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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 tPart 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....

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The Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy Reviews

  • Alejandro
    2019-03-03 08:53

    Superior Starting Point!This TPB edition collects "Superior Spider-Man" #1-5Creative Team:Writer: Dan SlottIllustrators: Ryan Stegman & Giuseppe CamuncoliVILLAINS MAKE SUPERIOR HEROESThere were a lot of buzzing and talking and even death threats due the decision of Dan Slott of changing the mind of Peter Parker with the mind of Dr. Otto Octavius a.k.a. Doctor Octopus.I understand the negative feelings since it was changing the mind of a really popular hero, one of the most popular heroes, with the mind of one of his bittest enemies. Now a hero has the mind of a villain. But I have to say that the change has been for the better. Dr. Otto Octavius is not any villain, he is one of the smartest minds in the Marvel Universe, even Reed Richards looked for him when the life of his very first child was in the balance, in that time, with a very dark result. However, the point is that Dr. Octavius is not just a criminal whose only assets are violence and mayhem. He is a scientist, a mad scientist if you wish to say, but scientist at the end. And also as a criminal mastermind, he has plans and counterplans, develops strategies and protocols.A CHANGE OF MINDThe idea of changing minds of heroes with villains is not new, there was done many times before, on the comic book of Justice League, on the TV series of Smallville, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer too, etc... but the real key factor that makes this time really different is that Dr. Octavius not only put his mind in Peter Parker's brain but he also get all the Parker's memories and along with that, the biggest lesson in super-heroes' comics...With a great power, comes a great responsibility.That changes totally any plans which Dr. Octavius may have once he would be in control of the body and powers of Spider-Man. Now, he is becoming a hero, but as a scientist and a really, REALLY smart guy, he noticed that Parker's ways weren't efficient, so he is starting to take a superior way to do the "hero's job".He is doing decisions that Parker never did it and they are paying off. He is not all "banzai" approach to the bad guys improvising on the road, OH, NO, he makes plans, he prepares counter-attacks for each possible outake of the battles, he improves his "patrolling duties" at the maximum, and he is focusing on the important stuff, he can't be everywhere, so he is where he is most needed and where his superior help is really necessary. Even he is starting to improve Parker's personal life too!Maybe for some selfish and prideful reasons but still they are improvements in the resume of Parker's professional life. You get to know Otto Octavius as never before, since each action of him it's explained and reasoned, and he is doing the smart calls and making his "hero's job" as one can't deny is......THE SUPERIOR WAY.

  • Jeff
    2019-03-19 15:43

    An abused trope of sixties TV was body shifting. Remember! Fred Flintstone is now Dino, Dino is Wilma and Barney is the talking garbage disposal. Gilligan’s Island – The Skipper is Mr. Howell, the Professor is Mary Anne and Ginger is Gilligan (this one has some porn potential). My favorite non sitcom body shift was that episode of Star Trek, where Kirk was body shifted (or is it mind shifted? Too late!) with a woman he dumped years before. Cue overwrought scenery chewing performance. Oh, William Shatner! This is why God created the Emmy.Onto Spider-Man.Doctor Octopus has finally succeeded in shifting his mind into Spider-Man; however, Ock’s old, decrepit body is no more. Peter Parker’s consciousness now resides in the mind of the new superior Spider-Man, watching as Dr. Octopus does things he never dreamed or thought of and crossed lines that Parker wouldn’t dare(view spoiler)[ Beating villains to a pulp and killing one (hide spoiler)].This is probably the most significant Spider-Man story line in decades and the best thing that Don Slott has ever written.Can Volume 2 sustain the momentum?

  • Jan Philipzig
    2019-03-22 09:52

    Gimmicky, Bonkers, Fun!Aesthetically, this was not really my thing: too busy, inconsistent, rushed, sketchy, gimmicky for my taste. The Superior Spider-Man is not primarily about aesthetics, though - it’s primarily about plot… a plot that is completely bonkers, interestingly enough, combining b-movie sensationalism with screwball comedy, sixties-television silliness with John Hughes teen-o-rama. And yet it kinda works.The premise: A reformed Otto Octavius (aka. Doc Ock) has taken over Peter Parker's body, dishing out a “superior” form of superhero justice - one that is a little on the repressive, reactionary, ruthless side, yet at first glance appears to deliver splendid results. Meanwhile, Peter Parker’s essence (or something) has died in Octavius' body… but never fear, true believer - Peter continues to affect Otto’s memories and behavior... and even keeps hanging around as a ghost, constantly complaining about that new so-called Superior Spider-Man: "He's saying super villain stuff. How can no one see through this?"Bottom line: It's a ridiculously fertile scenario with lots of potential for drama, conflict, moral ambiguity, meta-commentary, social critique, action, romance, comedy - I’ll keep reading. In fact, it looks like I'm already hooked, as I'm really looking forward to some of those attractive-looking spin-offs!

