The Superior Spider-Man
|The Superior Spider-Man|
Cover of The Superior Spider-Man #1 (January 2013). Art by Ryan Stegman.
|Publication date||January 2013|
|Number of issues||28 announced (23 released)|
The Superior Spider-Man is an ongoing comic book series published by Marvel Comics that debuted in January 2013 as part of Marvel NOW!. The series is written by Dan Slott with artwork by Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos, and Giuseppe Camuncoli. It features a reformed Otto Octavius who has taken over Peter Parker's body and, having allowed Peter to die in Octavius' body but being affected by Peter's memories, is determined to be a better Spider-Man than Peter ever was, and a better man than Otto Octavius. The title replaces the long running series The Amazing Spider-Man, after the conclusion of the "Dying Wish" storyline, as the core Spider-Man book.
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Plot
- 3 Collected editions
- 4 References
Marvel Comics first teased the announcement of The Superior Spider-Man in September 2012 by releasing an image of the word Superior without the creative team. A short time before the NYCC 2012 Marvel released a new Superior teaser, this time with the creative team of Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos and Giuseppe Camuncoli. A week later a new Spider-Man centric title was announced called The Superior Spider-Man.
"My Own Worst Enemy" (issues #1–5)
After the death of Peter Parker at the climax of the "Dying Wish" storyline in Amazing Spider-Man #700, Doctor Octopus has implanted his mind into Peter Parker's body, determined to prove himself the "Superior" Spider-Man by being both a better superhero and person than Parker ever could be. He strives to woo Parker's old flame Mary Jane Watson while simultaneously developing new successful technologies in his job at Horizon Labs and enhance his crime-fighting abilities; he struggles with the fact any success at Horizon will be credited to Peter Parker, not Otto Octavius. He earns public acclaim when he defeats the Sinister Six (consisting of Boomerang, the Beetle, Living Brain, Overdrive, Shocker, and Speed Demon) as they rob Horizon, almost killing Boomerang in the confrontation. Unbeknownst to Otto, he is subconsciously held back by Parker's consciousness which still exists within his body, buried underneath Octavius's own, intent on stopping the villain and reclaiming his life. Otto takes the Living Brain as a trophy of the battle and reprograms it into a servant.
Unfortunately, Peter proves unable to influence Octavius in any more than the slightest of ways, and Otto is unable to perceive his presence. When Otto's amorous intentions are repeatedly thwarted, Otto takes refuge in Peter's own memories of his time with Mary Jane, only to inadvertently cause himself to share Peter's genuine love for her. Now caring for her, he pushes her away for her own safety.
When his old Sinister Six teammate Vulture resurfaces, Octavius attempts to convince his old friend to give up crime. Upon the discovery that Vulture employs children as henchmen Otto is reminded of his own childhood abuse, and brutally takes the Vulture down, blinding him in the fall. Vulture's remaining henchmen are taken in by the Green Goblin. With a new, more merciless reputation growing, Octavius focuses on increased efficiency, developing thousands of "Spider-Bots" that patrol the city for him while returning to college as Parker to complete his doctorate, in turn growing close to his tutor Anna Maria Marconi. Visual aid from the Spider-Bots help him locate escaped killer Massacre, whom he then executes publicly.
"A Troubled Mind" (issues #6–10)
His decision to execute the criminal sits ill with his teammates in the Avengers and they bring him in for questioning after a brutal beating to harmless prankster villains Jester and Screwball. Their tests fail to expose Octavius's mind-swap but reveal an irregularity in his brainwaves only to Octavius, who then clashes with the anti-hero Cardiac in order to regain a Neurolitic Scanner of his own invention to examine his own mind in greater detail.  Making peace with Cardiac after discovering he needed the scanner to treat a young girl's brain injury, Spider-Man helps in the girl's treatment, then uses the device on himself to discover Parker's presence within his mind. Using the scanner, Octavius confronts Parker in the landscape of their shared mind where a battle ensues between himself and Parker alongside the memories of all his friends and family. Octavius defeats Parker, then explains to Peter that he is "not worthy" of being Spider-Man due to his interfering with the surgery, and his inability to permanently eliminate his enemies. Otto then eliminates Peter by erasing all of Peter's memories.
