Superior Spider-Man #11 (Marvel)

SSM#11

Rating: 4/5 – With a Superior Spider-Man, all that’s old is new again

Issue eleven of Superior Spider-Man starts a new storyline for this new series and this new “hero”.  In case you didn’t know (and I’ll warn you here of spoilers) and you haven’t been keeping up with this iteration of Spider-Man, it’s not Peter Parker in the costume, but long time villain Dr. Octopus inhabiting Peter Parker’s body.  How Doc Ock ended up in Peter’s body is a pretty long story, but for this issue and to writer Dan Slott’s credit, you don’t need to know the how.  The opening recap page does a really nice job of bringing the reader up to speed on all they’ll need to know for this issue.  The story deals with Doc Ock Spider-Man partnering with J.Jonah Jameson to ensure that the execution of longtime Spider-Man villain the Spider Slayer goes smoothly for the murder of J. Jonah Jameson’s wife.  From that brief description alone, you get the sense that this truly is a different Spider-Man.

I will admit that I wasn’t a fan of the final storyline in the previously titled ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ which led to the “death” of Peter Parker and this all new series, but ‘Superior’ has kept me interested each and every issue.  It’s such a different take that we haven’t seen before all while getting the staples of Spider-Man stories that we’ve grown used to.  Large supporting casts, humor albeit in a different way and Spidey’s diverse rogue gallery are all still here, told from a different perspective.  It’s fun to see how this Spider-Man deals with all the constants in Peter’s life.  Because of this switch in identities, all that was old is now new again.  It’s such a simple idea that writer Dan Slott has executed brilliantly.

Spidey heads to the famous Marvel prison the Raft where the execution will take place.  It’s here where we see just how different this Spider-Man is.  This isn’t Doc Ock trying to be the same old Spider-Man.  To start, he’s more pro-active and much more violent.   Throughout this issue we see the small, but telling differences between the Spider-Man we knew and this one.  We see this Spider-Man’s inflated ego, a lack of patience for most everything and everyone but himself, and we even see the difference in body language artistically.

Artist Giuseppe Camuncoli does a great job of visualizing Doc’s feelings of superiority.  Whether it be when he’s walking by the cells of inmates within the Raft or dealing with reporters covering the execution, you can actually see that difference in body language, hinting at Doc’s ego mentioned above.  Camuncoli’s art style doesn’t differ so much from other ‘Superior’ artist Ryan Stegman and his pencils have a nice cross between Stegman and long time Spider-Man artist Sal Buscema.

Overall this is another solid issue for the series.  Although at times Slott’s stories can sometimes get a bit “wordy” while packing in as much story as possible, this issue reads smoothly and the whole issue was confined to this single storyline.  We’re also left with a nice cliffhanger for next issue.  Although this new series has been a bit controversial at times, it’s always been fresh, exciting and most importantly fun.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – shawn@comicspectrum.com
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2 Responses to Superior Spider-Man #11 (Marvel)

  1. Garrison Burk says:

    There is something to be said for an enduring storyline… While I enjoy reading your synopsis of this particular issue, I say you don’t mess with classic. Peter Parker is Spider-Man: plain and simple. I wouldn’t like if the part of Charles Xavier was all of a sudden being played by Magneto… I guess I’m old fashioned.

    Review is well-done though.

  2. Tommy says:

    I am intrigued by a darker, violent, more aggressive version of old web head, but am afraid of this series slipping into a poor mans Venom.

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