Superior Spider-man Team Up #8 Review

Will self doubt prove to be the one foe Superior Spider-Man just can't overcome?

The Good

Otto Octavius realizing he may not be the best hero and contemplating revealing himself to the Avengers really cements Otto's turn from mad scientist to actual person. It is this nuanced characterization that elevates this book from standard "hero doubts himself after a failure" storytelling to something much more. We also have a greater emphasis on Otto's promise to Peter Parker as well as his genuine desire to be a better hero. The art in this book reflects the tone very well, as everything seems muted and somber while still delivering strong action packed scenes.

The Not So Good

I'm not a huge fan of Namor's return to being an anti-hero and not the noble undersea lord he had became. That being said, I was not happy to see Namor pop up in this book. Other than that bit of personal taste, there isn't a lot of not so good in this book.

The Bottom Line

This is a solid book that gives us a nuanced characterization of Otto Octavius that creates a stronger Superior Spider-Man as a result. Seeing Otto and Namor interact and almost bond over a mutual arrogance and sense of entitlement was interesting even if I am not a fan of Namor as of late. Although I love the art, I realize it may not be everyone's cup of tea, though I would not let that keep you from picking this one up. Fans of the main Superior Spider-Man book especially need to pick this book up so they can get a better look under the mask of Superior Spider-Man and see Otto for who he really is, a hero.

4.5 / 5
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Superior Spider-man Team Up #8
Released December 18, 2013
Writer Christopher Yost
Artist Stephanie Hans
Cover Artist Paolo Rivera

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