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    Default What do you think of Nick Spencerís Boomerang?

    Many Spider-Man writers have a signature character and I think Boomerang is Spencerís. For most of his history, Boomerang has been portrayed as a D-list thug but Nick Spencer has played a major role in elevating his character. He was effectively the protagonist of his Superior Foes run, where many aspects of him now were fleshed out.

    His run on Spider-Man is basically a continuation whenever Boomerang is involved. Heís pretty much become a supporting character to Peter as his roommate. Itís honestly a very unique dynamic, especially seeing them team up and Spidey noting the oddity of it.

    What do you guys think overall? Also, when Spencer wraps up his run later on, what do you think he has in mind for Boomerang?

    Just wondering.

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    I think he's done great work with the character, getting him a good niche as a shady B-lister in Superior Foes and bringing him over pretty effectively to his Amazing Spider-Man run. It is a great dynamic to have Peter rooming with an open supervillain.

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    I could see Spencer giving Boomerang a heroic death at the end of the run, possibly against Kindred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by your_name_here View Post
    I could see Spencer giving Boomerang a heroic death at the end of the run, possibly against Kindred.
    Boomerang and Bullseye would make for a good partnership...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darthfury78 View Post
    Boomerang and Bullseye would make for a good partnership...
    I cant really see that myself, Boomerang comes from the Shocker school of "Mostly a gimmicky thief with no focus on murder" wheras Bullseye is a raging psychopath.

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    Bullseye's kind of a one note character at this point. Boomerang has range.

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    Mixed feelings on it. I love when writers have the balls to take b list or even c list characters and attempt to work with them. My only issue is I personally have a very select group of people that I like consistently interacting/teaming up with Spider-Man.....regardless of how well boomerang is written he still not on that list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetengine View Post
    I cant really see that myself, Boomerang comes from the Shocker school of "Mostly a gimmicky thief with no focus on murder" wheras Bullseye is a raging psychopath.
    Plus, remember that Bullseye vs. Boomerang fight in Superior Foes where Fred was cornered and tried to sell out his girlfriend to save his own skin (remembering that time Bullseye killed Elekra). Bullseye was... less than impressed, and found it embarrassing.

    Anyways, would it be believable if Fred actually makes a heel-face turn if Nick Spencer develops him into that? The seeds could've been planted as far back as Superior Foes with how he hated Abner Jenkins for going legit, yet his friendship with Peter and his team-ups with Spidey appear true. It might be a mixed bag, if only for Boomerang's unique status as being a total asshole who's still charming in some way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetengine View Post
    I cant really see that myself, Boomerang comes from the Shocker school of "Mostly a gimmicky thief with no focus on murder" wheras Bullseye is a raging psychopath.
    My problem with Boomerang as a comic relief character is that it ignores how he killed Jackpot's husband in front of her and her daughter, then tried to kill both of them. Nothing is ever made of the fact that Peter is hanging out with a remorseless killer.

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    I love it! Boomerang has always been a personal favorite Spider-Man character of mine for years. I remember feeling like the only one who missed his presence in ASM around 2010-2012. I had no idea he was in Thunderbolts at that time and enjoyed catching up to read more of Fred Myers. Then came Superior Foes, and that was the series I always dreamed of but never thought I would get. Loving his dynamic with Peter and his supporting characters.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind View Post
    My problem with Boomerang as a comic relief character is that it ignores how he killed Jackpot's husband in front of her and her daughter, then tried to kill both of them. Nothing is ever made of the fact that Peter is hanging out with a remorseless killer.
    That was a horrible characterization of Fred and honestly might as well be considered out of continuity at this point considering that, along with both Jackpots, hasn't been referenced and most likely won't be anytime soon. I hated that miniseries so much. They should have just used Bullseye for that instead of besmirching the not so good name of Fred Myers like that.
    Last edited by MP95; 11-21-2019 at 02:33 PM.

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    A lot of things get buried under the rug. Remember, Spidey once agreed to genocide the human race because he thought he was a clone. No mind control or anything.

    Yeah.

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