Comics Review: Superior Spider-Man, Detective Comics #16

(Source: Marvel Comics)

(Source: Marvel Comics)

I don’t think I own any of the Spider-Man comics. I don’t dislike the character, but as all things Marvel, the story is so spread across other magazines that I’ve never felt the need to get into it. I’ve been tempted to buy it once or twice.

I picked up Superior Spider-Man #1 last week. I read about the concept, and since it’s been a week I don’t think I’m spoiling the plot for anybody. It’s my excuse to do these reviews a week late. Essentially, Otto Octavius a.k.a Dr. Octopus exchanges brain patterns with Spider-Man while he’s close to dying. How exactly is not such an issue as to what exactly it means. They haven’t exchanged souls or brains – it’s more like their brains have been rewritten with each other’s personality.

That might be important in the long run since I don’t think there’s anybody that doubts that Peter is going to find a way back even though he seems to have “died” with Otto. The whole plot twist is to suddenly have someone else running Peter’s life a little more ruthlessly, however with the same heroic ideals (supposedly Peter managed to do this before he died to make sure that Otto had “heroic thoughts”).

I had to tune in since it seemed like an opportunity to know what Spider-Man’s about at the same time that Dr. Octavius. I like the premise that he has to figure things out but he’s smart enough to improve, albeit with a bit of brutality, Parker’s methods. I don’t know all the backstory that brought all these together but perhaps it’s for the best. I’m along for the ride.

I liked the first issue. I liked Spider-Otto’s inner dialog, reactions and subsequent analysis. The part I don’t like is that his solution to deal with his first challenge ended up in a huge amount of preparation time and some heavy trap-gadgetry. It was a little (I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry) Batman-esque. I’d like him to improvise more with what he has at hand. It didn’t spoil the comic completely for me. This was still a great issue.

(Source: DC Comics)

(Source: DC Comics)

The big story on DC is Death of the Family, which is spanning across the entire Bat family of comics. Last one I read was Detective Comics #16, which is doing a great job of running a side story along the lines of the Joker’s assault on Gotham City and enhancing the main plot. I’m not completely bought on this Emperor Penguin idea. I keep expecting Oswald Cobblepot to come back, claim his empire and mess him up, but either it happens on this arc or we have to wait for the aftermath.

What I’m not liking is the Teen Titans and my personal favorite, Red Hood and the Outlaws becoming these spaghetti of a plot due to be caught between Death of the Family and He’l On Earth. Unfortunately it can’t be help but they seem to be going back and forth between the same scene. Hopefully they’ll untangle from both – and each other – and actually have something/someone else to fight OR actually be part of the plot. At this point I had dropped Teen Titans almost altogether but I had to pick a few issues to see what was up.

As for Red Hood and the Outlaws, the last interaction between Jason and the Joker… I get it, I want the Lost Robin to be involved in this. But Joker seems to be on every comic at the same time and although that’s giving him a lot of coverage it’s diluting his purpose. Still, hooked in to Death of the Family and can’t wait to see what happens this week.

That will do for now.

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