To all the naysayers out there, I preach that this is arc resolves the question asked before it even started. This cover represents that very question. How can Doc Ock be a Superior Spider-Man? What does he bring to the table that Peter never thought of. Then you look at this cover, and a shiver goes down your spine. The furrows formed by the angry eyes point you to an angry expression. The Doc Ock goggles inspired eye design is inflected to express his desires. He wields a gun. He fires the weapon. The webbing is torn asunder. He is slap bang in the middle of the book and he is looking straight at you. The destruction of the web is symbolic of the cavern created in the ethos of Spider-man. Spider-Man does not kill but Doc Ock may have have crossed that line, and it is incredibly difficult to turn back from. The whole of Superior Spider-Man is based upon the legacy of Spider-Man and what it means to Peter and the people. Reputations are hard to build and easy to destroy, and this page perfectly summarises that adage. This is why I am enjoying this book and why I love this cover so much!
(Credit is also given to John Dell and Jim Charalampidis for the inking and colouring)