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Friday, November 28, 2014 

The "Superior" Foes of Spider-Man is cancelled

An inferior spinoff of Spider-Man's series has been discontinued. Most dumbfounding about this politically correct exercise in futility is that it was far from ever being successful:
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #17 is simultaneously the ending that everyone and no one saw coming. The series has been on the chopping block since day one; even its solicits made sure to announce that it wasn’t cancelled yet. Looking back it’s a miracle that it lasted as long as it did and Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber were able to create fifteen issues together. The fact that the end is finally here comes as no surprise, but the manner in which Lieber and Spencer conclude the series feels like a revelation.
Yes, a revelation that Marvel's staff are wasting money publishing books that don't appeal or make any bank, and formatting many of them as ongoings when, if they really must try them out, they'd do better to just publish them as miniseries. But no, that's just not enough for them, they have to do it all as ongoings, because that has better exploitation value for milking dough from speculators.

They even tried to justify the book with the following approach:
The key to understanding Superior Foes #17 (and all of Superior Foes) is that it’s not a story set in the Marvel universe; it’s a story being told by someone within the Marvel universe. There’s nothing objective or honest about this comic. It’s filled with half-truths, exaggerations, and absurdities. This is the story you tell your friends at the bar when you’ve had one too many and want to relive your life the way you imagined it, regardless of what really happened.
Yeah, I'm sure that's a lot more descriptive than the reviewer thinks. Yet at the end, he gives the book a A- rating, which is higher than it deserves. But the whole book sprung from mindsets that follow PC thinking, and writers who were chosen because their standings coincide with those of the biased editors/publishers. And using an "out of continuity" approach is no excuse for a story that emphasizes the villains at the heroes' expense, an idea that's become way overused since 2000.

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