Superior Spider-Man #17 Review

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Superior Spider-Man #17

Written by: Dan Slott
Art by: Ryan Stegman

It’s the one and only Spider-Man 2099! While excited that he is making his way to the 616 Universe, the story which leads to this I think fell flat. When you have a character such as himself and he is being introduced into a new world, you want to give the reader something to care for about the character. And while there is much to care for in his case, the reason isn’t all too appealing.

Now getting back to Otto, things are a lot more interesting as Modell finds himself in trouble with the law. It’s not really something that you see coming, but it makes sense given Otto has been avoiding his duties as Peter and to Horizon Labs to be aware of what goes on within the walls. Again what keeps this story fresh is the fact that you are looking at it as if something will always go wrong. Something will always go wrong and be it Stone, Goblin, or Wraith, the threat is there and you never know what they have up their sleeve to dish it out to Otto or get what they want.

While I don’t find Spidey 2099’s story on how he gets here to be well executed, from the perspective of Horizon’s employees it makes a lot more sense. There is a lot more motivation from them to use and to some extent abuse time which allowed him to make his way to the 616 Universe. The problem I find is that I do understand that Spider-Man 2099 comes from the future, but I really had a hard time adjusting to the way they spoke. Things like “jammit” really did not click and it felt kinda cheesy whether this was to show the change in dialogue or censor him.

Overall I felt a bit let down by this introduction. It could have been handled a bit better and I hope that down the road as the story progresses it can do some justice to what was pretty weak. That’s not to say the whole issue was weak as everything else made this redeemable with the plot progression. Slott has taken a step back to address some of the things that Otto has neglecting in Pete’s life and this is one which took him by surprise and led to something which could have been avoidable.

Score: 7.7/10

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

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2 thoughts on “Superior Spider-Man #17 Review

  1. The weird slang Slott uses in the 2099 setting is actually ripped straight from the original books…I’m totally with you in feeling its a little cheesy sounding, but it’s so ingrained in the original universe that if would’ve been probably weirder if he didn’t use it…if they go back there we will probably be hearing a lot of ‘what the shocks’ and things like that haha….my favorite part of the issue was the way he weaves the continuity in so well, showing the origins of Alchemax here, and a greater tie into the spider-mythos for Tiberius Stome

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    • Yeah like it is totally fine being in the original books or a known way that they speak, but I just found myself cringing whenever he started speaking in that slang. It was the one thing that bugged me besides the fact that I would have liked to see something of a wider scale in effect to his world. I mean aside from that how both worlds and stories tied into each other I agree was weaved in well.

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