Superior Spider-Man #9

Superior Spider-Man #9

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Marcos Martin Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 1, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 10
8.0Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

The hottest comic in comics comes to a turning point that will get you angrier than you were after Spidey #700! The time has come to see who will live, who will die, and who will emerge as the one, true Superior Spider-Man!

  • 9.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc May 1, 2013

    The fight ends as the mind wipe finishes leaving Peter on the losing side and forgetting his own name and what appears to be Otto smiling saying that he is now free. If it was anybody else I would just assume something more straight forward but this is Slott were talking about who has already done something similar with #5 ending it as it wasnt completely clear that Otto had killed Massacre. So well have to wait until at least the next issue for some form of clarity. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Skott Jimenez May 4, 2013

    It won't last forever but I plan to enjoy every moment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere May 2, 2013

    While this may lead to some anger for a lot of fans, it cannot be said that this was not a very well crafted issue. With actions, development, twists, analysis and so much more going on along with the amazing art of Ryan Stegman, this issue misses no beat in making people invested in the conflict shown. I, personally, cannot wait to see where this will lead. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser May 2, 2013

    uperior Spider-Man is wonderfully written, depicting a very "mental" battle between the two Spider-men. The personification of Peter's hopes and his anxieties are well-executed, using his memories as physical figures in order to associate what he cares about or what he fears. The transcendence into Spidey vs. Spidey is really nice, raising the stakes by a lot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - George Marston May 2, 2013

    Dan Slott has proved time and again that, if you're willing to go along for the ride, he'll take you not just to shattering lows, but to peaking, soaring highs as well. Superior Spider-Man #9 marks just about the lowest point for Peter Parker, maybe ever, in his 50 year history, but you've gotta go down to come back up, and with Slott at the helm, it's only a matter of time before he pulls back on the stick and sends readers back into the clouds. For now, we're left sitting in the dark, piecing together the clues he's left to find the way back into the light, and I for one am enjoying the mystery. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 11, 2015

    Internal battles like this are one of those areas where comics can excel because it can do what it needs, no budget required, and just run with it. The fight between Peter and Octavius inside their shared head is definitely well done here as they both throw at it but we also see just how prepared Octavius is, how right he is in a lot of ways as well, and that he has the superior position to win the battle. How it all unfolds from there, what trick may lay ahead, remains to be seen. But what we get here definitely delivers a very good time overall for the reader and definitely puts this incarnation of Peter through the wringer once again, which is always fun to see when that glimmer of hope is so close but yanked away. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson May 1, 2013

    I have full faith in Dan Slott. His hold on Spider-Man is nothing less than brilliant. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd May 3, 2013

    I REALLY enjoyed this issue. I know some people didn't but I loved seeing Peter lose, because for one, it's far from over, and for two, we get what we expected from issue one, Doc Ock is Spider-Man now, simple as that. I'm interested in seeing what happens when he runs into Green Goblin now. Most importantly, this causes two questions, one, with Peter's memories gone, is this Doc's downfall? Does he remember anything of Peter's now that he didn't already know? Because if so, this could lead to him messing up in the near future. Secondly, how does Peter come back? His thoughts aren't in his body any more, and the Ock-Bot was supposedly erased, so how will he come back? Slott obviously has a plan up his sleeve, and unless he's in the robot now, I have no idea what it could be. All in all, I enjoyed this issue and I look forward to seeing what Doc Parker will do now that he has 100% control of his actions. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Ryan Utterback May 7, 2013

    Slott really set this book up to be a disappointment with his bold claim about its controversial nature and effect on the Spidey landscape. Fortunately, he was not overselling by much. This issue is a game changer for Spider-Man and the reader can't help but wait with much anticipation to see what will happen next. If you've been on the fence about Superior Spider-Man, I urge you to pick it up. Slott has had very few misses since the launch of this title. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze May 2, 2013

    The dialogue between the two was nothing short of amazing with how Peter not only called Otto out on everything that he has done up to now, but for forgetting what he promised when he took the mantle Spider-Man. Most would have expected that with his time as Spider-Man he would have learned what it meant to be a hero, and given that one chance he squandered it just to be what he believes to be the more Superior. When Slott said that this book will change the course of either lives, he delivered on by doing the unthinkable and killing the very memory of his uncle and others he lost which were only memories. They all shaped who he is today and just losing an inch of this fight with Otto will have repercussions in the near future if he makes it out on top. It does end on a cliffhanger which more than likely ended in Otto's favor, but this is the excitement that Slott is able to generate with his writing. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 1, 2013

