Superior Foes started off as a surprisingly good book, and four issues in, it hasn’t missed a step.
If you haven’t been reading this book so far, here is the premise: Fred Myers, also known as Boomerang, is leading a gang of four other D-list Spider-Man villains. And this group of four calls themselves the Sinister Six and/or the Sinister Syndicate. Sound silly? Well, it is. And the fact that the book is based on such a ridiculous premise makes it all the better.
Nick Spencer, the writer of the book, has no shame. He clearly is taking the comedic nature of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye and is not only running with it, he takes it to the next level. Where Hawkeye takes its comedic liberties and tastefully delivers them, Superior Foes takes those comedic liberties, strips the classiness from it and delivers it like a cheap standup comedian. Funny thing is, it works. In fact, this not only works, it has found a way to master this cheap form of comedy without making it gaudy, even when it is gaudy.
This book knows what it’s and is not scared to take advantage of that. Want a cheap reference to Breaking Bad? You got it. Want an idiotic group of horrible villains that are proud to have gotten beaten up by Luke Cage? It’s here. I can’t recall myself laughing out loud while reading a comic since the last issue. This is a funny book.
Furthermore, the internal dialogue of the book reads like a an old Scorsese gangster film but with a comedic twist. And while the material here seems light hearted on the surface, down below there are some dark things going on.
This is a book that I hope catches on with the masses. I want this series to continue on for a long time. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.