"Superior Spider-Man" #7 from Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos continues the violent fight streak of Doctor Octopus in the body of Peter Parker and masquerading as a still heroic Spider-Man, even if somewhat unhinged. This issue presents Cardiac for Octavius to pummel and this act proves the last straw for many others in the hero community.
The main thrust of this issue is watching the rogue Spider-Man-sometime-nemesis Cardiac and his new secretive magnanimous status quo. Slott portrays an intriguing man with many layers to his actions and he becomes the perfect example to show how different this Spider-Man is. The ensuing fight between Spidey and Cardiac is fun and bombastic but also simple. This isn't high art, though I'm also kind of fine with that. This feels like it's meant to be engaging fun and both Slott and Ramos deliver.
The ongoing saga of Peter Parker continues with Slott dropping minor elements that keep adding up over the issues. This issue's progressions show what path this conflict might eventually go down and that this current set up isn't going to last forever. It's the sort of high concept and intense drama that makes stories like "The Shaggy Dog" and "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" lazy Sunday afternoon family favorites because it's engaging, but not exhausting. It's refreshing to see a flagship Marvel title handled for all ages.
Humberto Ramos' art is quite simply stunning and stellar. His intricate detail works well in fights and when creating the web rope, but it's his unique character properties that grabbed my eye. His Parker is lean and wiry, which fits the man in the suit. The chance to draw the Avengers shows what a fantastic job Ramos could do anywhere in the Marvel U, but also how refreshing it is to see him on this book. Edgar Delgado colors the book in dour tones so Spider-Man is the main element to pop on every page.
"Superior Spider-Man" #7 is a simple enough superhero comic with its costumed fight, its heightened melodrama and the delightfully geektastic cliffhanger, but it's also incredibly simple in how it entertains. This book feels like the comics of my childhood and how they always left me wanting more. Slott offers up a decent issue, which fits among the current Marvel tapestry and builds the periodical danger and drama one step more every installment. There isn't anything astounding at play, but there isn't much broken either.