One thing I’ve always wanted to see in comics is the story from the villain’s perspective. We have lots of comics that tell the stories of the heroes but very few where their rogues gallery is given center stage, with a chance to show the audience how things look from their side of the hedge. In The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, we get exactly that, the New Sinister Six, consisting of Boomerang, Shocker, Overdrive, Speed Demon and Beetle, have a seething hatred for Spider-Man, not realizing that their old boss, Doc Ock, is at the wheel of the Spider-Man machine.
We start off with a quick background of the new Sinister Six… okay, the Sinister Five if you’re going to be picky. It’s told from the perspective of Boomerang, a genuine loser who is given his Boomerang powers, but everyone still laughs at him. He always gets nabbed by Spidey, hung upside down from a lamppost and humiliated, he has to try to find people to feed his birds while he’s incarcerated, but at least this time, he has the other five… um, four, to help him out. Except they’re not very good at it. Shocker and Speed Demon try to rob a pet store for bird seed, end up stealing a girl’s puppy for no good reason and suffer the puppy attacking them endlessly. They arrive to feed the birds, only to find Hammerhead using Boomerang’s facilities. Now they all have to pull together to spring Boomerang from prison so he can get them a real job. Beetle robs a comic book shop but she’s clueless about the value of comics. The clerks are so excited to have a pretty female in the shop, they help her pack up the books and when she loads them into the car, Overdrive comments he didn’t know they were still making comic books. Will Boomerang ever get out of jail? You have to read it and see.
Honestly, there’s a lot of humor in this book, as I suppose there has to be when you’re talking about super villains named Boomerang and Overdrive. A lot of Spider-Man’s traditional villains are kind of silly when you look at them. I mean seriously, the Vulture? It reminded me a lot of The Monarch’s crew from Venture Bros., nobody really takes them all that seriously, most of the henchmen know they’re pretty pathetic, but they play the part for the sake of Monarch, who thinks he’s the greatest supervillain alive.
Writer Nick Spencer and artist Steve Lieber do a fantastic job with this first issue, they set the tone for what’s to come and it’s a fantastic tone to boot. It’s clear they’re having a good time writing and drawing the book and most of the time, when the creators are having fun, so am I. I hope this book can continue to live up to the high standards that the first issue sets, so long as it’s fun and funny, I’m on board.