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The Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy

(Superior Spider-Man (2013) (Collected Editions) #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,749 ratings  ·  266 reviews
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THEN!...Peter Parker spent a lifetime living up to the responsibilities his powers foisted upon him, but his story finally ended dramatically in the historic Amazing Spider-Man #700. NOW!...The new Amazing Spider-Man has arrived, and he is better in every single way. Smarter, stronger...Superior. And he'll prove it, both to himself and
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Published June 11th 2013 by Marvel (first published May 2013)
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Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Superior Starting Point!

This TPB edition collects "Superior Spider-Man" #1-5

Creative Team:

Writer: Dan Slott

Illustrators: Ryan Stegman & Giuseppe Camuncoli


There were a lot of buzzing and talking and even death threats due the decision of Dan Slott of changing the mind of Peter Parker with the mind of Dr. Otto Octavius a.k.a. Doctor Octopus.

I understand the negative feelings since it was changing the mind of a really popular hero, one of the most popular
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, comix
An abused trope of sixties TV was body shifting. Remember! Fred Flintstone is now Dino, Dino is Wilma and Barney is the talking garbage disposal. Gilligan’s Island – The Skipper is Mr. Howell, the Professor is Mary Anne and Ginger is Gilligan (this one has some porn potential). My favorite non sitcom body shift was that episode of Star Trek, where Kirk was body shifted (or is it mind shifted? Too late!) with a woman he dumped years before. Cue overwrought scenery chewing performance. Oh, William ...more
Jan Philipzig
Gimmicky, Bonkers, Fun!

Aesthetically, this was not really my thing: too busy, inconsistent, rushed, sketchy, gimmicky for my taste. The Superior Spider-Man is not primarily about aesthetics, though - it’s primarily about plot… a plot that is completely bonkers, interestingly enough, combining b-movie sensationalism with screwball comedy, sixties-television silliness with John Hughes teen-o-rama. And yet it kinda works.

The premise: A reformed Otto Octavius (aka. Doc Ock) has taken over Peter
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this was just as good as everyone said it would be.
Maybe better.
I haven't kept up with Spider-Man, so I have no idea how Doc Ock pulled off his Vulcan mind-meld switcheroo. I mean, I knew he had, I just didn't read about it when it happened.


I can't believe what a great job Slott did with this whole concept.
Let's kill off Peter...and replace his mind with Otto Octavius'.
In what world does that sound like a good idea?!
It shouldn't work. Nothing about that sounds remotely good. Nothing.
Sam Quixote
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Prior to this series, a dying Doc Ock managed to switch bodies with Peter Parker so that his mind was transferred to Peter’s body and Peter’s mind was in Ock’s body. Doc Ock’s mind coupled with Peter Parker’s body makes him, in his words, the Superior Spider-man while Peter in Doc Ock’s body is “dead” though his spirit is still hanging around, stupefied at the way events have turned out. Crucially though, Peter was able to give Ock his memories and a measure of his personality so it’s not ...more
James DeSantis
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finally, years later, I sit down and read Superior Spider-man to see if I'll enjoy it as much as I did when reading issue 1 years ago. I fucking do, is the short answer.

So Dr. Ock is the new Spider-man. With that it started a million online fanboys crying for hours. However, if you actually read it, not a bad idea. So now Dr. Ock has all the memories of Peter Parker and the same feelings but that doesn't mean he has to do it the same way. This is a man who wants to cut out the bullshit. Have a
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is just about the most brilliant idea I've seen in superhero comics in ages. Otto Octavius inhabiting the body of Peter Parker, spouting off his classic arrogance, distaste for all the Neanderthal morons surrounding him and being about as self-serving and brusque as Peter Parker was not? The dissonance from everything we ever knew about Parker is simply divine and wholly entertaining.

The insults he hurls at nearly everyone around him are hilarious - like a symphony of comeuppance for the
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Doctor Octopus has taken over Peter Parker's entire life. Despite having all of Peter Parker's memories he's still doing things his way which is good, bad, and in-between.