  • Anne
    2019-03-05 13:44

    Yes, this was just as good as everyone said it would be. Maybe better.I haven't kept up with Spider-Man, so I have no idea how Doc Ock pulled off his Vulcan mind-meld switcheroo. I mean, I knew he had, I just didn't read about it when it happened.Attention Goodreads Geeks:Anyone got the link to that one for me? I wanna read it!I can't believe what a great job Slott did with this whole concept. Let's kill off Peter...and replace his mind with Otto Octavius'.In what world does that sound like a good idea?! It shouldn't work. Nothing about that sounds remotely good. Nothing.But it's soooo awesome!I cared! I actually cared about Doc Ock! It didn't hurt that Peter's consciousness is still rattling around in there, desperately trying to give Otto some sort of moral compass. Good luck, Parker!As an added bonus, it also gave the book a team-up feeling to it. And really, who doesn't love team-ups?The kicker is that Otto actually does do a better job as Spider-Man...than Spider-Man. Which doesn't exactly escape Peter's notice, and leads him to have several facepalm moments.Why didn't I ever call the police for back-up? Duh.Really the only way this could have been better is if Otto had decided to get a haircut. Can you imagine Spider-man with a bowl-cut?Nice.It's humorous, smart, and touching all rolled into a fun story with cool art.Superior Spider-Man is everything that's great about the comic book medium.So go read it!

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-03-08 15:30

    Prior to this series, a dying Doc Ock managed to switch bodies with Peter Parker so that his mind was transferred to Peter’s body and Peter’s mind was in Ock’s body. Doc Ock’s mind coupled with Peter Parker’s body makes him, in his words, the Superior Spider-man while Peter in Doc Ock’s body is “dead” though his spirit is still hanging around, stupefied at the way events have turned out. Crucially though, Peter was able to give Ock his memories and a measure of his personality so it’s not totally Doc Ock in control of Spider-man - he isn’t 100% supervillain, and he does save lives, think of others, and generally behave in a more or less civilised way than he normally would, much to his chagrin. So how does Doc Ock do as Spider-man? Actually really well, both as a character and as a concept for this series. He’s still selfish, arrogant and ruthless but his Spider-man is incredibly effective. He creates hundreds of mini-spiders with cameras inside and sets them loose on New York providing him with a spy network that eliminates the need for Spidey to go out on patrol - if a spider-camera picks up a crime, the app on his phone beeps and he can get to the scene exactly. Pretty smart, if somewhat Big-Brother-ish, and an idea that’s a great blend of Spidey and Ock. There are lots of little things like that that separate this Spider-man from the real Spidey, like the brilliant way he deals with the new Sinister Six in the opening issue, setting the tone for the series that this is a very different Spider-man than the one we’ve all read before. The focus is on Ock's more cerebral approach to crime-fighting, incorporating traps and gadgets to accomplish his goals more effectively. This Spider-man is definitely a new and interesting version of Spidey that we've never seen before and makes for a more exciting story as we can't predict what he's going to do next. It is strange that no-one picks up on Spidey being different - his voice is definitely Doc Ock’s, using phrases like “everything’s proceeding according to plan” in everyday vernacular - especially MJ. Issue #2 deals with the disturbing consequence of Doc Ock in Peter’s body - that he might end up trying to rape MJ, or she would sleep with him not knowing he’s not Peter. Thankfully, Dan Slott deals with it tastefully and in a way that it doesn’t need to be addressed again in other issues. There’s a brilliant scene that parodies Batman where Mayor J. Jonah Jameson sets up a Spider-man spotlight that shines into the sky whenever he needs him - a light that Spidey quickly destroys, telling him it’s like a beacon for every bad guy in the city to target. Which raised the interesting question of why more Batman villains haven’t tried sabotaging the light atop the GCPD more often? Batman shows up on the building whenever the light is shone after all. I thought it was a great observation from Slott anyway.Despite the jokey nature of the first couple of issues, things get very dark in the latter half of the book with Peter’s grip of Ock’s mind slipping (he follows Ock everywhere as a kind of one-man disembodied Greek chorus) and sees the Superior Spider-man becoming much more harsh in his approach to Spidey’s rogues gallery, specifically in his treatment of the Vulture and Massacre. In fact, the way Spidey deals with Massacre might be a dealbreaker for many long-time Spider-man readers - but just remember it’s not Peter. There really isn’t a single thing about the book I can fault. I even liked the sub-plot where Ock discovers Peter doesn’t have a doctorate and, his ego enraged, re-enrols in university to get his PhD. and gets tutored by a little person with excellent Italian cooking skills. Amid everything that’s happening, it should be a sidetrack that feels unnecessary but instead adds to the overall richness of the storyline. Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman and Guiseppe Camuncoli have re-invigorated Spider-man with this storyline, giving the character a fresh perspective and creating new avenues of storytelling with all sorts of possibilities. Superior Spider-man is a fantastic series and a must-read for both old and new fans of the character.

