Normally when a big change happens in a comic book universe, I try to go in with an open mind and give it a fair chance. Superior Spider Man
made me give up this practise because I knew that no matter how well it was executed, I wouldn't get over what an incredibly terrible idea it was.
I can understand Dan Slott's intention to take Spider-Man's 'Hero With Bad Publicity
' status to a meta level, but let's look at the first word in that phrase. Hero. The following is not up for discussion; Otto Octavius is not a hero. I could bring up his decades of villainy or his plan to cull mankind in Ends of the Earth
, but I don't even need to step outside of the current series. Otto Octavius kills Peter Parker and then erases his ghostly remains so that he can never take back his own body.
If I took that last sentence and gave it to hundreds of Spider-Man fans 1 year ago, I can guarantee you that none of them would describe Otto as a 'Hero'. He stole a real hero's identity, trapped him in a dying body, and now that he's dead, is impersonating him to his friends and family.
What's really sad about this is that Dan Slott isn't a bad writer by any means - the first few issues are genuinely entertaining and interesting. The artwork is great and I got a few laughs along the way. But I just can't get past the fact that there is no Spider-Man in this Spider-Man series - just Dr Octopus, who isn't even one of Spider-Man's more interesting villains. The series could have even still worked if it had just been tweaked a bit, but the moment Doc Ock killed Peter, he was beyond ever being a 'Hero', and thus I have no more interest in what he does.
I'm sure Dan Slott will ride the coat-tails of 'No Such Thing As Bad Publicity
' and enjoy writing a best-selling series, but his legacy will always be that his Magnum Opus
was one of the most negatively-received Spider-Man stories ever written, and considering the reception to One More Day
, that really is an accomplishment. Thanks for trying something new Dan, but I'll check Wikipedia every few months until the change is reversed and the series becomes readable again.