Posted February 28, 2014 by Mikael Angelo Francisco in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: The beginning of the end in Superior Spider-Man #27.NOW

Writer: Dan Slott Artist/Cover: Giuseppe Camuncoli

For an opening shot for what is being billed as the last Superior Spider-Man story, the first part of Goblin Nation moves things along a bit too slowly. There’s a decent amount of action and more than a handful of revelations, but you kind of get the feeling that the story’s being stretched a little bit.

At this point, of course, we all know that the one, true Spider-Man (Peter Parker) is set to make an Amazing return in April’s Amazing Spider-Man #1. Superior Spider-Man #31 is the last issue of the Marvel NOW! series, and while we’re not entirely sure yet about Otto Octavius’s ultimate fate, we can at least be certain that this is his downfall as Spider-Man.

Dan Slott juggles sequences and twists like he normally does – it reads like a typical Slott book (action-packed and sharp, but lagging more than usual in this case), so if you like his work, you won’t be disappointed.

Giuseppe Camuncoli continues to churn out steady, consistent, and sharp-looking art, and I’d even say that his Spider-Man here looks better than ever. Being a fan of Ryan Stegman, I kind of wanted him to illustrate this last arc, but I’m not complaining about what we got instead.

The Spider and the Goblin are revealing their cards to one another, as Spider-Man’s (and Peter Parker’s) world gets thrown into complete chaos. Meanwhile, the Peter ghost is trying to navigate through his hijacked brain, trying to avoid detection while figuring out how to regain control of his body.

It’s not a bad start – there’s enough to look forward to in the next few issues. Let’s wait and see how Peter Parker makes it out of this one.



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Mikael Angelo Francisco