Doc Ock is back! Well, maybe we should say the Superior Spider-Man is back! Well, actually we should say that the Superior Living Brain is back! Well, we already had him. The Superior Aiden Blaine? Just read on, dear readers – it will be a whole lot simpler that way.
The Devil in the Details
Writer: Dan Slott
Penciler: R. B. Silva
Inker: Adriano Di Benedetto
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramanga
Cover Artist: Alex Ross
Editor: Nick Lowe
Published: September 21, 2016
The Story – Pay Attention, This Will Be on the Test
Flashback – Superior Spider-Man, during the Spider-Verse, set his Anna gauntlet on a 100 day timer. That 100 days expired when Parker Industries was destroyed the first time. Ock uploaded into the Living Brain because he was concerned that if Parker ousted him once, he could do it again. So he bided his time. And bide he did! Handing out tasty beverages and looking over the welfare of Parker Industries, Ock continued to wait for the perfect time to strike.
His first attempt was take on Aiden Blaine, but because his tech was designed to transfer brain waves into Parker’s head, it will not work.
Once he realizes that Aiden is useless, Ock says:
What does he mean by, “You have to go”?
He’s going to:
a. kill him and hide the body
b. wipe his memory
c. send him into the microverse
d. send him to Austrailia
Things go from bad to worse as he gets completely reject by Anna Marconi. To round out his completely bad day, he finds out that it was not Parker who found a way to drive his conscious from Parker’s body, but he did it himself in an admission of being inferior to the real deal.
He goes berserk and Anna sides with Spidey in an attempt to shut him down, but instead he initiates a self destruct, leaving himself as just a spider gauntlet-bot until he can return as Otto once more.
The return of Dock Ock! Slott can write the heck out of Ock and I thoroughly enjoyed his Superior Spider-Man run. Every panel of Ock interaction or self reflection was spot on.
The captions for Doc Ock’s thoughts. These were clever, funny, and captured his voice perfectly.
What just happened? You just got friend-zoned like a champ!
The whole realization that he was not going to get Anna back was well done and with proper amounts of emotion and humor. You feel a bit sad for the guy. It reminded me of this episode of the Simpsons:
At the beginning of the issue, Spider-Man is talking about this being his final fight with Otto, with a little confusion on which tense to use when discussing the fight he had that is going to take place in Spock’s future. At the end of the issue he brings it up again that this is one in many final fights he has had to have with Ock and he opes it is actually the last one. I like it when the story writes up like. It gives it a nice sense of closure.
The art, while not perfect, is a good match for this story. I’m going to be sad to see Silva go. He blends his art well with the story. For example, Ock’s fear of being turned off is really apparent as Slott’s writing and Silva’s art tells the tale:
Plus you get little gems like this panel/page turner:
Just as the Living Brain was about to explode, he starts yelling, “Would you like to go with me in the void? Would you? Would you?
And of course, everyone is thinking what they want to hear next and Slott doesn’t disappoint:
The Living Brain’s demise is a sad one, but I think he got a proper send off in this issue. If anyone complains about it, it would be on the premise that too many other characters have died recently. I think that it is pretty likely that Anna will have him rebuilt, even though Peter is against it.
OOTI (Onomatopoeia of the Issue)
On a scale of 1 (POW) to 10 (BLRKBQRKPQRBLNB), BRAKOOM rates a 7
I don’t particularly care for Ock’s face on the screens of the Brain. I know that I can’t really pin this on Silva since it was already established prior to his stint. I also understand the purpose. At first it was used to show that Ock was residing in the Brain, but here it is used to show emotion. To this purpose, Silva does a good job, but I would rather just had them distort the face of the robot a la Wall-e.
While I really have enjoyed Silva on this title the last two issues, his Peter Parker face still doesn’t look right. I haven’t been able to really recognize Peter Parker in quite a while in the story or the art. Here is Silva’s rendition of Otto as Peter:
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It is the follow up on what has been happening to Otto that we have been waiting for. The only frustrating thing about this issue is that Spider-Man once again is a side character. This time is warranted. We need to get Otto’s story and if we hadn’t had so many stories that have marginalized Peter already, this wouldn’t seem bad. I’m getting tired of using this image for comic review on SPIDEY’S MAIN TITLE.
The other thing to consider is where is the hero element of Otto? If I remember correctly, when he took Peter’s body, he also took on his responsibility. There is none of this in the current iteration of Otto. I can easily write it off by saying the transfer into the Brain filtered out the responsibility. The story is so well told that I just cannot allow that to hinder the enjoyment of it.
Obviously my theory that a Ock will be cloned while Otto takes on a clone of Peter is looking pretty dead in the water. I still say that it would be neat to have both a Superior Spider-Man AND a Doctor Octopus running around.
Does it get me excited for Dead No More? No. I’m indifferent to that story. I’m hoping it will be interesting, but I can’t say that I’m counting the days. Do I want to find out what happens to Otto? You bet! If I have to put up with the Jackal to get that story, well, that may be worth it. May.
What grade do YOU give it?
BEFORE “DEAD NO MORE”…
• Someone in the Amazing Spider-Man’s orbit dies.
• Peter, once again, has to choose between being Spider-Man and his personal life and it doesn’t go well for him.
• Also, get the other side of the Spider-Man/Kingpin story from the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY story.
Look at that cover on the next issue. We need some clarification on what is on top of the tombstone. I have it narrowed down to three possibilities since neither Ben Parker nor Gwen Stacy’s tombstone has something on top.
- It’s a miniature weeping angel (explains the stare down Spidey is giving it)
- It’s the Wasp (probably coming in to save Spider-Man after calling him an idiot)
- It is Gwen or Ben’s tombstone and Alex Ross just doesn’t care.
Extra Credit for a better idea.
Bonus Extra Credit: The turn off code for the Living Brain is A4 C5 D2 E4 G3 H5 F4. I tried to find a significance to those numbers (other than it sinking my battleship) and could not find one. Does anyone else know of a significance?
You saw the blurb Marvel gave for the next issue. Go back and read the Free Comic Book day Kingpin story before the next issue comes out on October 5th.