My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nothing like a little interdimensional travel to have brunch with your Spider-Women crew at Clowntown on Earth 65. Eating fried peanut butter cups one minute and sipping on some Starkbucks the next. Yes, you read that correctly. Tony has his own franchise and apparently, it’s worth crossing dimensions for. Even if that means having a run-in with the Super-Adaptoid, like ten minutes after you arrive! That’s exactly the predicament we find Gwen Stacy, Jessica Drew, and Cindy Moon in. Lured into a battle that really is just a distraction at best, while the one who’s been watching her from the shadows makes off with Gwen’s transporter watch. Finding it is now the top priority but Cindy gets sidetracked and slips away to find her family, who in her dimension has gone missing. Is this even a good idea? How will they react if she finds them? And what if she runs into her (presumably villainous) doppelganger?
This being now the third comic I’ve read in the series, Spider-Women sheds a little light on the mysterious S.I.L.K. which had only been alluded to in previous books. Offering the Spider-Women a chance to rule the world but at what cost? S.I.L.K. had already commandeered tech and weapons from Pym and other “maniacs” (as they were described). What else might be planned and why would Cindy or Gwen want to have anything to do with it? Especially when they are the reason Spider-Gwen is now just plain old Gwen Stacy. Stripped of her powers, she now has to rely on a device holding radioactive isotopes that will give her a super charge of Spidey powers on an as needed basis. It only holds a certain number of doses though. The inevitability of her fate has Gwen contemplating having a normal-ish life (though it’s a fleeting thought). Meanwhile, Jessica Drew meets her twin?! What an adventure!
Dennis Hopeless, Jason Latour, and Robbie Thompson make a great team of storytellers and the artists faithfully provide the reader with a visually engaging adventure. At this point though, I’m not sure which Spider-Woman is my favorite. I dove into this series because I met Spider-Gwen while reading through the Ultimate Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Spider-Man & Spider-Gwen Sitting in a Tree). Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman is pretty awesome but I am growing to like the snarky, straight-shooting Jessica Drew just the same. I am more convinced that I will need to read through her story soon but up next is Spider-Gwen’s Weapon of Choice.
Jason Latour |
Dennis Hopeless | https://www.marvel.com/comics/creators/11901/dennis_hopeless_hallum
Robbie Thompson | https://www.marvel.com/comics/creators/12444/robbie_thompson