Written by Christos Gage
Penciled by Lan Medina
Inked by Cam Smith
Colored by Andy Troy & Erick Arciniega
Cover Artists Mike Hawthorne & Morry Hollowell
I loved the old Superior Spider-Man book from a few years ago, after Doctor Octopus, Otto Octavious, killed Peter Parker and took over his body and lived his life, if I remember correctly it went a little over 20 issues or so. Ever since that book ended and became ASM again, as it should have, I’ve missed the Superior Spider-Man, a lot. Thankfully he’s back and in his own book, and I loved it.
After reading book 7, and now 8, I have to admit that this might be one of my favorites from the House of Ideas. Christos Gage nailed it with the dialogue and Otto’s condescending manner, one hundred percent.
Issue 8 picked up right where 7 left off, Otto and the West Coast Avengers, which has Gwenpool as a member, who I’ve never really liked but is fantastic under Christos Gage ministrations, arrived in NYC to request help with getting to Malakiths realm. This being a tie-in to the War of The Realms event Otto needs to play his part, which Gwenpool, hilariously, explained to Otto a couple times.
Otto and the West Coast Avengers run into the Fantastic Four who are playing their part in the current Event obligingly. They then all shortly arrive in Svartalfheim and run into Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. The rest of the book is taken up with the other characters explaining to Doc Ock that sometimes you don’t get to be the number one player in every Event, or as the aforementioned characters would say, emergency.
The story was fine and there was some good action that I appreciated, but honestly what I’m loving about this book is Doc Ocks snooty, overbearing, condescending and dismissive treatment of everyone around him, except for a few characters that he feels are close to his level. I was honestly cracking up and laughing out loud every other page or panel. Quentin Quire is with Otto as a member of the West Coast Avengers, he as well was loving Doc Ock, he was cracking me up almost as much as Otto. Christos Gage has a window into the mind of Doctor Octopus and I’m very happy about that.
The book wrapped up nice and tight with Doc Ock taking his lesson to heart and saving a family fleeing to L.A from the dinner plates of a few Frost Giants. Very warm and cozy.
The art was good as well, I have no complaints about it and I’m looking forward to more of this book.