Friday, September 20, 2013

The Superior Spider-Man #18

Writer: Dan Slott
Penciler: Ryan Stegman
Inker: Livesay
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18th, 2013

This arc has been incredibly interesting so far because Slott has finally found a way to connect the Spider-Man 2099 world to the world that we know. I hadn't even thought that Tiberius Stone could be Miguel's grandfather but it all seems to make sense. I suppose I am getting ahead of myself though.

This issue picks up with Otto and Miguel standing toe-to-toe after Otto had come after Tiberius for trying to take control of Horizon Labs. There is a bit of a scuffle, Miguel whoops on Otto a bit while insulting him by calling him low-tech. Otto, in his normal douchebaggery, gets angry and tries to chuck a car at Miguel. At this moment Tiberius shows the readers that he has a portable Spider-Jammer and forces Otto to almost drop a car on Normie Osborn. Liz gets mad at both Spider-Mans and Miguel takes that moment to grab his grandpa and run away. It seems that the time abnormality is being caused by Otto-Spidey getting too close to Tiberius (because hell, we know Otto will kill him if need be).

While all of this is going on, Grady is poking around in the past to prove that Tiberius is one of the main sources that Horizon is under investigation in the first place and is actually able to get that information. The concern is, he has had his time-door open too log and it has almost destroyed New York in the past. The book builds up to Miguel returning to Horizon with Tiberius in web claiming to know how to stop destiny who is quickly punched in the face and knocked out by Otto. Oye, his timing is almost as bad as Parker luck.

Oh, and for some reason Green Goblin is flying around pretending to be Hobgoblin, I am sure that will come to head in an issue or two. Regardless, you can see that there is a ton going on in every issue of this title. I do find it interesting that in each issue it seems that Otto-Spidey becomes more and more like his old self. He seems less like Peter and more obnoxious. I do like that Slott is not ignoring this (and it is obviously intentional) because he is making it seem like more and more members of the cast are noticing that Peter isn't himself.

The Superior Spider-Man is always a fun read and I am intrigued as to where this will go. I wonder if this short arc is all we will see of Miguel or if there is a potential for another Spider-Man 2099 title. I shocking hope not, I hate the puns in those books. They fit in the 90's, I feel it would fail today.

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