Anghus Houvouras reviews Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #2 and The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #2...
These ancillary titles could
have been phoned in affairs to capitalize on the success of the core
title. The first issue of Superior Team-Up very much felt like a greedy
cash grab that lacked purpose. It was bad enough that i questioned
whether I'd pick up the second issue. I'm glad I pushed
through my apprehension because Superior Team-Up #2 is a great read
and exemplifies what works about the concept of a title pairing two
Dcotor Octopus has taken
over Peter Parker's life as has set a course to be the world's most
beloved hero. His strange behavior has made his peers take notice,
prompting a visit from his clone Kaine, the Scarlet Spider. Since their
last meeting involved Kaine snapping Doc Ock's neck, things don't go too smoothly pitting the Superior Spider-Man against the Scarlet Spider in a city spanning smack down.
confrontation is interrupted by the appearance of an old nemesis, The
Jackal and an army of spider powered mutant monsters. Bitter rivals are
forced to work together in order to survive. The Sibling Rivalry story
(which continues in Scarlet Spider #20) was a great throwback to
yesteryear. I may be one of the few comic fans who actually enjoyed The
Clone Saga of the 1990s, which many cite as the kind of character
overkill that led to the collapse of the medium.
my complaints with the first issue have been addressed. Mainly, the
art, which has greatly improved. Gone are the poorly constructed panels
of the first issue which resembled those place mats at family
restaurants used to occupy four year olds with crayons.
The second issue is a dramatic improvement and gives me hope for future
installments as it shows the potential for this kind of comic. Small,
contained stories that can still add to the overall dramatic narrative.
Foes of Spider-Man #2 continues the wonderful and woeful adventures of
the new Sinister Six, even though there are only five members. Nick
Spencer and Steve Lieber are crafting a great story that
is easily the most humorous book on the shelves. I love a good underdog
story, and Superior Foes of Spider-Man is the Bad News Bears of the
Marvel Universe. It's hard not to root for these guys. I try to avoid
hyperbole, but two issues into Superior Foes and I have a hard time not
describing it as an instant classic. If you'd had told me at the
beginning of the year that my favorite comic book was going to feature
Boomerang and Shocker, I would have asked what prescription medication
you were snorting and recommended halving the dose. And yet, here we
Superior Foes of Spider-Man is a must read, and Superior Spider-Man Team-Up rebounded nicely.
Anghus Houvouras is a North Carolina based writer and filmmaker. His latest work, the novel My Career Suicide Note, is available from Amazon.