GLX reviews Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.
Writer - Brian Michael Bendis
Artist - Alex Maleev
From my perspective, Spider-Woman has alway been best used as a supporting character. Even with her backstory, there's just nothing there that interests me about her. Enter Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev - the duo responsible for a critically acclaimed run on Daredevil. With them on board, I thought that I'd give Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. a shot.
The plot moves along nicely. There's enough to it to maintain interest. The citizens of Madripoor are the most interesting characters of the story. The rest of characters are simply okay. They tend not to ring true at times and part of the blame goes to the dialogue. Some of Bendis' characters have a tendency to repeat their lines, within a given moment. Also, it doesn't help to have Spider-Woman mention that her use of pheromones makes her feel like she's peeing.
Maleev's art is appropriate for the story. He has a gritty, yet clear style that matches for the story's dark tone. The best part of his art is the coloring. For the most part, it really pops out; he could ease up on his use of black, though. Unfortunately, his art is a bit static. The one glaring problem with the art is that a lot of it is recycled. There are panels that have the same art, but with different perspectives. Some parts of the comic even feature art from other comics.
Spider-Woman fans are advised to pick this up, but casual readers should at least look through this. It still manages to be entertaining, but it has its share of problems. Perhaps, another creative team will make the character more interesting.
6.7* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX