Review: Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1
When a title changes names, it’s great for the writer to establish a reason for the change right away. It lets the reader know that they are in for a new book, and not just another issue under a different name. Sadly, Superior Spider-Man Team Up #1 feels like another issue of Avenging Spider-Man.
While I didn’t see this anywhere in the comic, make sure to read Superior Spider-Man #14 first.
Chris Yost continues his storyline of Spider-Man, aka Doctor Octopus, collecting villains for some grand scheme. The main part of this issue shows that the Avengers are more suspicious of Spider-Man, and decide to confront him. Low and behold, things are not as they seem. The issue feels quite padded, with little to no real story development. The only development we do get is that the Avengers are quite stupid. Yost had a great handle on giving Spock (Spider-Man Ock) a balance of jerk and actually trying to be a hero. Here though, it seems like a complete ass. It’s very apparent to anyone with ears that this isn’t Peter Parker. And they just let it go? I’m all for characters writing off differences in attitude in the beginning, as they blissfully think nothing is wrong. But when Spider-Man openly insult Captain America in front of the entire team, there is clearly something wrong with the guy. I’m not sure if it’s Marvel’s fault, or Yost’s, but Spock seems more in line with Dan Slott’s characterization in Superior Spider-Man. And that has been bugging the crap out of me for months. I’m going to guess that Marvel wanted the characterization more in line.
But you know what the biggest fault of Superior Spider-Man Team Up #1 is? It reads like another issue of Avenging Spider-Man. Nothing has changed from the old title. If it weren’t for the rehash of what has been going on in Peter Parker’s body for the last few months (weeks to him), I wouldn’t have though this issue was a #1. The addition of a new villain on the final few pages is interesting, and he’s already written better than he was in Amazing Spider-Man. Bottom line, Chris Yost seems to have a more grounded hold on these characters than Slott. I’m one of the few who seems to like Slott’s writing, but it’s easy to choose when you put their two writing styles next to each other. Yost has proven he could handle the main Spider book. He’s been killing it on Scarlet Spider.
The mindless action gives David Lopez plenty of things to pencil. The varied heroes all look great in action. One thing I didn’t understand was why Iron Man’s armor was the old armor and not the new black and gold armor. That, and why is Captain Marvel flying? The facial expressions by the multitude of heroes looks good. There is a panel or two where the faces look slightly odd, but they can largely be ignored. I like the dark reflection in Spider-Man’s eyes. It makes Spock look like he’s up to more than he’s letting on.
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up gets a name change for the hell of it. It’s Marvel’s attempt at cashing in. And it doesn’t work
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1 gets 3/5.