Web Slinger’s Tale #8.5: Superior or Inferior?

I was going through some files and found this mostly completed article. Before I did Back in Black this was supposed to be the next one. So as a treat, here are my thoughts on that cluster:

I know I said last time that I would do OMiT, but I have to read it again. So until I can put myself through that torture, I decided to get this off my chest.

So… Parker is dead. Oh yeah, Spoilers. If you don’t care about having the ending of a story that is half a year old spoiled, keep reading. If you do then hit that back button.

It has been about seven months sense Amazing Spider-Man 700. For those of you who didn’t read it, Peter Parker was brain swapped with Otto Octavius. Octavius’s body was failing because of aggressive cancer. Peter fought hard to get his body back, but in the end died. It was undignified end to a character that deserved far better. Insult to injury was that the last panel was Otto swearing to live Peter’s life better then him, and swearing to be a superior Spider-Man.

So in seven months we have gotten twenty-one regular issues, an annual, and a super special of Superior Spider-Man, as well as a myriad of other appearances. So this is where the title comes into play. Has he been superior, or has he been inferior? Warning the below contains even more spoilers.

Well lets start with the bad. Otto has alienated Peter’s friends. To the point where Mary Jane says that she needs to move on. Mary Jane, the woman who stood by him through thick and thin, said that it was time for her to move on.

He has gotten Peter fired from the job at Horizon Labs, after almost getting everyone killed. Max Modell, the head of Horizon Labs, had almost become a new father figure to Peter before the brain swap. Now Max wanted nothing to do with Peter or Spider-Man because of Otto’s actions. These two things happened in one issue.

Ok to fare, it’s not like his committing crimes for what he claims is the right thing. O wait.


See all the members of the “Superior Six”? He kidnapped them… all of them. He also has them controlled using “mind spiders”. Yes, I know they are villains, but its still kidnapping and enslavement. Also he has tortured people. In the recent annual, he proceeded to remove Blackout’s teeth one at a time, then did the same to his claws. After Blackout begged for him to stop, Ock dosed him with solar rays, causing his skin to blister and burn.

There’s so much more I could go into. The picking and choosing of crimes that are worth his time, blackmailing the mayor of New York, hiring mercenaries and calling them minions, creating a bunch o mini Spider-Bots that watch everything… EVERYTHING!!!

As for the good… his now wearing a variant of the Alex Ross costume, one of my favorites.

Past that… nothing. I‘m going to say this. The concept of a Freaky Friday scenario is interesting. However, I don’t think that this is how it should be done.

I also have another massive issue. In order for this to work in the universe, everyone has to be dumb. Made of sheer unrefined pure dumb. Almost no one has called his actions into question. Those that did would just shake it off, or the one time they actually tested him it was a mundane brain scan that would have only worked if they had someone who had a history of neuroscience look at it, which they didn’t. They should have also run other tests. Have a telepath scan him (which actually almost happened, but Ock flipped out and took a swing at the X-Men for even suggesting it.) or have a mystic look at him. If he refuses, then inject his monomaniacal  ass with SPIN tech.

SPIN tech… okay, tangent time. SPIN stands for Super-Power Inhibiting Nanobots. It was used during the Civil War to remove the powers of those that refused to register. I hate the stuff. I mean I HATE the stuff. However I also see it as a necessary evil. One that is not used how it should be, but that’s another story.

Update: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN IS OVER!!!! Never have I been so glad to see a story line end. The final issue even addressed the whole “Do you know how to read a brain scan?” issue. Which makes it even dumber. My final opinion is that Superior Spider-Man was a story that had some potential, but Slott should not have been the one writing it. Why is that? Well, keep an eye out, because that will be explained.


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