JD reviews Superior Spider-Man 7

Title: Superior Spider-Man #7
Writer: Dan Slott
Penciler: Humberto Ramos
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Published by Marvel Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

I don’t give a flippy-dippy what people say, I’m enjoying the hell out of what Slott’s been doing with Spidey. I love the design of the Superior costume, I love seeing Doc Ock trying to be a hero and not quite getting it right, and I love watching his interactions with other heroes. This is probably the most excited I’ve been about the character in a long time. (Issue #6AU being the only exception, actually. That Age of Ultron tie-in was terrible, and had absolutely no effect on the storyline. Feel free to skip that issue.)

This one, though? Fantastic! Here at PopTards Worldwide Headquarters, we’ve been complaining about Peter Poltergeist, the “Ghost” of Peter Parker that has been floating around, being all creeper and whatnot, whining about “Don’t do this, Doc, Don’t do that, blahblahblah.” He’s been pretty lamesville, if you ask me. I think it would have better suited the story to leave the visual of him out of the books completely, and just have Doc Ock start to malfunction occasionally, without the reader quite knowing the WHY of it. Sure we would suspect, but we wouldn’t have to keep reading Peter whinings. In this issue, though…the whining actually starts to work! Several times, Doc “hears” Peter’s complaining, and actually responds to it, not knowing where it’s coming from, and a time or two, PeterGeist physically controls the body, most effectively when his body is asleep.

This issue marks the return of CARDIAC, a character that I haven’t seen since the 90’s when he was being drawn by the likes of Erik Larson and Mark Bagley! Elias Wirtham is a doctor whose brother died due to corporate greed. Apparently, a company had a cure for his brother’s condition, but did not release the drug due to it not being profitable enough. So now Elias runs around in a blue and white mask that seems to melt the nost off his face whenever he wears it. Seriously, look at that. Where is is nose? Though, to be fair, Spidey seems to be missing his nose too, when certain artists draw him in the mask.

Anyhoot, Cardiac is back, and he’s getting the H.E.A.R.T. Clinic back up and running. You know the place. Aunt May used to work there? Mr Negative ran the joint? Yeah, I basically forgot about it too. Speaking of which…where IS Aunt May? Have we seen her yet during all this (and I mean BESIDES the memory of Doc Ock banging her that we saw back in Amazing, that had all the Uptights in an uproar?) Anyway, back to Cardiac. While I’m glad to see the character again, it’s really only because of nostalgia, and not because of any actual love. I’m just a sucker for 90’s characters being brought back, whether they were great or not (See: Scarlet Spider). I have to say it though, any time a character needlessly wears his costume, I question it. He goes into his secret lair (inside The H.E.A.R.T. Clinic, that Elias Wirtham just conducted a public interview in front of) and he takes time to put on his costume first. I can’t imagine that the doctors that are all there working illegally DON’T know that Cardiac is Elias. Yet there he is, walking around pretending that people don’t know who he is, and having them call him Cardiac with a straight face. It just seems a little silly, but yes yes, I know this is comic books and having him walk around in his newly designed costume is more visually interesting then a guy in a doctor outfit.

He finally has a reason to be wearing the suit however, when he goes to “The Boneyard” a facility where they keep the technological wonders of super-villainy after they’ve been seized at crime scenes. Turns out, Cardiac wants Ocks old Neurolitic Scanner (his invention that let Doc mentally control his metal arms). Spidey shows up and the scene turns to Pows and Bams and Krzztt’s and Spidey gets the upper hand and almost kills Elias, until PeterGeist stays his own hand, letting Cardiac get away.

Enter: The Avengers. They summon Peter for a meeting to discuss his recent behavior (not the least of which, his outright murder of Massacre) and when they try to submit him for a physical, the scene turns to Biffs and Snikt’s! Finally, people are starting to catch on, and I can’t wait to see how this plays out!

Until next time: Pop Hard, Pop-Tards!

JD

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  1. Grim_Noir says:

    Slott’s pattern is to start stong and then degenerate. I fear this Gutters comics may soon come to pass… http://www.the-gutters.com/comic/402-richard-clark?utm_source=Gutters&utm_campaign=8dc0151df0

  2. Emiliano says:

    JD,

    To tell you the truth, I can’t wait for the next issue. Doc Oc against the Avengers is something we have never seen before, even if he is using Peter’s body, and I truly hoop that Slott makes it as intersting as it promises to be.

    I am enjoying the hell out of Doc Oc’s hostile takeover of Pete’s body. I think that most of the bad feelings about it have come from Marvel’s making this into a Big Event (you know, changing the title’s numbering/name and so on) instead of it just being just a major storyline ( a la Death of Superman) within the same title. Instead of being something cool that happens during the Amazing Spider-Man’s run, they turned it into a “money hungry” scream for attention. I understand the financial side of it, but (imo) they turned this whole thing from a very cool storyline into a cheap “event”.

    With all of that said, I still think Superior Spider-Man is a pleasure to read, if only to see what kind of evil crap Doc is going to pull while trying to prove he is a better man/hero/genius than Peter ever was. I hope Slott doesn’t come up with that old “I understand my ways are wrong and Peter deserves to hve his body back” at the end of the storyline (does anyone really think Peter’s not coming back? I mean, this is not a secret clone or anything.). Doc Oc is too egotistical to ever change his ways THAT much.

    Me? I’m hoping that after his fight with the Avengers ol’ eight-arms turns nastier to prove who’s the better man. I know I’m going to keep buying. Let’s see how it turns out.

  3. Emiliano says:

    Grim_Noir,

    That was HILARIOUS! Now we know what Marvel is planning for this year’s annual!

  4. JD (Host) says:

    @Grim: haha thanks for the link, that was awesome and gross.

    @Emiliano: I’m glad someone out there is enjoying this stuff as much as me, I feel like the only one who likes it! All I hear are complaints, and it’s a shame. I agree with your view on it being an event, to a degree…I think this was actually a big enough change in the character that a new series is actually worthwhile. It doesn’t really bother me that much.

    Did you read the AU tie-in though? I hated it.

  5. Emiliano says:

    @JD (Host): Absolutely, brother. I love what Slott’s been doing with the book.

    On the “event” side, if it was a “permanent” change, THEN it would have been one hell of a thing (I probably would have dropped the book if it didn’t have Peter, though). You know, like the Ultimate Spider-Man tract. As it is, feels like a little “let’s grab some extra money with another #1” ploy. That annoys me a little (and I know it bothered some people a lot more than me), but not enough to drop the book.

    The AU tie-in was ok. I didn’t like it too much, but I didn’t hate it either. It was just a very skippable issue in a cross-over that, not being part of either the regular book or an important part of the crossover, I really didn’t feel had anything to add, except maybe taking us out of the delusion that this was Peter working against Ultron and not Doc Oc. Makes me think that whatever they are planning will have one of those “permanent” changes in the MU that heroes will have to deal with for acouple of issues after the x-over ends. Maybe? We’ll see.

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