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Book Title: Spider-Woman, Agent of S.W.O.R.D.|
The author of the book: Brian Michael Bendis
ISBN 13: 9780785119999
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 460 KB
Edition: Marvel Comics
Date of issue: September 1st 2010
Read full description of the books Spider-Woman, Agent of S.W.O.R.D.:Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman is apparently traumatised after her identity was stolen by the Skrull Queen in the pap that was Secret Invasion. So Jess jumps at the chance when Abigail Brand, the head of SWORD, approaches her to kick some Skrull boo-tay in revenge. And that’s all the story Brian Bendis needs for a 7-issue book!
I wasn’t very impressed with this one. The setup is unconvincing – the stolen identity thing being traumatic sounds like bunkum – and the story is vague and wafer-thin at best. Bendis fills up the book with Jess fighting various people: Skrulls, armed police, Skrulls, Hydra, Skrulls, Dark Reign-era Thunderbolts, and more Skrulls – bah, all this bland fighting is like Secret Invasion all over again! The reasoning behind why the Skrulls targeted Jess for their Queen was stupidly nonsensical and immediately refutable too.
Bendis does do a decent job of summarising Jess’ character to readers (like me) who don’t know much about her, going through her background and powers. Weirdly though, while he explains her Poison Ivy-esque pheromone powers and ability to glide, he fails to explain what her green energy beams/gas blasts are?!
However, this book contains Alex Maleev’s best work yet. The photo-realistic art is ridiculously high quality and looks stunning against the noir backdrop of Madripoor. It’s also really clear to see how Jessica Jones came out of Marvel telling Bendis he couldn’t use Jessica Drew for his Alias series – aside from the scene where Jess puts on her Spider-Woman outfit, this could easily pass for a Jessica Jones story!
Unfortunately, as always, quality art can’t save a comic that doesn’t have a strong story and Bendis’ rambling, forgettable and pointless waffle sunk this Spider-Woman book for me. ‘tain’t worth the effort, folks!
Read information about the authorA comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot to stardom as a writer of Marvel Comics' superhero books, particularly Ultimate Spider-Man.
Bendis first entered the comic world with the "Jinx" line of crime comics in 1995. This line has spawned the graphic novels Goldfish, Fire, Jinx, Torso (with Marc Andreyko), and Total Sell Out. Bendis is writing the film version of Jinx for Universal Pictures with Oscar-winner Charlize Theron attached to star and produce.
Bendis’s other projects include the Harvey, Eisner, and Eagle Award-nominated Powers (with Michael Avon Oeming) originally from Image Comics, now published by Marvel's new creator-owned imprint Icon Comics, and the Hollywood tell-all Fortune and Glory from Oni Press, both of which received an "A" from Entertainment Weekly.
Bendis is one of the premiere architects of Marvel's "Ultimate" line: comics specifically created for the new generation of comic readers. He has written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man since its best-selling launch, and has also written for Ultimate Fantastic Four and Ultimate X-Men, as well as every issue of Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Ultimate Origin and Ultimate Six.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel’s AVENGERS franchise by writing both New Avengers and Mighty Avengers along with the successful ‘event’ projects House Of M, Secret War, and this summer’s Secret Invasion.
He has also previously done work on Daredevil, Alias, and The Pulse.
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