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With Spider-Verse in the rear-view, Jessica strikes out to make a new life for herself. But she's not going to do it alone, as she's joined by new Spider-Woman supporting cast-mate and classic Marvel character Ben Urich! Collecting: Spider-Woman 5-10 With Spider-Verse in the rear-view, Jessica strikes out to make a new life for herself. But she's not going to do it alone, as she's joined by new Spider-Woman supporting cast-mate and classic Marvel character Ben Urich! Collecting: Spider-Woman 5-10


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With Spider-Verse in the rear-view, Jessica strikes out to make a new life for herself. But she's not going to do it alone, as she's joined by new Spider-Woman supporting cast-mate and classic Marvel character Ben Urich! Collecting: Spider-Woman 5-10 With Spider-Verse in the rear-view, Jessica strikes out to make a new life for herself. But she's not going to do it alone, as she's joined by new Spider-Woman supporting cast-mate and classic Marvel character Ben Urich! Collecting: Spider-Woman 5-10

30 review for Spider-Woman, Volume 2: New Duds

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I love Spider-Woman! Issue #5 deals with Jessica's decision to leave the Avengers, become a street-level fighter, and (of course!) the costume change. It's also a nice set up for Ben & the Porcupine.<--good stuff! The main storyline is Jess trying to find out what is happening to family members of C-list villains, including Porcupine's daughter. And the conclusion was, I thought, awesome. This sort of story suits me right down to a tee, so even thought the last issue got hijacked by Secret Wars a I love Spider-Woman! Issue #5 deals with Jessica's decision to leave the Avengers, become a street-level fighter, and (of course!) the costume change. It's also a nice set up for Ben & the Porcupine.<--good stuff! The main storyline is Jess trying to find out what is happening to family members of C-list villains, including Porcupine's daughter. And the conclusion was, I thought, awesome. This sort of story suits me right down to a tee, so even thought the last issue got hijacked by Secret Wars a bit I still really enjoyed it. I love it when comic book characters, especially those with crazy superpowers, get humanized by the writers. And along with humor and good storytelling, that's what Dennis Hopeless brings to the table in volume 2. And in case you were worried, Jessica isn't just some girl version of Spider-Man, she's Amazing in her own right. Bonus? If you're looking for something you don't need years of back issues to understand, then this one might be a winner for you!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Oh, I had a fun time with this one. I love Jess's snark! I love she has teamed up with Ben Urich and Porcupine! I mean, Porcupine is hilarious in his own right! I loved the first story of how the women and kids all disappeared and the reasoning behind it. That was pretty freaking cool. Well, not the reasoning but the other part! But, Jess, Ben and Porcupine being on the road together was great! I really loved the crazy rodeo idea they stumbled onto. lol I might do a more in-depth review later. Oh, I had a fun time with this one. I love Jess's snark! I love she has teamed up with Ben Urich and Porcupine! I mean, Porcupine is hilarious in his own right! I loved the first story of how the women and kids all disappeared and the reasoning behind it. That was pretty freaking cool. Well, not the reasoning but the other part! But, Jess, Ben and Porcupine being on the road together was great! I really loved the crazy rodeo idea they stumbled onto. lol I might do a more in-depth review later.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman is tired of dealing with fighting evil on a mega-intergalactic scale (although she’s still up for the occasional throttling of a Skrull) and wants to dial back her life a bit – become just the friendly neighborhood Spider-Woman. She even changes her costume, hence the title of this volume. Her new career gets off to a rocky start, so she ends up working with reporter Ben Urich, who points her in the direction of a story about super villain’s loved ones going missing Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman is tired of dealing with fighting evil on a mega-intergalactic scale (although she’s still up for the occasional throttling of a Skrull) and wants to dial back her life a bit – become just the friendly neighborhood Spider-Woman. She even changes her costume, hence the title of this volume. Her new career gets off to a rocky start, so she ends up working with reporter Ben Urich, who points her in the direction of a story about super villain’s loved ones going missing and not being reported to the police. So through happenstance, she abducts the Porcupine, for answers… …and eventually forms an unlikely alliance with Urich and Mr. Porcupine. There’s some focus on super hero deducting until the use of reason… …gives way to a beat down. Bottom line: Hopeless follows the Marvel trend started by Fraction’s Hawkeye of going up close and personal and easing off on the “super” heroic histrionics. This one works well up until the road trip, then kind of fizzles, but not dramatically. Spider-Woman then gets hijacked by Secret Wars. Both Hopeless and Bendis have done some good work with this Spider-Woman, each from different perspectives. I hope Loveless’ approach continues, it suits the character well enough. Three and half stars rounded up. An example of the fine artwork!