Ock pulls a page from Peter’s playbook and considers hanging up the webs.
Superior Spider-man Team-up #8
Writer: Christopher Yost
Artist: Will Sliney
Color Art: Antonio Fabella
Letter: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Paolo Rivera.
Spoilers follow after the break
The Plot: So following the Sinister Six debacle last issue Ock is considering giving up being Spidey. He resolves to turn himself into the Avengers and explain everything when on the way to Avengers Tower he runs into Namor getting his clocked clean by invisible Wakandan ninjas, as apparently Wakanda and Atlantis are at war. Ock can see them due to the lenses on his uniform and pulls Namor to safety.
Spidey confides in Namor that he is considering hanging up the webs and Namor replies by laughing at him.
The Ninjas return and this time Ock and Namor win. In the process Ock discovers they are robots and someone is manipulating the two nations against each other. The robots begin to self destruct on top of the bridge where the fight took place. Namor is more than willing to jump in the water and be done with it but Ock stays behind to deactivate them.
Afterwards Namor tells Spidey he liked his new attitude (since Ock took over) and that, combined with his saving the day on the bridge, convinces Ock to keep going as Spidey. He then slugs Namor and tells him to stay out of New York until this war is over.
Critical Thoughts: This was okay. I mean Namor isn’t a favorite of mine but it was interesting to see Ock deal with the same doubts that Peter often did.
I have no idea where this war is taking place since I don’t think Namor or Panther have a solo book now (plus aren’t they teammates in New Avengers?), but I don’t care either. Although I will call it now that clearly Dr. Doom is the one manipulating the war since he has a lot of history with Namor and I’m fairly sure there was some limited series a few years ago where Latveria went to war with Wakanda; plus Ock said he had never seen technology this advanced when he deactivated the robots which is a dead-ringer for Doom.
My biggest quibble with this book is the cover has nothing to do with the story. It’s a nice cover too. But if someone bought this book because they wanted to see Spidey and Namor fight a red kraken they’d be sorely disappointed. I know in this day and age most covers are just generic pin-ups of the hero, but this goes a step further in that the cover is kind of misleading. Just my 2-cents and something that would have annoyed me if I had impulse bought this book based on the cover; which is not a totally unprecedented shopping decision.
One other total aside on the letter page there is a plug for the new New Warriors series. Am I the only one who expects the Scarlet Spider in that series to be Miles Morales? (If this has been revealed already, sorry I don’t read solicits because I hate spoilers). I also admit I don’t read either Scarlet Spider or Ultimate Spider-man but I can’t imagine Kaine joining a group of peppy teen/young adult heroes; whereas everyone expects Miles to crossover to main universe once Galactus finishes eating the Ultimate Universe. Originally I thought Miles would become Spider-Boy just because we have a Spider Woman and Spider Girl so why not; plus he is ridiculously young as I recall. But after looking at the line-up on the letters page it clicked that a team book would be an ideal way to ease Miles in to the main universe and build up some connections for him. Plus you could always have the main universe Kate Bishop transfer from the Young Avengers to the New Warriors down the line as well if you go in that direction.
Grade: C+. This book was an adequate read. It’s not spectacular but it isn’t terrible either.