Superior Spider-Man #4

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 20, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 12
7.9Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

The previous Spider-Man promised that Massacre would never kill again... Can the new Spider-Man live up to that?

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Feb 22, 2013

    Writer Dan Slott begins his second arc on Superior Spider-Man by bringing back a villain from his earlier run on Amazing Spider-Man, while also holding to Peter Parker's promise in that series that "no one dies" under his watch. The fact that Peter's spirit is separated from his body at the moment and was replaced by Otto Octavius' consciousness makes this vow just a bit harder to maintain. If Peter isn't always successful in holding to that promise on his own, how could Otto Octavius ever hope to? That's what this issue is all about and it's Slott's strongest story yet in this new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Feb 25, 2013

    I've praised this series since it debuted, from its ingenious storytelling to its new approach to Spider-Man, and the excellent artwork so far. This fourth issue turns everything up a notch on both the story and art fronts, making this the best issue so far. If we continue on this uphill climb in quality, by issue ten this series will be the best on the stands, which is an honour that it is already a strong contender for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Mark Brassington Feb 22, 2013

    In short Slott keeps bringing it issue after issue and the art much like Doc's inventions got massive upgrade this week by the art team of Giuseppe Camuncoli and John Dell. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Feb 20, 2013

    I hope this angle continues, and wouldn't it be something if ghost Peter learns something from Octavius about dealing with those that have no hope of rehabilitation? Wouldn't that be a cool twist to get along the way? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Feb 22, 2013

    Holy crap this issue was great. First things first, I love the character of Massacre. Dan Slott has done a lot with Spidey, but I think Massacre may have been one of his best ideas. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Feb 26, 2013

    This issue really felt like a proper Spider-Man book, and I can't wait to see how the threat of Massacre will be dealt with in the next issue. Otto may have to do something that Peter would never do, and I for one am expecting fireworks if things progress like I think they will. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geek Smash - Sam Johnson Feb 25, 2013

    Although this is a set-up issue, it's a very strong one, as "Superior Spider-Man" is really finding its groove now; Ghost Peter isn't too obtrusive, and Ock's actions become ever-more intriguing as they continue to ramp up; Horizon Labs featuring in a far more interesting way than it ever did when it was the real Peter there. Artist for this arc Giuseppe Camuncoli's work isn't as expressive or dynamic as previous artist Ryan Stegman's but is still strong, and a good fit, and he delivers a killer final panel. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Mar 7, 2013

    The issue has earned a 4/5 for remaining on the same par as the last few. Though there's a new arc right here, with new artists, the fate of Spider-Man (no matter who's in the driver's seat) is still at whim of Dan Slott. I feel like this will show us exactly what kind of Spider-Man Doc Ock is going to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Mar 6, 2013

    With even more excessive use of Peters ghost in almost every scene Slott is really starting to grate on me because Im starting to like Otto but its not allowing room to breath with him always being there. As far as the cliffhanger is concerned long time Slott fans will be used to his frequency for teasing villains in upcoming issues but with its placement in the middle of this story it feels like a poor choice. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 20, 2013

    Mind you, some of the familiar flaws still present themselves here. Peter's nagging ghost serves some purpose in the script, but I really wish Slott would stop focusing so much attention on him when Otto is still just finding his sea legs. Or Spider legs, rather. In more ways than one, Slott seems a little over-eager with his plotting. Aside from needlessly teasing the eventual return of Peter Parker with every ghost scene, Slott caps off this issue with a completely unrelated subplot. Though interesting, this cliffhanger really has no place being in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Matt Watson Feb 21, 2013

    All said and done, Superior Spider-Man #4 is a very solid issue. It never quite comes together as well as this team often does, although that's mainly because I'm not a fan of Massacre. I am, however, greatly enjoying this new direction for Spidey, and I intend to continue doing so as long as it lasts. So while we still haven't reached the same enjoyable heights that this team already hit on Amazing Spider-Man, we're still getting some quality comics. It hasn't quite earned its Superior moniker yet, but it's getting warmer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Feb 21, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man gets better every issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 20, 2013

