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Spider-Woman #17

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

Spider-Woman’s tangled with Tiger Shark, Blizzard and a whole host of super villains in her time, but nothing has prepared her to take on a Goblin. Jessica’s about to put it all on the line like she never has before.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
22 pages
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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    If more comics had issues like this one sprinkled throughout, I would be the happiest comic fan in the world. Spider-Woman #17 is a defining example of my own personal creed: “People first, superheroes second”. Issues like this one — where the characters are treated like real people with real lives and real emotions — make reading comic books worth it. Yes, they’re all superheroes, and most of them are in costume this issue, but Hopeless perfectly blends that superhero stuff with just a casual get-together with friends, where they gossip and joke and bicker and where Spider-Man is just the best.

    This issue is so clever, the dialogue is so wonderful, the emotional beats are so personal and evocative, the characters are so likable and lovely, the art is so perfect; this is one of the most heart-warmingest comics I have ever read. If Jess and Roger aren’t somehow a permanent couple going forward, or some hack future writer breaks them up off-panel, I’m going to be a sad panda.

    Spider-Woman has been a great comic, a true gem. This is a glorious example of what can happen when you let a creator actually tell a story and not worry too much about crossovers or Big Events or editorially-mandated whatever. Hopeless created real characters here, and he used the ongoing nature of comics to build relationships and plot lines, to build character growth and let it pay off in really special ways. It’s not flashy — and I guess, based on the cancellation, it doesn’t sell — but Dennis Hopeless’ Spider-Woman is comic books done right.

    Spider-Woman comes to an end with its best issue yet, celebrating the character growth, humanity and grounded superheroics that made this series so awesome.

  • 100


    Spider-Woman #17 is a near perfect encapsulation of all the things that made this series great. Yes, things do get a little cheesy at times, but that’s to be expected for an emotionally charged sendoff issue like this. Otherwise, all of the things mentioned above are jam-packed into a curtain call for a character who has morphed in the last decade from a retro novelty into one of Marvel’s best and brightest.

    And speaking of the best and brightest, I can’t wait to see what Hopeless and Fish do next (although I wish it was more Spider-Woman). Jess has had a lot of good creative teams over the years, but I think it’s safe to definitively put these two at the top of the list.

  • 80

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Dennis Hopeless gives us a bit of closure as he ends his run. The issue only left me wanting more in the way it ends. Not exactly sure when I’ll see these things touched upon and if the next team can hit the same marks as this series. Only time will tell the future of Spider-Woman and her new family. Overall, still an enjoyable issue.

  • 77


    This is the end of the line for the current Spider-Woman series, and Jessica Drew is going out with a superhero dinner party. Dennis Hopeless and Veronica Fish wrap up their run by essentially justifying Jessica’s life choices to her friends and colleagues in the superhero community. And it’s telling that Jessica makes her final decision based on the people closest to her, and not her acquaintances. As it turns out, Jessica’s son really does take after her, and that leads to some Family Circus-style hijinks that take up most of the issue. Fish does a really nice job on the artwork and her lighter touch lends itself well to the comedy. This status quo is almost too happy to last. Whoever picks up Spider-Woman in the future will probably rip it away from her just to give her some angst. That’s an inevitable part of the comic book industry. But for now, Jessica and company have earned their happy ending. -Blair

  • 70

    Graphic Policy

    Too much of Spider-Woman #17’s running time is given to repetitive slapstick shenanigans, but it is nice to see a superhero, like Jessica Drew, who has been through some fairly dark situations since her first appearance in 1977 (See Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers run.) find happiness in both her superhero and personal life as a single mom and friend. Dennis Hopeless, Veronica Fish, and Rachelle Rosenberg deserve credit for giving her and Roger fantastic, overall character arcs and also fixing her friendship with Carol Danvers even in the face of Civil War II although this issue isn’t one of the series’ better ones.

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