By Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Frenz (pencils), Sal Buscema (inks), Bruno Hang (colors)
After a somewhat disappointing issue last month, Spider-Girl gets back on track and wraps up the current story arc in fine fashion. I’m really impressed; it’s like Tom DeFalco read my complaints and addressed every one of them. Right from the get-go, we’re thrust into the middle of Crimelord’s auction of Kingpin’s “secret files”. With just about the whole crime community of New York ready to bid, Hobgoblin crashes the party with the intent of being the sole owner of the files.
Little does he know that Crimelord is prepared for him. After a sniper destroys the Hobgoblin’s glider, he’s surrounded by a mob of angry thugs. It’s here that he unleashes Mindworm to do his bidding. But Mindworm, finally showing a bit of intelligence, double crosses Hobgoblin and uses his powers to take control of everyone in the room (except Spider-Girl). In a desperate move, the Hobgoblin frees Spider-Girl. Together, butt-kicking ensues.
This issue does a nice job of addressing all the questions posed from this story arc. We learn the identity of Crimelord (it’s not who you think it is!), we get the results of Ben’s surgery, Spider-Girl finally kicks the crap out of Deadspot, and we learn the fate of Mindworm and the Hobgoblin. Perhaps the only thing missed was the whole reveal of who Deadspot is. She’ll be back, for sure.
It’s great to see the creative team back in good form. I was afraid they’d hit a creative wall after the dragging we were put through last issue. Great way to end an arc. Oh and that last page with Wes, May, and Gene. Wow… just wow! (Grade: B)
– J. Montes