Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1

Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Steve Lieber Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 3, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 8
8.5Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Boomerang and some of Spidey's deadliest baddies prove that with terrible powers come terrible responsibilities! Rising Star Nick Spencer teams with Eisner Award winning sensation Steve Lieber for a walk on the Spider-Verse's evil side!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Skott Jimenez Jul 5, 2013

    Look, I can go around and around about what I like about this book but the bottom line here is it was good. Really good. I expected this to be a one-and-done, read it and forget it issue like so many of the Marvel NOW! books have been for me but this book was actually something different and deserves all the attention it's sure to get. On a personal note I would like to add that while I'm sad to see Journey Into Mystery end in August I'm also glad to have this book which has a lot of the same charm as well as the expressive and fun art that Journey has. It doesn't make losing Journey any less painful but it certainly does help. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - George Marston Jul 3, 2013

    Superior Foes of Spider-Man is something special, a new entry in a growing crop of Marvel comics like Hawkeye, FF, and Daredevil that focus on characters first, and use unmatched art and humor to do so. It's early yet, but Marvel hasn't had this strong a debut issue since Hawkeye, a comparison which bodes very well for Superior Foes of Spider-Man. If this is the new Marvel, I say keep 'em coming. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Nicolo Parungo Jul 11, 2013

    The Superior Foes of Spider-Man is a great comic and one that you absolutely need to have on your pull list. It may not feature any of your favorite Spidey foes, but by the end of the issue, you'll definitely have a new favorite comic book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jul 4, 2013

    The first issue blew me away and is a contender for best new series of 2013. I have no idea where the series will go from here, but this is a comic I want and want more of. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 14, 2013

    I'm surprised at just how much I enjoyed this title. I thought that this book would focus around the current Spider-Man interacting with other long time Spidey villains. That couldn't be farther from the truth. This books works because while the story is set in Spider-Man's world, it has no Spider-Man in it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Mark Brassington Jul 5, 2013

    If you've not picked this up yet seriously ignore the crap name, this book really has no connection to Spider-Man. This book is the criminal book you never knew you needed. I'm still shocked how good this book is " just goes to show you that you can never judge a book by its cover or title. I look forward to a very long and successful run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Jul 5, 2013

    Steve Lieber's artwork is well suited for this book. While there are plenty of spandex, the majority of the issue is filled with normal people. When the spandex do show up, they seem out of place with what is going on, drawing more attention to the people wearing them. But this ends up being a great sight gag, as seeing Shocker wear a trench coat and hat while in costume is just plain funny. Yeah, like it's hiding anything. Lieber's facial cues are superb. Comedic comic writing is only as good as the artist who sells the jokes.Read more: Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jul 9, 2013

    What is advertised as a supplementary book to fans of Superior Spider-Man is likely to be one of Marvel's breakout titles (I hope). This is well executed "done in one" based around characters you've barely heard of, but should continue to read next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Jul 6, 2013

    The classic, clean art of Steve Lieber humanizes the proceedings giving everything a matter of fact, real world quality. Lieber's art has great comedic pacing, and breaks down the more humorous scenes into multi-panel grids to perfectly catch the timing of the jokes. These Foes have never been this entertaining and this unexpected crime book is a must read. It would be a crime to dismiss it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Jul 3, 2013

    If you're digging Spencer's writing, be sure to check out his work over in Avengers with Hickman on the build-up to Infinity. Also, check out Image's Morning Glories. I've been a fan for a while, and that's where I first came across Spencer. I'm new to Lieber, but would love some recommendations on his work. Contact me at @mahargen on Twitter to share your suggestions! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Jul 3, 2013

    This issue is a pleasant surprise. With Spencer and Lieber at the helm, Superior Foes has quite a bit going for it. Hopefully, this team can sustain the first issues momentum, because they just created some high expectations for themselves. Not bad for a book that once looked like it would be mediocre, at best. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Jul 4, 2013

    The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1 is more than your typical odd-ball villain outing. Packed with several subplots, and a well-introduced cast of characters, the series shows promise of being a privileged look at the lives of hilariously terrible villains. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 3, 2013

    The reader is supposed to be in the dark when it comes to Boomerang's plan, but it's told in such a way to almost make the reader confused. That's really the only fault I can find with this comic. Most readers are going to pass this one up which is too bad. One flip through will make anyone expecting Spider-Man to throw it down in disgust. Don't do that. Give it a few pages to sink in. It's then when you'll realize there's some damn fine crime style comics taking place in between its front and back covers. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 3, 2013

    The fact that this series resembles Hawkeye visually doesn't do anything to diminish its appeal. Steve Lieber, who previously illustrated half of the Hurricane Sandy-themed Hawkeye issue, is back to further explore the darkly comic underbelly of Marvel's New York. Lieber's art style is clean and elegant, matching the "less superhero, more crime story" approach Spencer has taken. There's less of an emphasis on creative page construction and the numerous smaller panels of Hawkeye, but in terms of general tone and laid back quality this is very much in the same vein. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Jul 5, 2013

