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Superior Spider-Man #4 - The Aggressive Approach Review


The new Superior Spider-Man has been cleaning up crime but the escape of Massacre may catch him off guard.

The Good

Whether you like or agree with the current situation of Spider-Man or not, you have to admit that under Doc Ock's…control, Spider-Man is accomplishing quite a bit. His crime fighting techniques are more efficient in some ways and it makes you wonder why Peter never thought of some of these innovations. We're also seeing Ock juggle being a hero as well as a civilian life and maintaining the responsibilities that go with them. We're also already seeing reaction from the crime community over Spider-Man's new ways.

With Spider-Man's new and more forceful techniques, a confrontation with Massacre will be interesting. Massacre was brain damaged in an accident that killed his wife and daughter. Now, feeling no remorse, he kills without a second thought. Spider-Man had apprehended him back when he insisted "no one dies." Now the question is, how responsible is Spider-Man when Massacre strikes again since he saved his life before bringing him into custody? The other question is, how will this new Spider-Man deal with him?

Dan Slott continues to weave his web in fleshing out this new direction for Spider-Man. The balance of him being Spider-Man while still Otto Octavius inside is an interesting conflict to witness. Even though we should just stay focused on the current events and stories, it's hard not to think about how all of this will affect Spider-Man when Peter inevitably regains possession of his body.

This issue features the art by Giuseppe Camuncoli. Seeing the little octo-spidies crawling around him on the first page was a great opening for the issue. The key is to make sure you can immediately tell this isn't the same Spider-Man we had before.

The struggle and change we're seeing of Octavius continues to drive the story forward. We're about to see what he's really made of when he confronts Massacre. And of course we get a killer last page.

The Bad

Camuncoli does a great job on Spidey but unfortunately there were a couple moments he looked a little too stocky. Spider-Man should be slimmer and his chest and neck looked a little thick in some panels. Uatu Jackson also looked like he aged and de-aged in one scene.

The overall story is interesting but it mainly felt like this was just setting up the events for the next issue. There are plenty of details being added to this and the overall story but we'll see a big clash next time.

The Verdict

The new Superior Spider-Man is continuing his attack against crime. We're seeing more and more that under Doc Ock's control, Spider-Man is making strides in becoming a more efficient crimefighter. The real test will be what happens when he confronts Massacre, an extremely dangerous psychopath. We've seen this Spider-Man take more extreme measures against his foes and this could show us how far he's willing to go. The art in this issue is by Giuseppe Camuncoli. He does a nice job with the new costume and capturing the attitude of Otto. There are some times when character builds feel off. We have more being added to this overall story of the new Spider-Man but it's mainly about setting up the events for the next issue. Seeing the minor details Otto adds to Spider-Man and Peter's life continues to be interesting. You might find it hard not to stand up and cheer when you get to the last page.

Posted by spiderfreak55

Getting this in the mail this week. Can't wait!

Edited by Manbehindthewires

This was great! Massacre brought a special darkness to this series that I wasn't expecting. I really like how Superior has been outshining Amazing in the crime-fighting department, but lacking in the hero department. It takes an intelligent writer to make definition between the two and Slott has done really well at getting it across.

I never thought that this early on, somebody would be able to draw Superior as well as Stegman but, if anything, it was better!

Great issue. you're in for a treat :) enjoy!

Ps, my prediction for how Superior will tackle Massacre:

I think that Slott still isn't ready to cross the "hero" line with Spider-Ock. He's not going to kill massacre, even though he says he will, and plans to. I think, due to his scientific desire to fix everything with tech (his plans with Aunt May in this issue were particularly repulsive) I think he'll be too tempted to try and "fix" massacre. Knowing that his problems come from head trauma and body modifications, things Ock knows all too well about, I can see him taking his Human-Augmentation to a new level, using Massacre as a human-trial.
Posted by akbogert

Nice review.

I have to say I'm amused that the first issue of this series I'm actually interested in is also the first non five-star review of the series. Perhaps I should start seeking out the bad reviews from Tony to find what I'll like :P

Posted by Manbehindthewires

@akbogert: I think you're onto something. I think a 4/5 review, from anyone, is more solid than their 1/5, 2/5 or 5/5 reviews.

