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Even though, she's a mom now, Jessica Drew is still kicking ass and taking names as Spider-Woman! This time, she's tangling with the baddest fish in the sea: Tiger Shark! Fun Tiger Shark Fact: Did you know Tiger Shark has the DNA of both Namor, the Submariner and a tiger shark? Think about that for a second. Collecting: Spider-Woman 8-12 Even though, she's a mom now, Jessica Drew is still kicking ass and taking names as Spider-Woman! This time, she's tangling with the baddest fish in the sea: Tiger Shark! Fun Tiger Shark Fact: Did you know Tiger Shark has the DNA of both Namor, the Submariner and a tiger shark? Think about that for a second. Collecting: Spider-Woman 8-12


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Even though, she's a mom now, Jessica Drew is still kicking ass and taking names as Spider-Woman! This time, she's tangling with the baddest fish in the sea: Tiger Shark! Fun Tiger Shark Fact: Did you know Tiger Shark has the DNA of both Namor, the Submariner and a tiger shark? Think about that for a second. Collecting: Spider-Woman 8-12 Even though, she's a mom now, Jessica Drew is still kicking ass and taking names as Spider-Woman! This time, she's tangling with the baddest fish in the sea: Tiger Shark! Fun Tiger Shark Fact: Did you know Tiger Shark has the DNA of both Namor, the Submariner and a tiger shark? Think about that for a second. Collecting: Spider-Woman 8-12

30 review for Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears, Volume 2: Civil War II

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    It’s usually fair to criticize an event for disrupting a series but, because there’s really nothing going on in Spider-Woman, Civil War II don’t disrupt dick so it’s a non-issue. Things are still the same: Jess has a kid, Porcupine is her assistant/sitter, Ben Urich is hanging around for reasons, and they just kinda bumble around. She fights Tiger Shark, then she’s fighting some Wendigos up north - if anything, Civil War II gives this title some purpose and direction! Dennis Hopeless writes a ch It’s usually fair to criticize an event for disrupting a series but, because there’s really nothing going on in Spider-Woman, Civil War II don’t disrupt dick so it’s a non-issue. Things are still the same: Jess has a kid, Porcupine is her assistant/sitter, Ben Urich is hanging around for reasons, and they just kinda bumble around. She fights Tiger Shark, then she’s fighting some Wendigos up north - if anything, Civil War II gives this title some purpose and direction! Dennis Hopeless writes a charming and readable Spider-Woman in between the generic superheroing though there’s nothing going on here that’s especially gripping. Jess investigating whether Ulysses’ visions are accurate or not led to some cute encounters but her fights with minor villains and Porcupine’s beachside tiff with Sandman were completely throwaway. Javier Rodriguez’s art is once again the star of the show. It’s so visually striking, imaginative, creative and generally appealing, I loved the book all the more for it. And I was impressed that the fill-in artists, Veronica Fish and Tigh Walker, were able to so closely mimic Rodriguez’s style so as to provide a near-as-dammit artistic continuity for the reader. Dennis Hopeless’ Spider-Woman remains a perfectly decent comic that would be better if it had a storyline!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Shout-out to Artemy, who's great review convinced me to carry on with this series despite my doubts over the title. Trades that collect event tie-ins have a such a bad reputation that I was ready to skip this one, but fortunately I made the right call in the end. Civil War II is another fantastic volume of Spider-Woman courtesy of writer Dennis Hopeless and primary artist Javier Rodriguez. It boasts a likeable lead cast and slick visuals, making the great dialogue and natural humour the icing on Shout-out to Artemy, who's great review convinced me to carry on with this series despite my doubts over the title. Trades that collect event tie-ins have a such a bad reputation that I was ready to skip this one, but fortunately I made the right call in the end. Civil War II is another fantastic volume of Spider-Woman courtesy of writer Dennis Hopeless and primary artist Javier Rodriguez. It boasts a likeable lead cast and slick visuals, making the great dialogue and natural humour the icing on the cake. Even the aforementioned tie-ins work well as they test Jessica Drew's friendship with Captain Marvel, which was firmly established during Baby Talk. It makes the story that much more engaging, enough to overlook the slight dip in the quality of the art during the second half. I may not be reading many Marvel books these days, but as long as the ones I do read are as good as Spider-Woman then you'll get no complaints from me. It's safe to say that I wont need any recommendations before picking up the next volume.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    One of the better Civil War II tie ins. World: Fantastic funky art with great splash pages. The world building is great, it's small and intimate and all about characters which I like. The tie into Civil War II is done well because of Carol and Jessica. Great. Story: The non tie in stuff were absolutely fantastic and all about character. The small moments with Roger and others is classic. It's great. The tie in was also fantastic and that's saying a lot. The core of it being about Carol and Jessi One of the better Civil War II tie ins. World: Fantastic funky art with great splash pages. The world building is great, it's small and intimate and all about characters which I like. The tie into Civil War II is done well because of Carol and Jessica. Great. Story: The non tie in stuff were absolutely fantastic and all about character. The small moments with Roger and others is classic. It's great. The tie in was also fantastic and that's saying a lot. The core of it being about Carol and Jessica makes it so much more. This is just a simple story and it's fun. Characters: I love Jess and her personal voice but it's also the people around her that is fantastic. I love the banter the chemistry and wit it's great. Just a great fun series. Onward to the next book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Jessica checks out Ulysses's predictions to see if they are legit, then tries to process what happened to Bruce Banner. The last issue is a stand alone story at the beach. Jess takes the day off while Porcupine fights Sandman. The Good: Spider-Woman continues to be one of Marvel's best titles even with the obligatory Civil War II tie-in. Jessica deals with her emotions over Bruce Banner and Carol Danvers in a real way. Sorry nothing bad or ugly here, just superhero comics at its best. Jessica checks out Ulysses's predictions to see if they are legit, then tries to process what happened to Bruce Banner. The last issue is a stand alone story at the beach. Jess takes the day off while Porcupine fights Sandman. The Good: Spider-Woman continues to be one of Marvel's best titles even with the obligatory Civil War II tie-in. Jessica deals with her emotions over Bruce Banner and Carol Danvers in a real way. Sorry nothing bad or ugly here, just superhero comics at its best.

