Multiversity Comics has the first look at complete pages from Valiant’s Quantum and Woody Must Die #1, written by James Asmus, drawn by me, color by Dave McCaig.
There’s also an interview with James and me, conducted by Matthew Meylikhov.
This past Wednesday, Nick Spencer, Rachelle Rosenberg and I wrapped up The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, our absurd heist comedy set in the Marvel Universe. We’re hugely proud of it, and the reaction from critics and readers has been wonderful. If you haven’t read Superior Foes yet, you can get signed copies of the paperbacks from my studio’s shop.
Reviews for the Final Issue:
Superior Foes deftly mixed comic bombast, candy-coated visuals, frenetic capers, tangled double crosses, and insanely great humor with, well, even more insanely great humor… the Marvel machine, at the height of its pop power, somehow let something small and personal into the world.”
This Is Serious Business
“Spencer and Lieber created fifteen of the best issues published by Marvel in years because they recognized it’s better to be a loser who tried than a winner who played it safe.”
“An oasis of ridiculousness… entertaining, top-of-the-stack reading, and this final issue of the series is no different.”
Comic Book Resources
“One of the funniest books on the stands month in and month out. ”
We The Nerdy
“One of the most underrated and under-appreciated comic series on the market… highly recommend that you give this series a chance”
“The climax of Nick Spencer and Steven Lieber’s the Superior Foes of Spider-Man is as good as it gets in comics…a fantastic end to a superior comic book series”
“This was a great way to end this series, and as hard as it is to know there’ll be no more issues, it was a fun and exciting run.”
“This entire series, beginning to end, has been a thing of beauty. It’s a real labor of love, and it shows in every page ”
“Through it all, Steve Lieber and Rachelle Rosenberg bring their fine blend of art once more, delivering the visual gags with pitch perfect precision”
Paradox Comic Group
“A bonafide sleeper hit, thanks to a sublime blend of dark humour, deft characterisation, and an ability to dip into the most obscure parts of Marvel lore.”
“It was fun, it was funny and it was exceedingly well put-together. While it’s a bummer that the book won’t show up in shops next month, it’s great that it goes out on a high note.”
Everyday Is Like Wednesday
“They gave us a book that was funny, smart, and unique, things more comics should strive to be. ”
Superior Spider Talk
“Spencer and Lieber certainly send it off in style…we need more comics like this one on the stands.”
Examples of Nerdery
From the start Spencer & Lieber gave this title a distinct voice, blending crime capers with absurdist humor. Its rhythm felt like very few other books on the shelves. Today, Superior Foes comes to an end with an issue that perfectly captures the spirit of the series.
Nothing But Comics
I’ll be a guest this weekend, September 20th & 21st, at Rose City Comic Con! Look for me at booth 1217, part of Periscope Studio’s twin islands. Look for my new banner!
Also, I’ll be on the Periscope Protips panel Saturday at 11 AM, in panel Room 6
I’ve been blogging for a while now at Comic Con International’s website. 20 columns so far, all full of my thoughts on the art, craft, and business of comics. My column is called “Dilettante.”
I’m going to be a featured guest at Wondercon this weekend, April 18-20, in Anaheim! You can find me in Artists Alley at table AA-156, seated next to Sara Ryan.
I’ll be signing my work (including the first Superior Foes of Spider-Man trade paperback) doing sketches, and participating in four panels:
Friday at 1:30pm
Spotlight on Steve Lieber and Sara Ryan
Friday at 4:00pm:
The New Wave Graphic Novel
Jim Di Bartolo (In the Shadows), Steve Lieber ( Whiteout), Sara Ryan (Bad Houses), and Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), all eminent graphic novelists, discuss their own works within the form, as well as how today’s increased acceptance of the graphic novel has led to new books, new authors, and new readers. Moderated by WonderCon Anaheim special guest and author Jim Pascoe.
Friday April 18, 2014 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 210 A
Saturday at 11:00am
Comics in Action
Sunday at 11:00am:
Breaking into Comics The Marvel Way: Sun, April 20th 11am:
Kris Anka, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Richard Isanove, Marjorie Liu, James Robinson, Mark Waid, Steve Lieber, Sam Humphries
Hope to see some of you there!
Over at Comic-Con’s site, I have a new Dilettante column analyzing Will Eisner’s work.
Superior Foes #9 arrives in stores next week, Wednesday, March 12! And if you haven’t had achance to read the early issues, our first trade paperbabck is available now! Your local store should have a copy, but if that’s not an option, my studio has copies for sale that I’ve signed and done a little quick head-sketch.
