Best Shots Advance Review: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Ryan Stegman and Edgar Delgado
Lettering by Chris Eliopoulos
Published by Marvel Comics
Review by David Pepose
'Rama Rating: 7 out of 10
A scientist with the proportionate strength of a spider. A crime in pursuit. A man shackled to a code of great power... and great responsibility.
But this is not Peter Parker behind the mask. And in certain ways, Superior Spider-Man isn't quite the same without him. As Otto Octavius reigns supreme in the body of his greatest foe, Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman speedily set up the new status quo rather than reinvent the wheel.
That said, the downside for it being nuSpidey 101 is, well... it's also a little basic. That's to be expected, of course, as Otto is just beginning to stretch his legs as the not-so-Friendly Neighborhood Wallcrawler, but Slott's run has always been very character-driven, breaking Peter Parker down to his basic elements and spinning off stories based on that. The new Hobgoblin, as an example, was a dark mirror image of Peter from the very beginning — a smart take to revitalize a supervillain. Otto doesn't quite have that brand-new spin to him just yet, so this comic comes off as very plot-driven. What's the key to Otto being a villain we both love to hate and hate to love? That's the missing ingredient to this book.
Those railing against the new status quo will likely find something or another to be happy about with this all-new era of Spider-Man, as Otto struts his stuff on his official first day of the job. This self-contained opener does require preexisting faith to really get into, as this new Spider-Man is as smug and abrasive as it gets — but seeing the challenges he has ahead of him give me some hope. The Superior Spider-Man still has plenty of room to grow before he reaches his predecessor's boots, but Slott and Stegman have nicely set up the stage for this bad guy to have his own hero's journey.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!