Superior Spider-Man #25

Superior Spider-Man #25

Writer: Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage Artist: Humberto Ramos Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 15, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 9
8.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Special super-sized 25th issue!
•  Otto Octavius, the Superior Spider-Man, in a life-or-death struggle against the original Superior Venom!
•  Plus: With one last goblin on his side, the Goblin King's court is now complete!
•  Guest starring: The Avengers!

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Kyle Francisco Jan 19, 2014

    It definitely looks like the Superior Spider-Man will have his hands full, and with the Goblin Nation looming on the horizon, Otto Octavius might need some ghostly intervention to make it out with his dignity " and life " intact. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 15, 2014

    Fans have been wanting a confrontation between Venom and Superior Spider-Man and that's what we get here. This is where you'll find out the fate of Flash Thompson and Superior Spider-Man joining with the Venom suit. It's fitting that this is an over-sized issue because there is so much action and story plots going on. While we have the main story, we also have a lot building in the background. Humberto Ramos captures the excitement required from the script and there's so much to see in each panel. Superior Spider-Man's story is getting bigger and faster but there's still no telling what's coming next. Reading this is just so much fun. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Skott Jimenez Jan 16, 2014

    Now, we've started doing self-imposed ratings on the comics we review, I'm sure you've noticed, and while I normally have a difficult time with this sort of thing I'd have to say, using the common scale, this book gets a 5 out of 5". let's say 'Goblins,' shall we? And it's HIGHLY recommended! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Jan 15, 2014

    Superior Spider-Man just keeps getting better with every issue and I can tell bigger things are still to come for the near future. With story telling and art this great is hard to not be following Spider-Man these days, without a doubt you need to check this issue out! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Jan 15, 2014

    This is one of the most exciting Superior Spider-Manissues in the run to date. By the end of the issue Octavius is back to his scheming deceptive ways but by now very few people are buying it. While I am happy that Peter is making his return I freely admit that Superior has been a very good book and in many ways wish there will be a way both Amazing and Superior could coexist. Maybe Slott has the way that can happen and for a lifelong die-hard Peter Parker fan that's saying volumes. Superior Spider-Manwon me over and for those who jumped off after Amazing #700 you are doing yourself a disservice. Much has to happen before April and I for one am looking forward to what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Jan 15, 2014

    What did you think of these books or have a review request? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @joshraj9 Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    GoCollect - @mikebiyad Jan 15, 2014

    This book is a must read for any Spiderman fan, whether you have been following The Superior Spiderman or not. All fans of Spiderman are waiting for Peter Parker to return, and with this book we get the hope back, and it is safe to assume that within the next few issues we may actually be getting what we have been waiting for. I'm giving The Superior Spiderman 25 a 4.8/5 Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Jan 16, 2014

    In the words of Norman Osbourne, “Consider it a gauntlet thrown.” The stakes are unbelievably high, Otto's claim to Peter's life and livelihood has never been more precarious, and the drums of war beat increasingly louder. It may sound like dramatic hyperbole, but it's hard not to get excited when, after careful planning much craft, a long gestating, well written story draws near its climax. Bring on ‘Goblin Nation.' Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Jason Inman Jan 16, 2014

    Cheers to the superior, and welcome back to the amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 15, 2014

    This book has consistently rocked for so long you'd need to head bang to give it justice. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Beau Roth Jan 16, 2014

    All in all, this issue is really wonderful, except as great as an artist as Humberto Ramos is (and he really is) I do however hope they change artists soon, as this look of The Spider-Man world, I've grown quite bored of. If Amazing Spider-Man continues to be as fantastic as Superior has been every month, then I have no worries about the wall crawlers future at all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Kyle Mc Jan 15, 2014

    Gage and Slott have created a fast paced and action heavy issue that artist Humberto Ramos converts to some great pages. While the big monstrous Venom look can be divisive he still makes it clear with things like the webshooters still being visible, all be it covered up but its also the smaller details that can go under appreciated such as when he's free of the symbiote his posture is just “so Otto”. While seeing multiple colourists can cause problems the transition in between is seamless which is much to the issue's benefit. With the end being in sight for this story plot points that have been juggled about are really starting to come to ramp up as Goblin Nation is almost here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - 2ComicNerds Jan 17, 2014

    This issue was a great conclusion to the Darkest Hours arc. Unfortunately information leaked online revealing that Dan Slott is going to write Amazing Spider-Man #1, which reveals Peter's return. We all have seen this coming, but it's sad to actually know the end of Superior is drawing near. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jan 15, 2014

    Superior Spider-Man may be telegraphing its end, but if you can read it without plugging into the comic book publicity machines, you'll enjoy it even more as it speeds headlong towards its undoubtedly loud, crazy, and messy finale. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 27, 2015