A Dying Wish left me expecting to enjoy Superior Spider-Man even though my initial thought was it wouldn't be too enjoyable seeing Doc Ock be Spidey. When it comes to My Own Worst Enemy, my initial thought was correct. Doc Ock is a resourceful genius, but the man is a total prick too. Fortunately Peter's memory ghost or
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So let me start by saying I’m not a Spidey fan. Sure, I’ve read a bunch of his books in the past because I liked an artist or author, but never was so stoked by a title that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next collection. The Superior Spider-Man has changed that. This is not only my favorite Spidey book EVER, it has earned a spot on my list of all-time favorites. Now that that’s out of the way, the hardback collection I read also included Amazing Spider-Man #698 – 700 along with Superior ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I hated this idea from the moment I heard it: Doc Ock has transferred his mind into Peter Parker's body, and is continuing to pose as him, and Spider-Man. It sounds like a gimmick, and it's painfully obvious that this will eventually be reverted. I pegged it as an ultimately pointless, shallow attempt to sell more books. I read it anyways. And, um... It's actually really good.

I still think that the basic idea started as a cash grab, but Slott has put in the hard work to make it something more.
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Well now, THAT is how you jump start/reboot one of the biggest superheroes out there. Marvel NOW started slow for me, but at this point, it's kicking the crap out of New 52. (Matt Fraction on Hawkeye; Mark Waid on Daredevil; Jonathan Hickman on the New Avengers; Brian Michael Bendis on All New X-Men, Jason Aaron on Wolverine and the X-Men....just wow).
Doc Ock's consciousness is in Peter Parker, and Peter is dead. Yes that's right. However, the dead sometimes have a way of haunting people...but I
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel
I first heard of Superior Spider-Man when I saw an article stating that writer Dan Slott had received death threats regarding the catalyst for the series; A dying Otto Octavius has managed to switch his mind with Peter Parker's, leaving the original wall-crawler to pass away in his dying body. With all of Peter's memories and experiences still intact, Otto's goal is to become a "superior" Spider-Man. One who wont make the mistakes that Peter did, serving the city more effectively as a result. ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

Honestly, this is the first Spider-Man comic I've ever read. He's never interested me as a character. Good guy who doesn't get the girl? Evasive fighter? Goofy villains? Eh... Fortunately for me, Peter Parker is gone and Otto Octavius is here instead. Villainous!

Otto makes an awesome Spider-Man. He drinks, womanizes, gawks, talks back. He's arrogant, scheming, lazy. He's a terrible person at first, making a mockery (satisfyingly for me) of Peter Parker. But being inside Peter's head and having
Aldo Haegemans
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was great! Makes you really wonder, is doc oc a better spider-man than Peter Parker? When Peter ever gets his body back he is in for a surprise! Wasn't familiar with him, But I loved the Massacre character! Not sure if he is a regular spider baddy! But this makes me want to check him out.
Jesse A
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this volume, this version of spider-man. Good stuff!
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Dan Slott does an amazing job of portraying the personality of Otto Octavius in Peter Parker's body. Any time Parker/Spider-man is interacting with other characters, it's a lot of fun to see how confused they are as they try to figure out what happened to Peter. This volume contains five issues. Issues 1-3 are really good, but issues 4 and 5 are really weak. The artist changes for those issues, and the art is not that good. Also, the villain in issues 4 and 5 isn't interesting at all. Despite ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A different and interesting take on Spider-Man. Doctor Octopus has taken over Peter's body, and is at war with himself (and Peter's ghost) over being a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man or being a ruthless vigilante. He also has a lot of fun new toys to work with, like his spider-bots.

I liked how the first few issues the "letters to the editor" section pretty much only printed letters where people were shitting on them and saying they would never buy another Spider-Man comic again. It was a
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Donovan
Shelves: marvel, spiderman
Before reading this book thought that the general premise sounded a bit ropey at best. I haven't read any Spider-Man books and found my way to this one through the current Spider-Man/Deadpool run, which has made me more interested in Spidey. I have read some great reviews of this book on here so decided this would be as good a place as any to start. Having said that I still went into this one skeptically.

