Superior Spider-Man Creators: Writer Dan Slott, Pencils Mark Bagley, Inks John Dell, Artist Nathan Stockman, Colorist Edgar Delgado, Letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover price: $5.99- otherwise known as too much for a 20 page Superior story. No one asked for the backup.
Story: “Mistaken Identity Crisis”- It all started with the return of Superior Spider-Man. Doc Ock in his current form, released a terribly powerful foe, Supernova, on the world. She is super powered and hell-bent on destroying Spider-Man, who is now Peter, not Doc Ock. After a short team-up with Spider-Boy, (man, Marvel is really pushing this character right now) Supernova attacks. The rest of the issue is a fight sequence with scenes with Doc and Anna Maria interspersed. To avoid the fight with Supernova, Peter removes the suit since she is trying to kill Spider-Man. Two interesting developments: one, Doc Ock discovers who Spider-Man is when he removes his mask. His memories are returning. Two, Anna Maria Marconi identifies who Supernova is. Hopefully, she will play a big role moving forward.
Glenn: Solid proper first issue for the next chapter of Slott’s Spider-Man. He always delivers and while I enjoyed the ‘Returns’ issue more as it had more meat on the bone, this is a great action packed issue that leaves you wanting more and has a very good backup.
Steve: Agreed. This issue was a fun ride. For my taste, it was a little too action heavy, but Slott’s a pro. He managed to add some plot points moving forward that should pay off in future issues. It will be interesting to see what Doc does with his new found knowledge and returned memories and how Anna Maria will join the story in a bigger way. I don’t mind the character, Spider-boy. His first issue was fun; however, I don’t need him interjected here. He gets time in the main story and an entire backup story. Let’s stay focused on Superior Spider-Man, shall we!
The art was on point again. Mark Bagley is a pro and no stranger to Spider-Man. He handles the fight sequences expertly and the smaller moments with affectation. Bagley and Slott are truly in sync and it shows. Can’t wait for the next issue.
Glenn: 4 Webshooters
Steve: 4 Webshooters
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