  5. 5 out of 5

    kristen ♡

    oh man, i was so ready to hate this for being a tie in. but this tie in volume was actually the BEST i’ve read, especially for CWII. carol danvers and jessica drew are best friends and i think this displays two friends fighting great. i’m a fan of both so i couldn’t pick a side between them, and you can see how hard it is for carol to have to see her troubles now harming jessica’s life and friends. it was very entertaining. and issue 12 was just so fun and extra!! i love porcupine — my favorite oh man, i was so ready to hate this for being a tie in. but this tie in volume was actually the BEST i’ve read, especially for CWII. carol danvers and jessica drew are best friends and i think this displays two friends fighting great. i’m a fan of both so i couldn’t pick a side between them, and you can see how hard it is for carol to have to see her troubles now harming jessica’s life and friends. it was very entertaining. and issue 12 was just so fun and extra!! i love porcupine — my favorite hero :,)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    Dennis Hopeless continues his excellent run on Spider-Woman with this Civil War 2 tie-in. Although I don't care about the event itself, this particular volume is OK to read as a stand-alone, because you get caught up on all the important stuff as you read the comic (although beware, this volume apparently does spoil a major thing in the main event). The tie-in is focused on Jessica's relationship with Carol Danvers, or Captain Marvel. I don't know why, but it seems like Marvel really tries to ma Dennis Hopeless continues his excellent run on Spider-Woman with this Civil War 2 tie-in. Although I don't care about the event itself, this particular volume is OK to read as a stand-alone, because you get caught up on all the important stuff as you read the comic (although beware, this volume apparently does spoil a major thing in the main event). The tie-in is focused on Jessica's relationship with Carol Danvers, or Captain Marvel. I don't know why, but it seems like Marvel really tries to make readers hate Carol, because everywhere she shows up nowadays she acts like an insufferable asshole with fascistic tendencies. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that it was a great and emotional read, even if Carol comes off as a very hateful person. The other two issues are just regular fun superhero adventure stories that also deal with Jessica's recent motherhood, nothing too special, but not bad, either. I am surprised by how much I like the baby storyline, but it actually works really well. Spider-Woman keeps being one of the best Marvel titles right now, and one of the very few that are worth reading. I hope it will stay around for a while longer, because I absolutely can't get enough of Jessica Drew.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    That was super fun.

