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THE BURRITO BANDITO #040 – “SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1”

By Ruben Mendoza

Written by DAN SLOTT
Art and Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

If you haven’t heard yet…Peter Parker is dead (again?) and the new SUPERIOR Spider-Man is none other than Doctor Octopus!

(Note: This Review will contain spoilers to Amazing Spider-Man #700 and Avenging Spider-Man #15.1, so go out and read those before you read this!)

The month of December was a big one for Peter Parker and Spider-Man, well for Spider-Man at least. If you haven’t heard yet…Peter Parker is dead (again?) and the new SUPERIOR Spider-Man is none other than Doctor Octopus! Allow me to explain and this has been in the work for about 100 issues (still working reading through them). Sometime during one of their encounters; Doctor Octopus implanted his memories into the body of Spider-Man/Peter Parker and vice versa. So now Otto has a new lease on life and is in the body of the world’s greatest super hero while Peter Parker was left to die in the broken body of Dr. Octopus.

A lot of people (myself included) were furious when the switch first happened and demanded answers from Dan Slott. After reading the last issue of ASM #700, I can honestly say that Dan Slott handled the entire situation quite well and that last issue will probably go down as one of my favorites of all time. The loss of Peter Parker will be felt for years to come (?), but for now let’s looks towards Marvel NOW!

Spider-Man realizes midway through the fight that he doesn’t like getting punched in the face so he decides to leave!

The new Spider-Man promised Peter Parker that he would uphold the responsibility that went along with great power, but that he would be superior to Peter Parker in every way and be the hero he could not. Right from the start, Dan Slott puts a new twist on the whole villain turned hero story. Spider-Man’s first day on the job has him go up against a group of foes that he was a founding member of! The inside jokes are very fun as we get to watch Otto do battle with the new Sinister Six. Spider-Man realizes midway through the fight that he doesn’t like getting punched in the face so he decides to leave! Spider-Man still struggles with the role of being a hero though and while fleeing battles saves an officer on duty. Spider-Man does manage to get a hold of the Living Brain (member of the Sinister Six) and takes the Brain back to Horizon Labs to study him. After this, Max Modell (founder of Horizon Labs) informs Otto that all of his hard work will be paid off with fame and recognition, both of which will not go to him but Parker. Otto’s old pride shines through and we get some insight on how much this bother’s him, something that readers should focus on in future issues.

Spider-Man manages to get a hold of the Living Brain and takes him back to Horizon Labs.

We then get some rather uncomfortable panels where Otto goes on a date with Mary Jane Watson, as Otto nearly drools himself over the fact that he now has the company of Peter’s greatest love. The implications are all there and I hope this doesn’t go down the road I think it’s going, I hope that Slott shows some restraint and doesn’t revisit this love triangle anytime soon (though, solicitations show a different story) but I trust Slott will handle the situation in the right way. During the date Otto reveals that in his battle with the new Sinister Six, Otto cut one of the members (Boomerang) and injected him with Spider-Tracers (a SUPERIOR tactic) so he knows where they will strike next.

We then get some rather uncomfortable panels where Otto goes on a date with Mary Jane Watson, as Otto nearly drools himself over the fact that he now has the company of Peter’s greatest love.

The Sinister Six invade Horizon Labs and to their surprise are greeted by the Superior Spider-Man. As Otto systematically takes each member down, he gives us insight into why he is a better hero than Peter Parker ever could be.

I’ve already said too much and won’t spoil the big reveal at the end of the issue, but do yourself a favor and go and buy this now!

As Otto systematically takes each member down, he gives us insight into why he is a better hero than Peter Parker ever could be.

The Positive

A new and exciting take on an old super hero, Dan Slott gives us a conflicted character with great power, and great arrogance. The art is fantastic here and the colors are fantastic to look at, really great work all around.

Please no more of this!

The Negative

The entire date with Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson…please no more of this!

The Verdict

The Superior Spider-Man is off to a great start; if any of you Peter Parker fans had doubts with what direction Dan Slott was taking Spider-Man in, don’t be! The memory of the true Spider-Man will never die!

5 out of 5!

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Posted on January 30th, 2013
Category: REVIEWS, THE BURRITO BANDITO
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