Like most Spider-Man fans that I know, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new Superior Spider-Man #1. ASM #700 left me with a thirst that Avenging Spider-Man #15.1 just didn’t quench. Amazing Spider-Man #698 made me say, “Oh sh*t!” ASM #699 made me say, “No, Dan Slott wouldn’t. Not like that!” And ASM #700 left me stunned, saying simply, “Wow, he did it.”

For me, Superior Spider-Man #1 was the most anticipated comic in a long time. I knew deep down that Dan Slott and Marvel wouldn’t just up and expect everyone to be okay with Otto Octavius being the new Spider-Man (not to mention the new Peter Parker!) But I knew whatever was in store was going to be one hell of a ride. Superior Spider-Man #1 did not disappoint!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen buzz on the Internet discussing hate-mail to Dan Slott (not to mention threats on his life), pics of ASM #700 in the toilet, and an overwhelming negativity towards ASM #700 and the upcoming story arc. To this, I say, well done, Mr. Slott.

This concept has evoked such passionate responses from fans that you couldn’t go within five blocks of a comic shop without hearing something about it. Literally, everybody I know who reads comics was talking about “what happened to Peter Parker at the end of ASM #700” – whether they loved it or loathed it. The result: excellent publicity and marketing. Everyone I know – regardless of their feelings about ASM #700 – bought a crisp new copy of SSM #1. The unavoidable buzz even brought some folks I know back into comics after not reading any titles for years.

Come on, let’s be realistic. We’re in the middle of a new Spider-Man movie saga. No one is killing Peter Parker off for good – not while there’s money to be made off him on the big screen and in comics. Publishers kill main characters all the time (let’s do the list, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, on and on) and then a little while down the road, they come back into the outstretched arms of fans.

One last thing. A friend and I were discussing this today: If Peter returns to his body, what will become of Otto?

Just relax, kick back, and enjoy what’s coming in Superior Spider-Man. It’ll be okay! Promise! Feel free to leave comments. I’d love to hear from everyone! J

SSM will be on my list for the foreseeable future. How about you?

(P.S. I totally got the baby variant XD )