The Superior Spider-Man is one of the most fun comics out there right now.  For those who don’t follow comics: Doctor Octopus has taken over Peter Parker’s body after his own body died, and is masquerading as Spider-Man.  Writer Dan Slott has gotten a great deal of mileage from the idea of this egotistical, megalomaniacal character trying to pass as such an earnest, nebbishy hero.

But let’s be clear on one thing; this is a fun storyline.  Peter Parker will be back, probably in time for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and will have to deal with the fallout of what Ock has done to his life.  You can probably also count on Otto going back to being Doctor Octopus, through cloning, time-travel, or magic, because Marvel.

It’s what Stan Lee called “The Illusion Of Change.”  You want your comic to run for a good, long time, so you can’t change the status quo too much, and if you do, you better leave yourself an escape plan.  Even if it’s a kludgy, awkward escape plan that makes less sense than just getting divorced.  You can kill your heroes, break their backs, have them go insane and reboot the entire universe; give it a few years and they’ll be back to square one, possibly with a rockin’ new ‘do.  Let’s have some perspective, and most importantly, let’s remember that sending death threats to Dan Slott is not okay, okay?

Also, it’s the first appearance of mid-90s Richmond and Mowrer!  We were doing something very like this back then, and dressing very similar to what you see here.  Bonus points to whoever recognizes my t-shirt – or what Mowrer’s wearing around his neck.

– Richmond