Fourth time is a charm as Superior Spider-Man #4 proves to be the best yet.
Superior Spider-Man #4
Thanks to his “spiderbots”, the Superior Spider-Man seems to be in multiple places at once. He’s stopping more petty crimes and taking down more of Peter Parker’s annoyingly recurring villains than the old Spider-Man ever did. However, as Peter Parker, Doc Ock’s ego is showing through as he’s proving to be more and more problematic for those around him (especially at Horizon Labs). A former villain of the old Spidey’s, Massacre, violently breaks out of Ravencroft. Vowing that there will be no more bloodshed, Spidey frantically searches for Massacre while an old villain lies waiting.
Let me just get this out of the way real quick… I promise it won’t take long, but I still am against the idea of Peter Parker’s ghost playing a major role in this series. I still believe his ghost could have been haunting Octavius and having little clues here and there that all ties together after a year or two and it would have made for a cooler story and a better way to bring Peter back. Okay, done. Moving on to the positives.
This issue is simply amazing. Er, perhaps I should say it’s “Superior” to the first three issues. With a darker hero, a darker story should surface. It would be a little out of place for this meaner Spider-Man to be swinging about and taking down some of Peter’s older, sillier villains like White Rabbit… What’s that? He does take her on? How long did it last? Two panels and she surrendered for fear of her life? Okay, good.
In all seriousness. Massacre is on the level of villains this Spider-Man should be facing. He’s a stone cold killer. One that Peter let off the hook because of his personal code to not allow anyone to die on his watch. The Superior Spider-Man has no such code. So it only makes sense that he has tunnel vision to track down and end this villain no matter what Peter says. If done right, the showdown between this newer, edgier hero and this hardened murderer should become a real linchpin for this series to hang its hat on. Also, the lurking villain at the end, (SPOILERS) the Green Goblin, is waiting for Spider-Man on the other side of the duel against Massacre. Who this Goblin is may still be up for question because it’s safe to say that Norman Osborn is probably still a drooling madman locked away someplace (or at least he better be). This is most definitely the first issue I could finish and say that I can’t wait to see the next issue.
Filling in for Ryan Stegman in the art duties is Giuseppe Camuncoli. He’s done some fine work and this issue is no exception. I like Ryan Stegman’s work a lot from Scarlet Spider to this series, Stegman has impressed me to no end, but what Cammo does here is pretty awesome. He gives the book a much darker and ominous tone that simply backs up what I just mentioned above about the nature of the opposing characters in the story. He starts the issue with a great splash of Spider-Man sending out his spiderbots and ends it with a fantastic close up of the Green Goblin. You’re in for a lot of eye candy in between.
I hope this angle continues, and wouldn’t it be something if ghost Peter learns something from Octavius about dealing with those that have no hope of rehabilitation? Wouldn’t that be a cool twist to get along the way?
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Darker tone with a murderous villain suits this new take very nicely without really cramming it down our throats. Cammo does a great job with art duties.||Still would like ghost Peter to not be a leading character in this book, but keep giving me stories like this and I’ll be happy.|