Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #4 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)
The first twist that I thought was clever was the revelation that Fred sicked Iron Fist and Luke Cage on the Sinister Six so that he could later free them, using the incident to justify his leadership of the team. It showed how clever Fred is, how he's capable of thinking a few moves down the game. But, the best twist is where Fred pushes a car into the river with a tied-up Shocker in the trunk. This one, this one is Fred. Sure, you have to ask yourself if he really means to kill him, since, if he did, he probably could've just shot him. But, it shows that Fred is also scared. He panics, he makes bad decisions, he worries. He probably could've kept the Shocker on the team, probably could've used him. It just would've required some leadership to keep him in line. But, he panics after the Shocker reveals that he knows the Punisher was actually the Chameleon. Again, the Shocker probably would've believed Fred's lie that he had paid the Chameleon to appear as the Punisher just to improve his cred with the team, making it clear how he escaped an encounter with the Punisher. Instead of realizing how lucky he is that the Shocker didn't discover that the Chameleon is really pulling their strings, he takes out the Shocker. I had actually sort of believed him at the end, believed that Fred had realized that if he just ran the team efficiently, they'd do better and make more money. But, leadership is hard and Fred takes the easy way. But, I guess, in the end, it's Fred. He can play a game of chess, so long as no one makes an unexpected move and forces him to knock the board off the table in panic.