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Superior Spider-Man #3 - Everything You Know is Wrong Review

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The developments continue with this 'different' Spider-Man and could someone be catching on that something's not right?

The Good

Dan Slott has taken the idea that many were outraged over and is crafting an fascinating story. The first two issues showed some new developments but here you really get a feel for what we could see in the coming issues. The whole notion of Doc Ock trying to be a superior Spider-Man is both humorous and interesting. This is more than just Doc Ock trying to be Spider-Man. Like it or not, he's being influenced by Spider-Man's memories and sense of doing good.

This whole concept almost feels like a science experiment. While this Spider-Man may be making some strides and improvements, there will also be some repercussions for when Peter (inevitably) returns. With a more violent or less lenient approach in dealing with the villains, Peter is going to have a lot to deal with whenever he makes his way back. There will also be the public perception and those of close characters like Mary Jane and Carlie Cooper.

This issue brings some great interaction between Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson. There's also some interaction with Carlie that needs to be seen. Throw in the fact that Spider-Man has to face Vulture, Ock's former partner in crime, we're looking at a new sort of game. Seeing the reaction to Spider-Man's tactics from others including Peter is priceless. Spider-Man is making strides in some areas but doing highly questionable things in others. All this adds a new level to reading these Spider-Man stories.

These are the aspects of this series that I'm really digging. We've had so many (great) Spider-Man stories and this is giving us the chance to really explore who and what Spider-Man is. Whether things revert back in a month or a year, there's plenty of fallout to be seen.

Ryan Stegman continues to get better and better each issue. The level of detail he puts in and the subtle differences in Spider-Man's posture and body language is remarkable. Whether it's drawing an arrogant Spider-Man, creepy henchmen of the Vulture or flashbacks to Doc Ock's childhood, each moment has its own unique feel.

The Bad

As compelling as these stories are, it is still taking some getting used to having a different Spider-Man as the lead. The scary thing is, Slott is making us start to actually like this Spider-Man. That can't be good, can it?

The Verdict

Last issue gave us a fun (and slightly creepy) look at Doc Ock try to navigate through Peter Parker's personal life. This issue, we're seeing the action kick up a notch. This new version of Spider-Man is a slight enigma as we're seeing Ock do things for his own good while also continuing to prove he can be a better Spider-Man than Peter was. There is quite a bit of inner conflict as we start to see Ock in a different light and you can't help but admire some of the things he's bringing to the table. Stegman is a beast in terms of delivering amazing art. He doesn't just draw Spider-Man with a slightly different costume, you can see by the way he stands and moves that there is a difference here. There may still be some outcry over the changes in this title but Slott (and Stegman) are showing there is more to this than many gave them credit for. We're seeing many opportunities to view Spider-Man in a different light and we know it can't last forever. What's important is to enjoy these stories for what they are as they are giving us something different and it's been a blast reading them. It's almost like reading Spider-Man for the first time.

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Posted by SummersBlood

@Zeeguy91 said:

Is that a rip-off of the Bat-Signal on the cover??

Yeah, it's actually kinda hilarious.

Jameson sets it up on the roof of the police station to call Spidey, at which point Otto comes swinging in, throws a spider bomb into it, destroying it, and says "I passed the test." When Jameson is dumbfounded, Otto explains that only a total idiot would broadcast to all of Spidey's enemies exactly where he is, and Jameson is no idiot, so obviously it's a test and he passed. Nice little middle finger to the ridiculousness that is the Bat-signal.

Edited by MikeStark

So what that's my opinion. Trolls can't have opinions? Particularly here, I wasn't trolling. Why can't I have this opinion about this book & why it has to be deemed troll worthy by the likes of you?

Posted by captain_oblivious

@HushoftheWind said:

Peter's ghost is the only reason why i keep coming back to read the mess. I think Slott knows that and he's preying on that. And i hate, ABSOLUTELY HATE, saying this, but i think i know the direction this going now. I think Peter is going to sympathize with Ock's past and let him be. We already got a taste of that in this issue with the whole Ock's father beating him flashback. UGH, its not looking good for an "Amazing" return.

I kind of doubt it. SpOck first tried to bribe Vulture into stopping, something I doubt he will always be able to do and I don't think Peter would put up with it.

@Barkley said:

I don't like this Spider-man at all.... ive said that this is the stupidest story in comic book history I don't care if the stories are good. I dony buy the idea that one of greatest supervillians would begin to try to be a superhero its stupid....its like going on a first date and the girl has bad breath and sells drugs im never going to hang around to find out that she deep down is a good person.

But what if she's cute and puts out?

Posted by Fenderxx

Just throwing this out there, Doc Ock is a better Spider-man ....I love how he sets traps for the villains which really feels more spider-like, then charging in and fighting head on, don't get me wrong I liked Peter Parker, but i feel i was always yelling at the comic, saying no you idiot, kick some #$@# and stop taking crap from everyone, I hate to say it, but its nice to see a Spider-man with a spine...I know people are going to say, well that's not who peter parker is, but at some point there is being a good person, and being a door matt, and Peter has been the later,

But hey thats just my 2 cents !

Posted by Owie

I thought this was a decent issue. I'd go with 4 stars, but whatever. I think the Ock character has been an interesting springboard to tell different kinds of stories. It's fun to see what he'd do with Pete's resources and situation. It's really just the same as if Matt Murdock or Steve Rogers took over his body for a while--what would they do as Spider-Man? How would they use his powers and brains differently? The only difference is that Ock has less morals--but as seen here, he still has a certain kind of morality.

I think it's interesting that Marvel was willing to print so many negative letters in the letters column. That was a lot of folks who basically quit over this change. I sympathize with them; I quit reading Spidey for years after the "Gwen had babies with Osborn" thing. But I think this change is actually not so terrible. It doesn't change who Peter is, as a character, at all, and it is obviously temporary.

My problem is really with the art, which I think is kind of annoying. His faces are goofy and his bodies are not persuasive.

Posted by silverageguy

You really cant see that emperor Slott has no clothes? Im continually amazed to see just how many people who should know better become apologists for the worst story line in the titles history.  This has been a travesty from the get go.  Just interesting to see how two Spiderman fans can see this mess in such different ways.

Posted by silverageguy

Changing things up y@tbpinkfloyd said:

This is easily one of my top books along with Batman and Hawkeye. Slott is taking the Spider-equation and changing things up.

Sure, some fans may be disgruntled grumps about the entire thing, but if they're unwilling to come along for the ride and trash-talk, we'll see them later. Only, we all know they'll stick around to complain until things return to the way they like them.

Notice: Creativity and the continuation of great stories isn't created by stagnation.


Yes, he is most certainly changing things up...but not for the better.
Posted by MikeStark

@skyjumpermike said:

Don't reply to that MikeStark lady. She probably gets a little moist every time someone says something to her. Leave her alone and she'll get bored.

I really don't appreciate such a stupid comment. Just because my opinion differs from yours doesn't allow such childish response to be uttered, How DARE you say that. You, child have got A LOT to learn, stop sky jumping out of planes & go back to hitting the books (not with your head)

Posted by TorontRayne

I actually liked this one a lot. Way better than the first two at least.