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Jessica Drew may be taking a break from the Avengers to pursue a career as a Private Investigator but her superhero past isn’t taking a break from her! Someone’s blackmailing Z-list supervillains into committing crimes and the unlikely duo of Spider-Woman and Daily Bugle star reporter Ben Urich are on the case. Spider-Woman, Volume 2: New Duds isn’t a bad comic, it just lacks convincing antagonists, solid stories and a point. I know that sounds like a back-handed compliment but, considering the Jessica Drew may be taking a break from the Avengers to pursue a career as a Private Investigator but her superhero past isn’t taking a break from her! Someone’s blackmailing Z-list supervillains into committing crimes and the unlikely duo of Spider-Woman and Daily Bugle star reporter Ben Urich are on the case. Spider-Woman, Volume 2: New Duds isn’t a bad comic, it just lacks convincing antagonists, solid stories and a point. I know that sounds like a back-handed compliment but, considering the circumstances, Dennis Hopeless did well to write a fairly decent book – I definitely wasn’t ever bored reading it. Still, it’s hard not to be underwhelmed once the flimsy bad guys and their feeble motivations are revealed behind both storylines. That said, I’m sure it didn’t help that this series sprang out of an event and, poetically, ends with another event after just two volumes, so Hopeless didn’t exactly have acres of room to manoeuvre with the kind of stories he could’ve told. And he does write Jess really well, showing the character’s potential and appeal, and for the most part it’s a breezy, fun read, albeit largely unmemorable. I really loved Javier Rodriguez’s art. As well as appreciating his skill and lush visuals, as a red-blooded male I very much enjoyed how Rodriguez drew Jess! Superheroes always look generically ripped but maybe it’s the more realistic, girl-next-door way that Rodriguez draws Jess or her new outfit but, damn, Spider-Woman has never looked sexier than she does in this book! The all-star art team is rounded out by Alvaro Lopez’s perfectly complementary inks and, my favourite colourist, Muntsa Vicente, who instantly improves any book she’s put on. Also, ignore the numbering of this volume – this works fine as an accessible standalone Spider-Woman book, so you needn’t read the first volume if, like me, you’re not a fan of Greg Land’s (f)art. Overall, it’s a bit too light for my taste but New Duds is an entertaining-enough read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    Vote: ☆☆☆ 1/2 Not as good as first volume for me, but some gags were really good ones and in the end I was reading Porcupine's balloons with Zach Galifianakis' voice! Vote: ☆☆☆ 1/2 Not as good as first volume for me, but some gags were really good ones and in the end I was reading Porcupine's balloons with Zach Galifianakis' voice!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I've always been a big fan of Jessica Drew and missed her quite a bit when she vanished from the face of the Marvel Universe for several years. Thanks to Brian Michael Bendis, she's been back for a while now, which is great. This latest take on Jess, written by Dennis Hopeless (love his surname), has been a lot of fun. Taking a leave of absence from the Avengers (nobody quits the team, Jess; 'once an Avenger, always an Avenger' remember?) to go back to running a detective agency again, Jess is ba I've always been a big fan of Jessica Drew and missed her quite a bit when she vanished from the face of the Marvel Universe for several years. Thanks to Brian Michael Bendis, she's been back for a while now, which is great. This latest take on Jess, written by Dennis Hopeless (love his surname), has been a lot of fun. Taking a leave of absence from the Avengers (nobody quits the team, Jess; 'once an Avenger, always an Avenger' remember?) to go back to running a detective agency again, Jess is back to dealing with 'street level' threats. She even has a new costume for the first time... well, ever as far as I can recall... and I really like it. Apart from the sunglasses. Jess, you've got to ditch those bloody awful goggles! I really like the semi-comedic tone of this book. It obviously owes a lot to Matt Fraction's Hawkeye series, but it's far from being a complete rip-off. Personally, I think that if the success of Fraction's Hawkeye leads to Marvel taking more chances with more quirky books, that can only be a good thing. The end of this volume gets wrapped up in Secret Bollocking Wars, unfortunately, but they don't spend too long on it, which is good. I'm looking forward to this book returning with the same creative team after this Secret Wars ball-ache is out of the way.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5 stars "Your disgusting stink-mouthed hand demon bit me on my face meat!" - Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman Awesome art. Crazy-good layouts. Have I mentioned I'm a big fan of the highly stylized sound words that blend into the panel? Hopeless nails the story and more importantly the dialogue on this one. I never thought I would say this but I'm actually enjoying Spider-Woman. "Dude marinated the beef in some kind of mind sauce" - Roger Gocking aka The Porcupine Weird. This is exactly my kind 4.5 stars "Your disgusting stink-mouthed hand demon bit me on my face meat!" - Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman Awesome art. Crazy-good layouts. Have I mentioned I'm a big fan of the highly stylized sound words that blend into the panel? Hopeless nails the story and more importantly the dialogue on this one. I never thought I would say this but I'm actually enjoying Spider-Woman. "Dude marinated the beef in some kind of mind sauce" - Roger Gocking aka The Porcupine Weird. This is exactly my kind of mind sauce.

