The Saturday Issue focuses on the more visual books read here at In Libris Veritas; ranging from graphic novels to manga to game companion guides.
Series: Superior Spiderman #1-5
Edition: Paperback, 120 Pages
Genre: Graphic Novel
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Part of the Marvel NOW! initiative! THEN!…Peter Parker spent a lifetime living up to the responsibilities his powers foisted upon him, but his story finally ended dramatically in the historic Amazing Spider-Man #700. NOW!…The new Amazing Spider-Man has arrived, and he is better in every single way. Smarter, stronger…Superior. And he’ll prove it, both to himself and the world, when he faces down the all-new Sinister Six! But is this all-new Spider-Man in cahoots with J. Jonah Jameson? And has Carlie Cooper figured out the Superior Spider-Man’s secret identify? Plus: Spider-Man and Mary Jane…reunited?! All this and the return of the villainous Vulture! It’s an all-new era of web-slinging excitement, and it all starts NOW! COLLECTING: Superior Spider-Man 1-5.
This is my first true forway into Spiderman comics! I have a few older issues from the 80’s and 90’s, and I’ve watched a ton of cartoons/movies with him but I’ve never really sat down and enjoyed any of his storylines. After some nudging from a friend I finally did just that and I can’t wait to get the rest of this series.
You know that wacky question “what would you do if you switch bodies with so-and-so” where that essentially what Superior Spiderman tackles. A rather popular villain, Doc Oc ,finds himself in that very situation and he intends to make sure he is the better (*cough* superior *cough*) Spiderman. He turns Spiderman into someone sort of comparable to Batman, with gadgets and a slightly menacing nature and begins settling into (changing) Peter Parker’s life. This gives us the rare opportunity to be in a villians head, to see just how they truly think and what they would do if they had the chance to wear the guise of a superhero.
Dan Slott used the opportunity to answer quite a few what ifs in these first five issues and manages to do it in a way that doesn’t come off as cheesy or overdone. It was fun seeing how much changes. “Peter” is now obsessed with being a better Spiderman, he’s pursuing the ladies, ignoring small crimes, and putting villains in life threatening positions. All the while you’re wondering how Peter will ever gain control of his body again and just how much is going to change before that point. Trust me when I say it’s worth checking out, even if you’ve only had a few experiences with Spiderman.
Overall the writing and art are very solid for this one and I’m bummed I didn’t start reading this sooner!