Monday, July 29, 2013

Tash's Pick of the Week: Superior Spider-Man #14

Written By Dan Slott
Pencils By Humbeto Ramos
Inks By Victor Olazaba
Colors By Edgar Delado

  Spidey's got a brand new look! And boy does it look like something from the 1990's. I really don't mind the new look. Really reminds me of the Ben Reilly outfit and if you guys know me, that's not a bad thing, it's a good thing. So long as Dan Slott doesn't break out the Gambit-like coat then I'm cool with this.

  Doc Ock/Spidey ain't taking crap no more. So what does he do? Why, he marches right into Shadow Land and frees everyone there from the rule of the Kingpin. Now that Doc Ock is in the driver seat it's no longer an Amazing Liberal Spider-Man. He's a gun shooting, John Wayne, ask questions later type of web spinner. Wow that was a mouthful.

  Hobgoblin is there watching the Kingpin's attack but even he can't help out. Spidey goes in with his Spider-Bots and armored back-up. Kingpin is so overwhelmed that he makes an escape vowing revenge on Spider-Man. But not before killing a fat impostor he had around to pretend he was Kingpin. The impostor has the same height and build and get this...the same dental records as good ol' Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin of Crime.

  For some reason Hobgoblin is thought to be too small to be any problem to our Superior Spider-Man so he's let go for some reason. The only real problem down the road for Spider-Man is that now with Fisk gone the Green Goblin has taken 50% of the criminal activity in New York City. I see a head to head down the road for Gobby and Spidey.

  Great art and I really liked that Spider-Man is now going on the offense instead of always playing defense. But when you think about it more, it feels like Otto might be good as Spidey in the short run, and bad in the long term. He may be a little brighter then Peter, but Peter would have stopped the Hobgoblin. HE learned so long ago that one mistake can come back to bite you in the ass. Just ask Uncle Ben. Oh wait, no, don't do that. I wonder if Otto will have a hero defining moment soon. But Otto is holding his own. I can't wait to see how he ends up with the Green Goblin down the line. I guess all good things to those who wait.

-Tash Moore

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