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Comic Review: Superior Spider-Man #25

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 5:00 am by Zakk Saam

Cover by Humberto Ramos.

Cover by Humberto Ramos.

Written By: Dan Slott & Christos Gage

Pencils by: Humberto Ramos

Colors by: Delgado, Fabela, & Gandini

Published by: Marvel Comics






Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, She-Hulk) and Christos Gage (Avengers Academy, Angel & Faith) have done it again with the most recent issue of Superior Spider-Man!  This time they’re wrapping up its latest arc, Darkest Hours, in which the Venom symbiote bonds with Superior Spider-Man in order to create Superior Venom! This special, extra-sized issue proves that writing the long game leads to a superior payoff in the end, as a battle between Spider-Man and the Avengers comes to a shocking conclusion.

"The nerve'a that guy!  The Avengers saved us from those aliens.  Spidey didn't do squat!

“The nerve’a that guy! The Avengers saved us from those aliens. Spidey didn’t do squat!”

Slott and Gage keep the story moving with plenty of action and drama sequences as the Avengers bring the fight to our hero, while the former host of Venom, Flash Thompson, learns that he cannot physically survive without the symbiote bonded to him.  Meanwhile, the Green Goblin moves his pawns in the background against Roderick Kingsley, the original Hobgoblin, who has been franchising famous villain identities to other villains in order to make enormous profits.  For most of the run of Superior Spider-Man, Green Goblin has almost acted as a backup story, usually only occupying a page or two at the end of issues.  However, this issue puts much more of a focus on the Goblin, as he declares a Goblin War against Kingsley.

Superior Spider-Man #25 showcases the pencil work of Humberto Ramos (Impulse, Amazing Spider-Man).  While I don’t care much for the hulking design of Superior Venom, I am in love with his look of Peter Parker (Err… Otto Octavius?)  When it comes to Venom, the gigantic monster look just doesn’t sit right, and he seems to get larger and larger as the years go on.  Ramos’ take on the Green Goblin is outright sinister.

Hulk want SMA--- wait a minute, wrong comic.

Hulk want SMAS- – – wait a minute, wrong comic.

Colors were provided by the team of Edgar Delgado, Antonio Fabela, & Veronica Gandini.  Some research went into finding out who this team is, as they are not credited on Marvel’s website and within the book itself only their last names are given.  I really enjoyed the colors of this book, a very warm color palette was chosen for the sequences with the Avengers and the battle with Venom, while a much cooler palette was used for the sequences involving the Green Goblin.

You really know how to make a Goblin feel special.

You really know how to make a Goblin feel special.

I wish that this issue was either longer, or split into two issues, with the second being just as long.  This was a genuinely fun and exciting book to read, and I feel like it ended too soon.  And while we all know what’s going to be happening to Spider-Man just a few short months from now, I’m still giddy about the upcoming Goblin Nation arc.

Story: 9/10

Art: 8.5/10

Overall: 9/10

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