For those that don't know, Superior Spider-Man is the story of Dr Otto Octavius (Dr
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
So, just to clear the air, I was a Spider-Man virgin before I read this! And talk about an intro to America's Favorite Arachnid! Even as someone who's only seen the various cartoon/movie versions, even I could tell the major differences between Doc Ock inhabiting Peter, and when Peter's body is being controlled by himself.

I loved that ghost/spirit Peter was forced to watch and try to intervene (pretty much fruitlessly...though Ock does seem to almost hear him sometimes) as Ock screwed up his
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Quick bit of background: I'm a huge Spider-Man fan. Peter Parker Spider-Man. I haven't forgiven Marvel for One More Day, but I have read some of Slott's Spider-Man and I do like this general take. After hearing about this storyline of Superior Spider-Man though, I really avoided it because I just want to see good Peter Parker Spider-Man stories. I'm reading this with an open mind.

I have to say it is well done. Since Peter is still involved it becomes more of a "how will Peter get out of this
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I'm actually a big fan of Dan Slott. He revived the She-Hulk series for me in a big way. And in my opinion did amazing things for this Spidey series! Not only is this a totally engaging story, but the art work is prime in this. I can't wait to read the next installment.

I'd love to work some of the stuff I read in this in my turned based writing.
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was entertaining. I like the different style of Spidermans thinking but also the conflicting portrayal between Peter and Ock.
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix, marvel, 2013, fiction
Spider-Man is dead. Or is he?

After years of battling the wall-crawling menace, Doctor Otto Octavius (or Doctor Octopus if you prefer) was about to kick the bucket thanks to an incurable disease. In a last ditch effort to save himself as well as defeat Spider-Man, Doc Ock successfully managed to “switch brains” with his nemesis just in time for Spidey to die imprisoned in Doc Ock’s former body.

There’s just one thing Doc Ock didn’t account for – while he has full control over Spidey’s body, he’s
Jerry Jose
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Looking back now, this was my all time favourite Spiderman run. Still remember religiously refreshing good old piratebay for new editions week after week.
Will totally reread.
Rory Wilding
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever you think of Spider-Man, you think of Peter Parker, the nerdy science kid from Queens who has donned the red and blue costume for nearly six decades. Obviously, there have other characters who have been Spider-Man whether it is a clone like Ben Reilly, from the future like Miguel O’Hara or an alternative reality such as Miles Morales. At this point, anybody has their own preferred Spider-Man and I wouldn't be surprised that someone's favourite is one of Peter’s most infamous villains, ...more
Michael Mills
I love this. Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius) has stolen Peter Parker's body and is going to prove himself a better hero than his old enemy ever was. Of course, "better" is a relative term.

We get to see the hubris, the moral relativism of someone who is capable of doing great evil trying to do great good. Otto is amoral: he's not saving lives because he feels it's the right thing to do anymore than he robbed banks because he wanted to watch the world burn. He wanted to have his genius respected.


Terry Mcginnis
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Following the events of Dying Wish, the Spider-Man saga heads in a bold new direction. This time, Doc Ock is at the helm, as the Superior Spider-Man! If you've read Dying Wish, you know that Doc Ock found a way to mind-swap with Peter, allowing himself to live in Peter's body, while Peter died in Doc Ock's.

Doc Ock as Spider-Man is refreshing and scary. He is the same criminal mastermind, though has to balance this with being a superhero as he also took on Peter's sense of responsibility. Ock is
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, spidey
For some reason I haven't read yet-need to tidy up my reading ordre list- Doc Ock's mind is now in Peter Parker's body but the latter somehow kept a fragment of his soul within, kinda keeping Ol' Otto in check.

So Octavius is now Spider man, Superior, because of course his arrogance feels like he is and is intent to show the world at large. He actually seems to be, statistics supporting his claim, improving methods and stuff all around-even trying to get the university degree Peter never got- but
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Not nearly as interesting as I expected it to be. Doc Ock is tedious and one dimensional. I was originally excited to read this series but now I will backburner it as I move on to other books.
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Dan Slott is an American comic book writer, the current writer on Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man, and is best known for his work on books such as Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, She-Hulk, Silver Surfer, The Superior Spider-Man, and Ren & Stimpy.

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