Even if you don’t read comics, you probably know about Spider-Man. Peter Parker’s story, initially developed by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, set a revolutionary precedent for a story about a young, down-on-his-luck hero who still managed to save the day. Nevertheless, even if you are the world’s biggest Spider-Man fan, you still probably know very little about the lives of his enemies when they’re not fighting the wall-crawler.
Last Summer, Marvel launched The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, a humor comic that focuses on the escapades of the new Sinister Six, including Boomerang, Shocker, Speed Demon, the new Beetle, and Overdrive (yes, you counted correctly; there are only five of them). This series has flown under the radar of most comic readers, evidence by its sadly low sales figures, but has received acclaim and a strong fanbase nevertheless. Today I’m here to convince you to check out The Superior Foes of Spider-Man!
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man has a simple premise: Boomerang and his crew want to make “big scores,” while staying under the radar and, most importantly, staying alive. Sadly, things almost never go as planned, as these criminals constantly bumble and backstab one another, leading to failure after failure. The series is, put simply, hilarious. Writer Nick Spencer and artist Steve Lieber make a great team, who fill the comic with not only witty dialogue and silly situations, but also great visual gags. Lieber’s art is a perfect fit for the wry tone of this series, and there’s an equal balance of humor between the art and writing.
The comic is not only fun, but also is full of heart. I’ll admit, I never knew much about Boomerang before reading this series, but I absolutely love rooting for him through everything. Even though, at his core, Boomerang is a selfish, lying, scumbag criminal, he’s still got enough heart and gumption that I want to see him win every issue (even though, more often than not, he simply gets himself into deeper trouble). When reading this series, you’ll gain a new appreciation for these villains!
Seriously, you can’t go wrong reading The Superior Foes of Spider-Man. Only 11 issues are out so far, including a trade that collects the first 6, so it’s fairly easy to catch up. Even if not, the issues are fairly self-contained, and each is an enjoyable ride! So go out and give this series a shot!
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