Superior Foes Of Spider-Man – A Crime Comic In Disguise

There have been a number of comics over the years that have involved the Sinister Six. Now, the Six are classically Spider-Man villains who have teamed up to commit acts of crime together.

But never have their actions felt like a crime comic.

Until now.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man is a spinoff book from the current Superior Spider-Man by Nick Spencer who has recently been writing Thief Of Thieves for Robert Kirkman.

I knew that. But I was surprised just how much Superior Foes felt like Thief Of Thieves. Check it.

IMG_0020It's the classic laying-out-the-members of the the heist scene…


There's that narration with the audience, that touches on individual quirks.


Choice of language is key – "steady jobs", "fell in", "crews, "stashed", "sweet", it's a casual chummy and colloquial language choice that engages the audience all the time while describing crime that you could forgive, and an upwardly mobile plan.


There's even the petty incompetence of career criminals, as human as all of us.

And of course, there's a big twist, which reveals much of what we've been told is a lie. Or rather, the truth about everything has been kept from us in a clever, tightly plotted, fashion.

As DC are planning to launch their own super villain book, I hope they take an eye at Superior Foes, as well as the likes of Thief Of Thieves, Criminal, Red Team and more and realise that a supervillain book can at it's heart be a villain book more than a super one.

Because Superior Foes is pretty damn entertaining like this.

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Currently exhibiting Jason Atomic's Satanic Mojo, inspired by underground comics with work from Atomic, Shaky Kane, Garry Leach and more… for adults only. Go to the gallery and buy the comic…


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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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