Book: The Superior Spider-Man, Issue #10

"Superior Spider-Man 010"

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.

Using his neurolitic scanner to enter his brain, Ock engages the subconscious ghost of Peter, using his greatest fears and enemies against him.

Ock beats Peter down, until he gives in and his memory is wiped clean from his mind. Now, Peter is gone and there is only Otto Octavius.

And this was the first issue I was actually expecting.

In hind sight, I guess it helped that it took nine issues before this came around. There was a bit of transition for newcomers who were intrigued into reading the title after the fact. Like me. But, I must say, I really didn’t like the first issue.

That said, I thought Issue #10 was good. Which is why I think it should’ve been the first issue.

It sets up the Superior Spider-Man as someone who truly isn’t Peter, and the supporting characters are all present (well, most are), and there’s a bigger threat coming into the picture. This is what a series pilot episode would look like: you have the premise, the dilemma, and the promise.

What I liked best though was the balance: of Otto taking over Peter’s life, of him trying to do dance around the fact that he really isn’t Peter, and the people who are closest to him knowing that there’s something wrong…Specifically, Aunt May and Mary Jane.

And while I continue to wait for what’s going to happen with the Carlie Cooper subplot, I’m pretty happy with this issue on the overall.

I just can’t get over the fact that it took us nine issues for this to happen.

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