DOCTOR DOOM by Mike Zeck & Terry Austin (1985)
By Steve McNiven
BATMAN & FLASH (1966)
By Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella & Murphy Anderson
THE COMIC VAULT’S ‘SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN’ RETROSPECTIVE & SSM #31 REVIEW
Today marks the end of my favorite ongoing series, Superior Spider-Man. Looking back I was skeptical a series like SSM could work. Marvel is going to kill off Peter and let Doc Ock take the wheel? That’s sounds stupid. Then I read SSM #1 and all of my prejudices went away immediately. I mean from the first issue to the last, this series managed keep Dock Ock’s arc of fitting in to being a superhero interesting, suspenseful, and fun.
It also became a very tragic arc for Octavius himself. And that scene where Ock erases Peter completely (or so we thought at the time) from his brain was just plain depressing. Of course what goes up must come down, and we all knew Peter Parker was bound to return. Besides the fact a new Spidey film is coming, I think Dan Slott set up a lot of story to restart “Amazing” anew. So thank you Dan Slott, the rotating group of artists and Marvel for taking a calculated risk and making Spider-Man more popular than ever. I’m looking forward to the future of the Spidey mythos.
So on to the SSM #31 review! Basically this whole review is gonna be a spoiler. So if you haven’t read the final issue of SSM, well then don’t read any further. Or do. Whatever, it’s your choice.
Okay. So last ish we saw the inevitable return of Peter Parker. As soon as he puts on the Amazing costume, he’s already faced with how much much Ock fucked things up. The immediate task is to save Anna Maria from Norman Osborn.
I appreciate the fact that we get another Amazing & 2099 team-up, where they actually made a good team. I love Peter and Miguel working together and I hope we get to see it again when Spidey 2099 gets his own book in July.
So the two head to Alchemax (formerly Oscorp) to rescue Anna. They find Harry Osborn’s widow and son acting pretty suspicious and clearly setting things up for a future story line in the new Amazing Spider-Man series.
A young Ty Stone gets to be an asshole one last time. Spidey 2099 rescues the group while Peter goes to confront Green Goblin.
Gobby has wired the building to blow and after a struggle, Peter manages to free Anna Maria and reveal the truth about Osborn. He’s changed his face to avoid detection and has seen the truth. That true villainy isn’t a cackling madman in a Halloween costume throwing bombs, but a man in a business suit buying power and influence to do what they please. I think Kingpin was way ahead of you Norman.
Thanks to Ock’s Goblin antidote Norman’s superpowers are taken away. So Peter escapes the explosion and saves Ana and Norman. However, before he can be taken in, Liz Allen (Harry’s wife) sabotages Norman’s incarceration and he escapes to the sewer. We see Norman plotting his revenge, but this time without all that crazy he had before.
In the prologue we see Peter try to make things right with Aunt May, MJ and JJ who has resigned as mayor. In the end the seeds for what is to come in Amazing Spider-Man has been sowed and Peter’s next adventure awaits.
That’s it, not much to say. A solid 10/10, like basically every other SSM issue. Grab it or download it if you can.I suggest everyone pick up the trade when it comes out. I’m sure it’ll become one of your favorite reads.
Superior Spider-Man #31 (April 2014)
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Story by Dan Slott & Christos Gage
COMIC BOOK CLOSE UP
S U P E R M A N
Action Comics #600 (May 1988)
Mike Mignola (pencils/inks) & Petra Scotese (colors)
DAREDEVIL #215 (Feb. 1985)
Cover Art by David Mazzucchelli
Doctor Doom’s Escape
THE AVENGERS #1.5 (Dec. 1999)
Art by Bruce Timm
Words by Roger Stern
Splash Page From
DOCTOR STRANGE #180 (May 1969)
Catwoman & Batman by Tim Sale
Today’s the day! The end of Superior Spider-Man. 31 issues of one of the best story arcs ever in a Spider-Man title. Superior Spider-Man was the one constant bright spot from either of the big 2. It’s more than made up for One More Day.
But all good things must eventually end. I’m going to miss this series, however I’m looking forward to a new chapter in Amazing Spider-Man. Thank you Dan Slott for the new life you breathed into my favorite superhero and the many artists who brought those ideas to life.
I should have a review and a series retrospective up later today or tomorrow. Swing on, Spidey-Fans!
"We shall cover your ring with Special Herbs, camouflaging it so completely that none will see it.”
Fantastic Four Annual #2 (September 1964)
Art by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
The Standoff: Civil War
By Steve McNiven
by Brian Bolland
By Murata Yuusuke