Superior Spider-Man #5 Review

Writer: Christos Gage
Art Team: Mike Hawthorne, Wade von Grawbadger, Andy Owens, Jordie Bellaire, VC’s Clayton Cowles
Release Date: April 24, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

Superior Spider-Man has turned into my favorite book coming out of the Spider Office the last few months mostly for the character progression Otto/Elliot has undergone lately.  So now with the Terrax situation out of the picture where does that leave this story? Lets find out.

The issue begins with Elliot and Emma having a date, as she comes over to his place for dinner, with the Spider-Bots preparing the food at hand garnering a chuckle out of me.  Is there anything they cant do? The two sort through their age differences and seem to have an otherwise fine night until Otto decides to try and do what is right.

One of the fun reoccurring themes here in this series so far is that Otto/Elliot often tries to say or do the right thing, however he frequently jumbles up the timing of his deliveries, or just outright says something out of context, that inevitably gets him in hot water.  It lightens the mood to some of the books heavier scenes, while also adding a touch of comedy, and I’ve really have been enjoying these moments in particular.

So that again comes into play here as Elliot spills the beans on formerly being Otto, which leads to Emma heading for the hills, and then coincidentally into this issues conflict.

Elliot quickly throws on his Spidey gear, dropping down to Emma on the street, trying to calm the situation to no avail, while drawing the attention of law enforcement. Turns out all is not what it appears as the cops turn into demons, Emma then also becomes possessed and turns into a demon, forcing Otto to capture her for her own safety until he figures this situation all out.

As we learned from last issues cliffhanger Pandemonium is in town, he is now possessing the citizens of San Francisco, eventually leading to Otto tweaking his tech and calling in some help in the form of Dr. Strange.  The two confront the responsible party which leads to a battle, then a pretty silly but fun cliffhanger, in what is another pretty solid issue of this series. Was it as touching and have as strong moments as the previous issue, no, but not every issue needs to be that and I like having variety in this book.

The art continues to be impressive as the team of Mike Hawthorne, Wade von Grawbadger, Andy Owens, and Jordie Bellaire all work well together.  I love the look of this title at the moment and it suits the tone and feel of the book perfectly.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, Superior Spider-Man is a title where we continue to see Otto attempt to make strides in the right direction as a hero and citizen of San Francisco.  It doesn’t always have the highest stakes compared to other books in the Spider office, but does provide quick, fun, entertaining stories to the readers, while providing character moments for the cast in the issues each month. A highly recommended series thus far with some excellent visuals.


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