Years ago, Dan Slott attempted to do the impossible: make a lasting change to Spider-Man by having his body taken over by the mind of Doctor Octopus. It shouldn’t have worked. It couldn’t have worked. But it did. The Superior Spider-Man made a huge impact in the world of Spider-Man, and those results are still felt today in the world of the wall-crawler. Sure, Peter’s been running around back in his body for a few years now, but Doctor Octopus has also been active as the Superior Spider-Man, inhabiting one of the few Peter Parker clone bodies that The Jackal left intact after the events of “Dead No More” (I’d do a full recap, but no one wants to read that). Otto’s been so busy, in fact, that he had his very own ongoing series following his exploits for the past year. Read the rest of this entry
Superior Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics)
As promised, Otto Octavius takes center stage once more in a brand new Superior Spider-Man series from Marvel. After laying dormant for a few months, the character made a big return in his own Superior Octopus one-shot and the Spider-Geddon event that played out through the Fall, and now he’s got a brand new ongoing series. As a big fan of the original Superior series, it’s good to have Otto back, and the fact that Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne are returning to the character after their Superior Octopus special makes the return even sweeter. Read the rest of this entry
Superior Octopus #1 (Marvel Comics)
It’s hard to think of a character that’s had more changes in the past decade than Otto Octavius. He’s gone from a dying husk, to taking over Spider-Man’s body, to having his consciousness put into a robot body, and is now in a NEW cloned body of Peter Parker with a new name and mission. While it’s enough to make a newcomer’s head spin, if you’ve been following Otto’s story like I have, it’s turned him into a character that’s far more nuanced than just being a Spider-Man villain, and he’s ripe for an ongoing series to flesh out his character. While Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne’s Superior Octopus isn’t the start of a new ongoing yet (Superior Spider-Man, from the same creative team, won’t start for a few months), it does give us a neat look into the character’s current goings on, and how he’ll play into the Spider-Geddon event later on. Read the rest of this entry
Superior Spider-Man #31 (Marvel Comics)
Superior Spider-Man reaches its monumental finale with issue 31, and writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage, alongside artist Giuseppe Camuncoli, don’t disappoint. Fans who have been waiting for Peter Parker to return to his body and bring the hurt to the Green Goblin will have plenty to cheer about, as the final issue serves as a great ending point for this chapter of the wall-crawler’s life. Read the rest of this entry
Yes, this is the second Superior Spider-Man review in a row, but with this being the start of the final storyline, I figured you’d all forgive me for allowing a repeat appearance of OckSpidey. Yes, this is the first part of Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncolli’s “Goblin Nation”, where we will finally see the Superior Spider-Man face off with the Green Goblin (or Goblin King, as he’s taken to calling himself now).
Taking place 31 days after the previous issue, we find Otto trying to understand how his all-seeing Spider-bots could have allowed the Goblin army to ransack New York City. After uncovering the flaw in his designs, Otto manages to make his way to the Goblin’s underground lair, where….nah I won’t spoil it. All I’ll say is that Dan Slott is clearly having a lot of fun with this final story arc, and I’m glad that we didn’t have to wait too long for Otto and Norman (?) to meet up. There’s also some more time with Peter Parker attempting to piece together his memories, but with only 31 of them left, he’s going to have a pretty rough time trying to rebuild himself so he can get his body back. Read the rest of this entry
We’re one step closer to “Goblin Nation”, but first, Dan Slott brings us the showdown we’ve been waiting for: no, not Peter Parker vs. Otto Octavius, Green Goblin vs. Hobgoblin!
That’s right, Superior Spider-Man #26 brings the two major Goblins head to head, and it takes quite a few different twists and turns throughout the course of the match. Slott’s script for these pages is packed to the brim of possible revelations and great dialogue, even if it is hard to follow in some parts. Read the rest of this entry
The Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 finally have it out in Superior Spider-Man #18. Now in our present, Miguel O’Hara has to prevent Otto Octavius (who’s in the body of Spid-you know what, if you haven’t caught onto this now, you haven’t been paying attention) from killing Tiberius Stone, the arrogant genius threatening to take over Horizon labs who also happens to be Miguel’s grandfather. At the same time, the “temporal event” that’s threatening to wipe out O’Hara’s present (the year 2099) is inching ever closer.
Writer Dan Slott is clearly having a blast writing this story. The opening pages deliver on what the cover promises, with a break neck and surprisingly brutal fight between Otto and O’Hara. The ramifications of Octavius removing Peter Parker’s psyche from his mind comes into major play here, as Otto has no idea who the Spider-Man of 2099 is, leading Spidey 2099 to realize that this is not the same hero he teamed up with in the past. Read the rest of this entry