Some time later the Spider-Bots notify Otto about a new White Dragon and his thugs fighting Owl's gang. Both gangs are stopped with White Dragon and Owl brutally beaten. A few of the escaped thugs join Green Goblin's gang. Otto later bumps into Mary Jane, blowing her off after months of not talking to her and Mary Jane wonders why "Peter" left her like that. Meanwhile, Police Captain Yuri Watanabe questions the officers present during the Massacre killing in which they all defend Spider-Man's position. An autopsy by Carlie Cooper reveals Massacre was harmed enough to prevent gun usage and shot point blank, confirming Yuri's suspicions about a change in Spider-Man but needing further proof. Green Goblin hacks the Spider-Bot tech to allow his urchins to bypass detection around the city. As some former Vulture henchmen test the altered scope of the Spider-Bots they torch Mary Jane's club in revenge for an earlier failed attempt. Mary Jane believes Peter will come to rescue her but is saved by local firemen as Otto becomes closer physically with Anna Maria Marconi. Underground the Green Goblin declares himself the Goblin King as his army grows in the shadows.
"No Escape" (issues #11–13)
Spider-Man, now having a better working relationship with Mayor J. Jonah Jameson, is asked by the mayor to supervise the execution of Alistair Smythe in case the villain plans to escape. At the Raft Boomerang, Vulture and Scorpion sit in the infirmary waiting for transport to another prison as Spider-Man arrives with his own tech for constant supervision. As the execution begins, a swarm of mini Spider-Slayers attack and allowing Smythe to escape, swiftly blocked at every attempt by Otto's preparation. The mini Spider-Slayers enter the infirmary where they engulf Boomerang, Vulture, and Scorpion, providing aid and new weapons."
After recalling on how Smythe killed his wife, Mayor Jameson vowed not to leave the Raft until Marla's dying wish is made, refusing to remain in the force-field created by the Spider-Bots that protects Glory Grant, Norah Winters and remaining civilians. Spider-Man continues to fight Smythe, mocking him in comparison to his father Spencer Smythe. Smythe takes the upper hand until he's narrowly shot down by Jameson disguised as a Raft guard. Otto accuses Jameson of leaving the force field, being told he was invited only to ensure that Smythe gets executed by any means necessary (implying that he's giving permission to Spider-Man to directly kill him), and Spider-Man accepts. Smythe destroys the Raft's generators that power the Spider-Bots, causing a power outage and inadvertedly freeing the Lizard. Boomerang and Spider-Man battle as Scorpion hunts for Jonah as Vulture aims at the civilians. Upon defeating Boomerang, Spider-Man ignores the Vulture and Scorpion to complete his mission of slaying the Spider-Slayer.
Otto battles Smythe and finally disarms while Jameson is saved from Scorpion by the Lizard. Lizard reveals Conner's mind within his reptile body to Jameson who acknowledges. Otto fatally stabs Smythe with his own blade and disables Boomerang, Scorpion, and Vulture's upgrades, leaving them injured and imprisoned again. Smythe's mind is alive for a few precious moments, he continues struggling with Spider-Man, revealing his final plan to transfer his consciousness into Spider-Man and takeover his life. Otto had already encased his head with armored plating, blocking the transfer and reveals his true identity as Otto Octavius to the dying villain. Later Spider-Man blackmails Jameson with the recording of Jameson's orders for Spider-Man to execute Smythe in exchange for the Raft as his new headquarters renamed "Spider-Island 2". Spider-Man is last seen working on an unknown device, ordering uniforms and declaring this his legacy in which nobody will stand in his way.
"Downfall of Shadowland" and "Run Goblin Run" (issues #14–16)
Shadowland, now under control of Kingpin is assaulted by the Otto in a giant Spider-Mech and his army of henchmen, as part of his plot to take back Shadowland and Hell's Kitchen. Kingpin acknowledges that this isn't the same Spider-Man he once fought. Kingpin fakes his demise with a doppelgänger, leaving Hobgoblin to fend for himself. Hobgoblin escapes, encountering Spider-Bots which don't detect him, the same going for Green Goblin's soldiers, who rejoice in the fact their boss now owns over half of New York's organized crime, claiming that he now owns New York City.
Following the assault on Shadowland, Hobgoblin goes to Tinkerer and requests that he does immediate upgrades to his gear in order to survive Spider-Man's aggressive campaign. Tiberius Stone (in hiding under the Tinkerer) does the upgrades, planning revenge for Hobgoblin's ruining him while working for the Kingpin. Spider-Man notes Hobgoblin escaped without alerting his Spider-Bot sensor net, upping his hunt for him while hurting Peter Parker's social, work and school life. Otto contemplates whether or not to continue being Peter Parker for Spider-Man's sake. After a call from Anna-Maria, Otto decides to be a little more humble as Peter and continue as both Peter and Spider-Man. Green Goblin turns off the Goblin Protocol hack in the Web-Net so Hobgoblin can be found and eliminated. Otto finally confronts Hobgoblin whose tech fails as a result of Tiberius Stone's revenge. He escapes, but not before Otto manages to put tracers deep enough into Phil Urich's skin to hear his name over the transmitters. Spider-Man then publicly reveals Phil Urich as Hobgoblin to the entire city via all electronic devices. Phil sees the feeds and realizes that he has nowhere to run anymore. 
With his identity as Hobgoblin revealed to the public, Phil Urich desperately makes excuses as his Daily Bugle co-workers turn against him. Spider-Man learns of Phil Urich's location while one of his henchmen is captured by the Wraith (who along with Carlie Cooper is trying to uncover the reason Spider-Man has changed). The Superior Spider-Man arrives at the Bugle and fights with an unstable Phil Urich, bringing the fight outside and disarming him. He seems to consider giving Phil Urich a public execution before being called away by the Avengers. Phil Urich is freed from a prison transport by Menace and brought to Green Goblin who upgrades his armor and weapons. Green Goblin then asks only for full dedication. Phil Urich's only identity from here on as the "Goblin Knight".
"Necessary Evil" (issues #17–20)
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In the year 2099, the appearance of Public Eye Enforcers cause Miguel O'Hara to leap into action. Miguel is surprised by the appearance of dinosaurs and World War I biplanes, however he manages to contain the situation and track the source to the Alchemax Tower. He discovers that the company is trying to stop damage, while also trying to save Tyler Stone . Spider-Man 2099 discovers that Tyler Stone is being torn apart by history itself. The Alchemax scientists pinpoint the source of the anomaly to the Heroic Age and plan to send someone to the past in order to fix the anomaly, with Miguel identified as the best candidate.
In the present, Otto joins his Horizon Labs co-workers for an inter-company softball team where he displays his softball skills to Anna Marie. After Otto scores a home run, a helicopter arrives and government agents emerge with warrants for Max Modell's arrest, which shocks Otto, whilst his Spider-Sense detect someone watching from afar. That person is Tiberius Stone, who had masterminded events as part of his revenge on Horizon Labs. The news of Max Modell's arrest spreads fast. Meanwhile, Goblin King trains the Goblin Knight. Goblin King reprimands the Goblin Knight, as it was his fault that the Goblin Protocols were shut down, to avoid being detected by the Superior Spider-Man, however he does give Goblin King an idea. At Horizon Labs' headquarters, the Horizon Labs team brings Peter up to date with the charges ranging from Harboring Criminals (like Morbius, the Living Vampire and Lizard), and possessing Hazardous Materials (Sajani's Reverse Vibranium and Grady's Time Door) to Human Experimentation (like the Spider-Island Vaccine and the Alpha Incident). The team wonder why Peter doesn't remember, Otto replies that his memory has been fuzzy (implying that he didn't go through ALL of Peter Parker's memories). However, the team receives the visit of Horizon's new majority shareholder Liz Allan (Harry Osborn's ex-wife) and owner of "Allan Chemical" who introduces Tiberius Stone as the new supervisor at Horizon Labs.
The Horizon Labs team knows that Tiberius is the mole who leaked the information to the media, however cannot prove it. The Horizon Labs team decide to investigate separately to find proof. Grady and his team head to the Time Gate to search the past for evidence of Tiberius' sabotage, while Otto confronts Tiberius as Spider-Man. Meanwhile, as Grady and his team prepare the Time Gate they are suddenly interrupted by the arrival of Spider-Man 2099. Miguel asks for the time to which Grady replies as 2013, meaning that he did make it back in time. As Otto confronts Tiberius he is goaded into attacking him however he is stopped by the arrival of Spider-Man 2099, who reveals that Tiberius Stone is his grandfather.
Spider-Man confronts Spider-Man 2099. Otto berates himself for erasing Peter's memories and not being prepared for an encounter with Spider-Man 2099. The Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 fight as Tyler Stone contacts Spider-Man 2099 stating that Tiberius Stone is the focal point of the temporal anomaly. Meanwhile, the Horizon Labs team tries to warn Grady about entering the Time Warp as Grady insists that he is going to repair it. The Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 continue to fight as Tiberius watches and decides to use a miniaturized Spider-Jammer to nullify the Superior Spider-Man's Spider-Sense, causing him to stumble and almost drop the limo on top of Normie Osborn, who is saved by Spider-Man 2099. Liz Allan argues with the Superior Spider-Man, allowing Spider-Man 2099 to take Tiberius Stone into his custody. The Superior Spider-Man uses his henchmen to search for Spider-Man 2099 and the Hobgoblin. Afterwards, the Superior Spider-Man receives a call from Anna Maria who offers her help for his doctorate but Otto replies that all of his equipment is at his lab in Horizon to which he rushes there to avoid being taken by Allan Chemicals. Spider-Man 2099 takes Tiberius Stone to safety while Tyler Stone reports that his existence is stabilizing. Miguel reflects that saving Tiberius means that his timeline will be restored, including Alchemax (the evil organization that rules his world), but he has the power of stopping that from ever happening even if that means sacrificing himself. Spider-Man 2099 doesn't realize that Tiberius overheard their conversation connecting the dots to discover that he's with a time traveler and that if he saved him, it means that something big will happen to him in the future. He puts his theory to the test by jumping off the roof forcing Spider-Man 2099 to jump and save him. Spider-Man slams Tiberius onto a wall and shuts down his line with Tyler in order to download his personal A.I. LYLA so she can help him discover the connection between Tiberius Stone, Alchemax and Horizon Labs. Meanwhile, Grady crosses the Time Gate to the day of the Alpha Incident right during Peter's demonstration only to witness Tiberius sabotaging the machines that made the incident happen while the rest of the team wonders about asking Peter for help. Otto is removing all of his inventions from his lab, and bumps into Max Modell. Max and Hector try to tell Peter to keep his things until the issue with Allan Chemicals is done, but Otto doesn't want to take a risk with them. Max is shocked that he's not the man he hired and then is brushed off by Otto. Otto then receives a call from his henchmen warning him about the appearance of the original Hobgoblin. Unbeknownst to them, the Hobgoblin is actually the Goblin King posing as him. Otto orders Living Brain to send his equipment to Spider-Island II. Max warns Peter that if he leaves, he will be fired. Meanwhile, LYLA reveals to Miguel that Tiberius' acts of sabotage led to the actual destruction of Horizon Labs that led to the rise of Alchemax and that today is the day it will happen. Otto curses himself for all of his troubles in one day (he just got fired, the Spider-Bots are failing, his minions are useless, he barely worked on his thesis, and his discoveries might be stolen by Allan Chemicals). To top of that, he receives a call from Mary Jane only to brush her off very rudely after he catches Spider-Man 2099 swinging over. Max discovers that Grady used the Time Gate right when Grady returns and reveals that the whole place is surrounded by Alpha Energy. Spider-Man 2099 arrives to confirm that all of this energy will destroy the lab but he can help them to stop this from happening only to be knocked down by the Superior Spider-Man. The Superior Spider-Man then discovers the energy around them while Miguel's watch warns them that the Temporal Event will occur in 16 minutes.
On the island of Grand Tauró, where Wraith and Carlie Cooper chase Antoine Morant, a banker of notorious criminals where they are searching for information about the Superior Spider-Man's secret bank account. Back in New York, the Horizon Labs team discuss the upcoming Temporal Event where they are arguing that Spider-Man knocked down Spider-Man 2099, the only one who could fix the problem while Grady Scraps explains that he used the Time Gat to discover Tiberuis Stone's attempts of sabotage including the Alpha Incident, recalibrating the Time Gate and sabotaging Sajani's Reverbium, causing a tampering of the Fabric of Time and Space. The Superior Spider-Man orders the Horizon Team to prepare some reverbium and recalibrate the Time Gate to fix the problem, while confronting Tiberius for his actions, forcing him to build a counter-device. However, Max Modell adds that they still need Peter Parker since he's the only one who knows the equation to cancel the Reverbium's vibrations (which is how Peter earned his job at Horizon in the first place). Otto tries to access his memories, but bumps into a major failure since he only counts with Peter's memories he already had accessed and the answer is not there. Max takes Otto out of his lapse, realizing that he spent eight minutes trying to figure out the answer, while the rest of the team and Tiberius pulled together a device to counteract the effects. The Superior Spider-Man still tries to figure out the equation, while the rest of the crew evacuates except for Tiberius (who is caught by Spider-Man 2099 and forced into staying with him until the explosion) with Spider-Man 2099 is planning to rewrite the future without Alchemax or the Stones (implying that he will also die in the process). Tyler Stone calls to demand that Spider-Man 2099 stops while the effects of the timeline are altering everything. Otto finally discovers the answer of the equation, but starts to have self-doubts, since it's just too late to prevent the explosion. Octavius began to access some of Peter's memories in order to discover the equation he used to cancel out the Reverbium on his first day at Horizon. As this was happening, it appears that Peter's consciousness began digging his way out of the rubble he was left in from his last encounter with Octavius. Meanwhile, Mayor J. Jonah Jameson arrived to aid in the evacuation while confronting Modell and the Horizon Labs crew. Spider-Man 2099 and Tiberius escape in the nick of time before Horizon Labs explodes, but it ends up becoming a controlled implosion thanks to the equation. The time event is over and both Tyler Stone and Spider-Man 2099 are now safe, but Tyler decides to destroy the time machine leaving Spider-Man 2099 stranded in the past and knowing he won't hurt Tiberius without risking all of his life there while Tiberius is free since all of the evidence is now destroyed in Horizon. Afterwards, Tiberius and Liz Allen celebrate the brith of a new mega-corp after merging her company Allan Chemical with her son's stocks at Oscorp and Tiberius remaining properties from Horizon into the present day version of Alchemax. They are interrupted by a young man called Michael O'Mara who is now hired as Tiberius' assistant. Unbeknownst to them, Michael is actually Miguel O'Hara where he plans to stay close to Tiberius until he gets the chance to bring down Alchemax. Back in New York, Mayor J. Jonah Jameson tells Modell that if he agrees to no longer rebuild Horizon Labs in the city, he'll pull his contacts in Washington to shake the federals off his shoulders doing it in the memory of his late wife who considered Modell a close friend. After Mayor J. Jonah Jameson leaves, Modell and Grady manage to find a life sign in the middle of the remaining chronotron energy bringing the Superior Spider-Man back to the present. Once he's back however, Modell tells him that for sake of everyone, they both should stay away from each other and that goes to Peter as well. Once Otto returns home, he receives lots of voice messages from Aunt May, Anna Maria, and mostly from Mary Jane. Otto angrily calls Mary Jane who replies that she's fed up with "Peter's" attitude and it's time for her to move on bidding farewell to him. The Horizon team prepares to depart from New York City to continue their work since the Zephyr boat is actually a personal property of Modell's. Uatu Jackson and Sajani Jaffrey stay behind (Uatu due to his family's request and Sajani because she lost Modell's trust after the reveal that she kept the dangerous Reverbium). Once they depart, Sajani receives a phone call from "Peter" who proposes a job opportunity for her. Back in Grand Tauró, Carlie and Wraith catch up with Morant, who's shredding some documents out of fear. Carlie catches the document, discovering that is actually all of the equipment and technology for the Arach-nauts and the order for his Spiderlings, all coming from the secret account of Otto Octavius. This puts Carlie one step closer to the evidence she needs to unveil the secret of the Superior Spider-Man once and for all.
