Well, I finally was able to catch up with the Superior Spider-Man series just as it’s heating up towards what should be a huge finale this spring. The most recent issue, #28, totally flipped SpOck into an unusual world of chaos with him being the one to scramble for his life.
The issue opens with Spider Island up in flames. How? The last we saw of SpOck he had outsmarted the Goblin King and discovered his underground hideout with a projection of himself. Right?
It turns out the Goblin King was one step ahead of Otto and sent his three goblin glider warriors to blow up the entire island complex. This is the first time that SpOck has really been in trouble; he literally has to flee everything he has built on the back of Automaton (the magnificent whirr-klikk-iking robot). He barely gets away, but damn, this was really an intense start to the issue. The Goblin King doesn’t even care that Otto got away because he already has established plans to go take everyone close to SpOck hostage.
Meanwhile Mayor Jameson, of course, rolls out his newest line of “Goblin Slayers” which are really just Spider Slayers — which remind me of the navy Star Wars battle droids repainted to look like a Portal turret with a hologram of Jonah’s face in the center. Jameson has been pretty frustrated about being controlled by SpOck, so there was no surprise to see him make a prideful power move like this; although, I’m totally expecting it to just create more problems.
As I mentioned, the Goblin King had already sent out some thug units to go kidnap all of the close known associates to SpOck, starting with Mary Jane, who decided to become super badass in this issue. Three of the flying child goblins come crashing through window; poor firefighter Ollie is helplessly swinging a chair in the air to ward them off, and all of a sudden, THWIP! TWIP! That’s right, Mary Jane pulls out some web shooters and traps the 3 mini goblins to the wall. She understands exactly how the Goblin plays games and out of nowhere grabs Ollie and pulls him out the door like she had some Emergency Goblin Protocol ready. It’s great, she gathers up May and Jay while telling her own mother to take the first flight out of town. I think Mary Jane is the reason SpOck will be able to win this one, by “removing pieces from the board.”
We find out that Otto made it back to Parker Industries safely, but he was tracked down and confronted by Monster, who pulls off her mask to reveal that she is a Goblinized Carlie. She forces her way through all of Parker Industry’s defense mechanisms, eventually getting her desired one on one time with Otto. Even though this looks like it could be pretty bad, Carlie is still able to somehow temporarily take control of Monster and tell Otto that he better cure her before it’s too late. She says that Otto has no idea what the Goblin King has in store for him,
but no, oh no, the worst thing that could happen, the issue ends with the Goblins capturing the one person that truly matters to Otto;
Damn. I really love this series, I think it’s one of the coolest original and unique ideas that I’ve ever read. I’ve loved SpOck from the beginning; he was a fun and cool change to the character and a great break from Peter Parker. I definitely want Pete back, but am really really going to miss the professionally serious and technical approach that Otto’s character brings to Spider-Man.
The only thing that I didn’t like in this issue was the two full page panels that showed ghost Peter slowly losing himself having to relive Otto’s memories. While the full page layouts were nicely designed, I thought it interrupted the flow of the main story. I’m definitely interested in what happens to Peter and how he comes back, but honestly, I don’t want it to take away at all from this Goblin Nation story and how awesome and crazy it’s getting, especially with only 3 issues to go.
Overall, I thought this was another awesome issue of the Superior Spider-Man, and obviously cannot wait for issue #29, especially because Spidey 2099 appears in his costume again!
Going forward, my one big theory or expectation is that Anna Maria, sadly, will die before the series is over. We know that Peter is coming back, and she’s Otto’s love interest, not his. Now she’s been kidnapped, and while Otto would probably do or give anything to protect her, it would be a really tragic way to show him that he’s not superior. It’s the easiest way for the writers to eliminate the relationship and totally wreck Otto for good, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
How did everyone else like this month’s issue of the Superior Spider-Man? Let me know!