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The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #3 Review

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Boomerang has a new parole officer. Can he get on the straight-and-narrow, or will he continue to not care about going straight?...the answer may surprise you! But it’s no.

The Good

Nick Spencer’s already proven himself more than capable of keeping it serious with the espionage adventures of Secret Avengers, but Superior Foes of Spider-Man proves the man’s got a good handle on humor as well. Boomerang and his newly formed Sinister Six (which has only five members, because keeping the sixth a “mystery” will make them even MORE feared!) have yet to catch a break in their criminal escapades, but the laughs have been plentiful, particularly with the ironic title. Boomerang has to be closely monitored by his new parole officer Abner Jenkins, former Beatle/Thunderbolts founding member/current Mach-7. There are so many laughs to be had from cover-to-cover of this issue, between Boomerang’s recounting of Cyborg Silvermane to a Supervillain’s Anonymous meeting. The conclusion is, of course, the funniest part but the build up to that conclusion was so well orchestrated and plotted out that you can definitely tell Spencer is bringing some of those Secret Avengers chops to the table.

Steve Lieber is on lines with Rachelle Rosenberg on colors and the art in this book is absolutely perfect for the tone. Everything’s a little bit muted, a little bit flushed, a little bit threadbare, but it matches the banality of Fred Meyers’ existence perfectly. The art is very down-to-earth and subtle, the lines are perfect and clean, the colors don’t quite leap off the page, but if they did, it would be disingenuous to the story. The facial expressions are the only things that are over-the-top, but it adds tremendously to the humor of the various situations. It’s also interesting to note that we rarely get to see Shocker without his mask on and they’ve actually fairly realistically aged him! I don’t know why, but this stuck out a great deal to me as equal parts fascinating and tragic as he appears to be in his mid-40s dressed like a quilting project gone horribly wrong.

The Bad

The first several pages of this story are a recap of what happened to Silvermane. On its face, that’s fine, but at least five pages are dedicated to a hypothetical situation that turns out to be completely incorrect. I get that it’s in service of a fairly funny pay-off, but it felt like there could have/should have been a greater economy to the storytelling in this part. Then there’s an entire retelling of Abner Jenkins’ career in the middle of the book that goes on for several pages, and of course it’s good to get readers caught up, but this is a little ridiculous. Nearly half of this book is flashback or exposition.

The Verdict

Exposition it may be, but it is HIGHLY entertaining exposition and this is, ultimately, a book where not a lot happens, so it isn’t like we missed out on some giant, cosmic battle for the fate of the world. Still, the pacing still suffers to some extent and I’d have liked to see more of Abner and Fred interacting in the present. The book is still great enough to be easily recommendable to anyone looking to brighten the mood of the often grim and grimy comics that regularly line the shelf. This one’s close to the street, but it’s got a lot of heart and a whole lotta laughs and, as I said last week, it’s always a treat to see how the other side of the law lives in a superhero universe.

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Posted by inferiorego

Awesome issue! I completely agree with the Silvermane stuff as well. But by the by, still my favorite non-Ultimate title.

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Edited by Revendawn

Yeah this book has been a ton of fun. I'm a little on the fence about the Silvermane stuff. The hypothetical scenario was so weird and out there, that it really made me laugh, but at the same time when it ultimately proved made up I did feel a little like, "We just spent a lot of time on that."

Still this issue has some images that just really stuck with me. From the head of Silvermane trying to kill a kid, by dropping on him with a knife, the old and tired looking Shocker, and of course a hippo hugging Boomerang.

This title has been pure fun and is quickly becoming a favorite read.

Posted by Undeadpool

Awesome issue! I completely agree with the Silvermane stuff as well. But by the by, still my favorite non-Ultimate title.

This entire book has been a delight. I always love the issues that take place in the Bar With No Name, so an entire book that is nothing BUT that concept? Perfect!

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Posted by Fenderxx

My god I laughed my ass off !! and to think I was not going to get this when it first came out !

Posted by CommanderShiro

I am loving this book.

Posted by Spideysense44

good book

Posted by thedevilhunter89

superior? more like inferior. this guys are second rate villains no?

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Posted by Owie

still loving this...awesome description of Mach VII's suit by Boomerang!

Posted by Geonettazombie

You know, at first this was a book I didn't plan on picking up. but when issue one first came out I reluctantly gave it a shot, and I have to say I have no regrets about it. I've just adored every issue so far (this one included) and I'm definitely looking forward to more. It's off beat sense of humor is really refreshing and nothing feels forced, there hasn't been a joke that I didn't like and most of them have gotten an actual audible chuckle out of me. I recommend it to everyone who's curious or on the fence about trying it and I will continue to if the book stays this great. Also, the cover for this issue is absolutely fantastic.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

This was a good book.

Posted by Noteworthington

One of the best Marvel Books going right now.

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Posted by mickeymayhew

@inferiorego said:

Awesome issue! I completely agree with the Silvermane stuff as well. But by the by, still my favorite non-Ultimate title.

This entire book has been a delight. I always love the issues that take place in the Bar With No Name, so an entire book that is nothing BUT that concept? Perfect!

when did Mirage get bought back to life after Scourge killed him, does anyone know? until I read that bit I thought his being there was a continuity error or a new guy wearing the costume, not the original Mirage from WAY back in ASM 156, I think