Nerds on Comics: The Superior Spider-Man

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Spider-man, Spider-man, does whatever an Octopus can!

Wait that’s not right…

Superior Spider-man, Marvel’s newest version of Spider-man has been rebooted and it is amazing! The new story follows “Peter Parker” as he performs his daily duties as New York’s web slinging crime fighter and member of the Avengers.

The twist? That’s not really Peter Parker inside but Dr. Otto Octavius! In The Amazing Spider-man 700, Dr. Oc switches bodies with Peter Parker as he’s dying. The switch works and unfortunately Peter doesn’t make it out of Otto’s body before he dies. Yes, they killed Peter Parker’s Soul.

…Or so we thought. Turns out the memories that Otto has kept while in the body of Spider-man has taken over, like a conscience for Otto to battle with internally. This contention is brought to light by the elements of dating Mary Jane, fighting the Vulture, contemplating whether or not to use a gun to dispose of an enemy for good, and helping out The Avengers.

Issues 1-6 have been great but Issue 6 (Age of Ultron) and Issue 7 are where the real fun begins. Not to spoil the whole twist too much, but in Issue 6 (Age of Ultron) Spider-man has been called upon by The Avengers to help out with a large battle. His excessively arrogant “hero” attempts leads The Avengers to question his recent behavior. This suspicion leads to a discovery that propels the story to Issue 9, showcasing the most amazing conflict between Peter Parker and Otto Octavius, “The Superior Spider-Man,” that I have ever read in a comic book.

Whether you pick up this one digitally or the print version, the layout and slow build of this book leaves you questioning does good always win or has Marvel changed the rules?

Picture courtesy of Comixology. You can find this comic book at

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