  8. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Very fun series. As expected. Spider-Woman is a sexy big booty warrior and this is no different. Before we get to her getting prego after Secret Wars this was a fun little adventure. seeing Jessica Drew go back into street level fighting is a ton of fun. Then you have Ben (From Daredevil) and a villain to join her party and you have plenty of fun times to be had. Good: Cute and charming. Lots of fun things happening here, good humor, and Jessica is a main star worth following. The start of the s Very fun series. As expected. Spider-Woman is a sexy big booty warrior and this is no different. Before we get to her getting prego after Secret Wars this was a fun little adventure. seeing Jessica Drew go back into street level fighting is a ton of fun. Then you have Ben (From Daredevil) and a villain to join her party and you have plenty of fun times to be had. Good: Cute and charming. Lots of fun things happening here, good humor, and Jessica is a main star worth following. The start of the series is very strong. Bad: The last issue is very rushed and just thrown together for Secret Wars. Disappointed in that issue. SO yeah, this was fun and enjoyable. Nothing mindblowing but a good time none the less. A 3 out of 5.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    This is an incredible improvement over volume one. It helps that volume two doesn't use the artist who must not be named, and I thought that Rodriguez's art was much, much better. I actually enjoyed looking at it, instead of enduring it. And once he was free to do what he liked with the character, I ended up loving the direction that Hopeless was taking the character of Spider-Woman. She's at a point in her life when she wants to quietly be her own superhero, which I get under the circumstances. This is an incredible improvement over volume one. It helps that volume two doesn't use the artist who must not be named, and I thought that Rodriguez's art was much, much better. I actually enjoyed looking at it, instead of enduring it. And once he was free to do what he liked with the character, I ended up loving the direction that Hopeless was taking the character of Spider-Woman. She's at a point in her life when she wants to quietly be her own superhero, which I get under the circumstances. She may not be very good at it, but it's an understandable impulse. I was surprised to see that Ben Urich was going to be a full co-star on the book, but not at all upset. I like Ben, a lot. He's consistently one of the most admirable characters in the Marvel Universe, and he's used well here. I was really getting into the idea of Spider-Woman doing a traveling, low-budget version of the X-Files. It was fun! And then Secret Wars happened. So much for that. I hope that the book will be able to pick up where it left off after the event, but who knows.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    I liked the redesign for Jessica Drew in this volume, and I do prefer Rodriguez’ art to Greg Land’s (even though I don’t quite get the antipathy some people had towards it). This volume feels a lot more fun than the first one, in line with Jessica’s decision to get away from the Avengers and be an ordinary person (ish) for a while. Ben Urich also has a key role, which is fun too. Unfortunately, it feels somewhat truncated because just as the first volume took Jessica Drew out of one Marvel event I liked the redesign for Jessica Drew in this volume, and I do prefer Rodriguez’ art to Greg Land’s (even though I don’t quite get the antipathy some people had towards it). This volume feels a lot more fun than the first one, in line with Jessica’s decision to get away from the Avengers and be an ordinary person (ish) for a while. Ben Urich also has a key role, which is fun too. Unfortunately, it feels somewhat truncated because just as the first volume took Jessica Drew out of one Marvel event (Spider-verse), the last part of this volume pulls her off her detective agency job and back into the Avengers for Secret Wars. Yay. I don’t know what Marvel thinks they’re doing, constantly crippling the solo comics with these ensemble events that a lot of people don’t even like. It’s alright when they’re a novelty, but when one TPB is bookended by two big universe-wide events, ugh, it’s far too much. Jessica Drew’s little detective story is fun enough but very light, and one could wish we get to see a bit more of her. It’s an interesting plotline, though perhaps somewhat predictable — or I dunno, I felt like I’d read something like it before, anyway. Still not groundbreaking, but Jessica is still awesome. Originally posted here.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I've heard good things about Spider-Woman since her series headed in this new direction and it's easy to see why, as New Duds is reminiscent of series such as Ant-Man and Kate Bishop's adventures in Hawkeye. Although I didn't enjoy the story as much as i'd hoped, the entertaining trio of Jessica Drew, Ben Urich and Porcupine made up for it. New Duds also looks great thanks to the remarkable artwork by Javier Rodriguez, Victor Olaba and Vicente Munsta. The striking colour palette in particular ma I've heard good things about Spider-Woman since her series headed in this new direction and it's easy to see why, as New Duds is reminiscent of series such as Ant-Man and Kate Bishop's adventures in Hawkeye. Although I didn't enjoy the story as much as i'd hoped, the entertaining trio of Jessica Drew, Ben Urich and Porcupine made up for it. New Duds also looks great thanks to the remarkable artwork by Javier Rodriguez, Victor Olaba and Vicente Munsta. The striking colour palette in particular makes this book one to admire and I love Spider-Woman's stylish, yet practical new costume. Sadly, the last issue has to wrap-up the series for Secret Wars (albeit temporarily) and seeing Jess back in her old costume, reluctantly joining the fight to save the world left me as dejected as she looked. Still, I can't fault writer Dennis Hopeless for that and the creative team kept me interested enough to read the next volume.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    I love Jessica Drew! She is one of my favourite characters in the Marvel universe, and also my favourite Spider-Person. Even though Marvel stupidly started off this new series with an event tie-in, they event(ha!)ually came back to their senses and just made this a stand-alone series. So, if you just want to read about Jessica without all the convoluted mess that is Spider-Verse, just pick up this volume. It has nothing to do with volume 1, it is a sort of soft reboot for the character. And it i I love Jessica Drew! She is one of my favourite characters in the Marvel universe, and also my favourite Spider-Person. Even though Marvel stupidly started off this new series with an event tie-in, they event(ha!)ually came back to their senses and just made this a stand-alone series. So, if you just want to read about Jessica without all the convoluted mess that is Spider-Verse, just pick up this volume. It has nothing to do with volume 1, it is a sort of soft reboot for the character. And it is pretty good! It is fun, silly, very much in the vibe of Kot's Secret Avengers and is just a nice read. Great art and colours, too. Good stuff.

