The Superior Doctor Octopus continues his assault on Parker Industries while New York crumbles after the events of Secret Empire.
Writers: Dan Slott & Christos Gage
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Colourist: Marte Gracia
If X-Men Gold #7 was the best kind of event tie in then this was the worst.
Despite the Iron Man Spider-Man stuff I thought the recent Goblin arc was pretty good. I think it’s a damn shame that the quality has dipped so much since then.
Without giving away too many spoilers, the issue opens during what I presume is the end of Secret Empire #1 (I don’t know I haven’t read it) and Spider-Man acts uncharacteristically in charge. He tells everyone what to do and where to be. It’s nice to see Spider-Man act like a leader, but the issue treats it like it’s completely new. For months Spider-Man has been a boss. Years even. His ability to lead a team isn’t a new development. But the issue treats it as such with every character noting Spider-Man is bossy now. Then Parker himself comments that this is due to him being a CEO. Spider Verse didn’t happen I guess.
That aside this issue falls victim to the event tie in problem. I’ve not read Secret Empire and I don’t plan to so a lot of this issue goes over my head. This shouldn’t be the case. X-Men Gold #7 is a good example since it’s so recent, but that issue told a story that related to Secret Empire but didn’t rely on the reader having read it. Amazing Spider-Man #30 does the opposite. The allusions to Secret Empire are so grand it makes the Doc Ock stuff seem superfluous.
There are a couple good moments in the issue which are annoying since otherwise this could be a completely skippable issue. Instead I need to say it’s only worth reading if you’re intent on following the series.
Immonen’s art is great as usual.
Recommendation: Avoid the issue – unless you’re reading both Secret Empire and Amazing Spider-Man then it could be worth it.