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Spider-Woman #8

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

A knockdown drag-out bout between Spider-Woman and a dangerous new foe…Lady Caterpillar! Plus, Spider-Woman’s first joint-investigation with Ben Urich comes to a close!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
Amazon ASIN

6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 92

    Graphic Policy

    What the creative team has managed to do with this series is interesting. In comics the default gender is male, and by adhering to the usual story lines, the creative team would never have been able to take advantage of what makes Jessica special, the woman suffix, not the Spider prefix. This issue is a perfect example of how that is done to build a competent superheroine and one that typifies her gender as opposed to hiding it under spandex or a cape. With this first story arc now completed it seems as though this series is on a good path as it looks to extend her adventures into mainstream comics for the foreseeable future.

  • 90


    Dennis Hopeless writes a fantastic and important story about abuse and its effects: when victims are finally free and safe from an abusive situation, the threat of that safety being taken away is terrifying. Hopeless ends his arc with an emotionally satisfying and narratively coherent conclusion. Jessica Drew isn’t just a crime-fighter: she’s a problem-solver who wants to see the best outcome happen. Ben Urich supports her in that endeavor. Spider-Woman is one of the best showcases for what a solo series can be.

  • 86


    This issue wraps up the first real arc of this series (seeing as how the Spider-Verse tie-in may as well have been a completely different comic). Writer Dennis Hopeless brings the conflict to a satisfying conclusion. While there’s a fair amount of action as Jessica battles a supervillain ex-wife in what is essentially a Power Loader suit from Aliens, the fight scene is almost incidental. The whole point of this book is that Jessica is no longer an Avenger, punching evil into submission. She’s an investigator who’d rather solve problems by talking and learning. The conclusion reflects that angle while offering up a steady stream of strong character work and setting the stage for an ongoing collaboration between Jessica and Ben Urich. Artist Javier Rodriguez continues to be an ideal fit for the series. He taps into that laid back vibe seen in books like hawkeye and She-Hulk while still bringing a lithe sense of energy and motion to the page that you’d expect from a Spider-Woman book.

  • 80


    That final fight was pretty good, especially when the townspeople jumped in to help Spider-Woman. Hopeless set up a pretty good scene here, in that he couldn’t just end things like a typical superhero comic. None of the women of Moon Hollow were really doing anything wrong (other than that blackmail thing), so I rather liked seeing Spider-Woman stand up and promise that she’d let most everything slide. It was a neat ending to a neat story. And Rodriguez on art was just as good. He’s definitely a draw for Spider-Woman, that new costume just springs off the page.

  • 80

    Comics: The Gathering

    I’m actually really pleased with how this second arc went and how it wrapped up— finally finding its voice in the story they want to tell with Jessica and I think it’ll be exciting to see what happens to her character as this progresses.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    Jess’ involvement in all of this plays out well overall as she gets to do some decent action moments, take a few hits along the way, and get help from others who realize that Cat is basically gone over the edge to protect everyone. There’s a lot of standard and real world domestic violence issues that plays into it and it does at times feel a bit forced, where you expect that special message at the end about how to get help. It is the kind of thing that Jess would get involved in righting, which is why she left the Avengers and wanted to forge her own path. One that’s now aligned with Urich’s, as she realizes what it is he’s trying to do and how she was overlooking the obvious path to follow. It’s a decent and solid piece, but one I hope becomes more engaging in the depth and scale of the story.

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