Comic Review: Spider-Women Alpha #1

This book really, really surprised. 

I, like most of you, can be subject to suffering from gut-reactions. So, when I saw the title of this book, I admittedly rolled my eyes, but I am willing to admit I was wrong (and this book even costs $4.99!). 

Robbie Thompson gives us a super interesting story revolving around Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen and Silk and their quest to enjoy a girls day in Earth-65.

Each character is notably different from the other and each serves a specific purpose. 

Being able to check the two of those statements off was the biggest challenge in my mind before cracking the pages.  

Spider-Woman just had a baby, so she is clearly ready to get the hell out of the house. 

Spider-Gwen is kind of just chillin' playing host on Earth-65. 

Silk, meanwhile, is still trying to get a grip on non-captive life. 

This is a character-driven issue without much action, but that's OK and I felt like it definitely worked. Thompson did a fantastic job on highlighting each of these characters, who they are, what they want and how they work together. 

He gave us a reason to care about the three of these individuals not just on their own, but as a trio. 

Vanessa Del Rey was on art with Jordie Bellaire, who is seemingly involved with every book I like, on colors. The art is certainly unique, sometimes inconsistent from panel-to-panel with facial expression, but it fits the story. 

Del Rey clearly focused on the personalities when putting these characters together and while it didn't fully deliver, it was still the correct route to take. There is just something different about the way she illustrates the setting.

It's almost foggy, it's honestly distracting in a good way. I went back and starred at some of the wide-panels after finishing this book. I didn't connect with Del Rey's art in this issue at first, but goddammit, it's so unique and by the final page I was ready for more. 

While Bellaire, what really needs to be said about her, is just killing the game right now. The job of a colorist is so underrated, that is no new phenomenon, but she makes this book pop.

Her ability to starkly contrast anything from eye-liner to lip color to facial expressions from panel after panel is incomparable. Without striking visuals and proper coloring, these character-driven issues fall flat. 

Thankfully to Del Rey and Bellaire, they were up to the task and were able to keep the reader interested even as the dialogue heavy scenes carried on a bit too long.

I still can't believe I liked a Spider-Gwen book as it's hard to physically write "Spider-Gwen" while rolling my eyes into the back of my head like the Undertaker. 

Rating: A solid 7.5/10 for being a strong character issue, having truly unique art and fantastic colors. Issue No. 1 made me want No. 2, and that's all that needs to be said.