Superior Spider-Man #31

Writer: Christos N. Gage, Dan Slott Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 16, 2014 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 15
7.9Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

• SERIES FINALE! The end of an era! A tale of triumph and tragedy! The GREEN GOBLIN unmasked! A hero reborn! But what does this mean for OTTO OCTAVIUS?!
•  There's only one man who can save us from the Goblin Nation... PETER PARKER: The one, true SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN!

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Apr 18, 2014

    What can I say about SSM that hasn't already been said? Dan Slott faced a ton of criticism and threats of violence by "killing" off Peter Parker, but it was his plan to deliver this classic story all along. I think when it's all said and done this story will be held up on a pedestal with not only the all-time great Spider-Man stories, but some of the all-time great comic stories involving any character. It was THAT good! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Apr 16, 2014

    A wonderful ending to a game changing series. ‘The Superior Spider-Man' actually revived my interest in Spider-Man and I can not thank Dan Slott enough for it. A lot of interesting plot twist went on in this issue (going to have to read to find out, too good to spoil!) and with all of this leading into the reboot of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man', I can say for a fact it's only the beginning of how crazy the world of Spider-Man will become. But no matter how many people said in the beginning of this series that making Otto Spider-Man was a terrible idea, they can not deny how much this did for the world of Spider-Man and that it truly was a “Superior” series! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Apr 16, 2014

    Bringing it all back to where we started, then, this is it for THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN. Slott and Gage have built one fantastic story here, and while it has indeed come to an end, they have set up the future very well, planting some important seeds that look to be harvested both in the near and distant future. The real treat, though, of this entire run, is that we got a chance to see what it's like to be Spider-Man through the eyes and mind of his greatest foe, learning something about Otto, Peter and what it means to be a hero throughout the process. Things may not be quite the same going forward, but this was definitely a story worth telling, reading and remembering. If you were on the fence about THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, don't ever hesitate to read it in its entirety. You won't regret it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Geo N Apr 17, 2014

    The issue does a great job at setting up the next arc in the franchise and resetting things for Peter to take the reigns once again. It will be nice to have him back, but I will admit that Doc Ock as Spidey will be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Apr 17, 2014

    It's been a good run for Otto, but it's time for Peter to come back. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Apr 16, 2014

    Superior Spider-Man #31 closes out the series with a bang and will bring fans closure as the series transitions to Amazing Spider-Man. Peter Parker is back, and while many grew to be very fond of Otto, Slott writes Peter so well that you won't be able to hold back from continuing on with the series. The future looks to be very bright for this series as Peter has to deal with the consequences of 30 issues of Otto being at the helm of his life, and the rebuilding has the potential to be very interesting. This issue is a very well done finale to what has been a fantastic chapter in the story of Spider-Man, and I can't wait to get my hands on Amazing #1 to see where this all goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 2, 2015

    The team on this series did a great job of taking what was largely considered to be a gimmick and turning it into a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging ride that redefined the potential of the character for me. It's an interesting different exploration of the whole great power and great responsibility dynamic when played through another lense, one that's tied strongly to the original. While I know I'll likely come around back to the real Peter Parker, for me, this series really did show a Superior Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Lune Apr 18, 2014

    The Goblin Nation storyline has had its ups and downs, and while it definitely reads better as a whole this issue is a definite high point to the final arc. Due to the previously mentioned pacing issues regarding the plot, this issue feels more like a prelude to Amazing Spider-man than the end of Superior Spider-Man (for one theres no Otto at all in this issue, for obvious reasons), but it gives a satisfying conclusion to the run. Its saved by the fact that Peter is a joy to read again, and while some will definitely miss the complex and flawed nature of Otto Parker, I for one am looking forward to seeing the original Spider-Man being Amazing again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 18, 2014

    There's even a wonderfully emotional moment as the issue wraps up, with Spider-Man realizing that his career has counted another casualty, and the setup for the new creative team is handled well. In terms of the plot, the return of Norman Osborn was huge, featuring some really creepy bits centered around grandson Normie Osborn, and the final balance of the issue ends up being about 70% resolution of the character arc of Slott's run on the book and 30% housekeeping, putting the characters back in their containers for the next writer to use. Superior Spider-Man #31 is a surprising end to a surprising run, and features a couple of wonderfully iconic Spider-Man scenes, sticking the landing even with some over-rendered color effects for an impressive 4 out of 5 stars overall. Even if we saw where the endpoint was going to be, the story made it worth taking the journey with Otto, an amazing and/or superior feat in and of itself… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 16, 2014

