Since its debut last year as part of ‘Superior Spider-Month,’ Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber’s ‘Superior Foes of Spider-Man’ has been one of my favorite Marvel comics on my pull list, even though the web-slinger wasn’t even in it. Unfortunately, though many feel the same way that I do, the book wasn’t exactly a best seller. That’s why this week’s seventeenth issue will be its last. Still, it was quirky, funny, clever, and an all-around good time. I even put it up there with Matt Fraction’s ‘Hawkeye’ as one of the most entertaining books of recent history, so I will be extremely sad to see it go. But one fan of the series was given the opportunity to share these feelings in a grand farewell letter that will be printed on the final page of tomorrow’s issue.
Traditionally when a comic book ends, the writer and some other members of the staff might share some of their fondest memories of the series while thanking the fans for sticking with it. But when Boomerang and his Sinister Six make their exit, things will be going down a little bit differently. According to ComicBook.com, former WWE Champion CM Punk has contributed some heartfelt (and some very sarcastic) words to the letters page of ‘Superior Foes’ #17. No stranger to Marvel Comics at this point, both recreationally and professionally, Punk wrote the introduction to the hardcover edition of ‘Avengers Vs. X-Men’ and he will be writing his first comic book story ever with Rob Guillory for ‘Thor Annual’ #1 in February 2015. However, the Voice of the Voiceless strikes again when he speaks up for this unique comic that many are sad to see go. And before the book his the shelves of your local comic book shop tomorrow, you can read the Second City Saint’s gospel below:
While some may think that this is a famous fan throwing his name around to do something cool, I see this as a true fan giving an underrated comic book a worthy sendoff, even down to the backhanded compliments at the creative team and the publisher. Punk’s letter fits very well into the vein of ‘Superior Foes of Spider-Man’ and although I am a fan of the Best in the World, no one could have given a goodbye as good as this one to a simply brilliant comic book.
Are you sad that ‘Superior Foes of Spider-Man’ has been cancelled? Do you hope that Boomerang, Shocker, Overdrive, Speed Demon, and the Beetle pop up somewhere else in the Marvel Universe in the near future? Or are you surprised that it even lasted this long? Sound off in the comments.