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The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13

The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13

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The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13 continues off where the previous issue ended where The Owl recruited a team for Boomerang, and they are (temporarily) called "The Sinister Sixteen." Meanwhile, Shocker still has the head of Silvermane, and has no idea that Hammerhead and his henchmen are outside of his apartment waiting for him.Shocker has the head in a bowling bag and he threw the bowling ball outside the window, so this gets Hammerhead and his men's attention.
Abner Jenkins, a reformed supervillain now known as Mach VII, is shopping for a couch, then he receives a phone call. It's from a Sinister Sixteen member named Desmond Charne, also known as "Mirage," and Desmond throws Boomerang under the bus. Abner's not happy about this, because Fred Myers (Boomerang) is supposed to be on a rehab program just like Desmond, but Fred's at it again with the crimes. As Mach VII (attempts) to walk out of the furniture store, he runs into problems, and a series of comedic moments occur.
Mach VII reaches the destination in Brooklyn, and there are cops and the SWAT team at the scene of the crime. Slowly, the members of The (not so) Sinister Sixteen walk out slowly, giving themselves up. Mirage is taken in an ambulance, and after willingly giving up, he realizes that he was taken away by The Chameleon. Shocker proves himself to the head of Silvermane, and by issue's end, he reunites with his original team, The Sinister Six, even though they are only five members strong. That, and the fact that Shocker's hiding from the team, ever since Fred locked him in the trunk of a car and pushed it over an overpass, leaving him presumably dead, back in issue 4.
Latest news states that this series isn't going to be canceled, and that's great news because this is a fun and enjoyable series. Foes went from being a 12 issue series to at least a 17 issue series due to fan support. Who would've thought that a book featuring Boomerang, Beetle, Speed Demon, Shocker, and Overdrive could be so good? The characterization is key with this series, and the main five villains are showcased as regular people who are trying to find jobs to score a big hit. Having read many Spider-Man books, Shocker seemed like a threat to Spider-Man, but after seeing him in his everyday life, he's no different than your average Joe. This series is doing everything right. I give this issue a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The Superior Foes of Spider-Man is written by Nick Spencer, art is by Steve Lieber, and coloring is done by Rachelle Rosenberg. Issue 13 has 23 pages, retails for $3.99, and is available now in print and on digital formats.

Cover for The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13, written by Nick Spencer, art by Steve Lieber, and colored by Rachelle Rosenberg.
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