Artist: Ryan Stegman
Color Art: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Publisher: Marvel Comics (Dan Buckley)
Release Date: January 30th, 2013
"The Peter Principle"
There was such a controversy about the cover of this book because with Otto now in Peter's body, people thought him kissing MJ was bad news. Well, before you jump the gun and get all angry about something that is teased, you should probably read the book and see the amazing direction Slott is taking our (anti?)hero.
The majority of the issue focuses on Otto (Peter) trying to get his date to work with MJ but she seems very resistant. It seems that people are picking up on the fact that there is something off with Peter and it is no shocker that MJ would feel a tad weird about him wanting to start dating again. The use of "ghost" Peter to add monologue where there normally wouldn't be is genius on many levels. I caught myself smiling frequently due to still getting the taste of Peter Parker that I thought was going to be gone after the body-snatch.
It is impossible to talk about this issue without at least mentioning Ryan Stegman's work. He has been quickly climbing in the ranks as one of my favorite Spider-Man artists and this issue is a strong arguing point. His cartoon yet realistic style captures the whole feeling of the comic. There are great frames that stick in my mind even writing about this now (the moment with Spider-Man reaching out for MJ on the rooftop with the "ghost" behind her" that felt perfect. I hope Stegman sticks with the title for a while.
Without spoiling too much on what happened in the plot as a whole, we are finally seeing the first villain that Otto is going to have to take on (Vulture) and some form of closure with the MJ situation. There is a solid cliffhanger dealing with Carlie Cooper that caused my smile to not leave my lips for hours after reading. All I can say is Slott know what he is doing and I am beyond happy that I have kept the faith. If you are one of those that haven't kept the faith, maybe give it another go. You are missing out on something wonderful.