Superior Spider-Man #1
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Superior Spider-Man #1

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Ryan Stegman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 9, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 51 User Reviews: 24
7.9Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

THEN!…Peter Parker spent a lifetime living up to the responsibilities his powers foisted upon him but his Amazing story finally ended dramatically in the historic Spider-Man #700. NOW!…The new Amazing Spider-Man has arrived and he is better in every single way. Smarter, stronger…Superior.

  • 10
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Jan 8, 2013

    The final page is a big twist in the story and one that Dan Slott has been promoting for weeks, ever since the story in #700 leaked out. I won't spoil it for you but some readers will be happy and some will be annoyed but all will probably be getting the next issue to see where this is going. I know that I will be. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 9, 2013

    Readers need to have an open mind to find out how this crazy idea could turn into one of the most interesting Spider-Man stories we've seen in years. Just because Otto is in charge doesn't mean the story is over. This change will allow us to explore what exactly made Spider-Man the hero he was along with Otto trying to make himself, and Spider-Man, a better (or superior) hero. Stegman's art is a spectacular sight and Edgar Delgado's colors enhances the entire package to make this a great read that is also a visual treat for your eyes. Whether you like the idea of change or not, you'll want to see for yourself what Dan Slott has up his sleeve this month. This is a great start to a new chapter of Spider-Man and you're not going to want to miss a second of it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Jan 18, 2013

    This gets a 5/5 for how well it's been done and how memorable it is. There are panels and whole sequences of pages that are just epic and absolutely breath-taking. I'd be quite surprised if I was able to forget this issue within five years. It's that awesome in every respect. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 10, 2013

    This whole series should be very cool, if the first issue is anything to go by. Read Full Review

  • 10
    16BitMonster - Hamilton Ortiz Jan 9, 2013

    Between Slott's witty Otto dialogue to Ryan Stegman's beautiful art work this issue is spot on perfect in my book. Slott has definitely maintained the same great pace he left Amazing Spiderman #700 off on and not only do the bad guys know this is a new Spiderman willing to push them to their limits Otto wants the world to know it as well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jan 9, 2013

    The Superior Spider-Man #1 is a complete success. Even without the big twist at the end, Dan Slott has secured by readership for this book by delivering an awesome opening chapter to a series that shows a lot of promise for interesting, complex storytelling based on real human emotions and relatable feelings. It's a real shame that everyone already knows that Peter Parker will be back in the future. In the world of comic books, major players don't stay dead, so it's only a matter of time (or a matter of a new movie) before Peter gets back into his own head. And really, that's going to be disappointing when it does happen because we've read the same old song and dance for the last fifty years with Peter, and already I'm more invested in Otto Octavius' journey than I've been in Peter's for quite a while. Long live the Superior Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Skott Jimenez Jan 9, 2013

    So, love it or hate it, the bottom line here is that this book was well worth the wait. To be honest, I hated the title when I first saw it. Hated it. HATED it. HAAAAAATED it. But Slott said wait until after reading ASM #700 and the name will make sense and he was right. The Superior Spider-Man is the perfect title for this series and this is one Marvel NOW! book I'm glad I tried out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Den Of Geek! - Robert Bernstein Jan 9, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #1 is definitely the start of something new for Spidey. It has an epic feeling right from the first page. There's still a lingering feeling of good versus evil for the new Peter Parker, but hopefully Slott won't hold that for too long, as I could see that aspect of the book getting stale after a short period. We can't help but wonder what's on the horizon, especially since we've already seen some previews of future issues, courtesy of Marvel. We are excited about the possibilities Dan Slott has created for Spider-Man, and hope to see this new book take him in directions we haven't seen before. Regardless of where Slott takes us next, Superior Spider-Man #1 is a creative, exciting and intriguing comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Kyle Francisco Jan 12, 2013

    “Dark and weird” indeed. Here's to the rise of the new, Superior Spider-Man… and here's to his inevitable fall, which I will patiently and eagerly wait for. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Jan 9, 2013

    As for the art, Ryan Stegman does a stellar job, with interesting character designs and clean pencilling. Spidey's new outfit is really neat and his rendering of Otto as Peter is amusing. Two words: Doctor. Horrible. As I mentioned, the only thing I had a problem with was MJ not catching on that it's someone else in Peter's body. If anyone should know, it's her. Other than that, I can't find anything to complain about. As expected, I'm in" hook, line, and sinker. Well done, to all involved! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Ryley Moore Apr 24, 2014

