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The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13 - Supposed To Be Art Review

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Shocker and the head of Silvermane are on the run from Hammerhead!

The Good

Every month, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN provides a comedic look at super-heroes and team books without shoving parody down the readers throats. It's the villain book with a heart of gold. However, said heart of gold may soon be stolen.

The past few issues have the team a bit more split up, which has been working well for the book. We're seeing a bit more of the other characters being a bit more developed, since the primary focus of this series has been on Boomerang. It's easy to fall in love with the character in this series. The opening scene of this issue is easily my favorite as we see Mach VII shopping for furniture, before he gets the call to be a hero. The thing is, Mach VII's outfit takes up a lot of space: hilarity ensues. What makes this scene such an awesome piece is the four panels of Mach VII moving around the story. Writer Nick Spencer, and artist Steve Lieber hit these small beats perfectly. This is how you do comedy in a comic book.

Another large piece of this book is Shocker on the run from Hammerhead and company, while Shocker keeps the head of Silvermane in an old bowling bag, which we find out is "kinda comfy." The back and forth between Silvermane and Shocker is fantastic. Spencer does a great job with the dialogue and giving each character a distinctive voice. Silvermane has become this reluctant father-figure for Shocker as well, but this relationship still holds that Odd Couple feeling to it.

Steve Lieber's art is one aspect of this book that keeps me coming back. His style is so fitting for the story and the tone, and with Rachelle Rosenberg doing some great color work that really fits the style of this book, the art couldn't compliment Spencer's writing enough (and vice verse). Rosenberg's art isn't completely flat. It's a step above and while saying the colors are simplistic could be seen as insulting, her work is a great mesh. SUPERIOR FOES' creative team is unstoppable when together.

The Bad

It feels like SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN has lost a bit of its flavor in this issue. It's slowly becoming more serious and isn't as enjoyable as its been in the past. Don't get me wrong, the book is still funny and a blast to read, but this issue in particular seems to be moving towards a more serious storytelling format. Yes, we're aware Shocker is still carrying around Silvermane's head in a bowling bag, which he takes naps in.

The Verdict

SUPERIOR FOES takes the idea of a team book and flips it on its head. It's filled with villains, for all intents and purposes, are utter failures at almost everything they do, without coming off like an episode of the Three Stooges. It's funny and while some folks may have a problem with the fact this book seems like it's becoming a bit more serious, the book is still incredibly strong and easily worth a place on your pull list, as long as you have a sense of humor and don't take your superheroes and villains too seriously.

19 Comments
Posted by TommytheHitman

This book has got a bit uninteresting after those two filler issues. Kinda annoying.

Edited by Teerack

You know... you'd think they would have gotten a new sixth member by now being the sinister six and all. A new Fly or Molten Man, or even some existing characters like Hobgoblin, Spot, or something.

Edited by BeaconofStrength

@teerack: Their sixth member is Dormammu.

It's gonna happen, I know it.

Posted by Teerack

@teerack: Their sixth member is Dormammu.

It's gonna happen, I know it.

I would stop reading it probably. It wouldn't even be funny.

Posted by dagmar_merrill
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Posted by BeaconofStrength

@teerack:

@beaconofstrength: That'd be awesome.

Dagmar_Merrill gets it. Fred has had some weird fetish for Dormmamu the entire time. He literally envisioned Dormmamu as his child.

It needs to happen.

Posted by Rainja

I finally gave in and bought this issue this morning and let me tell you boy was this great. Great if you are 14 and under. I cant entertain this book for various reasons. Waste of my money. Hopefully my little nephew finds this appealing.

Posted by Paste_Pot_Pete

Sad to see it not get 5 stars, but I'll still be picking this up.

Edited by TheCheeseStabber

I kinda like how its getting a little more serious it helps match the fact that Shocker is becoming more and more BA.

Posted by longbowhunter

I'm still digging this. Makes me wanna get my couch upholstered to look like the Shaker...err...I mean Shocker.

Posted by WarlordEternal

Here's to hoping Shocker kicks Fred's ass!

Posted by Teerack

@teerack:

@dagmar_merrill said:

@beaconofstrength: That'd be awesome.

Dagmar_Merrill gets it. Fred has had some weird fetish for Dormmamu the entire time. He literally envisioned Dormmamu as his child.

It needs to happen.

Idk if you've been reading the Amazing Spider-Man 1.1-1.5 series, but so far it's up to 1.3 and it's been really great. As it goes on I keep thinking Clash is going to be made into the last member of the Sinister Six.

Edited by BeaconofStrength

@teerack said:

@beaconofstrength said:

@teerack:

@dagmar_merrill said:

@beaconofstrength: That'd be awesome.

Dagmar_Merrill gets it. Fred has had some weird fetish for Dormmamu the entire time. He literally envisioned Dormmamu as his child.

It needs to happen.

Idk if you've been reading the Amazing Spider-Man 1.1-1.5 series, but so far it's up to 1.3 and it's been really great. As it goes on I keep thinking Clash is going to be made into the last member of the Sinister Six.

Eh, when I met Steve Lieber at DCC, he said Nick Spencer wanted Boomerang to have some crazy obsession with Dormammu. Dormammu has been placed in so many of Boomerang's dreams & fantasies, I wouldn't be surprised if he did join the Superior Six. There's also a possibility of them just staying with the original 5. Although, I think Silvermane has the best chance of being the sixth member.

Posted by Teerack

@teerack said:

@beaconofstrength said:

@teerack:

@dagmar_merrill said:

@beaconofstrength: That'd be awesome.

Dagmar_Merrill gets it. Fred has had some weird fetish for Dormmamu the entire time. He literally envisioned Dormmamu as his child.

It needs to happen.

Idk if you've been reading the Amazing Spider-Man 1.1-1.5 series, but so far it's up to 1.3 and it's been really great. As it goes on I keep thinking Clash is going to be made into the last member of the Sinister Six.

Eh, when I met Steve Lieber at DCC, he said Nick Spencer wanted Boomerang to have some crazy obsession with Dormammu. Dormammu has been placed in so many of Boomerang's dreams & fantasies, I wouldn't be surprised if he did join the Superior Six. There's also a possibility of them just staying with the original 5. Although, I think Silvermane has the best chance of being the sixth member.

I would kind of like it if the sixth member kept changing and didn't last. Like the drummer of the group :P

Posted by BeaconofStrength

@teerack: I kind of like the idea of Silvermane being the sixth member. I'd find it fitting, since everyone already considers them losers.

Posted by ComicBookCoby
Posted by TDK_1997

Here's to hoping Shocker kicks Fred's ass!

HALLELUJAH!

Posted by frankcal460

is this book ending soon? i thought i read somewhere that this book was getting cancelled or ending soon? i just wanna know cause i'm not sure if want to continue reading it anymore. it's good but as stated in the review it is losing flavor and just doesn't stand out like it used to, at least in my opinion.