June 1, 2023

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Noteworthy Issues: The Superior Foes Of Spider-Man #12 (June, 2014)

Oh hey! Not a filler issue!

OK, two filler issues in a row, and the series is finally back to the original creative team and storyline.

OK, this series is close to a decade old as I type this, but the point stands.

Issue:  The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #12, June 2014

Writer:  Nick Spencer

Artist:  Steve Lieber

The Plot:  Boomerang has to think fast to get what he wants without losing his head.  Literally.

Commentary:  OK, two filler issues in a row sucks, but when Boomerang has a line on the first page about how it seemed like a really long time since the regular creative team’s last sighting…yeah, that was nice.  I would prefer there be no fillers, but if there must be two and the series acknowledges the passage of time, then I can go along with that.

So, the last issue by Spencer and Lieber had Boomerang confronted by Beetle and Overdrive with a tricked out school bus full of armed children.  Where did that bus come from?  Eh, it doesn’t matter.  What does matter is Boomerang has the Owl convinced that the Chameleon robbed the Owl of the painting of Dr Doom’s actual face, and Boomerang has to lead a team in to get it back.  Beetle and Overdrive (plus Speed Demon when he comes back) don’t trust Boomerang since this is sort of what got the lot of them captured by the Owl the first time around.

As it is, Boomerang maybe gets somewhere this time.  You know, for now.

Oh, and Shocker is tired of being pushed around all the time.  Apparently, nothing makes a guy angrier than a cranky cyborg head sitting in the living room.

Man, I am glad the regular creative team came back.

Grade:  A-

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