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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (11 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785184945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785184942
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2014
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I blame cynical marketing for making cynics of us all (or at least me)!

Superior Spider-Man has been a huge bestseller for Marvel and spinoff titles were inevitable. So when I saw the multiple Superior titles appearing – Team-Up, Foes, and Carnage – I stayed away thinking they’d be derivative knock-offs. And it’s that attitude that kept me away from one of Marvel’s hidden gems from the last year: Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber’s Superior Foes of Spider-Man (a series which actually has nothing whatsoever to do with Superior Spider-Man).

Boomerang, Shocker, Speed Demon, Overdrive and Beetle are the new Sinister Six (and yes they’re aware they’re only 5!) who’re tired of being beaten by Spidey and winding up in jail. But of course they didn’t get to where they are today without failing to learn from their mistakes so they jump right into another criminal plot! During his latest stint in jail, Boomerang comes up with one big heist to put the new Sinister Six back on the map and in the money: steal the head of Silvio Silvermane (a cyborg gangster) from the Owl!

Foes follows in the footsteps of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye and FF and Mark Waid’s Daredevil, in that it’s a strongly character-driven series with innovative art, jokes aplenty, and a minimum of traditional superhero shenanigans. Boomerang is a dude who throws boomerangs and wears a boomerang on his head but he becomes more than a gimmicky D-list villain in this book and turns into a real character that you actually care about.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By APR1 on 26 Mar. 2014
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Stop what you're doing and buy this book!

A comics classic in the making, this book from Nick Spencer and Steve Leiber, is bought to love with much care and attention.

It's not often someone can write a comic about un-loved second rate has been characters, and bring them to life with such skill that you can care about them.

You'll find yourself rooting (and sympathising) for Boomerang, Speed Demon, The Shocker, Overdrive and the new Beetle.
This is their tale and you get to see the downtrodden perspective of some of Spider-Man's lesser foes.

Along the way there is much fun to be had. Drawn with a great sense of humour by Leiber, Spencer provides some fine drama and laughs to go with the visuals.

Pick up this collection then add the monthly book to your pull list, you won't regret it.

An un-sung classic and one of the best comics on the market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sophie shine on 7 Jun. 2014
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After reading all the superior Spider-mans I started finding other superior titles so invested in this to start off.... It said expected delivery date was Wednesday 11th... It got here today on Saturday 7th!! Super fast delivery, so happy with this purchase :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rising Ape on 5 Jun. 2014
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Is it just me or are B class villains so much more fun than A class superheroes? They bicker and they're out for themselves and they're so goddamned hilarious. I don't really have much else to say other than you really should get this book
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
WHY IS EVERY COMIC FAN NOT READING THIS BOOK?!?!?!?! 19 Mar. 2014
By James Donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
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I really mean that, people. Everyone talks about how great books like Fraction and Aja's HAWKEYE is, or how great Vaughan and Staples' SAGA is, but so few people talk about Nick Spencer (MORNING GLORIES, BEDLAM, SECRET AVENGERS) and Steve Lieber's (WHITEOUT) SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN. This is a book that isn't quite on the level of the sheer wonder of SAGA or the storytelling mastery of HAWKEYE, but this is, with the exception of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's SEX CRIMINALS, the most entertaining book on the shelves.

The bringing together of C-list villains like Boomerang, Shocker, Speed Demon, the new Beetle and Overdrive (much like Gail Simone's brilliant SECRET SIX) and presenting them in a comic that's more of a workaday view into the lives of a costumed criminal is so fresh, inspired and just so amazingly funny that it blows pretty much every other comic of its ilk out of the water. Almost every panel of every issue has something that makes you smile or giggle or simply double over in hysterics thanks to Spencer's marvelous dialogue and Lieber's simplistic yet evocative artwork.

It's not a book like Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn's DEADPOOL where the comedy feels forced more often than not, but a book where the laughs and occasional suspense come naturally.

