This is my favorite Maleev cover so far. The colors are gorgeous; I love it so.
The story was a little slow. A little predictable. It would’ve been better if the Skrull was actually somewhat fragile or innocent, not just with the belief that Jessica was actually the Skrull Queen there to rescue him.
I did, however, really like the part where Jessica jumps off the building. And then forgets that she can’t fly. After her big inner monologue about how she’s going to move forward with her life.
I love the art in this. The scene where Jessica dives off the rooftop to land in a little puddle of water, the water coming off her body is brilliantly beautiful. I love the technique. Simply gorgeous. Oh, how I wish comic art was this pretty all the time.
Of course, Jessica tells herself that she was only going back for her stuff. It’s a good excuse that helps her feel hard inside. So she doesn’t have to feel partially responsible for those policemen’s deaths. Oh, the stories that Jessica tells herself.
Okay, now the Thunderbolts are after her. But why? Why do they care? Jessica’s just a rogue superhero in a place not under the rule of H.A.M.M.E.R. Not to mention it’s also full of corruption.
This book has a really nice pacing to it. I feel like Bendis is more in his groove here than on his others book. Perhaps I just prefer his writing style in a solo series compared to a team book.
I’m glad it was covered that H.A.M.M.E.R. doesn’t know about Jessica’s involvement with S.W.O.R.D. And I adored the moments with her hiding in the dumpster and texting/im-ing Brand on her fancy iPhone. Running and hiding are probably the best moves Jessica could make against the Thunderbolts.
This issue had my favorite cover so far. It really reminds me of some of the covers in the later issues of the first Spider-Woman solo series. It makes a nice homage, which putting a modern art spin on it.
Jessica sure seems to have a theme of free-falling from tall building at the end of each issue.