Wait what is this? Fyst's not dead??! No, no I'm not dead, just ungodly busy. I've been working around the clock on both my full time job and my freelance gig that I've got going on AND I'm going through finals for the night classes I take to finish up my degree. WHEW! But, That all being said, I feel like a part of me has been missing these past few months, and it's been TAY! I miss you guys so much! I've got one more final to go for the semester and then things should at least calm down enough for me to post at night. FABULOUS BATMAN MODE ACTIVATE!
I even got lucky enough to not have classes at night next semester (Mario Kart 8 Tournaments are so happening) :3 Anyway, I figured with me returning back to TAY I'd go back to my roots a little bit this week. My first ever article on TAY was a comic review, one of Superior Spider-man's issues in fact (#10 if you're curious) and I thought it'd be nice now that the series has finished to give a review of the whole shebang. So here goes (SPOILERS AHEAD FROM THIS POINT ON FOR THE SET UP OF THE SERIES SERIOUSLY STOP RIGHT HERE IF YOU HAVEN'T READ UP TO ISSUE #9, THE SECOND HALF IS TOO FUN TO SPOIL) :
When I started the journey that is Superior Spider-man right at the start with Amazing Spider-man #700 right into the launch of the new series, I was exceedingly wary. There's no way Slott could handle Doc Ock taking Peter's body and killing one of the most beloved protagonists in the history of comics gracefully, right? Well yes, and no. The early half of Superior was great for the new stories it dared to tell, and what ways Ock would mess up Peter's life, but also at the same time do a better job as Spider-man. He finally managed to split Peter away from MJ in a manner that was almost ... healthy. He gained a doctorate and was able to be more efficient as Spider-man to boot. He also mucked up his relationship with the Avengers and Horizon as he went along, so it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. But then Slott had to go and muck everything up, by revealing that Peter's memories had somehow formed a consciousness and were attempting to control Ock's behavior in some way to come back. It doesn't work in one of the more pointless twists in recent comic book history. It felt cheap, and it didn't add anything to the early goings of the story. The book does however, change significantly once it removes Pete's lingering spectre. Ock is able to go on and be the Superior Spidey he wants to be, it is only near the end of the series that he begins to see some cracks in his foolproof plans. The inclusion of Norman's Goblin running as an undercurrent to the whole series was a great touch and really drove home the impact of the ending. Ock's transformation from a villain in a hero's body with a superiority complex to a flawed hero who cared about his city and those around him that he deemed worthy was one that I really enjoyed, it certainly had it's ups and it's downs (Spider-man 2099? Really?) but it was a good, fun read.
In conclusion, we all knew Peter was coming back (mainly because he had a movie coming out and Marvel's always one to cross-promote, electro story anyone?) but, it felt like it was done in a way that was respectful of the flawed hero that Ock had become, rather than the villain that he had been. It also was done in such a way that it showed us all why we loved Peter as a character in the first place. So many times when a comic changes something integral in the story of a character beloved by many it causes a backlash and boycotting by the fans, but I was for one excited by the prospect of new stories and different ideas, I hope the fall-out of this series impacts Spidey for a long time to come. Till next time true believers, Excelsior! :3