater hero. Now that Slott's goals are coming into focus, Superior Spider-Man may also go down as one of Marvel's greatest tales. It's had it's issues with execution, but it's doubtless that Dan Slott will go down as one of Spider-Man's greatest shepherds, if not at least his greatest fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Oct 17, 2013

    Overall this provided us with much developments for Spider-Man's cast. Spider-Man 2099 is now a part of this story as he keeps an eye on Stone, Modell has gone his way, MJ has finally moved on, and Carlie continues her search for answers as to if it really is Peter under the mask. Well she has a pretty good idea as of now, but we'll see if she can really capitalize on this new opportunity because many chances for Otto's secret to be revealed ended up failing under the most disappointing circumstances. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Oct 19, 2013

    Overall, this book and this series continues to impress each and every month. Slott is weaving some great plot lines into the main story so to see these gain momentum and eventually pay off, that will be fun to watch. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    We The Nerdy - Beau Roth Oct 18, 2013

    On the Mary-Jane front, Octavius was just about to tell her to move on when MJ beat him to it saying “take care”. I must say I'm a little disappointed that MJ hasn't gone to the lengths that Carlie has and instead has just given up, but I guess she thinks shes doing the right thing. We also see the birth of Alchemax in this issue. No letters page again this month which I think is pretty slack seeing as how little comics these days actually have letters pages, Spider-Man was always one I could rely on to have one. Next month is the return of the Black Cat and I'm hoping she rips Octavius a new one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Oct 17, 2013

    Slott & co. have something big in the works for the Superior Spidey universe. Tying up most of the open side story lines is going to shift focus back onto what the series was originally based around and I couldn't be more thrilled to dive deeper into it. Hopefully Stegman steps it up to the standards of previous issues. As much as I love the story that's unfolding, I don't know if I can handle too much more of the slip-ups in the art department! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 16, 2013

    There are a few plot points that get closed off too, which in hindsight probably could have used much more time to be effective beats. Instead they're swept under the rug as if the buildup in previous issues was for naught. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Oct 17, 2013

    Its a shame that Superior has been plagued with inconsistency. There is some decent material to work with that just gets squandered as arcs go on. Stegman is able to make this arc worth it, but he never sticks around long enough. Somebody needs to save Spider-Man from mediocrity. Unfortunately this title still sells well, so Marvel is in no rush to change things up. Read Full Review

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