  13. 5 out of 5

    David

    If you've read recent DAREDEVIL, HAWKEYE or FOES OF SPIDER-MAN and those other highly acclaimed titles from Marvel, rethink those and add Spider-woman: and you get this book. There's a strong current of shame or duffus-ness about being a super-hero that runs through all these titles Spider-Woman included. It's even remarked upon that her solo efforts (read her solo titles) haven't amounted to much to date. But there's so much charm and pleasing colors and humor and pretty drawings that it's impo If you've read recent DAREDEVIL, HAWKEYE or FOES OF SPIDER-MAN and those other highly acclaimed titles from Marvel, rethink those and add Spider-woman: and you get this book. There's a strong current of shame or duffus-ness about being a super-hero that runs through all these titles Spider-Woman included. It's even remarked upon that her solo efforts (read her solo titles) haven't amounted to much to date. But there's so much charm and pleasing colors and humor and pretty drawings that it's impossible to dislike anything about the book. It's a fun, well-crafted Marvel title, perhaps a bit formula. But it's a formula that's charming, pretty and delightful so who gives a ****.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Spider-Woman gets a soft reboot. New artist, new costume, new focus. Jessica has decided to step away from the Avengers and affect street level crime, which it turns out she's very bad at. In steps Ben Urich, who's looking into a series of kidnappings of D-Level supervillians' families. Jessica captures the Porcupine and forces him to help track down his daughter. What they uncover is a very clever idea. I loved it. For the last two issues, Spider-Woman, Ben, and Porcupine go on a road trip to st Spider-Woman gets a soft reboot. New artist, new costume, new focus. Jessica has decided to step away from the Avengers and affect street level crime, which it turns out she's very bad at. In steps Ben Urich, who's looking into a series of kidnappings of D-Level supervillians' families. Jessica captures the Porcupine and forces him to help track down his daughter. What they uncover is a very clever idea. I loved it. For the last two issues, Spider-Woman, Ben, and Porcupine go on a road trip to stop more D-Level villians across the country and come across a bunch of zombified citizens in Dodge City. And we get the obligatory Secret Wars interruption. The Good: Along the lines of Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, Hopeless focuses more on humanizing Spider-Woman. It definitely works. I loved this book. Well-told engaging stories with great art. The Bad: That Secret Wars interruption. I wish Marvel would just leave some of these books alone to tell good stories. The Ugly: Porcupine's costume is ridiculous, but that just adds to his charm in this case.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brian Poole

    After a false start, the recent Spider-Woman series found its footing with its second arc, New Duds. New Duds finds Spider-Woman Jessica Drew ditching the Avengers to get back to her origins as a solo adventurer fighting crime in the streets. She even adopts a practical new costume and moves into a loft in a developing neighborhood. Except Jessica is rusty at dealing with street level issues and manages to embarrass herself several times. Reporter Ben Urich intrigues her with the unexplained disa After a false start, the recent Spider-Woman series found its footing with its second arc, New Duds. New Duds finds Spider-Woman Jessica Drew ditching the Avengers to get back to her origins as a solo adventurer fighting crime in the streets. She even adopts a practical new costume and moves into a loft in a developing neighborhood. Except Jessica is rusty at dealing with street level issues and manages to embarrass herself several times. Reporter Ben Urich intrigues her with the unexplained disappearances of the families of various super-villains. C-List crook Porcupine (not really a bad guy) crosses paths with Jessica and gets her involved in looking for the missing families. What Jessica finds is quite different from what she expects. Afterward, Jessica, Ben and Porcupine go on a cross-country road trip to deal with other unexplained cases Ben’s uncovered. The trio lands in a Midwestern town with an evil roadside attraction and some zombie-like locals. Freed from the poorly received Spider-Verse tie-in that weighed down the first arc of Spider-Woman, writer Dennis Hopeless hits his stride with New Duds. He nails Jessica’s voice pretty quickly and her uneven attempt to be a “normal” crime fighter is a great concept that Hopeless plays with in some fun and involving ways. Hopeless gets some mileage out of Jessica figuring out how to do things without the apparatus of The Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. as backstops. Jessica is a winning heroine, who manages to be resourceful and short-sighted in equal doses. The resolution of the “missing families” plot has some clever twists and makes for a nice showcase for Jessica’s character. Urich and Porcupine make for a solid supporting duo that gives Jessica interesting personalities to bounce off. The road trip is a cool idea that Hopeless turns into something offbeat and engaging. It’s one of the more enjoyable superhero makeovers in recent memory. Penciler Javier Rodriguez, inker Alvaro Lopez and colorist Vero Gandini are a strong team on art, giving Spider-Woman a light-hearted feel that’s a nice cross between traditional superhero and a more comic strip aesthetic. Jessica’s new outfit is great and the artists find subtle ways to show off its various features. The issues include a lot of dynamic sequences and layouts that can be creative without being self-consciously “clever.” Jessica moves nimbly and the artists do a nice job showing her athleticism and “spider moves.” The color palette is ideally suited to the shifting narrative, going from muted blues, blacks and grays of Jessica’s night-time adventures to brighter colors when she jumps into daytime action. Natacha Bustos provides a seamless pinch hit for Rodriguez and Lopez on one issue. It’s warm, entertaining work that gets across the intent of Hopeless’s writing quite effectively. For fans of Spider-Woman, picking up New Duds is a no-brainer. But even if you’re not already a Jessica Drew fan, it’s worth seeking out. A version of this review originally appeared on www.thunderalleybcp.com