  • Mike
    2019-02-24 08:52

    This is just about the most brilliant idea I've seen in superhero comics in ages. Otto Octavius inhabiting the body of Peter Parker, spouting off his classic arrogance, distaste for all the Neanderthal morons surrounding him and being about as self-serving and brusque as Peter Parker was not? The dissonance from everything we ever knew about Parker is simply divine and wholly entertaining. The insults he hurls at nearly everyone around him are hilarious - like a symphony of comeuppance for the beleaguered Doc Ock, always a bridesmaid (or would-be world-conquering genius), never a bride. Now with the power and legitimacy of being on the good side, he gets the victories he's always deserved. Ironic but he'll (and I'll) take it.There's something gorgeous about just how quickly and easily Otto's brain and Peter's body equate to the perfect crime-fighter, and so ridiculously beyond most foes it's unfair and almost cruel. This makes my nerd side just sing with joy - I should be running naked through the streets in celebration of this victory on behalf of us nerds. Otto's entire approach to solving problems that were hellish for Peter is just so...gratifying and facepalm-worthy. Of COURSE that's how a genius and master plotter would handle these things - what moron WOULDN'T? (Little embarrassing for our hero, wouldn't you say?)This book feels like my well-earned reward for setting out to catch up on Spider-man that I embarked on early this year when I reached back (through a Marvel Digital Unlimited subscription) and started with Brand New Day.Watching Otto try to woo Mary Jane is like a symphony of teenage nerd-losses, played out with big brains but still missing the clue on how to understand girls. Bonus: there's a special observer along for the ride, making the whole exercise a squirmy pleasure I'd never dreamed. The Massacre story is a little less exciting, because it's the same old threat and just happens to have a few Otto one-upmanship twists to freshen it up a bit. It's not that it's not good, just that it's playing out the same scenery with a slightly different outcome. Somehow it feels like I'm playing a video game here, and this time we're free playing a level with a new character. Somehow it's...not entirely fun, feels a bit rote. (Or maybe it's just that we've trotted out Massacre, a C-list villain, to give Otto the excuse he needs to take this further than Spidey ever would.)The repercussions on Spidey's life from what Otto is doing are obvious, and inevitably Parker will re-inhabit his body and then have to deal with his wrecked life. It's an interesting way to mess with the "good life" that Peter has earned lately, though it boils down to "I was possessed" - a trope of soap operas that I wish I'd never been forced to acknowledge I've seen. (My mom made me do it, OK?)Art by Stegman, Camuncoli and team is good - evocative, fluid action, and interesting choices - but the faces look weirdly puffy and angular, and the acting ain't exactly subtle.All in all this is a must-read book, and a lot of fun is in there. I can't in good conscience give it full five stars, but it's damned close.

  • Terence
    2019-03-23 11:30

    Doctor Octopus has taken over Peter Parker's entire life. Despite having all of Peter Parker's memories he's still doing things his way which is good, bad, and in-between.A Dying Wish left me expecting to enjoy Superior Spider-Man even though my initial thought was it wouldn't be too enjoyable seeing Doc Ock be Spidey. When it comes to My Own Worst Enemy, my initial thought was correct. Doc Ock is a resourceful genius, but the man is a total prick too. Fortunately Peter's memory ghost or whatever it is has been keeping Otto in check for the largest part.I realize the writing is supposed to represent a strange and very unlike Peter Parker Spider-Man, but the result is a guy I want to punch in the face. Calling the news to witness his successes and making nice with J. Jonah Jameson are just two of the ways Otto has changed Peter negatively.I'm not sure if I'll continue reading Superior Spider-Man because I can't stand Doctor Octopus as Spider-Man.

  • Lono
    2019-03-14 14:27

    So let me start by saying I’m not a Spidey fan. Sure, I’ve read a bunch of his books in the past because I liked an artist or author, but never was so stoked by a title that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next collection. The Superior Spider-Man has changed that. This is not only my favorite Spidey book EVER, it has earned a spot on my list of all-time favorites. Now that that’s out of the way, the hardback collection I read also included Amazing Spider-Man #698 – 700 along with Superior #1 – 5, but I couldn’t find it in Goodreads so I put my review here. Here's the dust jacket cover image from the hardcover collection. Sweet.Dan who? Never heard of him. Not really true, as I have read a smattering of his stuff in the past. But nothing that touches this. Had every one of my Goodreads pals not raved about this title I almost certainly wouldn’t have even picked it up. Mr. Slott took a character and storyline I had no interest in and owned that shit. Watching Ock interact with everyone in Peter’s life as Peter or Spidey was fantastic. I previously thought it would be impossible for Slott to convince me that a life-long villain wanted to be a hero. He did it in an entertaining and plausible way. Ock doesn’t just want to be a hero, he wants to be a “superior” hero. Some of the stuff he comes up with (new spider-suit, spider-bots, and spider-apps) is just great. And Otto also does what any portly middle-aged nerd would do if given the young muscular body of a professional soccer player. Right. He's gonna smash MJ. Can’t blame him. And “spirit” Peter gets to watch the whole thing. And then there’s the art. For years I have been jealous of the long list of great artists that worked on a title I really had no interest in. Well not anymore. The art throughout this collection was top notch. Especially the stuff by Humberto Ramos, Ryan Stegman, and Giuseppe Camuncoli. All three brought the kind of dynamic and kinetic work this title needed to make it a classic. Glad to see all of them continue to contribute to future volumes and this insures that I’ll be back for more.

