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Comic Book: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man
Released in July 2013 as apart of the Marvel Now initiative The Superior Foes of Spider-Man is a spin-off to Superior Spider-Man. It is written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Steve Lieber. Superior Foes follows Boomerang and the Sinister Six — which only has five members — trying to make it big as super villains.

This Comicbook provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil:
    • Overdrive, who is a fan boy of super heroes despite being a super villain.
    • The Shocker for the most part seems to be the friendliest of the group and was the only one reluctant to vote out Boomerang as their leader. It doesn't save him from often taking a lot of crap from him, up to being locked in the trunk of a car that Boomerang is pushing off a pier. Even when dealing with a talking head he comes off as a total push-over.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. When Boomerang's girlfriend learns that Fred is a supervillain, she's largely horrified but admits that it's not a total turn-off. Later on, she even reluctantly gives him advice and tells him that if he's a supervillain, he might as well be the best supervillain he can.
  • Always Someone Better: As Boomerang learns to his chagrin, even an LMD of Bullseye is a better shot than him.
  • Ambiguously Brown:
    • The Shocker. However, Steve Lieber has commented that it is because the colorist wanted to make it seem that the Shocker is one of those old rich people that go to vacation in Miami often, and are therefore tanned.
    • Also Boomerang's bartender/love interest.
    • Justified in the case of The Beetle (stated to be half-black and half-Dominican) since she's the daughter of Tombstone.
  • Author Appeal: This is a book that Nick Spencer wanted to write since he was a teenager.
  • Butt Monkey: Shocker, as per usual.
  • I Call It Vera: The BFG that Beetle used in her first appearance is given the name of Bertha by Fixer.
  • Catchphrase: Nearly any time a character is introduced Boomerang's narration begins with "So yeah — this guy, right?".
  • Chekhov's Gun: It turns out that the first supposedly fake story about where Silvermane's head is located was actually true.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Overdrive and to a lesser degree, Speed Demon.
  • Continuity Nod: Aplenty, mostly to the previous Thunderbolts comics.
    • In the very first issue, Boomerang states that a diamond shipment he planned on robbing was delayed thanks to the Origin Bombs that were hurled at Earth during Jonathan Hickman's opening Avengers arc.
    • Issue #7 essentially ends up as a prequel of sorts to Captain America #607, showing how Beetle came to work for Zemo against Bucky and The Falcon.
  • Cowardly Lion: The Shocker gets regularly poked fun at for being a coward. However he is also the most competent and experienced fighter on the team; and fared the best against Luke Cage and Iron Fist in issue 4.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The team fighting Luke Cage and Iron Fist goes very bad very quickly. Pretty much the whole team except Shocker get their asses kicked.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Tombstone is disappointed by Beetle since she succumbed to this trope, rather than engaging in Pragmatic Villainy.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Beetle turns out to be Tombstone's daughter. As a young girl, he helped her steal gifts from another girl's birthday.
    • Subverted in the sense that he insisted that she became an Amoral Attorney, and was against her becoming a costumed supervillain.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: For a group of C-list Spider-Man villains, but especially Boomerang.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Boomerang.
  • Everything's Precious with Puppies: Inspector, Speed Demon's dog that he stole from a young girl.
  • Evil Counterpart: The actual comic itself could be one for Matt Fraction's run on Hawkeye, which both feature an artistic Slice of Life type focus on B-list super beings, with super heroics (and villainy) portrayed in a more realistic — and comical — manner.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Subverted with Tombstone, who didn't want Janice to be a supervillain because he wants her to be a financial attorney, which he thinks is far more profitable and a lot harder to be arrested for.
  • Five-Bad Band: The Sinister Six
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Speed Demon who stole a puppy just because a child called him stupid. It gets brought up again in the next issue.
  • Harmless Villain: The new Sinister Six.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Abner Jenkins aka Mach VII used to be the first Beetle (long before Janice took the role) until he switched sides and became a hero. There's a lot of resentment towards supervillains who do this in the supervillain community, which makes Mach's attempts to help/be friends with Boomerang difficult to say the least.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Boomerang is the kind of guy who talks about how important teamwork is whilst shoving one of his friends off a bridge.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Boomerang is resentful of Mach VII partially because he got chosen to be a Thunderbolt over him, than promptly pulled a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Sinister Several. It's pretty much the whole point of the comic.
