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The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #6 Review

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Boomerang goes on a date and his allies are in deep trouble after stealing from Owl. Plus, the story behind Doctor Doom's portrait is revealed!

The Good

A hungover Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four boxers. A Star Wars reference at just the right time. An armored character awkwardly trying to fit through a window because he wants to make a cool exit. That's just a small sample of the hilarity Nick Spencer has in store for you with the latest issue of SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN.

I get some of you aren't pleased with these characters being handled as jokes, and if that's the case, this book clearly isn't for you. Does Boomerang have the skill to dodge a punch he could see coming a mile away? Yes, he does. The dude has had ease dealing with numerous gunmen before. But at this point, there's no reason why you should expect to see these characters being treated as badasses and living up to their combat potential. It's instead taking a humorous approach to who they are and, in that regard, it's absolutely succeeding and then some. I love me some proper character stats and abilities, but in the context of this book, it works for the narrative and boosts the incredibly fun vibe.

Speaking of fun, there's an overdose of it in this issue. Every scene hits us with something downright hysterical and never loosens its grip on your focus. Boomerang's personality during his date, the gut-busting and creative story behind the painting, and even the looming threat of amputation drops a priceless line -- it all had me laughing like a goof.

As always, Steve Lieber and Rachelle Rosenberg create pages which are a perfect fit for Spencer's script. Not only do they capture all of the levity with the lovable expressions, but so much imagination goes into presenting the scenes (most notable with the Doctor Doom story). It's a more cartoonish atmosphere and it's 100% fitting.

The Bad

Honestly, this issue was a delight. The background vanishes occasionally and, I won't lie, I wish Shocker played a role here, but it's hardly a big deal.

Tombstone was seemingly killed off over in Gambit's book, but honestly, I'd much rather see the guy alive.

The Verdict

If you're loving Fraction's HAWKEYE, there's literally no good reason why you shouldn't be reading Spencer's SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN. There's a tidal wave of great laughs in this issue and there's a big surprise thrown in there, too. I know the word "fun" has already been used twice in this review, but ultimately, the best way to describe this book is pure fun. Seriously, don't skip on this one -- it's a real blast.

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Edited by TheMantisShrimp

I started reading this book after seeing it in the best stuff in comics vid and I must say I was not disappointed. Its one of the only comics where I actually laugh while reading. This is a great book, plus its one of Marvel's last 2.99 titles.

Edited by judasnixon

Best book that no one is buying....... Shame on all of you. Shame....

Posted by Trevel8182

Draw Doom like one of your french girls.

Edited by Hassun

Marvel's best ongoing.

Bar none.

(Yes that includes Daredevil and Hawkguy.)

And its funniest book to boot.

It's a crime to see unfiltered crap like Infinity get better sales than this.

Edited by Meteorite

I reckon I'll pick this up in trade after seeing all of these good reviews, yo.

Edited by inferiorego

Best book that no one is buying....... Shame on all of you. Shame....

Shame on everyone BUT Gregg and me, right?

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Posted by BattheMan008

I loe

@hassun said:

Marvel's best ongoing.

Bar none.

(Yes that includes Daredevil and Hawkguy.)

And its funniest book to boot.

It's a crime to see unfiltered crap like Infinity get better sales than this.

So, I love Superior Foes, but how dare you call Infinity crap?!?!?!?!?

Posted by cerial442
Posted by PeppeyHare

I love this series. Shame more people aren't reading

Posted by longbowhunter

Any Thunderbolts fans notice Gunna as the flower girl in Fred's daydream?

Posted by iSummers
Posted by Fenderxx

Love this series and the review is right ... how great was that star wars reference, should be on the best stuff of the week video !

Edited by BattheMan008
Posted by CaptainHoopla

Thanks to the reviews here, the comments within them, and some word of mouth at my lcbs, I started reading this a couple of weeks ago. I think this is easily one of if not the best new series of the year. It's been brilliant. Hysterical with an incredibly well thought out plot and perfect art for this tone. Can't wait for the next issue. As far as any comparisons to Hawkeye, which I also like, I honestly think this has been better.

Posted by bigtewell

honestly marvels best books were the ones that werent selling. i.e this, scarlet spider, and venom

Posted by CommanderShiro

This is the book I most look forward to each month. It has been absolutely great since the start. Love it. I really do wish more people read it. They're missing out.

Edited by Hassun

@battheman008: I called it crap because that's exactly what it is.

Jonathan Hickman writers a great Reed Richards and Dr. Doom but he's terrible at writing the Inhumans and Black Bolt in particular. He also can't write events at all. Resulting in lifeless, boring and empty stories. Don't be fooled by his grand schemes. They invariably lead to nothing of interest.

But enough about crap books, back to Marvel's best ongoing! The Superior Foes of Spider-Man is just filled to the brim with great humour. Steve Lieber's art in particular is a genuine feast of perfectly placed jokes.

Edited by BattheMan008

@hassun said:

@battheman008: I called it crap because that's exactly what it is.

Jonathan Hickman writers a great Reed Richards and Dr. Doom but he's terrible at writing the Inhumans and Black Bolt in particular. He also can't write events at all. Resulting in lifeless, boring and empty stories. Don't be fooled by his grand schemes. They invariably lead to nothing of interest.

But enough about crap books, back to Marvel's best ongoing! The Superior Foes of Spider-Man is just filled to the brim with great humour. Steve Lieber's art in particular is a genuine feast of perfectly placed jokes.

To each his own I suppose... but I will never agree with you.

Posted by Owie

Unendingly awesome. It really is nonstop goodness. Last issue was even better.

Posted by derf_jenkins

This is one of those gems that us fans will always have to remember and cherish as a great book that didn't sell enough for marvel to keep printing. It's sad, but true.

Edited by Mrfuzzynutz

I do find this book to be fun, but I don't see the comparison to Hawkeye

Posted by Marvelous21

This is such an amazing comic-book! I did not like the first issue, but it got amazing with issue 2 and on....It should get the same attention (if it not already is) as Hawkeye's book.

Posted by mickeymayhew

This is one of those gems that us fans will always have to remember and cherish as a great book that didn't sell enough for marvel to keep printing. It's sad, but true.

people are talking as though it's already been cancelled?!