    What Slott did withSuperior Spider-Manwas deliver something that could have easily failed had it not been for his excellent planning, and knowing these characters inside and out. Longtime fans of the character should definitely bring themselves to read this series as it brings a new twist on the classic hero and a classic villain that won't be soon forgotten. Slott'sSuperior Spider-Manwill be remembered in the future of the character as other classic eras such as theAlien CostumeandClone Sagaeras. With an attention to detail in his plots and huge teases for what's to come, Slott succeeds andSuperior Spider-Mandefinitely comes out to be a Superior comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jan 9, 2013

    Now this comic surprised the hell out of me, but not as surprising as the very last page which I will not spoil here. I expected something like this might happen, but I thought for sure we’d see it several issues down the road, certainly not this early into the game. Having said that, as a Spider-Man freak, I think I’ll enjoy this series and wait with anticipation until the return of the one true Peter Parker (you know it’s gonna happen). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Midnight Logic - Atlee Greene Jan 14, 2013

    Something similar to a conscious overtakes Octavius when he is about to go past the point of no return. Is there someone more to this or is the once sinister doctor finding a new groove? Either way, Dan Slott created a wonderful first issue that shows promise, intrigue and a unique sense of adventure. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Maxwell Majernik Jan 10, 2013

    The status quo will be back soon enough, but for now enjoy a story outside the box. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Jan 12, 2013

    If you were scared by the ending to Amazing Spider-Man #700, do yourself a favor and give this book a chance. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Jan 9, 2013

    It's great to see Ryan Stegman return to the Spider-Man universe after recently tackling his "brother" Kaine in Scarlet Spider. I particularly love that he has now made Peter while at work dress as the stereotypical evil genius. Joking aside including Stegman to creative was a great idea as whenever you look at it you can't help but feel like he is meant to draw Spider-Man in some capacity. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Smash - Sam Johnson Jan 9, 2013

    Set in the same world as "The Amazing Spider-Man" but with quite a different feel, writer Dan Slott has delivered an intriguing beginning for the story of Otto Octavius as Spider-Man; and if you're a Spidey fan who wasn't planning on following the pseudo-hero's adventures, I'd recommend checking this book out before you make your final decision on that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Jan 10, 2013

    I really enjoyed this issue, I loved Doc here. He's doing a horrible job as Peter though, lol, calling people Dolts? It's so out of Peter's style that it's hilarious. I enjoyed the way he brushed away Modell, when he looks to be planning something big, as well as the way he prepared for this new Sinister Six. Just seeing all the work he put into it so he could take them down with such ease was funny but also showed how clever Doc is. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jan 10, 2013

    It's pretty clear where this is all going and what the likely end result will be. That was clear in Amazing Spider-Man #700, but with Slott writing it'll be entertaining no matter how foreshadowed it is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer Sep 13, 2001

    Dan Slott is playing with fire in Superior Spider-Man and loving every minute of it. The Doctor Octopus era is one rife with possibilities, I can see that just from the start. The final page will make some fans cheer and others groan. I didnt expect to like this as much as I did, but I found this to be an oddly enjoyable take on Spider-Man. Enjoy this ride fans, this isnt the end of Spider-Man, this is just a different look at Parkers credo, with great power, comes great responsibility. Im impressed and I welcome the Superior age of Spider-Man with open arms. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jan 12, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man isn't your daddy's Spider-Man. It's twisted, almost unintentionally hilarious, and full of ideas that I can see setting this book at the top of my to read pile for a long time to come. It was a big gamble to put this series on a pedestal before it was even released, but all of our hopes are fulfilled and our fears avoided in this solid first issue. The Superior Spider-Man is here to stay, and thankfully, that looks to be a very good thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BGCP - Ian Bonar Jul 26, 2014

    An exciting, and very-interesting, Spider-Man comic. Clever story arcs, and good artwork, ensured Doc Ock's tenure as the Wall Crawler was thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - ChrisDeneen Jan 9, 2013

    This issue is good not great mind you well thats not completely accurate. The issue itself is good but then ending is damn near amazing. After reading it youll understand what I mean. Right out of the gate and Dan Slott delivers a surprisingly strong first issue and an interesting shock at the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Ben Silverio Jan 14, 2013

