The Superior Spider-Man is back! To some readers this is great news, for the rest it's not a big deal. Some people liked Otto Octavius as Spider-Man, others couldn't wait for Peter Parker to come back and take over as "The Amazing Spider-Man." The series finale for Superior was issue #31, but with the big "Edge of Spider-Verse" event arriving soon, Superior Spider-Man returns, and in this extra sized issue, the readers see how he survived and where he's been. The "Edge of Spider-Verse" is the epic story that will feature EVERY Spider-Man in existence along with some new characters. This issue is where the "Edge of Spider-Verse" begins.
Being a fan of Superior, it's so good to see Otto/Peter Parker return at last, and his whereabouts make sense. After all, for one "missing" life, there has to be a replacement, no matter what timeline it is. The beginning of this issue takes place around the time of issue #19 of The Superior Spider-Man, and the readers see Superior Spider-Man arriving somewhere, swinging in a new world, where he will be shot for doing so in public. Otto is in the future, and with future technology, he decides to make a time portal. All he wants to do is go home, but he shows up in a strange world. He shows up in a parallel world where Spider-Man is dead. Otto tries again with the aid of his Holo-Agent that's in his wrist device, that he also made to look like his true love, Anna Maria Marconi.
In another parallel world, Superior arrives, and another Spider-Man is dead. In another parallel world, again, another Spider-Man is dead. After further analysis, all three dead Spider-Men were Peter Parker, and they all have exactly the same wounds. In another time jump, the Spider-Man of that parallel world is fighting for his life. This is where the villain is finally revealed, and just as he's about to kill Spider-Man, Superior arrives in the nick of time to help that Spider-Man out. Superior found out that this monster's power levels are off the charts and he only hunts Spider-people. The two Spider-Men manage to escape the villain, but for how long? Following the main story, there's a backup story featuring another Spider-Man going up against the villain, and Superior saves him in the nick of time as well. The stories end here for now, and the rest will be continued in "Spider-Verse."
Even though Superior is sent to the future, he's still too smart for future technology, and his cockiness really shows. This is what separates The Amazing and Superior Spider-Men. Still, with this new villain jumping through parallel worlds, maybe it's Superior's destiny to save as many Spider-Men as possible in order to defeat this new, powerful menace. This is a nice beginning for the five part story line that will effect all of the existing Spider-Men of the world, past and present. Seeing Otto change the appearance of the Holo-Agent to look like Anna Maria was a nice emotional touch, it goes to show how much he loves her and how much he'd love to be with her again. It's also good to see Superior once again, not just the character, but a new book as well. There will be another issue next month, so this series will technically end with issue #33. After that, anything can happen. I rate this issue a 4 out of 5 stars, it's a great read, and a key issue for readers who are excited and looking forward to the "Edge of Spider-Verse" mini-series. The main story's plot is by Dan Slott, scripted by Christos Gage, art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, inked by John Dell, and colored by Antonio Fabela. The backup story is written by Christos N. Gage, art by Adam Kubert, and colored by Rain Beredo. This extra sized issue has 28 pages, retails for $4.99, and is available now in print and on digital formats.