Amazing Spider-Girl #7
Quick Rating: Good
With one of the Ladyhawks in a wheelchair, her sister wants revenge… will Spider-Girl stop her, or help her?
Script & Plot: Tom DeFalco
Plot & Pencils: Ron Frenz
Inks: Sal Buscema
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Molly Lazer
Cover Art: Ron Frenz
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Now that May has come clean with her parents about her excursions as Spider-Girl, she’s waiting for the other shoe to drop. Will they ground her? Will they forbid her from going out in costume? Does anyone actually think they’ll stop her, in the long-term?
That’s the big problem with this issue, really. DeFalco seems to be trying to milk a lot of drama out of the question of whether or not May is going to be allowed to go back to being Spider-Girl full time. The only thing is, as future issues have been solicited and the book hasn’t been renamed The Amazing May Parker, we know she’s eventually going to get to that point. It’s kind of like stirring up questions over whether a character is going to die when you know full well he won’t. That sort of thing only works if the story itself is a knockout, and this one is just okay.
The A-plot of this issue is much stronger, fortunately. One of the twin sisters who shares the identity of Ladyhawk has been in a wheelchair since her battle with the Hobgoblin some months ago. Now her sister is on a tear, bent on revenge, and Spider-Girl has to seek her out. She wants to help, but Ladyhawk’s rage may push her too far. The result of this whole plotline, ultimately, is to teach May a little something about what it’s like to be related to a superhero. It’s a good story, but the last page again falls a little flat, since there really can’t be any doubt what the ultimate result is going to be.
Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema have been working on this title for so long it’s hard to figure out what’s left to say about it. They’re as good as ever – either you like their artwork or you don’t.
This title has been a little lackluster since the relaunch. DeFalco, to his credit, is trying to build up the family drama inherent in the concept, but the road he’s taken to a given destination isn’t quite exciting enough. Hopefully he’s got some new twists coming up.