This is it, the final issue of The Superior Spider-Man, issue #31. This also concludes the story arc of "Goblin Nation," where New York has been taken over by the Goblin King's gang, the "Goblin Underground." This is also a 55-page issue and has a cover price of $5.99 with the main story, a backup story, a cover gallery for this series, and a 10 page Silver Surfer story. Without further ado, here's the review for the final issue of The Superior Spider-Man #31, with a limited amount of spoilers as possible.
Even though this is the last issue of this series, The Superior Spider-Man is no more, this issue is all Peter Parker, as Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius) did a mind swipe in the previous issue, leaving him to essentially die, and let Peter Parker take full control of his body again. The problem I had with this is that Otto wouldn't give up like this, but in retrospect, this enabled Peter to come back, as well as The Amazing Spider-Man. Now that Peter and The Amazing Spider-Man are back, he realizes how bad the situation is, and Spider-Man has to clean up Otto's mess, confront his allies and loved ones, and defeat The Green Goblin. Sounds like a lot to do in one issue, especially since the entire issue isn't dedicated to the main story. A lot is going on in this issue, and for some reason, it didn't feel like there was closure with this series.
After Amazing Spider-Man #700, I wasn't sure whether to pick up The Superior Spider-Man #1, it felt surreal to me. Being a fan of Spider-Man since childhood, I gave it a chance, and to my surprise, it was really good. Issue after issue, this series got better and better. In between, there were some filler issues, but overall, Superior Spider-Man was a great series. After the events of 30 issues, this final issue seemed crammed to get everything setup for the return of "The Amazing Spider-Man #1" in two weeks. It's not a bad read, it just has so much going on in a limited amount of space. If the 55 pages were devoted to the end of "Goblin Nation," then this story would have given this series the great ending it deserves.
On the plus side, a lot of questions have been answered, and we get a glimpse of where the supporting cast are going from here. My main question still remains, what will happen to Anna Maria Marconi, who was Otto's/Peter's girlfriend? Now that Peter has sole control of his body, will he have to break the ice in the nicest way possible? Only time will tell what will happen. Although I'm glad that Peter Parker is back, I am going to miss Superior Spider-Man. Otto had a lot of great ideas as Spider-Man, but that chapter has ended, and the one-true Spider-Man has returned. The final battle with Spider-Man and the Green Goblin was short, but it had a memorable scene that will be in our minds for years to come. This is indication that the Green Goblin realizes that his wise-cracking foe has returned, and Spider-Man's here to stay. The backup story focuses on Mary Jane, Carlie Cooper, and J. Jonah Jameson, and what happens to them in the aftermath of the mess that The Superior Spider-Man made, specifically with "Goblin Nation."
Overall, I give this issue a four out of five stars, the artwork is good, the colors are phenominal (coming from the brightness of the digital version), and even though a lot was going on within the first 24 pages of the main story, it was done well. Much kudos go out to the creative teams that worked on this series, Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman, Edgar Delgado, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, Giuseppe Camuncoli, John Dell, Christos Gage, and Terry Pallot. The final issue of The Superior Spider-Man #31 is available now for the cover price of $5.99 in print or on digital formats, and the plot is by Dan Slott, script by Christos Gage, pencilled by Giuseppe Camuncoli, inks by John Dell and Terry Pallot, and colored by Antonio Fabela. The backup story, "Actions Have Consequences" is written by Christos Gage, art by Will Sliney, and colored by Edgar Delgado.