by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Dan Slott, Art by Humberto Ramos
Published: July 2013
Which each issue of Superior Spider-Man that I read, I’m further amazed at how much I’ve come full circle on the comic. Like the legions of fans out there, I was upset at Dan Slott for the crazy stunt that he pulled. In my defense, I didn’t foam at the mouth or send him death threats or anything else that the “crazy” fans did, but I certainly wasn’t happy about it. I was afraid that it would end up like Brand New Day, forcing Marvel in a sloppy ret-con. Nine issues in, however, and I really think Slott might pull this off.
Regardless of how this all ends up, Superior Spider-Man has turned into one hell of a comic, and issue nine is the most emotionally charged yet. Octavius has discovered that a part of Peter Parker’s psyche is still alive in the back of his mind and is planning to use his neurolitic scanner to wipe him out of existence completely. What follows is a mental showdown between Spidey and Doc Ock, where Ock begins systematically – and permanently – erasing Peter’s memories.
Overall it was a really sad issue, but a few moments in there were absolutely heartbreaking. Peter forgetting Gwen’s dad’s name, then forgetting Uncle Ben; it was brutal. And to have it all end with him forgetting his own name was the perfect touch. I’m a sucker for tragedy and at this point I think I could sue Dan Slott for emotional abuse.
So Peter Parker is gone. The last fragments of him buried deep in what used to be his brain have been wiped out and all that remains is Otto Octavius. Obviously Peter is going to be back, and probably soon rather than later, but I honestly don’t know what’s going to happen next, and I find that very, very exciting.