For all the praise that Matt Fraction’s & David Aja’s “Hawkeye” is getting (and deservedly so — it’s great), I have to highlight a series that, at first blush, didn’t seem like it would warrant much interest.
“The Superior Foes of Spider-Man" by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber is warped genius. It’s about five lower-tier supervillains who try to get by as the new Sinister Six and pull off that One Big Score that will raise their status in the manic, insecure world of Marvel bad guys. (That there’s only five villains in their Sinister Six is just the first of their problems.) It’s a delicious, funny mix of "Ocean’s 11" and "Pinky and the Brain" … with costumes.
The spread here (from Superior Foes #4) shows the gang’s not-really-all-that-smart leader, Boomerang, about to lead the team into the headquarters of the Owl to ostensibly steal the head of Silvio Silvermane. As Boomerang says, “This’ll be a piece of cake, gang!” The two-page spread that follows is, as I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the most glorious things I’ve seen in a comic in years.
Get this book! The first collection (issues 1-6) is out in March.