Superior Spider-Man #3

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Ryan Stegman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 6, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 21
8.1Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Is this all-new Spider-Man in cahoots with... J. Jonah Jameson?!Has Carlie Cooper figured out the Superior Spider-Man’s secret identity?All this and the return of the villainous Vulture!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 6, 2013

    Stegman is a beast in terms of delivering amazing art. He doesn't just draw Spider-Man with a slightly different costume, you can see by the way he stands and moves that there is a difference here. There may still be some outcry over the changes in this title but Slott (and Stegman) are showing there is more to this than many gave them credit for. We're seeing many opportunities to view Spider-Man in a different light and we know it can't last forever. What's important is to enjoy these stories for what they are as they are giving us something different and it's been a blast reading them. It's almost like reading Spider-Man for the first time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Feb 6, 2013

    This is a series that delivers surprises in every issue and when you are done reading it you feel like it is a great thing to be a comic book fan. If you have not checked this series out, please do so at your earliest convenience. It really is one of my favorite comic books right now and I cannot praise it enough. If you are tired of the same old stuff and want to regain that sense of wonder that you had when you read comic books as a kid then get this series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Feb 7, 2013

    Slott does a great job in keeping the reader constantly on edge, questioning things. What I love the most about his writing in this series, though, is that, even though Otto is mostly in control, Peter always manages to shine through. Slott just gets Spider-Man. Period. Naysayers be damned. Artist Ryan Stegman continues to impress, as he makes his own unique mark in Spidey history. I've come to enjoy his art as much as Humberto Ramos'. As it was with Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man is one of the most enjoyable comics currently being published. There are so many ways this title could've gone wrong. Thankfully, Spidey is still in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Ben Silverio Feb 10, 2013

    When it comes down to it, 'Superior Spider-Man' has everything that I loved about 'Amazing Spider-Man'. It has the amusing battle banter, the tales of young love, the dashing heroics, and the colorful villains. The difference is that it's a lot rougher. It has an edge. That's not to say that it's better, but it's different, while still keeping the essential elements of the Spider-Man we all know and love. I truly think that the people that opted to boycott this book are really missing out on a great comic. Dan Slott and his whole team are knocking it out of the park. I know that this won't last forever because there's a finite ending to Otto being in Peter's body. There has to be. But while this is going on, I'm definitely enjoying the hell out of it. This is how you make a 50-year-old character fresh again. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Feb 6, 2013

    This gets a 5/5, all things considered. Yes, I actually considered everything from Slott's script, to the art, coloring and even the rather shocking ending. (There's a joke in there somewhere, I just know it.) For several reasons, this will be a tough one to forget once your squishy noodle brain absorbs it all. I recommend this issue more strongly than any I have this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Geek Smash - Sam Johnson Feb 10, 2013

    You can check out a Preview of what's coming up for the Superior Spider-Man at reviewer Sam Johnson's Blog! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Feb 8, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man 3 was the first issue since Otto became Spidey that I feel like he's coming into his own. Issue 2 ended on kind of a downer, but with a big revelation about his character too. Issue 3 continues to develop Otto has this unlikely hero. Yes he's different then Pete, and he may not truly be a superior Spider-Man, but he's been far more heroic, and human than the character ever was in the past Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Feb 6, 2013

    Much props to artist Ryan Stegman who is living proof artists who ink their own work benefit from it. The composition flows very well and I can't help but look at his work and be reminded of Todd McFarlane. A much cleaner McFarlane at that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Feb 6, 2013

    For the third issue in a row the same issue comes up regarding Peters eventual return and the longer it does so the more and more it feels like Marvel and/or Slott are losing their nerve in how long they can keep it before he is going to find a way back. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Feb 9, 2013

    This is a great issue, and what I think is a great advert for the Superior Spider-Man. I do really think that it is getting better with each passing issue, and I feel that the plot points are really starting to develop and multiply too. I am interested in this series for many different plot points, and I am sure I am will be more invested in it due to many more in the future. I highly recommend people jump on with this issue if they have not done so already with this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Feb 7, 2013

    Perhaps if the people very put out by this whole story arc can start reading here, bypassing all the ick, they might be hooked enough to check in for the long haul. Perhaps. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Feb 6, 2013

    This is a really strong issue. It manages to bring us some key development and information on Spider-Ock in the most important ways, while it still delivers in the action and art department. Although this series is with its share of controversy, I can still recommend this issue easily. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 9, 2013

