The “Superior” feeling at Marvel Comics seems to be growing. After yesterday’s tease of a major change for their flagship Spider-Man title, the publisher today announced a new “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” monthly by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber.
Set for a July start, the series focuses on the new Sinister Six introduced as part of Dan Slott’s own “Superior Spider-Man” launch story in “Amazing Spider-Man” #700. That team consisted of classic foes Boomerang and Shocker alongside some more recent additions like Speed Demon, the new Beetle and Overdrive.
“This is a book about the working class guys; these are not the Kingpins or Green Goblins or Doc Ocks of the world,” Spencer told Marvel.com. “These are the small-time crooks looking for a quick score so they can pay their alimony and get the loan shark off their back. A lot of the book is from Boomerang’s perspective, and he’s very much aware of that-and he sees this new Sinister Six he’s formed as one last big shot at real money and real power. He’s got a lot riding on this.”
The series will take the form of a super heist book, but as its “Superior” designation implies, don’t expect the Doctor Octopus-controlled Spider-Man to be too far behind. “Spider-Man is just something-as a concept, even, rather than a person-that looms very large in these character’s lives. He’s greatly impacted their career trajectories; he’s put most of them in prison, more than once. Every job has to be planned with the expectation that he’ll show up. And on the personal level, with the number of times Spidey’s gone head to head with them, of course they’re going to notice changes. In some ways, they know Spider-Man better than anyone,” Spencer said.