The Superior Spider-Man #005 – Comic Book Review
Follow Genre: Adventure, Action
Written by: Dan Slott, Christos Gage
Illustrations: Ryan Stegman, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, John Dell
Coloring: Edgar Delgado
Publisher: Standaard Uitgeverij

The Superior Spider-Man #005 – Comic Book Review

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Good: Doc Ock's inner conflicts
Bad: Things could move along a bit faster
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At the end of the fourth omnibus The Superior Spider-Man, Octavius found out that Peter Parker still lingered somewhere in his subconsciousness. While unknowingly the figments that are left of Peter helped Doc Ock to become a better person, and a better superhero, he is finally determined to get rid of these last traces of the original Spider-Man. Of course, first he has to pinpoint where he is hiding, as well as how to properly get rid of him. Nonetheless, perhaps it’s one of those kind of things where one isn’t complete without the other?

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After Octavius noticed that some of the choices he made were not completely his own, and that he was able to access some of Peter’s memories, he was sure that Peter was still somewhere inside. When Peter also controlled one of his arms, Dr. Octopus decided it was now time to remove the last part of Peter’s consciousness and get it over with. While it seems that Doc Ock won the battle, he soon learns that removing Parker was perhaps not the smartest decision he has ever made.

Meanwhile, due to the decisions this ‘new’ Spider-Man has been making as of late, more and more people are questioning het methods and feel a shift in personality. Even Mary Jane Watson is starting to doubt who this new ‘Peter Parker’ has become. Cooper is also running an investigation of her own, as she is starting to see that the current Spider-Man simply can’t be the man she once knew.

Overall the flow in this omnibus is still quite rapid, especially with all that’s going on. You’ll see Octavius fight his inner demon, namely Peter Parker, but he is trying to live his stolen life to the fullest. You’ll also notice that more and more people are questioning the once beloved superhero and that even his closest friends are starting to be riddled with doubt. Dan Slott and Christos Gage come up with interesting story material for all the issues bundled in this collection, and in truth, you’ll hardly notice that one issue is written by Gage, after reading this many issues by Slott. It means that both parties must have worked together quite well to come up with the plot.

Even though some new pencilers and inkers pick up where the previous artists left off, the style remains in tune with the previous albums. While towards the end of this omnibus, faces become a bit firmer and more serious, things have a fun-to-watch comical style to them, making all of the events somewhat lighter than they actually are. Coloring remains true to a rather realistic style from start to finish.


The Super Spider-Man #005 shows Doc Ock in full control of Peter’s body and possibly spirit, but it’s not clear how the aftermath will turn out when more time passes. This issue will revolve around quick, but perhaps foolish, decisions, and those who are starting to doubt the actions of the heroic wall crawler.

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