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Superior Spider-Man - Volume 4: Necessary Evil (Marvel Now) [Paperback]

Dan Slott , Ryan Stegman
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28 Jan 2014 Superior Spider-Man (Book 4)
Back by popular demand, Spider-Man 2099 returns! But when the future Spidey and the Superior Spidey clash, who will be the most superior Spider-Man in the multiverse? It may not matter, because the end of the battle brings about a moment that will alter the world of Spiderman for years to come! But which Spider was responsible for this shocking change? Then, from the ashes of battle come the first team-up between the Superior Spider-Man and the Black Cat. Felicia Hardy always cared for the Spider more than the man.but what happens when that man is Otto Octavius?

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (28 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785184732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785184737
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of Doctor Octopus 24 Feb 2014
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The stories running through issues #17-21 of the Superior Spider-man are collected as Superior Spider-Man - Volume 4: Necessary Evil (Marvel Now). Although these stories are all intrinsically linked together by continuing sub-plots and character-development, the first three form a discrete story starring the Spider-Man of 2099 (a ‘Batman Beyond’ character of whom I know nothing, other than that he has had his own series at some time in the past). These are all interesting and entertaining stories, as Peter Parker’s life becomes more and more complicated, and Otto Octavius becomes more and more frenetic in his juggling of events, circumstances, and duties, as the web of evidence – unbeknownst to him – draws ever closer, as does the hour of the Green Goblin (volume 6, I believe). Otto makes progress with his personal life – Anna Marconi – and his doctorate, as well as his new employment; but links to his old life also resurface, and he is forced to ‘resurrect’ Doctor Octopus to deal with them.

This is an excellent instalment in the current Spider-Man saga, as pride begins to prepare the way for a fall – but when…?

THE SPOILER ZONE
Issue #17 opens with a problem in the time-stream manifesting itself in 2099, as Spider-Man 2099’s nemesis Tyler Stone starts to fade out, and as Spider-Man 2099 is his son, how long does he have left?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No flux capacitor required... 7 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback
There's probably a spoiler or two ahead...

Previously in Spiderman...

Peter Parker is dead.
Otto Octavius is Spiderman. But everyone thinks it's still Peter, just acting differently, WAY differently.
Peter's mind sought to regain control but was seemingly eradicated by Otto.
Leading an army of henchmen and monitoring crime with thousands of miniature spiderbots all over the city, Spidey seems to be doing the job despite more ruthless methods and even some deaths.

Thanks to this new Otto-created spidertech, and of course the nifty mind-swap between the dying Otto and Peter (yay science!), the all new Superior Spiderman is in the ascendance.

Now...

Thanks to frequent (and the more recent) abuses of the space/time continuum, (see Age of Ultron), New York of 2099 is in trouble, and Miguel O'Hara, the Spiderman of that era, manages to make a trip to present day to try and fix it. There's a plot involving Tyler Stone - the head of super corporation Alchemax (who just happens to be Spiderman 2099's father) who has links to the past (our present day), so Miguel finds himself up against the Superior Spiderman in a bid to stop himself from being erased.

Confused? It all makes sense inside the pages of this brilliant story.

Running concurrent to the main plot, Peter Parker (but really Otto Octavius) has problems of his own. Trying to obtain his doctorate and open a new business isn't as easy as it seems, despite having the genius mind of Otto pulling the strings.

Plus, a new Goblin underworld is on the rise, lurking in the shadows, getting ready to strike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking good! 1 Feb 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
After all the nonsense of the Marvel Events Age of Ultron and Infinity, time rifts have started occurring leading to a 90s character being sent back to our present - that's right, bitheads, Spider-Man 2099 is back! Meanwhile, Otto must deal with his old flame, Angelina Brancale/Stunner as she emerges from her coma to avenge her beloved Otto's death against Spider-Man!

What the shock, you say, Spider-Man 2099? Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the character, and the whole time-travel thing is really played out this year. The storyline where Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 battle to save the future is ok but I wasn't really invested in it. There's a time-bomb thingy going off in 15 minutes, will Spider-Man save the day? Course he will. I suppose Peter David fans were eating it up, seeing his 2099 character making a comeback, and Dan Slott is obviously a huge fan too, but it's a lot of the usual time-travel dialogue and future swearing (what the shock, son of a glitch, jammit, etc) and that kinda stuff just bores me.

The other storylines though are brilliant. Horizon Labs gets shut down by the government leading to Otto setting up Parker Industries with his new girlfriend Anna Maria, and Otto gets accused by Lamaze of plagiarising his own work when presenting his PhD! Carlie Cooper and Yuri Watanabe/Wraith are tracking down the source of Superior Spider-Man's funding, leading them to Otto Octavius and getting closer to the truth, while the Goblin King amasses his growing underground group.

I really liked the scene where Otto's wracking Peter's memories and we see classic Spider-Man scenes with Otto in them instead of Peter - Ryan Stegman did a fantastic job of presenting them in a pseudo-Ditko style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No flux capacitor required... 8 Feb 2014
By Culleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There's probably a spoiler or two ahead...

Previously in Spiderman...

Peter Parker is dead.
Otto Octavius is Spiderman. But everyone thinks it's still Peter, just acting differently, WAY differently.
Peter's mind sought to regain control but was seemingly eradicated by Otto.
Leading an army of henchmen and monitoring crime with thousands of miniature spiderbots all over the city, Spidey seems to be doing the job despite more ruthless methods and even some deaths.

