Superior Spider-Man Team Up #3 (Marvel)

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Rating: 3/5 – Why team up books sometimes don’t work.

Taking after the old Marvel Team Up book from the Bronze Age, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up brings together Spider-Man and a monthly guest star to team up against whatever threat is happening that month.  In issue three, which happens to be an Infinity tie-in book, Spider-Man fights along side Power Man, Spectrum and a new character called Fulmina.  You don’t need to know much about Infinity to understand this issue as it’s able to stand alone.  That being said, this wasn’t the most exciting issue to read.

Writer Robert Rodi tells the story of Spider-Man and team fighting the invasion force of aliens from Infinity that are threatening New York.  During the fight we’re introduced to student Sylvia Prell.  While she’s hanging out at the library we get some insight into her character.  She thinks technology has distorted what the world should be and ultimately wants a quieter way of life.  After becoming trapped by that technology she’s so against, she becomes enveloped by some green mist, and is transformed into a being of electricity.  That’s her origin…unexplained mist…transformation…hero.  It’s hard to care for a character that’s introduced this way, and although this story will continue into next issue, I’m not interested in seeing what’s next for her.

Artist Michael Del Mundo’s art style is a nice fit for this book.  His art has a lot of movement to it that fits Spider-Man and the new character Fulmina.  The color choices he uses gives the book a cartoonish feel in a good way, but those same colors tend to blur the backgrounds.  The backgrounds always seem foggy and unfocused which I felt detracted from the art.

Although this series isn’t bad, it is my least favorite of the “Superior” titles and I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be sticking with this series.  The potential of a great guest star, or compelling creative team will keep me checking back though.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – shawn@comicspectrum.com
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