So Long, Superior Foes.

superior-foes-of-spider-man-issue-1-8-bit-waite-var-nowSuperior Foes of Spider-Man is ending in November. Now it’s not surprising, as Superior Foes hasn’t exactly been burning up the sales charts, but there’s still a part of me that wishes this series would still continue (not without Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber, of course).

Superior Foes is a book that’s unlike anything else Marvel is producing. It’s a hilarious look at the lives of a bunch of terrible, low life criminals that think they’re way more intelligent than they really are. In a lot of ways it reminds me of the early issues of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye, before it started suffering from a multitude of delays and gimmick issues. It follows the newest incarnation of the “Sinister Six”, except this time there’s only five members: Boomerang, The Beetle, Speed Demon, Overdrive, and the Shocker. For the past few issues, these criminals have done everything they can to screw over, one up, and come out on top their “teammates”, and it’s been a total blast reading their about them.

When Superior Foes of Spider-Man came out last summer, I had no idea what to expect from it. In fact, I had no real desire to pick it up, but I did anyways to try it out. I’m glad I did. In an industry filled with uninspired offshoot series, Superior Foes felt truly unique and original. From the opening pages I was hooked. This was a series that felt like it snuck under the radar, and I’m amazed that editorial signed off on it. There’s no main hero in the series, and Spencer pokes a lot of fun at some of the goofier Spider-Man villains.

As good as Spencer’s writing is, Superior foes wouldn’t be the same without artist Steve Lieber. LIeber’s layouts are absolutely insane, and his repeated gag of showing the layouts of the heists that the Six are about to go on are both thrilling and hilarious. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve lost it thanks to his brilliant sight gags, and I honestly don’t think there’s an artist out there right now that could do the book any better.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man ending does bum me out, but at least Marvel isn’t going to continue the series without Spencer and Lieber. They tried that already with a few fill in issues, and the results weren’t great. However, it still sucks that this original, well-done, and hilarious book couldn’t find an audience large enough to keep it going. But then again, the book was scheduled to only run for 12 issues, and then was extended to 17, so maybe I should be happy that this book even saw the light of day in the first place. For now, I highly, HIGHLY recommend the series, which is available in trade already.






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