  • Sesana
    2019-03-12 13:39

    I hated this idea from the moment I heard it: Doc Ock has transferred his mind into Peter Parker's body, and is continuing to pose as him, and Spider-Man. It sounds like a gimmick, and it's painfully obvious that this will eventually be reverted. I pegged it as an ultimately pointless, shallow attempt to sell more books. I read it anyways. And, um... It's actually really good.I still think that the basic idea started as a cash grab, but Slott has put in the hard work to make it something more. He's actually made Otto's thoughts and actions believable. I buy him as a mostly reformed villain now trying to live up to his responsibilities, his way. It adds an interesting dynamic, especially when he encounters an old friend like Vulture. I loved reading how he'd put his past experience as a creator of cunning plans to work. It's a different dynamic. Otto's Spider-Man doesn't patrol, he uses an army of spider-bots to watch the city for him, more effectively than Peter could on his patrols. He doesn't react immediately to a threat, he carefully plans the best way to react to it. And he's certainly more ruthless than Peter ever was. He's also creepier than Peter ever was. His interactions with Mary Jane are so calculated and cold-blooded that it was uncomfortable to read. For a moment, his devotion to Aunt May was sweet... until I remembered that he'd once been engaged to her. And now he's cozying up to her again. In her nephew's body. Ew. I do find those scenes believable, but still... Ew. Luckily, those scenes don't take up too much space in the book.I still think this was a bad idea, and I still think that it's a cynical ploy for sales at heart. But nobody gave Dan Slott the memo, and as a result, he delivered the best possible take on the concept, better than anyone could have expected. I can't believe that I liked it as much as I did.

  • Aldo Haegemans
    2019-03-12 07:29

    This was great! Makes you really wonder, is doc oc a better spider-man than Peter Parker? When Peter ever gets his body back he is in for a surprise! Wasn't familiar with him, But I loved the Massacre character! Not sure if he is a regular spider baddy! But this makes me want to check him out.

  • Gavin
    2019-02-28 11:34

    Well now, THAT is how you jump start/reboot one of the biggest superheroes out there. Marvel NOW started slow for me, but at this point, it's kicking the crap out of New 52. (Matt Fraction on Hawkeye; Mark Waid on Daredevil; Jonathan Hickman on the New Avengers; Brian Michael Bendis on All New X-Men, Jason Aaron on Wolverine and the X-Men....just wow).Doc Ock's consciousness is in Peter Parker, and Peter is dead. Yes that's right. However, the dead sometimes have a way of haunting people...but I won't give more than that away. Taking a whole new spin on Spidey, his relationships with everyone (which Slott's done a great job of explaining, it's not Otto's brain in Peter's body, because Peter's memories and morality is still intact, so it's a hybrid of Peter and Otto). This makes very fascinating reading, because he's not a bad guy, nor is he the good Spidey of old, but somewhere in between, and in some ways, far more effective. [little robotic spiders to act as an early warning system for crime so that Otto can be where he needs to be without having to 'waste time' patrolling]There's a nice parallel of Batman (J. Jonah gets a Spider Light put on the roof of the mayor's house) and I'll leave it to you to read how that goes down. There's also run ins with Vulture (a whole new dynamic as Otto and the Vulture are old acquaintances) as well as Massacre.The fight between Massacre and Spidey will shake you, and may be too much for some long time Spidey fans, but you have to remember...that it isn't Peter Parker.Slott manages to take Otto as Spider-Man and make it fascinating, his interactions with everyone are new, and bring up all new situations. Yet without giving it away, the spirit of Peter Parker looms large over this book.This is in my opinion a new modern classic, and destined to be included in the greatest Spider-Man books ever. Bravo Mr. Slott.

  • Chris
    2019-03-08 07:41

    I first heard of Superior Spider-Man when I saw an article stating that writer Dan Slott had received death threats regarding the catalyst for the series; A dying Otto Octavius has managed to switch his mind with Peter Parker's, leaving the original wall-crawler to pass away in his dying body. With all of Peter's memories and experiences still intact, Otto's goal is to become a "superior" Spider-Man. One who wont make the mistakes that Peter did, serving the city more effectively as a result. Aside from the obvious reasons that making death threats towards Slott was wrong, those responsible should be even more embarrassed because Superior Spider-Man deftly deflects all criticism with an outstanding first volume.With the former Doctor Octopus now trying to be a hero (or at least, his idea of one), the status quo of the series has completely changed. The Superior Spider-Man is more violent and ruthless, yet also more efficient and resourceful than before. It raises the question of whether he actually might be doing a better job, especially when a familiar face pops up to offer another viewpoint from the end of the first chapter. Slott begins to develop several intriguing sub-plots while also building to a gripping finale.Visually the book is fantastic, too. Ryan Stegman's sketchy style sits surprisingly well next to Giuseppe Camuncoli and John Dell's cleaner artwork later on. Their Spidey is strangely more muscular than the preceding chapters (ironically, in an issue where he comments on getting a fat gut) but, that minor gripe aside, there's little to fault with the artwork.Only future volumes will tell if this is truly a superior Spider-Man, but My Own Worst Enemy is one hell of a start. Don't let the naysayers deter you from this one, it's a crazy idea that's been executed remarkably well. Highly recommended.

