I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
I hadn't dared hoped for another Superior Spider-Man reboot; the first one was overly ambitious, and yet paid off so much. Then again, it completely replaced Peter Parker with Otto Octavious and this was the overly part of the overly ambitious. It condemned Parker to an ugly death and elevated Octavious to the one, true Spider-Man, declaring him not only that but superior. And so this also doomed that series.
Parker was beloved, and while people might have loved to hate Octavius, to see him attempting to be heroic wearing Parker's face? It was galling. And yet I adored Octavius and while I was merely amused by his antics at first, I saw just how much changing how the world treated him changed him. How seeing the world from a hero's eyes changed him.
And I fell in love.
So imagine my delight when not only does Octavius - using a new name - as Spider-Man came back. Now imagine how lovely it was to find this meet my expectations, even surpass them.
This is a wonderful series that tries to tackle the implications of the lies Octavius had to tell to make in the world as Spider-Man, all the while being the hero he had hoped to be before. And the wrinkles are just so much fun as he fights for the world. I loved to hate him as a villain, and now I love to root him on a hero even more. Doc Ock? He really is my superior Spider-Man!