Sunday, July 29, 2012

Retro Review: Spider-girl #81

Hmmmm, is 2005 really old enough for a 'retro' review? Screw it, my blog, my rules and I say old enough. Also, I already gave a ton of back story on the Spider-girl universe in an earlier post, so I won't go into that here.

I was never a huge fan of Spider-girl. It was often too mired in old clone saga plot threads, a Spidey era I'm not very fond of. And Tom DeFalco has never been all that good at dialogue and that's never more true then when he's writing the 'hip' dialogue of teenagers. This issue was definitely a high point of the series though.

This issue starts with Spider-girl stopping Aftershock, the daughter of Electro, from robbing an armored truck. Aftershock electrocutes the driver of the truck and get away while Spider-girl is making sure he's ok. We then cut to Peter and May having a fight. Then the Avengers are calling May with some super hero business. It seems that Max Dillion, AKA Electro is at Avengers Mansion looking for Spider-man. Spider-girl shows up but Electro insists he wants to talk to Spider-man. When Spider-man finally gets there Electro asks him for help, he wants his daughter to be stopped before she goes too far down the super villain road. Aftershock is Electro's illegitimate daughter. Electro wasn't involved in her life because her mother didn't want him to be and their electrical auras are out of sync to the point when they touch each other it is very painful for both of them. The Avengers, Spider-man, and Spider-girl all manage to corner Aftershock at which point Electro shows up. Max's daughter gives him the typical "Why didn't you love me?" speech to which Max grabs hold of her and holds on until the shock to both of them subsides. Apparently they just had to fight through it to sync up. Being a minor Aftershock will probably get off easy, and Peter and May make up.

Let's talk about the art for a second. I really like Ron Frenz' art, but there was one major screw up in this issue I just can't over look

Holy crap look at the lack of perspective on the floor tiles. It's like they're just floating in front of a tiled wall or something. Come on Frenz, your better then that.

Now as for the writing, this was actually a genuinely touching issue. The father/daughter issues being worked out both by Peter and May and Max and his daughter were very well written. And the awkwardness Max clearly felt asking Peter for help came through perfectly. Also not a lot of high school moments in this issue, the above scene aside, so we weren't subjected to DeFalco's idea of teenage slang.

All and all a great read.

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