The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #4

Posted by inferiorego (28313 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

Boomerang wants to take over the Sinister Six, after being voted out as leader. Meanwhile, Luke Cage and Iron Fist take on what's left of the Sinister Six, which leads one member to becoming star struck.

This is the funniest book on the shelves, bar none. There are numerous moments, in this issue, that are "laugh out loud" funny. It's all in Nick Spencer's dialogue. It's quicky, witty, and at times, so ridiculous it just makes the reader giggle, especially when there's a reference to a show from the 80s I used to watch. The back and forth banter moves this book along really well. There may be lots of it, but there's great flow in the writing here.

As far as story goes, this book is incredibly different from the vast majority of Marvel books on the shelves. There's not giant threat these characters are facing that's going to destroy the world. It works more as a crime book, on a pretty small scale. Most of the time, these villains are battling themselves more than anyone else. As stated before, this book reads a lot like Fraction's run on HAWKEYE, but a bit more fun and out there, in my opinion. The book really jumps back and forth between Fred AKA Boomrang as a regular old person trying to get a drink at the bar, and his work with the Sinister Six. It's a very nice balance, and I love seeing villains get the "hero" treatment, meaning we get to see these characters as actual people, not just villains.

What really gives this issue a great look and feel is the art of Steve Lieber with Rachelle Rosenberg on colors. The writing and art mesh so well together. There's one stand-out page in particular that's a splash of Bommerang standing on a trail of money, and features his older costumes and teams he was on. The page has a fantastic flow to it. Without ruining anything, the final page is also fantastic, especially how the viewer gets to see inside of a solid object.

Awesome final page to this issue. It's a bit ridiculous, but this book has some funny/weird reveal pages.

The Bad

No problems with the issue. I'm really enjoying what Spencer, Lieber, and Rosenberg are doing with these characters, even if some longtime Spidey-fans are not.

I kind of wish they'd change the title to something else. Sure, this book is about one time Spider-Man foes, but it's so much more than that. The title makes it feel like a cheap tie-in to what's going on in SSM, which it's not. This book stands high and proud on its own.

The Verdict

This was my favorite issue of the week. SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN continues to deliver a witty and fun story with characters that usually sit around in villain purgatory. It's a great use of these characters, and this issue in particular gives the reader more insight into how Boomerang works. The writing and art are both fantastic, and overall, I highly recommend this issue and this series. Have some fun with your comics.

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#1 Edited by kingjoeg (693 posts) - - Show Bio

Great issue, hope the creative team sticks around. Also Heisenberg moment!!!

#2 Posted by ClawFist (355 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm loving this series. It was great to see Shocker get some nice combat face time with Luke Cage. He might be the coward of the group, but when it's time to throw down, those vibro shock units come in handy :D

#3 Posted by Bloxxeh (191 posts) - - Show Bio

I had my doubts but this comic is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeessssssssomeeeeeee. :3

#4 Posted by The_Titan_Lord (7084 posts) - - Show Bio

Been loving this series. Hope to read it later.

#5 Posted by RaggedScarecrow (948 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm trade waiting the first arc to see how it reads. I might pick up the individual issues if I like it.

#7 Posted by longbowhunter (7753 posts) - - Show Bio

I recent caught up on this over the weekend. Anyone who loved Jeff Parker's Thunderbolts needs to pick this series up. The tone is more humorous but a lot of familiar faces pop up. Luke Cage in this issue and Mach VII in the last. Boomerang became one of my favorite characters during Parker's run on T-bolts so seeing him run his own gang has been a real treat. You really feel for this lowlife criminal and want to see him succeed. Until he pulls a stunt like the final page of this issue. Fred...you're a douche.

#8 Posted by Ando123 (252 posts) - - Show Bio

This book is so cool and funny every time a read this book I laugh my ass off

#9 Posted by Noteworthington (200 posts) - - Show Bio

One of the best Marvel Books out at the moment. Truly.

#10 Edited by judasnixon (7252 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm so scared for this book. It's so much fun, but I'm scared no one is buying it.........

#11 Posted by DadaHyena (61 posts) - - Show Bio

A truly funny villain will win readers over a 'bad-ass' every time, and this book proves it.

While I am looking forward to what Ock/Spidey is going to do with his own Sinister Six, these guys are still damned entertaining in their own right. Could a showdown between the two Sixes ever happen? Never mind who the obvious winner would be, it would still be a blast!

#12 Posted by BattheMan008 (309 posts) - - Show Bio

Thinkin I'll give this a look this week...

#13 Posted by tikhunt (676 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmmmm I really want to see Iron Fist in the pages of something for a change so I may pick this up.

#14 Posted by ForeverMan (175 posts) - - Show Bio

I had no clue what to expect starting this book. It is so awesome.

#16 Posted by CommanderShiro (198 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm so scared for this book. It's so much fun, but I'm scared no one is buying it.........

I'm worried about that too. I hope more people are buying it after all these great reviews. I absolutely love this book.

#18 Posted by Herokiller12344 (997 posts) - - Show Bio

Okay uh, why is Ock still Spider-Man? Is this really going to last? Pete's just gone?

#19 Posted by Owie (3971 posts) - - Show Bio

@judasnixon said:

I'm so scared for this book. It's so much fun, but I'm scared no one is buying it.........

I'm worried about that too. I hope more people are buying it after all these great reviews. I absolutely love this book.

That's what I keep thinking.

This book has panache. Possibly my current favorite comic...unpredictable, except that it's predictably enjoyable.

#21 Posted by cmaprice (818 posts) - - Show Bio
#22 Edited by superior_prime_maybe (531 posts) - - Show Bio

This is the funniest book on the shelves, bar none.

Quantum and Woody... i think i give that the funniest comic out there.
Hey!
This should be the new poll!! :D

#23 Posted by Renchamp (3023 posts) - - Show Bio

@herokiller12344 said:

Okay uh, why is Ock still Spider-Man? Is this really going to last? Pete's just gone?

A little late to the party? Why are you even bringing this up here?

I may check this series out... if @inferiorego ever does another new comic challenge.

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#24 Posted by BattheMan008 (309 posts) - - Show Bio

This and Quantum and Woody were freakin hilarious!

#25 Posted by Herokiller12344 (997 posts) - - Show Bio

@renchamp said:

@herokiller12344 said:

Okay uh, why is Ock still Spider-Man? Is this really going to last? Pete's just gone?

A little late to the party? Why are you even bringing this up here?

Because I can.

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