Artist: David Lopez
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Release Date: June 12th, 2013
It is hard to believe that I have stuck with this book since issue #1 and this, issue #22, is the final issue of the run. That isn't saying that the book is going away, it is not. It is being replaced with Superior Team-Up starting next month. Same book, same team (I think), new title. It is to go along with Superior Spider-Month that is the month of July that kicks off the aforementioned title, The Superior Foes of Spider-Man and Superior Carnage (mini-series). It seems that Octo-Spider will be around for a while longer.
Anyhow, this issue focused on Spider-Man and The Punisher. I was actually interested to see how Frank Castle felt about the changes in Spider-Man's way of handling things which was actually addressed very quickly and well during this issue. It was no surprise that Frank wasn't upset with the fact that Spidey had become a little more harsh with his enemies, but he has also started to grow concerned that he may have to take care of his old "friend" in the near future for crossing the line of good and evil.
The Punisher was around to hunt someone dressed as Mysterio. If you don't remember, Mysterio is trapped in the Ultimate dimension with Miles Morales (see Spider-Men) so there is no surprise that someone new is under the cowl. Otto is not incredibly happy to see someone besmirching the name of his old comrade, even if he isn't in the best of moods toward him.
There is also a brief interaction with Hobgoblin that reminded the readers that Hobgoblin had been selling the identities of idle villains to the highest bidder (this may have some relation to the appearance of Green Goblin in Superior Spider-Man).
Anyhow, Mysterio makes number five to the Sinister Six collection that Otto is doing (I count Spidey as one since...you know...he is Otto). I am still intrigued as to why he is collecting them other than to perhaps just keep them under lock and key. I suppose we will find out in the new ongoing.
Overall, this wasn't a terrible read. I have found this series to be fun and a great companion to the flagship title and am happy to see it is going to continue, even if under a new name.