    In all seriousness (even though I am serious when I say that I'd work for Marvel), I liked this first issue of 'Superior Spider-Man'. I like where things are going and I'm enjoying Otto's interactions with the characters of Peter Parker's life. I'm curious to see how things will go with Aunt May and J. Jonah Jameson, but especially the former colleagues of Doc Ock, like the original Sinister Six. So far, I'm on board with what Slott and the Spidey office is doing with this book and I'm looking forward to the next one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jan 9, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #1 is an endlessly entertaining experience that successfully begins an era that's sure to be a very intriguing feature in the Marvel Universe. And despite some minor creative stumblings near the beginning it earns a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dylan B. Tano Jan 14, 2013

    Oh yeah, and this storyline feels fun. We can't forget the fun! This book had a pretty high giggle-to-page count, and some wonderfully clever moments. Slott has set himself up to succeed on a few different levels, and I'm going to enjoy watching to see if he can achieve his goals. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Jan 11, 2013

    I encourage even those disgusted by the final Amazing story to give this series a chance--it's still a $3.99 book, it's still the same writer, and it's still the ongoing saga of the basic cast of characters. At the same time, if you've avoided Spider-Man for awhile, this is a great time to jump in on what--to me--promises to be a rather interesting ride. In fact, I'm far more interested in this after one issue than I've been in Spider-stuff in general for years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    iFanboy - Ron Richards Jan 8, 2013

    The Superior Spider-Man #1 is the next chapter in a grand epic and I have all the faith in the world that it will continue to be as entertaining as ever, if not more so from the looks of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jan 10, 2013

    As a first issue, it does a good job at setting a direction, a tone and some nice action. I do believe that Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman can tell some truly terrific stories with Spider-Ock, yet he has a lot of work to do if the main character continues to be so unlikeable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Jan 8, 2013

    "Superior Spider-Man" #1 is a complete success, a reboot issue that builds from what came before but is entirely accessible for new readers. It is also riveting in the plot complication it delivers, the possible solution it hints at, and the way Octavius intends to act in the interim. Spider-Man will be different for a little while and if it can continue to be this intriguing, well thought out, exciting and downright fun, then it can take its time playing out this strange experiment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 1, 2013

    A decent start to this new Spider-Man series, and although I personally still can't get to terms with Doc Ock as Spider-Man it was still a brilliant issue. I would highly recommend this issue to new fans, and old fans, and would also recommend it to people who have dropped Spider-Man following ASM#700, as the ending of this issue is enough to make this a worth while buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Jan 9, 2013

    Overall I think Superior Spider-Man is going to make a great read and I am definitely excited to check out more issues as they come. We were all a little nervous as to how Slott would portray Octavius as Parker, but I think this book hits all the right notes and delivers something I was hoping for, a great story based on a great idea. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Jan 12, 2013

    This series still intrigues me alot. This issue was all setup so it is hard to judge just how this series will go. To me though, all the key componenets are here to make this a great title. Saying that, it is going to be a frustrating read at times due to the charcter inside Parkers' head. I do think readers need to remember though that we are supposed to get annoyed reading this. That is the whole point, and it also shows just how great a writer Slott really is. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Jan 10, 2013

    A solid start marred only by an unlovable protagonist. Don't make uninformed judgement calls until you've at least given it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Super Hero Hype - Spencer Perry Jan 9, 2013

    The Superior Spider-Man has a really ambitious plot that works surprisingly well. It's a well-written story with good touches of character, but the artwork just isn't up to par for what's going on here. Spider-Man purists might not like what's going on, but it seems like the future holds something bright for them. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jan 10, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man isnt exactly for new readers. Its a continuationof an existing storyline. Id suggest beginning over with AmazingSpider-Man 698, at least. Other than that, its not a bad story, butheres a good question: knowing this book will likely revert itsstatus quo in a year, will you still keep along? I willfor now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jan 11, 2013

    I hope I'm jumping to conclusions: I hope that Slott has a few twists, turns, and kinks left in this one before the inevitable return/renaming/renumbering, and my grade reflects some confidence in that. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Jan 9, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man isnt the best first issue, but it has some great action and a cliffhanger that will make you want to grab issue 2. If Doc Ock as Spidey can be as interesting as Chris Yost made him in Avenging Spider-Man, this could be a phenomenal title. Unfortunately, thats probably not going to happen unless a change in creative teams is made. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 10, 2013

    Dan Slott's writing continues to be engaging, and I like what I see in Mr. Stegman's style. Superior Spider-Man #1 is a very good book, and one I'll continue to read, even though the surprise twist was more of a let down for me than it has been for others. If you haven't already, drop the $3.99 and pick up the book, you'll get some enjoyment out of it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 8, 2012

