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5.0 out of 5 stars Along came a new spider
Prior to this series, a dying Doc Ock managed to switch bodies with Peter Parker so that his mind was transferred to Peter's body and Peter's mind was in Ock's body. Doc Ock's mind coupled with Peter Parker's body makes him, in his words, the Superior Spider-man while Peter in Doc Ock's body is "dead" though his spirit is still hanging around, stupefied at the way events...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Won't be buying any more of this run.
Nay, nay and thrice nay!!!
Perhaps I can be generous enough to award it one star because it's an interesting idea (and because I can't give it a zero). As a few episodes in the middle of the Amazing run it could have been good. But not as a replacement.

However, this is both sh!t and offensive in equal measures.

I would say 'bring back Parker',...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Along came a new spider, 23 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy (Paperback)
Prior to this series, a dying Doc Ock managed to switch bodies with Peter Parker so that his mind was transferred to Peter's body and Peter's mind was in Ock's body. Doc Ock's mind coupled with Peter Parker's body makes him, in his words, the Superior Spider-man while Peter in Doc Ock's body is "dead" though his spirit is still hanging around, stupefied at the way events have turned out. Crucially though, Peter was able to give Ock his memories and a measure of his personality so it's not totally Doc Ock in control of Spider-man - he isn't 100% supervillain, and he does save lives, think of others, and generally behave in a more or less civilised way than he normally would, much to his chagrin.

So how does Doc Ock do as Spider-man? Actually really well, both as a character and as a concept for this series. He's still selfish, arrogant and ruthless but his Spider-man is incredibly effective. He creates hundreds of mini-spiders with cameras inside and sets them loose on New York providing him with a spy network that eliminates the need for Spidey to go out on patrol - if a spider-camera picks up a crime, the app on his phone beeps and he can get to the scene exactly. Pretty smart, if somewhat Big-Brother-ish, and an idea that's a great blend of Spidey and Ock.

There are lots of little things like that that separate this Spider-man from the real Spidey, like the brilliant way he deals with the new Sinister Six in the opening issue, setting the tone for the series that this is a very different Spider-man than the one we've all read before. The focus is on Ock's more cerebral approach to crime-fighting, incorporating traps and gadgets to accomplish his goals more effectively. This Spider-man is definitely a new and interesting version of Spidey that we've never seen before and makes for a more exciting story as we can't predict what he's going to do next.

It is strange that no-one picks up on Spidey being different - his voice is definitely Doc Ock's, using phrases like "everything's proceeding according to plan" in everyday vernacular - especially MJ. Issue #2 deals with the disturbing consequence of Doc Ock in Peter's body - that he might end up trying to rape MJ, or she would sleep with him not knowing he's not Peter. Thankfully, Dan Slott deals with it tastefully and in a way that it doesn't need to be addressed again in other issues.

There's a brilliant scene that parodies Batman where Mayor J. Jonah Jameson sets up a Spider-man spotlight that shines into the sky whenever he needs him - a light that Spidey quickly destroys, telling him it's like a beacon for every bad guy in the city to target. Which raised the interesting question of why more Batman villains haven't tried sabotaging the light atop the GCPD more often? Batman shows up on the building whenever the light is shone after all. I thought it was a great observation from Slott anyway.

Despite the jokey nature of the first couple of issues, things get very dark in the latter half of the book with Peter's grip of Ock's mind slipping (he follows Ock everywhere as a kind of one-man disembodied Greek chorus) and sees the Superior Spider-man becoming much more harsh in his approach to Spidey's rogues gallery, specifically in his treatment of the Vulture and Massacre. In fact, the way Spidey deals with Massacre might be a dealbreaker for many long-time Spider-man readers - but just remember it's not Peter.

There really isn't a single thing about the book I can fault. I even liked the sub-plot where Ock discovers Peter doesn't have a doctorate and, his ego enraged, re-enrols in university to get his PhD. and gets tutored by a little person with excellent Italian cooking skills. Amid everything that's happening, it should be a sidetrack that feels unnecessary but instead adds to the overall richness of the storyline.

Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman and Guiseppe Camuncoli have re-invigorated Spider-man with this storyline, giving the character a fresh perspective and creating new avenues of storytelling with all sorts of possibilities. Superior Spider-man is a fantastic series and a must-read for both old and new fans of the character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise!, 19 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy (Paperback)
I read every Spidey story from issue 1, yes issue 1, to Brand New Day. That was it for me,if the wondrous Marvel creators can't come up with something better than a cheap Dallas-like reboot, why should I bother?

Then someone mentioned Scarlet Spider, which I sort of enjoyed. Then along came this beauty. Okay, so the premise is contrived, but the delivery of the concept is just perfect. Slott's script is excellent and the artwork is really great too. The style will be well suited to Ramos who takes over in Volime 2.

The way in which Otto has to really work at being something almost human is really well handled- particularly in respect of MJ.

Accepted that the behaviour of this Spidey is streets apart from good ol' Peter, but this change-around is just so refreshing.

Not sure how long the switcheroo will remain, but I for one am buckling in for the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rorschach test, 2 Oct 2014
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This is an excellently-written story, which runs through the first five issues of ‘The Superior Spider-Man’, with excellent artwork, and plenty of excellent characterisation, as well as humour.

These issues have been collected as Superior Spider-Man: My Own Worst Enemy, which I have just found in my local library. I haven’t read any of the last four years of Amazing Spider-Man, looking at the list of previous titles, so I am not up to speed on continuity, but everything I really needed to know was helpfully filled in as we went along: Aunt May in hospital yet again, yet another ex-girlfriend, yet another Green Goblin, yet another new job, Peter Parker using his scientific skills to improve Spider-Man’s performance, Peter Parker using his scientific skills to improve Aunt May’s health, Peter Parker using his analytical skills finally break up with Mary Jane Watson and move on with his life, Doctor Octopus dead and his mind swapped into Peter Parker’s body, all seems well to me. Even the ‘ghost’ of Peter Parker is feeling embarrassed by the new Peter Parker’s success. And before you worry, during the mind-transfer, Peter managed to make Doctor Octopus experience all the traumatic events that made him into Spider-Man, and Doctor Octopus has become a changed man. For he now knows that with great power comes great responsibility, and he takes his duties as a Superior Spider-Man seriously. There’s even a Spider-Signal for Mayor Jameson to summon him, which is just as well, for there is a new Sinister Six in tow and Spidey is very annoyed that he wasn’t invited to join. He manages to take down one of the gang in their first encounter, the Living Brain, a robot that I remember from one of the very early issues of the Amazing Spider-Man, when the issue numbers were still in single figures. Now here it is back again, and quickly reprogrammed into Peter Parker’s lab assistant, and a very entertaining one too. He’s also bugged the Sinister Six(-1) with nano-Spider-Tracers and has prepared a trap for them when they hit Horizon Labs; he even invites the press to watch. Though I suspect he wasn’t expecting the ghost of Peter Parker to turn up and stop him from killing Boomerang.

Now, whether it is a ‘real’ ghost, or Peter is still in there somewhere, only time will tell. The question is not will he be back, of course, but how long can they keep it going before someone gets cloned, or Doctor Strange happens by and notices one too many astral bodies hanging about. There are any number of resolutions possible, but the fun will come in watching the story unfold, for clues have been planted already with Officer Carlie Cooper, the latest ex-girlfriend, and by the end of this story-line Spider-Man has finally reached the logical conclusion of how to deal with the Joke…er, sorry, I mean Massacre: the Frank Castle way. This isn’t a rush job, however, but a gradual build-up, as we see Peter try to help his old friend Adrian Toombs, the Vulture, by offering him his old secret bank accounts to finance his retirement, only to discover that the mini-Vulture henchmen are actually runaway children, which lead us into a view of Octavius’s childhood that sends the Vulture into a nosedive he doesn’t walk away from, and leads Carlie to realise that there is something wrong. The new Peter is not at all happy that the old Peter isn’t even a Doctor, and resolves to fix that as soon as possible. He really will be a Superior Spider-Man before he’s through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death and Resurrection of Doctor Octopus, 6 Sep 2014
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This volume contains the final issues of the Amazing Spider-Man (#698-700) and the first five issues of the Superior Spider–Man (#1-5). The first section tells of the last days of Doctor Octopus, and his final cunning plan to cheat death – which works – and the second section tells of his new life as New York’s favourite superhero. The two sections are available separately, and the individual reviews follo