Several months ago, mere moments after Doctor Octopus died in his final battle against Spider-Man, a person awakens from a coma asking for Doctor Octopus. She ends up screaming in despair after hearing the news about his death. Before that, Julia Carpenter was suddenly giving vague warnings that all the Spiders will die. In the present day, the Superior Spider-Man swings in his patrol heading for another date with his girlfriend Anna Maria Marconi only to bump into the Black Cat, who was committing a robbery. Felicia attempts to flirt, but suddenly the Superior Spider-Man attacks her, punching her straight in the face taking out a tooth in the process. Superior Spider-Man continues the assault, reminiscing about how he once tried to kill her as Doctor Octopus, but now he's just apprehending her as a criminal. This leaves Felicia totally shocked and angry while swearing revenge after Superior Spider-Man wraps her in webbing. Otto arrives at Anna Maria's apartment for their date taking her to the roof where he set up a picnic over a new and improved Spider-Web. Otto talks to her about how he must keep improving with his life and now the time has come to do it, proposing to her a business partnership with his own company called Parker Industries. The next morning, Aunt May and J. Jonah Jameson Sr. talk about this news while waiting for her therapy for her leg after Sha Shan's patient (the aforementioned coma patient) leaves and claims to be ready and better. Hours later, May, J. Jonah Jameson Sr., Sajani, and Otto sign the paperwork to start Peter/Otto's new business endeavor. Meanwhile, Carlie talks to Detective Watanabe where she claims that she now holds enough evidence to bring down "Spider-Man" and is ready to show this new evidence straight to the Avengers while thanking her. Afterwards, she calls Mary Jane leaving a voice-mail warning her to stay away from "Peter" and warn the others. Mary Jane heads into the Fire Station ready to ask for a date with a firefighter named Pedro Olivera (who saved her when her nightclub burned down) only to get jumped by his wet dog, but still manages to get a date with him. At Empire State University, Otto is ready to present his thesis and earn his doctorate revealing his new nano-technology to manipulate internal and external mechanical appendages by brainwaves leaving the deans impressed except Professor Lamaze who stands up and confronts "Peter." Professor Lamaze reveals that his work is plagiarized since he knows that the basic theories and mechanisms are the work of Otto Octavius, leaving him completely in shock for this mistake. Professor Lamaze swears that "Peter's" chances for a doctorate are over while Otto promises that he must end Lamaze if he wants to regain success. At Avenue B., who woke from the coma enters a back alley where a secret laboratory lies inactive. The person is revealed to be Angelina Brancale, a former assistant and lover to Doctor Octopus. As she becomes Stunner, she swears revenge against Spider-Man for Doctor Octopus' death.