  8. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I dunno why I stopped reading this. Hopeless is a solid writer and I love Spider-woman. Any, few years late, I finally am jumping back on it. Jess is just trying to be the best mom she can be. The first couple of issues is her balancing being a superhero and a mom. It's both funny and works well to build her character. Then we get dragged into the civil war 2 event. Now at first I wasn't feeling it but when a major moment happens in Civil War 2 and someone dies, emotions are felt throughout. The I dunno why I stopped reading this. Hopeless is a solid writer and I love Spider-woman. Any, few years late, I finally am jumping back on it. Jess is just trying to be the best mom she can be. The first couple of issues is her balancing being a superhero and a mom. It's both funny and works well to build her character. Then we get dragged into the civil war 2 event. Now at first I wasn't feeling it but when a major moment happens in Civil War 2 and someone dies, emotions are felt throughout. The last issue is a day at the beach with Roger, Jess, and the kids. Overall, this is pretty great. At first I didn't love the start of the civil war tie in but the emotional filled moments between Carol and Jess and another character worked really well. There's a intense battle that gave me a couple of chills. The comic also remains super fun and Jess is a fantastic main character with Roger as an amazing support cast. The kids are also adorable. Last but not least, the last issue is too cute, and I loved it. Sad last volume is next but this was great. 4 out of 5.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    I read the Marvel Comic books Spider-Woman season 5 #1-17; Spider Women Alpha; Spider Women Omega. Single mother, private investigator and spider woman, Jessica Drew's soap opera style season five really works well, balancing single parenthood and crime fighting! Also my fave ever book by Dennis not so Hopeless. A great read with a surprising twist in the end of the series! 6 out of 12 for the Civil War Spider-woman adventure. I read the Marvel Comic books Spider-Woman season 5 #1-17; Spider Women Alpha; Spider Women Omega. Single mother, private investigator and spider woman, Jessica Drew's soap opera style season five really works well, balancing single parenthood and crime fighting! Also my fave ever book by Dennis not so Hopeless. A great read with a surprising twist in the end of the series! 6 out of 12 for the Civil War Spider-woman adventure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tris

    I try to avoid Civil War II tie-ins because that whole thing was just dumb. This was at least pretty good, though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nelson

    Still really strong, and the Civil War II tie-in was actually really well done. Shame we only get half a book of Javier Rodriguez artwork, but at least the fill-in artists were also quite good. I love this series, it's just so much fun and super wholesome. Still really strong, and the Civil War II tie-in was actually really well done. Shame we only get half a book of Javier Rodriguez artwork, but at least the fill-in artists were also quite good. I love this series, it's just so much fun and super wholesome.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dimitris Papastergiou

    It was great! Hopeless is great. Artwork is great. Jess is great! Fun times with a baby. On to the next one!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Milou

    Where I Loved the first volume, this one was just enjoyable. A lot of stuff happens and there is a bit of lack of conciseness. It was a bunch of small adventures that didn't add much to each other. The Civil War II part (which I already saw a bit of in All-New Wolverine) helps a bit, as well as raising some interesting questions. But in general the plat just couldn't get near to that of Volume 1. I do still really really like Jessica as a main character. She has a kid and a life with all its 'norm Where I Loved the first volume, this one was just enjoyable. A lot of stuff happens and there is a bit of lack of conciseness. It was a bunch of small adventures that didn't add much to each other. The Civil War II part (which I already saw a bit of in All-New Wolverine) helps a bit, as well as raising some interesting questions. But in general the plat just couldn't get near to that of Volume 1. I do still really really like Jessica as a main character. She has a kid and a life with all its 'normal' struggles next to the superhero business, which makes her human and relatable. She is very fast becoming one of my favourite heroes.  The art style was again very nice, and even though there were some guests artists, they kept well to the style of Rodriguez so there were now disturbing changes. It isn't mindblowingly beautiful, but it is nice and suits the story very well. This is a decent volume that is just lacking a bit in plot. I will certainly continue the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Jessica Drew is the anti Jessica Jones. They're both mama bear detectives with some dark history but Drew lets herself be happy and that makes all the difference. Rodriguez' art is animated and expressive. Hopeless' writing standalone stories with bigger arcs. This series is just an all-around fun time. Best of all, Hopeless doesn't take the obvious route of having the drama revolve around tired plots of a woman stressing out over being a good mom and a good superhero. Nope! Jessica loves being a Jessica Drew is the anti Jessica Jones. They're both mama bear detectives with some dark history but Drew lets herself be happy and that makes all the difference. Rodriguez' art is animated and expressive. Hopeless' writing standalone stories with bigger arcs. This series is just an all-around fun time. Best of all, Hopeless doesn't take the obvious route of having the drama revolve around tired plots of a woman stressing out over being a good mom and a good superhero. Nope! Jessica loves being a mom. Jessica loves being a detective with superpowers. She is strict about making time in her life for both. And none for Civil War II shenanigans.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Jess gets dragged into Civil War II and, sure enough, the quality of the book dips. Despite this, this book is still well worth a read; Jessica's current status quo and supporting cast are simply irresistible and a heckuva lotta fun. Jess gets dragged into Civil War II and, sure enough, the quality of the book dips. Despite this, this book is still well worth a read; Jessica's current status quo and supporting cast are simply irresistible and a heckuva lotta fun.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Greta Yeager

