“One time I caught him in my sock drawer, trying things on. The wrong way.”
If that quote from Silvermane doesn’t get you intrigued about Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13 then nothing will. Spencer and Lieber deal with the aftermath of the Sinister Sixteen rumble in Chameleon’s pad and Shocker’s problems with the Maggia in the latest issue of B-list baddies.
Nick Spencer continues his excellent run as writer on Superior Foes. It is a testament to the quality of his writing that this issue doesn’t have fisticuffs galore, yet the issue moves at a rapid, snappy pace. There is a balanced mix of slapstick (Mach VII’s furniture store adventure) and sarcastic quips that makes for an amusing read. But Spencer isn’t just writing humor – there is an interesting and perhaps meaningful relationship that further develops between Shocker and Silvermane (or Silvermane’s head anyway) as well as a bit of drama with a rather ambitious EMT at the scene of the Sinister Sixteen showdown.
The art is equally strong as Lieber continues to be a perfect match for Spencer’s sharp writing style. Lieber excels in this issue in drawing the emotions very powerfully on his subjects. This is particularly the case with Silvermane. It is a tricky thing to not be able to use body language to help portray a character’s feelings, yet Lieber does so wonderfully with Silvermane’s disembodied countenance. And, although Shocker is masked, Lieber does a great job of depicting Shocker’s progress from crisis in confidence to realization that he is actually pretty smart. In fact, one could probably flip through the issue without reading a word and still get the basic gist of the issue – a wonderful credit to Lieber’s skills in bringing his characters alive via face/body language and strategically placed dramatic close-ups.
The Little Spidey-Spinoff That Could continues its unexpectedly long run, producing consistently high quality stories. This latest issue has advanced the chaos further and set up what should be a very interesting encounter with Shocker and Silvermane vs. Boomerang and his gang. I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of Hammerhead, either. Or Chameleon. Or Owl! Oh my goodness I need the next issue in my hands like NOW.
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13 leaves little to be said. This series is amongst the best that not only Marvel but all comics has to offer right now and should be an immediate buy for anyone vaguely interested.