Superior Spider-Man #19 Review
Written by Dan Slott
Artist: Ryan Stegman
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Published by Marvel Comics
When Dr. Otto Octavius took over the helm of Spider-Man; he vowed to be superior to Peter Parker in every way imaginable. After the story took its footing it was obvious, Ock IS a Superior Spider-Man; he just wasn’t a superior Peter Parker. Those closest to him saw it, but Spidey-Ock was too busy dealing with baddies, a big space-time conundrum, and Spider-Man 2099 to notice it.
Dan Slott doesn’t just write the Superior Spider-Man, he writes a superior Spider-Man story. Issue #19 is no exception. Slott used this issue to tie up the lose ends of his Spider-Man 2099 arc (while leaving a few open) and it would appear that the series is about to turn its focus back to what it was originally: Ock as Peter Parker. I haven’t been this excited to read the next issue of the series since I first jumped on!
The art on this title is usually some of my favorite in comics. In #19 the art is really good, but didn’t overly impress me when compared to previous issues. Maybe it was the lack of action in this issue that made me notice it, but Spider-Man’s face on more than one occasion looks distorted and a little disproportionate. The couple of times I noticed it jarred me out of the story and it was unsettling. (Keep in mind, this is the first time I’ve had a complaint about the art on this series!)
Slott & co. have something big in the works for the Superior Spidey universe. Tying up most of the open side story lines is going to shift focus back onto what the series was originally based around and I couldn’t be more thrilled to dive deeper into it. Hopefully Stegman steps it up to the standards of previous issues. As much as I love the story that’s unfolding, I don’t know if I can handle too much more of the slip-ups in the art department!
3 out of 5 nerds