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The Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 5: The Superior Venom

The Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 5: The Superior Venom - Christos Gage, Javier Rodriguez, Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos 22 - Agent Venom takes on the Crimemaster and Spidey wants them both! Parker Industries is up and running!

Not a lot actually happened in this other than my one line summary. Spider-Otto reminds me of Darth Vader at times. While I'm enjoying the Superior Spider-Man quite a bit, I'll be glad when Petey eventually takes back control.

23 - Venom escapes and Spidey is furious! Meanwhile, J. Jonah Jameson goes to Alchemax for help to get a certain Spider-monkey off his back and Aunt May finally meets Anna-Maria.

Things really kicked up a notch in this volume. Otto's single-mindedness when it comes to fighting crime is getting even more out of hand. I'm curious about where the whole Flash Thompson angle is going.

24 - The Superior Venom is on the rampage! Can Otto get the symbiote under control or will he be a bigger monster than ever?

Yeah, the shit has really hit the fan. Flash Thompson is dying and Otto is way out of control. To top it off, the Avengers are on their way. This run must have been hell waiting for month to month.

25 - The shitstorm is now an F5 as The Avengers show up to take down The Superior Venom! Also, the Hobgoblin doesn't like what the Green Goblin is doing. And what's going to happen with Carlie Cooper?

Now that was some carnage. To top it off, Menace and Monster are set to go on a rampage and the Hobgoblin and Green Goblin are about to war on each other. How much longer will Otto be able to maintain the charade?

26 - The Avengers have come for Spidey and the Goblins are gunning for him. What's a super-villain in a webslinger's body to do?

Spidey quits the Avengers in dramatic fashion and the Goblin King reigns over his Goblin Nation. The war for Spider-Island is coming fast! And Peter Parker survives in Spidey's head after all!

Annual 1 - The vampire Blackout comes for Aunt May as a way to strike at Peter Parker, the man the mob thinks makes Spider-Man's gadgets!

Nice cameo by Danny Ketch in this one. Spider-Man and Blackout have a surprisingly good fight. It does not end well for Blackout. And it finally looks like the big Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin gang war has arrived!

Closing Thoughts: Dan Slott's examination of what it means to be a hero is coming to an end soon as Otto continues to unravel. While it's been a very interesting and enjoyable road, I'm glad the destination is finally in sight. Four out of five stars.