This is a book that also always seems on the cusp of getting cancelled, and it's time for fans of great and fun comics to step forward and start buying this book. Believe me, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN is more than worth your money and your time.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
You and everyone you know should read this book. 11 Mar. 2014
By John Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
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Comedy in comics isn't always a constant, but Superior Foes pulls it off. The writing and art work together seamlessly in a laugh out loud caper that you'll probably want to read several times over. You may just want to buy extra copies of this just to give out to friends, family, and complete strangers because everyone should read this.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
All These Rave Reviews Are Right 22 April 2014
By Daneel Olivaw - Published on Amazon.com
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Really, read the other reviews. See how favorable they are? That's because this book really is special. And despite the title, it has nothing to do with Superior Spider-Man, in case you were one of those readers who was bummed out when Doc Ock took over Peter Parker's body. This isn't any kind of Spider-Man story, but rather a hilarious look at a gang of Grade C super badguys trying to function as the new Sinister Six. I can't swear it's true, but I heard that the Watcher (before he was killed) liked this book so much he bought a dozen copies to send to the other Watchers! If you are a Marvel fan, don't miss out on it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Sinister 5 14 Mar. 2014
By B. Green - Published on Amazon.com
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The Superior Foes of Spider-man really caught me by surprise, initially when they announced this title i didn't think it would turn into much of anything, but Nick Spencer took 5 of Spidey's most under appreciated villains and teamed them up for a heist you're sure to never forget, infused with a heavy dose of comedy and some feel's, this is one comic series fully deserving of your attention.
Crappy villains inexplicably make great comics! 27 Mar. 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
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I blame cynical marketing for making cynics of us all (or at least me)!

Superior Spider-Man has been a huge bestseller for Marvel and spinoff titles were inevitable. So when I saw the multiple Superior titles appearing – Team-Up, Foes, and Carnage – I stayed away thinking they’d be derivative knock-offs. And it’s that attitude that kept me away from one of Marvel’s hidden gems from the last year: Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber’s Superior Foes of Spider-Man (a series which actually has nothing whatsoever to do with Superior Spider-Man).

Boomerang, Shocker, Speed Demon, Overdrive and Beetle are the new Sinister Six (and yes they’re aware they’re only 5!) who’re tired of being beaten by Spidey and winding up in jail. But of course they didn’t get to where they are today without failing to learn from their mistakes so they jump right into another criminal plot! During his latest stint in jail, Boomerang comes up with one big heist to put the new Sinister Six back on the map and in the money: steal the head of Silvio Silvermane (a cyborg gangster) from the Owl!

Foes follows in the footsteps of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye and FF and Mark Waid’s Daredevil, in that it’s a strongly character-driven series with innovative art, jokes aplenty, and a minimum of traditional superhero shenanigans. Boomerang is a dude who throws boomerangs and wears a boomerang on his head but he becomes more than a gimmicky D-list villain in this book and turns into a real character that you actually care about.

Care about or at least laugh at. Foes looks at the life of a loser villain who: hangs out in crummy basements while planning heists with his equally loser villain colleagues; has a former friend as his parole officer, Abner Jenkins the original Beetle now Mach VII (a cheap War Machine knockoff); falls for a baseball-loving bartender; attends supervillains anonymous (Wreck It Ralph had a similar scene); and gets fleeced by his sleazy lawyer.

Spencer’s script is filled with great scenes and jokes that work. When Beetle tries to rob a comic book store, she leaves exasperated when faced with the nerdiness of it all: “which variant covers did you want? Bags and boards?” etc. At the supervillains anonymous meeting, Boomerang hugs a giant hippo character in a scene parodying the Ed Norton/Meat Loaf scene from Fight Club when Norton’s face gets smooshed into Meat Loaf’s moobs – Lieber even positions the characters in exactly the same pose!

Lieber’s art matches Spencer’s comedic script perfectly. Taking its cue from David Aja’s approach in Hawkeye, creative and different styles get thrown into the mix alongside solid artwork. Symbols replace banal dialogue so when girls flock to Mach VII for a photograph, you just see a symbol rather than the words “can we have a picture with you?”. There’s an awesome four panel dream sequence using near-stick figures when Boomerang’s with his lawyer, Partridge, and imagining decapitating him with a boomerang. Also, the layout of the Owl’s lair is simplistically portrayed in a child-like two-dimensional way to mirror Boomerang’s simplistic plan to storm the place head on.

Superior Foes Vol 1 has turned me into a Steve Lieber fan and made me do a 180 on my opinion of Nick Spencer’s writing. It’s a funny, inventive and really entertaining comic which I would never have thought could be done with characters like Boomerang and Overdrive – that Spencer’s pulled it off is a helluva feat! If you like comics like Hawkeye and Daredevil, check out Superior Foes of Spider-Man for an awesome read.
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