Superior Spider-Man # 21

Posted by bulletproofsponge 19 November 2013


Following the fast paced events of the last few issues, we have issue 21, giving us a little breather. In other words, this issue is not too exciting.

It begins with Betty Brant returning to work at the Bugle. Not long after she steps in, an angry giant muscular woman comes bursting through the wall, looking for Spider-Man. Robbie explains that things have changed over the last few months and that Spider-Man is no long on good terms with the Bugle. He also mentions that Spider-Man will track her down on his own if she continues to commit crime.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker is devastated that Dr Lamaze has accused him of stealing the work of Dr Otto Octavius. He begins thinking of all sorts of ways to solve the problem.

He then changes into Spider-Man and begins cooking up a solution when he receives a call from his team on spider island, informing him of Stunner reappearance. Spider-Man proceeds to confront Stunner personally.

He learns that she had woken up from her vegetative state when she heard the news that Dr Octopus was killed.

Elsewhere, Carlie goes to Dr Octopus' grave, to mourn for Peter. However the ground beneath her gives way and she finds that the grave is empty! She is then kidnapped by an unknown character.

For readers who do not know much about Stunner, this issue will give you a slight crash course on her history during the conversation. She was the girlfriend of Doc Ock who sacrificed herself to save his life when he was killed by Kaine. As a result she ended up in a vegetative state, until she heard the news of his death.

Spider-Man eventually webs Stunner up after realizing that there is no way she is going to accept his explanation. He then gets his men on spider island to track where the source of the hologram is coming from. ( Stunner is actually a hologram controlled remotely by Angelina.)

Stunner however breaks free from the webs, tracks Spider-Man down, who is at the University campus, and throws a bus at him. Spider-Man dodges the bus, which then heads for Dr Lamaze and Anna Maria.

To sum it all, nobody gets hurt as Spider-Man saves everybody while losing his four mechanical arms to Stunner in the process. The spiderbots eventually track down the holographic Stunner to its source and shut it down.

Spider-Man then goes to visit Angelina, steals her equipment and appears to her as a Dr Octopus hologram. He explains that he is still alive, and that they can no longer be together as he has found a new love. With the new hologram, Spider-Ock, pays a visit to Dr Lamaze, as Dr Octopus, convincing him to give Peter Parker the doctorate.

All ends well for Peter Octopus in this issue. Quite the opposite however can be said about Carlie, whom we find out was kidnapped by Menace, and taken to the Goblin King. The Goblin King then reads Carlie's journal and is fascinated by her findings!


Being 'not a fan' of Stunner, I didn't find this issue particularly amusing. Dr Octopus has made Peter Parker a Dr., and has also gotten a hold of Angelina's holographic tech.

But like all good tv series, the ending of this issue makes the whole issue worth the read. Questions like, what happened to Dr Octopus' body, and what the new Goblin King will do with his new found information about Spider-Man, will cause any reader to want to continue reading Superior Spider-Man.

It was great to see Betty Brant back in the Bugle. I thought the coincidence of Betty returning and Stunner breaking the wall to make it feel like the old days again was fantastic.

I look forward to seeing what Spider-Ock will do with his Dr Octopus hologram in the future. This would certainly be used as a stumbling block, or cause for doubt when the Avengers or whoever else come close to finding out that Spider-Man is really Ock himself.

Unfortunately I don't have too much else to say about this issue, so.. may the force be with you!

Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #1

Posted by Donovan McComish

Hello everybody and welcome to my review of the first part of Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand. The Ultimate Universe is under threat from none other than the mainstream version of Galactus, who has crossed over from the 616 universe thanks to the time travel shenanigans in Age of Ultron. Can the Ultimates and Spider-Man defeat the Devourer of Worlds, or is this the end for the Ultimate Universe?


Miles Morales & Ganke are walking through Brooklyn discussing how anyone could possibly hate superheroes. They also mention the "giant guy in the sky with a funny hat" that Miles saw appear briefly (chronicled in Age of Ultron #10). Ganke is unsure about this, saying it would probably have been reported in the news, though he assures Miles that he doesn't think he's crazy. As if on cue, Galactus appears out of thin air, naturally terrifying New York's denizens. Miles suits up as Spider-Man and heads after Galactus, who soon unleashes a massive wave of energy that destroys New Jersey.

S.H.I.E.L.D arrive in full force to combat the threat. The Helicarrier attacks Galactus head on (literally), but all it does is piss him off. As Galactus swats at the Helicarrier like it was a fly, Miles looks on from the sidelines, at a loss for what to do. He soon gets his chance as a truck comes smashing into the building, forcing Miles to use his webbing to save the nearby civilians, including Ganke. Miles tells him to go to his family and hide in the basement with them. Just as S.H.I.E.L.D Director Monica Chang asks (well, screams actually) where the Ultimates are, they arrive via Quinjet to take on Galactus.
Thor attacks first, smacking Galactus square in the head with his hammer, while Iron Man has his armour run a full environmental analysis on this new enemy. Once again, The Ultimates attacks don't do anything beyond annoying Galactus, with Sue Storm just managing to defend them against his attack with her force field. Stark tells Chang to get the Air Force to stand down. His analysis has concluded that their new foe is not from this universe, which prompts the Ultimates ask what the hell he wants from them. As Galactus summons his equipment in preparation, Tony ominously replies "I think...everything"...


After Joshua Fialkov's awesome mini series Hunger, which served as the bridge between Age of Ultron and this, Brian Michael Bendis has kicked off the Ultimate Universe's potential swansong in an equally awesome fashion.

This first issue is pretty light on actual plot, with the majority of it being Galactus' arrival on Earth and the heroes reaction to him, but this isn't a problem in this particular scenario since Galactus is something the Ultimates have never taken on before. His presence lends the series an epic feel that's fittingly almost beyond this universe given it's otherwise grounded nature. Galactus doesn't even speak here because he's enough of a threat with his raw power, though I expect we'll hear his booming voice at some point in the mini.

It's cool that Miles has a role to play in this event. After the way Galactus first appeared in Hunger, I was starting to think that the scene in AoU had been retconned, so it was nice that Bendis used the conversation between Miles & Ganke to clear that up. I don't read the Ultimates so the line-up was certainly interesting to see, and I'd like to see the Ultimate X-Men make an appearance since this story concerns the fate of that entire universe.

Bendis' pairing with Mark Bagley once again is yet another reason to pick this series up. Their partnership is legendary thanks to their record breaking run on Ultimate Spider-Man, and it actually gives the series more of an epic status. It's really cool to see Bagley drawing a Spider-Man again, as well as Galactus & The Ultimates. There are some parts of this issue that look a little rushed, but they are few and far between the action packed panels that Bagley frames beautifully. I've always enjoyed reading about Galactus and Bagley & Bendis look set to craft an epic chapter in the universe they helped to create...

Score: 4.5/5.0


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