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Superior Spider-Man #27 - .NOW Goblin Nation Part One Review

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Goblin Nation begins here! Green Goblin wages war against New York City and Spider-Man!

The Good

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #27 opens up with quite the bang. The opening pages are a ton of fun and that fun continues throughout the rest of the issue. If anything, this issue is more of Spider-Man trying to discover why his surveillance isn't working and how he was beaten, even though he's the superior Spider-Man.

This issue is nothing more than a series of super-villains one-upping each other, and it's awesome. During the Spider-Man/Green Goblin sit down, "Osborn" (I'm still not 100% convinced that it's actually Osborn, even after this issue. Slott has made me skeptical about everything in this book) finds out that Doctor Octavius is actually in Parker's body. While this moment is actually incredibly awesome because we get to see the confrontation we've all been waiting for, it leads to a series of two characters trying to show each other who is more clever.

The ending of this issue is quite the cliffhanger. It's a very explosive ending that is a great lead in to the rest of the story line. Dan Slott knows how to keep readers engaged with the story and he always ends on these cliffhangers that make readers incredibly excited for future issues.

Artist Giuseppe Camuncoli, with John Dell on inks, and Antonio Fabela on colors, all do a fine job on this issue at telling a great story, visually. The artwork is solid and consistent and really moves the story along. The color shading, especially on Green Goblin's outfit is fantastic during the final scenes of the issue. There's a great amount of detail within the costume and it looks awesome.

The Bad

The issue gets off to a bit of a slow start. The first three pages move very quickly. Then, there's a lull in the story as SpOck tries to figure out how the Goblins got past his surveillance equipment. Afterwards, it's back to the goblins. The real problem is those opening pages, it's a pretty insane set-up but we really don't get back to it until the end of the issue.

Camuncoli’s page layouts get a tad stiff. He uses relatively the same layout, with either four or five horizontal panels, one after the other, numerous times in the issue.

The Verdict

Goblin Nation Part 1 isn't as good as I expected it to be, but it was still a very solid issue. This has been building up for months, and while a good chunk of the issue revolved around Spidey figuring out how the goblins beat his spiderbots, the issue was bookended with awesomeness. The artwork was incredibly solid, especially in the color department, and overall, it was an incredibly fun read.

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Edited by Wardishy

Only 4 stars, huh? I guess that's a ComicVine 2... But what can I expect when the reviewer hates superhero comics, right?

Posted by DrellAssassin

I personally didn't have any problems with this issue. I think it was a great start to what is sure to be an epic arc, and the Goblin/Otto conversation was really fun to read.

Posted by danhimself

@wardishy said:

Only 4 stars, huh? I guess that's a ComicVine 2... But what can I expect when the reviewer hates superhero comics, right?

when has he ever said that he hates superhero comics...plus a 4 star review is exactly that...a 4 star review

if you don't like the reviews on the site then go to another site and read their reviews

Posted by Rixec

@wardishy said:

Only 4 stars, huh? I guess that's a ComicVine 2... But what can I expect when the reviewer hates superhero comics, right?

-_-

Then a five star rating would be 2.5 stars. So, with that viewpoint, there are no good comics, according to that statement, since ratings don't go higher. A four star review is a four star review. If it was deserving of any lower it would have been. Four stars shows they think it is great.

Edited by inferiorego

@wardishy said:

Only 4 stars, huh? I guess that's a ComicVine 2... But what can I expect when the reviewer hates superhero comics, right?

4 stars is a Comic Vine 0. It's pretty obvious I think this book is the worst thing ever, but that's because I'm a reviewer and as a species, we are angry failures jealous of other writers' success.

Posted by spacemanspiff85

I'm still really enjoying this series, but about the only problem I've had with it consistently is that there can be too much going on. There are so many characters and storylines going on at once, and they're touched on in about every issue. a lot of it doesn't really seem like it will matter in the big picture. Particularly Mary Jane and her fireman.

Posted by Master_Thief

Isn't it Osborn not Osbourne

also at the end does that kinda hint

Ottos spider island 2 gets destroyed and that allows peter to go back to his status quo without any of otto's influences like his tech.

also it was tweeted that dan slott recently got pages back from a future issue that will make you cry... i think its the end of otto and anna marie

Edited by Wardishy

@danhimself: @rixec: It's called satire, my friends. I was making fun of something that's brought up on the podcasts regularly.

@inferiorego: You're the best.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@wardishy said:

@danhimself: @rixec: It's called satire, my friends. I was making fun of something that's brought up on the podcasts regularly.

@inferiorego: You're the best.

Yea I was just about to say I take it they don't get that running joke from the podcast

Edited by Rixec
Posted by DrellAssassin

I hope before this series ends we get to see Anna Marie discover the truth about Spider-Man and Otto.

Edited by HumanRocket

I think the issue could have already set up how Peter will be able to get Otto out of his mind. I enjoyed the Green Goblin and how he's carefully planning to bring down Otto. For once I'm rooting for Norman? To win this time around.

Posted by inferiorego

@wardishy said:

@danhimself: @rixec: It's called satire, my friends. I was making fun of something that's brought up on the podcasts regularly.

@inferiorego: You're the best.

Yea I was just about to say I take it they don't get that running joke from the podcast

I lost my sense of humor when I started doing stand up comedy

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

@wardishy said:

@danhimself: @rixec: It's called satire, my friends. I was making fun of something that's brought up on the podcasts regularly.

@inferiorego: You're the best.

Yea I was just about to say I take it they don't get that running joke from the podcast

I lost my sense of humor when I started doing stand up comedy

Since I'm Scottish I was born without one

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Sweet.

Edited by Teerack

This issue was great but the whole Peter diving into Otto thing has me worried.

Posted by lmothander

Did anyone else notice the spidey hologram smashes a table and then can't be hit by Osbourne?

Posted by Rolls7royce

@lmothander: How about when he was surprised his spider-sense wasn't going off in the presence of the Goblin when he knew full well he wasn't actually in the room.

Posted by lmothander

@rolls7royce: Yeah that too!! Sloppy writing! I wish the position "Marvel Comics Fact and Continuity checker" existed!

Edited by derf_jenkins

I'm ready for SSM to end. I like events that make it feel closer to that. ASM is right on the horizon.

Posted by mickeymayhew

can't wait for Peter to come back - not; talk about a backward step - from Superior back to Inferior