"The Deadly Foes of Spider-Man" collects the 4 issues of the mini-series of the same name, and the sequel "The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man" which was also a 4 issue mini-series. As such, this book satisfies my first requirement of a graphic novel reprint the story contained between the covers stands alone, and does NOT pick up where a previous one ended / drop off in a cliffhanger?
However, the overall story (and especially the art) was what I would call "typical comic book superhero". Like cotton candy, it was pleasant enough while being consumed, and delivered what was expected. However, it does not provide any real substance, nor does it leave a lasting impression when completed.
This particular book was complicated by the fact it deals with a collection of villains who form a loose confederation, dealing with wild cards such as interference by Spider-Man, some background manipulation involving the Kingpin (in the first series) and Doctor Octopus (in the second), and the simple fact that each individual has their own agenda and minimally trust their teammates. In most cases, that lack of trust is appropriate.
Hey, there's nothing wrong with enjoying a little cotton candy from time to time. Just don't expect too much, and you won't be disappointed.
RATING: 3 1/2 stars, rounded down to 3 stars where 1/2 stars are not permitted.