A PGSM Summaries double feature! Minako’s illness is taking it’s toll. Can she still fight for justice against terrifying demon children?
This week, Gomer and Namio discuss Robin’s reveal at Patrick and Sabrina’s wedding, the idea that Luke Spencer should be the next Chuck Norris, A.J.’s trial, and, for Red Ribbon Reviewers month, Gomer discusses the history of the Nurses’ Ball!
**Note from Namio: I apologize for my use of the term “retarded”. In retrospect, that was pretty not ok for me to say.**
I get drunk and play Skyrim. You should too, especially if you have to work in an hour.
Well, due to Marvel Comic’s incredibly unusual shipping schedule, we are once again talking about The Superior Spider-Man. Despite my reaction to the previous issue being relatively positive, there was still something scratching at the back of my mind the whole time that kept bugging me that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, and after discussing it with my esteemed colleague, Writrzblok, I think I’ve finally figured out what that is. Superior Spider-Man puts forward ideas and story concepts that would work quite nicely, if this was A. a story about Otto Octavious giving up his life of crime after a brush with death and using his genius to become a hero and a force for good, or B. a story of Peter Parker finally realizing the full meaning of his Uncle Ben’s words of power and responsibility and trying to maximize his potential as both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. The fact that it’s both, doesn’t really work and ends up making both characters, as well as some of the people around them, look bad. Two good ideas thrown together in one don’t always add up to another good idea. Reading a John Grisham novel is a good idea. Driving a fuel-efficient car is a good idea. However, if you’re driving a fuel-efficient car while reading a John Grisham novel, it’s probably going to lead to an accident. That’s Superior Spider-Man, the accident that results from combining two incompatible ideas that would have been good by themselves.
Anyway, let’s get into the book itself. Last time, Spidey had Venom, Flash Thompson, at his mercy. Flash tries to reason with Spidey, and Otto placates him while waiting for an excuse to finish him off. Eventually, Flash distracts Spidey and his goons with some gas grenades and just barely escapes. Spidey, knowing of the symbiote’s ability to shape shift, starts profiling the witnesses to find Venom. Then Spidey gets a call from Anna Maria, and I am reminded that Spidey was called into this in the middle of sex, which I find hilarious. Also hilarious: Spider-Man making kissy-kissy noises over the phone in the middle of a tense moment with the cops.
We then see Carlie Cooper, having been kidnapped by the Goblin family. However, since this has nothing to do with the rest of the comic and because Carlie Cooper sucks, we’re skipping this.
Next, Anna and Peter arrive at Peter’s apartment and we see a little more of Otto’s personality bleeding through. We’ll discuss this more in the wrap-up.
Next scene, Mary Jane owns a nightclub now. That’s cool. Oh, wait, this is about that Carlie Cooper stuff. NEXT!
Finally getting to something relevant, Flash Thompson checks in on his old pal Peter Parker causing awkwardness to ensue. Also, it seems Otto is having a hard time remembering his history with Flash, which is odd considering he’s supposed to have all of Peter’s memories.
Meanwhile Aunt May’s operation is a success and she can walk again. Good times! Also, J. Jonah Jameson is the mayor of New York now and is trying to legalize the use of Spider-Slayers. There’s not much to this scene, except for the fact that we, or at least anyone who hasn’t been reading up to this point, learn that Miguel O’hara a.k.a. Spiderman 2099 is apparently trapped in our time. Alright, I’ll admit, that has my attention.
And then, there’s brunch with Peter and the family. Awkward does not even begin to cover this. First, we learn that Peter never told May or her boyfriend that Anna Maria was a little person, causing Aunt May to blurt out her concerns about potential children. Also, Peter is acting like such an insufferable dick that it stretches one’s suspension of disbelief that the others can’t figure out that something’s wrong in his head. And to add the extra cheese to this awkward sandwich, Peter invited Flash. Yes, Peter, invited a man who he literally tried to kill with fire a little while ago, to a brunch in which his surrogate parents are meeting his new girlfriend for the first time. This almost hurts my head. The only character who escapes this mess unscathed is Anna Maria, who tries her best to keep everyone calm and talks openly about her dwarfism. Flash, who would probably much rather be getting burned by Spider-Man right now, tries to excuse himself but Peter tells him to stay and all but forces him to volunteer for a procedure to restore his legs. Reluctantly, Flash agrees, but it turns out the whole thing is a trap to separate him from the symbiote, which emerges as a new entity called The Superior Venom. It may have been possessing Spidey, but it’s not obvious.
I still really like Anna Maria, and I really hope she sticks around after this whole Peter/Otto mess is resolved. Other than that, I’m beginning to think the last issue was a bit of a fluke. Like I said, I like some of the ideas that we’re putting forth here, but I think there’s simply too much going on. Also, the design of the Superior Venom looks cool.
This issue reads like a train wreck with ADHD. This issue can’t seem to keep focus for more than two pages and when it does, it just feels really awkward. Also, the Peter/Otto thing is really beginning to annoy me. During my discussion with Writrzblok, he mentioned that he hated the Gary-Stu-ness of Otto, in that everything falls into place for him and no one can figure out what’s really going on in his head. In this issue, as well as parts of the last issue, Peter acts like such a super-villain that the fact that the people around him can’t put two and two together is doing a disservice to their character.
I think this is more what I was expecting last time around. Unless something happens that really gets my attention, I’ll probably just stick it out for this arc and then drop this title like yesterday’s garbage.
Join us in this live (not really) special where we sit down with Tom Hyre, staff-member of MAGFest and Panel Boss as we get the history of MAGFest, bluegrass, and somehow Washington DC, what you should/shouldn’t do while there, and if you should attend (spoilers sweetie: yes), all this and more insider secrets!
This week marks the first in at least two shows where the trio discuss articles from a site called Return of Kings. It’s like a bunch of anti-feminist dudebros got together and decided to publish the most misogynistic articles ever!
I get drunk and play Fallout 3. The end.