View from the Gutters is our weekly book club podcast. Each week we discuss one graphic novel or trade paperback, then nominate and vote on what to read for the next episode so you can read and discuss along with us.
This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Superior Spider-Man, written by Dan Slott with art by Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and others. Beginning in January 2013 and ending this month, Superior Spider-Man is not the story of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man. Doctor Octopus swapped brains with Peter in Amazing Spider-Man #700, leaving Peter to die is Doc Ock's terminally sick body. Otto, however, swears that he will devote himself to not simply continue the legacy of Spider-Man, but to become the Superior Spider-Man, outdoing his arch-rival by doing more with his life than Peter ever did.
Thus begins The Superior Spider-Man, as we witness Otto adapting to life as Peter Parker and putting his own unique spin on what it means to be Spider-Man. Superior has been an interesting change in status quo for Spider-Man as a comic, altering much of the landscape of what Spider-Man has been over the past 50 years, moreso even than when Peter was previously replaced by his clone (who legit everyone thought was the original Peter, until it turned out he wasn't, and then he died; comics everybody).
This series also sees the return of fan-favorite Spider-Man 2099, as well as other nods to the 2099 line such as the founding of future megacorp Alchemax.
In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Dumbing of Age, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, and Juice Squeezers for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is The Adventures of Superhero Girl. You can read it for free online at superherogirladventures.blogspot.com.
Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.