  • Donovan
    2019-03-06 07:48

    Honestly, this is the first Spider-Man comic I've ever read. He's never interested me as a character. Good guy who doesn't get the girl? Evasive fighter? Goofy villains? Eh... Fortunately for me, Peter Parker is gone and Otto Octavius is here instead. Villainous!Otto makes an awesome Spider-Man. He drinks, womanizes, gawks, talks back. He's arrogant, scheming, lazy. He's a terrible person at first, making a mockery (satisfyingly for me) of Peter Parker. But being inside Peter's head and having his memories, he actually starts to care. And yet, because he's a villain and sees the value of extremism, he's a killer. Which makes this pretty dark and gritty sometimes and I love it. Reminds me of Batman. But because this is Spider-Man and Marvel, there's humor, which makes for a wonderful balance.

  • Jesse A
    2019-03-09 09:40

    I really enjoyed this volume, this version of spider-man. Good stuff!

  • Chris
    2019-03-24 08:31

    Before reading this book thought that the general premise sounded a bit ropey at best. I haven't read any Spider-Man books and found my way to this one through the current Spider-Man/Deadpool run, which has made me more interested in Spidey. I have read some great reviews of this book on here so decided this would be as good a place as any to start. Having said that I still went into this one skeptically. For those that don't know, Superior Spider-Man is the story of Dr Otto Octavius (Dr Octopus) becoming Spider-Man. Octavius is dying, in order to avoid death the swaps his mind into Peter Parkers body and vice versa. (This all happens in a previous book and I'm not sure how). In doing so he retains Parker’s memories and experiences. The result being, rather than continue his life of crime, he sets out to be come a Superior Spider-Man to Parker by using his superior intellect to and technological skills along with Peters Spider-man powers. On more than a few occasions this is very reminiscent of Batman and his approach to crime fighting. The Spider Signal just sealed the deal.For me the most interesting concept in this book the increasing emergence of Peter’s consciousness acting as the angel on Dr Ock’s shoulder. This gives us an inner battle that is simply fascinating, as Peter struggle to keep his Dr Ock’s far more violent methods within the confines of the law. It also forces Peter to reexamine his approach, making him question if is way is best. Dan Slott handles the writing of this extremely well as he shows that, for the most part Dr. Ock's is in fact a Superior Spider-Man, catching far more criminals that Peter would. Is the good way always the best way? Whether this continues or not remains to be seen.The end of this story is excellent. There are a couple of shocking moments that give us a glimpse of things to come. Again much like Batman, this Spider-Man intends to employ high level intellect, fear and control to thwart crime but perhaps with less restraint. So what I thought was going to be a silly, gimmicky read turned out to be a surprisingly well thought out and deep concept. I really hope that this continues as the storyline progresses. This was my Spidey introduction, and what an introduction. 5 stars.

  • Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
    2019-03-20 13:34

    So, just to clear the air, I was a Spider-Man virgin before I read this! And talk about an intro to America's Favorite Arachnid! Even as someone who's only seen the various cartoon/movie versions, even I could tell the major differences between Doc Ock inhabiting Peter, and when Peter's body is being controlled by himself.I loved that ghost/spirit Peter was forced to watch and try to intervene (pretty much fruitlessly...though Ock does seem to almost hear him sometimes) as Ock screwed up his love-life, his work relationships, and completely changed the way he handled his superhero duties. Also, Spider-Bots? AWESOME! Not so awesome: Ock creeping on Aunt May while in Peter's body. Just...UGH, NO.***I did like that he ended the (seemingly) never-ending "star-crossed" cycle of Spidey and Mary Jane. And that Peter recognizes that he should have and just couldn't bring himself to actually finish things. Also, the facepalm over never calling the cops for help was truly priceless. Really looking forward to seeing where this one goes. But really, does not ONE of Parker's friends/family think it's weird that he suddenly sounds like a walking-talking DICTIONARY with his "proper" English???!!! Who talks like that? Aliens, bad-guys (some of the old or more literate ones anyways),old people, etc. In other words, NOT SPIDER-MAN!!!***P.S. My opinion is they kind of are and they kind of aren't. If that offends you, you must not like the South-Park type of humor. I am calling our friendship into question now.

