In this issue of Superior Spider Man the relationship of Mary Jane Watson and Peter (Otto) Parker is in the spotlight as we see Otto try to weasel himself back into Mary Jane’s life. It isn’t that easy though as we see Mary Jane taking things very slowly as if she is dating Peter for the first time (she is technically). I was a bit worried (and still am) about how Slott was going to handle this icky situation with Petey and MJ but Slott has handled this very delicately, but I feel that MJ has taken a slight step back in terms of character growth. MJ was depicted as being a little bit stronger willed and minded towards the end of ASM so it boggles my mind that she can’t figure out that Peter isn’t Peter (even Carlie knows something is up!) though she begins to suspect something isn’t right.
The Superior aspect of Spider-Man is what is most interesting to me about this book, as Otto has developed a series of Spider-Bots that patrol and alert Spider-Man to any problem all around the city, which gives him more time to woo MJ. Slott has turned Spider-Man into Batman with his various technological advances in Superior and it is amazing.
As much as Otto is trying to be a hero we still see his true character reveal itself as he tries on numerous occasions to take things to the next level with MJ who denies him at every turn. An enraged Otto suddenly realizes that he doesn’t have to chase MJ because since he can relive all of Peter’s memories he can be with Mary Jane whenever he wants. Peter (still in ghost form) vows revenge for desecrating the beautiful memories that he and MJ shared.
Dan Slott is slow burning the eventual return of Peter Parker, and when he returns you can bet he is not going to be happy with the way Otto has alienated Peter’s family and friends. I would even go as far as saying that Dr. Octopus is the greatest villain in Marvel Comics right now, not only does Otto have this incredible power and being a better hero than Peter (in theory) but he is actively trying to ruin Peter’s old life. Even in death, Peter cannot get any rest.
4 out of 5!
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Posted on March 12th, 2013
Category: REVIEWS, THE BURRITO BANDITO
Tags: Burrito Bandito, Comic Reviews, dan slott, Doctor Octopus, marvel comics, Mary Jane Watson, peter parker, Ruben Mendoza, Superior Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man #2 Review