Spider-Woman has been an exciting thrill ride of a comic that has also done well to explore Jessica Drew’s backstory. The story may be a bit over-the-top and punchy for some, but if you’re looking for escapism you’ve come to the right place. The series dips into the King in Black event this week as Spider-Woman #7 continues to rage with her powers maxing out. Maybe that rage can be put to good use when the world is covered in Symbiotes?
If you’re unfamiliar, Spider-Woman has been taking a serum that makes her stronger, but also unstable. Writer Karla Pacheco shows you how it can push Jessica too far. Sure, it can save you from Symbiote dragons, but at what cost? Ultimately this is a narrative about addiction and withdrawal as Jessica requires a new hit of the serum or she loses it even further. How this affects her friends is the big sticking point as her rage actually aids her in kicking bad-guy butt, but at what cost?
As usual for this series, it’s action-focused with Pere Perez blowing us away with creative layout design. Most gutters in this issue are literally goopy Symbiotes oozing about, but when the action gets crazy they actually flail at Spider-Woman. It’s a cool effect that enhances the action at the moment. This series has been quite good at doing subtle things like this to amp up the action sequences.
There’s a good sense of humor in this issue, too. It’s no secret these characters have had romantic flings with each other and Pacheco plays around with that. In particular, Hawkeye is having trouble with it, and Night Nurse, Captain Marvel, and Jessica all are not in the mood for his concerns. Considering the world is close to ending you’d think his mind would be elsewhere.
Plot-wise, this issue effectively puts Spider-Woman in a position where she won’t have the backup she needs from friends. This increases the stakes by the end of the issue. If you dig heroes fighting heroes you’ll enjoy what happens in this issue, though seasoned readers might find it a bit boring knowing how these things play out. It takes up about six pages of the book, and while the fighting is cool to read, we know where this is going. The case is certainly made, though, that Spider-Woman is more powerful than we can imagine when taking this serum.
Spider-Woman #7 offers up some epic action revealing just how powerful Jessica Drew can be. In the same vein as Crank, this series is very good at cranking things up to 11 and letting the action rip. This issue is no different.
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