Last issue ended with the Green Goblin, and he's nowhere to be seen in this issue, but that's okay, this issue is the turning point of what is yet to come, and the life decisions that the Superior Spider-Man will have to deal with. The story starts off with C.E.O. of Phizzy Cola, Miranda Pullman, receiving a phone call from Norah Winters from The Daily Bugle. Norah wants to know if Miranda has any statements about the "Burger Town Massacre," (that we witnessed in the last issue), since Phizzy Cola is a parent company of Burger Town. Miranda hangs up on Norah and gets on the phone with a guy named Jerry, so he can fix the branding problem that Burger Town has affiliated with the term "Mass Murder" from the public. At this moment, Massacre appears behind Miranda and offers her a business proposition, for twelve million dollars, he'll walk into the heart of New York and kill everyone in sight while wearing the competitor's logo, "Mocha Cola." Stupidly, she agrees.
The Superior Spider-Man visits Uatu Jackson, "Child Prodigy," for help with a new program. It's at this moment that Spider-Man sees everything, "Big Brother" if you may. Then Spider-Man swings on over to Anna Maria Marconi's apartment. To Peter/Otto's surprise, she's a little person, but she can give him the knowledge and tutoring in chemistry and physics that he needs, to get his doctorate. Aside from that, she cooked him dinner too, this is what she does for sixty dollars an hour, twice a week. Once the session is over, Spider-Man goes back on patrol, and his Patrol App goes off. One of his Spider-Bots located Massacre, so Spider-Man calls the police chief and gives him the location. In the meantime, Spider-Man switches his lenses to detect radio waves, and he locates some hostages that are at another remote location, far from where Massacre is. Spider-Man rescues them all and heads over to where Massacre is.
Meanwhile, the police have Massacre surrounded, and it's here where Massacre goes on another shooting spree. Spider-Man arrives and saves a kid from being shot, and because of this, Massacre spots Spider-Man at the scene. Massacre starts shooting at Spider-Man, and in rage, Spider-Man punches Massacre, and he dropped his gun. Massacre reaches for a detonating device and tells Spider-Man that he has five hostages in a remote location. Spider-Man simply tells him, "No you don't." Massacre clicks the device, but it did nothing. In shock, Massacre didn't realize that Spider-Man picked up his gun. Spider-Man shoots Massacre in the arm, and Massacre can't believe he did that to him. Fed up with Peter Parker's ways, Otto points the gun at Massacre.
Being held at gunpoint, Massacre shows real emotions...he's scared, and he felt wonderful. Spider-Man sees only one solution. He shot and killed Massacre, in cold blood. The media and J. Jonah Jameson praise Spider-Man for his actions. The last page shows how this new Spider-Man is going to be, as his Spider-Bots invade the home of Miranda Pullman, and he's not happy with her. For the Superior Spider-Man sees it all, even the deal she made with Massacre, for he is to watch and judge everyone from this point on, Big Brother style!
Wow, this issue had me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The story, the artwork, everything about this title is, well, superior. For those people who are still boycotting this title, you must start reading this! Trust me, I didn't want to like this new series, because since 1978, at the age of four, Peter Parker was the only Spider-Man to me. I've been a fan my entire life, and even though I had mixed feelings after Amazing Spider-Man #700, this title keeps getting better and better. I give The Superior Spider-Man #5, five out of five stars, a rare find, but this issue is that great! I'm really looking forward to the next issue. The Superior Spider-Man #5 is available now in print or digital formats for $3.99, and is written by Dan Slott, drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli and John Dell, and colored by Edgar Delgado and Antonio Fabella.