  • Jerk Ass: Boomerang, Speed Demon and Beetle mainly.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Boomerang, its gets exemplified at least once an issue. Highlighted in issue 4 when he was talking about the importance of teamwork while throwing Shocker off a bridge.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Speed Demon, arguably. While he did steal a kid's puppy for a petty reason, at least he seems to take good care of it.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Rare villainous example, Overdrive fanboyed when Luke Cage came to beat him and his team up.
  • Legacy Character: Janice is far from the first Beetle; she's the fourth or fifth person now to don the outfit.
  • The Load: Mach VII is far less helpful to Boomerang than he thinks he is.
  • Losing Your Head: Silvio Silvermane lost his cyborg body to a trash compactor, but his head is still functional since it's where his power source is stored. His head is currently in the possession of The Owl. In actuality, Silvermane's head befriended a young boy whose mother owned the junkyard and is later taken away by Shocker.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Boomerang has a special talent for weaseling his way out of trouble.
  • The Millstone: Boomerang developing into this results in the team kicking him out.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The book's title, promo materials, and even the cover of issue #1 heavily suggest the presence of the Superior Spider-Man, who so far hasn't shown up or indeed really played any role in the plot.
  • Nonindicative Name: Discussed, Boomerang brings up the advantage to only having five members on the Sinister Six is that whomever they are facing would think that there are more of them. Later on, Luke Cage does indeed wonder if there's another member when he breaks into their headquarters.
    • The name in itself also suggests a more classic line-up of Spider-Man villains, including the likes of Doctor Octopus, Kraven, Electro and others. This series' lineup actually has more in common with the short-lived Sinister Syndicate of the 90's, who most prominently appeared in the Deadly Foes of Spider-Man collection.
  • Poke the Poodle: Speed Demon is apparently of the opinion that stealing puppies is prime supervillain material.
  • Only Sane Woman: Beetle is the sole member of the team that is even remotely competent as a supervillain.
  • The Quisling: Villains who fully reform and become heroes (serving a stint in the Thunderbolts is considered different) are seen as this amongst the villain community, which is one of the reason Boomerang hates Abe Jenkins, the original Beetle and his parole officer.
  • Race Lift: Beetle is depicted as Ambiguously Brown, despite clearly being white when she first showed up in Captain America. A reason for this is finally given in issue #6, where we find out that her dad is Tombstone.
  • Reality Ensues: This comic is basically the life of C-List supervillains portrayed realistically. They're all complete failures in life and are considered jokes, the group is reduced to robbing convenience stores just to make money, Boomerang gets kicked out of the group the second he starts becoming The Load, and the group is constantly having to tiptoe around the mob.
  • Revision: The final moments of issue #7 takes place just prior to Captain America #607, explaining how Janice came to work for Baron Zemo.
  • Shout-Out: Everywhere.
    • After breaking his buddies out of jail, Boomerang calls it a "Total Heisenberg moment". Later on, Walter and Jesse appear in one of his dream segments.
    • One is made to the Death of Superman storyline, with Boomerang saying to Mach VII that there could be multiple people using the Boomerang name after he "retired", from a cyborg, to a teenager to a black guy.
    • And nuggets like this:
    • And this:
  • Spiritual Successor: To Jeff Parker's run on the Thunderbolts.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Invoked. In issue 9, Boomerang makes a cowardly attempt to get Bullseye to spare him, but pointing out how terrible for him (and awesome for Bullseye) it would be if Bullseye killed his girlfriend and left Fred dealing with the guilt and motivated by it in future face-offs (this alludes to Bullseye's murders of Daredevil love interests Elektra and Karen Page).
  • Unreliable Narrator: Boomerang rarely tells the complete truth in his narration if any of it..
  • Villain Protagonist: The Sinister Six, who overlap with Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists.
  • Villain Worshipper: Boomerang seems to have a fascination with Dormammu. In his Imagine Spot with his new girlfriend, he even imagines Dormammu as his best man in his wedding as well as the father of his baby.
    Speed Demon: It's always Dormammu with you...
  • Wham Line: This from Beetle to Tombstone at the end of issue 6; "Hi daddy".
  • Women Are Wiser: The Beetle is the most part the most practical and professional member of the gang and has demonstrated better planning and organizational skills than Boomerang himself.
    • Being the daughter of Spider-Man villain and gang leader Tombstone she probably picked up a few things. She also graduated valedictorian from Columbia Law School and spent a few years as a successful lawyer. In her words she wants to break the glass ceiling and be the Hillary Clinton of drug lords.
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