Book: The Superior Spider-Man, Issue #8

"Superior Spider-Man 008"

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.

When the Superior Spider-Man came across the vigilante, Cardiac, attempting to steal one of Doctor Octopus’ old inventions, Octavius began to brutally assault him. When Peter Parker tried to take control and stop Octavius, Cardiac made his mistake. But not before Octavius could tag him with a Spider-Tracer.

The Avengers called in Spider-Man to question his recent brutal attacks. Octavius responded with violence, sparking a confrontation with them.

I have mixed feelings about this issue.

On the one hand, I did like it. I thought it had a smart progression of events. And I do like how Otto Octavius himself is becoming a better person through Peter’s influence–or at least, the influence of Peter’s life and memories.

I also like the fact that we finally see Carlie Cooper again. Even though it’s only for one page, and for a teaser of something happening off-screen. Will happen off-screen. I don’t know anymore, actually. Who knows, it might take another four episodes before we even get to whatever it is Carlie is planning.

Now, for the things I didn’t like–

The Avengers. Come on. A group of heroes, and none of them is smart enough to realize that the Superior Spider-Man is not Peter? And this after Thor told the others a couple of issues ago that he knows Peter well.

What really frustrates me though is that they have equipment to see that there’s something wrong with Peter. They have equipment that can say if he’s being controlled by an alien race. And they still can’t see that the Spider-Man standing in front of them is not the Spider-Man they know.

And then there’s the ending.

I don’t even know if we’re supposed to hate Otto or to love him.

I guess we’ll find out next issue.

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