- By Michael Moore On February 1, 2013 at 11:39 pm -

Superior Spiderman #2

Written by Dan Slot

Art by Ryan Stegman

Published by Marvel


Dan Slot continues the adventures of the new Spiderman.

Issue #2 of the Superior Spiderman starts off with Spiderman after rescuing a college, this issue was aimed at Spiderman’s morals and the choices he had to make when helping people. After the rescue, the Mayor J. Jonah Jameson personally congratulated and thanked Spiderman, and that’s when Peter’s ghost comes in to play. There’s always been conflict between The mayor and Spiderman and as soon as peter dies then J. Jonah Jameson starts thanking Spiderman. It’s another punch in the face to peter.

There were more hints being thrown at peter coming back but they were really trying to get that fact in that eventually peter will be back. Instead of one sentence mentioning it, the next issue’s storyline will be based on it, Carlie is going to investigate the switch between Spiderman and Doc Ock. In the final issues of ASM Peter told Carlie (in Doc Ock’s body) that he was really Spiderman. She never did believe him of course, until now. Fans of the Superior Spiderman should enjoy the series while it lasts, because it keeps going downhill for Doc Ock and it’s really only a matter of time before Peter’s back.

I’d like to think that Dan Slott has had all this mapped out from the beginning, and maybe this is more of a learning experience for both Spiderman and Peter, it sure seems like it anyway, with Doc Ock coming up with more practical ways of getting his daily patrol covered with robots that function from an app on his tablet. Peter admits he would have never have thought of the idea.

The part of the story with Mary Jane isn’t as creepy or disturbing as before, and as I have said, the story goes on about Spiderman’s morals, especially with Mary Jane. At the beginning “Peter” tried bringing her out on dates to try and progress with her, mainly because Doc Ock was never good with women, so he tries too hard and ends up doing things Peter would never do. This leads to Carlie’s suspicion at the end of the issue.

Overall I liked this issue more than issue one, it really feels like the story is developing more after each issue. The way the story is going isn’t looking good if you’re a fan of the series, and it’s a shame that in the second issue people suspect something has changed with Peter. It feels like the beginning of the end already.

I’m giving this issue 8/10, because of the original approach that has been taken and the catchy storyline.






  1. Amoroma says:

    In Superior Spider-Man #2 MJ and Peter, uh Octopus-Peter are dating. But something is way off here, and it is not Pete’s archaic choice of words.
    The good thing about Superior Spider-Man is the fact that Humberto Ramos is not drawing it. Ryan Stegman still draws too cartoony for my taste, but at least he knows human anatomy better than Ramos ever did. Man, do I miss the days when great artists like John Romita JR still drew Spidey’s adventure. But this is a different Marvel at least when Spidey is concerned. It hasn’t been right for a long time if you ask me.
    I still don’t get over the fact how poorly written Mary Jane is. It’s like somewhere she got a lobotomy, but Marvel somehow forgot to mention this. Check out this scene for instance:
    Mary Jane and Peter are soul mates. They’ve known each other for the longest time. They’ve been married – in some version of Spidey history at least – and went through hell and back, so, one would guess she knows Peter through and through. Why doesn’t see notice that Pete’s not himself… Why doesn’t she question Pete’s behavior more? He hasn’t been acting like himself for the last couple of issues.
    Because it’s not convenient for Dan Slott, that’s why. He bends MJ’s characterisation to make her fit in his master plan, which in my opinion makes bad writing. Or maybe another brain-body switch occurred and some dumb blond is inside her head or something…
    All right, at the end of issue #2 she seems to suspect something, but still: very late, very thin. Especially considering the rude ways Octopus has been treating her in the last couple of issues. MJ would never stand for that. Not the way MJ was written in the past by Stan Lee, Tom Defalco, Roger Stern and Michael Straczynski that is. That was an independant woman who doesn’t take lip from anyone.
    Personally: I can’t wait till Pete’s back in his own skin and a new creative team is working on the title. Till then, I am not spending a single buck on Spidey comics.

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