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Spider-Man – Dying Wish
The Reichenbach Manoeuvre
5-stars
The story running through the Amazing Spider-Man issues #698-700 is collected as Spider-Man: Dying Wish (Amazing Spider-Man). This is the final volume of the Amazing Spider-Man, as the dying Doctor Octopus puts his final master plan into operation, and swaps his mind with Peter Parker’s, just prior to his death, leaving Parker to die in his body, as Octopus swings off into the sunset in a new, young and healthy body, and with full access to his own and Parker’s memories. The world, as they say, is his lobster, or any other crustacean du jour. Unfortunately, that was just issue #698. There are another two to fill, and so the famed Parker luck comes into play…

This is a well-written and enjoyable story, though it seems to flash by very quickly; I was left thinking “was that it?” at the end, despite the end being a double-length story. However, that being said, when you only have a day to live, I’m sure time does appear to go by very quickly. The art was the now-usual cartoony style, which meant that civilian figures were drawn as caricatures, and I still have trouble recognising Peter Parker out of costume, though some inkers are better than others at maintaining character likenesses.

I note that Doctor Octopus’s plan has been woven into the Spider-Man adventures over a long period, the key moments, as we are shown being in “Dies in Your Arms Tonight” and “Spider Island”. However, I also note that “Marvel Now” appears to have a common theme of getting rid of the Big Guns from the current Marvel Universe, with Thor and Iron Man off in space, the Fantastic Four off in time and space, Captain America off in another Dimension, and Wolverine waking up in strange places with no memory of how he got there (in two different titles!). This method at least keeps a Spider-Man in play (as does the Fantastic Four, as they left a stand-in FF behind for emergencies). I further note that of the stories that I have read, they have been uniformly excellent, especially the Superior Spider-Man, the sequel to this story. No Secret Wars or other external agencies at work this time, just natural plot development.

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THE SPOILER ZONE

Issue #698: “Day in the Life”, is basically described above.

Issue #699; “Outside the Box” has Peter Parker (in Octopus’s body) sorting through Octopus’s memories to find out how he did it, and trying to reverse engineer the process. He activates an Octobot and triggers a failsafe plan to get himself rescued from the raft by Hydro-man and the Scorpion, and taken to one of his secret bases.

Issue #700: “The End”: Discovering that Dr Octopus has escaped, Peter Parker buys a ticket to Belgium to stay out of the way for Octopus’s final day of freedom. At the airport, he sees Mayor Jameson’s press conference denouncing Doctor Octopus as a lifelong loser: “Name one thing he’s actually accomplished?”. Spider-Man swings into action, rounding up all Peter Parker’s friends and associates, and stashing them in a secret hideaway to protect them from Doctor Octopus and the Scorpion, as Doctor Octopus reassembles the technology for the mind-swap, injuring Carlie on a raid on Police HQ (when she refuses to believe his claim that he has swapped minds with Peter Parker and shoots him), and escaping from a Spider-Squad assault on his secret base that Spider-Man revealed to the authorities. Eventually, Octopus and his cronies break into Avengers Tower, where the Scorpion discovers that Jameson and the others are hidden; he goes on a rampage, aided by Hydro-Man, as Octopus and Spider-Man struggle. Spidey has armoured his costume to prevent a repetition of the mind-swap, and pausing only to punch-out the Scorpion for threatening Aunt May, he is then swept up in the arms of Doctor Octopus, and they plummet to the ground below. With his dying breath, and using the mind-swap link, Doctor Octopus makes Peter Parker relive all the events that made him Spider-Man, as his life flashes before his eyes. This has a profound effect on Parker, and with his dying breath, Doctor Octopus admonishes him to keep his friends safe, and that “with great power, comes great responsibility”. Parker vows to become the Superior Spider-Man. “The End”

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Spider-Man – My Own Worst Enemy
The Rorschach test
5-stars
This is an excellently-written story, which runs through the first five issues of ‘The Superior Spider-Man’, with excellent artwork, and plenty of excellent characterisation, as well as humour.

