Life looks better in black and white.
First thoughts when I looked at in the comic book store? Yep, it's Doc Ock.
It would especially make sense considering what's going on and the recap text of the Daily Bugle at last issue.
Oh and Smythe's costume is just over his skin it's not stuck to his body and since he was reintroduced he does look younger:
The claws placement could just be artistic interpretation as on the cover of SSM 1 we see the claws beneath the fingers but in Avenging Spider-man 16 see his claws on the tips of his fingers. Its more than likely that the claws suffer from different artistic interpretation.
fair enough... but smythe requires some significant changes to fill the role.Anyway I'm just having fun theorizing on this. I'm generally wrong about stuff like this, heheh. But I think the case is at least a little stronger than you do. Part of the fun is running down the list of suspects.
I do think Smythe would be way out of left field at this point, as he's never really shown any redeeming characteristics and hasn't had a life-changing experience recently.
"I came to the conclusion that the optimist thought everything good except the pessimist, and the pessimist thought everything bad, except himself." -- G.K. Chesterton
I don't know if I'm going to like this Spidey, since he comes off as selfish to where he would give up when his back is against the wall. Where Peter would never forgive himself if he let his enemies go, to where they cause more damage.
I don't know who the new guy will be, but everything seems to appoint that he's not going to follow the big "spider-motto": "With great power comes great responsibility". So I assure you something, if they don't turn back this at some point in the future, making Peter be Spiderman again, you won't see me buying anymore Spiderman's comics.
Geez!, If only the editors wouln't play with us just like this, confusing us completely. All what it has been said about this new Superior Spiderman makes me think there won't be a turn back; but the experience has always proven that this kind of changes are never permanent. I mean, let's review:
- They killed Johnny Storm, leaving us without the Fantastic Four; and now they are back again and Johnny was "resurrected". (Several times, actually).
- They killed Captain America and made Bucky take his place; then they brought the real Cap back and Bucky returned the shield.
- They have separated Bruce Banner and the Hulk over and over, but they always end returning as one single being.
- They already tried to make Peter leave his life as Spiderman once, passing the torch to his clone-brother, Ben Reilly. But that didn't work, so they killed Ben and made Peter to wear the webs again.
So I really REALLY hope this change won't be permanent either.