Posted January 19, 2014 by Mikael Angelo Francisco in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Superior Spider-Man #25 ends its Darkest Hours

Writer: Dan Slott/Christos Gage
Artist/Cover: Humberto Ramos

A year after the Superior Spider-Man’s “heroic” debut, Otto Octavius’s mind-swapping masquerade is starting to fall apart.

The final chapter of Darkest Hours sees the Superior Venom – a symbiote-infested Superior Spider-Man – go on a highly destructive rampage across Diamond District. As the Avengers respond to this Superior mess, the people of New York start to turn on their self-appointed guardian, as they realize that the Spider-Man they’ve known for decades has been resorting to invasive and less-than-friendly-neighborhood means to fight crime. Amid the chaos and confusion, however, the seeds of a beloved hero’s return are beginning to take root…

This issue is action-packed – the readers barely get the chance to rest, and even the relatively “quiet” sequences in the book are filled with emotion and excitement. This issue also addresses a particular complaint that many fans had about Superior Spider-Man #8 and the Avengers’ brain scan of Spider-Man.

While the Superior Spider-Man is convinced that he got out of his unfortunate predicament scot-free, the consequences of his greed for power appear to be far greater than he could ever imagine. Meanwhile, the long-brewing conflict between the original Hobgoblin and the mysterious Goblin King reaches its climax, as the two high-flying super-villains prepare to face off at last.

Co-written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage, Superior Spider-Man #25 raises the stakes higher than ever. With Humberto Ramos’s energetic and quirky art style, the rollercoaster that is Superior Spider-Man is going down the second biggest loop, building up speed and getting ready for the biggest loop of the ride.

It definitely looks like the Superior Spider-Man will have his hands full, and with the Goblin Nation looming on the horizon, Otto Octavius might need some ghostly intervention to make it out with his dignity – and life – intact.

VERDICT: 10/10

This review was sponsored by Druid’s Keep (third floor, Fort Strip Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig). Join the group on Facebook (here) and pay the shop a visit – it’s an awesome place to hang out and play games.

Mikael Angelo Francisco