Monday, June 27, 2016
Spider-Woman #8 Review and *SPOILERS*
Written by: Dennis Hopeless
Art By: Javier Rodriguez
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Review by: Paul B. Check out his site HERE
The first thing that I need to say is that I am a huge Spider-Women fan. I enjoy all the titles and look forward to them most of all. I was a little bummed about the Alpha/Omega cross-over, but it was not bad, I just think I was expecting more. I am glad we are moving on from there, however, and back on track with the regular issues. So, on to Spider-Woman #8.
The book picks up with Jessica Drew talking about what she likes to do on her own time and busts out her motorcycle. She gets news that Tiger Shark, a baddie that she already subdued got away and left a trail of destruction!
You know how these type of books turn out, they need our hero to go back and get them because they are bumbling idiots who can't even handle transporting them to freakin' jail. So Jess gets the location of his lair and heads off after him. It turns out to be a whole floor of an apartment building with a huge ass aquarium with a giant octopus. Tiger Shark tries to sucker punch Jess, but we know he can't do that! She, of course, ducks and superkicks him as he punches the aquarium, putting some serious cracks in it. Jess then tosses him into it destroying it and setting free the before mentioned octopus! We then see the family downstairs enjoying their dinner, when they get an unexpected dinner guest...of course, it's the giant octopus! He then busts out of the window and falls to the streets along with Jess and Tiger Shark.
This is where the fun for me began as she gets a call from her babysitter, the Porcupine! I am still hoping that Marvel makes a babysitters club type book with Squirrel Girl and Porcupine! Maybe I am the only one, but I think that would be an amazing book.
Anyways back to the book, we get some awesome dialog between Jess and Roger(Porcupine) as she is dealing with tiger shark. She is whooping on him, saving civilians, and talking to her sitter at the same time...now that's multitasking! Then, out of nowhere, some jackass thinks it's a good idea to text and drive which is always a bad idea kids (Jim's Note: What about driving and eating three chili dog?) and oh yeah, he is driving a freaking ambulance! Really bro?!? Texting and driving an ambulance?!? Needless to say, he crashes, but it is square into Jess and Tiger Shark and it looks like the driver may be dead.
Continuing on, Tiger Shark grabs Jess and yanks her into the sewers, the only place she never really wanted to go in the first place. The battle is intense as they are kicking it down in the sewer stream (Ew...) and out of nowhere, Tiger Shark gets picked up by the giant octopus and slammed all over the place as Jess avoids it by flipping back to the wall behind her.
It seems as if the octopus is uninterested in her and just takes off after whooping Tiger Shark's ass. Jess tosses the unconscious Tiger Shark up to the street and the cops say, "Thanks for the assist.". REALLY?! You jackasses can't even transport him to jail and you tell her thanks for the assist! Of course, Jess is too nice of a gal to tell them to kiss her ass and says she is glad to help.
She gets in the door and it is already morning and Roger is whipping up some pancakes. It would be better if he was making waffles since we all know that pancakes suck, but beggars can't be choosers. We get some mandatory inner dialogue as the issue comes to an end about her having a lot on her plate being a mother and a hero and how she wouldn't have it any other way. The last panel shows her eating pancakes with Roger and breast feeding her baby.
I like Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez do a good job both writing and drawing that scene and making it subtle and not just a "Hey look at us over at Marvel being progressive! "moment.
Bits and Pieces:
This issue never had a dull moment for me and the pacing was just great. It was like watching a movie, the way we go from action to comedy and the panel layout was never distracting and never overdone. This was another solid issue and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good balance of action, comedy, and character development.