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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Superior Spider-Man #18

September 20th, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Written by Dan Slott

Penciler: Ryan Stegman

Inker: Livesay

Colorist: Edgar Delgado

Published by Marvel Comics

Across the Marvel Universe we’ve seen the Age of Ultron events do some serious damage. Timelines are out of sync, histories have been re-written, and we’ve seen some seriously confusing things take place. What’s the remedy for all of this space-time continuum jumbling? More time travel of course!

Spider-Man 2099 has traveled back in time to our present day in order to protect his grandfather. (No grandpa=no future Spidey!) Superior Spider-Man doesn’t take too kindly to this incursion on his turf, especially one that may save certain slimy, corrupt businessmen in order to protect his own hidden interests. It’s time for a classic game of cat & mouse!

Dan Slott has done the absolute unthinkable for me with this series: he’s gotten me interested and invested in Spider-Man again. He’s raised the stakes even higher in the last couple of issues with this run by bringing Spider-Man 2099 into the mix, but the true BRILLIANCE of his writing with this series lies in his subtle evolution of Doc Ock as Spidey. For all of Otto’s genius, he’s now been given a level of understanding for everything Peter had to deal with and go through with his time as Spider-Man. It’s rare to see that kind of smart storytelling along with all of the action involved to go with it.

I can’t say enough about how much I love the art team and style of this book. It seems like every time Slott raises the bar with his storytelling, the art team is right there to meet the challenge head-on. I mean seriously, has Spider-Man 2099 EVER looked more badass than he has in the last two issues? They could stand on their character models alone. Add in their ability to make action sequences look both brutal and amazing, while every color and image jumps off the page at you? It’s a recipe for some of, if not the best art in all of comics.

This series just keeps getting better and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. (Cliffhanger anyone?) Things appear to be getting worse before they get better and it’s going to be a fun ride seeing how and when things catch up to Spidey-Ock. This is a MUST read for anyone in to superhero comics or anyone that enjoys smart storytelling that can blend action sequences, heavy emotional events, and sprinkle in a bit of fun into the mix!

5 out of 5 nerds


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