These issues have been collected as Superior Spider-Man: My Own Worst Enemy, which I have just found in my local library. I haven’t read any of the last four years of Amazing Spider-Man, looking at the list of previous titles, so I am not up to speed on continuity, but everything I really needed to know was helpfully filled in as we went along: Aunt May in hospital yet again, yet another ex-girlfriend, yet another Green Goblin, yet another new job, Peter Parker using his scientific skills to improve Spider-Man’s performance, Peter Parker using his scientific skills to improve Aunt May’s health, Peter Parker using his analytical skills finally break up with Mary Jane Watson and move on with his life, Doctor Octopus dead and his mind swapped into Peter Parker’s body, all seems well to me. Even the ‘ghost’ of Peter Parker is feeling embarrassed by the new Peter Parker’s success. And before you worry, during the mind-transfer, Peter managed to make Doctor Octopus experience all the traumatic events that made him into Spider-Man, and Doctor Octopus has become a changed man. For he now knows that with great power comes great responsibility, and he takes his duties as a Superior Spider-Man seriously. There’s even a Spider-Signal for Mayor Jameson to summon him, which is just as well, for there is a new Sinister Six in tow and Spidey is very annoyed that he wasn’t invited to join. He manages to take down one of the gang in their first encounter, the Living Brain, a robot that I remember from one of the very early issues of the Amazing Spider-Man, when the issue numbers were still in single figures. Now here it is back again, and quickly reprogrammed into Peter Parker’s lab assistant, and a very entertaining one too. He’s also bugged the Sinister Six(-1) with nano-Spider-Tracers and has prepared a trap for them when they hit Horizon Labs; he even invites the press to watch. Though I suspect he wasn’t expecting the ghost of Peter Parker to turn up and stop him from killing Boomerang.

Now, whether it is a ‘real’ ghost, or Peter is still in there somewhere, only time will tell. The question is not will he be back, of course, but how long can they keep it going before someone gets cloned, or Doctor Strange happens by and notices one too many astral bodies hanging about. There are any number of resolutions possible, but the fun will come in watching the story unfold, for clues have been planted already with Officer Carlie Cooper, the latest ex-girlfriend, and by the end of this story-line Spider-Man has finally reached the logical conclusion of how to deal with the Joke…er, sorry, I mean Massacre: the Frank Castle way. This isn’t a rush job, however, but a gradual build-up, as we see Peter try to help his old friend Adrian Toombs, the Vulture, by offering him his old secret bank accounts to finance his retirement, only to discover that the mini-Vulture henchmen are actually runaway children, which lead us into a view of Octavius’s childhood that sends the Vulture into a nosedive he doesn’t walk away from, and leads Carlie to realise that there is something wrong. The new Peter is not at all happy that the old Peter isn’t even a Doctor, and resolves to fix that as soon as possible. He really will be a Superior Spider-Man before he’s through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death and Resurrection of Doctor Octopus, 27 Sep 2013
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This volume contains the final issues of the Amazing Spider-Man (#698-700) and the first five issues of the Spectacular Spider-Man )#1-5). The first section tells of the last days of Doctor Octopus, and his final cunning plan to cheat death - which works - and the second section tells of his new life as New York's favourite superhero. The two sections are available separately, and the individual reviews follow:

Spider-Man - Dying Wish
The Reichenbach Manoeuvre
5-stars
The story running through the Amazing Spider-Man issues #698-700 is collected as Spider-Man: Dying Wish (Amazing Spider-Man). This is the final volume of the Amazing Spider-Man, as the dying Doctor Octopus puts his final master plan into operation, and swaps his mind with Peter Parker's, just prior to his death, leaving Parker to die in his body, as Octopus swings off into the sunset in a new, young and healthy body, and with full access to his own and Parker's memories. The world, as they say, is his lobster, or any other crustacean du jour. Unfortunately, that was just issue #698. There are another two to fill, and so the famed Parker luck comes into play...