    One of the only comics I’ve read that wasn’t negatively affected by another one of the MU’s overarching War-type thingies. Honestly, I really appreciated that the main character had practically the same view on the whole situation as I did- there’s nothing more realistic than her just straight-up refusing to get involved in that crap.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I am choosing not to rate this trade because I will always love Jessica Drew with all my heart, but everything that has to do with CW2 can burn in hell. Seriously. I hate it and it ruined all my fav character's trades. Honestly the highlight of this entire Spider Woman trade is Jess & Porcupine doing adorable PLATONIC domestic stuff with offspring. I love it. Friends help each other and can totally raise children together!! Don't need romance for that. I love it so much. Thank you Dennis Hopeles I am choosing not to rate this trade because I will always love Jessica Drew with all my heart, but everything that has to do with CW2 can burn in hell. Seriously. I hate it and it ruined all my fav character's trades. Honestly the highlight of this entire Spider Woman trade is Jess & Porcupine doing adorable PLATONIC domestic stuff with offspring. I love it. Friends help each other and can totally raise children together!! Don't need romance for that. I love it so much. Thank you Dennis Hopeless or whoever for ending this trade with a cute not terrible CW2 issue. Thank u.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Civil War II was such a bad idea, I am in continual awe.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Lagerloef

    A strong continuation in a series I already love, that continues to develop already strong characters and make you love them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Terry Mcginnis

    Tons of fun, and a well-done tie-in with regard to Hawkeye killing Bruce Banner.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    I’m glad that Civil War II was more about their friendship than all the mess of an enormous crossover title. And Porcupine is surprisingly growing on me...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annye

    Of all the Civil War II trades I've read so far, I think this is the first one to actually get *better* when the Civil War section began. Jessica's relationships with Carol, Clint, and (particularly) Bruce make her involvement in the conflict have actual weight - a weight that is, for once, nicely addressed in the comics. Nice job, Hopeless! Of course, Jessica really shines when she's with her son and Roger. They make such an adorable little family, and I hope that (view spoiler)[Roger's daughter Of all the Civil War II trades I've read so far, I think this is the first one to actually get *better* when the Civil War section began. Jessica's relationships with Carol, Clint, and (particularly) Bruce make her involvement in the conflict have actual weight - a weight that is, for once, nicely addressed in the comics. Nice job, Hopeless! Of course, Jessica really shines when she's with her son and Roger. They make such an adorable little family, and I hope that (view spoiler)[Roger's daughter (hide spoiler)] makes more of an appearance in later books!

  23. 4 out of 5

    David

    I can't tell you how much I love this series. It's perfection. It's in the same vein as DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH and BATGIRL: YEAR ONE. It's a modern classic. It's quite unlike anything else Marvel has done. It's it's own little masterpiece. And it's something you need to read. I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm totally in love with Roger, the Porcupine. Especially, after the final issue in this collection. The Day at the Beach: where he proves himself solo against the Sandman. And yup, we I can't tell you how much I love this series. It's perfection. It's in the same vein as DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH and BATGIRL: YEAR ONE. It's a modern classic. It's quite unlike anything else Marvel has done. It's it's own little masterpiece. And it's something you need to read. I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm totally in love with Roger, the Porcupine. Especially, after the final issue in this collection. The Day at the Beach: where he proves himself solo against the Sandman. And yup, we do get to see his hairy bod in a swimsuit for most of the pages. He's a very sexy and lovable supporting character that's easy to care about. He's become an essential part of Jessica's world. I hope he sticks around for a long time. And I hope this series does too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    This is the sort of thing I wish Silk was doing. Jessica has real problems and real emotions about what is happening in Civil War II. This is a good tie-in because it builds from a personal level. But at the same time is not needed to understand the event and can be read without the event (which I have still not read because Marvel did not do a good job with timing since I've read numerous Civil War II books but not Civil War II). This is the sort of thing I wish Silk was doing. Jessica has real problems and real emotions about what is happening in Civil War II. This is a good tie-in because it builds from a personal level. But at the same time is not needed to understand the event and can be read without the event (which I have still not read because Marvel did not do a good job with timing since I've read numerous Civil War II books but not Civil War II).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christina Carter