I just learned that Alabaster: Wolves is nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for “Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel.” Alabaster was published by Dark Horse, written by Caitlin R Kiernan, drawn by me, with color by Rachelle Rosenberg. It’s an impressive slate of nominees, and a real privilege to be listed among such stellar work.
The hardcover collection is available through your local comic shop. You can also order a copy autographed by me from Periscope Studio’s Etsy store.
On February 26th, Cosmic Monkey Comics in Portland, will be hosting me at a signing for the release of the first Superior Foes of Spider-Man trade paperback! I’ll be there from 5 to 7pm, and if you buy the tpb, I’ll do a free quick doodle for you of any member of the Sinister Several.
In case last week’s big boast wasn’t enough, I’ve put together another giant pile of rave reviews for Superior Foes of Spider-Man. I encourage everyone to ask about the comic at your local store. If you don’t have a local store, you can preorder the first trade for a ridiculously low price from CheapGraphicNovels.com
Big Comic Page
“A title that’s almost impossible to read without a smile on your face, I honestly can’t recommend this title enough.”
“Funny, action-packed, with great dialogue and character moments, this is yet another outstanding issue with no signs of falling in quality.”
“We are now five deep in a series of issues that refuse to let up on being the most ridiculously entertaining read possible. Spencer and Lieber seem to have a very clear idea of what they want to do and the talent to do it, and there’s just nothing standing in their way.”
“Contending for possibly the best item on the stands.”
“Wonderful interplay… really refreshing… as adventurous in different ways as Fraction and Aja on Hawkeye.”
“I love this series. Seriously. If you aren’t reading this book you are missing out on one of the funniest books put out by any company. It’s certainly the funniest book put out by Marvel, and it’s also one of the most refreshing books in their line.”
Every Day is like Wednesday
I love this book.
Funnybook of the Week
“Some quality character work, some great laugh lines, a few really fun panels from Steve Lieber (whose work I’ve been criminally neglecting to mention), and everything you want in a heist story with our without comedy. This is really incredible work.”
“Consistently the funniest comic book on the stands.”
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #5 came out last week. I’ll be direct. I know a lot of folks didn’t pick it up, possibly because it’s called “Superior Foes of Spider-Man.”
Don’t let that scare you off. The reviewers all looked at that title and had the same reaction you did. But here’s what they’re saying now:
The Onion AV Club: “Gut-busting ensemble comedy and slick cartooning that has made the series one of the year’s funniest comics and a top Marvel title.”
Newsarama: “This book is consistently great.”
IGN: “Wonderfully drawn, nicely paced, and exceptionally funny without being afraid to go a little bit dark, SFoS is a brilliant little title.”
Comic Book Resources: “Superior Foes” is a great stop for readers looking for fun, engaging stories that are self-contained and well-told. For the first time, these characters all feel like fleshed-out people that I continually look forward to spending time with each month.”
Flickering Myth: “Superior Foes of Spider-Man is such an enjoyable read. The perfect blend of pulpy crime fiction and comedy with just the right amount of self referential meta hijinks.”
The Outhousers: “I am just loving this book, you all need to read it, now.”
We the Nerdy: “Superior Foes continues to be one of the best books Marvel puts on the shelves.”
Read Marvel: “Fun writing, fun layout, fun art, just an overall pretty fun book.”
Weekly Comic Book Review: “plenty of humor as well as some truly memorable moments with its cast of loser super-villains, Nick Spencer simply brings a lot of entertainment for readers, which is only helped by the brilliant work of Lieber and Rosenberg.”
Comic Vine: “I can’t help but find something to delight in every scene.”
Paradox Comics: “a Marvel book with a terrific comedic slant…a beaming smile upon each reading.”
Weekly Crisis: “This comic is so good. Nick Spencer has been hitting every single script right out of the park.”
Comics The Blog “Superior Foes of Spider-Man is a series that makes it look almost frustratingly easy, that is just all-around brilliant and celebrates a lot of what makes comics excellent, without ever having to be married to just one genre or tone.”
Tiffany Smith: “I just love everything about this; one of the funniest comics out right now.”
I’ll be a guest at Heroes Con in Charlotte this weekend, June 7-9. Stop by and find me at Artists Alley table AA-716. Interested in pre-commissioning a sketch? Get in touch at steve (at) stevelieber (dot) com.
Can’t make it? There are sketches and signed books of mine available at Periscope Studio’s Etsy store.
The Stumptown Comics Fest is this weekend! I’ll be at Table K05, along with a whole lot of Periscope people. Stop by and say hi!