Book Review: Spider-Man: Deadly Foes of Spider-Man

Spider-Man: Deadly Foes of Spider-Man Spider-Man: Deadly Foes of Spider-Man by Danny Fingeroth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book collects two four-issue Comic mini-series, the Deadly Foes of Spider-man and the Lethal Foes of Spider-man.

The Deadly Foes is a very good story. While Spider-man is in the book, the focus isn't on him. It's on the villains of the newly reconvened sinister Syndicate led by the Beetle and featuring several other villains including the Rhino.

The story grows more complex as the villains start plotting against each other and it's fascinating to see how they end up dividing into different sides. It builds up to a really satisfying conclusion.

The Lethal Foes of Spider-man is a sequel that has a lot more criminals and criminal plans at work. While, most of the villains in the first story were (except for maybe the Rhino) were B-listers, this story also features the Vulture and Doctor Octopus among many many others. Honestly, if feels like writer Danny Fingeroth had a big toy chest with all the villains in it and just saw which one he could pull out.

It's certainly not a bad story, but it's not quite as good as the Deadly Foes. With all the characters, it's hard, though not impossible to keep track of the individual plot points. It's just less focused than the Deadly Foes because there's not a clear through-line as was the case in that series. In addition, there's a big difference in the art. The Deadly Foes was pencilled by Al Milgrom and Kerry Gammill and looks good. The second story has art by Scott McDaniel and was drawn in 1993 and embraces the ugliness and exceesses of 1990s comic art. Though this is far from the worst example, it does have some images that are just yeck.

Still, despite its flaws, Lethal Foes was fun to read just to see how many villains would show up and overall as a collection, this is well worthwhile. If you enjoy Spider-man's rogue's gallery of the 1980s and 90s, this is a solid and fun read.

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Published on May 08, 2021 07:35 Tags: rogue-s-gallery, spider-man
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