Superior Spider-Man #30

Writer: Christos N. Gage, Dan Slott Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 16
8.7Critic Rating
9.3User Rating

"Goblin Nation" - Part 4 of 5
• Since the start of DYING WISH, it has ALL been building to this.
• One of the most important moments of the ENTIRE Superior Spider-Man Saga!
• Once this happens, it CANNOT be undone!

  • 10 - Ben Silverio Mar 30, 2014

    I have said this from the beginning and I'll say it again before I no longer have the opportunity: 'Superior Spider-Man' is one of the best things to happen to Spider-Man in the past few decades. It just brought a whole new approach to the classic character and while many, many people may not have been on board at first, I hope they had a change of heart and allowed themselves to enjoy this excellent series. While I'm a fan of Peter Parker and I look forward to 'Amazing Spider-Man' next month, I just don't want 'Superior Spider-Man' to end. But since it has to, I can't think of a better way to send it off. Hopefully the final issue is as legendary as it has been built up over the past year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Mar 26, 2014

    Overall, Superior Spider-Man #30 gave readers the conclusion they deserved in regards to Otto and Peter, but this story is far from being over. Peter has a lot on his plate with helping his city, stopping the Goblins, and dealing with the fallout of the Avengers. If there is one person who has faced trouble like this before its Peter Parker. He is back and he will do whatever it takes to make it right! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Mar 27, 2014

    Happy now, foolish Spider-Man fans? Your hero is back. Fortunately, some of us got to enjoy the ride to get here. Now let's go kick some Green Goblin butt! Read Full Review

  • 10
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 28, 2014

    There are a lot of ways this issue could have gone, and this series as a whole, but personally I think this was the perfect way to do it. And on top of everything, I am 100% excited for what's to come both in the finale of Superior and the relaunch of Amazing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 29, 2014

    This is a comic that celebrates the amazingness of Spider-Man in a way that only Superior Spider-Man could pull off. Everything Dan Slott has been doing with this series comes to a head in ways I hadn't expected, but he makes it all work to bring Otto Octavius to the defining understanding of his character. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Mar 27, 2014

    While there is still one issue left in the “Goblin Nation” storyline, the final players in the finale have been cast and now there is only a few more weeks to see the fallout. Still, other side-plots come to different points that should be mentioned. Spider-Man 2099 is left in a percarious state by the end of the issue (much as he was left in issue #29) and Liz Allen hints at yet more potential tragedy waiting in the wings of Superior Spider-Man #30. While the plot of Spider-Man 2099s fate could have been handled a little better, his jab at Otto, as well as Green Goblins impression of the Wicked Witch, the pace rolls along at a rip-roaring momentum. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Mar 26, 2014

    THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30 is a great issue and leaves me truly excited for the grand finale next issue. It's fast-paced, exciting and contains a fun development that is surprising and affecting in equal measure. This issue is a strong argument for just how effective this entire run has been, showing that Slott (with Gage's assistance) had a plan that showed us a different side of Otto Octavius and was well worth the ride. Well done. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Mar 27, 2014

    The next issue is the conclusion, and if its as incredible as this issue was, then Slott will have pulled off a feat that seemed impossible when the book began. He will have made a series about Dr. Octopus taking over Peter Parkers body and posing as Spider-Man one of the great Spider-Man stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 26, 2014

    Superior Spider-Man has one final issue left before transitioning back to Amazing Spider-Man. And while there's certainly enough story material for Slott to work through before the end, Superior has already reached the emotional climax it needed. Issue #30 is one of Slott's best in a run that has spanned from Brand New Day to Big Time to Spider-Island. In other words, well worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Mar 27, 2014

    The final story arc of The Superior Spider-Man series just reach an all time high. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Mar 26, 2014

    Honestly, I'm a little sad as this book is one issue away from the return of Peter and along with the anticipation Slott and his team make you feel for Otto if even for the tiniest of moments. Superior Spider-Man has had it's share of shocking moments and Superior Spider-Man #30 has the biggest of them all. I welcome the return of Amazing Spider-Man but also know Slott did the right thing by giving fans a Superior Spider-Man and a superior story! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Geo N Mar 28, 2014

    The art and sequences this issue are nothing short of spectacular. Camuncoli has done a fantastic job with this well-known and well-loved character. Slott has done an amazing job at showing us how much Peter Parker was missed and how much better he handled precarious situations. It's no secret that the ‘Hobson's Choice' situation of Amy Chen was a prelude to the larger one that Otto ultimately had to confront. While Superior Spider-Man has indeed given us some great stories to read having Parker back will be a breath of fresh air and begin a new era for our webbed hero. I personally thought that Otto's demise would have been some ugly act by one of Parker's villains, most likely the Goblin, with someone recovering Parker's memories. Instead, Otto heroically hands over the thrown to the one true Spider-Man. It seemed Otto's reign has ended not with a bang, but a wimper. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Mar 29, 2014

