“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.
Mayor J. Jonah Jameson had asked the Superior Spider-Man to supervise the execution of Alistair Smythe – The Spider-Slayer who killed Jameson’s wife.
Moments before his execution, Smythe used his slayer-bots to free himself while healing and upgrading Superior Spider-Man’s deadliest foes: Vulture, Scorpion, and Boomerang!
With Scorpion hunting down Jameson and Vulture making way for the innocent civilians, Spider-Man has made it his sole mission to slay the Spider-Slayer…”
Outside of the synopsis, there is no longer any trace of Peter Parker in the Superior Spider-Man title. On the one hand, it’s gotten better. Story-wise, you really see the odds stack up against this new Spider-Man, and how not having a conscience is making Spider-Man more efficient. But the title seems to have lost its humanity.
I’m a fan of Spider-Man more because of Peter Parker than because of the superhero persona. I look up to Spider-Man because I related to Peter Parker. And now that he’s really, truly gone, my view on the Superior Spider-Man is bordering on clinical now. I see the parts I liked, the parts that can be developed further, and the parts that the title really could do without.
And that’s all the title is to me now. A routine.
Something I can live without.
The problem is, I do believe that there is a story to be told still. One that can be engaging. If the team behind Superior Spider-Man steers Otto back to where something would be at stake for him, and for the readers. Because when you’re protagonist is too smart, too powerful–why else would we root for him? What’s the payoff when you know he’s going to win anyway in the end?
Looking back on the issues I liked, it’s the ones where they humanized Otto. The parts where you see Peter breaking through to him, seeing the boy before he was broken. And if we’re sticking with Otto for the rest of the title, then we better go back to the part where he wants to be a hero.
Because, right now, Spider-Man is not acting like a superhero. He’s acting like a super villain. And it frustrates me to no end that no one who actually knows Peter Parker (and Spider-Man) is calling him out on it!
Otto is not beyond redemption. But the team behind this title will soon be if they don’t plot out the next few issues better.