Superior Spider-Man #26
By Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, Javier Rodriguez, Marcos Martin
Between the ages of 5 and 14, I attempted to write and draw my own comics. It was essentially just scribbling in a notebook, though. Why am I talking about this? Well, as awful as my childhood comic plots are, a few of them are slightly better than this. Seriously, Slott should be ashamed of himself.
On paper, this book really has it all. When you have the beginnings of a Goblin War and The Avengers are trying to take down Spidey, how can you possibly mess that up? Slott somehow does, primarily with some of the most boring and poorly written dialogue in modern comics. It’s really hard to get through and what makes it worse is you know Slott thinks that he’s being clever. He even has a quote from All Quiet on The Western Front that tries to come off as deep and poetic, but fails on multiple levels. You’re not a scholar, Slott, and you never will be.
Slott even screws up Parker’s mindscape scenes. Throwing out nods to the past only work when you can present them in an exciting are/or profound manner. He fails to do either. Parker comes off as being written by a 6-year-old. If Slott was trying to capture a silver age vibe, mission not accomplished. This is nowhere near astute enough for that.
The art is a mixed bag. Instead of one artist, we get a truckload. Humberto Ramos handles the Goblin battle, which looks as bad, as usual. Drawing Goblins is not one of this guy’s strengths. Javier Rodriguez and Marcos Martin render the Parker mindscape scenes and the Avenger bits. The artwork for these scenes is the best part of the issue. Both have similar styles that look clean and nostalgic.
Creatively, Superior Spider-Man #26 is a massive failure on numerous levels. If it wasn’t for the limited artwork of two talented artists, this book would have nothing of value to offer. This is a sad day for Spider-Man.