Superior Spider-Man Team Up # 10
Goblin Nation Prologue Part 2
Written by Kevin Shinick
Drawn by Marco Checchetto
Colored by Rachelle Rosenberg
Edited by Ellie Pyle
Senior Editor Stephen Wacker
Continued from last issue, SpOck, Daredevil, and Punisher fight off the corrupted Spider-Patrol (who, SpOck believes, are imposters) . Despite a huge lack of trust, the 3 heroes win when SpOck floods the chamber that they were fighting in (SpOck is very reluctant to do this because of all the tech in the room). SpOck learns afterwards that the Spider-Patrol that attacked him was part of the Green Goblin’s gang.
I liked this issue a lot more than the first one. I’m going to hit up what I thought were the main points.
First of all, the interaction between SpOck, Daredevil, and Punisher was spot-on. It actually does make sense that SpOck doesn’t trust Daredevil and Punisher. As Doc Ock, he never trusted any of the villains he worked with. As SpOck, he’s done the exact thing. This is another example (a good one) of how SpOck is quickly digging his own grave. When the crap hits the fan with Goblin Nation, will SpOck have any heroes to help him, especially considering how he’s spent the last year alienating practically every hero in the Marvel Universe?
Second, SpOck spent a lot of time this issue worrying about the equipment he has stashed in Spider-Island. While it didn’t impact his decision to flood the chamber, he was still borderline obsessed over it. I’m not sure if this is good characterization or not. While Dr. Octopus was selfish and arrogant, would he care more about personal property than about victory? Either way, I did like how Ock’s plan was to flood the chamber. It seems like a vintage “supervillain” move.
I thought this was a better issue than the last one. The jokes didn’t feel as forced and the plot was good. I’m not convinced this was a necessary part of the Goblin Nation story because I don’t think it’ll have an impact on the story as a whole (although I did like how SpOck referenced it in Superior Spider-Man #27). I did think that SpOck’s “NOOOOO” when he saw the fake Spider-Patrolman’s Goblin tattoo was lame, but that was it.
Until next time!