Ok. I’ve beat this drum over and over again the past few months and I will continue to do so. And I don’t care what anyone has to say about this “outlandish” statement. Superior Foes of Spider-Man is my current favorite comic book out now. There, I said it and it’s out of the way.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that this is the best book the publisher has to offer, it’s simply my favorite. And again, this book may not be for you. It’s definitely not your normal “super-hero” comic. It’s a funny, comedic book that will make you laugh. If that’s not what you are looking for in a comic book then you might want to move on. Me? I love the change of pace we see here. And honestly, this is the one book that makes me laugh out loud more than any other book out there. It’s funny and outrageous and I love it.
Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber, our storytellers, are on a roll here. They are weaving together a wonderfully written and illustrated tale that is just about as entertaining as you can get in this medium. The laughs are there for the taking and as crude and as brass as the comedy is, it works. I mean sure, there is something to be said about the juvenile imagery of a man, lotion, and a box of kleenex not so inconspicuously strewn about his apartment. It’s not high intellectual comedy, but it works; and the foreshadowing of the Owl moisturizing his hands in a completely unrelated scene is hilarious.
The story beats this issue continue to move along the same narrative style of Boomerang narrating the story. Boomerang continues to to struggle the juggling of his criminal life with his new found lady-friend bartender. Their scenes together are hilarious as they tread upon Boomy’s past history of being a washout baseball player.
Moreover, we finally get “the big reveal” of who Beetle really is. This leads us to greener pastures of rich storytelling to come.
Do yourself a favor and read this book. If you have even the tiniest inkling of a funny bone in your body, you will enjoy this book.