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    **** for issues 5-8. I loved this arc and how it wrapped up. We will see where the next arc goes.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Terry Mcginnis

    Tons of fun for fans of Spider-Woman!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark Schlatter

    I started picking up the Spider-Woman series that started after Secret Wars (also done by Hopeless and Rodriguez), enjoyed it, saw this predecessor volume in the comic book store, and picked it up. The new duds refer to a new costume for Spider-Woman which, thankfully, turns away from the cheesecake with which I had previously associated her. Instead, we get a remake like the Darwyn Cooke Catwoman and the recent Batgirl: sensible clothing for crime fighting that makes Jessica Drew look attractive I started picking up the Spider-Woman series that started after Secret Wars (also done by Hopeless and Rodriguez), enjoyed it, saw this predecessor volume in the comic book store, and picked it up. The new duds refer to a new costume for Spider-Woman which, thankfully, turns away from the cheesecake with which I had previously associated her. Instead, we get a remake like the Darwyn Cooke Catwoman and the recent Batgirl: sensible clothing for crime fighting that makes Jessica Drew look attractive, but not salacious. Moreover, Rodriguez does great complex art --- beautiful fight scenes and fun two page spreads (like one that shows in detail how Spider-Women escapes a trap). I like Hopeless's take on the character. (You know you're telling street level stories when you bring in Ben Urich of the Daily Bugle as support.) And I like Hopeless's dialogue; he gets a good mixture of funny and smart wryness. I did wish that the plots flowed a little better. In both stories in the collection we get interesting ideas (especially in the first one where we explore supervillain family dynamics), but the resolutions come far too quickly. Given the nice complexities of the art and dialogue, I wanted more space for everything to develop. Still, I've added this title to my pull list and am looking forward to more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Thank goodness that Hopeless managed to finally find his own voice after being saddled with Spider-Verse for his first volume. Everyone said that this was the Batgirling of Spider-Woman, but at its best it's a full Hawkeyeization. In other words, Hopeless' street-level Spider-Woman is funny and witty. It involves real people and it has interesting twists and turns. It depends on its artist and lets him excel. Sure, it's not quite up to the level of Hawkeye, but you can see that's what Hopeless wa Thank goodness that Hopeless managed to finally find his own voice after being saddled with Spider-Verse for his first volume. Everyone said that this was the Batgirling of Spider-Woman, but at its best it's a full Hawkeyeization. In other words, Hopeless' street-level Spider-Woman is funny and witty. It involves real people and it has interesting twists and turns. It depends on its artist and lets him excel. Sure, it's not quite up to the level of Hawkeye, but you can see that's what Hopeless was shooting for. The first arc (issues 5-8) is the best, because Hopeless also went with the best Hawkeye stories and offered an interesting and bizarre twist on some standard superhero tropes. The second arc (issues 9-10) is a bit more of a typical (non-deconstructed) superhero. I mean, yeah, it has hulk cows, but this plot isn't as wonderful of a look at the genre. Still, this volume is good all the way through ... until Secret Wars derails it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Burgoo

    "I once lost a week of my life shame googling Spider-Woman butt" HAHAHA! That should tell you all you need to know about this. Volume 2 is fairly self-contained. It opens with Jessica quitting the Avengers & trying to get back to basics. It ends when it runs into the Secret Wars event. It's fun, it's funny. It's all those things you love about the off center Marvel books. Javier Rodriguez's art is exceptional. Bold, dynamic, & very contemporary. Is this my new favorite book? Maybe. It's definitely "I once lost a week of my life shame googling Spider-Woman butt" HAHAHA! That should tell you all you need to know about this. Volume 2 is fairly self-contained. It opens with Jessica quitting the Avengers & trying to get back to basics. It ends when it runs into the Secret Wars event. It's fun, it's funny. It's all those things you love about the off center Marvel books. Javier Rodriguez's art is exceptional. Bold, dynamic, & very contemporary. Is this my new favorite book? Maybe. It's definitely in the running.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    So much better than the first trade. Hopeless is really hitting his stride. Hopefully the issues after Secret Wars will see a fully-realized Spider-Woman.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Lahn

