Monday, January 21, 2013

Avenging Spider-Man #16

Writer: Chris Yost
Artist: Paco Medina

Otto Octavius' journey into super-heroing continues, and this time he crosses paths with the faculty members of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, a.k.a. The X-Men. Ock's perception of the mutant team is condescending at best, but critical at most; a spot-on portrayal, since this is an attitude typical of him and other evil geniuses. One thing he doesn't do, however, is underestimate them, and that is where the character development part of the story stems from. Peter Parker's personality has never been more notorious than now that he is absent; with Octavious learning to use sarcasm and witty lines to get him by, it is easy to see why the real Spider-Man is so well loved. The artwork is clean and crisp, the energetic panels and nice motion effects work really well, especially during the fight with Wolverine. The only significant oversight is the coloring of Rachel Grey's uniform; someone got her confused with Hope Summers and did not know which way to go with it.

The Superior Spider-Man vs. Wolverine by Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, Dave Curiel

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