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4.0 out of 5 stars The return of Peter Parker (in spirit, if not in body), 19 May 2014
Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
The stories running through issues #22-25 of the Superior Spider-Man are collected, along with the Superior Spider-Man Annual #1, as Superior Spider-Man Vol. 5: The Superior Venom (Superior Spiderman 5). The breakdown of Otto Octavius continues, as Jay and Aunt May’s meeting with Anna ends badly, and the Superior Spider-Man’s meeting with Venom ends even worse; and don’t ask about Carlie’s meeting with the Goblin family. In seeking to remove the Venom symbiote (unwillingly) from Flash Thompson, Spidey gets infected; MJ calls in the Avengers to sort it out, and things get so bad that the ghost of Peter Parker has to step in to save the day. And don’t ask what Jonah Jameson is up to at the Alchemax Corporation with those Spider-Slayer blueprints. This volume sees the last straw being reached for so many characters in their relationship with the Superior Spider-Man:
Captain America: “That does it. Time to bring Spider-Man in.”

This is another excellently-illustrated and scripted volume of this series; this time Otto’s breakdowns are being tied more and more to his character, and not just random events. There really is no escape for him now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly superior, 11 April 2014
Sam Quixote - See all my reviews
If you haven’t been keeping up with the Spidey news, Peter Parker’s coming back after being “dead” for a year and a half which ISN’T a spoiler because a) superhero comics and b) duh (and if you’re reading this in the future, this isn’t news at all – in fact, they’ve probably killed him off again and put Pastepot Pete in Spidey’s body – The Pasty Spider-Man!).

What the news underlines is something I’ve noticed about this series which is the episodic nature of Superior Spider-Man where each book deals with a certain stage in Otto’s time as Spidey before moving on to the next. It might seem overly efficient but I quite like it. This time around it’s Venom’s turn as Flash Thompson/Venom shows up in NYC and Spidey takes him down, separating the symbiote from him, and absorbing it himself, believing he can control it – which of course he can’t.

I want to say that this is an amazing book like the first three but it’s not. It’s what you’d expect from a Superior Venom book and doesn’t really surprise the reader with any flourishes. Dan Slott’s usual brilliance is somewhat dimmed in this book by Christos Gage, the hack he’s co-written the series with, and Gage brings his slapdash style to the story where you find yourself caring less about the characters and find your attention drifting at times with the story.

Which isn’t to say it’s all bad as there are still some great moments like when Peter invites Anna Maria to meet May and Jay and May kinda patronises Anna Maria for being a small person - it’s awkward in a slightly funny “she’s from an older generation” way. Parker Industries is up and running which I’m sure will be cool to see grow and develop in future stories and it’s nice to see MJ make an appearance in the story. The Superior Venom fights are ok too, and Flash has some interesting character moments, separated from the super-powered side of his personality.

But the ending? That’s the big payoff. Peter comes back in a big way, characters die, old characters change, NYC changes, and the Goblin King takes centre stage for the final part of Superior Spider-Man. It’s a great ending that really props the book up.

Humberto Ramos continues to kill it with the art. His action scenes are dynamic and crazy looking, his layouts are amazing, and I love the emotion he gives all of the characters with their facial expressions and body language. His design for the Superior Venom is awesome too.

Like the last book, I wasn’t as in love with it as much as I was the first three volumes of the series, but it’s still a really enjoyable, inventive and fun book in a great series. Sad to see it winding down, but all good things etc., eh? Superior Spider-Man continues to be a must-read comic for all Marvel zombies and Spidey aficionados out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars American edition review - Another solid entry to Superior spiderman, 26 May 2014
Gregory Evans (Bangor, North Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Superior Spider-Man Volume 5: The Superior Venom (Marvel Now) (Paperback)
Note: This review is for the American edition of Superior spiderman volume 5 which includes issue #26 which is not included in the British Panini reprint.

This story arc follows SSM's encounter with agent venom as well as the fallout in Otto's social life as his methods as Spiderman draw more ire from his Aunt May.

Ramos' art work is as good as ever and Slott keeps things entertaining as we close in on the climax of the series. The annual included here is good but not quite up to the same standard as the main issues. Issue #26 is a prelude to the final story arc Goblin nation which sees the Green goblin's rise to power come complete.

Overall if you've been following SSM and enjoying it then definately pick this up. If you've not started reading then this isn't a good place to start and you're better off picking up the first Volume and if you don't like this series then there's nothing here that will change your mind. 'Nuff said!
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4.0 out of 5 stars gage and rodriguez steal the show, 20 May 2014
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okay its book no 5 and its good exciting stuff with flash as venom and spideys beguiling true love for anna.but my favourite story here is hostage crisis.well worked, intelligent scripting and more simple but beautiful artwork.slott continues to impress but ramos art is getting over bombastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Venom veers vehemently with vengeance, 27 April 2014
Culleton (Winchester, UK) - See all my reviews
The Superior Spiderman Volume 5 contains issues 22 - 26 and annual 1 of the ongoing series of the same name.

In this volume, Spiderman encounters Agent Venom, a US government asset in the form of Eugene `Flash' Thompson who controls the alien symbiote parasite.

In an attempt to fix the lower-limbless Flash with prosthetic limbs of his own design, the Venom symbiote separates from Flash and bonds with Spidey. Whilst this is not a new concept, it is certainly the first time that Venom has bonded with the Superior Spiderman since being occupied by the mind and intellect of Otto Octavius.

So we now have a Superior Venom loose on the streets of New York. Enter the Avengers.

Concurrently, the Green Goblin is clashing with the Hobgoblin, Detective Yuri Watanabe is on the trail of Peter Parker/Otto, Peter's family and friends are all concerned about his strange behaviour, and Mayor Jameson sanctions the Alchemax Corporation to enhance the Spider Slayer automatons.

This is one of my favourite arcs of the Superior Spiderman series. It was only a matter of time until we had a Venom story in this new Spidey era. It's well scripted by Dan Slott and Christos Gage and superbly drawn by Humberto Ramos. I gather that Ramos is not everyone's cup of tea, with his cartoony and mis-proportioned style, but I quite like it and is a nice change from the more photo-realistic styles that are out there.

After the Venom story, the final showdown with the Green Goblin, aka Goblin King, looms and it is all now set up for the grand finale. There's also a significant piece of the story that occurs about 3/4 through the book that will set the fanboys and girls off.

The Superior Spiderman has been one of my favourite titles in the revolutionised Marvel Now! era, and this story has been one of the stand-out arcs of the whole series.

I can't wait to see what's in store next.
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