This is a well-written and enjoyable story, though it seems to flash by very quickly; I was left thinking "was that it?" at the end, despite the end being a double-length story. However, that being said, when you only have a day to live, I'm sure time does appear to go by very quickly. The art was the now-usual cartoony style, which meant that civilian figures were drawn as caricatures, and I still have trouble recognising Peter Parker out of costume, though some inkers are better than others at maintaining character likenesses.

I note that Doctor Octopus's plan has been woven into the Spider-Man adventures over a long period, the key moments, as we are shown being in "Dies in Your Arms Tonight" and "Spider Island". However, I also note that "Marvel Now" appears to have a common theme of getting rid of the Big Guns from the current Marvel Universe, with Thor and Iron Man off in space, the Fantastic Four off in time and space, Captain America off in another Dimension, and Wolverine waking up in strange places with no memory of how he got there (in two different titles!). This method at least keeps a Spider-Man in play (as does the Fantastic Four, as they left a stand-in FF behind for emergencies). I further note that of the stories that I have read, they have been uniformly excellent, especially the Superior Spider-Man, the sequel to this story. No Secret Wars or other external agencies at work this time, just natural plot development.

THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE

Issue #698: "Day in the Life", is basically described above.

Issue #699; "Outside the Box" has Peter Parker (in Octopus's body) sorting through Octopus's memories to find out how he did it, and trying to reverse engineer the process. He activates an Octobot and triggers a failsafe plan to get himself rescued from the raft by Hydro-man and the Scorpion, and taken to one of his secret bases.

Issue #700: "The End": Discovering that Dr Octopus has escaped, Peter Parker buys a ticket to Belgium to stay out of the way for Octopus's final day of freedom. At the airport, he sees Mayor Jameson's press conference denouncing Doctor Octopus as a lifelong loser: "Name one thing he's actually accomplished?". Spider-Man swings into action, rounding up all Peter Parker's friends and associates, and stashing them in a secret hideaway to protect them from Doctor Octopus and the Scorpion, as Doctor Octopus reassembles the technology for the mind-swap, injuring Carlie on a raid on Police HQ (when she refuses to believe his claim that he has swapped minds with Peter Parker and shoots him), and escaping from a Spider-Squad assault on his secret base that Spider-Man revealed to the authorities. Eventually, Octopus and his cronies break into Avengers Tower, where the Scorpion discovers that Jameson and the others are hidden; he goes on a rampage, aided by Hydro-Man, as Octopus and Spider-Man struggle. Spidey has armoured his costume to prevent a repetition of the mind-swap, and pausing only to punch-out the Scorpion for threatening Aunt May, he is then swept up in the arms of Doctor Octopus, and they plummet to the ground below. With his dying breath, and using the mind-swap link, Doctor Octopus makes Peter Parker relive all the events that made him Spider-Man, as his life flashes before his eyes. This has a profound effect on Parker, and with his dying breath, Doctor Octopus admonishes him to keep his friends safe, and that "with great power, comes great responsibility". Parker vows to become the Superior Spider-Man. "The End"

Spider-Man - My Own Worst Enemy
The Rorschach test
5-stars
This is an excellently-written story, which runs through the first five issues of `The Superior Spider-Man', with excellent artwork, and plenty of excellent characterisation, as well as humour.

