2013 was a banner year for geekology, but with our sights toward 2014 there is a lot to be excited about between all the movies (SIN CITY 2!?!), video games, tv shows and etc on the horizon, but I’d like to focus on comic books in this article. More accurately, Biff comic books.
Superior Spider-Man (Marvel)
It’s been mentioned on the site before, but this is probably my favorite series of 2013. It’s energetic, interesting above all else refreshing. I know there’s a lot of nay sayers who refuse to read it based solely on principal, but dammit you don’t know what you’re missing out on (not to mention stubbornness is not an attractive quality) and honestly what do you have to lose? You know if you wait it out long enough the real Peter Parker will return. Just think of this series as a long interlude. Why not stick around for the ride?
Slott is my favorite kind of writer, it’s obvious that he’s planned story lines for years in advance and has the ability to subtly weave subplots through them that you always know are going to pay off. You don’t stay on a book as its author for that long if there isn’t something to it. With a book consistently being this good and being put out twice a month is heavenly. Things are heating up in 2014 with the beginning of the Goblin Nation story line that’s been building since the book debuted with some speculation that the series will wrap you shortly afterward. It’s been an exciting year for Spidey but 2014 seems to be starting off strong as well.
Welcome back to Dimension X! Today’s episode we focused on the Superior Spider-Man series. Love him or hate him he’s doing things his way and getting some pretty serious results. Join a roundtable of experts and so-called experts, Martian Luthor Kang, Biff Tannen, Rex Mason and Peter Porker as they discuss this milestone in the webslinger’s career and it’s lasting effects.
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The Superior Spider-Man is one of the best series that is being published by Marvel. The idea of Dock Ock swapping bodies with Peter Parker seemed kind of lame and heavy handed to me at first. Dan Slott has been definitely proven me wrong. In a way it’s still the webslinger we know and love and the stories are full of adventure, but there’s also an undercurrent of violence, anger and confusion. Octavious has proved to be a more efficient if not deadlier Spider-Man than his predecessor. Simply put, it’s refreshing.
With a new take on an established character like this it has allowed the art team to make changes and updates to the classic Spider-Man costume. The team rotates between Ryan Stegman, Giuseppe Gamuncoli and Humberto Ramos. With 12 issues already on the shelf there has been a handful of excellent covers to choose from. The one we are highlighting today is issue #10 by Marcos Martin.
I think this cover sums up the series pretty well. It’s a very a clean and simple image. You can identify that it’s Spider-Man, but there’s something wrong. There’s an extra edge to it that makes it feel menacing. He looks angry which isn’t something can be easily conveyed when the subject has a mask on.
If you haven’t picked it up yet, do yourself a favor and check it out!
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A few weeks back, Marvel made headlines (although not as many as these events have in the past) when they more or less killed off everyone’s favorite webhead in Amazing Spider-Man 700. Some of the world’s finest minds (and one of its sexiest) have discussed this at length. This week we enter a new era in the saga of your friendly neighborhood webslinger as Peter Parker jumps into action as the Superior Spider-Man. Now, if you’re not familiar with the new status quo of the book, I’ll give a brief recap: A rapidly deteriorating Doctor Octopus, hours from dying, pulled a Freaky Friday on Spider-Man. Doc Ock had Spidey’s body, along with all of his memories up until that point and vice versa. Now, Spider-Man was not able to reverse the swap in time, and as he lay dying in the good doctor’s withered husk, he forced Doc to remember the many events that made Peter the noble hero he is today. Doctor Octopus, in a surprising turn, decided that he would pick up where Spider-Man left off , using his remarkable intellect and new found lust for life to be a better hero than his former nemesis ever was.