Writer: Christos Gage
Art Team: Lan Medina, Cam Smith, Andy Troy, Erick Arciniega, and VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 26, 2019
Now I will admit, my goal for War of the Realms is to read minimum if so none of the books. But things don’t always go as planned as that War of the Realms event has almost every book in Marvel involved in. I will say this though, the few tie-ins I have read, can go completely blind in with no knowledge of this event and be fine. The last issue of Superior Spider-Man is a good example of that! Now can the ending be as great as the beginning? Let’s dig in and see what we have here…
We begin our issue with a big crossover battle with the West Coast Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Superior Spider-Man. The battle apparently goes on for a bit too long as Otto gets tired of waiting to talk to Reed so he just phases the giants for the time being. Unfortunately, the talk doesn’t go as planned as Reed refuses to leave the city to get destroyed. And thus Otto takes his “Allies”with him. Which the West Coast Avengers team really makes the book great with their comments to Otto.
Next up, we almost get a montage, something that Gwenpool feared. Whose soul purpose is everything she says is to break the fourth wall. Something that if overused can be quite annoying but they used it for just enough. Luckily they wanted to go where they were meant to go after only one fail attempt, I wouldn’t count that as a montage.
As this next attempt landed them with Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. The Strikeforce team I believe. As everyone gets acquainted we get more great moments from the West Coast Avengers team. Spider-Man and Otto have a heated conversation about what to do and while Otto believes in saving the world, Peter is trying to remind him that everyone has an important role to play. As Otto still is not taking no for an answer he see his selfish side come out and really makes you annoyed at a character this book is trying to make you enjoy. But thankfully he gets a speech from another “Avenger” on what to do and why which apparently changes his mood as by the end of the book.
I know nothing about the War of the Realms book, and I thoroughly enjoyed this issue! The big thing that I pulled out of this, Gage should totally do a West Coast Avengers book. That and I need to start reading that book! This book could be my favorite issue in the Superior run yet, had great laughable moments and some character development for Otto. If had to grab any two books from Marvel, it would be this and last issue of this book.