    Sadly, this marks the end of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN. Many may have been waiting for the return of Peter Parker but there is a feeling we could have seen some more SpOck stories to be told. Dan Slott and Christos Gage do a great job in wrapping up the storyline but at times it felt a little too sudden. SpOck will be missed but, of course, we will be celebrating the return of the AMAZING Spider-Man as well. Goblin Nation reaches a satisfying conclusion and there will be repercussions to be dealt with. You owe it to yourself to check out how SUPERIOR Spider-Man's story ends. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Apr 18, 2014

    With all of that being said, Spidey fans can now rest easy once again. Peter Parker is still the hero you've always loved. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Apr 18, 2014

    Superior Spider-Man has been a fantastic book for 31 issues, and it's with a heavy heart that I bid it adieu. It will always been a superb Spider-Saga that deserves to stand up with the best of them for being bold, making changes that annoyed a load of people and gave a hell of a lot more enjoyment for a year and a half. Peter may be back, but the shadow of Otto Octavius will be around forever, and the Superior Spider-Man is a legacy well worth leaving. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Liam Kelleher Apr 16, 2014

    A solid conclusion to the Superior Spider-saga that hits a lot of the right notes but is slightly hampered by theslightly jarring nature of the Goblin reveal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 19, 2014

    The final issue of Superior Spider-Man is a very enjoyable comic. It's rushed, but maybe that's the point. Maybe Peter Parker would have had all of these problems settled with ease if he'd always been around. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Blair Marnell Apr 16, 2014

    Regardless, the Superior Spider-Man was one of the greatest Spider-Man epics in Marvel history. And for the most part, Slott and his collaborators nailed the ending. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Apr 21, 2014

    A hefty issue, "Superior Spider-Man" #31 wraps the series in a fun and heartfelt way that will only entice readers to come back for more. Long-time fans of Peter Parker will love this nostalgia-riddled finale right down to the very last wisecrack. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Apr 17, 2014

    All in all this is a very solid end to the Superior Spider-Man. It may seem as though Slott left the fate of Otto open ended but Peter's realization of the cost of Otto's actions seals his fate"if only for the moment. It's heavy on the melodrama but instead of making a pitch perfect happy ending the team went for honesty vs fantasy. I will miss Superior Spider-Man and Slott won me over as a fan who never wanted Peter gone. But I think Slott's intentions were to show his respect and love for the character and Superior did just that. Look beyond the obvious and you will see it for yourself. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 16, 2014

    Superior Spider-Man #31 isn't a perfect ending to the series. Slott and Gage's handling of the Green Goblin reveal is underwhelming, and the backup story is largely disappointing outside a few key scenes. But flaws aside, this finale packs in some of the best moments of Slott's entire Spider-Man run. It's a thrill to have Peter Parker back in action, and this issue nicely sets the stage for the next phase of this ongoing saga. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 17, 2014

    This is a bittersweet ending. There's a lot to like, but then there's also a lot of sweep-under-the-rug storytelling going on to get Peter back into the suit before the movie premieres. It's a satisfying conclusion though and how it all ties into the 2099 universe is intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Capeless Crusader - Asaph Bitner Apr 21, 2014

    “Superior Spider-Man #31″ gave us some good, satisfying moments. It set up some interesting story elements for the future, but seemed to only give closure to some storylines of the present while neglecting others. The main story had Spider-Man's past with the Green Goblin giving the story more weight. While not totally satisfying, this finale gave a mostly proper conclusion to Superior Spider-Man, along with a look toward the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Apr 17, 2014

    All in all, “Superior Spider-Man” #31 was far from perfect. If anything, it was ultimately rushed with a lot of story threads not being given enough chance to breathe or explain themselves (Seriously, what was The Goblin King's plan aside from the one he states outright and “Mess up Spidey's day”? They're both solid plans but I don't see the implied connection both plans have.) Still, in spite of all its controversy, I'm really glad that we had a story like “Superior Spider-Man.” An arc like “Goblin Nation” could never have happened without the total freedom given by Doc Ockerman and hopefully that sense of freedom and creativity will make the transition into “Amazing Spider-Man.” Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Apr 16, 2014

