Just like Avengers A.I. this is a book that has dove straight into my heart and become one of my favourite comics already. This book is such a unique delight, and Nick Spencer’s writing of Boomerang is so perfect, I could read him rambling on about nonsense all day. This issue was full of great fun moments, off-beat takes on the Marvel Universe, and also a few surprising twists. Since Hawkeye is taking it’s sweet, sweet time releasing new issues, this should be your go-to for street-level awesomeness.
This issue opens with Boomerang giving us a recap on the history of Silvermane and his missing head, as I said, Boomerang’s inner voice is amazing, and Spencer manages to make all of this exposition enormously entertaining, especially when Boomerang deviates to tell an underground myth where the head was found by a young boy and he and Silvermane become friends, a la The Iron Giant, but of course, that’s bullshit, The Owl has Silvermane’s head under lock and key. I just love how cynical this title is.
We then see Boomerang in a meeting with his new parole officer, Mach VII, the former Beetle. I loved this scene, the dialogue between these two former buddies was brilliantly written, and Spencer once again makes recapping fun, as we get filled in onto the back-story between these two and their history in the Thunderbolts. I loved how Boomerang saw what Abe did as the ultimate betrayal, and how he saw his involvement with the Tbolts as completely different, he’s a complex character is Fred Myers. I would have liked to see Spencer tackle the fact that Mach VII changed his skin colour in some humorous way, but I expect that’s coming.
Also brilliantly written was the scene where the rest of the Sinister Six kick him out because of his new association with Mach VII, I’m loving the banter between these losers, and how they comment on the wider Marvel Universe, such as their reactions to the Defenders all being women now. It was also great to see how Boomerang fucked up and the Sinister Four were able to take over his plan, it’s great to see how small-time and stupid these criminals are, really reminiscent of the late Elmore Leonard.
The scene with the ‘Supervillains Anonymous’ meeting was equally hilarious, and also tragic, as Spencer once again uses Marvel History in unexpected ways, and of course combines it with Hippo man-boobs.
This book is just amazing, Steve Lieber’s art is perfect for the book’s tone, the humour is there, the pathos is there, and the ending sets up some exciting stuff for the future, as Boomerang sets up his former friends for a fall.
If you’re not reading this book, you really should be, it’s something special, and in a month where the Distinguished Competition is all about their villains and how fucking dark and gritty they are, this black comedy is probably the best villain’s comic of them all. Although it is only in 2D.