    Really love the new costume. So far the story is decent.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I've been catching up on post-Secret Wars comics this weekend and been feeling pretty blasé about them. Reading, finding reasons to like them or not, but not really connecting with any of them. Until this book... The art grabs me immediately. Gorgeous, lithe, fluid and almost 60's art style - like something out of Bewitched or that Don Draper show I'll probably watch in my retirement home days. The writing, even better. Dennis Hopeless still haven't attained a permanent place on my radar of comics I've been catching up on post-Secret Wars comics this weekend and been feeling pretty blasé about them. Reading, finding reasons to like them or not, but not really connecting with any of them. Until this book... The art grabs me immediately. Gorgeous, lithe, fluid and almost 60's art style - like something out of Bewitched or that Don Draper show I'll probably watch in my retirement home days. The writing, even better. Dennis Hopeless still haven't attained a permanent place on my radar of comics creators to Watch Out For, and now I can't explain why not. His dialogue is natural, his inner monologues for Jessica are engaging and vulnerable, and his sense of humour is light and understated. WHY AM I READING THIS BOOK TWO YEARS AFTER IT CAME OUT? The ridiculous road trip Jess took with Ben Urich and the Porcupine was fan-fucking-tastic, just what the universe needed as it was folding in on itself via Hickman's machinations. And somehow Hopeless folds Jess back into the End Of Everything in a way that honours what she's been doing alone *and* her rocky heritage as an Avenger/spy/Skrull. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS YET, GO GET IT NOW. I'LL WAIT. NO REALLY I'M GONNA WAIT. GO. (*impatient foot tapping*) FINE. YOUR LOSS. I enjoyed the hell out of this and I'm headed in for the post-SW volume right now. I won't wait up.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eric Butler

    A new Spider-Woman for a new Marvel Universe. It's still the same old Jessica, but she's tired of all the supergiant crossover events that Marvel has made over and over again. She wants to settle down and focus on the little people that need her help. Teaming up with Reporter Ben Urich from Daredevil and Roger the guy in the Porcupine suit, she starts working cases. I'll be honest, I love Jessica Drew. Doesn't matter what period, 70s to today, I simply love the character. There's a depth there t A new Spider-Woman for a new Marvel Universe. It's still the same old Jessica, but she's tired of all the supergiant crossover events that Marvel has made over and over again. She wants to settle down and focus on the little people that need her help. Teaming up with Reporter Ben Urich from Daredevil and Roger the guy in the Porcupine suit, she starts working cases. I'll be honest, I love Jessica Drew. Doesn't matter what period, 70s to today, I simply love the character. There's a depth there that is fun to explore, and even when she's not with the Avengers or leading a team of Spider-people through a multiverse, she's a character worth reading.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Merve

    I love it... Roger and Ben are great for new duds. I love their team. 😉 The event is also very joyful. U must read if you love Jess Drew, man 😂♥️♥️♥️