Thanks to this new Otto-created spidertech, and of course the nifty mind-swap between the dying Otto and Peter (yay science!), the all new Superior Spiderman is in the ascendance.

Now...

Thanks to frequent (and the more recent) abuses of the space/time continuum, (see Age of Ultron), New York of 2099 is in trouble, and Miguel O'Hara, the Spiderman of that era, manages to make a trip to present day to try and fix it. There's a plot involving Tyler Stone - the head of super corporation Alchemax (who just happens to be Spiderman 2099's father) who has links to the past (our present day), so Miguel finds himself up against the Superior Spiderman in a bid to stop himself from being erased.

Confused? It all makes sense inside the pages of this brilliant story.

Running concurrent to the main plot, Peter Parker (but really Otto Octavius) has problems of his own. Trying to obtain his doctorate and open a new business isn't as easy as it seems, despite having the genius mind of Otto pulling the strings.

Plus, a new Goblin underworld is on the rise, lurking in the shadows, getting ready to strike.

Meanwhile, police officer Carlie Cooper has been following the Superior Spiderman's money, and has discovered that Otto Octavius is involved.

There's a whole lot going on in this story and it's all bubbling away to a certain showdown between the Goblin King and Spiderman in a future volume, once we've got Spiderman 2099, the Black Cat and Stunner out of the way (these latter two making appearances later in this volume).

Dan Slott has crafted another great piece to the Superior Spiderman puzzle. I've been loving it since it started and this is just as good as what has transpired in volumes 1-3. Ryan Stegman's artwork in issues 17-19 is great and Giuseppe Camuncoli, who steps in for the latter two issues, is superb as well.

You will definitely need to read all the Superior Spiderman volumes or you will be confused as to what is going on. I thoroughly enjoyed this volume and cannot wait for the next, starring Venom!

Whether Otto's reign as Spiderman will continue, remains to be seen. There's a couple of panels about halfway through that suggest that the real Peter Parker is not quite dead and buried - I actually missed it at first, but spotted it in a re-read - it's quite subtle, and bravo for Slott and Stegman for sticking it in there that way. I cannot wait for what happens next, and the presumably final showdown with the Goblin King.
4.0 out of 5 stars The future is now! 14 July 2014
By N. Beitler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Title: The Superior Spider-Man Vol. 4: Necessary Evil
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Dan Slott
Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Ryan Stegman (pencils), John Dell, Livesay (inks), Edgar Delgado, Antonio Fabela (colors), Giuseppe Camuncoli, Ryan Stegman, Jason Howard, Antonio Fabela, John Dell (covers)
Collects: The Superior Spider-Man #17-21
Price: $17.99

Do we really need ANOTHER Spider-Man character running around in the mainstream Marvel universe? No. We don’t. We already have more than enough of them, as it is. However, because it happens to be the long-established and much-loved Spider-Man 2099 character that we are talking about, I guess I can bury my core objections to this. Is this story just a blatant attempt to bring Spider-Man 2099 into the Marvel universe proper? It may be too early to tell, but it kind of looks that way. Still, Slott has painstakingly laid down plot threads that tie the current Marvel universe to the 2099 Marvel universe – and the cast of the old Spider-Man 2099 comic in particular. While I may object to adding yet another Spider-Man to the current pool of characters in the Spider-Man family, there isn’t anything in this book that doesn’t sense or seems out of place or forced. Again, this is all a testament to Slott’s great creative skill.

I read and collected all of the original Spider-Man 2099 comics back in the ‘90’s when the character first debuted. They were great stories written by Peter David and I have fond memories of them. Slott is evidently a fan of that character, too, and has gone to great lengths to establish continuity links between the present-day characters and events of Marvel’s New York City and that of the version seen in the 2099 universe. Without giving too much away, I will say that the two Spider-Men find themselves at odds and, naturally, fight it out before finding any sort of common ground. Whether or not the future Spider-Man is here to stay remains to be seen, but I got the impression that that will, indeed, be the case.

I may not have enjoyed this book as much as the previous one, but it was still quite good and still worthy of a recommendation. The art team is very capable and I have nothing negative to say about them. This book remains on of Marvel’s best and I heartily recommend it to all Spidey fans!

Writing: 8/10
Artwork: 8/10
Cool Factor: 8/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 8/10
5.0 out of 5 stars SO GOOD !!! 19 Jun 2014
By Allen Melvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am seriously loving this series !!!! It just keeps getting better and better with every book !!! Octavius is a jerk as spiderman and it makes for really cool interactions with other heroes and villains !!!
5.0 out of 5 stars SPIDERMAN 2099 IS BACK 26 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This one was a little bit of nostalgia for me. In the 90's i love the 2099 run of comics and spiderman 2099 was my favorite.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spider-Ock saga moves towards its ending. 26 Feb 2014
By Ronald Jagodzinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Once again Dan Slott's writing propels this book( the art is Great as well). Bringing the Spider-man from 2099 to the past and getting him stuck here was an interesting development(I always liked the 2099 spider-man as well). The rise of Alchemax, explosion of Horizon Labs, Dr. Peter Parker and Goblin Nation( with Carlie Coopers kidnapping) advancing to the conclusion of the Superior book make volume 4 a Great part of the collection. This all makes it easier than chasing down individual issues, and vol 5 is due in April!
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