I share my thoughts on The Superior Spider-Man #15 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, published by Marvel Comics.
The Superior Spider-Man #15
Story: Dan Slott | Art: Humberto Ramos | Cover: Humberto Ramos | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99
“Run, Goblin, Run!” Part 1 of 2
• What’s it like to be a villain in the Marvel Universe…once the Superior Spider-Man sets his sights on you?
• Find out, from Phil Urich’s point of view, in what might be the final days of the Hobgoblin.
• Plus, what is the secret of “The Tinkerer’s Apprentice”? Who’s been helping the Terrible Tinkerer? And how is he, of all people, the reason everything in Spider-Man’s life will be changed forever?!
The Superior Spider-Man continues! #15 is another very strong issue, with Dan Slott further bringing forward the adventures of Doc Ock, who seems to be pretty much succeeding at being Spider-Man (if brutally), but failing at being Peter Parker, as this issue explains. We’ve been receiving a heavy focus on the Spider-Man side of things, with some interesting storyline developing here. At the same issue number as All New X-Men, The Superior Spider-Man is a title that feels like it’s progressed a lot further and done a lot more things with the book, even if I have not quite got around to reading #7 yet (however, I have read every other issue).
The issue sees the Hobgoblin committing several robberies across New York in order to pay for his tech, evading all of Spider-Man’s surveillance. We see a very awesome sequence unfold here, all leading up to the ending, which I won’t spoil, but I really enjoyed seeing it unfold on the page, and as a result – I’m really excited now for #16.
Humberto Ramos’ art has really grown on me on this book. Initially I wasn’t a big fan of it, but now it’s really progressing and particularly with a great level of consistency displayed, this is one of the better titles at Marvel right now, and is easily one of the most fun.
We even get a pretty well created sequence between Anna Maria and Ock!Peter, in one of the few non-Spider-Man scenes that we get in the book, even if it does feel like the main focus is squarely on the Hobgoblin and Spider-Man. It’s a real shame that people can’t just enjoy this book for what it is and stop complaining that there isn’t a Peter Parker. You’ve got loads of back-issues to read from, and it’s about time that the character went in a fresh and interesting direction, adding for a large element of unpredictability that is something that we didn’t quite get when Peter was Spidey.
The action is pretty well written and Slott is really telling an engaging storyline. Whilst it may seem like a new character is discovering that “That’s not what Spider-Man does” each issue but never actually doing anything about it, and the continuing problem that there never really is anyone to root for, as after all, the main ‘hero’ is currently Ock!Peter.
Overall, a solid book. Fun and awesome with a strong cliffhanger to boot, with some fine art from Ramos – despite a few minor problems, this is one of the best Marvel books on shelves at the moment, and one of the few books that I’m following that ships bi-monthly. Superb, and my personal second favourite Marvel book of the week behind the brilliant Hunger #2.