Superior Spider-Man #27 (Marvel)


Rating: 4/5 – The beginning of the end of Otto’s run as Spider-Man.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

Marvel has already announced the return of Peter Parker as Spider-Man with a brand new number one issue in April, but Otto Octavius is still the Superior Spider-Man, at least for a little while longer.  Issue twenty-seven of Superior Spider-man ramps up the action, and looks as though it’s speeding up Dr. Octopus’s downfall.  It’s the first part of the much talked about Goblin Nation storyline that will wrap up this “amazing” run, and put all the pieces back together, heralding Peter Parker’s return.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll be sad to see Otto go.  Writer Dan Slott has made this title one of Marvel’s best books each and every month.  This issue is no exception as there’s plenty of action and the story moves at a brisk pace.  All the plans of the Green Goblin and his Goblin army are coming together, putting the pressure on Otto.  Not only the Goblin, but Jonah, the cops and even his own mind are closing in on him.  At times the story feels a bit rushed, but Slott opens the issue letting us know that a month has passed since this issue and the last.  Because of that, there were a few parts of the story that felt as though some explanations as to the why and how certain things have happened were missing.  It’s a small complaint as it serves to move the story forward, not decompressing some of the smaller story points and extending this storyline any longer than it needs to be.

Penciller Guiseppe Camuncoli’s art will finish this storyline, which is a bit of a disappointment since previous artist Humberto Ramos’ interpretation of the Green Goblin is one of the best.  The art is solid, I just feel as though a story concluding this series, with plenty of “Goblin” characters within, would make Ramos the perfect artist for this grand finale.  Camuncoli does a fine job though as he packs the panels with action and characters, using an abundance of Spider-Man’s supporting characters to fill the pages.  Although it’s sad to see this series and Otto’s run ending, it’s going out with a bang that’s both exciting and fun to read and watch.  Let’s hope that Slott gives Otto the ending and exit he deserves as this storyline begins it’s wrap up.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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