"Darkest Hours" (issues #21–25)
At the Daily Bugle, Robbie Robertson receives Betty Brant who is rejoining the newspaper. Betty is impressed with how much the Bugle has changed since she left, but suddenly she, alongside Robbie, gets a "Blast from the Past" when Stunner attacks the Bugle, demanding to know where Spider-Man is. Robbie confronts her, telling her that they're not on good terms with Spider-Man, and states that if she wants to fight him, he'll catch her up through his Spider-Bots. At Empire State University Otto is fuming after Don Lamaze's accusations during his thesis presentation, and argues with Anna Maria Marconi that he must take out Lamaze and gain some revenge. Anna Maria thinks he's joking, before suddenly noticing that "Peter" is missing - not realizing he just jumped into action as the Superior Spider-Man. Whilst he's seeking Lamaze, he's called by his Spiderlings about Stunner's attack in the city, and he decides to confront her personally. The Superior Spider-Man is attacked as soon as he arrives, and Stunner screams her motives: to avenge the death of her beloved Otto Octavius (since she doesn't know that Otto is now inhabiting Spider-Man's body). Meanwhile at Potter's Field, Carlie Cooper visits the tomb of Doctor Octopus now knowing the full truth about the mind-switch. Carlie reminisces about how Peter died as a hero but no one knew. Suddenly the ground crumbles underneath her, revealing that the body of Doctor Octopus is missing, before she is kidnapped by a green-skinned assailant. Stunner's assault against the Superior Spider-Man continues, with Superior Spider-Man trying to talk her out of attacking. She refuses to listen. Bent on making her revenge complete, Stunner forces Superior Spider-Man to wrap her in his new enhanced spider-web, buying some time to send his Spider-Bots to track the source of Stunner's Virtual Reality Interface, and shut it down. Once Superior Spider-Man leaves, she easily escapes. Otto returns to E.S.U. to find Don Lamaze who is talking with Anna Maria. Otto adjusts his earpiece to listen in on their conversation, hearing Anna Maria determined to convince Lamaze that "Peter" is not doing anything wrong and is one of the smartest men she ever knew. This makes Otto discover how much she understands him. Suddenly his Spider-Sense alerts him to a bus, flying after it was launched by Stunner and heading straight into Lamaze and Anna Maria. The Superior Spider-Man catches it with a thick layer of his spider-web in time to save them, but in doing so leaves himself open to Stunner's assault, where she goes as far as tearing his mechanical legs apart. Stunner attacks Spider-Man to the point where she wants him to beg for mercy, to avenge Doctor Octopus's death. In the nick of time however, the Spider-Bots manage to shut down her interface. After the attack the Superior Spider-Man arrives at the secret lab and finds Angelina unconscious, and manages to remove her Virtual Reality System. When she wakes she is shocked to see Doctor Octopus in person, just the way she knew him, not realizing that Superior Spider-Man is using the same method as Stunner to create his own Doctor Octopus avatar. Speaking through the Doctor Octopus avatar, the Superior Spider-Man tells Angelina that he moved on while she was in a coma, but that he'll always care for her. Afterwards, Otto visits Don Lamaze. The next day Lamaze drops all his accusations against "Peter". After they leave, Lamaze reveals to "Peter" that Otto Octavius visited him, and revealed that it was "Peter" who gave Otto all of the ideas for his inventions. "Peter" asks him to keep it a secret to avoid hurting Otto's ego, and Lamaze and Anna Maria congratulate him for his earned doctorate. At the Goblin King's Underground Lair, Menace brings Carlie before the Goblin King, and reveals that she had been keeping tabs on her for a long time. Menace gives him Carlie's journal, that includes all of the evidence about the identity of the Superior Spider-Man, and which means that now the Goblin King also knows the truth about Doctor Octopus' mind occupying Spider-Man's body.
|Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy||Superior Spider-Man #1–5||June 2013||978-0785167044|
|Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 2: A Troubled Mind||Superior Spider-Man #6–10||September 2013||978-0785167051|
|Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 3: No Escape||Superior Spider-Man #11–16||December 2013||978-0785184720|
|Superior Spider-Man Vol. 4: Necessary Evil||Superior Spider-Man #17-21||January 2014||978-0785184737|
|Superior Spider-Man Vol. 5: The Superior Venom||Superior Spider-Man #22-26, Annual #1||April 2014||978-0785187967|
|All-New X-Men/Indestructible Hulk/Superior Spider-Man: The Arms of the Octopus||All-New X-Men Special #1, Indestructible Hulk Special #1, Superior Spider-Man Special #1 and Wolverine: In The Flesh #1.||January 2014||978-0785184386|
|Superior Spider-Man Vol. 1||Amazing Spider-Man #698-700, Superior Spider-Man #1-5||September 2013||978-0785185215|
|Superior Spider-Man Vol. 2||Superior Spider-Man #6-16||April 2014||978-0785154488|
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