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Review – Superior Spider-Man #8 (Marvel Comics)

The Superior Spiderman #8 WR (Marvel Comics) cover (detail) by Mike Hawthorne
Superior Spider-Man #8
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8/10
  • Writing - 7.75/10
    7.8/10
  • Art - 8.25/10
    8.3/10
  • Overall - 8/10
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Summary

Writer: Christos Gage
Penciller: Lan Medina
Inker: Cam Smith
Colorist: Andy Troy & Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: June 26th, 2019

WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! Otto Octavius and Quentin Quire – BFFs! With America Chavez as the power, transportation and…well…only real hero, can Superior Spider-Man and the West Coast Avengers help turn the tide against Malekith and his forces?

 

Crossover Time in Superior Spider-Man #8

Honestly, other than the core concept of what’s happening, you don’t need to know everything that’s happening to understand this single tie-in issue. Superior Spider-Man #8 brings a rare moment to the series, and no, I’m not just talking about the tie-in. While the plot itself didn’t feel all that impactful, some of the interactions that occurred within were, and that absolutely made this issue worth reading.

So, I think we all saw this coming. The major War of the Realms event has hit Superior Spider-Man. And it brought with it a temporary team for our genius to deal with: the West Coast Avengers. Obviously, fans of the now-canceled series will likely be thrilled to see their reappearance, no matter how brief it is. This probably goes without saying, but if you’re not following War of the Realms, there are going to be some spoilers for it here.

Writing

The Superior Spiderman #8 WR (Marvel Comics) cover by Mike Hawthorne
The Superior Spiderman #8 (Marvel Comics) cover by Mike Hawthorne

Tie-in issues are very hit-or-miss, on the whole. And if you’re not following the full event, they tend to lean more towards the miss than the hit. That being said, Superior Spider-Man #8 was a fairly interesting issue. Though that had more to do with the character interactions than the plot itself. But that’s okay; the plot was the reason they were forced to interact, so it all works out?

Christos Gage did a lot with the characters involved in this issue. Along with the West Coast Avengers, there are some other major appearances as well. But since they’re not shown on the cover of this issue, I’m not going to ruin it by revealing them.

What I really loved about this issue is that they actually seemed to nail all of the personalities for the characters making appearances. That is easier said than done. I’m resisting the urge to talk about that in more detail, and trust me, it isn’t easy. I will say that I feel like they did justice to some of my favorite characters here, so they get my vote of approval.

Anything this issue was lacking in plot, it made up for in other ways. The banter, the serious conversations, the humor. You name it. And the end of this issue quite possibly had the biggest win for our quasi-hero.

Art

Oh, man, were there a lot of characters to portray in Superior Spider-Man #8. I know that cameos are standard for tie-in plots, but this one has to be up there. It was impressive how the artists managed to stay so true to all of the characters shown. Even relatively recent changes to appearance were shown here. You can tell that they did their homework.

Four artists came together for this issue, and together they brought these characters together. Lan Medina did the penciling, while Cam Smith inked the pages. And last, but not least, Andy Troy and Erick Arciniega provided the coloring for it all.

There were plenty of dramatic moments in this issue to gush about. Some of them simply required dramatic poses (but remember, lots of characters for that!). Some were amazing fights. All were really well done.

Conclusion

Superior Spider-Man #8 absolutely made it into my top three list for tie-in issues for War of the Realms. And since it’s probably one of the last ones to happen, I feel like that’s saying something. Many of the cameos were given a chance to have a moment. And better yet, all of the characters seemed to act true to themselves—something that made me especially happy, since one of my favorites appeared.

The banter and fights in this issue made it all worth it, as did one heavier conversation towards the end. I’m looking forward to seeing if this issue has any impact on Superior Spider-Man‘s main plot.


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Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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