Superior Spider-Man #2

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Ryan Stegman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 30, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 22
7.7Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

The All-Now Supereir Spider-Man battles All-New Sinister Six!PLUS: Spider-Man and Mary Jane...REUNITED!PLUS: Slott and Stegman... REUNITED!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 30, 2013

    Well, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN is on issue two, and it's still awesome. Regardless of what you think about the whole mind-swap episode, you can't deny this isn't a great book that is a lot of fun to read. If you can deny it, take a vacation from being mad at everything for one day. We all know that, at some point, everything will return to normal, so let's just enjoy this insane ride while it lasts.The overall story here was a ton of fun, and I loved the majority of the issue revolving around Ock taking MJ out on dates. It's comedic, and well done. The art here is wonderful, even though I had some small problems with layout towards the end of the issue.Overall, you should go pick up this book, it's ridiculous, and I mean that in the best way possible. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Ben Silverio Feb 3, 2013

    Overall, I'm enjoying this series a lot. Those fans that were outraged after the events of 'Amazing Spider-Man' #700 totally overreacted when they said that they'd boycott this book. It's a great character piece so far and I'm stoked to see where it goes from here. We could all learn a thing or two about bettering yourself from the Superior Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Jan 31, 2013

    This book continues to impress in its odd way, as we haven't quite seen anything like it before. Sure, Spider-Man has been in some strange situations in his career, but they're usually resolved within a couple of issues. This problem looks like it might take some time to resolve. Whatever happens, I'm in it for the long haul. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Skott Jimenez Feb 2, 2013

    Unlike most of the Marvel NOW! books, I'm actually looking forward to the next issue! Also, I'm really happy Marvel isn't shipping this as often as they are their other books. I prefer to have my serialized comics on a monthly basis, not weekly or bi-weekly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Stephen Hardman Jan 30, 2013

    don't think I would be enjoying The Superior Spider-Man as much as I am if it wasn't being drawn by Ryan Stegman. His Spider-Man is fantastic and one of the best renditions I have ever seen. I love his line-work, on the buildings and the backgrounds, and his detailed foregrounds contrasting them. He is also fantastic at facial expression. For instance the half-page scene on page 10 in which Spider-Man, perched on a wall takes Mary Jane's hand, while Peter helplessly looks on. It's a beautiful image, from the down-turned crescent moon, right down to the exposed bricks and damp, cob-webbed pipes in the foreground. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Feb 5, 2013

    If, after reading this second issue of Superior Spider-Man, you still have fears about how this storyline is going to turn out, I'm not sure if you've been reading the same series as me. Two issues in, the tone of this series has been set, and it is completely insane, whilst the fears that certain people have had about the relationship between Mary Jane and Peter Parker have been assuaged. Combined with Stegman's superb artwork, it is obvious that whilst Superior is going to be a very different animal to Amazing, the quality is still there. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jan 31, 2013

    The Superior Spider-Man #2 continues Dan Slott's fantastic look at a villain turned hero. Otto Octavius has a chance to change his life completely (and for the better) without sacrificing who he is at the core, which is something many of us wish we could have done at some point in our lives. The addition of ghost Peter into the mix is risky, and the jury is still out on how that element of the storytelling will play out, but for now, it's enjoyable and provides the Peter Parker presence fans really want. Giving Otto the chance to make Spider-Man into a better hero was a stroke of genius for Slott because it allows Otto to transfer his mad scientist ideas into competent tech with practical uses. I mentioned it in my review of the first issue and I'll say it again here: for me, The Superior Spider-Man is a whole lot more fun and interesting than Spider-Man has been in a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Feb 6, 2013

    The issue gets a 4/5, particularly for the pacing, which is pretty fast in certain parts. Overall, it's still a nice start to the series, though I'm sure I'm not the only one hoping for Peter to return to his own skin. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jan 30, 2013

    A great issue with some good and surprising development on the Spider-Ock/Mary-Jane situation and the Peter-as-a-ghost situation. It is helped by some strong art and colorization, even though it did not reach the same level as the first issue. If Dan Slott continues to play this smartly, this will be a run to remember fondly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 2, 2013

