With issue #15 of Superior Spider-Man, Dan Slott continues to make Otto Octavius' time behind the mask fascinating while also reminding us what we love and miss about Peter Parker.
A big theme with Slott’s Spider-Ock run is that Otto is willing to do things as Spider-Man that Peter would never do. He’s an “ends justifies the means” kind of Spider-Man, and nowhere was that more evident than in the last issue, where Spidey led an armed assault on the Kingpin and Shadowland. The Hobgoblin (Phil Urich) got caught up in the middle of that battle and barely escaped. As we see in this issue though, Hobgoblin’s reprieve is short-lived, as Spider-Ock is determined to take him down, in the most public way possible.
I can’t overstate how much fun Superior Spider-Man has been from the start. Slott is having a ball with Otto as Peter Parker, and the art team of Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba infuse Otto’s Spidey with the perfect combination of attitude and humor. Slott seems to play to the strengths of the different artists on the book, and this issue is no exception. It’s a great team effort.
I’ve said it a thousand times before, but if you’re not reading Superior Spider-Man, you’re missing out on one of the most fun books out there.
4.5 out of 5 Hobgoblins on the Run