I'm usually not a big fan of annuals, they're usually out there for companies like Marvel and DC to milk a series for all its worth, the creative teams are different, and the stories are more like one-shots than a continuation of what's going on in the actually story. Although I'm not saying that isn't the case for The Superior Spiderman Annual, the book overall is still a decent read. I've been a fan of this new Superior Spiderman, there hasn't actually been an issue I really didn't like. In this issue Blackout, one of Ghost Riders old foes, is back to make a name for himself. He decides to start by going after Peter Parker, in hopes of sabotaging Spiderman's tech. Blackout does this by magically appearing in Aunt May's apartment and kidnapping her, followed by some of the most cliche and cheesy on-the-nose dialogue between Jay and Peter. Ultimately, this new, 'superior', Spiderman is angry and ready to make sure that no one gets in the way of the people Peter Parker cares about.
The first thing I noticed when I opened up The Superior Spiderman Annual was that there was a completely different creative team. I think that The Superior Spiderman's run so far has benefited from it's creative team, so this was a bit of a disappointment for me. We don't have a script by Dan Slott or art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, but instead Christos Gage does the writing, and Javier Rodrigues does the art. Although the writing may be a little cheesy, it is a Spiderman book. The art on the other hand really didn't cut it. For the majority of the time, really until the last few pages, It looks like it was taken right out of a 90's Spiderman cartoon. There's really not much attention to detail, which is a shame since The Superior Spiderman benefits greatly from its art in previous issues.
Overall The Superior Spiderman Annual is a good book with a few hiccups along the way. If you're a fan of The Superior Spiderman, and the direction things have been going in, then there's definitely no reason not to pick this up. If you're just reading this series to be there when the real Peter Parker comes back, then maybe you can skip this one. I'm giving this book a 3/5.
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