    I'm officially a convert. I don't want to see Doc Ock in Spider-Man's body forever, but I definitely want to see what Slott can do with the Superior Spider-Man. The character is fascinating and new, and could be used in some really cool stories. The flashback to Doc Ock's first meeting with Vulture was cool, as is how it impacts their new battle. I want to read more of Octo-Spidey. But Slott is definitely holding himself back. Peter Parker's ghost is everywhere in this issue, and all he can do is either whine about what Otto is doing or state out loud what we can plainly see on the page. It's great that Peter is still around, but it means that Slott is going to stick to the middle ground when he should be swinging for the fences. Either fully embrace Octo-Spidey or bring Peter back for good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Feb 6, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man continues to impress in issue 3. Im proud of the fact that I can admit when Im wrong. I shunned this whole concept at the beginning and saw no way that Slott could write an intriguing story out of this mess. I was wrong. Superior Spider-Man is one of the most fun comics out there and Im very happy that I decided to give this new direction a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Feb 6, 2013

    I really could do without the Peter Parker ghost whisperer thing. I find it really annoying and give me the sense that Superior Spider-Man wont probably last a year. I just really feel like it was way too soon to bring back Peter in the mix. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Kat West AKA Comic Uno Feb 9, 2013

    This was a solid Superior Spider-man issue. If you want to see Superior Spider-man go up against one of his old friends than I think you will really enjoy the main plot. Pick this up! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Feb 7, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #3 continues to, in my humble opinion, show how something that at first glance seemed like a silly and unnecessary concept can actually turn into something interesting in its own right. To the creative team: keep up the good work because this comic book comes recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Feb 11, 2013

    It's clear that despite the reservations of some fans, the technical strength of this story alone is likely to make it one of the greats -- provided Slott and company can sustain it. If this is indeed a "typical" issue of "Superior Spider-Man", there's no reason to believe they can't. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 5, 2013

    A bad issue followed by a good one. Although this series hasn't been consistent, and is far from perfect, it is finally heading in the right direction, and I hope it gets even better, as I am a huge Spidey fan and hate seeing him used poorly. I would recommend this issue, as it's really fun and a good place for newer readers to jump on. Read Full Review

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

    Three issues in and the status quo for our Superior Spider-Man has been well and truly established. Ock's motivations and approaches to crime fighting and his new social life are on the table for all to see, and we're already getting hints as to how Peter's journey is going to progress. Some of the base problems that naysaying readers were citing have been addressed, and the air is clear for the series to progress in its own weird and wonderful way. Viva the Superior Spider-Man! Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 6, 2013

    Really, the only element dragging this series down is the presence of Peter in the story. There's really no need for him to play as active a role as he does. It distracts from Otto's story and reinforces the very temporary nature of this status quo. Particularly awkward are the scenes where Peter physically explores Otto's memories as if this were a Harry Potter book and he had stumbled into the Pensieve. Unless Slott forces Peter into the background more, I fear Avenging Spider-Man will continue to be the truly superior Spider-Man comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Feb 8, 2013

    Where does Superior Spider-Man #3 fail? Well, to be perfectly honest, there's too much Peter. I can't believe I just wrote that, but it's the truth. With Peter kind of zipping around through Otto's memories like the Ghost of Christmas Past, I couldn't help but feel that I was getting denied a taste of some of the real conflicts in the story. Plus, having Peter's voice remain so prominent in the comic is detracting from the subtle ways that Otto is becoming more, well, like Peter. But if this is gonna be my biggest complaint about Superior Spider-Man going forward, then I should probably keep my mouth shut. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Diego Chi Feb 13, 2013

    Rooting for the lying anti-hero is what makes TV shows like Dexter or House of Cards so compelling. Dexter's penchant for killing or Francis Underwood's ruthless ambition are disturbing in their own right, not unlike Otto's hostile takeover of another man's body. The difference? Slott has yet to reveal in Otto likable qualities, versus Dexter's love of family or Francis' loyalty. The Amazing Spider-Man lasted seven-hundred issues because of the strength of Peter Parker, not simply the prowess of Spider-man. If Slott can connect his readers with Otto, he has set up the series for a home run. I just hope he can keep from striking out until then. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Feb 6, 2013

    I guess a good way to put the negatives about this series is that your brain and body thinks it is good to fart. However, it's your friends around you that wish you'd just hold off for a better opportunity to let that out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Syndicate - Chris Mailloux Feb 7, 2013

    It was a small improvement over the last issue but I still find myself hoping for a better book and a better Spider-Man. It was nice to have ‘spirit Peter' not nagging Otto all the time. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Addicts - Vikram Bhargava Feb 11, 2013

    Either way, this series doesn't do much for me, and I'll be giving future issues a miss. Read Full Review

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