In any event, Way of Shadows was still a lot of fun, and all of the work around the central plot and protagonist is excellent. Yeah, the book could maybe have used a slightly stronger editor's hand in bringing out some of the areas that maybe needed a little work--there are also a goodly number of copy-editing errors, so I'm guessing this editing thing was not high on Week's publisher's priorities list--but it still finishes very well, and in any event, the next book in the series, Shadows Edge, has a solid 4.5-star rating on Amazon. I'm guessing that that means that the publisher spent a little more money prepping the second book after he realized what he had here.
The other book I really liked this week was Avenging Spider-Man #15.1. This was the first full story with Otto Octavius as Spider-Man, and it really worked for me. First off, we really see Doc Ock as a self-centered ass-hat. He spends the first half to three-quarters of the book raving about what a genius he is, only to eventually realize that for all of his genius, he never, ever actually defeated Spider-Man, not once. So he's a man who's driven, and his Spider-Man is going to be driven, not just by Peter Parker's idea of great power, great responsibility, but also by his own ego to be, well, a superior Spider-Man.
As I said, I liked this one. Spider-Man has always been a book about a guy trying to make his way in the world while being a superhero, and that looks to remain the same. What's new here is the take on the character, the drive. I'm not saying that I want it to be permanent, but I can definitely do a year or so of Evil Spider-Man stories and, I think, really enjoy them.