Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Superior Spider-Man #7

The Superior Spider-Man #7 - 365 Days of Comics
The Superior Spider-Man #7
The Spider-Man crew over at Marvel has been getting a lot of flack since their killing of Peter Parker, er...suppressing of Peter Parker? It's hard to say what exactly the real Peter Parker is theses days. He's like a soul or spirit that is tied to his old body, which is now also occupied and controlled by Doctor Octopus. Anyway, regardless of what Pete is now, he is involved in an interesting era of Spider-Man comic books.

Some Spoilers ahead...though it's not really an issue where spoilers matter. (You can skip the next 2 paragraphs)

The Superior Spider-Man #7 feels like the beginning of the end for Doctor Octopus in Pete/Spider-Man's body. Pete's spirit is discovering that he may actually be able to have an effect on his former body. In previous issues, Pete has tried yelling at Otto from the spirit world (or whatever), but Otto has not been able to hear or feel Pete. Issue #7 marks the first time Pete is heard by Otto, in Otto's head. Also, The Superior Spider-Man #7 marks the first time Pete is able to actually move Otto's body (which is really Pete's).

Otto notices something is off, but unfortunately for him, he is unable to figure out what exactly is happening because Otto/Spider-Man is urgently called for, by the Avengers. The Avengers have known Spider-Man for a long time and they too sense something is awry. When they call Spider-Man for an intervention regarding his brutal behavior towards criminals lately, Spider-Man gets aggressive and the beginning of a battle ensues.

Dan Slott, The Superior Spider-Man writer, does a fine job with The Superior Spider-Man #7. At this point in the story most of the fun is tied up in:
  • Finding out just how aggressive and brutal Otto can be.
  • Finding out if Pete will be able to effect Otto from the spirit world.
  • Finding out if anyone (including the Avengers) will find out that Otto has tagged-in as Spider-Man.
  • Reading the Otto-Spider-Man's dialog. He speaks a lot like Otto so he often uses terminology which is goofy or very awkward for other characters to react to.
Slott has been criticized by so many "Spidey fans" for killing Peter Parker, but The Superior Spider-Man carries on the idea that Pete is still sort of alive. It just seems like a story about Pete losing control, and trying to gain it again. In some ways it feels like when Pete started using the symbiot. Pete started acting differently and lost control of who he was. Same thing...kind of.

Thanks to Dan Slott, I'm looking forward to Peter Parker's future for the first time in years.

Art wise...well, here's the thing. When I was getting back into comic books it was around Marvel's Civil War event. I really loved Humberto Ramos' art on Wolverine and the over-exaggerated character thing worked for me, at that time. Over the years I got burned out on the style. It's not bad, just not my thing anymore. Admittedly though, I thought his work on The Superior Spider-Man #7 was toned down and worked a little better for me. Then again, I could just be extremely interested in the story and thus anything that touches the story is great.

Oh, and before I score the book...Cardiac. Yes! I loved Cardiac back in the Mark Bagley days of The Amazing Spider-Man. It's nice to see the character used again. Thanks, Slott.

Cardiac - The Superior Spider-Man #7 - 365 Days of Comics
Cardiac - The Superior Spider-Man #7

The Superior Spider-Man #7 - Rating: 8.5/10 - Recommended Read



3 comments:

NINE9INCHE STUD said...


The Superior Spider-Man -Doc Ock takes over Spider-Mans body.Just when you think the character finds a new low,After just another Day-they at Marvel Comics dig deeper into the trash whore Spider-Man barrel.Marvel gets time to jump off now.Maybe Tom Breevort the Ultimate Marvel Zombie could starting up new number one issues.That should stopping reading for good.

NINE9INCHE STUD said...

The Superior Spider-Man -Doc Ock takes over Spider-Mans body.Just when you think the character finds a new low,After just another Day-they at Marvel Comics dig deeper into the trash whore Spider-Man barrel.Marvel gets time to jump off now.Maybe Tom Breevort the Ultimate Marvel Zombie could starting up new number one issues.That should stopping reading for good.

NINE9INCHE STUD said...

Thanks to Dan Slott, I'm not looking forward to Peter Parker's future for the first time in years.