The Superior Foes of Spider-Man 008 (2014) (Digital) (Darkness-Empire) 001This cover plays an interesting take on the villain group shot as often it is just a set of bad guys that exhibit their powers. This page serves a number of purposes. Initially it looks like Sinister Six caught and taking part of a line-up, the parallel lines are indicative of this. Each character is in full regalia and their costumes look sleek and dashing. It is quite a heavy and dark colour palette with the shading more morphological than the lighting, which may represent the atmosphere of the room. Secondly the fact that policemen are laid out at their feet unconscious brings sinister happening into the frame. This nicely follows into the expressions of our loveable rogues, as they are standing nonchalantly with an innocent pretence. There are subtle head tilts and gazes in each others direction implying they know more than they are letting on. You can further build on this contemplating that our villains have incurred this damage, and have become a powerful and dangerous group. There is an alternate theory that another assailant may have attacked the cops in order to get to our criminals. Hence the expressions of guilt and nervousness of the Sinister Ones as they confront an aggressor. It is a cool cover and entertains a refreshing epitome, which to be honest, is how Nick Spencer has been writing this book since its inception. It is interesting to see how the front page can be representative of the book, especially one that is so esoteric.

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