After 19 issues of high intensity and crazy action, things settle down to a more familiar tone readers of Spider-Man are used to reading. Also familiar to readers is the famous Parker luck, as Otto is finally gets taken down a few pegs as Peter Parker. Without giving too much away, it is nice to see Otto is not as good as he thinks he is and that he may have quite a few thins to learn about juggling a secret identity and a career as a crime fighter. It was also nice to see supporting character Carlie Cooper use some of her crime scene training to investigate the identity of Spider-Man, whom she is sure is hiding something.
The cover almost promises the readers a Black Cat heavy story, which the pages inside fail to deliver. It is quite astounding how people who have been in Peter's life, MJ, Norman Osborn, Aunt May, many others, can't seem to realize that Otto isn't Peter. I realize that Otto had Peter's memories, but memories don't make a man it is how he reacts to those memories. Added to that is the fact that we all do small things, subtle mannerisms if you will, that Otto would have no way of knowing about or ability to mimic. It is odd seein Carlie know something is up when so many others do not. Another thing that put me off is the need to try to “shock” fans. Case in point, the reveal of who the woman was in the coma came off as if it were groundbreaking when in fact it is such a minor character that many reading the book might not even know of.
When this book is focusing on Otto trying to better Parker's life it really shines. When Otto has to interact with anyone who knows Peter, not so much. Characters are dumbed down in order to preserve the premise of Otto in Peter's body, which just makes me want to pull my hair out. The set up for future confrontations and finally allowing Otto to trip up as Parker are the only saving graces in this book's story. The art is not great, but it isn't terrible either. If you have the extra cash then go ahead and pick this up, you won't regret it too much. If you dcide to pass on this one, well you aren't missing too much anyway.
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