This week we say goodbye to Superior Spider-Man, and hello to Sinestro!
Superior Spider-Man #31 (Marvel Comics)
Superior Spider-Man reaches its monumental finale with issue 31, and writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage, alongside artist Giuseppe Camuncoli, don’t disappoint. Fans who have been waiting for Peter Parker to return to his body and bring the hurt to the Green Goblin will have plenty to cheer about, as the final issue serves as a great ending point for this chapter of the wall-crawler’s life.
Picking up immediately after the events of last issue, Peter Parker is back in Spider-Man’s body and ready to save New York City from the clutches of the Green Goblin and his army. The only problem is that he needs a quick refresher on what’s happened since he’s been gone. After a quick recap from Carlie Cooper, Peter meets up with Spider-Man 2099 and the Avengers, who are in desperate need of assistance against J. Jonah Jameson’s corrupted Spider Slayer robots. Afterwards, Spidey and his future incarnation head off to the Oscorp building, where Spider-Man has his final battle with the Goblin, which is a ton of fun, if over a little too quickly.
Really my only gripe with this issue is Peter’s reactions to Carlie’s recap, as Slott and Gage tend to gloss over the horrible acts that Otto Octavius committed while in Peter Parker’s body. I mean, Otto straight up shot a dude point blank in the face in front of a bunch of witnesses, and Peter doesn’t flip out about it? Or course, it’s possible that Carlie Cooper left this out and Peter will find out in a few weeks when Amazing Spider-Man picks back up.
Aside from this, Superior Spider-Man #31 is a blast, filled with awesome moments that will make those of us waiting for Peter to return cheer. From Peter effortlessly taking out Goblin henchmen while on the phone with Aunt May, to the way Green Goblin realizes that Peter Parker is back, there’s not a moment in this issue that won’t make a Spidey fan smile. Even the Green Goblin reveal is handled in a pretty fun way, and helps add to the mystery of the character (and the Goblin Legacy as well). The back up story written exclusively by Christos Gage adds a new layer to the story, as Peter tries to talk with the different people in his life that have been affected by Otto.
Giuseppe Camuncoli’s art is pretty spectacular in this issue, though there are some moments where it looks a little rushed. Of course, with a book this hyped up, that’s bound to happen. Despite this, Camuncoli delivers some great work here, the highlights being the Avengers battle with the Spider-Slayers and Spidey taking on the Goblin. I’ve enjoyed a lot of Camuncoli’s Spider-Man work, and I hope he continues on with the series in Amazing.
When Superior Spider-Man first started out, I was expecting to hate it. Instead, I found it to be a lot of fun, and one of Marvel’s best titles. I always knew it was going to end at some point, but now that Otto’s out of Peter’s body, I kind of miss him. It was great to see him interact with members of Spidey’s supporting cast, and watching him try to be a hero was very interesting. In a weird way, I kind of ended up rooting for him. At the same time though, I’m very happy to have Peter back. Reading this issue was like reconnecting with a good friend that I haven’t talked to in years. Welcome back Peter Parker, I can’t wait to see how you react to the world around you.
I’ve never been a fan of Cullen Bunn’s work. Then I read Magneto, and loved it so much that I refused to believe he wrote it. Now, with him taking on another favorite villain of mine, I am forced to admit that Bunn’s actually really good; cause Sinestro #1 is a pretty damn cool comic. Featuring art by Dale Eaglesham, Sinestro ‘s debut issue finds the former leader of the Sinestro Corps alone on a barren planet. After giving up the Parallax entity (Forever Evil spoilers I think?), he’s taken to spending his days fighting the local creatures that want him dead, and brooding.
That is, until Lyssa Drak appears and tells him that there are still members of his race alive in the galaxy. Now Sinestro is on a mission to locate the surviving Korugarians and return them to their former glory. The only problem? He needs the help of his former Corps, and they’re not too happy to see him.
As I said before, I never really liked any of the previous “big two” books that Cullen Bunn has written. However, much like Magneto, he’s completely surprised me with this issue. Bunn’s Sinestro is very much in line with the character that Geoff Johns made famous. Bunn’s script catches us up to speed quickly then gets the plot going right away, and he leaves plenty of moments for Hal Jordan’s nemesis to shine, like his attack on a space station that is harvesting species, including those from Korugar.
Dale Eaglesham’s art is stellar as well, and feels very much in line with the “DC Comics feel”. Like Bunn’s characterization, Eaglesham’s Sinestro looks very much like the character we saw from Green Lantern artists Ethan Van Scrier, Doug Mahnke, and others, yet he looks different enough that it doesn’t look like Eaglesham is copying those artists. There are a few awkward panels here and there when Sinestro confronts his old Corps, but nothing that drags the book’s quality down.
Perhaps I’ve been wrong about Cullen Bunn for all these years, or maybe I just wasn’t reading the right books he was writing. Between this and Magneto, Bunn’s delivering two very different takes on villains and doing a very good job of it. I’m not completely sold just yet, but Sinestro #1 is a pretty sweet debut issue, and will definitely please fans of the character.
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