Dan Slott (Writer) Giuseppe Camuncoli, John Dell (Artists), Edgar Delgado (Colorist)

The Story: Otto still has to adjust and upgrade some aspects of Peter’s life, while Massacre has escaped from detainment.

The Review: Well, this is different, as in this is a sharp contrast to the previous issues of this very controversial series in many ways. With the three opening issues focusing on other aspects or characters that are directly connected to the basic approach of Superior Spider-Man, this one does not have the same drive behind it as those other issues.

There is still a lot that drives the series forward and make it enjoyable, to be sure. The various ways that Otto comes up with various ways to ‘’improve’’ on Peter’s life is fun to see, be it with his role as Spider-Man or in his general life. The ways he interacts with the entourage and the past decisions of Peter are actually quite interesting to see, be it with Peter reaction to his inner thoughts or his action. Contrarily to the second issue, Slott has found a good way to balance Otto and Peter to make sure we get a good dose of both characters here.

Something that was not as much balanced, though, would be some of the violence that shows in this comic. Now, I know that nowadays a lot of comics are much more violent and that I truly should expect some with a villain named Massacre, but some of these scenes made me a bit uncomfortable, especially the restaurant one. I do get that this is to set the tone and to show a psychopathic villain, but it seems a little bit like overkill here (pun unintended).

Something that was shown a little bit more here, albeit not in an overkill, would be the advancement of some small plot points that are very well incorporated in the grand narrative. One of them would be how people react to this newly arrogant Peter Parker, mainly the people from Horizon labs, which may lead up to the Fired storyline teased a few months back. Another would be the fact that Otto seems to be affected by what Peter say and feel, something that had been hinted at in the first issue, yet was not shown much in the two issues after. It’s those little points that keep on slowly progressing with each issue that makes me have faith that Dan Slott does have a long-term plan for this series.

What makes me lose a little bit of faith, though, would be the fact that this issue, even though there are some things that are happening in it, seems to be mostly set-up for the next issue. I know that not all issues can have a huge number of changes and events occurring in their twenty pages or so, but it was a bit slower and had a bit of a lesser focus on Otto and the cast in favor of Massacre and his villainy. It is a little bit disappointing when compared to previous issues.

What is also a little bit disappointing, yet not utterly so, would be Giuseppe Camuncoli art here. It is by no mean bad, but it is in big contrast with Ryan Stegman larger than life and exaggerated action with its more down to earth and close to static characters. He draws some poses well and his faces are excellent, but it lacks the illusion of movement and the verve that Stegman had a habit of showing on this title. Still, it does look nice, especially with Edgar Delgado who continues to do a marvelous job on the colorization.

The Conclusion: This is a nice little issue, but its slower pace and focus on Massacre instead of the regular cast makes it a little bit disappointing, which is not helped by Giusepe Camuncoli’s art, which lacks the energy of the previous artist.

Grade: C+

-Hugo Robberts Larivière