After finally freeing himself of the last vestiges of Peter Parker, Otto Octavius is free to focus on being the best Spider-Man the world has ever seen. And from most accounts, he’s doing just that, as Spidey is locking up gang leaders left and right, and has most of the city under constant surveillance through re-purposed octo-bots.
But despite his winning streak, Otto’s got one major chink in his armor--his arrogance. As he pats himself on the back, a new goblin calling himself the Goblin King is gathering together the remnants of the city's major gangs in preparation for a all-out attack on Spidey. And Otto is too busy thinking he’s got everything on lockdown to notice what’s coming his way.
As I have from the beginning, I love the direction Dan Slott is taking Superior Spider-Man. He never does what you expect him to do, and he is slaughtering sacred cows left and right as he writes Otto’s chapter as the webslinger. I can’t imagine how he’ll eventually bring Peter back, but right now, I don’t even care. Between his consistently engaging story and Stegman’s wonderful artwork, this issue is great from start to finish.
For me, Superior Spider-Man is tied with All-Star Western and Daredevil as providing the best bang for your buck on a monthly basis. Just go and get it.
4.5 out of Hater-Defying Reads