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Red Goblin #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.


Normie Osborn receives his own symbiote at last!

As a new Red Goblin, will Normie fulfill his destiny as an Osborn – or will he and his symbiote be able to make a difference for the better?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    First Comics News

    Normie Osborn has always kept in the shadows of his grandfather, Norman Osborn, and his own father, Harry Osborn when it comes to their battles with Spider-Man so now it’s his time to get some recognition because Normie’s got his own symbiote (From Norman’s time as The Red Goblin) which we call “Rascal” and embarks on dishing out his own brand of justice while trying to reconnect with his family sans Norman. From the looks of it, I enjoy most of the factors presented in this issue such as Normie and his symbiote trying to find some way to coexist with each other while The Goblin King and his Goblin Nation (From the pages of “Superior Spider-Man”) lurking around the corner. This opening issue juggles action, drama, and suspense to perfection in a way that will keep anyone’s attention, and while I’ll have to get used to seeing a grown Normie Osborn with a symbiote, his series has great potential while adding to the Spider-Man legacy because with Normie as the star of this series, seeing him with great power and zero responsibility looks to be a hit.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Red Goblin #1 is something very different. A new take on a character that is so out of place in the genre is what makes the comic so intriguing to jump into.

  • 90


    Red Goblin #1 is a pleasant surprise for a launch. I’m excited to see what this story builds to from here.

  • 85


    Red Goblin #1 is shaping up to be a great introduction to a new kind of hero. Not only is he super young, but he’s also embroiled in one of the most complex and exciting family dynamics at Marvel Comics. Buckle up, will make you go goblin mode for a new kind of hero.

  • 80

    It turns out Symbiotes are perfect vehicles for exploring human trauma, especially when coupled with a family dynamic and legacy as complicated as the Osborns. Such is the case with Red Goblin #1 by writer Alex Paknadel, artist Jan Bazaldua, colorist David Curiel, and letterer Joe Caramagna, which explores the still evolving relationship between Normie Osborn and his new symbiote pal Rascal. (…) As for that big ending moment, we’ll have to wait and see what comes of it, but there is promise there. Red Goblin #1 was a truly pleasant surprise, and I’m eager to see what lies right around the corner.

  • 60

    Geek'd Out

    The complexity of Red Goblin #1, though, may also make this series a bit impenetrable to the casual Spider-Man reader like myself. I’m vaguely aware of the circumstances around Normie’s current deal, but that’s arguably a requirement of someone like myself who reviews comics, so I have to wonder how this lands for someone who barely knows who Carnage even is, let alone spinoff characters. Writer Alex Paknadel does his best to provide the reader context, as does the ever-stalwart recap page, but it’s a lot of knowledge to have going in that it could be alienating for non-completists.

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