Penciler: Ryan Stegman
Inkers: John Livesay
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Release Date: September 04th, 2013
"Necessary Evil - Part 1: Let's do the Time Warp Again!"
We have been seeing teases for this issue for awhile now and I have to admit, it was pretty exciting to see Miguel appear in the pages of a Spider-Man book again. The real question is, why are they using him? What is going on? How do these events connect? Well, as Slott is known to do, he begins to weave how Miguel is connected to the present day world of our Spider-Man.
The story actually starts in the year 2099 with Miguel helping stop things that are coming out of time anomalies. He quickly decides that it has something to do with his known enemy, Alchemax. He learns that it is in fact not them for once and that they are trying to stop the anomalies from ripping them apart. Miguel quickly decides to blast into the past and fix the main issue that is causing things to go awry in 2099.
Flash forward to our lovely Octo-Peter showboating in front of his new girlfriend at a company picnic with Horizon. This is another moment where we see Otto not playing the part of Peter very well and just enjoying having a younger and healthier body. We also see that the government is finally cracking down on Max for the many infractions against Horizon that Otto was not aware of. After Otto is all caught up on the situation, Al Chem which is run by Liz Allan, quickly takes over control of Horizon with Tiberius Stone as the chairman. Al Chem seems to be the basis of where Alchemax actually came from and shows how the science company could potentially be a super power in the future.
Otto is not a fan of Tiberius and he quickly tries to confront him only to be quickly stopped by Miguel who seems to think that anomaly is Spider-Man himself. On top of all of this the Goblin army is starting to rumble more and should be on the move very shortly. There is so much going on in this book that it is hard to only read once.
On that, Slott is doing a magnificent job playing Otto as Spider-Man and showing how people are slowly becoming aware of him not being his normal self. Any level of concern I had at any point for this title has been long blown away and replaced with excitement twice a month. I am loving The Superior Spider-Man and could see it continue for a while with Otto being the front runner. I would also not be insanely surprised if Peter is somehow brought back relatively soon as well.