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Thoughts on relaunching Superior Spider-Man

Superior Spider-Man


Otto Octavius leaves the moniker of Doctor Octopus behind and once again becomes THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN! If you think you’ve already read the most intense and surprisingly heartbreaking Superior Spider-Man story, prepare to be wrong. Otto is going to prove to the world that he’s the most effective and (to him at least) the best super hero in the world.

I wasn’t aware this book was coming out and assumed that Otto was still using the Doctor Octopus name since he recently appeared in the Superior Octopus one-shot.

I won’t lie, I find it disappointing to see Marvel going back to the Superior storyline so often and—in my opinion—misusing a character that could really be positioned as one of Spider-Man’s most dangerous villains. Instead, Doctor Octopus (or Superior Spider-Man I guess?) as a character is a bit of a mess at this point.

The original Superior Spider-Man carried so much weight and consequence that this new series — much like Marvel’s second crack at Civil War — just can’t match. Also, I feel that revisiting the Otto Spider-Man character so often (Spiderverse, Spidergeddon, Superior Octopus, and now Superior Spider-Man volume 2) devalues the original story that created him.