Story: Dan Slott
Art: Ryan Stegman, Livesay
What They Say:
The moment that changes world of Spider-Man, and the Marvel Universe for years to come. Which Spider-Man is responsible for such a thing? Spider-Man 2099 or the Superior Spider-Man? Major developments for both Spider-Man’s cast… and for the future.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
While there’s the usual refrain that things in comics stay the same, it’s certainly not truly true in a sense as there’s some pretty constant change. And with a book like Superior Spider-Man, they’re constantly rewriting the static quo and having fun changing it up as Octavius plays up the role of being a better superhero than Peter Parker ever was. This arc has been a blast overall just for bringing the world of 2099 back into things against, which makes this old fan of the previous series really happy since those were fun books back in the day. Of course, all of that is threatened now by the actions of Tiberius Stone in the present.
Everything has found itself funneling towards Horizon Labs at this point now that Grady has figured out what Tiberius was up to and we see the culmination of his foolishness has now caused a potentially huge temporal event about to happen that will reverberate elsewhere later on. For now, the fun is in watching as the Horizon folks try to figure it all out while Miguel gets clued in on it as well and figures out the best course of action. So what has to happen? Octavius comes swinging in and knocks the snot out of Miguel when they need him the most. What makes this work is that on top of all the other recent stresses Octavius has had in dealing with this life, we get to see that he now has to solve something that Peter solved when he first joined Horizon, something that Octavius seems incapable of solving.
Octavius has largely been on top of things for a long time, so seeing him really struggle with it here a great deal of fun even with the danger that’s represented because it’s a good challenge to watch him suffer through as he finds himself to potentially be inferior. It plays out well as it all goes to hell and the fallout is what really makes it engaging. With Tyler Stone stranding Miguel in the past, that frees up his future-present. Miguel has to figure out what to do here and that has him joining up with the newly christened Alchemax to keep an eye on Tiberius. And Octavius has to figure out how to work Spider-Island more to his advantage and brings in some of those that didn’t go with Max on his new adventure. He’s also got a new threat on the horizon too now that the Wraith has uncovered where Spider-Man has been getting his funds.
Temporal events never go well when they’re under control, never mind out of control, and there are some game changers here with what’s going on. Miguel being stranded will launch him into his own series down the line a bit and Octavius is now more fully on his own without being tied to Horizon or Alchemax. But there are new dangers lurking out there as we get a slight taste again of what the Green Goblin is up to, and rising sentiment as to why Spider-Man hasn’t dealt with it yet, and the complications of some of the relationships that he’s involved in as well. All the stresses and complications are piling up on top of each other and it looks like it’s going to have quite the big hit down the line.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: October 16th, 2013