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tris

    That was really fun. Awesome layouts. Pretty simple but with heart.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Much improved and a fun first story...but YEAH SECRET WARS...! So yes Secret War blew this book apart also like many Marvel book but I'm not going to delve into my hatred of that so let's just move on. How does this book read after the HORRIBLE first 4 issue? A lot better! World: The art is fine, it doesn't really stand out, I like how clean the art is and to me it feels very retro but it did not really grab me. The last issue did as I like that kind of art style, but alas the series is over. The Much improved and a fun first story...but YEAH SECRET WARS...! So yes Secret War blew this book apart also like many Marvel book but I'm not going to delve into my hatred of that so let's just move on. How does this book read after the HORRIBLE first 4 issue? A lot better! World: The art is fine, it doesn't really stand out, I like how clean the art is and to me it feels very retro but it did not really grab me. The last issue did as I like that kind of art style, but alas the series is over. The world building is also very good this time around, the main problem I had with the last arc was that it did not serve as a introduction to new readers, this book does. The world building is effortless and steady and gives us a very good look at Jessica's life post Avengers. It's handled very well, her little piece of the MU is fun and distinct. Story: I really like the first 4 issues of this book, the pacing the writing and the tone were good. It's not entirely original and I feel very much Silk's recent intro to be a good mirror of it (both having reformed villains and both finding their place in NYC). However the turn it takes in the third issue was very fun for me. It's different it's quirky and weird and also feels very good for a female superhero book. I like the look at the other side of the discussion and it really gives readers another look at the full picture. The second story I also liked, from the get go the idea of Spider-Woman was for her to go back to basics and save normal people. To me it also felt that this book was also going back to basics and going back to a simpler and more basic time when 2 issue arcs were the norm and themed villains and evil plots were everywhere in small America. It's good, it feels retro and I really enjoyed it. This series was looking very up for me. Then Secret Wars blew it the shit up. Characters: I like Jessica she's very distinct in her personal voice and she's written well. I like her journey in getting back to being a normal human being. Though it's not entirely original and having that exact same story happening in another spider book (SILK) is kinda lazy, but it is different enough in tone and character that I still enjoy it. The rest of the cast is great, I like Porcupine and Ben and it's good to have these MU characters form a little piece of the MU for Jessica to play in. As I said very similar to Silk but still fun. I hope the new series will continue this trio. It felt very retro, a back to basics and back to the good days of simple themed villains and fun banter instead of the constant events and tie-ins. However I see Civil War II in the future and it haunts me. Onward to the next book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This was a great collection of stories - one main arc of four issues, and another smaller arc of two issues. I like that they bring strong characterization in right from the start as Jessica Drew breaks from the Avengers and tries to discover an identity for herself. And I like how it seemed like a natural offshoot of events that took place previously in Spider-Woman, Volume 1: Spider-Verse, and in the larger context of the Spider-Verse. My only quibbles were a) she seemed a bit incompetent in th This was a great collection of stories - one main arc of four issues, and another smaller arc of two issues. I like that they bring strong characterization in right from the start as Jessica Drew breaks from the Avengers and tries to discover an identity for herself. And I like how it seemed like a natural offshoot of events that took place previously in Spider-Woman, Volume 1: Spider-Verse, and in the larger context of the Spider-Verse. My only quibbles were a) she seemed a bit incompetent in the first couple issues, although she redeems herself later, and b) there were some strange discontinuities in transitions between issues (unexplained wardrobe changes, going suddenly from unconscious to conscious). But these were fairly minor complaints in a collection that had a lot of fun characters, a lot of spider-banter, acrobatic action sequences, compelling storylines, and even an emotional message or two. She's back! I'm looking forward to the next Volume, Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears, Volume 1: Baby Talk. Note: (view spoiler)[by the time of the final credits, it is not clear if she will be able to continue on her own any more, or be taken back into the Avenger fold. But I am pleased to see that the description of the next Volume in the collection appears to continue her story as private investigator... (hide spoiler)]

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I have really enjoyed this run of Spiderwoman. It's not the seriously dark tone that I'm used to with Jess, as this woman has seen some SHIT in her day. In fact, I sometimes get suspicious of the tone, because it is really fun, and Jess tends not to be. I do feel like Hopeless could acknowledge her mental issues a little more. Or... at all. She's known for being kind of scary and often unstable. There's humanizing her, and then there's making her into someone she's not. It's a good run, though, I have really enjoyed this run of Spiderwoman. It's not the seriously dark tone that I'm used to with Jess, as this woman has seen some SHIT in her day. In fact, I sometimes get suspicious of the tone, because it is really fun, and Jess tends not to be. I do feel like Hopeless could acknowledge her mental issues a little more. Or... at all. She's known for being kind of scary and often unstable. There's humanizing her, and then there's making her into someone she's not. It's a good run, though, I'm really liking it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lucille

    Waaaaaay better than volume 1! Let's just say volume 1 didn't existed ok? This one was completely different and I loved it ! I loved how she teamed up with Ben Urich (reporter) and Roger Gockling (weird guy in a porcupine costume), even though I would have loved to see more of "just her". But she's not really the kind of people who work better alone, even if she left the avengers for that. I really liked this volume and you can definitely start with that one if you don't know the character(s) ! Waaaaaay better than volume 1! Let's just say volume 1 didn't existed ok? This one was completely different and I loved it ! I loved how she teamed up with Ben Urich (reporter) and Roger Gockling (weird guy in a porcupine costume), even though I would have loved to see more of "just her". But she's not really the kind of people who work better alone, even if she left the avengers for that. I really liked this volume and you can definitely start with that one if you don't know the character(s) !

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