    The routine these days for Spider-Woman has meant late nights of busting up the bad guys while the porcupine suit wearing guy babysits. Such is the case right now, as Jessica scraps with the Tiger Shark, Roger is on diaper duty. He's pretty good at it too. Plus, he makes the best chocolate pancakes! And no Maury, he is not the father! That tidbit of information (the father) was revealed in Shifting Gears Volume 1, well after several rounds of "can you guess the baby's daddy" was played by the Av The routine these days for Spider-Woman has meant late nights of busting up the bad guys while the porcupine suit wearing guy babysits. Such is the case right now, as Jessica scraps with the Tiger Shark, Roger is on diaper duty. He's pretty good at it too. Plus, he makes the best chocolate pancakes! And no Maury, he is not the father! That tidbit of information (the father) was revealed in Shifting Gears Volume 1, well after several rounds of "can you guess the baby's daddy" was played by the Avengers. Anyhow, Jessica is hardcore avoiding Captain Marvel and is doing her best to limit her involvement in extinction level events to let's say, just one per year. Still, trouble has a way of finding her. When Carol finally catches up with Jessica, she's in the middle of fighting cannibalistic, Abominable Snowman looking Wendigos in Canada but no matter, what Captain Marvel has to say clearly trumps that. You see, there's a new inhuman on the scene (Ulysses) and he has these visions, and Carol needs Jessica to confirm their validity because if he truly can see future outcomes, well then why not eliminate potential threats before they even get the chance to do anything dastardly?! If this sounds like a crazy idea, that's because it is; one that will divide a team and may very well lead to someone's death! Jessica's decision is clear but who's side do you think she should take? Although I did not write any reviews for it I read Civil War II (2016) by Brian Michael Bendis and seeing the story unfold from this angle in the Spider-Woman series is pretty neat. I don't want to spoil anything though so I'll just say that I did not agree with Carol at all. She was willing to go too far. Using Ulysses as her personal prophet and calling shots that were deadly. Her intentions may have been noble to start but not if it meant betraying someone on your own team. That being said, I did enjoy this volume, friendship rifts and all. And let me just point out that I appreciated the art. Especially the rainy panels. The effects, the colors, and blurred lines were cool. Putting some respect on their names: Javier Rodriguez, Álvaro López.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    Hopeless continues to put Jessica through the wringer, and it makes for great comics. I love how personal everything stays as he writes. Jessica is always the center issue by issue and arc by arc and unlike recent years when company-wide events drove the plots at Marvel, and plot drove every comic they published, many of these "All-New" books demonstrate a wonderful focus on character. This volume does a masterful job of demonstrating how character focused story-telling can be done even mid-even Hopeless continues to put Jessica through the wringer, and it makes for great comics. I love how personal everything stays as he writes. Jessica is always the center issue by issue and arc by arc and unlike recent years when company-wide events drove the plots at Marvel, and plot drove every comic they published, many of these "All-New" books demonstrate a wonderful focus on character. This volume does a masterful job of demonstrating how character focused story-telling can be done even mid-event. By filtering the story through what Jessica cares about and focusing strictly on that even the tie-in episodes fit within the overall arc and feel of the book and are appealing and enjoyable instead of being an annoying distraction from whatever the creators were doing before the crossover cut in. I love the focus on Jessica's looking for balance as a mother and super hero and an individual. Hopeless makes it very down-to-earth, real, and human. I would defy any reader to say there isn't some aspect of this hero that they can relate to. At the same time I would defy any reader to prove there isn't some small surprising aspect of the book. If this is the direction Marvel keeps going, I'll keep reading for a long, long time to come.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Unfortunately, this second volume of Spider-Woman feels very skippable. That's because three of the five issues are standalone stories that feel largely irrelevant: Jessica fights a shark; Jessica fights Wendigo; and Porcupine fights Sandman. There's some good character beats in the stories, but they're not really enough to maintain your interest through the issues. Surprisingly, it's the two Civil War II crossover issues that are the best. These stories have some real meat to them, as Jessica fi Unfortunately, this second volume of Spider-Woman feels very skippable. That's because three of the five issues are standalone stories that feel largely irrelevant: Jessica fights a shark; Jessica fights Wendigo; and Porcupine fights Sandman. There's some good character beats in the stories, but they're not really enough to maintain your interest through the issues. Surprisingly, it's the two Civil War II crossover issues that are the best. These stories have some real meat to them, as Jessica first investigates Ulysses, then comes to blows over him. These are issues that feel like they'll have repercussions ... but they're not enough when they're just two issues out of five. Overall, this volume feels like it drags any momentum in the Spider-Woman comic to a crashing halt. Yes, Hopeless has fun depicting Jessica as a mum, but that's not enough to keep the comic moving forward.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anchorpete

