Spectacular Spider-Girl #3-4 Review

Posted by Spiderfan001 15 August 2010

Revelations and , Spdeath abound as the story of Spider-Girl draws closer to its conclusion!

Issue #3

Spider-Girl is not willing to negotiate with the Punisher and quickly engages him on the rooftop. The Punisher manages to gain the upper hand but is interrupted when Wild Card joins the fray. Using Wild Card as a distraction, Spider-Girl escapes. The Punisher manages to knock out Wild Card.

Spider-Girl phones the Black Tarantula's headquarters to warn him about April's impending attack, but is too late. April easily takes out Chesbro and Arana before facing off with the Black Tarantula. Spider-Girl swings in and tries to stop April and the Black Tarantula from killing each other. With some difficulty, she manages to separate April from her target. Angered, April starts beating May but cannot bring herself to kill her. She leaves a groggy May alone on a rooftop.

The Black Tarantula decides to relinquish control of New York's underworld and return to South America where he can marry Arana.

Don Silvio is frustrated that he is unable to locate Man Mountain Marko. He calls Detective Drasco, his mole inside the NYPD, and berates him when he is unable to come up with any new information. After getting off the phone with Silvio, Drasco leaves to do something he should have done years ago...

Spider-Girl changes into her civilian guise and goes for a walk. Her spider-sense soon warns her that Wild Card is following her. Quickly changing back into Spider-Girl she confronts Wild Card on a rooftop.

Meanwhile, Mary Jane finds April at home crying on the bathroom floor. She tries to console her but April knocks her aside.

The Punisher confronts Man Mountain Marko on a rooftop and starts to fight him when Marko refuses to reveal Silvio's whereabouts.

Spider-Girl and Wild Card continue their fight. Spider-Girl manages to gain the upper hand and shatters Wild Card's mask; revealing him to be... Peter Parker!

Drasco arrives at Silvio's mansion and pulls a gun on the unsuspecting Silvio, placing him under arrest. Unfortunately, Drasco is hit from behind by an energy blast by the Hobgoblin!

Issue #4

Spider-Girl helps her father through the front door of their house and lays him on a couch. Mary Jane rushes into the room and asks what happened. MJ is now sporting a black eye, courtesy of April. May and Peter are upset, but MJ defends April, stating that she is in a vulnerable emotional state. Peter then explains that he used the identity of Wild Card to scare May out of participating in the gang war. He got the Wild Card costume and weaponry from Normie Osborn. Blaming herself for lying to her parents about her role in the gang war, forcing her father into a no-win situation and April's breakdown, May wonders if her family will ever recover from the consequences of her actions.

The Hobgoblin explains to Silvio's underlings that he was the one who gave Silvio his cybernetic implants and that Silvio has been his puppet the whole time. It was the Hobgoblin who Guido discovered in the wine cellar back in issue #1. American Dream, Darkdevil, Ladyhawk, the Buzz and the Green Goblin (Phil Urich) arrive outside the house with the police who have a warrant for Silvio's arrest. Silvio steps outside and manages to take out both Darkdevil and the Buzz. Things go from bad to worse when the Hobgoblin joins the battle with a spiffy new glider and some heavy duty wrist gauntlets.

The Punisher has subdued Marko, who is still unwilling to reveal Silvio's location. Marko is saved by the Black Tarantula, who is willing to give the Punisher Silvio's location in exchange for sparing the lives of himself and Marko.

The Parker family are still unsure of what to do about April. Normie Osborn phones May and explains what is happening at Silvio's mansion. Although her parents aren't thrilled, they don't stop May from going to help her friends.

When Spider-Girl arrives she spots the Punisher on the roof of the mansion about to shoot the Hobgoblin. She stops him and after a brief battle, manages immobilize the Punisher by webbing him to the chimney. The Hobgoblin swoops in and takes Spider-Girl into the air. April watches the battle from afar.

The Black Tarantula forms an alliance with Marko, who will presumably rule the Black Tarantula's territory in his absence.

The Punisher breaks free and attacks Silvio but is quickly overpowered by Silvio's cybernetic implants. The Punisher is able to unload a few rounds in Silvio's chest before Silvio snaps his neck. Both men fall to the ground, dead. Leaving Spider-Girl, the Hobgoblin grabs the other five heroes, brings them high into the air, and drops them. Spider-Girl acts fast and manages to save them but leaves herself vulnerable to the Hobgoblin. Before the Hobgoblin can kill her, he is stabbed in the back by April, who then leaves. After speaking with the authorities a battered Spider-Girl heads home, wondering if she will ever be the hero she yearns to be.

Thoughts

These past two issues have been a fun ride as Tom DeFalco attempts to tie up all the plot threads that have been running through Spider-Girl this past year. I always thought that the Hobgoblin's exit in Amazing Spider-Girl #18 was abrupt and didn't make much sense, so it was good to see him back. DeFalco writes a badass Hobgoblin, as he mops the floor with all the heroes during the final battle. This made his quick death at the hands of April all the more disappointing, but DeFalco only had so many pages to wrap everything up.

I am not a fan of the revelation of Peter as Wild Card. Trying to protect your daughter by repeatedly attacking her just doesn't seem right to me.

I am interested to see how DeFalco ends April's story in the upcoming Spider-Girl: The End one shot. Given all the death she's caused and her attack on Mary Jane, the character seems irredeemable at this point.

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