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:
- A Day In The Lime Light: For a group of C-list Spider-Man villains, but especially Boomerang.
- Affably Evil: Overdrive, who is a fan boy of super heroes despite being a super villain.
- 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 therefor tanned.
- Butt Monkey: Shocker, as per usual.
- Continuity Nod: Aplenty, mostly to the previous Thunderbolts comics.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nonindicative Name: Discussed, Speed Demon 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.
- The Quisling: Villains who fully reform and become heroes 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.
- Shout-Out: Everywhere.
- Unreliable Narrator: Boomerang doesn't even tell the complete truth in his narration.
- Villain Protagonist: The Sinister Six, who overlap with Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists.