I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
I wasn't 100% sure about this series, but I liked the concept enough of having Doc Ock as the Spider-Man to subscribe to this series.
Given what happened with him, and his girlfriend Anna, I understand why she wouldn't want to be involved with him, and why she's so unhappy with his new deception. And so it might make sense to keep her out of this, but it's delicious to watch her struggle with the implications of having a new, cloned Otto Octavius - living under a new name - and her knowledge of who he is. Is he going to prove that he wants to do good to her? I think he already is, and this makes her secret knowledge that much more of a cross to bear.
And yet, as sucky as it is for her, it's damn good drama. It's handled deftly and I'm glad the author found a good way to bring her back into the fold.
The art is pretty fabulous, but it's not different enough to be a favorite. Phil Noto, Alex Maleev, and others have a painterly, or different style, that make them stand out as top tier favorites. While this art is spectacular, it looks very same-y to many other comics. Gorgeous, and I can tell many artists apart from decades of reading comics, but I think this would blend into the general 'standard comic style' for novices. (And yes, I've been told that all comic book art looks the same to novices, who struggle with the fact that details differentiate.)