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The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #8 Review

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Boomerang has stolen Doctor Doom's portrait, but can he keep it hidden from Chameleon? Also, Galactus antlers!

The Good

Now that Beetle's origin story has been revealed, it's time to leap face first back into all of the wacky antics that are going on with the Doctor Doom painting, Silvermane's head, and Boomerang's dating life. It should come as no surprise whatsoever, but Nick Spencer's writing remains every bit as strong as the previous issues. The character-driven approach to Boomerang is wildly engrossing and full of moments that'll make you laugh. Where else will you see a dream sequence with "Galactus antlers"? Where else, I ask you?! Spencer's doing fantastic work transforming Boomerang into a lovable and even relatable lead and it's a legitimately heart-warming experience to see his "relationship" develop. However, as a big fan of Heman Schultz, it would be great to see that character get a little more of the spotlight or maybe even receive as much love as Fred down the road. Part of me wants to be mad over the fact Shocker's pretty much one big joke in this issue, but I simply can't because of how hysterical the joke is.

Steve Lieber's artwork remains every bit as charming and lighthearted as Spencer's script. It's such a great fit for all of the nonsensical moments (and trust me, there's plenty to enjoy in this one) and really sells all of the big laughs in Spencer's writing. There's so many priceless facial expressions and panels to appreciate in this chapter. So. Many.

The Bad

There has to be more than meets the eye with this cliffhanger, so I'll avoid foolishly rushing to conclusions with that one.

The Verdict

Talking about Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber's SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN makes me feel like I'm spewing the same praise over and over again. Month after month, the series is consistently sharp, amazingly joyous and full of smile-inducing visuals. For the love of all that is holy, do yourself a favor and give this book a chance. It's a great dose of fun and that's something we all need in our lives.

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Edited by judasnixon

Best dream sequence ever.......

Posted by Master_Thief

@judasnixon: that dream sequence reminds me of the comment sections from the yahoo articles

Posted by Hassun

Not a single book Marvel or DC are releasing today has any hope of being as good as Superior Foes of Spider-Man.

BUY THIS COMIC

Edited by kingjoeg

Great series, more people need to buy this book.

Posted by ImpurestCheese

That ending. I thought that guy was dead or possibly blind?

Posted by TommytheHitman
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Posted by ImpurestCheese

@tommythehitman: True. Do you think he could be the Owl's associate from Denver?

Edited by k4tzm4n

@tommythehitman: True. Do you think he could be the Owl's associate from Denver?

It's most likely not him. Bullseye did return in Waid's DAREDEVIL, but he can't function physically. Maybe they'll have a backstory where Lester's physical functions and such have been repaired, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's an impostor.

Posted by HushoftheWind

Just take Spider-man outta the title and let this book run on forever. It almost reminds me of Secret 6, in fact im surprise i havent seen a battle of the week featuring the Secret 6 vs Superior Foes.

Posted by ImpurestCheese

@k4tzm4n: Could be the Dead Ringer. It's been an age since we last saw him.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

This series is just so brilliantly funny. I look forward to each issue of this as much if not more than any other comic. "Yeah, whatever you say Octopussy. Now order me a pizza."

Posted by DatHomieSilverSurfer

Incredible. Every month, this is one of my most looked forward too.

Edited by CommanderShiro

Hilarious. Can't wait for the next issue. I loved Silvermane biting Shocker on the nose.

Posted by JMLG

i have always loved Marvel comics which gives villains the chance to be the top guys instead of heroes.. these series been superior so far

Posted by derf_jenkins

This book may benefit from a better title, but either way this creative team is knocking this outta the park every single issue.

Edited by Owie

Always one of my most-looked-forward-to titles every month. Great to see Boomerang's girl continue to be part of this. And the bit with the guys picking on/being scared of Beetle because of her dad was hilarious.