Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #3 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #3: It's actually hard to review this issue, on some level. In the plus column, the narrative is spectacularly well done. I'm hard pressed to think of another issue that I've read where the author managed to deliver so much narrative without breaking character or slipping into excessive exposition. I could not only hear Boomerang saying every line, but Spencer was also using it to show us the story, not just exposit it at us. Boomerang behaves exactly as you expect him to behave, selling out his crew because they didn't include him. It's the distinct voice that Spencer gives Boomerang -- clever, but immature and petulant in a way that we don't normally see in superheroes -- that makes this series and this issue is a great example of how compelling it is. However, in the minus column, I will say that it was a slog at certain points. Even if Spencer managed not to make it an exposition-a-thon, long narrative stretches can be tiring to reader, particularly in the comic-book medium where you're waiting for some sort of action to happen eventually. Even the introduction of other characters during the Super-Villains Anonymous meeting (hilarious, by the way) resulted in another soliloquy, just by a different character. I want Spencer to keep up Boomerang's narration, because he does provide the aforementioned distinct voice, but, now that we understand him better, I think it's time to introduce either more dialogue or more action to mix it up a bit.