  • Anthony
    2019-03-13 07:45

    Peter Parker is no more. Now there is only Doc Ock. Now there is onlyThe Superior Spider-man!I was very sceptical when I first heard of Dan Slotts premise behind the new Spider-man title. But after Amazing Spider-man #700 I was sold on the idea of Otto Octavius becoming Spider-man and seeking redemption for his life of villainy. This book deals with the main theme of Spider-man which is "with great power, there must also come great responsibility". Otto now has the power of Spider-man, and want's to do good, better even, than Peter. There are some flaws here. There are some scenes that involve Mary Jane that borderline on rape. No doubt it's Slott's intention for the scenes of Otto hitting on MJ to be creepy, but it ends up turning out to be uncomfortable for the reader (well, for me personally it was).But Slott also takes advantage of Otto being a scientific genius in a way that's never really been done with Peter. He adapts his Octo-bots to patrol the city so he wont have to. He makes improvements to his costume (which Peter did do quite often, but then he'd always go back to his usual suit once the job at hand was done). Look, Spider-man is a character that is now 50 years old. A lot of writers have worked on him in that time and done many things. So Slott's current take on Spidey is fresh and does have interesting parts to it. And also, the part about Peter Parker being dead? Yeah, don't get too upset over that. You'll find out why when you read on.

  • Blindzider
    2019-03-22 13:40

    Quick bit of background: I'm a huge Spider-Man fan. Peter Parker Spider-Man. I haven't forgiven Marvel for One More Day, but I have read some of Slott's Spider-Man and I do like this general take. After hearing about this storyline of Superior Spider-Man though, I really avoided it because I just want to see good Peter Parker Spider-Man stories. I'm reading this with an open mind.I have to say it is well done. Since Peter is still involved it becomes more of a "how will Peter get out of this situation" story for me. Also, you do see Otto do some things better than Peter, holding up a mirror to him, reminding us of both the good and bad about Peter (which is also what makes him possibly the best superhero ever.)The art isn't bad, but it varies. There are at least two in this volume and I like Stegman's better.So far I'm liking it and interested to see what happens. More like a 3.5 stars. Vol 2 next...

  • Future Slayer Girl
    2019-03-04 11:54

    I'm actually a big fan of Dan Slott. He revived the She-Hulk series for me in a big way. And in my opinion did amazing things for this Spidey series! Not only is this a totally engaging story, but the art work is prime in this. I can't wait to read the next installment. I'd love to work some of the stuff I read in this in my turned based writing.

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-03-09 08:36

    1 -Doctor Octopus, in Spider-Man's body, tackles the Sinister Six in his own way...When I heard Doctor Octopus and Spider-Man swapped bodies, I groaned a bit. However, it kept getting rave reviews so I gave it a read. It may be too soon to tell but I'm digging it so far. Doc Ock approaches being a super hero from a different point of view, one might say a more intelligent point of view. Why let the Sinister Six live when you can settle their hash permanently?Fortunately, Peter Parker's personality is still in there and he's acting as Otto's conscience. We'll see how things go but I'm already intrigued with Otto putting the moves on Mary Jane and being an asshole to Peter's co-workers.2 -Otto/Peter's relationship with M.J. evolves as he incorporates spider-bots into his patrols.Okay, I'm digging this. I like how Otto treats all the aspects of his life like an equation. The spider-bots were also a nice touch. I'm interested in seeing the series through and see how Peter sorts things out when he inevitably returns.3 -The Vulture and his flock are committing a series of robberies and Spider-Man is on the case, only this is a very different Spider-Man than the one The Vulture is used to...Slott gives us a window into the childhood of Doctor Octopus in this one. Also, I love how quickly Otto is changing things. Spider-bots? A good relationship with J. Jonah Jameson? The way he dealt with the Vulture and the motivation behind it were pretty brutal.4 -Massacre busts out of Ravencroft! Can the Superior Spider-Man stop him before he kills again?To be continued. Spidey and Massacre don't go head to head just yet. This issue was mostly setup as Otto goes back to school so people will call him Doctor Parker. No shit!5 -Spidey vs. Massacre is the main event in this one. Also, Otto gets a tutor who's a little person and I think he's having feelings.Otto crosses the line that Spider-Man never would and seems to be getting praised for it. This certainly ups the ante for future volumes.Closing Thoughts: I knew Dan Slott had chops going in but he's actually turning what I thought was a cheap stunt into something with lasting consequences. The art was damn good as well. I guess I'm in it for the long haul with Superior Spider-Man. 4 out of 5 stars.