These issues have been collected as Superior Spider-Man: My Own Worst Enemy, which I have just found in my local library. I haven't read any of the last four years of Amazing Spider-Man, looking at the list of previous titles, so I am not up to speed on continuity, but everything I really needed to know was helpfully filled in as we went along: Aunt May in hospital yet again, yet another ex-girlfriend, yet another Green Goblin, yet another new job, Peter Parker using his scientific skills to improve Spider-Man's performance, Peter Parker using his scientific skills to improve Aunt May's health, Peter Parker using his analytical skills finally break up with Mary Jane Watson and move on with his life, Doctor Octopus dead and his mind swapped into Peter Parker's body, all seems well to me. Even the `ghost' of Peter Parker is feeling embarrassed by the new Peter Parker's success. And before you worry, during the mind-transfer, Peter managed to make Doctor Octopus experience all the traumatic events that made him into Spider-Man, and Doctor Octopus has become a changed man. For he now knows that with great power comes great responsibility, and he takes his duties as a Superior Spider-Man seriously. There's even a Spider-Signal for Mayor Jameson to summon him, which is just as well, for there is a new Sinister Six in tow and Spidey is very annoyed that he wasn't invited to join. He manages to take down one of the gang in their first encounter, the Living Brain, a robot that I remember from one of the very early issues of the Amazing Spider-Man, when the issue numbers were still in single figures. Now here it is back again, and quickly reprogrammed into Peter Parker's lab assistant, and a very entertaining one too. He's also bugged the Sinister Six(-1) with nano-Spider-Tracers and has prepared a trap for them when they hit Horizon Labs; he even invites the press to watch. Though I suspect he wasn't expecting the ghost of Peter Parker to turn up and stop him from killing Boomerang.

Now, whether it is a `real' ghost, or Peter is still in there somewhere, only time will tell. The question is not will he be back, of course, but how long can they keep it going before someone gets cloned, or Doctor Strange happens by and notices one too many astral bodies hanging about. There are any number of resolutions possible, but the fun will come in watching the story unfold, for clues have been planted already with Officer Carlie Cooper, the latest ex-girlfriend, and by the end of this story-line Spider-Man has finally reached the logical conclusion of how to deal with the Joke...er, sorry, I mean Massacre: the Frank Castle way. This isn't a rush job, however, but a gradual build-up, as we see Peter try to help his old friend Adrian Toombs, the Vulture, by offering him his old secret bank accounts to finance his retirement, only to discover that the mini-Vulture henchmen are actually runaway children, which lead us into a view of Octavius's childhood that sends the Vulture into a nosedive he doesn't walk away from, and leads Carlie to realise that there is something wrong. The new Peter is not at all happy that the old Peter isn't even a Doctor, and resolves to fix that as soon as possible. He really will be a Superior Spider-Man before he's through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Spider-Man story in years, 16 Dec 2013
This review is from: Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy (Paperback)
The decision to kill off Spider-Man and put the mind of his worst enemy in his body was certainly controversial, even I raised my eyebrows at the concept. It seems many people were upset that Marvel could just kill off their most popular hero. In my honest opinion, killing off Peter Parker may have been the best thing that happened to the book.

Superior Spider-Man: My Own Worst Enemy is hands down my favorite Spider-Man story of all time. Dan Slott and his artistic team deliver a rich story with fantastic ideas that have made me interested in Spider-Man again. Classic villains as well as new ones appear throughout to meet a new Spider-Man - a darker, angrier and more aggressive one. Even with Ock's flawed personality, he truly is superior than Peter Parker in many ways. Rarely have writers taken advantage of Peter Parker's mind - they've simply stated that Parker was a boy genius but don't use that as a good character device. Doc Ock has small spider robots that keep him on a 24-hour loop of crime activity in the city, giving him the advantage over criminals big and small.

I can't stress how good this book is. From the top of my head, I can't think of anything wrong with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read, 20 July 2013
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Spiderman is my favourite superhero of all time and this Superior Spiderman volume does the Spiderman name justice. Very clever book with some great moments, looking forward to reading volume 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rorschach test, 12 July 2013
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This review is from: Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy (Paperback)
This is an excellently-written story, which runs through the first five issues of `The Superior Spider-Man', with excellent artwork, and plenty of excellent characterisation, as well as humour.

