Superior Spider-Man #17





Release date

September 4, 2013
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #17 is the opening chapter of a three part story. While it may not be the most amazing issue, it serves its function as a setup well enough. Whether this story will have any long term implications on the title or turn out to simply be an enjoyable little romp remains to be seen. If nothing else, the prospect for a Miguel and Otto encounter is reason enough for me to want to see where this goes.
4 out of 5 stars
While not everything flows well, Spider-Man 2099’s return is still exciting and worth a read. Coupled with Stegman’s art, this arc has a lot going for it. Now let’s all hope for the miracle of a consistently well written story arc.
If you’re still a Superior hater, try this issue out, it has a heroic Spider-Man you do like in it alongside the brilliance that is SpOck, the best of both worlds!
4 out of 5 stars
It's been quite some time since I've read any "Spider-Man 2099" adventures, but Slott gives readers all they need to know in "Superior Spider-Man" #17 with artist Ryan Stegman. Half of those pages present the calamity Miguel O'Hara faces and the reason to travel back to the present day while the rest details former Horizon Labs employee and Kingpin lackey Tyler Stone's revenge on Horizon. Slott also spins out some threads connecting Stone's plot to Allan Chemical, which in turn leads to Alchemax in the future. Yes, Slott did take the time to meticulously construct a web of subplots and now readers can step back a little bit to take in the big picture. It's actually quite fun to see the threads that span time and space, illuminating the work that Slott has put into constructing a legacy for Spider-Man beyond the name "Peter Parker."
2.5 out of 5
Superior is the junk food that tides us over without nourishing us, but Black and White is something we can slow down for and savour every mouthful of.
Grade: C+
While there are some points that are definitely strong here, like the use of Miguel O’Hara and some of the ideas, the general pacing and some minor stumbling in the art and colorization brings the issue down a bit, diminishing what could be a great issue into something that is simply acceptable.
5.5 out of 10
It’s all setup, to explain and justify Spider-Man 2099 showed up at all as quickly as possible. It’s probable if we went back to longer page counts this would work, but Slott really could have used more to tell this story. Instead, he’s quickly cutting to the chase so we can have a sweet Spidey 2099 Spidey 2013 team up.
5 out of 5 stars
There's so much fun and excitement here. The recent issue have been great but it's like suddenly this issue got super-charged.
8 out of 10
If Slott can use this opportunity to further define both his protagonists, this is going to be one of the best Spider-Man arcs in months. Here's hoping that substance will win out over style.