Spider-Woman #1 was an impactful and hugely fun first issue that was the highest selling comic of March. Odds are the second issue will be pretty darn good with the hilarious Karla Pacheco at the helm, and the clean lines of Pere Perez the odds are ever in our favor.
If you’re like me you really hate the doctor. If you read this comic you’ll see even for superheroes going to the doctor is a hugely stressful, revealing, and overall bad time. Spider-Woman has been feeling under the weather and Pacheco gives us all the answers we need. This issue explains a lot, delves into Spider-Woman’s past, and sheds light on how her powers can actually be amped up.
There are a lot of great moments in this issue. Night Nurse kicking butt (and using that catchphrase!), Spider-Woman testing out her powers and maxing them out, and Jessica totally barfing on a villain to win a fight. The pacing bounces between slow, fast, and slow again, making it feel a bit off-kilter, but there is a good deal to get through. I’d argue Jessica going along with a plan seems highly unlikely — there’s no reason to trust them — but chalk that up to Jessica having a good heart, I guess.
The art by Perez with colors by D’Armata does well to capture the kinetic energy in every punch and jump. The opening page is quite dark (probably too dark), but the look is clean and appealing throughout. There are some interesting Dutch angle layouts near the end that add a bit of chaos to the action sequence that stands out.
This is a good issue, although its pace is up and down and Jessica’s choice to trust some questionable characters is convenient to the plot. That said, what Pacheco is doing with Jessica’s backstory and her powers–never forgetting the hero inside–is exciting and well done. Spider-Woman is in great hands.