Book: The Superior Spider-Man, Issue #6

"Superior Spider-Man 006"

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.

But a tiny piece of Peter Parker is still there in the Superior Spider-Man’s brain, watching otto live out his life and trying to keep the reformed villain in check.

And Ock has been making some improvements on Peter’s life, such as going back to school, to get his PhD.

But when one of Spider-Man’s enemies, Massacre, went on a shooting spree in Grand Central Station, Peter Parker was unable to stop Doc Ock from using deadly force to end the threat once and for all.

Holy crap, Doc Ock is unraveling!

So what do you do when your superhero has in him the angst of a super villain? You get the Superior Spider-Man. As Doc Ock continues to take over Peter’s life, and even improve on it, we also unravel the mystery of who Otto Octavius was–when he was younger, when he was bullied…

We learn that Otto Octavius and Peter Parker share the same back story for the most part. The bullying Otto received though was more brutal than what Peter went through. Now, imagine if the circumstances had been different for Peter. What if he was roughed up more, growing up? What if he didn’t have an Uncle Ben or Aunt May?

I’m sure Marvel has already done a what-if scenario featuring that story line, but I never knew about it, never read it–and I’m loving it now in the Superior Spider-Man title.

The Superior Spider-Man is on a path of self-destruction; maybe because there are three consciousness in him (the reforming Otto, the Otto with the angst, and Peter Parker), or maybe it’s because Otto was never meant to be a superhero in the first place. But his actions are calling the attention of outside forces. By that, I mean the Avengers. And they’re not happy with what’s happening.

And I’m not happy that the Avengers are just sitting around in their base discussing Spider-Man. Spidey’s been having a very busy past few weeks–don’t tell me they don’t have just as many villains to face.

That aside, I like where the story is going. I like that Superior Spider-Man’s actions are making ripples that are reaching other characters.

What I don’t like is the fact that they seem to have forgotten Carlie Cooper and her suspicions about Peter.

Now, my question is–do I need to buy and read Issue #6AU? Or do I go straight to Issue #7?

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