    Hopefully Slott shakes things up soon, because the idea of Peter constantly complaining about Otto while in ghost form is going to get old fast. Hopefully Slott will change things so that Peter can actually do something. Otto remains an interesting protagonist, approaching his dates with Mary Jane like a science experiment. His material is fresh and new, which is always a plus to a comic book series. And we're only two issues in and already Carlie Cooper is starting to suspect something. Good for her. It's about time she had something to do besides just being a Relationship Sue. So not a whole lot happens in this issue, but it was fun nonetheless. And Slott easily navigates and wraps up the inherent creepiness that came from the whole Otto/Peter's body/Mary Jane thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Feb 1, 2013

    Like I said before, I have faith in Dan Slott, I just hope this whole ghost thing fades a bit, I don't mind having Pete around like that just not on every damn page. Aside from that, this was a good book, and the relationship between MJ and Pete/Ock is definitely never going to be the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Jan 30, 2013

    It's easy to see why so many fans were incensed by Slott's handling of Peter Parker's apparent demise, especially with Peter himself laying those feelings out so perfectly, but those fans that have chosen to stick with Superior Spider-Man may already be finding validation in their viewpoint. While it's true that Peter's presence in the book undercuts some of the dread that accompanied the change-over, it's almost necessary, if only to show that Slott and co. aren't quite as heartless as some would make them out to be. And, by turning Peter's relationship to Doc Ock into a kind of psychic Odd Couple situation instead of the traditional hero/villain dynamic, we're treated to insight into the minds of both men; what made one of them a hero, and the other a villain, and, in the end, what may make Peter Parker the Superior Spider-Man after all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Jan 30, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man finally lives up to the hype in issue 2. Slott took this ridiculous concept and created a story that is charming and just plain fun. Its really a shock how much better the writing is, especially compared to the vast majority of Slotts work on Spidey. Stegman just needs to do what he does best and the art on this title will be fine. Spidey fans should be pleased with this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Jan 31, 2013

    Ryan Stegman's art is reminiscent of early Todd McFarlane. His design sense is exemplary, but some of the more human moment seems overly rendered. That being said, the art does not serve as a distraction at all. The verdict is still out on whether Slott will pull this off, but with this issue, he took one of the story's biggest potential pitfalls, and nailed it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jan 31, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #2 is an absolutely competent follow up that continues the quality set forth by the series opener. Yes, the concept will surely sound silly to the uninitiated as it remains a divisive sore among fanboys and fangirls but trust, don't knock it until you try it. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Jan 31, 2013

    Ryan Stegman proves again that he is going to be the Spider-Man artist for this generation. His energetic pencils fit the world perfectly. Spider-Man swings through air with such ease and fluidity. Spock has a slight smugness in his expressions, where Peter's are all genuine. MJ's eyes stood out to me, especially when Spock refuses a kiss. The reader can feel the sadness and confusion in her eyes. Every page is incredibly detailed, even the characters that are in the background. I with this book would slow down, shipping once a month, so Stegman could pencil every issue. Edgar Delgado colors a great issue. The ghostly color of Peter is perfect. Spider-Man books have always been bright and splashy, and Delgado nails that tone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jan 31, 2013

    Overall, Superior Spider-Man is a comic filled with everything youlove about Spidey, but then injects the reader with a sinister plot byDan Slott. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 31, 2013

    Overall, I really enjoyed this issue, even though I went in expecting the interest meter to take a huge tumble. Dan Slott took care of the Mary Jane fears that many readers had, kept Octavius interesting without being a total creep, and presented information that propelled the story forward instead of stagnating. There is one concern I have over the way Ryan Stegman draws mouths, but that didn't affect my overall enjoyment of the issue. The Superior Spider-Man continues to impress me, and earns 4 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - II MiiK v Feb 1, 2013

    Overall I liked this issue more than issue one, it really feels like the story is developing more after each issue. The way the story is going isn't looking good if you're a fan of the series, and it's a shame that in the second issue people suspect something has changed with Peter. It feels like the beginning of the end already. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 30, 2013