    The new Superior Spider-Man is continuing his attack against crime. We're seeing more and more that under Doc Ock's control, Spider-Man is making strides in becoming a more efficient crimefighter. The real test will be what happens when he confronts Massacre, an extremely dangerous psychopath. We've seen this Spider-Man take more extreme measures against his foes and this could show us how far he's willing to go. The art in this issue is by Giuseppe Camuncoli. He does a nice job with the new costume and capturing the attitude of Otto. There are some times when character builds feel off. We have more being added to this overall story of the new Spider-Man but it's mainly about setting up the events for the next issue. Seeing the minor details Otto adds to Spider-Man and Peter's life continues to be interesting. You might find it hard not to stand up and cheer when you get to the last page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Feb 22, 2013

    So Superior Spider-Man keeps walking this weird line between being awesome and being the worst thing ever. The story is cool, and I love it, but I hate everything about it at the same time. I think that's how it should be though, no matter how much he's trying Otto is still a bad guy, he's been a bad guy for as long as Spidey has been a hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Feb 22, 2013

    Overall, I'm firmly on board with Superior Spider-Man now that the whole creepy vibe has dissipated. I'm really looking forward to Otto taking on big-time Spider-villains. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Ben Silverio Feb 23, 2013

    Though this issue had a pretty rocky, just okay start, I have a feeling that things are going to get much better from here on. And I can't wait to see if I'll get to geek out over the battle that I hope is coming featuring two of the most iconic Spider-Man characters since the web-slinger's creation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Feb 20, 2013

    Dan Slott should be commended. He is simply on fire right now. Any Spidey fan refusing to read Superior needs to get over it because they're missing out. This new status quo started out rough, but the past 3 issues of Superior are just too good to pass up. Well done, Mr. Slott. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Feb 24, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #4 is a masterfully crafted, well thought out character piece that shouldn't be dismissed. Slott is known to up the stakes every issue, and when readers see the last page of this issue, they will see the stakes being blown through the proverbial roof. There is only one person that is Ock's superior intellectually and immorally, and he's back. Will Ock be able to best Peter's greatest enemy? I can't wait to find out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Feb 20, 2013

    I don't know if Slott has decided to change things up tonally, but typically his Spidey stories don't involve mass murdering villains. Massacre kills a lot of folks in short order. For a cute, mainstream book I was a little taken aback, but this might all be to test the new Spider-Man who's willing to kill for justice. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Feb 25, 2013

    In addition to this clunky predictability, "Superior Spider-Man" #4 may be verging on introducing too many elements into an already crowded plot. However, it's still a worthwhile read, because the core of the story -- Doc Ock's quest to prove his Spider-Man is superior -- is still both lightly amusing and chilling at once. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Feb 20, 2013

    This is a nice little issue, but its slower pace and focus on Massacre instead of the regular cast makes it a little bit disappointing, which is not helped by Giusepe Camuncoli's art, which lacks the energy of the previous artist. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 23, 2013

    Finally seeing Doc Ock really get into being Spider-Man wasn't as exciting as I thought. He's still got a cool attitude, and he's fun to read, but this wasn't a particularly entertaining issue. There were a lot of nice surprises, like sending Otto back to college to get a degree, but the rest is pretty bland. It's also a bit too soon to have all the Horizon guys start figuring out that something is wrong with Peter. And Massacre is one of those new villains that just doesn't particularly matter. Not to mention the fact that having him gun down an entire restaurant full of people is kind of dark for a Spider-Man comic. At least the Green Goblin promises to be an interesting villain. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics: The Gathering - TylerM Feb 21, 2013

    I never thought I would say this so soon, but just hurry up and bring Peter back. Your experiment is failing. Read Full Review

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