    The cover and the title may deceive you. These men and women are in no sense of the word “superior” to anything. They're not meant to be. The irony isn't immediately present, so just go in expecting comedy to trump any sort of dramatic plot or heavy character work – at least in this first issue. The comedy is so satisfying that it doesn't matter that the book doesn't really tie in to what's going on in “Superior.” In fact, it's better off for that fact. This title can be enjoyed by anyone who isn't reading what Dan Slott is doing with the Spider-Man character. And if you go in with the right mindset and a keen sense of humor, you will enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 5, 2013

    This is a fun comic with characters that don't normally lend themselves to the concept of "fun" and a wonderful way to kick off Superior Spider-Month. Given that "Superior Spider-Man" has been commandeered by one of the webslinger's greatest foes, it only makes sense that some of the lesser lights should have a chance to shine. Spencer and Lieber compose a character study of some of the lamest characters to fight Spider-Man, but they do so with enough humanity and humor to make this book summertime treat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jul 3, 2013

    My expectations for this book were non-existent. It's one of those things where I saw it was a whole month of SSM books, and a slew of tie-ins I thought were going to suck. Well, I'm a big dumb dumb for thinking that. First, I should have noticed that FOES OF SPIDER-MAN had a stellar creative team attached to it. Frankly, this book is awesome. The art and writing compliment each other incredibly well. Spencer made Boomerang into a character I actually like, instead of a lifeless villain with a bad gimmick. Lieber's art is fantastic, and each page is unique and fun to look at. THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN is a great start to a new book. It's funny, fresh, and it will get you excited about B-List villains. I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Jul 6, 2013

    Overall Superior Foes Of Spider-Man's first issue was a lot of fun to read, which is something I dig about certain comics. The story is on point and the art is great. Fans of Spider-man will definitely enjoy this book, especially since the way it is written feels so familiar, but from the villain's point of view instead. I am definitely awaiting the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jul 6, 2013

    Writer Nick Spencer mingles scruffy urban noir with a nicely skewed sense of humor, and Boomerang's narrative voice has just the right touch of tough-guy snide ("Together, we're the new Sinister Six! And, yes, I am aware that there are only five of us. Thank you."). Though I suspect the series will be more plot-driven as it moves along, this first issue sets the tone with wry humor, and touches of slapstick. Steve Lieber (Whiteout) was one of the artists on the Hurricane Sandy issue of Hawkeye, and while his layouts here tend more to the conventional than Aja's, he does have a similar sense for a lived-in urban setting. I don't know if a book like this can find an audience without dragging in Spidey, or other big guns, on a regular basis, but for however long we have it, Superior Foes of Spider-Man seems likely to be a real treat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 6, 2013

    The Superior Foes of Spider-Man is off to a great start. I can't wait to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jul 7, 2013

    It's a little early to make sweeping claims about this title, but The Superior Foes of Spider-Man is off to a great start. This book is a lot of fun, a great look at the other side of the superhero coin, and it looks like it's going to have a lot of heart. I can't wait to see more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jul 8, 2013

    Overall, The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1 kicks a new, fun series off to a bent-in-the-head sort of start. Given Spencer's talent for intrigue and skullduggery, this could pan out into something stellar. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Player Effort - Roger De Leon Jul 18, 2013

    Superior Foes of Spiderman #1 is a great issue; however it's too soon to make a definitive statement about the future of this series.With fresh young talent found in Nick Spencer and the brilliant art direction of Steve Lieber, I know this new Sinister Six is in great hands. They must remember to take risks however in order to set themselves apart. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jul 8, 2013

    While the approach to these characters and the connectivity between the scenes may need some work, Nick Spencer does give us an entertaining villain and underdog story that is fun to read and good to look at thanks to Steve Lieber and Rachelle Rosenberg. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jul 3, 2013

    While the title of this comic book connects it to the world of Spider-Man, in spirit, it feels more like a fit with the world of Matt Fraction's Hawkeye. This comic is about fantastic characters existing in the mundane world while occasionally contending with larger-than-life danger. Spencer plays these characters mainly for laughs, but he occasionally depicts them as simply flawed people, especially Boomerang. The reader can't picture himself or herself in his place, but we can understand why he makes the mistakes he makes. We don't necessarily cheer for these not-so-superior foes, but it's fun to follow them. My hope is Spencer doesn't take the plot in too dark a direction and that he gives us a deeper look into what makes Boomerang's "colleagues" tick. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Ben Silverio Jul 7, 2013

    Just as I anticipated from the first look at this book, I loved it. The whole thing has an intriguing premise and greatly exceeded my expectations. It reminds me a lot of Matt Fraction's 'Hawkeye', except it takes a look at this group of bumbling bad guys. There are even some similarities in the art style. For instance, while Boomerang is laying out the dynamic of the group, instead of dialogue, artist Steve Lieber uses symbols to show what each character is thinking. From this particular scene, I love that Beetle is tweeting while Shocker is lovingly admiring her from across the table. Read Full Review

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