    Stegman's facial work is the strongest of the current cast of rotating artists on this series. That fact is crucial, as many panels really hinge on Stegman's ability to convey emotion. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 6, 2013

    This issue did a phenomenal job of reaffirming that Spider-Man, as he is now, is not a good guy. This is hard to imagine considering he is one of the most popular pop culture characters of all time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Barron Network - Robber Barron May 1, 2013

    The emotions Ryan Stegman portrayed for Peter were priceless and you really get a sense of his despair. I also believe the panel in which Doc Ock says Commencing Mind-Wipe will be one of those classic images that will stick with fans for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker May 1, 2013

    Comics are supposed to entertain and elicit and emotion. We can feel joy, sorrow, laugh or in this case for man, anger. The fact Slott is doing a mix of that for so many shows how solid of a writer he is and what an excellent run it is for the character. He's doing his job, and doing it really damn well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 4, 2013

    Like I said, this is not the end of Peter Parker. He'll be back, some way, some how. So as a fan of Peter Parker, I am not at all bothered by Otto winning in the end. The story of the Superior Spider-Man is far from over. Give it another year, give it two, and Peter will be back. For now, I am more than ready to read the insane adventures of Otto Octavius. This issue was fine, though it's pretty much a repeat of Amazing Spider-Man #700, and that's my real problem with it. We're only nine issues into Superior Spider-Man, and Ghost Peter has done nothing of note. Which means he was only put into the series as one last sliver of hope to Peter fans that he would be coming back soon. So this issue is just an exercise in crushing the last sliver of hope of Peter fans. I don't enjoy when comic book writers purposefully try to piss off their fans and watch them squirm. Slott simply never should have added Ghost Peter to the book if he was going to get rid of him so quickly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Tyler Gross May 7, 2013

    This was the best issue of Superior Spider-Man yet. Hopefully it continues to get better. Though the changes initially stunned many, the best thing I can say about Superior is that everyone knows what will happen eventually, but few know how the story will get there. And that makes this book worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 1, 2013

    This was an awesome issue. It was better than I expected, after reading issue #8. I had a bit of a problem with the first half of the book coming off as a tad cheesy, but overall, this was such a great issue, and an amazing way to wrap up this first arc of this book. Slott does wonders with these characters and the dialogue here, especially during the final scenes, and Ryan Stegman's art is so pretty, and that cover is so awesome. This is an issue I could easily read multiple times because it's the perfect mixture of crazy and amazing. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar May 7, 2013

    If you liked this series, this continues the more interesting, well played out (so far!) take on a not-so-new idea of the hero-villain body-switch, if you hated it, then you will anyway and my review and score is not for you " and why are you still following it if you hate it anyway? This is something I don't get about comic fanatics… And sadly as always, the art of the issue loses something for me because while I like his dynamic, enmeshed and fluid panels and layouts, I really don't like the character work and faces in Stegman's art. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 1, 2013

    This series has done a good job keeping the reader on their toes, not letting us root for SpOck, but not letting us hate him either. He's an anti-hero who's literally killed off a beloved character and yet we still root for him. This might be because we've all expected Peter Parker to come back eventually. Enjoy the ride, but don't get mad at the death of a hero. Well, this may be the first issue where the death of the hero was punctuated with an exclamation point. Let the fans rise up and acquire pitchforks and torches! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker May 1, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #9 isn't the best. It has some problems but Slott should be commended for his bravery and willingness to mix it up a bit. He manages to pull some great character moments out of Peter which, at the end of the day, is all a Spidey fan really wants. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook May 3, 2013

    Superior Spider-Man #9 is somewhat of a retread of Amazing Spider-Man #700, but it's still a good issue. Now that Slott has moved on from a few plot points, we can get on with the story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng May 6, 2013

    Earlier issues of "Superior Spider-Man" were worthwhile in their exploration of Ock's moral journey as he tried to define his version of being a hero. Unfortunately, too much of "Superior Spider-Man" #9 feels like a derivative exercise in stretching out suspense. Now that Slott has finalized this chapter of Doc Ock and Peter Parker's battle, perhaps future issues will show a return to stronger characterization and a lighter tone. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Kat West AKA Comic Uno May 2, 2013

    Dont pick up this issue! I think Peter fans are going to be insulted by this story. I know I was. Read Full Review

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