Review: Spider-Woman #10
The influence of the Secret Wars crossover on the Marvel Universe has been two fold. While most of the series have been rolled into the domains of Battleworld as controlled by Doom, there is a separate smaller group of series that have kind of gone on without any outside interference, at least not in the same way. It is a relatively small handful of titles – Silk, Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel – but these series have had a chance to finish their stories while also slowly realizing that the end of the world is nigh as the multiple dimensions of the multiverse seem to be ready to collide with on another and to create a cataclysm. The small collection of these series is perhaps indicative of the importance of what has happened inside of them. While Secret Wars has a tendency to be high on concept, these other series focus more on the characters inside them, and have been stand-outs in the past year for that exact reason.
The renewed focus on Spider-Woman is even more of an anomaly. She was thrown in her new series right into the middle of Spider-Verse, and had her own reboot after only a half year of her own stories. Thus the renewed focus on Spider-Woman as a character is relatively new anyway, let along allowing it to proceed relatively untouched as it heads through Secret Wars. In this issue, Spider-Woman new mini-team of supers – herself, Ben Urich and the Porcupine – have found themselves in a zombie town after a road trip and have to deal with figuring out the causes of the zombie invasion and how to defeat it. There is a bit of a play on the regular approach to the series here as well which works pretty well, as Jessica alone is not responsible for the solution.
This series has performed well recently and this issue is not different. It could be considered to be a bit of light fluff, but it also manages to hold it together with the strength of the characters as they are written. Even the Porcupine comes off as a much more redeemable character here than he has elsewhere, even previously in this series. As is promised in the letter column at the end, there are changes coming to the series, but they are changes that focus on the character once again, and proves that the creative team has got it right with how to handle what they have here. This issue might not be the best example, but it is fun and it works and uses what it has to its advantage.
Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Natacha Bustos
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy