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Spider-Woman (2015) #17

Previously, in Spider-Woman #16

Spider-Woman #17

I’ve made no secret of how much I love this series. I’ve often said its biggest appeal is how realistic it is for a story about a superhero; it managed to be a story about motherhood, building a family that isn’t traditional, and juggling being a mother with a commitment to serving others. Project Fandom contributor Shanna recently covered Emerald City Comicon and sent me copies of Spider-Woman’s first two volumes, and they were signed by Dennis Hopeless. Needless to say, I freaked out. Seriously. You can’t tell me shit for at least six months. I say all this so you understand how completely saddened I am that this is the last issue of the series. And I had no idea until the end!

Jess at party

It was a fitting farewell, though. Jessica is throwing a party to introduce her superhero friends to the new man in her life, Roger. Their relationship raises a lot of eyebrows because they really don’t make sense on paper and you have Roger’s past life as a D-list villain to consider. Natasha (Black Widow) is the judgiest, openly questioning Jessica’s life choices.

Like I said, it’s hard to put their relationship into words so it’s a good thing little Gerry chooses now to display his budding superpowers. Roger quickly jumps into action to keep the superbaby from hurting himself as he plays, coos, and sticks to ceilings. When Roger, without hesitation, launches himself off the rooftop to catch Gerry, it becomes crystal clear what Jessica sees in him. Talk about getting an instant superhero seal of approval.

Roger saves the day

I am a little bummed that we don’t get the exploration of how this new dynamic will affect Roger’s relationship with his ex and his daughter; I mean, how did that “hey, I’m not dead” conversation go? This isn’t a criticism on the series. In fact, it’s a testament to how Hopeless was able to make these people matter to the reader. You often hear creators say how special it is to be able to tell the story they wanted from beginning to end. I hope Hopeless, Rodriguez, Fish, and Rosenberg know that it was just as special to be given this story.

Thank you.

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Nina Perez is the founder of Project Fandom. She is also the author of a YA series of books, "The Twin Prophecies," and a collection of essays titled, "Blog It Out, B*tch." Her latest books, a contemporary romance 6-book series titled Sharing Space, are now available on Amazon.com for Kindle download. She has a degree in journalism, works in social media, lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves Peyton Manning. When not watching massive amounts of British television or writing, she is sketching plans to build her very own TARDIS. She watches more television than anyone you know and she's totally fine with that.

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