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The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14

The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14

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In the previous issue, The Shocker was run out of his apartment due to Hammerhead and his henchmen, and took refuge in a local safe house with the head of Silvio Manfredi (Silvermane). Little did he realize that the old gang was going to show up at the safe house as well, so Shocker hid in the bathroom. This is an awkward feeling for Shocker, because the old gang's leader, Boomerang, left him for dead in the trunk of a car. They have no idea what's in store for them.

Cover for The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14, written by Nick Spencer, art by Steve Lieber and Rich Ellis, and colored by Rachelle Rosenberg.
Cover for The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14, written by Nick Spencer, art by Steve Lieber and Rich Ellis, and colored by Rachelle Rosenberg.
© 2014 Marvel Characters.

The primary focus of this story is team member Overdrive, as he tells the team (and the readers) about his background. This is great, because not much is known of this character since the series premiered, and Overdrive is one of those characters that doesn't say much, he remains quiet in the background and does what he's supposed to do. There are comedic moments during his background story, and his big plans on what he wants to do next are not what people might think they are. During this flashback, Overdrive also tells the team about the school bus that they showed up in from the previous issue. It's all explained here, how they got it, why they stole it, and a lot of other fun moments.

There's also a heartfelt moment when the readers see what Speed Demon did with his dog and the little girl. Of course, he asks for sympathy from The Beetle, since he's had feelings for her since the team assembled. But The Beetle, she wants nothing to do with Speed Demon, and she makes that perfectly clear. After Boomerang makes crude remarks about The Shocker, all while Shocker's hearing all of this from the bathroom, he's had enough, and the cliffhanger at the end will make the next issue that much more interesting.

Superior Foes is a series that can't be described in words, it's a series that has to be read to fully understand how great these books are. Absolutely nothing happens in this issue, NOTHING. Yet, that's fine, because the reader's are treated to some back stories and we get to see how these characters are in the real world. There's even a scene where Beetle has to use the restroom and Shocker and the head of Silvermane are hiding in the bathtub. Even though they hear her using the restroom, Shocker imagines something else to go with the flow of the "stream." This issue has the villains using the restroom, just like everyone people, who else scripts things like this? The humor that's made this book great is found in this issue as well. The artwork as well as the colors add on to the great storyline, I can't recommend this book more if I had to. Here's the best part...Spider-Man has yet to appear in this title, but the characters have made a new name for themselves, and they're doing just fine without any Spider-Man appearances. I rate this issue a 5 out of 5 stars, because even though the team has downtime, they still make it interesting. The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14 is written by Nick Spencer, art by Steve Lieber and Rich Ellis, and colors by Rachelle Rosenberg. Retails for $3.99, contains 21 pages, and is available now in print and on digital formats.