If there’s one thing readers have gotten accustomed to in reading Spider-Man stories, it is the crushing, humiliating defeat of Otto Octavius. It’s taken over thirty issues of Octavius controlling Peter Parker’s life, but in “Superior Spider-Man” #30, Doc Ock begins to realize that maybe, just maybe, he isn’t quite as superior as he once thought himself to be, thanks to writer Dan Slott with a script assist from Christos Gage and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.
With the Green Goblin’s army oppressing the entire city of New York and occupying the actions of heroes, Spider-Man — with Octavius still in control — is at the end of his webline. Menace has Spider-Ock’s beloved Ann Maria Marconi in her clutches, but Otto is wrestling between what he thinks is right, what he knows is right and what the little voice in the back of his head is telling him to do — a little voice by the name of Peter Parker. Dan Slott has accomplished the impossible and transformed Otto Octavius into a character readers care about, despite the dastardly deeds he’s accomplished, including hijacking Parker’s life. While I’m glad this series is winding to a close, Slott has brought an undoubtedly praiseworthy effectiveness to this series.
With a pair of inkers, Giuseppe Camuncoli’s art is solid and enjoyable throughout “Superior Spider-Man” #30. His art is much more reality-based than, which makes the destruction within Manhattan more oppressive and the Mindscape more ethereal and surreal. It also makes for a dynamic payoff on this issue’s final page as Camuncoli, colorist Antonio Fabela and letterer Chris Eliopoulos just enough to hammer home what everyone has been waiting for.
“Superior Spider-Man” #30 contains the move all of comic fandom has been expecting and most have been begging for, but Slott manages to give it heart and make it feel fresh, electric and invigorating while hitting the right notes to gain applause from comic readers the world over. Filled with moments sure to elicit panic, anxiety and pure elation, “Superior Spider-Man” #30 sets up the finale of “Superior Spider-Man” beautifully, bringing a fine close to a unique adventure. It also delivers an eye-opening twist in the Goblin’s plot that I wasn’t prepared to see and positions Spider-Man for more problems, excitement and adventure than one bi-weekly title could possibly contain over the course of a year. I have not been the biggest fan of Spider-Ock, but Dan Slott managed to win me over once again. Not only am I excited about the end of this issue, but I’m also concerned what it all means for the once “superior” Spider-Man.