by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Christopher Yost, Art by Paco Medina
Published: April 2013
After a few issues of Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-Man and now issue #17 of Christopher Yost’s Avenging Spider-Man, I’m finally starting to dig Otto Octavius as the wallcrawler. I’ll still jump for joy when Peter Parker is back and in his original body, but for now, the Doc Ock who’s trying to live up to “with great power, comes great responsibility” is alright in my book.
I was prepared to strongly dislike this issue when it was revealed that Spider-Man would be babysitting the Future Foundation, but Yost is such a damn fine writer that I found myself immediately charmed and laughing out loud several times. Then, when the stuff hit the fan, I was instantly invested. Spider-Man has always worked the best when its delivering moment after moment of intense emotion, punctuated by a few moments of humor, and that’s a balance that Yost can strike with one hand tied behind his back.
The plot with the Time Variance Authority was nothing short of brilliant and watching Otto discover his feelings for the kids made me want to expel salty water from my eyes. It really is beautiful watching the goodness of Peter Parker come through Otto Octavious via Parker’s lifetime of memories and I think this current storyline with Otto as Spider-Man works best when we get to see that. Yost seems to understand that and plays it up for all its worth, with spectacular results.
Then there’s Paco Medina, who’s pencil work is nothing short of phenomenal. His groundwork combined with Juan Vlasco’s inking and Dave Curiel’s colors make for one of the best looking titles currently available. I don’t remember why I stopped reading Avenging Spider-Man – I think I just got sidetracked by so many other comics – but it’s certainly going on my list of monthly must-read titles.