Book: The Superior Spider-Man, Issue #2

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Otto Octavius is a man who cheated death, but at a price. When he exchanged bodies with Peter Parker, he gained the amazing skills of Spider-Man–and all of Peter’s memories. Otto finally understands Peter’s mission of great responsibility.

Now Otto has sworn to become a new hero–the superior Spider-Man–and is seeking redemption while living Peter Parker’s life, a life that includes dating Mary Jane Watson.

But it looks like Otto’s definition of responsibility is a littel different from Peter’s. In his battle with the new Sinsiter Six, he nearly killed Boomerang. Something stopped him.

Or rather, someone! Peter Parker’s consciousness is buried somewhere within Otto’s brain, and he’s determined to get his body back!

Okay, so maybe this Doc Ock as Spider-Man is an interesting idea after all.

I mean, yes, I found the idea interesting. That is the reason why I decided to pick the title up after all. But after the first issue, I grew quite disenchanted with the idea. I don’t know what it is about Doc Ock parading around as Peter Parker and as Spider-Man that really put me off.

Seriously.

People found his actions questionable and a little weird–but no one calls him out on it? They just keep it all to themselves?

And then, there’s Doc Ock’s choice of going for the theatrics instead of the quips. I like Spider-Man’s quips. It’s one of the things that define him, and the series’s humor. Take that out and you get just another superhero title. That brand of humor was glaringly absent in the first issue.

Fortunately, it’s back in the second issue.

It’s no longer considered spoiler that Peter Parker is back, right? I mean, it is in the synopsis and everything. Well, he’s not back exactly. His consciousness is. Or his ghost. However you want to see him. The point is, the character of Peter Parker is there. Hovering. With a running commentary of how Doc Ock is doing everything wrong. And it’s this that was missing in the first issue.

Spider-Man is not Spider-Man without Peter Parker. And he’s back.

And in this issue, we see him grappling with the idea that Doc Ock is in his body, in his life, and he cannot do anything about it.

Or maybe there is.

Someone has an idea that maybe the slick Peter Parker that’s running around town isn’t the real Peter Parker.

Things have just gotten very interesting.

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