Wow, I was impressed by #1 of this title, but this issue I liked even more. This really is the new Hawkeye, and that is high praise indeed. In this issue, we are treated to more of Boomerang’s depressing life as a small-time criminal trying to step up, all tied together with the idea of what the worst thing about being a supervillain is.
Is it The Punisher? Maybe, especially since he doesn’t play by the rules and just kills you? Is it the meetings? I’d say so, as Spencer has the characters address the fact that their team is one man (or woman) short of being the Sinister Six. I loved this scene, the dialogue was really funny, and it really showed the unique perspective this book has on the Marvel Universe. The call back to the ‘Sinister Syndicate’ was great, and I loved Boomerang’s idea that people would think there was some secret mystery member, maybe even Dormammu backing them up, which is hilarious, and makes me want to see these losers get wrapped up in some kind of magical adventure.
Or maybe the worst thing about being a supervillain is the lawyers, as we are introduced to Boomerang’s lawyer, a shyster by the name of Partridge. I like this new character already, he’s a different kind of lawyer in the Marvel Universe. Most of the time we see heroic lawyers like Daredevil or She-Hulk, but now we’re seeing a corrupt asshole of a lawyer, which should be fun, I’d certainly like to see him go up against Matt Murdock or Jen Walters in court.
The main crime the Sinister Five commit in this issue is to rob a high-class restaurant, but uh-oh, they are interrupted by The Punisher. Only it’s not Frank Castle, it’s actually the Chameleon, come to put Boomerang back on track. I’m really enjoying the way this book is using Chameleon. The main Spider-Man series kind of turned him into a joke, but here, he’s dangerous. The task he’s set Boomerang? To nab the head of Silvio Silvermane. Not only does this call to mind the classic Peckinpah movie, but it’s just such a cool idea.
But of course, with this title, it’s not just insane heists Boomerang has to deal with, but more realistic stuff, like his new parole officer, who is none other than his old pal, Abner Jenkins, who is now Mach VII. Being a big Thunderbolts fan, it’s always great to see these characters show up, and in a book like this, I think Spencer can have a lot of fun with the former Beetle. Oh yeah, and Shocker knows that Boomerang is lying to the team, that should be an interesting plotline, already, this title has some gripping subplots.
Steve Lieber’s art is once again perfect for this title, it’s realistic and low-key, which really works for what is essentially a crime book, I also like the way he experiments with cartoony daydreams and the like. Much like with Hawkeye, half the fun of this title is seeing superhero characters drawn in a new and different way. But of course, the story is also great, Spencer has really drawn me into this lowlife world, Boomerang is already better-realised than most superheroes, and the rest of the characters are getting there. And also, this issue had no Spider-Man in it at all, I know this book probably needs his name on it to sell, but it does seem kind of out of place.
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