  • Brandon
    2019-02-22 09:36

    Spider-Man is dead. Or is he?After years of battling the wall-crawling menace, Doctor Otto Octavius (or Doctor Octopus if you prefer) was about to kick the bucket thanks to an incurable disease. In a last ditch effort to save himself as well as defeat Spider-Man, Doc Ock successfully managed to “switch brains” with his nemesis just in time for Spidey to die imprisoned in Doc Ock’s former body.There’s just one thing Doc Ock didn’t account for – while he has full control over Spidey’s body, he’s also infused with the memories of Peter Parker. Upon realizing exactly why Parker does what he does as Spider-Man, Doc Ock pledges to lead a good life and strive to continue Spider-Man’s legacy. Unfortunately for him, it’s not that easy to switch sides when you’ve been spending years as a self-absorbed evil genius.It’s not like Peter Parker is totally gone either. He’s still swinging alongside his former self as a ghost, acting like a sort of conscience to Doc Ock as he struggles to maintain his new role. While Doc Ock can’t see him or actually communicate with him, Parker acts as a comedic companion to inject some lightness into a few of the heavier scenes.There’s also this strange Spider-Man/Black Cat one-off in the middle of the book that really took me out of the story they were trying to tell. Not sure why the decision was made to inject it as a sort of bridge between the final issues of Amazing Spider-Man and the renewed Superior Spider-Man series.The whole idea is completely ridiculous and it should have fallen flat on its face but somehow, Dan Slott makes it work. It took a decent portion of the book for me to really get invested in the story but by the end I was ready for more. I’m hoping I can get my hands on the following two volumes and catch up to the point where I can start reading this monthly.

  • Jerry Jose
    2019-03-05 07:36

    Looking back now, this was my all time favourite Spiderman run. Still remember religiously refreshing good old piratebay for new editions week after week.Will totally reread.

  • Joe
    2019-03-17 07:30

    It has been a long time since I've been this excited about a Spider-Man title. I grew up loving him but his routine had become a little...stale, I guess? I mean, I get it: When you have a successful formula, why mess with it? But as "The Simpsons" has shown, if you keep going back to that well too many times your comic/film/tv show suffers.That's why "The Superior Spider-Man" is such a revelation! It begins with this premise: Doctor Octopus was dying and switched bodies with Spider-Man. The good doctor's body died with Peter in it and the switch became permanent. BUT, now that he's in Spider-Man's body, he finds he also has his morality and is compelled to do good. Peter Parker's spirit is also attached to Doctor Octopus and plays the part of the angel on the shoulder that Doctor Octopus can't really HEAR but rather FEELS.This change adds humor, life, action, and romance to a title I hadn't been interested reading in years!I'm definitely going to read the rest of this series.

  • Oscar
    2019-02-28 10:29

    I can't help but compare this to Superior Spider-Man Team-Up Vol. 1, and it's just not really close to being as good.For as many times there's something funny or charming about "Spock" (Dr. Octopus in Spider-Man's body), there is an equally dumb or creepy moment. Considering Spock is Slott's creation, it seems odd that he just doesn't seem to know how to handle him quite as well as when other writers write him.Also, this volume doesn't really have much in overarching story. Oddly, this is where Team-Up again comes out smiling. For some reason, even though Team-Up is essentially a side-book and Superior is the main book, Team-Up Vol. 1 showcases a more engaging and interesting long-term story.This book isn't bad, it's just not great, and if you're interested in the whole Spock thing, Team-Up Vol. 1 is just much more satisfying.2/5 is a bit harsh, but I'm feeling okay about scoring it this as I've read some of the issues from Vol. 2 already as floppies and know that it does get better. But still, this won't hook you in if you don't want it to.

  • Melody
    2019-02-24 15:51

    Holy damn. Just blew my mind. This is such an interesting story line. I need to read more spidie. I just been reading these all out of order. But you can still get it.

  • Perceptive
    2019-03-04 09:32

    A terrific concept (what if Doctor Octopus switched brains with Peter Parker - and then killed off the body inhabited by Peter Parker's psyche, thus usurping Peter's life both personally and as Spider-Man) completely and utterly hamstrung by Dan Slott's inability to tell anything resembling a coherent, compelling story. The only way to enjoy this book is to check your disbelief at the door sight unseen, and wipe your own mind, especially of any previous knowledge of Spider-Man.Slott's story depends on Peter Parker's entire supporting cast acting like nothing like themselves. Instead, they are morons, their personas crushed under the weight of the idiot ball foisted on them. Slott also has a tendency to confuse problematic situations with "humor," and this book is no different. The book is especially misogynistic when it comes to its female characters. Mary Jane Watson loses years of character development and is blatantly, willfully objectified (well, Slott removed her brain and her agency, so there was no other role for her to play except clueless blow up doll), Aunt May is irredeemably stupid, and Carlie Cooper continues to be a cardboard Mary Sue who is contorted willy nilly to serve the plot, instead of the plot serving her. Slott's inability to structure a plot really shines through, as does his stilted, heavy-handed dialogue. Don't look for subtlety; on-the-nose is the only menu item available. Doc Ock is a character who, in the past, had some pathos and sympathy to go along with his villainous ways; here, he's just a megalomaniac douche AND PETER (or his ghostly conscience remnant) EVEN LOOKS UP TO HIM AT TIMES. ("Oh, Ock, you're my hero for being manly enough to break up with Mary Jane - something I was never strong enough to do!" Ghost Peter practically rhapsodizes.) Of course, since Slott writes Peter as a manchild douche, it's understandable, if still vomit inducing.The art is serviceable.