These issues have been collected as Superior Spider-Man: My Own Worst Enemy, which I have just found in my local library. I haven't read any of the last four years of Amazing Spider-Man, looking at the list of previous titles, so I am not up to speed on continuity, but everything I really needed to know was helpfully filled in as we went along: Aunt May in hospital yet again, yet another ex-girlfriend, yet another Green Goblin, yet another new job, Peter Parker using his scientific skills to improve Spider-Man's performance, Peter Parker using his scientific skills to improve Aunt May's health, Peter Parker using his analytical skills finally break up with Mary Jane Watson and move on with his life, Doctor Octopus dead and his mind swapped into Peter Parker's body, all seems well to me. Even the `ghost' of Peter Parker is feeling embarrassed by the new Peter Parker's success. And before you worry, during the mind-transfer, Peter managed to make Doctor Octopus experience all the traumatic events that made him into Spider-Man, and Doctor Octopus has become a changed man. For he now knows that with great power comes great responsibility, and he takes his duties as a Superior Spider-Man seriously. There's even a Spider-Signal for Mayor Jameson to summon him, which is just as well, for there is a new Sinister Six in tow and Spidey is very annoyed that he wasn't invited to join. He manages to take down one of the gang in their first encounter, the Living Brain, a robot that I remember from one of the very early issues of the Amazing Spider-Man, when the issue numbers were still in single figures. Now here it is back again, and quickly reprogrammed into Peter Parker's lab assistant, and a very entertaining one too. He's also bugged the Sinister Six(-1) with nano-Spider-Tracers and has prepared a trap for them when they hit Horizon Labs; he even invites the press to watch. Though I suspect he wasn't expecting the ghost of Peter Parker to turn up and stop him from killing Boomerang.

Now, whether it is a `real' ghost, or Peter is still in there somewhere, only time will tell. The question is not will he be back, of course, but how long can they keep it going before someone gets cloned, or Doctor Strange happens by and notices one too many astral bodies hanging about. There are any number of resolutions possible, but the fun will come in watching the story unfold, for clues have been planted already with Officer Carlie Cooper, the latest ex-girlfriend, and by the end of this story-line Spider-Man has finally reached the logical conclusion of how to deal with the Joke...er, sorry, I mean Massacre: the Frank Castle way. This isn't a rush job, however, but a gradual build-up, as we see Peter try to help his old friend Adrian Toombs, the Vulture, by offering him his old secret bank accounts to finance his retirement, only to discover that the mini-Vulture henchmen are actually runaway children, which lead us into a view of Octavius's childhood that sends the Vulture into a nosedive he doesn't walk away from, and leads Carlie to realise that there is something wrong. The new Peter is not at all happy that the old Peter isn't even a Doctor, and resolves to fix that as oon as possible. He really will be a Superior Spider-Man before
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superior vilain to superior hero., 12 Oct 2014
Imagine a world where the greatest villains can become the greatest new heroes, that's what happens in superior spiderman when doc ock takes over peters mind.
Otto is now spiderman and his first battle is up against the sinister six. Throughout this book otto must come to terms with his new life. He must eradicate all problems! Problems such as patrols, the vulture, other people and Mary Jane!

I have to say the story is great and the art is good too. Superior spiderman is a hero for the 21st century. The book is good but there are better but for a starting point , it's great. It's a series that will grow as it comes out, issue by issue.
It's a great starting point for new readers and old! Will Peter Parker return? Is Otto a superior spiderman? Can anyone stop massacre?

All will be found out if you read : superior spiderman: my own worst enemy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Won't be buying any more of this run., 8 Sep 2014
Nay, nay and thrice nay!!!
Perhaps I can be generous enough to award it one star because it's an interesting idea (and because I can't give it a zero). As a few episodes in the middle of the Amazing run it could have been good. But not as a replacement.

However, this is both sh!t and offensive in equal measures.

I would say 'bring back Parker', but no, Marvel have killed him off - now have the good grace to leave him dead.
Bringing him back as a ghost - the only suitable words that spring to mind are quite 'industrial' and not suited to a review that can be read by kids. But the second of the two words is 'off'.

Hated this from page one.

Stan Lee would be spinning in his grave if he wasn't still alive.
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