If they rate it 5/5, chances are they're a fan of the series anyway, and opened the book in good spirits, and got what they wanted.

Likewise, if somethings rated 2/5 chances are they either opened the book to something different, something they disagree with, or something they already weren't enthusiastic about.

To rate it 4/5 you've had to look at a book positively and negatively, and still come out with a positive opinion. Saying that; I rate so many books 5/5 it's probably considered everybody else's 3/5 haha

Posted by derf_jenkins

Superior has been fun so far. I am not going to speculate too much about the future of spiderman, but just enjoy it now for what it is.

Posted by akbogert

@Manbehindthewires: Haha, oh, true. I have difficulty when it comes to ratings, which is why I don't do many reviews. I'm too aware of my own subjectivity and putting an objective score to it just seems wrong unless the book was indisputably wonderful or terrible.

I should clarify that I said "the bad reviews," and of course four stars is not bad. Poor word choice on my part.

Posted by HollowPrince665

I am not a fan of Peter's appearance in a few panels, as he does seem a bit stocky, but as a whole issue it was a very well done. I am really enjoying this story. Also....GREEN GOBLIN!!!!!!!

Posted by Manbehindthewires

@akbogert: I sometimes wonder if scores out of 10 would be better, but if it's a matter of Buy it vs Don't buy it...maybe that's too grey a scale.

Posted by Homer39

I enjoyed the issue, especially the end, but I'm not a fan of Giuseppe Camuncoli's art. I'm not saying it's bad or anything but his characters faces look weird sometimes.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I enjoyed issue 2 and 3. Hope this is good also

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Posted by Trevel8182

Okay just finished, It was good my only problem is what happened with Dr.Kafka that women survived Carnage Venom Judas Traveler both Green Goblin's but Massacre's the one that finally get's her that sucks.

Posted by RuinedGlory

Interesting issue, I do enjoy how methodical & articulate Octavius is being in his crusade against crime. Massacre is an interesting addition & the reveal of a certain nemesis was confusing, questionable & odd to say the least.

Overall it was a good issue, I enjoyed it. About a 8 out of 10.

Posted by Jawshco

I rate this issue fairly high myself. I think it may be the most humorous and entertaining one yet. Loved back to school and mad scientist moments.

Posted by DH69

anyone else just scream hateful things at the last page, i knew marvel wouldnt be able to keep that little reveal at bay for atleast 6 months...

Posted by pspin

Doctor Parker. Haha.

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Posted by Tony_Shark

I think all the Superior Spider-Man haters finally got tired of whining at all the reviews. This series keeps delivering, and continues to be interesting.

Also, that variant cover is pretty badass

Posted by mickeymayhew

I almost don't want Peter to come back

Edited by Mezmero

This series just gets better and better. I have to agree that the art was not perfect but it got the job done. That ending gave me goosebumps. I have never been this excited about Spider-Man in a long time. I am still not a fan of Peter as a ghost narrator but I just have to accept that this is what Slott wants to do in his stories. I just think it makes the end of this whole arc feel a lot more inevitable than it should be.

Posted by Owie

I like all the little, specific that he's stopping four times as many crimes, or that Doc got his PHD at 16.

In any case, a Doc Ock/Goblin battle should be awesome.

Posted by KnightofSteel

Great review. Another entertaining issue. Although some of the over the top violence seemed unnecessary and uncharacteristic for the book.

Posted by bookerman20

I was wrong.... This series is unreal. I may disagree with the past ratings of the past 2 issues. I thought this one deserve the 5 stars from all the previous issues. The story keeps on getting better. I love how much of a jerk he has been towards his fellow superheroes in other MARVEL NOW titles. They may be some negatives when Peter eventually comes back. But there has been some minor positives. When trying to help Aunt May, the spider robots, even the corny Bluetooth earpiece. I was a hater on the move, but I've flipped. I should always know that its all about the story. With that said, I went back and got the issues I was missing. Keep up the great work, Slott.