Superior Spider-Man #20

Superior Spider-Man #20

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 30, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 9
7.5Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

• From the fallout of NECESSARY EVIL, comes new beginnings and new twists that will be felt in the pages of Spider-Man for years to come! SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #20 is where it all starts! Do NOT miss this one!
•  It's the first ever adventure for the Superior Spider-Man and the Black Cat. Felicia Hardy always cared for the Spider more than the man. But what happens when that man is Otto Octavius?
•  Plus: A day Otto has been waiting for is finally here. Is the world ready for "Dr. Peter Parker"... and what he plans to do next?

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Oct 31, 2013

    Giuseppe Camuncoli's art is solid as usual, and Slott continues to make this book goddamned fascinating, constantly reordering and redefining Spider-Man's universe – or 'undoing the web,' as Jessica Carpenter puts it – by shifting the man at the center of it to his absolute archenemy. Make no mistake, the Green Goblin has been displaced as Spider-Man's worst foe. Dr. Octopus has now earned that honor in spades. The debate will rage that the death of Gwen Stacy tops anything Otto has done so far, but Otto has killed Spider-Man himself, taken over his body and destroyed nearly all his relationships, and it's more than likely that somebody close to Peter is going to die before the dust settles. There's nothing the new Goblin Kingpin of Crime can do to best Doc Ock in this competition. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Nov 1, 2013

    THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN keeps on going, giving us more and more reasons to be hooked on this tale of Otto Octavius as Spider-Man. It may have been a little rocky at the start, but each issue continues to show that Slott can get a lot of mileage out of this story. As the problems continue to increase for Otto, it leaves us clamoring to figure out just how it will all come crashing down. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 30, 2013

    Giuseppe Camuncoli returns for this issue. After some disappointing (albeit clearly rushed) work on Battle of the Atom, Camuncoli is in top form here. He's a great fit for an issue that's more concerned with ordinary characters and civilian matters than superheroics. But even in the scenes involving a costumed Spidey and Black Cat, his storytelling shines. The shading and shadows in this issue bring out a new level of detail in Camuncoli's work that isn't always apparent. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 30, 2013

    Dan Slott is continuing to plant and harvest seeds in Doc Ock's reign as Spider-Man. The action (from the previous arc) slows down a bit but there is a lot being set up to drive the series forward. Slott proves that you should never take any moment for granted. There's no telling what he has planned or what tiny detail will later come into play in a big way. Giuseppe Camuncoli does a good job with the art but there are some moments that cause tiny distractions. And if you thought Slott was making things too easy for SpOck, wait until you see the development at the end. You never know what Slott will cook up next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Oct 30, 2013

    Another decent issue that's a return to form of sorts for this series. It's not without problems; this issue simple has so much plotting there's not room for too many highs, But recently there have been the lowest of lows so this is a welcome change. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Oct 31, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man is on an upswing. As stated before, the writing is maddeningly uneven, but this issue leaves fans with a ton of hope for the future. Fingers crossed that this high quality can sustain itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 22, 2015

    While this is a quieter installment after what had happened in the last few issues, it's all about the changes that are about to hit and seeding for the future. There's a lot of things in motion in this series, some of which are easier to figure out than others through hindsight and events going on now, but watching it being seeded is still a thrill and it all plays out very well here. Octavius has his eye on the big prizes but has missed some steps along the way that are going to give him some really big stumbles right now. With the thesis in shambles, it'll be interesting to see which way things turn from there and how it'll impact his other plans, and just how he'll lash out amid all of that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Nov 3, 2013

    While it may be uneven in terms of scenes and how some of them work, the progression of the plot threads, combined with some fun moments and a pretty great artistic direction makes this issue a pretty good one. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Oct 31, 2013

    Good issue that could have been a bit better. It was a necessary transition into a new chapter of Peter's life, but one that you would find hard to get through because it falls flat of excitement. That of course doesn't stop it from setting the story up for the unavoidable Stunner Vs. Superior Spider-Man, and seeing how Otto deals with what will make or break his career. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Beau Roth Nov 1, 2013

    All in all, I think it was a great issue, hardly any action in this one but the story progresses enough that i feel like it's worth my money but once again NO letters page, I don't know why Marvel seem to have given up on this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 31, 2013

    Giuseppe Camuncoli is the star here. He's grown exponentially as an artist over the past few years and he has a star turn here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Nov 6, 2013

    It just goes to show that you should never underestimate this book " even when it's meant to be the 'quiet moment' between big storylines, it is definitely essential reading. Plot points in this issue are going to be reverberating across the title for a long time to come, and you'd be a fool to miss out on it now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 2, 2013

    What can I say, I love seeing Dan Slott pull thethreads he's created in Superior Spider-Man.This Otto as Peter scenario has turned out to be better than I could have ever imagined, and I'm excited to see where it's all going " despite the horrors Peter Parker is going to face when he comes back. I like the Spidey/Black Cat relationship, and now it seems ruined! That's a sadness, but a good sadness, because Slott is clearly having a lot of fun. I'm also kind of sad that Otto's doctoral thesis has been crushed, but then I suppose Slott couldn't make Peter Parker a doctor for real. Comic books have to remain mostly static, after all. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GoCollect - @MrAnonymous Nov 10, 2013

    When this book is focusing on Otto trying to better Parker's life it really shines. When Otto has to interact with anyone who knows Peter, not so much. Characters are dumbed down in order to preserve the premise of Otto in Peter's body, which just makes me want to pull my hair out. The set up for future confrontations and finally allowing Otto to trip up as Parker are the only saving graces in this book's story. The art is not great, but it isn't terrible either. If you have the extra cash then go ahead and pick this up, you won't regret it too much. If you dcide to pass on this one, well you aren't missing too much anyway. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Ben Silverio Nov 2, 2013

    Overall, I liked this issue a lot. Even though we have Otto Octavius in Peter Parker's body, some of the old Parker luck has stuck around. It's a fresh take on Pete's girl and school problems. Plus, the obscure villains and throwbacks should please long-time Spidey fans who are familiar with the years and years of mythology. At the very least, they should be a little interested in what's going on here since I'm sensing that Spider-Man's true secret identity is in danger again. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Nov 2, 2013

    This was a momentum killer for me. I'll stick around because I know great things are coming, but that doesn't take the bland taste out of my mouth from this installment. Read Full Review

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