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The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1 Review

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Boomerang has a new Sinister Six, but can he, and his other teammates come together as a team?

The Good

There's a new Sinister Six in town, and THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN focuses in on these characters coming together and Boomerang trying to become more legit and less of a ridiculous joke because boomerangs really aren't threatening.

Open your books to page one. Well, page one of the story. Man, this is one awesome opening to an issue. We have a splash page featuring a classic Boomerang battling a classic (Peter Parker era) Spider-Man. Sorry Parker fans, but that's all you get of him. Anyway, this beautifully drawn page by artist Steve Lieber and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, is the perfect way to open up this story. Rosenberg's coloring is beautiful and Lieber's art really embodies the classic Spider-Man style.

The art continues to be brilliant throughout the issue. Lieber really makes you sit back and enjoy a page. Many times, we get to see lots of panels on the page, up to 11 at one point, and it really lets the reader sit in the moment. Obviously, part of the credit needs to go to writer Nick Spencer as well, since he most likely broke the page down into that many panels, but I like how Lieber laid these out on the page. There's one page, in particular that really caught my eye, which features Speed Demon in Shocker in front of an apartment door. It's a cool insight in super-villains as regular folks. They, too, forget their keys. (Super-Villains: They're just like us!) There's lot of moments like this within this issue.

Writer Nick Spencer puts together an interesting piece that humanizes there villains, and all the while, he keeps this issue not only entertaining but humorous as well. Sometimes, Speed Demon wants to rob a place just because a little girl called him stupid. Yep, that happens here. It's an issue that really keeps a smile on your face from start to finish. Now, I've never really cared about any of these villains, but Spencer got me to become a Boomerang fan from the get-go. I loved his backstory of how he became Boomerang, and the opening pages of his history, up until now are paced incredibly well.

The Bad

This book had the same tone and feel of HAWKEYE for me. Maybe it was the purple caption boxes, but SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN just kept reminding me of Hawkguy's existence. I guess it really isn't a bad thing, but my mind kept wandering.

The Verdict

My expectations for this book were non-existent. It's one of those things where I saw it was a whole month of SSM books, and a slew of tie-ins I thought were going to suck. Well, I'm a big dumb dumb for thinking that. First, I should have noticed that FOES OF SPIDER-MAN had a stellar creative team attached to it. Frankly, this book is awesome. The art and writing compliment each other incredibly well. Spencer made Boomerang into a character I actually like, instead of a lifeless villain with a bad gimmick. Lieber's art is fantastic, and each page is unique and fun to look at. THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN is a great start to a new book. It's funny, fresh, and it will get you excited about B-List villains. I highly recommend this issue.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

Shocker being a lead in a book = instaread for me.

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Posted by Dark_Guyver

So who's all in the new Sinister Six?

Edited by Mucklefluga

Hmmmmmm i can't decide whether to buy this off Comixology or not D:

Posted by Revendawn

I really enjoyed this book. I expected it to be tied in to Superior Spider-Man and it really isn't. It is kind of its own thing right now, in fact trying to figure out how this ties into Superior will only be frustrating. Personally it was my favorite thing I read this week, really unique, really funny, and who knew I might actually feel bad for these guys the next time they get beat up.

Posted by EvilPenguin543

The only reason I picked up this book is because it caught my eye, and I knew nothing going in. But I am glad I picked it up as I found myself laughing a couple times while reading it.

Edited by JamesKM716

Nick Spencer does Morning Glories right?

Posted by TommytheHitman

Might check it out. I always like it when a writer humanizes a character.

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Posted by mcauburn

This was a great first issue, however my only problem was with Chameleon. I'm pretty sure Spider-Man captured him in Avenging Spider-Man 21 and he was being held by SHIELD before that so continuity wise it his appearance doesn't really work..

Posted by JairamGanpat

Nick Spencer does Morning Glories right?

yes, sir.

Edited by Owie

This was pretty hilarious. I didn't have high expectations, but it was fun to read. Nice characterizations, good dialog, funny slapstick moments. Nice art. It was like Hawkeye, both in its icons and to a degree in the art, but that's not a bad thing, and it didn't feel like it was trying to copy, it just happened to be similar. If it keeps going on like this, I'm definitely staying with this series.

Edit: that bit with the Secret Empire and "why would you think this was a sex thing" was one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time. So deadpan.

Edited by Zomboner

I laughed so much reading this! So glad I gave it a chance and bought it!

Edited by skyjumpermike

Thought this was a great 1st issue. It's not like many other books and it's written and drawn well. I don't love the art, but it doesn't take away from the book.

Edited by InnerVenom123

The fact that this is the evil version of Hawkeye makes me Inspector VS Pizza Dog.

Posted by Gritterr

Great first issue. Did not expect this book to be so funny. instant add to my pull list

Posted by GraniteSoldier

Proof that any villain can be a good villain, potentially A-list, when given the proper writer, story, and opportunity.

Edited by Vulshock

Not many comics are able to make me laugh. I'm completely onboard with this one.

I was so close to not picking up this book because of that stupid name.

Posted by mickeymayhew

I loathed the art when I picked it up and put it straight back down; now, having read so many good reviews I bought issues I and 2 and I love it! hooked!