The Avenging Spider-Man #19

Writer: Christopher Yost Artist: Paolo Rivera Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 10, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 6
6.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Spider-Man is Doctor Octopus!!! There! Now, that we’ve got that off our chests…The mysterious being known as SLEEPWALKER stalks Spider-Man in the waking world, while something far more horrible has invaded his dreams!And what nightmares will the Superior Spider-Man’s dreams unleash on the world?

  • 8.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Apr 11, 2013

    Just like #18 Checchettos art is great and I would argue even better. Because of the scenario that Spider-Man is put into it gives him the freedom to create some darker and more trippy imagery. The two pages of a gigantic octopus tearing up the street are just awesome. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 11, 2013

    The only real flaw in this issue is that the done-in-one format isn't really ideal for the story Yost is telling. There's some awkward wrangling done in order to squeeze the conflict into the usual 20 pages, sacrificing most of the setup phase in the process. Sleepwalker also feels underutilized, especially considering that we probably won't see him pop up again for another five years now. Even so, this issue is another worthwhile installment in a series that so often manages to delight and impress. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Apr 10, 2013

    SLEEEPWALKER! I grew up in the early to mid 90's, and Sleepwalker is a very 90's character, so it was pretty obvious I was going to pick this one up on a whim. Luckily, I was really happy with how much fun this issue was!Quick note: My coworker, who does not read comics, picked up this issue, and said, "Who's this Sleepwalker guy? He's dreamy." Thought you will all enjoy that.The writing and art are fantastic here, and while this is a great overall issue, I had a problem with a few pages and how the panels were laid out. It was a tad confusing.Overall, I recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Stuart Conover Apr 13, 2013

    What a way to thank a guy. Still the stage of the eventual Spidey vs Doc Ock rematch is slowly being set and even though I'm loving the ride can't wait to see how it plays out and Peter to finally return. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Apr 16, 2013

    While it does not take full advantage of its team-up structure by putting a rather dull introduction to Sleepwalker, this issue still manage to be interesting thanks to amazing art and a rather well thought-out introspection on Otto Octavius. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Thomas J. Angelo Apr 16, 2013

    Maybe it's because I love the character so much, but this issue just wasn't quite what I wanted. It tried to do too much with too little space, and the pacing of the story suffered as a result. It was still a fun read, but won't have much in the way of lasting consequences or impacts on either character. The whole experience was like waking up from a dream that you enjoyed, but you can't remember what the dream was about. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Apr 11, 2013

    "Avenging Spider-Man" #19 is a solid tale that delves into the psyche of the new Superior Spider-Man. The main thrust of the plot isn't as gripping as the cerebral B-plot, but the art is enough to carry the thinness of the story. It's a shame to see a niche character like Sleepwalker not given his own major plot element to be used instead of merely being a facilitator for a good deconstruction of the lead. Fans of this C-list character will be disappointed he isn't utilized to better effect. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 15, 2013

    In a lot of ways, Avenging Spider-Man is supposed to be a win-win " Spidey continues to hide his true identity from his friends, while Marvel also gets to throw some spotlight on some of their lesser-known heroes. Sadly, this comic doesn't live up to that premise, and it leaves both Spider-Man and Sleepwalker all the poorer for it. With one-note characterization and an easy plot, this isn't quite as superior as its sister title. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Apr 14, 2013

    This issue was really miss for me. Maybe it's because I don't know much about the Sleepwalker, maybe it's because I immediately realized the fat kid was Otto but he didn't recognize himself as a kid until halfway through the issue... some genius. This issue just fell flat for me. It seemed kind of unnecessary, where at least the other issues Ock was rebuilding the Sinister Six, nothing really happened here. So, I can see some people enjoying this issue, I just wasn't one of them. Read Full Review

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