  • Ronald
    2019-03-18 12:46

    This is a terrible comic book. Well technically it is a collection of the first five issues of the Superior Spider-Man comic book. But that does not change the fact that Mr. Slott and Marvel Comics took Peter Parker the Amazing Spider-Manand killed him. But instead of just doing the deed and moving on they felt the need to add insult to injury so they replaced the mind of Peter Parker with the mind of an evil mass murderer and Super Villain Doc Ock (Doctor Otto Octavius). So as far as the rest of the World is concerned Spider-Man turns mean and evil. No one notices (not even the telepaths and empaths can tell that there is a new mind running the show. Not even Captain America notices that Peter Parker is suddenly killing people. So in these five issues Spider-Man / Peter Parker murders people he abuses his Girlfriend for life Mary Jane Watson and then dumps her. But beyond these issues with the background of these comics the stories are just not up to the normal level of quality that has been the Amazing Spider-Man - heck even Mr. Slott had been a better writer in the past. Frankly these issue past the first are just filling space and not advancing whatever crime again Spider-Man committed here by Mr. Slott who claims to love writing the Amazing Spider-Man so much this comic storyline happened. Frankly finding excuses for Ock to be mean to Peter's friends / relatives and people trying to help Spider-Man is not good. I truly do not understand how this story could be considered good.I only grabbed the collection from the library because the plot twist has been reverted with the release of the Amazing Spider-Man Volume 3 #1 and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about past the first issue of Superior.

  • Annie Wilbury
    2019-03-19 11:48

    This is one of the best Spiderman storylines I've ever read, honestly.At first I was concerned with the whole concept of Otto Octavius becoming Spiderman because come on, he's Doc Oc and we all love and care about our Peter Parker, right?So, having Peter struggling to stay alive and Doc Oc stealing his life is one of the best uses of the "character steals other character life" trope in the last few years. I certainly shed a tear because of Peter -and that's not something you can easily achieve-. Anyway, I think the big thing about this whole story is that it brings out the question: what exactly is a hero? Is a hero someone who cares about erradicating a sickness not carinng so much about the side effects? Is it someone who fights "bad guys"? The most reasonable conclussion I came to, is that a real hero is someone who will always try to help others even when doing so can affect him. Or, at the very least, a hero is someone who will try to be better everyday and, in the process, makes the world a better place for everyone. And it also left me with a question I really don't know the answer to: Is it better to do something right for the wrong reasons or do something wrong for the right reasons?SPOILER Fav thing about Otto having Pete's life: him getting annoyed at the fact that he can't call himself a Doctor anymore because Peter never managed to get his title lmao

  • Andrew
    2019-03-12 08:32

    (Rating is for full series, not just omnibus).So, Doc Ock has mind-swapped with Peter Parker, and amazingly, it's not a complete narrative disaster. Part of this is due to the nuance and humor with which the swap is pulled off. It's not just "Spider-Man is evil, now!" See, Ock still has Parker's memories, so he finds himself drawn to being a hero despite his baser instincts. However, he's still Ock - schemer, scientist, manipulator - so he sets about doing this AT SCALE, without regard for other people's thoughts or feelings.The first 18 issues are the best, exploring how this new "superior" Spider-Man may actually be a more effective, if less compassionate, superhero than the traditional Peter Parker. He makes some bold moves that Peter never would, and instead of simply upending the status quo, they feel like an exciting new directly for a character that's been around for 50 years.But as the series progresses it loses some of that initial fire and focus - bringing Spiderman 2099 into the mix never worked for me, and the conclusion devolves into a whole lotta goblin nonsense that was really uninteresting. And of course, when Amazing Spider-Man 2 is about to hit theaters, the entire thing gets zapped back to Status Quo, so a real rushed and unsatisfying ending.Still, fun while it lasted, and worth reading the first 18 issues.

  • Get X Serious
    2019-02-25 12:45

    Superior Spider-Man? Superior is fucking right.So Doc Oc is spidey now. Sounds kind of dumb, but it's totally not, it's actually really fucking badass. Honestly, we're all maybe a little sick of the teenage quipster Spider-Man at this point. If you disagree you're lying to yourself. Don't worry, he's still a hero... if maybe with some slightly skewed morals, but still heroic. He's got all of Peter Parker's memories (great power comes great responsibility and all that) and maaaybe he's even influenced by Peter Parker's mind still lurking in his subconscious. But he's definitely not Peter Parker.Imagine, a Spider-Man who isn't distracted by the small fry shit (relationships with girls mostly), is able to look at the bigger picture, is a little bit (or a lotta bit) of a mad scientist, and is willing to make hard decisions that Peter Parker's Moral Code won't allow him to.Don't worry, Peter Parker's disembodied conscious (or something) is still a major character and follows Doc Oc around the whole time, narrating events and unbeknownst to Doc Oc doing a lot of "oh no he's gonna steal my girlfriend and ruin my reputation!", and he even delves into Doc Oc's past a bit, which is a fun little ride.4.5 stars, cause it's a fun read with a seriously insane ending!