This might be the most important issue of the Superior Spider-Man series in the foreseeable future. It’s the one that deals with the relationship between the Superior Spider-Man and Mary Jane. When people figured out that Doctor Octopus was dating Mary Jane through Peter Parker’s body, it became controversial fast. It was awkward, and sounded a bit rapey. So how does this issue deal with it?
This is a very good comic. At the end of issue one, it was revealed that Peter’s consciousness was still trapped within his body, and that he could still affect the Doctor’s actions to a minor extent. This issue doesn’t just explore the Mary Jane relationship, but it also explored how aware Peter was of the doc’s actions. It makes this issue all the more entertaining. It also feels as though Dan Slott was well aware of the controversy ahead of time, as many of Peter Parker’s comments reflect that of comments I’ve read online. It’s very clever in that sense.
While I don’t usually spoil comics in these reviews, it’s important to in this case. No, the Superior Spider-Man and Mary Jane will not remain a couple after this issue, which should be a relief to everyone that was worried. It’s still a bit of a disturbing comic, but it’s entertainingly disturbing.
The art is also good. It’s a bit of a simple look – many of the panels don’t have all that much fine detail. The backgrounds feel complete, and they do a great job at setting the scene and atmosphere. Character expressions are also well done, from Octavious’ pride and disappointment to Mary Jane’s confusion to his … different behaviour.
I’m still not completely sure whether I like Superior Spider-Man’s direction, but it’s been very good so far. Spider-Man fans should at least give it a chance. It feels very different from the Amazing Spider-Man series, yet familiar enough that it still feels like a Spider-Man book. This is definitely worth checking out, and I’ll personally give it at least a few more issues.