    I have already ranted about how the relaunching of Marvel titles has inconvenienced me, while writing these reviews. I applaud Marvel for adding a subtitle, to differentiate this book from the other Spider-woman trades. Shifting gears, ok, I guess that works. Somehow, even though I have read two other Spider-Woman trades, I still don't know who the father of Spider-Woman's son is. I am not going to complain. Dennis Hopeless does a fantastic job with this character. It is such a charming book. It I have already ranted about how the relaunching of Marvel titles has inconvenienced me, while writing these reviews. I applaud Marvel for adding a subtitle, to differentiate this book from the other Spider-woman trades. Shifting gears, ok, I guess that works. Somehow, even though I have read two other Spider-Woman trades, I still don't know who the father of Spider-Woman's son is. I am not going to complain. Dennis Hopeless does a fantastic job with this character. It is such a charming book. It reminds me of Matt Fraction's Hawkeye run, or Nathan Edmunson's Black Widow run. Each of those characters were also a part of the secret avengers, and the last two relaunches (oh boy) of that book were pretty fantastic. I believe Ales Kot was the writer the last time. Who was it before then, Nick Spencer? for a while, that was the best aspect of the Marvel Universe.

  29. 5 out of 5

    B

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Some of it's fun. I can't feel invested in Jessica's friendship with Captain Marvel because Captain Marvel seems to operate on such a different level and does not seem to be especially close to or compatible with Jessica. (It feels like we insist that they bonded because they were the only women in an all-men's club. But when they're not in the "club," what keeps them together?) I also don't like the weird triangle with Jessica, the Porcupine, and Ben Urich. I've been pretty certain that the baby Some of it's fun. I can't feel invested in Jessica's friendship with Captain Marvel because Captain Marvel seems to operate on such a different level and does not seem to be especially close to or compatible with Jessica. (It feels like we insist that they bonded because they were the only women in an all-men's club. But when they're not in the "club," what keeps them together?) I also don't like the weird triangle with Jessica, the Porcupine, and Ben Urich. I've been pretty certain that the baby is Steve Rogers's. So why bother with this drama? Also, it seems like there are a couple of issues in a row where Jessica takes off for some "me" time. I don't think people should be discouraged from doing that. But it seems like it's hard to identify with her feeling that her life is out of her control when we usually see the parts that are.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    Hopeless is still on top of his game in Volume 2 and really there are few characters in the Marvel Universe impacted in more ways by Civil War II than Spider Woman so he has a lot to work with here. As a result you feel the impact that events away from this series have in a way that's rare for cross over events. Having given birth at the end of the last volume the title character is still trying to balance life and hero work and Hopeless does a good job blurring those lines while paying attentio Hopeless is still on top of his game in Volume 2 and really there are few characters in the Marvel Universe impacted in more ways by Civil War II than Spider Woman so he has a lot to work with here. As a result you feel the impact that events away from this series have in a way that's rare for cross over events. Having given birth at the end of the last volume the title character is still trying to balance life and hero work and Hopeless does a good job blurring those lines while paying attention to both. Lastly, Rodriguez art deserves special attention. As he is drawing a new mother hr seemed at least aware of what that might do to Spider Woman's body and her character design in this collection reflects that.

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