The Superior Sprider-Man
author: dan slott
illustrator: ryan stegman
pages : [paperback] 120
Part of the Marvel NOW! initiative! THEN!…Peter Parker spent a lifetime living up to the responsibilities his powers foisted upon him, but his story finally ended dramatically in the historic Amazing Spider-Man #700. NOW!…The new Amazing Spider-Man has arrived, and he is better in every single way. Smarter, stronger…Superior. And he’ll prove it, both to himself and the world, when he faces down the all-new Sinister Six! But is this all-new Spider-Man in cahoots with J. Jonah Jameson? And has Carlie Cooper figured out the Superior Spider-Man’s secret identify? Plus: Spider-Man and Mary Jane…reunited?! All this and the return of the villainous Vulture! It’s an all-new era of web-slinging excitement, and it all starts NOW! COLLECTING:Superior Spider-Man 1-5.
I absolutely loved this volume. I mean, at some points, I loved to hate it, because Doc Oc is kind of a terrifying Spider-Man and it just goes to show how dangerous, and downright evil, Spider-Man could have been should all of that power have gone to a different person. It reveals just how much control and integrity Peter has had all of these years, trying to keep the city safe while also preserving his moral code.
This was awesome. I finished so quickly because I was flipping through the pages, wanting to know what was going to happen next. Even though I’m not exactly rooting for Spider-Man now so much as someone he managed to trick, I’m very excited to see where this may go. There’s a lot of potential in this storyline–and not all of it is good. After all, Spider-Man isn’t exactly himself anymore. There were a few decisive moments in here in which he made decisions Peter never would have that honestly upset me, which only reminded me of the reasons why I love the real Spider. It’s kind of hard to see how much you’d hate your favorite heroes, if they constantly made slightly different decisions than what you’re used to seeing from them.
I highly recommend this volume. I mean, it’s kind of hard to resist. It’s like nothing I’ve read before. All at once, it makes you nostalgic and eager to see what will happen in the future. Because, even though the events in this volume were crazy, wonderful, and only made me cry a little bit, there’s a lot more to come in the future.