Last issue ended with bird creatures kidnapping Mary Jane Watson, and as they dropped her, the Superior Spider-Man rescued her in the nick of time. Issue three picks up where this left off, and the bird creatures are seen working for Adrian Toomes, the super-villain known as The Vulture. The issue starts off with J. Jonah Jameson, on top of the police station, flashing a spider-signal in the sky, and Spider-Man is not happy about this. Spider-Man destroys it, much to J. Jonah Jameson's dismay, but Spider-Man talks his way out of it, by telling Jameson that he's not an idiot for flashing a beacon in the sky, letting all his enemies know where he is. Jameson buys into it.
Later on, Spider-Man upgrades his lenses so that he can detect the Vulture. As he's out looking for the Vulture, the spirit of Peter within, sees an early memory of Doctor Octopus with the Vulture. Seeing Doctor Octopus' memory is something new for Peter, and in mid-memory, Doctor Octopus and the Vulture pause, like someone hit the pause button on a remote. Meanwhile, the readers see the bird creatures flying back into their hideout, bringing stolen jewelry and other stuff, to the Vulture. Spider-Man crashes in, and gives the Vulture a proposition, but the Vulture declines and sends his minions after Spider-Man.
As the little bird creatures gang up on Spider-Man, ripping parts of his mask and making him bleed, Spider-Man punches one of the minions, sending him flying towards the wall. The bird creature's mask came off, and Spider-Man notices...it's a little boy! The spirit of Peter sees another one of Otto's memories at this moment, but this time it's of Otto's inebriated dad beating up Otto as a child. The readers then go back to Spider-Man, and he's furious that the Vulture is using children as henchmen. The climactic final fight scene is a great one, with a shocking ending.
The action is fast paced in this issue, and it's an overall great story. I liked seeing the memory of Otto as a child, this is something I wasn't familiar with. Seeing the Superior Spider-Man do the things he does (comparatively with The Amazing Spider-Man/Peter Parker), gets more and more interesting with each issue. This issue is great, another fine job by the creative team. I give this issue four out of five stars, and that's only because a perfect/flawless book is hard to come by. This issue is the next best thing after that, do not pass this issue up! For those people who are boycotting The Superior Spider-Man due to Peter Parker's death, take a deep breath, accept what Marvel is doing (for now), and start reading this series. I was skeptical at first, but this new series has not disappointed me yet. Give it a try. The Superior Spider-Man #3 is available now in print or digital format for $3.99, and is written by Dan Slott, drawn by Ryan Stegman, and colored by Edgar Delgado.