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Spider-Woman #9 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Mondays
Man. It’s What’s For Dinner.
Written By: Dennis Hopeless
Art By: Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 6, 2016
*Non Spoiler and Score At The Bottom*
Spider-Woman has been one of the big surprises of the
All-New, All-Different Marvel. I saw more than one comic book news source
predicting that this would be one of the first books to fall by the wayside. I
certainly don’t blame them for thinking that. After all, from what we know about
comic book audiences, the majority of readers would not be able relate to a
pregnant superheroine who is about to enter the world of motherhood. That said,
Marvel was really able to tap into something that made this book special. Surprisingly,
Spider-Woman has done fairly well and it’s really nice to see. Even now, with
Marvel NOW just a couple months away Spider-Woman still will continue. A soft
relaunch is one of the easiest times for a publisher to prune their book list
but Spider-Woman is still there. That said, this is the second crossover that
this book has been a part of and it is only issue 9! Aside from my crossover blues, let’s take a
look at Spider-Woman #9.
The issue begins with Jess’s inner dialogue, about the
issues that are going on with the current situation in Civil War II. She
appears to be in a ski lodge where she is investigating some disappearances.
While there, she is constantly being called by Captain Marvel, her best friend.
Carol wants to talk to her about Ulysses, the new Inhuman who can see the
future. However, Jess would rather ignore the situation and instead focus on
the matter at hand. She is investigating some wendigo rumors and is about to
attend a banquet. The rumor from the area is that all one must do to become a wendigo
is consume human flesh. Jess’s sidekick/babysitter starts to look around for
clues. As he does, he suddenly comes across something very shocking in the
kitchen. I’m sure you can all see where this is going.
Soylent Green is people! It’s people! Always wanted to make
that reference. Obviously, he messages back to Jess that the food is made of
human flesh and that she must keep the entire banquet from eating it. Being
quick on her feet, Jess suddenly acts as though she is an animal rights
activist and screams out about meat being murder. She hops table after table,
throwing the food across the room and preventing anyone from eating it.
Suddenly, one of the management staff begins to transform into a wendigo
himself and attacks Jess. It attempts to get away into the mountains but Jess
brought her ski gear and chases after it. However, some of the patrons haven’t
had their food taken away yet. Jess fights with the wendigo and struggles a bit
but suddenly the wendigo is stopped and flying in the air is none other than
Jess and Carol argue about the phone calls until Jess’s
phone rings again. It’s Roger on the other side and he is asking for some help
as he’s dealing with his own wendigo problem at the lodge. Jess and Carol fly
back to the lodge and take care of the problem, all the while still arguing. When
they are done they all sit down to have a chat. Carol explains the situation to
Jess about Ulysses and Jess still doesn’t want any part of it. Carol tells her
that is why she is perfect. She wants an unbiased person to vet all of Ulysses
smaller visions so that they can tell how accurate he actually is. After the
discussion, Jess and her team discuss it and it would seem that they agree that
they should take Carol’s offer and Jess agrees.
This issue was interesting to say the least. The situation
they are actually quite gruesome but it is handled with such a lighthearted
tone. Normally I would say that it was jarring but honestly, I kind of liked
it. However, that lighthearted tone that encompasses a wendigo attack,
cannibalism, and an argument between two friends turns into Civil War II set up
for this series. Honestly, it makes sense and ultimately is handled well.
However, set up is set up and while it promises greater things in the future,
it ultimately isn’t the most exciting thing in the world of comics. The art is
alright for the most part and it really fits with the lighthearted tone of the
Bits and Pieces:
Having a book with such a lighthearted tone while tackling
gruesome situations would be very intimidating for most writers and artist but
this book handled it flawlessly. Ultimately the rest of the book is set up for
Jess’s role in the Civil War II crossover. The part of the book that stood on
its own was very fun and entertaining as well.