Review: Superior Spider-Man #1


Spoilers.  Yes, many spoilers.

So I didn’t read the end of Spider-Man’s life before Otto took over his body, but I’ve heard about it (and also that it was rather confusing).  And now this comic seems to be the one that will deal with Otto being in Peter’s body.  In fact, it starts with him visiting his own (Otto’s) grave.  Really, how long has he been dead?  Or is it common practice in the the Marvel world to give villains crappy tombstones that look like they’ve been up since the late 1700s?  Seriously, look at the thing!


Just how old is this grave?

Anyways, the basic concept seems simple.  Spidey and Doc Oc were in a fight, Doc Oc was about to die so he somehow takes over Spidey’s body.  Makes sense, until you get to the point of Otto-in-Peter’s-body suddenly wanting to be a super hero instead of a villain!  I mean really, why?!  Well according to an interview, Dan Slott who set this up apparently wanted to do it.  A set up of what he viewed as the possible future Peter Parker (but evil and with metal arms over spider powers) suddenly getting in the body of the good version of what he could have been.  Like “Moriarty in the head of Sherlock. This is Prince John inside of Robin Hood.”  I still don’t see why that would suddenly turn him good, but supposedly its for he has Parker’s memories and the new lease on life.  But I still don’t get it, I mean he’s been evil so freaking long, I’d really expect him to just run amuk as Spider-Man.  But I suppose then the Avengers would get involved, and find some way to take Otto out of Peter’s body to bring Peter back to his actual self, and it seems Slott really wants to play with his bastardized version of our favorite wall crawler.

Enough complaining.  The comic isn’t bad.  We see Otto trying to do the hero thing, and at the same time somewhat failing with it.  Running away from a fight shortly after it started, complaining over a new Sinister Six more so for he’s not part of it rather than there just being one, etc.  He turns things around though, after of course being somewhat jovial and perverted on a date.  While this Otto-Parker is trying to be good, he definitely has a good spark of Otto still there.  I honestly wasn’t expecting so much of it, but its kind of a nice touch by Slott.  More so, the end finishes off with a touch that actually makes me quite hopeful over this idea (if the ranting above wasn’t a hint, I’m not too keen over it).


About xxadverbxx

I'm a fan of comics. I use to love DC, but events pretty much starting with the New 52 had pushed me off of them for years. Lately though titles like Gotham Academy and We Are Robin have brought me back to them. I'm much more still a Marvel fan though at this moment who I moved to since New 52 slowly kept pushing me away from DC. Often a fan of X-Men titles while I've really been loving Spider-Gwen series. Film wise I'm upset at DC though I really really want them to do good. At least their TV series are mostly enjoyable (though Arrow has dipped in quality), while I'm a huge fan of the Marvel films. Also, I still really hate Dan Didio and still view him as at least most of what has been going wrong with DC comic wise lately.

3 thoughts on “Review: Superior Spider-Man #1

  1. The reason Doc Ock is trying to act like a hero instead of a villain is explained in AMS 700 and Avenging Spider-Man 15.1; Peter is responsible for it.

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