“Understand this—in all of space and for all of time—I am the Superior Spider-Man!”
In the pages of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #31, Otto Octavius sacrificed his consciousness, surrendering the body and mantel of Spider-Man to Peter Parker. Otto’s tenure as New York’s web slinging wonder ended, and so too did his life.
This August and September, Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Adam Kubert shake up the chronotons and offer a glimpse at an untold tale of the wall-crawler at his most superior with SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN issues #32 and #33.
You may have thought Otto Octavius out of time, but has his story truly ended?
“Obviously there's more to it,” says co-writer Gage. “There’s time travel involved. Sharp-eyed readers will remember a period in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #19 when Otto vanished in a flash of temporal energy. Now we'll find out where he went, and what happened.”
Indeed, Octavius blinked out of that juncture of 2013—along with all of Horizon Labs—for some nine hours, only to be plucked back to the present, battered and fuming, by a team of fellow scientists. Octavius seemed especially furious, but all memory of the events of his quantum leap faded in an instant.
“Is this an untold chapter of the past, a tale of the future, or both?” Gages teases.
“SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32 kicks off the edge of Spider-Verse,” explains editor Nick Lowe. “The road to the biggest Spider-Event of all time begins here. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN finds himself in 2099, finally a time where science and intellectual advancement is at least closer to his genius. He needs to find his way home, but things get a little more complicated than that.”
Even in this brave new world, Otto must still contend with past sins and the ever-looming shadow of his greatest rival.
“Superior Spider-Man comes face to face with a Peter Parker Spider-Man.” says Gage. “A very different one from the one we know.”
With two epic chapters drawn by Camuncoli and Kubert respectively, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32-33 proves there’s no half-life for superiority, and that the legacy of Otto Octavius lives on somewhere, sometime.
Begin the epic swing to Spider-Verse this August with SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32