Review: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man Vol.2: The Crime Of The Century

The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Vol. 2: The Crime of the CenturyThe Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Vol. 2: The Crime of the Century by Nick Spencer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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A D-List character buddy read with my Shallow Comic Reading pals!

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I really struggled to finish this one. Just didn’t tickle me the way Vol. 1 did. A few moments here and there, but lacking overall. Nick Spenser had some help with the writing chores and that is probably why this one fell a little flat. Even Nick’s stuff in issues 8 and 9 didn’t quite measure up the shits and giggles of the last collection, and that stuff was the high point of the book. These were really the only issues that picked up where Vol. 1 left off. The rest was a resounding MEH. A bunch of less funny, individual short stories about the gang, a guy in a bear costume, and “The Looter”.

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Steve Lieber’s art was still pretty good and Siya Oum contributed a really nice looking 4 page Beetle story where Daredevil made a brief appearance. Couple of other folks also filled in a few pages here and there, but nothing “Superior”, just ok.

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Hardcore fans of the first volume might enjoy this one. I may come back again to see what happens to Boomrang and the rest of the Sinister Six (Five or Four or whatever) solely based on some pals reviews….or not.

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Review: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Getting the Band Back Together

The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Getting the Band Back TogetherThe Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Getting the Band Back Together by Nick Spencer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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A D-List character buddy read with my Shallow Comic Reading pals!
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Getting the Band Back Together was pretty damn good when all was said and done. Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me. Comic book humor is a hard sell for this guy as I typically prefer my comedy classless and of the “blue” variety, but this PG-13 routine worked pretty well overall.

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Long story short, a bunch of D-list villains (Boomerang, Shocker (Heh), Beetle, Overdrive, and Speed Demon) come together in a desperate attempt to get their hands on some quick cash, earn little respect, and repeatedly dick each other over along the way. It took a couple of issues before I really started to pick up what Nick Spenser was putting down. My reaction was a lot like Anne’s. Lots of little moments that had me chuckling throughout. Didn’t piss myself laughing, but was consistently amused. The interactions between the all characters (especially the main cast) were great and the ridiculousness was just enough without overdoing it. Not easy to do. Some comparisons to the current Hawkeye run are pretty accurate as far as style and presentation.

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That said, I don’t think Nick could have pulled this off without Steve Lieber’s contributions. His artwork was equally responsible for my little fits of the giggles throughout and he pretty much nailed the style and tone needed to make this book work. Lieber spared Spenser from having to spell stuff out with creativity and certainly deserves an even share of the credit for the success of this book.

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If you’re digging Fraction and Aja’s Hawkeye and aren’t opposed to a little levity mixed into your comic book fix, give this one a shot. I’m in for the next volume.

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Review: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man Volume 1: Getting the Band Back Together by Nick Spencer , Steve Lieber (Illustrations)

The Superior Foes of Spider-Man Volume 1: Getting the Band Back TogetherThe Superior Foes of Spider-Man Volume 1: Getting the Band Back Together by Nick Spencer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

So I had to read this one, because every other word out of Jeff’s mouth is Sweaty Hippo Manboobs, and I needed to find out what the hell he was talking about.
Me: How you been lately, Jeff?
Jeff: Sweaty Hippo Manboobs!
Me: Read anything good lately?
Jeff: Sweaty Hippo Manboobs!
Me: Mrs. Jeff doing ok?
Me: She’s fine, thanks. Sweaty Hippo Manboobs!

And now I understand.
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If you can’t read the text, suck it up and find the comic.
It’s worth it.

Alrighty, this one had been so hyped up to me that I actually had it for several days, before I got the courage to read it.
Unlike some people (Sara & Mike), I don’t actually enjoy destroying people’s lives with my podcast! Mainly, because I don’t have a podcast.
Kidding! I love these guys! Go check them out, but pay no attention to their opinion of my beloved Power Couple.

But back to the book at hand.
So, there I was, all scared to turn the pages…
And, at first?
I wasn’t wetting my pants the way I thought I would. But after a while, I noticed that I was letting out these little chuckles. All the time.
Every page, a new giggle.
So, no, I wasn’t folded over praying my bladder held up, but I was constantly grinning.
Fine.
There may have been several real snort-guffaws that came out of me, but those were tempered by the ladylike smile that was plastered on my face.
So…those don’t count.
I thought this was going to be something so in-your-face funny, but it turned out to be (for me) something more subtle than I was expecting.
There’s an actual story that goes along with all the puns!
And it was so good!

Fred Meyers is Boomerang.
Did you know that? Cause off the top of my head, I had no idea.
I didn’t even know the guy’s real name, much less want to read a title told from his perspective.
In case you were wondering, he’s an ass.
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Fred’s the guy who blames all of his problems on someone else.
He’s a whiner, a loser, a horrible friend, and an even worse partner.
But by the end of this, I just couldn’t get enough of him!
And it wasn’t just Boomerang that makes Superior Foes worth it.
The entire cast of D-list villains were so well written!
And when Luke Cage and Iron Fist show up? Hilarious!

The plot rests on a heist job with the Sinister Six.
Ok, there’s only Five of them, but that lends them an air of mystery.
That sixth villain could be anyone!
That’s their story, and they’re sticking to it…
The heist itself was much more twisty-turny than I was originally anticipating, and the fact that it had several good GOTCHA! moments to it, was an unexpected bonus for me.

Highly Recommended!

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