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The Octopus is Out of the Bag (Superior Spider-Man #10 Review)


Writer: Christos Gage

Penciler: Mike Hawthorne

Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger

Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Publisher: Marvel

Rating: 8/10 Spider Legs

Otto’s hero’s journey is slowly coming to fruition. Almost breaking free from the “I’m pretty much Spider-Man, but better (dare I say superior?? muahahahaha) “ character lock that they set for him, and giving him his own unique trials and tribulations, even the beginnings of his very own Rogues Gallery. 

In this run, Otto, under a new identity, has established himself as a professor in Horizon U in San Francisco, and as the city’s very own protector. He has been trying to break out of the shadow of not only the original Spider-Man, but of his own former villainous past. Trying his damndest to prove to everyone that he IS a hero and that he truly is walking the righteous path. 

Just when everything is normalizing after the events of War of The Realms, and Otto finding some fleeting happiness, this issue introduces us to his very own arch nemesis, who finally steps out of the shadows and is hell bent on destroying the 2nd chance at life he has built, ruining any hopes he has of becoming the hero he truly wants to be. Orchestrating a chain of events that hits him out of left field and forces him to reveal his true identity, along with his missteps in super heroics. This destroys any goodwill that he has in the city he swore to protect.

With the help of his friends, he finds a trail that leads back to his tormentor, and with the explosive (literally) revelation of the heinous mastermind, Otto is left in a state of shock and his friends’ lives hanging in the balance. 

This issue is a fun, entertaining read, with a heartfelt moment that truly drives this new characterization of Otto’s Superior Spider-Man home. Great character development all around made all the more better with Mike Hawthorne’s incredible, dynamic art each issue makes this series just an awesome visual treat and a great read each month.


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