Doctor Octopus has assembled a team with different versions of himself across the multiverse. But can he control the egos of this group of Ottos? Find out in Superior Four #2 by Marvel Comics!
DEVIL’S REIGN: SUPERIOR FOUR #2 (OF 3)
Writer: Zac Thompson
Artist: Davide Tinto
Colorist; Matt Milla
Letterer: VC’s Ariana Maher
Editor: Annalise Bissa and Martin Biro
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 16th, 2022
Previously in Superior Four: Wilson Fisk has taken over New York, and many heroes are on the run. After arresting half of the Fantastic Four, Fisk gifted Otto Octavius the Baxter building. Now having access to Reed Richards lab, Otto has opened up a portal to the multiverse. There he met three other Ottos who currently possess their world’s Wolverine, Hulk, and Ghost Rider and agreed to work together.
Superior Four #2 shows us another Otto. This one is in the Doctor Doom armor and is the Sorcerer Supreme of his dimension. He also watches the multiverse. Meanwhile, Doctor Octopus is having difficulty convincing his multidimensional counterparts of his work. They fight and are accidentally sent to another dimension. They are saved briefly by Otto, the Supreme Octopus, who has a ton of magical and technological power. Doc Ock commands his group to fight this other version of himself but lose. This causes the different versions of Otto to surrender and take the 616-Otto prisoner.
Boy, this one is hard to explain when everyone is named Otto.
MAGIC AND TECHNOLOGY
I will admit that this comic was not for me, and it took me a moment to figure out why. Devil’s Reign is a street-level event. It is about politics and deciding how far to go. This book takes us out of that theme. Suddenly, Doctor Octopus travels the multiverse, meeting other versions of himself. But then we see him as just a guy helping Fisk. I understand that this is its own title, but it is attached to the main event. In reality, I needed something that grounded the storyline to help me tie it into everything else going on.
However, the best part of this comic miniseries is the character design. Watching Wolverine, Hulk, and the others have four extra limbs befitting their costume is incredibly cool. Kudos to the design team for that.
BOTTOM LINE: NOT FOR ME
I really like the Devil’s Reign event, and I am trying to pick up as many titles as possible. But this comic didn’t live up to the promises of the main event. Maybe the conclusion next issue could redeem the series, but for now, this is a skip for me. 3 out of 5 stars for Superior Four #2.
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Devil's Reign: Superior Four #2
Superior Four #2 has an excellent premise that doesn't deliver on the promises of the Devil's Reign event.