    Superior Spider-Man is largely focused on one thing here, and that's the fight between him and the Avengers while he's becoming Superior Venom. There's a lot of good action here that's well designed with its layouts and detail, giving it a great kind of kinetic energy that keeps the flow going. It also does some good stuff with the banter and the quick thinking that Octavius tries to pull in when he realizes that the Symbiote was gaining control and influence over him and he attempts to bring everything back to a semblance of normal to keep fooling the Avengers. But it's always the unexpected that trips you up and Octavius has tripped several times and people are starting to notice. It's a lot of fun and full of the right kind of big action pieces that makes it a very enjoyable read. Especially with the tease about what may really end up throwing him off in the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Josh Reifler Jan 18, 2014

    There is a lot happening in this issue and it is being handled very well by both writers. Essentially it's one giant slugfest as we see the Avengers trying to take down the Superior Venom, while in the background the Green Goblin steps up his game to take down the Hobgoblin. Enough attention is payed to all the plot threads happening throughout the issue, without the book feeling like it's losing its main goal of setting up future story arcs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Ben Silverio Jan 19, 2014

    Overall, this issue was the culmination of a lot of things that we have all been questioning about this series and it all happened in such a great way. Slott brought together a number of things that we've come to know and love about Spider-Man and reinvigorate them to be something almost completely new. Venom, Spider-Man's relationship with Mary Jane and the Avengers, and the Green Goblin are just a few of the things that the writer has made his mark on and it's been great to follow along as it all unfolded. As much as I'm glad to get Amazing back, I feel like a big part of me is going to miss Superior. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Jan 16, 2014

    The extra page length helps the Darkest Hour end on a entertaining note Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Superior Spider-Talk - Dan Gvozden Jan 23, 2014

    Superior Spider-Man#25 is another successful comic from Slott, Gage, and Ramos that is full of fun twists, turns, and striking art. Though it might be too much of a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Tacopina Jan 21, 2014

    There are so many pieces put into motion by Slott and co-writer Christos Gage all leading up to the promisingly dark War of the Goblins. Superior Spider-Man #25 is a fun action packed comic book. Excellent writing and just great plotting have given Otto's reign as the wall-crawler a memorable one. Hopefully, Marvel manages to somehow keep Otto involved in the storyline even after the real Peter Parker returns. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 18, 2014

    I've always liked Ramos' art, and he draws a really wild Venom. Superior Venom just looks awesome, and holding his own against the Avengers was fun to read " even if they came off as secondary, considering Tony Stark had to save the day, then had to prove they were all idiots for getting snookered by Octavius. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 17, 2014

    "Superior Spider-Man" #25 is a surprisingly fun read, packed with detailed story and vibrant artwork. Slott uses this issue as a pause in the action, providing an inventory of everything that's been going on since "Superior Spider-Man" #1 while also building up the next major developments for the pigheaded webhead. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Jan 15, 2014

    You may be wondering why I called this one of the best issues, considering there is so much wrong with it. Well, thats how terrible Superior has been. The Goblin War stuff is almost guaranteed to be dreadful, so it might be a good idea to wait until the new Amazing Spider-Man #1. Well, Slott and Ramos are attached to that too, so maybe you should avoid that as well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jan 15, 2014

    There are several nice ideas and a great deal of neat twists and turns in this story, yet the constant jumping around, messy and crowded art combined with some questionable elements to the script makes this issue rather disappointing as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Jan 24, 2014

    This is possibly the first issue in a while where I've not been completely wowed by this series. It has all the parts in play, but when they all come together, it doesn't form as cohesive a whole as the issues that came before it. The lack of Spider-Man could be a reason why, but I feel like this isn't something that should be a problem " Spider-Man has one of the richest supporting casts of all the Marvel heroes, so there's no reason why they couldn't hold an issue on their own. I think it's just a case of having the stakes too high, the ending a little too predictable, and a cliffhanger that we've seen before. At least with Goblin Nation on the horizon, there's bound to be plenty more thrills and spills that will wash this issue out of the memory easily. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jan 16, 2014

    Overall, the pacing of this issue felt incredibly rushed. Comics filled with fighting can be a perfectly fine thing; however, there are a number of major beats Slott attempts to hit, and it felt like those elements needed more development. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 15, 2014

    25 issues in, Superior Spider-Man has done good things for Marvel's friendly neighborhood webslinger, but all things must come to an end. There is still a lot of room for Dan Slott and company to compare and contrast Otto Octavius and Peter Parker, but right now the high concept seems to trump the characterization. And that's a shame - while its a necessary evil to pave the way for Peter Parker's return, I can't help but feel that Superior Spider-Man is getting the short shrift in his own series. Read Full Review

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