The ragtag group of Spider-Woman, Ben Ulrich, and The Porcupine continue on their journey to find out who is behind the villain family kidnappings, but as always, it's not as cut and dried as you would think.
Spoilers from here on out folks.
We finally get to meet the brains of the operation at the very tail end of the book, and I'm quite excited to see that battle play out. Surprisingly enough it involves lots of construction equipment and a $50 dress, and that combo certainly deserves a second look. The bulk of the issue, however, revolves around Jessica finally meeting some of the villains' girlfriends and wives, and at first appearance they don’t look too unhappy. In fact, they’ve built themselves a little Utopia of sorts called Moon’s Hollow. What stuck out to me most is how empowered each of these women are. Sure, they have their soon-to-be-revealed benefactor to credit for it, but none of them act like damsels in need of saving. Rather, they are characterized as strong-willed women who saw a chance for a better life and took it.
There are some unanswered questions that I hope to see resolved, such as on page 18 Olivia (Porcupine's ex) says, "Had to pull this true lies nonsense with my stupid ex today. Totally threw me off," which suggests she couldn’t be happier to be away from him. Though on page 25, she seems distressed by Roger's (Porcupine's) current predicament. Not sure if that is more shock than empathy, or if there is something else to her being in Moon’s Hollow. We'll have to wait and see.
The dialogue is snappy as always, and maybe it's because I’m kind of sarcastic in nature myself, but I happen to love Jessica’s wit and inner dialogue. The $50 dress remark from page 17 perfectly encapsulates the book as a whole really.
On art duty is the talented Javier Rodriguez. While there wasn’t much room in this issue for his energetic pencils to move, next issue’s throwdown should be more than enough to make up for it.
Until next time, happy reading!
Issue 8 is on stands June 3rd, 2015.