    It's great to see Ryan Stegman headlining the main Spider-Man series. His bold, energetic style was a perfect fit for Scarlet Spider, and it's a perfect fit for Kaine's Superior clone, too. However, the darker color scheme in this series doesn't do much to enhance Stegman's pencils. Between that and Stegman's thicker, more jagged inking style, it seems like Stegman is trying to conform more to Humberto Ramos' style. And while there's something to be said for stylistic consistency on a biweekly comic, I'd rather have the cleaner, sleeker Stegman of Scarlet Spider. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jan 30, 2013

    By the by, the art from Ryan Stegman is odd, because it doesn't seem like the stuff he was doing in Scarlet Spider. Instead, it feels like he's trying to ape Humberto Ramos. That does make for some decent continuity with the old book, but Stegman should really just be Stegman. I mean, Stegman is good. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Feb 1, 2013

    As for his first big villain being the Vulture, I'm kinda meh about that but I'm curious to see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    WhatCulture - Christopher Jones Feb 1, 2013

    I liked this ending because it showed Otto giving up his creepy pursuit of Mary Jane, but it also gave the character a lot of much needed development. Otto is struggling with his role as a hero, but this ending really humanizes him and tones down his ego a bit. I'll take “Oh Doc Ock took over my body and dissolved my relationship,” over One More Day anytime. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Maxwell Majernik Jan 31, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man still has a ton going for it. I can safely say I would recommend the series to Spider-Man fans, but the only way this story is going to work going in the future is if they let the NEW Spider-Man become the star of the title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 2, 2013

    This was a decent issue, but the series isn't winning me over so far. I'd only recommend this issue to die hard Spidey fans who don't want to miss an issue, but would still caution them. I'd also caution newer readers, as although some of them would like this issue, others wouldn't, and it's very much a fifty fifty gamble. I do however hope that this series gets better, and that Spider-Man is once more a brilliant series, even if it is Doc Ock. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Feb 5, 2013

    But yeah, otherwise this is what I expect whenever I read Spider-Man comics -- some webbing around, some non-costumed drama with the supporting cast, some mild chuckles. Spider-Man's got an unfuckwithable formula like that -- even the Marcus Webb movie, for all its flaws, understood that and succeeded in that respect even if it didn't in pretty much any other. If you don't play with those elements, you could be making Spider-Man comics all the way to that unspecified Prophet future and it'd still be a decent read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Jan 30, 2013

    I'm sure the comparisons to Humberto Ramos will come up again and while I can agree that there are similarities is that really a bad thing? Both are great artists in their own right. Thankfully Stegman brings in the best aspect of the entire issue with ease. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 31, 2013

    There's just a little too much hand-wringing and whining from the spirit of Peter Parker past. It might be necessary to the overall arc of this chapter in Spider-Man's storied existence, but it quickly gets tiresome in this issue. This should be the flagship title for the Marvel NOW! Initiative and the gateway book for new readers. It's not really either, but it is a decent enough story. "Superior Spider-Man" #2, however, has me checking to see if I'm truly getting a solid return on investment. I'm not fully invested in this new Spider-Man and I'm not convinced I need to be. I don't need the ghost of Peter Parker to appreciate the evolution of Otto Octavius, but I do expect to get good Spider-Man adventures for a $3.99 price point. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AIPT - David Jan 30, 2013

    It looks like we'll be getting some new Vulture stories next issue. Leave it to Dan Slott to do something a little different with the Spider-verse, this time with midget Vulture minions. They're sort of like flying monkeys only in the customary Vulture garb. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Geek Smash - Sam Johnson Jan 31, 2013

    I really enjoyed what was going on here pre- this issue but I'm now left wondering whether we're now going to go back to that (while Carly sets about trying to find the truth) or whether the "Superior Spider-Man" will now constantly star the new Spider-Man and his invisible wise-cracking conscience, Peter Parker. I'm still in for issue #3, and we'll see what it brings" Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Syndicate - Chris Mailloux Jan 30, 2013

    Overall I've been trying to have an open mind about this book but I just really didn't enjoy it. It had some things that I did like and overall I didn't hate it. The humour though was really pushed on you and I just didn't enjoy the art. I'd say it's a below average book in my opinion and hopefully it improves in the next one. Read Full Review

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