    Overall this was a great issue which not only spotlighted the inner turmoil of an Ock who realizes that he was fooling himself into thinking he was Superior, but also was an eye opener for a Peter who has the capabilities to seize the world, figuratively of course. And gee-wilickers, how many of you got chills from the last page of Peter reaching for and donning the red and blue once again?! I got all warm and fuzzy inside. I cannot wait for the wrap up of Goblin Nation and onto the new Amazing title. Dan Slott, you are a Spider genius!4.5 out of 5 nerds Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Mar 26, 2014

    See you soon, Otto. Somewhere. And the lessons you've learned here will make you very interesting whenever you resurface. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 1, 2015

    I'll easily admit that things come to a close for Octavius here too quickly. I wanted it to go on longer, to have there be more meaningful dialogue between him and Peter. But seeing the way he had accepted so quickly what must be done, what he himself has caused, and taking the responsibility for it by ending who he is in this form really is powerful. There's no surprises in Peter regaining control at the end, coming out of the other side of this with his memories intact and basically going back to who he is, but I'm hopeful that there's more to it than that. There's some good emotion to what Octavius goes through here and really understanding his love and desire to save Anna Maria carries it, even after seeing him abandon so many others recently in order to pursue his goals – and Anna Maria herself. Lots of good stuff here in the penultimate issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 26, 2014

    The end may be near for SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN but the fight against the Goblins is far from it. Dan Slott is moving SpOck's story towards its end and you can't help but wonder if we'll be seeing more twists along the way. You will be glued to each page but one big development almost feels like it happens too quickly. This is something we'll have to wait until next month to see how it all plays out. You won't want to miss this issue. This is a big moment for Spider-Man and Doc Ock. This series keeps putting a smile on my face with each issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 30, -0001

    If Superior Spider-Man has had a flaw, it might have been hubris - or at the very least, biting off more than it could chew. Dan Slott and company have put Otto Octavius through so much in so little of a time that it winds up leaving the reader feeling numb. But now that this creative team is tying it all back together, you can't help but warm up a little .Trading in characterization for high concept set pieces has always been a danger in comics, but with the return of Peter Parker, this series could be in for a resurrection in more ways than one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Jason Inman Mar 31, 2014

    Only one more issue of this series remains, and Dan Slott has already knocked it out of the park in this one. What could he possibly do to top this? My prediction is that we will see another change in the Spidey status quo. I mean, we have to see something cool enough to make us all want to buy Amazing Spider-Man #1 in a month right? Whatever, your thoughts on the Superior Spider-Man, this was a solid effort and addition to the Spider-Man lore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Mar 26, 2014

    Theres one issue of Superior left. Soon, The Amazing Spider-Man will be back. Even though it will still be Slott behind the wheel, one cant help but be excited. Peter Parker is not a superhero, hes the superhero. It will be fun to see what happens. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Mar 25, 2014

    Magneto as the bad guy I can deal with. But do we have to go back to him utilizing the same lackeys (Blob, Pyro, Toad) over and over again? Give them a new name (X-Force), but it's still the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 28, 2014

    "Superior Spider-Man" #30 contains the move all of comic fandom has been expecting and most have been begging for, but Slott manages to give it heart and make it feel fresh, electric and invigorating while hitting the right notes to gain applause from comic readers the world over. Filled with moments sure to elicit panic, anxiety and pure elation, "Superior Spider-Man" #30 sets up the finale of "Superior Spider-Man" beautifully, bringing a fine close to a unique adventure. It also delivers an eye-opening twist in the Goblin's plot that I wasn't prepared to see and positions Spider-Man for more problems, excitement and adventure than one bi-weekly title could possibly contain over the course of a year. I have not been the biggest fan of Spider-Ock, but Dan Slott managed to win me over once again. Not only am I excited about the end of this issue, but I'm also concerned what it all means for the once "superior" Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Mar 26, 2014

    It ain't bad, but it ain't the greatest of issues. By issue's end you'll be psyched for the next chapter, but that's mostly because this is a transition issue with some quick decisions made and not a lot of time spent on why they were made. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Mar 26, 2014

    After taking a huge risk by "killing off" Peter Parker and replacing him with Otto, Slott and company have built a complex, truly compelling anti-hero over these 30 issues. There's been no status quo, no comfort zone. So to see Slott suddenly leap back to the familiar as quickly as he does here is an injustice to the work he's done until this point. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Dan Gvozden Mar 27, 2014

    Superior Spider-Man #30 features a well-crafted story whose emotions never hit as it rushes Peter back into the role of Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Mar 28, 2014

    Can something be absolutely essential while still feeling flat and unceremonious at the same time? There's no doubt that this creative team, who has given us so many great comics with Otto Octavius under the Spidey mask, is up to the task of capping this series off in a fitting way. The fact of the matter is that they just didn't do it here, in the very issue where they decided to bring the one true “Amazing Spider-Man” back. My criticisms of this issue betray just how good I think this series (and Dan Slott's run as a whole) has been, I know. But Peter Parker's return could have felt more spectacular, amazing, and ultimately superior to what actually played out on the page. Read Full Review

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