    And with that, Superior Spider-Man ends much like it lived, in a space of well-crafted action and myriad emotional hooks without the follow-through to really live up to that potential. Given how many of the series' previous issues felt a lot like filler, it's disappointing that so much is left on the table. It almost seems like this ending was written nearly whole cloth before the previous 20-odd issues were planned, given the amount of space they had, and the claustrophobic nature of the past two issues. But despite its lack of emotional reward, Superior Spider-Man #31 has certainly set up a status quo familiar to long time webheads, and one that certainly justifies a return to the Amazing Spider-Man moniker. Given Dan Slott's history with Spider-Man, it's likely that he'll pick up many of the threads left dangling, and use them in weaving his new web for Amazing Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Ben Silverio Apr 20, 2014

    At the end of the day, I am sad to see 'Superior Spider-Man' go. There were definitely places it could have gone to before ending with Goblin Nation, but with the timing of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' and All-New Marvel NOW, I can understand why Marvel would decide to pull the plug on it at this point in time. And though this isn't the ending that I was expecting in terms of quality, it can all be forgiven because Slott delivered some very excellent moments in this issue, as he has in this entire series. While Otto Octavius may be gone, his heroic legacy will live on through this great run. Now, we all look forward to seeing just how Peter Parker will pick up the pieces and get his life back in order. Well, as in order as he can get it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Dan Gvozden Apr 17, 2014

    Superior Spider-Man #31 brings the series to a close with an anti-climatic and rushed finale. After spending so much time building up to this moment, the story rushes through all the inherent dramatic potential in favor of setting up a new status quo for the new title. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Apr 16, 2014

    Everybody has a different opinion about Superior Spider-Man. If nothing else, it got people talking and shook things up for a bit. Sometimes you need to do things like this to help you realize what makes a character so special in the first placeand Peter Parker is something truly special. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 17, 2014

    So yeah, it's a mess, loaded with riffs on old stories, a few glimmers of the real Spider-Man, and a story that makes no sense to this reader who just landed at the tail end of this story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    seksienvoy Apr 18, 2014

    Just a perfect 10, and the covers from all superior spider man books was placed inside at the right time. I stared at all of those covers, and remembered the past two years in retrospective. Kind of emotional, kind of sad. I truly loved the character that Doc Ock brought to the table. But clearly he was not the superior Spider Man we all initially thought he was. I'm so glad that the character of Peter Parker could get a fresh new style for a while. The book was honestly boring me, it was the same formula over and over again. Now I have a new appreciation for Spider Man, which I'm sure was the point. Kudos to the writers on the great story.

  • 10
    The Villain Aug 11, 2016

    The series finale of Superior Spider-Man is simply a love letter to Peter Parker. Its just a great tribute to the character and one of his finest hours. It wasn't really until this issue that I realizes how much I missed him. This whole series has so much to wrap up on but it still takes its time and devotes enough attention to each plot point to feel like a perfect ending. The fight between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man is solid, most of the main Avengers make an appearance, Spidey 2099 appears and his dynamic with Peter Park is awesome all the conflict between Mary Jane and Peter resolves. Most of all the tension between J Jonah Jameson and Spider-Man subsides and its ready to start anew in a new Amazing Spiderman title.

  • 9.5
    Gizmo Jun 23, 2014

    A satisfying conclusion to this milestone in the Spidey saga. The emotional arcs missing from the last issue are certainly present here as we say a bittersweet goodbye to Otto and his relationship with Anna Maria. It is tragic knowing Otto had to die for Peter to live. Another classic moment that made me giddy is when Spidey makes the 'man-purse' comment and we see the realization in Goblin's eyes. Hopefully the epilogue to this issue will take care of a lot of the backlash in Peter's life and we don't get bogged down in Peter feeling sorry for himself in future issues.

  • 8.0
    600WPMPO Apr 27, 2014

    An almost perfect conclusion to a great series.

  • 8.0
    Nomadic Avenger Apr 27, 2014

    Glad Peter is back!!

  • 7.5
    Synthozoid Apr 19, 2014

    It was alright.

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