    Those railing against the new status quo will likely find something or another to be happy about with this all-new era of Spider-Man, as Otto struts his stuff on his official first day of the job. This self-contained opener does require preexisting faith to really get into, as this new Spider-Man is as smug and abrasive as it gets " but seeing the challenges he has ahead of him give me some hope. The Superior Spider-Man still has plenty of room to grow before he reaches his predecessor's boots, but Slott and Stegman have nicely set up the stage for this bad guy to have his own hero's journey. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey Jan 10, 2013

    When we previewedSuperior Spider-Man on Comic Station Issue #2,theconsensuswas "better than expected." Why take such a drastic change of course in a staple Spider-Man series if the ending sets up the expected? That being said, the true direction could go down another road, as Superior Spider-Man goes on and looks to be a fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Jan 9, 2013

    There's still some unresolved Peter Parker influence hanging around, and lots of potential for amazing stories ahead. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 9, 2013

    It's certainly nice to see Ryan Stegman on board and helping to kick off the new series. From the first issue of Scarlet Spider, it was clear that Stegman was destined to headline the core Spider-Man book. He brings the sense of kinetic energy and bombast that a Spider-Man book needs. The characters are expressive, and the many action scenes pop right off the page. I'm not thrilled that Stegman's work is colored by Edgar Delgado, however. Delgado also colors Humberto Ramos' pencils, and the darker, more muted tones don't really complement Stegman's pencils and inks that well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jan 13, 2013

    A visually average outting with a so-so story that will be redacted in no time. For $3.99 an issue, this is too expensive for me to continue with this story/team. I tried it and am passing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Jan 9, 2013

    What I REALLY HATED ABOUT THIS ISSUE is the fact that were only in issue 1 and Spoiler alert Peter Parker is right by Otto side as some sort of ghost claiming to return. Come on Dan Slott you made this huge story about Peter not being Spider-Man and in the first issue of Superior Spider-Man we see Peter. I feel like that is a total cop out and we shouldnt have seen peter till at least April. I mean I love Peter as much as the next guy but his appearance is here way too soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 11, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man is a good read. It doesn't feel like a "What If" title which is a plus. I found myself smiling at times but I also found myself bored at times. The book needs more traction next issue if I am going to stick with the title. This is an average to decent book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Jan 11, 2013

    I don't know that I'll be returning to this series, but this opening salvo certainly was a mindlessly enjoyable read. Sometimes that's what you need, and if you need it often, then The Superior Spider-Man might be your new fix. The series has some charm, however hackneyed. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jan 9, 2013

    The art for Superior Spider-Man is handled by Ryan Stegman, whose style is so close to Humberto Ramos that it makes you more miss Ramos than champion Stegman. Nothing is inherently wrong with the pencils, I'm just unsure why Marvel would stick Slott with a Ramos clone as opposed to just getting him Ramos. Even if I loved the story, I'd still think the art is an average copy of a superior artist. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jan 12, 2013

    It seems as though artist Ryan Stegman has adapted his style a bit for this new Spidey series. He's boasted a fairly conventional super-hero-genre style in the past, but here, there's a looser, rougher approach, and I think the reason is clear. Stegman's art is meant to reflect the harsher personality that lurks within the title character now. It looks a bit like the sort of result we saw years ago when Bill Sienkiewicz would ink the work of the late Jim Aparo on various Batman comics from DC. This edgier approach doesn't quite work, perhaps in part because Slott's script doesn't fully commit to the darker tone that's promised. Otto-Peter's dialogue is corny, reflecting the Silver Age megalomania characteristic of super-villains from the 1960s. There's a goofy tone to the action involving the Sinister Six as well, so the harshness Stegman tries to instill here feels a bit out of place. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jan 10, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #1 could have proved all the naysayers, myself included, wrong. Though Amazing Spider-Man #700 did not make me buy into this new direction for Spider-Man I did see the potential in Dan Slott having Otto Octavius in control of Peter Parkers body. The execution of Otto-Peters story did away with any potential to this story. Instead, what the issue leaves us with is the anticipation that the real Peter Parker will return sooner, much sooner, rather than later. Rather than wait for that time I am dropping this title and in the process making it the first time I will not be picking up a monthly Spider-Man title in my comic book reading life. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 10, 2013

    It's sad - Spider-Man has been one of my favorites for a long time. But "my" Spider-Man hasn't been around for a long time, and I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever see him again. Read Full Review

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