With the Sinister Sixteen still running amok through the Chameleon’s secret lair, writer Nick Spencer and artist Steve Lieber (with colors from Rachelle Rosenberg and letters from Clayton Cowles) join in the fun and give readers yet another issue packed with conniving characters and chaotic outcomes. As predictable as it ever has been — which is to say not at all — “The Superior Foes of Spider-Man” #13 is on par with expectations for this series and packs in some extra laughs for good measure.
The most hilarious part of this comic book is interchange between Shocker and the head of Silvermane, who calls the Spider-Foe anything but his nom de guerre. Spencer, dealing with the dregs of Spider-Man’s expansive rogues, is able to have fun with the dialog, and ad-libs the situations all around. Mach VII provides some slapstick humor while trying to exit a furniture shop, Hammerhead’s emotional turmoil as he tries to reclaim the head of Silvermane for the Maggia provides a side of the criminal crew leader readers have never seen before. Through all of this, Spencer provides the natural humor that goes along with the deep-rooted distrust as Boomerang tries to win back the faith of his gang.
Steve Lieber is perfectly matched with Spencer for these adventures, especially the humorous aspects delivered with the comic book equivalent of deadpan. The artist varies up the camera angles and level of depth and detail to the surroundings, giving Rosenberg a wide scope of scenery for her color work. Rosenberg’s colors aren’t overly bright, but they are fun and appropriate for a comic featuring some of the garishly clad foes of the wallcrawler. To drive home the emotional turmoil and reactions of the characters, Lieber frequently knocks out the backgrounds or zooms in on the characters, which in this case enables simpler panels to become more dynamic panels, especially since so much of “The Superior Foes of Spider-Man” #13 revolves around characters running from one spot to another.
“The Superior Foes of Spider-Man” #13, with a comical cover featuring the Foes raiding Spidey’s more illustrious foes’ weapons and wardrobes, gives readers a chance to see Shocker standing his ground and Boomerang covering his tracks. Spencer and Lieber, like “Daredevil’s” Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, but with more of a weird vibe going on, are perfectly matched as collaborators on a series that exceeds expectations all over the place. After all, who in their right mind would think fans would look forward to a series starring Boomerang, the Shocker, Beetle, Speed Demon and Overdrive, let alone that the series would be entering its second year as an ongoing? Luckily for those fans, Spencer and Lieber show no sign of letting up as they continue to bring the outlandish and entertaining to “The Superior Foes of Spider-Man.”