SPOILERS: Starting in November of 2010, Dan Slott became the sole writer of Amazing Spider-Man beginning with the Big Time story arc. He wrote the first major Spider-Man event following Big Time, entitled Spider Island, starting in the summer of 2011. Now Peter Parker is out of the picture and Doctor Octopus, Otto Octavius is in control of Peters body with all the powers that Spider-Man possesses. He is an Avenger and works in a lab for Max Modell is the head of Horizon Labs and has all the resources he needs to make superior crime fighting toys to help him be a Superior Spider-Man. As possibly the most formidable opponent that Peter Parker has ever faced as Spider-Man, Otto is ruthless as Spider-Man and feels no remorse in killing to complete his idea of justice.
In Superior Spider-Man #13 Otto as Spider-Man kills Alistair Smythe the Spider Slayer after he surrendered and gave up, with Mayor J. Jonah Jameson on his side he may never be found out for the murder. He justified it because Alistair was condemned to die and he not Otto was the bad guy here. With every issue of Superior Spider-Man Otto becomes more in control of his role of a so called hero. With his memories of Peter Parker Gone there is nothing left to keep him from using his warped sense of right and wrong to accomplish his goals in being a super-hero. As the latest issue #13 ended Otto is building suits for his minions as he attempts to become the greatest super hero ever. “This is my legacy, a brand new day…no a brand new age. The age of Superior Spider-Man the Greatest Hero of them All.” These are his final words in that issue.
Wow what a story arc and what will become of Peter Parker? Will he ever return? Looking at story lines through October Spider-Man is still Otto Octavius and Spider-Man’s world is still controlled by him. So we get to see through the eyes of Dan Slott a ruthless, arrogant version of Spider-Man. Certainly not Superior but Inferior to Peter Parker the Spider-Man. Like a Batman that finally kills the Joker instead of sending him back to Arkham Asylum just to get out 3 months later and kill another 30 people. People are not OK to Spider-Man becoming the Punisher and executing justice where he see fit. But it is interesting to see the world of Otto as Spider-Man and how unbalanced it really is. Meeting force with force, deeds for deeds with out answering to anyone. And convincing J. Jonah Jameson that Spider-Man is the menace and monster he always thought he was when he blackmailed Jameson in giving Spider-Man Raft Island as his head quarters.
Where is Slott going in this story arc and how long Otto Octavius will be Spider-Man I don’t know, but there is a growing amount of people that feel it would be a travesty if he stayed in Peters body forever. The numbers of sales are very good compared to the rest of the titles so it is full speed ahead right now with this Inferior/Superior Spider-Man. At sometime in the future I see a different direction in this that will change the thinking at Marvel. Maybe there is an event date already planed to bring Peter back, only those at Marvel know. If Slott will quit following the bad words said by bloggers that don’t like the status qua it will stop adding fuel to the firestorm to bring Peter back. Calling some one an idiot on a blog format by a major writer for Marvel just does not look good, This is documented at Newsarama HERE. Dan Slott is a good writer and does not need to justify himself to anyone about the story which was approved by the editors of Marvel. Grant Morrison writer of All Star Superman said he does not read what others write about his work because it would take away from his creativity. Sounds like good advise for Dan Slott.
Really Superior Spider-Man is a good read and the Humberto Ramos art is fantastic. We are seeing things done that we never thought we would see Spider-Man do. Superior Spider-Man #16 Marvel promo reads, “Run, Goblin, Run!” Part 2 of 2 How has the Hobgoblin evaded the Superior Spider-Man for so long? And does that hold the key to the Superior Spider-Man’s greatest success — or greatest failure? It’s the end of the line for Hobgoblin, and possibly an end for a big chapter in the history of Spider-Man.” So I really recommend Spider-Man fans stay on board for now and see what the future holds. Stay tuned comic faithful for more. 🙂 Walt