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'Spider-Woman' #17 heads to the film set for an assassin fight
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‘Spider-Woman’ #17 heads to the film set for an assassin fight

Spider-Woman visits a movie set. What’s the worst that could happen?

After multiple non-stop action issues, Spider-Woman gets a break in issue #17. Ha, yeah right — there’s always danger, even when Night Nurse orders Spider-Woman to rest. In the latest issue, Spider-Woman visits Lindsay McCabe on a movie set, and of course, assassins decide to ruin the fun.

This issue opens with Jessica Drew learning she can’t use her powers and really needs to rest. With her arm in a cast, she’s in no way ready to fight Thanos, but what are a few assassins anyway? Much of the issue is devoted to Spider-Woman perusing a movie set, eating the catered food, and learning a thing or two about stunt people. You can tell Karla Pacheco has done some research around movie sets as it all feels above board and legit.

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Being a superhero comic, the informative nature of the movie set life is soon thrown into disarray when ninjas show up. There’s a clear and present character set up at work here, though this adventure feels like a side quest to a larger story. You get that sense thanks to the Night Nurse hinting at Jessica maybe not spending enough time with her kid, but the story quickly runs off to a movie set. Given Devil’s Reign is about to kick into gear, one can surmise a side adventure was necessary.

Spider-Woman #17

It’s fun to pick up who wrote on the cast.
Credit: Marvel

Pere Perez once again shows he’s one of the best in comics when it comes to action sequences, starting with a stunt sequence in a highly detailed double-page spread of an interior saloon. When the all-out action ensues, the layouts get creative with panels in the shape of ninja stars whipping across the page. There’s also an epic two-page four-panel per page sequence of action visualized through silhouette which is reminiscent of Kill Bill. The energy of every kick and jump is visualized well from the flowing hair of the heroes.

Props to color artist Frank D’Armata who always seems to capture light well and add volume to the characters. There are two full-page splashes that show a great play of shadow and light, especially the last page’s mirror shot, which is not easy to do.

Spider-Woman #17 is an action frenzy that might just teach you something about the movie business. You really can’t go wrong with this issue’s well-written dialogue and always inventive action, making this an easy recommendation for a heck of a good time.

'Spider-Woman' #17 heads to the film set for an assassin fight
‘Spider-Woman’ #17 heads to the film set for an assassin fight
Spider-Woman #17 review
Spider-Woman #17 is an action frenzy that might just teach you something about the movie business. You really can't go wrong with this issue's well-written dialogue and always inventive action, making this an easy recommendation for a heck of a good time.
Reader Rating1 Vote
8.5
Great action and layout design
Solid dialogue throughout
Hard to shake this feels like a side quest to bide time
8.5
Great

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